Grace Community Church Ashburn

Grace Community Church Ashburn

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I attended GCC from my young childhood into my young adulthood.

While I recognize some members of the church are truly amazing and inspired me to become a better person, I was treated with many unsolicited comments that aimed to incite hate or discord because of my skin color and background.

When I attended Grace Community Church, My family was the only black family in the church. As a child, I realized that in order to become a pastor at GCC, you have to be a white male and I’m not allowed to join a white boys club.

During my time at the Church as a young pr***en and teen, adult members would make many negative and snide comments, especially because I was a black child (adults knew better than to make those comments towards my parents).

I spent many weeks crying, as a pr***en and teen about how people would target me for my differences and skin color. I would avoid talking to people, attending church and became a recluse. My parents brought up a particular incident where an adult member targeted me specifically (for my race) and the pastors were extremely dismissive and shrugged it off. Soon, my parents finally realized that it was time to leave the church and opted for a more inclusive and diverse community.

I am writing this to urge people to think twice about attending such a monochromatic community that does not actively recruit for specifically for black and brown people. There are plenty of other richly diverse churches in Northern Virginia.

I wish that GCC would allow me to speak about my experiences, but I know that I’m dreaming, because I am not a white male, I know that they would never allow it. My voice as a black female was never valued and still isn’t.

There are many people who are “good” but allow racism to happen right before them and just shrug. If I could speak before the congregation, I would ask people to think about how even nice people allow racism to happen and how to be aware of implicit biases.

After the disturbing events in Charlottesville, I listened to GCC’s podcast August 13, 2017 and 20, searching for someone to condemn those tragic events. However, I couldn’t find it. Instead the Pastor Bob Donahue ranted about Jewish communities from two thousand years ago and couldn’t find the courage to acknowledge how neo-nazis and white supremacists came to Virginia with the purpose of eradicating the Jewish people and any black or brown person in this country. After speaking to friends of those religious organizations(Black and Jewish religious organizations), they said their communities had no trouble immediately condemning racism and violence.

It feels like this Church should change there name to something more like “Cult Community” or “Monochromatic Community Church that ignores racism”.

Because of my skin, many adult members targeted me and tried to question my culture or values. It was completely inapropriate for them to do this. I was just a kid trying to figure out where I was welcome or valued. Again, many of these racist remarks were made when I was 13-14 (nowhere around the time that I could vote or form an adult opinon). I want to make it clear, I never tried to invite these people to have a conversation with me and I would always do my best to exit the conversation that they created.

While at GCC, none of the pastors spent time during sermons to talk about the importance of anti-bias training or talking about when or how peole can become vulnernable to think in a way that is explicitly or implicitly racist. Racism is afterall a sin. You would think that someone who is preaching morality would make an effort to talk about something so prejudicial, pervasive, and unequivocally unethical.

Again, I’m not trying to bash anyone specifically, I met many amazing people, but I’m saying that something needs to change in GCC’s leadership. Diversity and preventing racism should be a priority because it benefits everyone.

We are a community that is overwhelmed by God's grace! Nothing defines us more than the truth that God has freely lavished on us forgiveness of sins through the atoning death of his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross.

http://www.gracecommunity.ws A member of Sovereign Grace Churches
http://sovereigngrace.com

Operating as usual

03/24/2020

Grace Community Church Ashburn's cover photo

11/09/2018

SUNDAY MORNINGS

09/28/2018

Bolivia Outreach 2011 (5of5) — Day 4-6 at Hogar Casa De Esperanza (gear icon » HD)

Team Grace serves at the Casa De Esperanza orphanage in the mountains of western Bolivia.

Churches sending:
• Grace Community Church in Ashburn, VA, USA — https://gracecommunity.ws
• Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Gaithersburg, MD, USA — https://graciasob.org

Ministry to prostitutes:
• Word Made Flesh in El Alto, Bolivia — http://wordmadeflesh.org/bolivia

Orphanage / children's home:
• Casa De Esperanza in Caranavi, Bolivia — https://www.hogarcasadeesperanza.org/home-english

Thanks to Sarah Pride for producing this series. The videos are duplicated on this channel for ease of use, and the originals may be found on her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahtheShir/search?query=bolivia

09/28/2018

Bolivia Outreach 2011 (4of5) — Day 3, To orphanage via Ruta de la Muerte, aka the "Route of Death"

Team Grace ventures up to the orphanage by way of a treacherous mountain pass... with a name that isn't very encouraging.

