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Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church

Growing in Grace



Worship Services

Sunday Services:

 10:00 AM   Worship Service
 11:00 AM   Sunday School  
  6:00 PM   Evening Service

Wednesday Services:

 10:00 AM   Young at Heart  
                     6:10 PM   Awana & Youth Group         


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About Us

Boyer Scholership

Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church is the administrator of the Gene and Vera Boyer Endowed Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college attendees working toward a Bachelors Degree.
The main criteria of the eligibility for the applicants are the following:
1. That they attend or plan to attend a Christian College (as defined in the scholarship plan)
2. The applicant or the applicants family must be domiciled within the following counties / areas:
In Iowa:  Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Monroe, Wayne, Wapello.

In Missouri: Mercer (north of hwy 136 & east of hwy 65); Putnam (north of hwy 136);    
 (north of hwy 136); Scotland (north of hwy 136 & west of hwy 15) 
3. The applicant must posses a 2.5 minimum grade point average (GPA)
The applicant does not have to be a member of Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church or only attend a Baptist College.
Boyer scholarships are of two types. These are "Tuition Assistance" and "Laptop Computer" scholarships. "Tuition Assistance" scholarships range from $1000 to $4000 annually. "Laptop Computer" scholarships are awarded one time as either $1000 or $2000 scholarships.
Application forms, detailed requirements and a thorough description of the Gene and Vera Boyer Scholarship Plan can be obtained by contacting the church as follows:
By Mail:     Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church
                  914 N. Park Avenue
                  Centerville, Iowa 52544
By phone:  641-856-2797
By email:

Contact Us

Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church
914 N. Park Avenue

Phone: 641-856-2797

Pastor, Adam Standley



God loves you and wants to give you eternal life in Heaven with Him.
Heaven is a free gift.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
Man cannot earn the gift of Heaven.
We are sinners by nature and choice.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
We cannot save ourselves.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith.” Eph. 2:8
God loves us.
But God is just and must punish sin.
“For the wages of sin is death.” Rom. 6:23
God provided for us Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
 but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Jesus Christ.
Who is He – the infinite God-Man.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the
 Word was God…and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
John 1:1, 14
What did He do – He died to pay for our sin.
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8
Faith in Jesus Christ alone is the way you receive
the gift of eternal life.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
 Thou shalt be saved.” Rom. 10:9
Faith is trusting Jesus alone for salvation.  People
trust in one of two things, either in themselves or in Christ.
“Handbook for Parents”
September 2017 to April 2018 Charter #6950

Welcome to Awana!

Study to show yourself approved unto God, Workmen who are Not Ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15
The Awana chartered Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church of Centerville 
currently offers 5 clubs for boys and girls from 2 years prior to kindergarten through the 12th grade.
                        CUBBIES:       2 years prior to kindergarten
                     SPARKS:        K-2nd grade boys and girls
                        T & T:           3rd-6th grade boys and girls
                             JV:              7th & 8th grade boys and girls
                        VARSITY:       9th-12th grade boys and girls
Our clubs meet every Wednesday beginning with the first Wednesday in September and going through the end of April. The clubs meet at the following times:
                        CUBBIES:        6:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                        SPARKS:         6:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                        T & T:              6:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                        JV:                   6:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                        VARSITY:         6:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All clubbers will enter and exit the double glass doors of the auditorium.  Doors will open at 6:10.The opening exercise will be in the auditorium from 6:10-6:20.  You won’t want to miss it.
Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church
914 N. Park Avenue
Pastor, Adam Standley

Tips On How Parents Can Help
? Please bring your child to club 10-15 minutes early.  Team points are sometimes given for promptness.
? Help your child find a place to keep their Handbook and Bible to avoid the “Where’s my Handbook!” panic.
? Make sure your child wears his/her uniform to club.  If they do not have a uniform or have not earned one yet, casual clothes and tennis shoes should be worn.
? Make sure your child brings their Entrance Booklet or Handbook, dues (unless paid in advance), Bible, and are prepared with the night’s theme.  Points are given for each of these things, as well as, Sunday School attendance.  Refer to “Calendar and Themes” for specific themes.
? Contact your child’s Leader with questions or concerns.  If after talking to the Leader, the issue is not resolved, contact the Club Director or Commander.
? Help your child prepare for club each week by spending time at home with them reading and reviewing their Handbook material.  If they do not have a Bible, please contact the club director.  No child should be trying to complete their Handbook without a Bible.
? Encourage your child by familiarizing yourself with their Handbook, especially the Activities/Green Jewels.  Often these sections require more time and home related tasks and activities.
? Gently remind them to spend 5-10 minutes each day on verses.  Memorizing is hard work!  If a child works on his/her Handbook 10 minutes each day, they can complete their book in one year.
? All parents are welcome to attend any club, any night, as a visitor with their child.

