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Grace Weekly | April 24, 2013

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prayer1Scripture: “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:16-17

Grace Received: Last night I got a call from a young man (Chris) who is new to Grace (been coming just a couple months). A few days ago he got serious about recommitting his life to being a follower of Jesus and he really wants to get it right. It’s not easy, but he’s passionate about becoming the man God made him to be.  I love it!!! Within the last week I’ve had conversations with two others (Chad and Ashley) who are ready to be baptized. Yay God!!  This morning another young soldier (Jonathan) showed some amazing progress in learning what it means to trust God with everything about his life.  Everywhere we look there is evidence of God at work. He is redeeming, restoring, reviving, delivering, healing, growing, and transforming us – not because we deserve it, but simply because He is a gracious God.  I want to remind you today if no one has told you already, that God loves you unconditionally. I pray that the source of your joy, strength, and drive to live a  God-honoring life is grounded in His incredible grace!
Grace Shared: 7 of our children’s quizzers will be going to Atlanta for the regional quiz this weekend (Michael Nash, Jake Goguen, Dillon Rush, Michael Dangerfield, Alisha Getty, Ruby Mahoney, and Matthew Sudbury). Congratulations, we’re proud of you!
Congratulations to Andrew Slight who will be the student body president next year at NWHS!
A few days ago we got the news that Jason & Karyn Smith are being moved to Ft. Benning as soon as Jason returns from Kuwait. That means there is lots to be done in a short time, including the sale of their home. Last Friday a couple guys from their Grace Shared Group (Ken Adams & Dale Vegter) were over their helping out for most of the day. When I saw them they were spreading a trailer load of mulch to help with the curb appeal as the house is going on the market. I was proud and thankful to see this kind of thing happening. Most of life is lived between Sundays and it’s meant to be lived together.  When needs are shared with a group of people we know and trust, those needs are met. Thanks for showing us how it’s done!
Parents: If you plan on your child attending one of the children’s camps this summer, you can pick up the forms form Pastor Rachelle They must be turned in by May 1 to get the early bird rate.
On Sunday May 5 we will be honoring our high school graduates. There will be a dinner for our graduates and their families on Saturday May 4 @ 6:00. If you haven’t gotten your reservation or information to Pastor Patrick you can contact him at: pastorpatrick@clarksvillegrace.org
Grace Extended: We are on the front end of the conversation but we are beginning some talks with Trevecca Nazarene University that could result in a partnership of bringing some classes from TNU to Clarksville with Grace serving as the host site either for some stand-alone classes, or as part of degree completion program. I’m excited about the possibilities this holds for our efforts to serve our community!
Don’t forget the breakfast this Saturday at Applebee’s on Wilma Rudolph to raise funds for our mission trip to Nicaragua. Tickets are $5.  Special thanks to Pastor Charlotte Moore for all of her work in helping us prepare for this trip.  Plans are already well under way for the 2014 mission trip and we will be making a big announcement about this as soon as we get back this summer. If you’ve never gone on one of these trips, start praying and planning now to join us in 2014!

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