SEPTEMBER – Mark Your Calendar for Everything Happening This Month!

There are many different ways you can connect with others at Capital City Grace! Here is what’s happening in September 2016. I hope you will join us at any one of these gatherings!


Danny Guerena

Danny Guerena

Sunday, Sept. 4th, 11am worship service, Hyatt Place Hotel, Grandview Yard.

Danny leading worship and sharing his testimony.

I’m excited Danny Guerena will be starting his first day as our worship leader this Sunday, Sept. 4th! Many of you said you enjoyed his energetic leading and seeing his passion for the Lord. Danny really enjoyed being at Cap City Grace and in his words, “It feels like a loving family that is open where anyone is welcome to join the family.” Danny is a young pastor in training. He wants to continue to grow in leading worship, preaching approximately once a month, gathering people to the church, and serving in other areas. I’m looking forward to mentoring him as we serve together as pastors.

Along with leading worship on Sunday Danny will also be sharing his testimony. I’m looking forward to all of you getting to know him. He’s looking forward to joining the Capital City Grace family!



Sunday, Sept. 11th, 11am worship service, Hyatt Place Hotel, Grandview Yard.

Larry and Sylvia Totzke will be in Columbus visiting from Portland, Oregon. Larry will be teaching on Sunday, September 11th in our worship service. I hope you can be there on this particular Sunday to see them again or for some of you to meet them for the first time. After the service you’re invited to lunch at Jason’s Deli just down the sidewalk from the Hyatt. I look forward to a good Sunday together!

Here is a note from Larry about the message he’ll be preaching that Sunday:

“Paddles Up, Take it Away!”

Joshua is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. I really admire his courage as he led the Israelites in their conquest of the promised land. I also really admire how he served faithfully as Moses’ right-hand man for over 40 years before that as they wandered through the wilderness. Joshua was one of only two men who gave a positive report after spying out the land of Canaan. Had the Israelites followed Joshua’s and Caleb’s recommendation, they would have avoided that 40-year wilderness experience. When they didn’t, Joshua didn’t grumble or complain. He accepted God’s verdict and served him and Moses faithfully in the wilderness. Joshua exemplified what it means to be a good follower.

After serving in leadership capacities for many years in Columbus as a manager, pastor, and civic leader, I have found myself for the past year as an absolute novice in the unlikely (for me) activity of dragon boat paddling. When Sylvia and I started to paddle, I quickly realized that I’d better learn to be a good follower, or I wouldn’t be accepted on the team. So I have tried to learn from Joshua and others what that means.

We are really looking forward to joining you all at Capital City Grace on Sunday, September 11th, and I am grateful to Eric for allowing me to give the message. I’ll try to use the opportunity to tell you a little bit about our life in Portland and share some practical aspects of what I’ve learned about being a good follower.

– Larry Totzke


SAT., SEPT. 17, 3-4:30pm

The next Cap City Kids Bible study will be Saturday, September 17th from 3-4:30 pm at Jessica O’Donnell’s house. We will discuss what it means to Prayer Walk, then practice Prayer Walking in Jessica’s neighborhood. We’ll finish our time back at Jessica’s house with snack and a discussion about how we spoke with and heard from God during our walk. If you need Jessica’s address just email


Sunday, Sept. 18TH, 11am at Hyatt Place Hotel

“…and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” – 1 Corinthians 12:5

You’ve been given a purpose by God. Do you know what it is? Jesus has a church He calls all believers to serve within. In this series we’re going to discover together how our purpose and Jesus’ church align themselves. How can each one of us serve our purpose within the church? During this series you’ll have the opportunity to take a spiritual gifts test to help you see how God has gifted you, as well as discover where you can use your gifts to serve within Capital City Grace. God can use each one of us to establish Cap City Grace and ultimately see us grow in our relationship with Christ.

  • Week 1: Discover Jesus’ Church
  • Week 2: Discover Your Purpose: The Importance of Spiritual Gifts
  • Week 3: Discover Your Purpose: How Jesus Has Gifted You
  • Week 4: Discover Service: Using Your Gifts to Serve Others

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Julie is looking into new curriculum for the age of children that are in our church family. More details to come on this, but it will begin on a Sunday in September!


Ongoing each month, different times and locations

Our small groups have one purpose in mind: to connect with each other while discussing God’s Word. We have five small groups that meet at different times and places throughout Columbus. Email if interested in the time and places or view our calendar to see when each group meets.


By His Grace,

Eric Miller


“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me…” – Jesus (Mark 8:34)

“It’s all about me!” That’s a phrase popular in our culture today. It can be so easy to buy into, mainly because to focus on self is part of our nature. We want to focus on Jesus, yet we’re pulled to be selfish and live the “all-about-me” life. Then we read Jesus’ words that go against the “all-about-me” life when He says, “Deny yourself…and follow me.” Essentially Jesus is saying this is what it looks like to have a relationship with Me, “Deny yourself, carry your cross, and follow after Me.” Life is to be all about Him, not about me or you. I’m sure many of us have heard this verse before, but what does it look like in your life to deny yourself? And what does it look like to carry your cross? What does “carrying your cross” even mean? We want to be people who are daily denying ourselves and carrying our cross well. We want our lives to be all about Jesus, rather than all about ourselves. The power of selfishness in our hearts can feel so overwhelming that it can seem impossible to live a life that’s all about Jesus. Yet with Jesus’ power it’s possible to live a life all about Him, and not about self. This Sunday we’ll see from Mark 8 how we can deny ourselves and carry our cross while growing closer to Jesus. I hope you can join us Sunday, 11am at Hyatt Place Hotel.

By His Grace,

Eric Miller



“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; [7] in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” – Mark 7:6-7

What do you think of traditions? Are religious traditions good or bad? Does Jesus want us to keep traditions or not? Jesus encountered religious people who were great at keeping their traditions. They thought by doing the outward religious actions they were closer to God than those who did not keep the traditions. We might look at them and think, “How could they be so foolish to rely on their traditions? I would never do that.” But they were essentially wanting to keep outward appearances. They wanted to look godly, but in their hearts were not godly. That can hit home with us in our world today. Many people try to clean up their language, attend church, give to missions and do all of the good outward actions, while their hearts are far from God. Attending church, giving and participating in missions are obviously great, but God wants our hearts to be in it. We see this in the passage above. He tells those who are just keeping the outward appearance that their “heart is far from me.” We want to be people whose hearts are always close to God and allowing Him to work on our hearts, so our motives, and therefore outward actions, honor Him. Do you need a heart check? Do you need God to search your heart, so you can deal with anything He may reveal to you? This Sunday as we continue our message series “What a Relationship with Jesus Really Looks Like,” let Mark chapter 7 speak to your heart, so you can grow even closer to Him. Join us Sunday, 11am at Hyatt Place Hotel.