Grace Weekly | January 23, 2014

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Scripture for the day: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5a

Grace Received: I had a great conversation this morning with someone who said,
“I’ve looked my whole life for a church like this.” She shared that she has not only found Grace to be a place where she can connect with God, but a place where she continues to receive God’s grace that comes through others in the form of hospitality, mentoring relationships, and the meeting of very practical needs like a ride, help with the kids, or a word of encouragement. Her assessment of the people here was that we are genuine in our concern for each other and honest about our relationships with God – not just the successes that we celebrate, but the struggles we experience as well. Every day God lavishes His grace on us through a variety of “means.” We’ll celebrate one of those means of grace again this Sunday at His Table. Looking forward to seeing you here!
Grace Shared: This weekend 70 of our ladies will head to Gatlinburg for the annual women’s retreat. Much grace will be shared as relationships with God and each other are deepened. Please pray for safe travels for them, and the survival of all the men in their absence!
We’ll have a church membership class this Saturday from 9-12. If you are interested in attending but haven’t let me know yet, please do so with a quick e-mail right now:
This coming Sunday we will be praying over 3 of our soldiers who will be deploying. Please continue to pray daily for all of our soldiers and their families.
For those who are unable to attend the Wednesday night session of Financial Peace University, David Kahle will be leading a Sunday night group starting this week at 5:30.
Grace Extended: As you know we have partnered with Manna Cafe to provide a warm place for the homeless all this week during a stretch of bitter-cold weather. . Many of you have brought coats, blankets and food. Some have volunteered their time to spend a few hours (or even all night) and for that I am grateful. When I was at the annual Mayor’s Power Breakfast Tuesday morning several people offered thanks for what Grace is doing. I continue to be proud to associate with a group of people who are living the basin-towel life and extending God’s grace to our community.
This coming Sunday we will welcome the Samoan Congregational Christian Church to our campus. Pastor Togo Togo and this small congregation will begin having worship services in our Youth Sanctuary at 2:00 Sunday afternoon. If you have any Samoan neighbors who are looking for a church, let them know.

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