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Grace Weekly | June 7, 2012

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Scripture for the day: We have different gifts according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gifts is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.  Romans 12:6-8 

Grace Received: We are blessed on the TN District to have Camp Garner Creek. It is a wonderful setting for significant encounters with God, which many of you can attest. Our Sr. High kids will have their final evening service tonight and be heading back home tomorrow. Please pray that each of them, as well as the Jr. Highers who will be at camp next week, and our children who will be there in the weeks to come, experience God’s grace in life-changing ways.  My prayer for all of them is that when they are as old as some of us are, they will have a tremendous testimony – not of what all God got them out of, but what His grace kept them from getting into at all. May it be so!
Grace Shared: So many different things happen when we are engaged in mission that I wasn’t sure which heading to put this under, so it’s going here under grace-shared:). In 3 days a team comprised of people from Grace and from Lifepoint Church (off exit 8) will be on our way to Nicaragua where we will be involved in a construction project and lots of evangelism. It is exciting to me that not only are we doing ministry, but we are doing it together – partnering with a Nazarene Church in Nicaragua and some non-Nazarene brothers and sisters from our city for the cause of the Kingdom. This is possible because many of you have made generous and sacrificial contributions. On behalf of the team I want to say THANK YOU! The differences that will be made in us and through us as we share Jesus with each other and those whom we will meet would not happen without your support. 
   Monday night the other 4 Clarksville Nazarene Pastors and their spouses (and the Nazarene Pastor from Dover) all came over to our house for a cookout. The fellowship was sweet and the laughter refreshing. It’s great to be in a city where we work together. That’s one of the joys of being part of something a lot bigger than what happens at 3135 Trenton Road. 
   Last week Linda James’ husband ended up in the hospital in Billings, MT. It was too far for us to go to make a hospital visit but we have a couple of Nazarene Churches in that city too. When contacted, one of the pastors there went to visit Mr. James and provided some much needed, and warmly welcomed pastoral care. Grace-shared – gotta love it! 

Grace Extended: While summer can be a crazy time – vacations, kids’ sports, etc. it can also be a wonderful time to invest in relationships with our unchurched neighbors. Take the initiative. Go talk to them when they are working in the yard or washing their car. Invite them to dinner. Get to know them. Show them you care. Bring them with you to church. With over 100K unchurched people in our city, someone has to reach them. It might as well be us, and it might as well be now. Let’s win that 1% and more! 
   If you haven’t done so already, the next time you’re at the church sign up to serve with this year’s VBS. It’s a tremendous time for us to share Jesus with the kids in our community. Is it exhausting? Sure it is. Is it loud? You bet. Is it worth your time? I can’t think of any better way to spend a week than with the next generation that needs Jesus. It’s one thing we’ll be able to do that week that has the potential to make an eternal difference.  I look forward to serving alongside you! 
   GFS (by Target) is having a silent auction to benefit the F.U.E.L. program Saturday, 9 June from 11am  until 4pm.  The flyer says there will be food, gift baskets etc.  Check or cash is being accepted. If you find yourself in that part of town Saturday, stop in and check it out. 

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