About the Ruta:
https://www.google.com/search?q=Ruta+de+la+Muerte

Churches sending:
• Grace Community Church in Ashburn, VA, USA — https://gracecommunity.ws
• Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Gaithersburg, MD, USA — https://graciasob.org

Orphanage / children's home:
• Casa De Esperanza in Caranavi, Bolivia — https://www.hogarcasadeesperanza.org/home-english

Thanks to Sarah Pride for producing this series. The videos are duplicated on this channel for ease of use, and the originals may be found on her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahtheShir/search?query=bolivia

09/28/2018

Bolivia Outreach 2011 (3of5) — Rag Man skit on streets of La Paz (gear icon » HD)

After a few long flights, Team Grace is finally on the ground in Bolivia. Literally, on the ground!

Churches sending:
• Grace Community Church in Ashburn, VA, USA — https://gracecommunity.ws
• Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Gaithersburg, MD, USA — https://graciasob.org

Ministry to prostitutes:
• Word Made Flesh in El Alto, Bolivia — http://wordmadeflesh.org/bolivia

Orphanage / children's home:
• Casa De Esperanza in Caranavi, Bolivia — https://www.hogarcasadeesperanza.org/home-english

Thanks to Sarah Pride for producing this series. The videos are duplicated on this channel for ease of use, and the originals may be found on her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahtheShir/search?query=bolivia

09/28/2018

Bolivia Outreach 2011 (2of5) — Day 1 (gear icon » HD)

Team Grace is going to Bolivia! No, Tim, we're not driving there...

Churches sending:
• Grace Community Church in Ashburn, VA, USA — https://gracecommunity.ws
• Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Gaithersburg, MD, USA — https://graciasob.org

Ministry to prostitutes:
• Word Made Flesh in El Alto, Bolivia — http://wordmadeflesh.org/bolivia

Orphanage / children's home:
• Casa De Esperanza in Caranavi, Bolivia — https://www.hogarcasadeesperanza.org/home-english

Thanks to Sarah Pride for producing this series. The videos are duplicated on this channel for ease of use, and the originals may be found on her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahtheShir/search?query=bolivia

09/28/2018

Bolivia Outreach 2011 (1of5) — Presentation Video (gear icon » HD)

Here's a great recap of our time in Bolivia with our Spanish-speaking sister church, Iglesia Gracia Soberana!

Churches sending:
• Grace Community Church in Ashburn, VA, USA — https://gracecommunity.ws
• Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Gaithersburg, MD, USA — https://graciasob.org

Ministry to prostitutes:
• Word Made Flesh in El Alto, Bolivia — http://wordmadeflesh.org/bolivia

Orphanage / children's home:
• Casa De Esperanza in Caranavi, Bolivia — https://www.hogarcasadeesperanza.org/home-english

Thanks to Sarah Pride for producing this series. The videos are duplicated on this channel for ease of use, and the originals may be found on her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahtheShir/search?query=bolivia

gracecommunity.ws 09/10/2018

Liberating the Lowly – Grace Community Church

How can a biblically conservative ("right wing") person think about and do mercy ministry ("social justice")? Our pastor talked about that today in a message that I think many of you would enjoy... even if you don't think you're into that kind of thing.🙂 Here that is: http://gracecommunity.ws/sermon/liberating-the-lowly #mercyministry #socialjustic #sjw #kaepernick #colinkaepernick #acts2 #earlychurch

gracecommunity.ws "Liberating the Lowly" by Bob Donohue Date: 2018-09-09 Text: Isaiah 58:1-14 Series: n/a Download MessageDownload our classes on Narrative Theology and Creation

09/05/2018

Mike and Bob on June 3, 2018

08/19/2018

Grace Community Church Ashburn's cover photo

08/19/2018

SUNDAY MORNINGS

08/16/2018

Mission Fund 2018 is here! See the video at https://vimeo.com/260168949

gracecommunity.ws 05/07/2018

The Will of God for Us in a #MeToo Culture | Grace Community Church

Based on today's passage, visiting pastor Mike Dickson encouraged us toward greater sexual integrity, and shared some strategies to help us to stay on track.

gracecommunity.ws Mike Dickson is a pastor and Director of Community Outreach at Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, MD. A native of the Washington metro area, Mike became a believer shortly after graduating high school. He served in the military and then worked in the corporate world before joining the staff of Solid Ro...

gracecommunity.ws 04/16/2018

Psalm 38 | Grace Community Church

In Psalm 38, David seems to be suffering for no obvious reason. Visiting pastor Mike McKinley discusses how David processed this difficulty in today's helpful message.

gracecommunity.ws a. He accepts God’s discipline and asks for mercy b. He acknowledged God’s knowledge and presence c. He waits for the Lord d. He confesses his sin

gracecommunity.ws 04/16/2018

You Belong to Another | Grace Community Church

"LOVE, not law, is what makes us holy." "The gospel is a biblical romance — a prince rescuing his bride so they can live happily ever after." Sound interesting? Check out yesterday's message here!

