Grace Weekly | August 26, 2014

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Scripture for the day:

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

Grace Received:

Thanks to Pastor Patrick for preaching in my absence last Sunday. God really does offer us a better story to live – not because we deserve it but because He truly is a gracious God. We will be continuing in Romans for the next few weeks. If you want to read ahead the sermon text this week will be Romans 12:9-21

We’ll be having a baptism class this Wednesday at 7:15 pm. If you’ve not been baptized and are interested, join us for the class. Email me if you have any questions –

Grace Shared:

This Sunday night following the dinner/auction for our teens, we’ll be having another “Stories of Grace” celebration at 6:00. (Now happens every quarter on the months we have 5 Sundays). I’m excited because we ALWAYS have stories of how God has been at work – stories of transformation, healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, and deliverance.  It’s important that we share and celebrate God’s work in and among us. Come prepared to share your own story or simply be encouraged by the stories of others. It’s going to be a great night!

Yesterday Pastor Rachelle showed me the list of those who have signed up for children’s quizzing this year. 45 kids!!!! There is still room for more to participate but I am VERY excited about this great group who will be immersed in the Word and having fun while they do it. I know it is a commitment for parents to encourage, taxi, and help along the way and I want to commend all you quizzing parents for this vital investment in the spiritual formation of your kids!

Grace Extended:

Thanks to all who served, gave, and prayed for Warrior Weekend!! We had a total of 120 people at Garner Creek last weekend and as expected, God did a great work in many soldiers, marriages, and families. Some of the comments were: “Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. We loved it!”

“I’m learning to love myself and my husband the way God wants me to.”

‘Thanks for guiding me to forgiveness and letting go.”

“Made me feel normal and reminded me to stay with God.”

“This weekend made me think about my wife and what she goes through when I’m deployed.”

“Wonderful and heartfelt – I have never had anyone show me this kind of kindness and love.”

“We aren’t alone in our struggles. I never realized the life of David was so relevant to the Army community and to us.”

“Feeling refreshed and with a desire to grow in my faith and find a local church. Thank you. “

Grace family, you helped make this happen. Thank you! Keep reaching out to the people you know who need Jesus. Bring someone with you this Sunday!

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