Grace Weekly | May 27, 2014

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Scripture for the day: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

Grace Received: We speak and sing about grace that finds us where we are, saves wretches like us, and is amazing. Paul says that grace also teaches us to live godly lives in an ungodly world, to live as hope-filled people in a place that can often be hopeless. His grace comes to everyone but we who respond by receiving it have the benefit of being taught by it – taught to live holy, godly lives, taught to keep saying yes to Jesus and no to sin in the here and now. Amazing grace indeed!
Grace Shared:  It was great to welcome 8 new members this last Sunday: John & Tammy Burke, Steve Brooks, Rob & Jill Murrell, Abbie, Alex, and Jason Sudbury!
I learned yesterday that a group of Grace teens will be going to the home of Rose and Powell Wyatt to put a fresh coat of stain on the long wheelchair ramp that a group of Grace men built a couple years ago. I love seeing the ways different generations of Grace folks are taking care of each other!
This week is Family Camp at Camp Garner Creek in Dickson, TN. Evening services are at 7:00 Tues-Fri and 6:00 on Saturday. Closing service is Sunday afternoon at 4:00. Take an evening or two to join with the district family in this time of worship and renewal.

Grace Extended: In working on our year-end report I am again grateful for the many ways you have extended grace this last year. Your giving supported missionaries in 159 world areas. You extended grace in special offerings for visiting missionaries Bub & Rickie Honea (Nicaragua /Costa Rica) and Emman & Jade Chapman who just left for Australia. You extended grace in the form of food to students at NE elementary and middle schools with the FUEL program, and to dozens of families through Grace House. You provided baby showers for a dozen young mothers-to-be at Hope Pregnancy Center and some of you worked every week in the feeding ministry of Manna Cafe. You extended grace to NEHS teachers in the form of cards & muffins on the first day of school, and fruit smoothies at the end of the year. You helped individuals and families with utility bills and gas in their cars, and many of you took a turn serving our homeless through Room in the Inn. You reached out to your neighbors, witnessed to co-workers, and loved people who were sometimes hard to love. You extended grace in the form of a love-offereing to a military family going through severe medical issues who moved away from Grace a year ago but still considered us to be their church family. You extended grace to the 2,300 people who came to our drive-thru nativity this year. Thank you for a great year of grace-giving. Looking forward to what lies ahead!

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