gracecommunity.ws …from there through to the end of chapter 5, Paul unfolds for us a way of getting right with God. It is absolutely stunning. It is the furthest thing from a moral improvement program. It is the furthest thing from better rule keeping or more disciplined living or being nicer people or getting our ...

gracecommunity.ws 04/02/2018

Come Out of the Tomb | Grace Community Church

"You can come out of your tomb because Jesus came out of His." This thought, regarding literal and metaphorical tombs, is from yesterday's message, which you can hear here!

gracecommunity.ws The effect in [Christ] is the measure of how seriously God takes our rebellion and crookedness. We typically wish to make light of our ‘shortcomings,’ to explain away our ‘mistakes.’ But God will have none of it. The refusal of humanity to bow to the Creator’s rule, and our insistence on d...

gracecommunity.ws 03/31/2018

Sermons | Grace Community Church

Recent messages have been posted! And boy are there some good ones in there! 🙂 Check them out below, and be sure to join us for our Easter morning service tomorrow! Looking forward to seeing you there, and we hope you have a blessed weekend remembering the victory of Jesus over sin and death on our behalf.

gracecommunity.ws March 25, 2018 by gccashbn Soldiers & Slaves 2018-03-25 • Bob Donohue • Romans 6:12-23 Play / Download Message Audios for Greg Williams’ Narrative Theology class are here 1. Soldiers Don’t Fight for the Enemy, v.13-14 2. Slaves Don’t Serve Two Masters, v.15-23 Continue reading

[02/26/18]   "Much more... much more... all the more" has grace abounded to us through Christ than condemnation through Adam (Rom. 5:15,17,20). What a savior we have! This message is highly recommended and available at http://gracecommunity.ws/?sermon=much-more

gracecommunity.ws 02/15/2018

The Scroll of Remembrance | Grace Community Church

Are you patient with God's timing? Do you feel tired of waiting? This week's message touches on that, and we hope you find it to be helpful!

gracecommunity.ws “Almost surely this was a scroll that contained their names as signatories to some sort of statement of their commitment to Yahweh in faith that they were disassociating themselves from the prevailing sins, that his promises were reliable, and that his covenant was to be kept. In other words, this...

gracecommunity.ws 02/04/2018

Power from On High | Grace Community Church

Our visiting speaker today shared a great message on our need as believers to experience the power of the Spirit. Video and audio for that are here!

gracecommunity.ws “The humility of the Spirit in relationship to the work of the Son is not a reason to inquire no further about His own person and character. After all, if we love a modest person, we want to know all we possibly can about that person and to praise him or her! Similarly, the ministry of the Spirit ...

gracecommunity.ws 01/21/2018

Refiner’s Fire | Grace Community Church

We were reminded from Malachi today that God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves in the area of sanctification. Videos and *amplified* audio for that are now up! (Previous weeks are up also.)

gracecommunity.ws Bob Donohue is the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in 1999, and planting Grace Community in 2001. As the senior pastor, Bob oversees teaching, leadership development and family ministry. He and his wife, Lori, have been married for twent...

gracecommunity.ws 01/03/2018

Casual Worship | Grace Community Church

We've kicked off the new year with a convicting message from Malachi (consider: Are you giving God leftovers, or your best? Ouch.). Check it out below!

gracecommunity.ws When you become so blind that the maker of galaxies and ruler of nations and knower of all mysteries and lover of our souls becomes boring, then only one thing is left—the love of the world. For the heart is always restless. It must have its treasure: if not in heaven, then on the earth. — Jo....

gracecommunity.ws 12/18/2017

Receiving Reconciled | Grace Community Church

Today's message on how God has expressed His love to us through the gospel has been posted! Check it out here....

gracecommunity.ws Bob Donohue is the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in 1999, and planting Grace Community in 2001. As the senior pastor, Bob oversees teaching, leadership development and family ministry. He and his wife, Lori, have been married for twent...

gracecommunity.ws 12/11/2017

Joy in the Unenjoyable | Grace Community Church

Bob's helpful message, "Joy in the Unenjoyable", is up in both audio and video! Among other things, he encourages us to rejoice in our trials, according to today's passage, knowing that they are necessary to produce godly character. Hope you enjoy!

gracecommunity.ws Eph. 3:16-19 — “…that according to the riches of [God’s] glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend wit...