Special Activities and Events
The Awana Store
The “Store” is open to Cubbies & Sparks one night each month.  Clubbers spend the “Awana Bucks” they have earned to purchase various items.  All look forward to this night! Clubbers must pay dues in order to participate.
Awards Night Program
Friends and families are encouraged to attend this evening of recognition for staff and clubbers from Cubbies through Varsity.  Program will include songs, presentations, and awards from each club.  You won’t want to miss this one!
Bible Quiz
A competitive event with other area churches that motivates and challenges clubbers to increase their Bible knowledge.  Team and individual recognition and awards are given to participants in the T & T clubs.
Fun Fair
This activity always spells fun for all clubbers, their friends, and their family.  It begins with the Awana Flag Ceremony and song, a guest presentation, followed with food, carnival-type booths, prizes and balloons.  An “Awana Buck” is given to those in uniform.
Grand Prix
An excellent parent/child relationship builder designed to encourage achievement in something other than athletic pursuits.  Clubbers (except Cubbies) compete for design and speed trophies.  Everyone starts with a kit to build a car from a block of pine wood.  Kits will be sold well in advance at a cost of $5/kit.

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to have your child involved in our Awana Club at Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church!  It is a real privilege to work together with you in the spiritual, mental, social, and physical training of your child.  Awana provides a local church sponsored program for children, regardless of religious affiliation, where they can enjoy exciting games and activities, meet new friends, and learn about God and His Word, the Bible.
We’d like to share some of our plans with you in this booklet, as well as, let you know how you can be of help to us.  You will want to keep this guide, so you can refer to it for future events.
Awana Club begins promptly at 6:10 p.m.  Children should arrive no earlier than 6:10 p.m.  Upon arrival they will check in (points given for wearing uniform and bringing Bible, handbook and dues) outside their handbook rooms.  Cubbies MUST be dropped off and picked up by a pre-registered parent or guardian.  Visitors are always welcome!
The first step in the Clubber’s advancement is the Entrance Booklet.  Please help your child learn each section, word perfect, in the order presented. Upon completion of the Entrance Booklet, your child may become an official member of the Awana Club and purchase a uniform to display their achievement awards and patches.
If you do not have a church home, we would like to invite you to visit our church.  Our worship service is at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.  The evening service is at 6:00 p.m.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Awana Awards and Award System
Awana is achievement–oriented and achievements are recognized and rewarded. Awards are given for handbook progress, Sunday School and Club attendance and participation in special events.
Since these patches, pins, etc. can only be worn on the uniform, we encourage all clubbers to have a uniform.
Awana Bucks
Shares are given to clubbers for handbook achievement, team effort, and other special accomplishments and recognition. CLUBBERS MUST PAY THEIR DUES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SPENDING THEIR SHARES AT  STORE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Club Attendance Wards
These patches will be given four times each club year. Clubbers are allowed one unexcused absence in each time period. These time periods are:
     September 7 to October 26
     November 2 to December 28
     January 4 to February 22
     March 1 to April 26
     Fun Fair - April 19
     Awana Awards Night April 26
Handbook Completion Awards
These awards (ribbons and trophies) are given at the year-end awards night to clubbers who have completed their handbook.
Sunday School Awards
These patches will be given twice each club year. To earn this award, clubbers must attend Sunday School at the church of their choice each Sunday.
Four unexcused absences will be allowed in each time period. These time periods are:
     September 7 to December 28
     January 4 to April 12
We ask each Awana Clubber from Sparks up to bring 50 cents weekly for dues. Cubbies are to bring 25 cents. This helps us finance the awards, prizes and special events. We really appreciate your help in sending dues to club for your child. If you prefer, Sparks and up may pay dues in Advance at $15 per year.
Each child is given an entrance booklet which they must complete before purchasing a handbook. The first entrance booklet is free. Each booklet after that will cost $1.00. Handbook cost is:
$11.00 – Cubbies
$11.00 – Sparks
$10 – T&T
$8 – JV
$11 – Varsity
Clubbers are so proud when they can earn their uniform.  Cost of uniforms:
$10.50 – Cubbies
$10.50 – Sparks vest
$16 T&T T-shirt
$15 – JV shirt
$15 – Varsity
? NO RUNNING in church, except during Game  Time.
? NO GUM or FOOD allowed, except when club      planned.
? NO PLAYING in parking lot, before or after club.
? DISPLAY RESPECT for all church property and others.
? MUST be in uniform to receive awards.
? NO CELL PHONES or ELECTRONIC DEVICES to be used during club.
? WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for items other than CLUB MATERIALS brought by clubbers.
In the event that club is canceled, due to bad weather or other unforeseen factors, notice of cancellation will be announced on KCOG and WHO radio stations.  If school is cancelled on a Wednesday because of bad weather, there will be no Awana either.
All clubbers will enter and exit the double glass doors of the auditorium.  Doors will open at 6:10.  The opening exercise will be in the auditorium from 6:10-6:20.  You won’t want to miss it. 
General Guidelines and Discipline
The purpose of discipline is to teach acceptable behavior, not merely a set of rules.  By setting and enforcing club standards, Awana leaders attain a consistent standard of acceptable conduct.
Awana uses a five-count method to bring order and quiet.  It is for the whole group.  The director or person in charge will slowly count 1-2-3-4-5 at which time there should be absolute silence.
Awana uses a three-count method as a discipline device.  This is used anytime during the club to discipline individual clubbers who are disruptive or misbehaving.  The clubber will be warned by the director or person in charge with a count of “1”.  If misbehavior continues they will be warned again with a count of “2” and may be taken to the commander for counseling.  If the clubber still refuses to behave appropriately, they will receive a “3” and will be taken home or their parents called.  They will not be allowed to return to club until he/she is willing to follow the rules and behave properly.
Game Time is a privilege, and we do not want anyone to miss it.  In the case of misbehavior, however, the person in charge may revoke Game Time privileges for a night as an act of discipline.
       ? NO RUNNING in church, except during Game Time.
? NO GUM or FOOD allowed, except when club planned.
? NO PLAYING in parking lot, before or after club.
? DISPLAY RESPECT for all church property and others.
? MUST be in uniform to receive awards.
? NO CELL PHONES or ELECTRONIC DEVICES to be used during club.
? WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for items other than CLUB   MATERIALS brought by clubbers.

