25th Anniversary

In News by Kim Eiffert

On August 15th, Grace Avenue will celebrate 25 years of ministry in Frisco!  Beginning worship in an elementary school in 1999, Grace Avenue has changed locations and added buildings, but that is not Grace Avenue’s story.  Our story is about how God has worked through the people who have joined us on the journey both within our walls and beyond.  It is a story of connection, service, community, and belonging.  Ultimately, it is God’s story and it is really just beginning.  Starting in April we will begin 25 weeks of celebration to honor our 25 years. We will celebrate in a variety of ways and we hope you will join us as we thank God for our history and look toward the future!

Check back to this page often!  We will be updating with new information as our celebration continues!

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All Church Picnic
April 21st from 4:00-7:00 pm
Frisco Commons Park (8000 McKinney Road)
Bring your own drinks and side dishes! We will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. 

One of the first events that Grace Avenue hosted was an all-church picnic for those who were interested in building a new church in Frisco.  This 25th Anniversary Picnic is a nod to those early pioneers and a celebration of all who have joined us along the way!

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Passport Challenge
Now through September
Pick up (or download) a “passport” which contains 30 opportunities to participate in Grace Avenue's ministries.  We challenge you to complete 25 of them. These range from participating in all of our worship venues to volunteering with our Summer Lunch Program.  Collect your 25 stamps!

Look for the 25th Anniversary Info tables in the Sanctuary Narthex and the Modern Worship Lobby.  You ca also pick up a "Field Notes" journal to take notes and document your expereinces.  

Passport Potluck on September 22nd
Watch for more information about a gathering to share what we have learned during our adventures with the Passport Challenge! 

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The Reunion Show
Saturday Nights from 5:30-7:00 pm
While Grace Avenue’s founding pastors (Billy & Laura Echols-Richter) have been here since the beginning, over the years we have been blessed by a number of other clergy on our staff.  We have invited each of them to return to Grace Avenue this summer to update us on their lives and ministries.  Be prepared for The Reunion Show to be filled with stories, laughs, and maybe a few surprises!

June 8:  Chris Yost
June 22 :  Jenna Johnson & Julie Henson
(AKA Jenna Morrison & Julie Richter)
July 13:  Joe Stobaugh & Marcus Womack
July 27:  Bryant Phelps & Alex Williams

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AR Experience
Augmented Reality is a way of enhancing our current environment through the use of technology.  Grace Avenue’s 25th Anniversary AR experience will include a virtual prayer wall, Grace Avenue history,  a picture scavenger hunt, old videos, and some staff bloopers; all accessed in our building using your own device (or you can borrow one of ours).  Watch for more details and explanations about this fascinating experience!

Grace Avenue 25th Anniversary Merch
Order your commemorative merch on-line or in person on Sunday mornings (beginning April 7th. 

Pre-orders will be taken through April 28th for delivery in May. 

Shirts: $25
Hats: $15
Tumblers: $20
Pre-Order Bundle Discount: $50 for all three!

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Anniversay Month

August 4th
25 Years of Music Ministry

9:15 & 10:30 am Sanctuary Worship
6:00 pm Concert in the Sanctuary
Renowned composer Heather Sorenson will be joining us for worship in the Sanctuary and in the evening for a program with the Sanctuary Choir.  The choir has commissioned an anthem honoring Laurie Hanson Roberts’ 25 years of ministry at Grace Avenue.

August 11th
25 Years of Program Ministry
Join us for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” as well as a special focus on our family, youth, and children’s ministries.

August 18th
Homecoming Sunday Celebration
All Worship combined in the Sanctuary at 9:00, 10:15 & 11:30 am
Join us as we combine Sanctuary & Modern Worship for our big celebration weekend. 

All Church Lunch Celebration following Worship (watch for details!)

August 25th
Looking to the Future with Special Guest Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. 

9:15 am
Enjoy conversation with Bishop Saenz during “A Different Door” in the Worship Center.
All Sunday School classes are encouraged to attend.

10:30 am
Bishop Saenz will preach in the Sanctuary.

Sunday Afternoon
Watch for details about an off-site Prodigals event with Bishop Saenz.