[11/23/17]   "[Faith] is friends with grace... It texts grace all the time, and sends it cute little emojis." - Bob Donohue, from the message, "It Depends on Faith" 🤭

gracecommunity.ws 11/23/2017

It Depends on Faith | Grace Community Church

Sunday's message, "It Depends on Faith", is up! Bob makes several helpful observations from Rom. 4:13-25, which is followed on our patio by the testimony and baptism of a new member (see video). We hope you enjoy! http://gracecommunity.ws/?sermon=it-depends-on-faith

gracecommunity.ws Genesis 17:7-8 — “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the…

gracecommunity.ws 11/12/2017

Who Owes Whom | Grace Community Church

Today's class by Greg on Narrative Theology, and Bob's message on the gospel from Romans 3:27-4:12, are up! http://gracecommunity.ws/?sermon=who-owes-whom

gracecommunity.ws So “blessed are you” does not mean “untroubled are you” or “healthy are you” or “admired are you” or “prosperous are you.” It means “between you and God all is well.” You are deeply secure, profoundly content, happy in God – even if you are weeping over the pain of a struck body, a perplexed mind, o...

11/06/2017

Reformation 500 | Grace Community Church

Visiting speaker Devon Kauflin's message from Jude 3 is now available in both video and audio! Here it is, along with links to Greg's interesting classes on Narrative Theology.....

gracecommunity.ws Audios for Greg Williams’ Narrative Theology class are here Video for today’s class are forthcoming. Previous classes are here Youtube playlist; see note above; the 10/29/17 class is available in audio only Download outlines: 1, 2, 3

09/13/2017

Propitiation | Grace Community Church

Bob's next message in the Romans series, entitled "Propitiation", is now available! Video is on the way, and def see the notes for this one at the very least. Hope you enjoy!

gracecommunity.ws A hurricane is coming that will make any earthly hurricane look like a gentle Spring rain. Can you see the sky? It’s been revealed. It will be world wide, and will even reach back into history. It will not be downgraded to a tropical storm.

08/28/2017

But Now | Grace Community Church

Bob spoke on a foundational passage yesterday! Please take time to enjoy this one this week, if you can. "But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins."

gracecommunity.ws "But Now" by Bob Donohue Date: 2017-08-27 Text: Romans 3:21-25 Romans SeriesDownload Announcements / MessageVideo forthcoming

[08/24/17]   Our most recent messages in the Romans series are up! Check them out at http://gracecommunity.ws/?sermon=no-good and http://gracecommunity.ws/?sermon=faithlessness-nullifying-faithfulness

08/11/2017

Desperate | Grace Community Church

Sunday's message by John Loftness is up! Here's the link for the audio, and a video is on the way.

gracecommunity.ws "Desperate" by John Loftness Date: 2017-08-06 Text: Romans 2:17-29 Guest SpeakerDownload Message(distortion resolves after 3:30)Video forthcoming

08/01/2017

Partial Partiality | Grace Community Church

Bob's' message from Sunday is up! Click below for that, and an encouraging testimony during the announcements. We don't have a video for today, but the one for last week's popular message has just been posted, in case you missed that.

gracecommunity.ws "Partial Partiality" by Bob Donohue Date: 2017-07-30 Text: Romans 2:12-16 Romans SeriesDownload Announcements / MessageVideo unavailable

06/21/2017

Father Figured | Grace Community Church

Our Father's Day message is up! The text is from Hosea 11, in which we see God acting as loving father on our behalf, to deliver us from ultimate harm.

gracecommunity.ws God is angry at what keeps us from Him, at these idols, and He is going to do something about it. This is what a father does: He acts. A father is moved, not just in his emotions, but he gets up, protects, delivers, and saves.

06/05/2017

Revealing Wrath | Grace Community Church

Bob's message from this morning is up, along with today's announcements and a link to the excellent closing song! The video is on the way.

gracecommunity.ws Date: 2017-06-04 – Text: Romans 1:18-23 – Series: Romans // 1. Why God’s Wrath is Being Revealed // 2. Ways Man Suppresses the Truth: A. Ingratitude, B. Idolatry

Videos (show all)

Bolivia Outreach 2011 (5of5) — Day 4-6 at Hogar Casa De Esperanza (gear icon » HD)
Bolivia Outreach 2011 (4of5) — Day 3, To orphanage via Ruta de la Muerte, aka the "Route of Death"
Bolivia Outreach 2011 (3of5) — Rag Man skit on streets of La Paz (gear icon » HD)
Bolivia Outreach 2011 (2of5) — Day 1 (gear icon » HD)
Bolivia Outreach 2011 (1of5) — Presentation Video (gear icon » HD)

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22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA
20148

General information

Grace Community Church is part of growing family of churches in the United States and around the world which are joined together under the banner of Sovereign Grace Churches. With other Sovereign Grace churches we share • a vision to establish and support local churches • a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ • a commitment to our doctrinal distinctives • a desire to see the members of these churches glorify God in their public and private lives—both corporately and as individuals.

Opening Hours

10am - 12pm
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