Schedule for Bells
                       Warning                      Dismiss
Opening          6:10                             6:20
1st Period         6:20                             6:50
2nd Period        6:50                             7:20
3rd Period         7:20                             7:50
Closing            7:50                             8:00
If a bus ride is needed, call the church at
856-2797 or Dean Thomas at 895-3733.  The bus leaves the church at 5:30.
Club Directors
Cubbies           Debbie Thompson                
Sparks             Louise Mericle                       895-4588
T & T Girls      Rhonda Moore                        895-3080
                        Evelyn Thomas                      437-4530
 T & T Boys        Jeff Hornaday                      895-6922
JV                 Adam & Kellie Standley            436-1805
 Varsity         Adam &Kellie Standley             436-1805  
Store                Carol Hornaday                    
Grace Tabernacle Service Times
11:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service & Children’s Church
10 am Young at Heart
6:10 p.m. – Awana
This coupon is good for 5 shares for purchasing a handbook
Name ------------------------------------Date_____________
This coupon is good for 5 shares for purchasing uniform
Name________________   Date_________________
This coupon is good for 5 shares for bringing yearly dues.
Name_________________________ Date____________
This coupon is good for 5 shares for bringing a visitor.
Name________________________ Date___________
This coupon is good for 5 shares for Sunday School        attendance
Name ___________________Date________________

Do all four things throughout the year and receive 10 extra shares. You must have program signed and dated to receive shares.
6-Start Club
27- Backwards night
4 – Store night for Sparks and Boys
11 – Store night for Cubbies & Girls
25 – End of First quarter
25 – Hero night
1 - Store night for Cubbies and girls
8 – Store night for Sparks and boys
15 – Crazy hat night
22 – No Awana – Thanksgiving
6 – Store night for Sparks and Boys
13– Store night for Cubbies and Girls
13 – End of second quarter
27– No Awana – Christmas
3– Awana starts again
17 – Crazy Hair Night
7 –Store Night for Sparks and Boys
14 – Store night for Cubbies and Girls
21 – End of 3rd quarter
16 – Cut out grand prix cars @ 7pm
21 – Yellow night
7 – Store night for Sparks and Boys
14 – Store night for Cubbies and Girls
14– Grand Prix race @ 7pm/Cubbies WILL NOT MEET!
28 – PJ and stuffed animal night
4 – Last Store night for Sparks and boys
11 – Last Store night for Cubbies and Girls
11 – End of 4th quarter/ Leader Appreciation night
18 – Fun Fair
25 – Awards Night – 7pm
Please have children here by 6:30

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