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Grace Weekly | January, 15, 2015

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Scripture for the day: “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the days of trouble I will call you to you, for you will answer me.” Ps. 86:5-7

Grace Received: “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are are but does not leave us where it found us.” —Anne Lamott

This Saturday night Refuge, a talented group from YOUR Trevecca Nazarene University, will be here for a concert at 6:00 in the sanctuary. Following the concert, (around 7:30) a rep from TNU will be here to meet with parents of high school juniors and seniors to give valuable information as you prepare for college (will be helpful whether your students are going to TNU or not).

Grace Shared:  I am very pleased to announce that Al Longbrake (his wife is Elizabeth) is now the Sr. Adult Ministry Director at Grace. We are thrilled that he will be leading our ministry to the 55+ group! Al retired from a career in pharmaceuticals and his last position was Sr. Director of Quality Assurance for an international company. He has traveled extensively and brings great experience to this role.  Al currently sings in the choir and on the praise team and his wife Elizabeth teaches a children’sSunday School Class.  In the coming weeks Al will be developing a team for this ministry – great days ahead!!

Congratulations to our children’s quiz teams who had an excellent quiz last Saturday! We had 18 red level quizzers and they took first second and third place with their teams and for Blue level we had 13 compete and they took 2nd and 3rd place. Great job!!!!

I want to introduce you to Sam McMinn. He is originally from WV and is a student at TNU. Sam will be at Grace doing an internship in youth ministry with Pastor Patrick this semester. Make him feel welcome!

Grace Extended: A couple weeks ago when Pastor Patrick and our youth led the service, many of you responded by writing about the response the Spirit evoked in you that day.  I was blessed to read through them and thought you would be encouraged to see what your Grace family is doing to extend grace is some very creative ways. This is a sample of your responses.

…council youth in the foster care/child welfare system

…change my community whether through students I teach or through outreach.

…connect young students to jobs and adult mentors.

…share Christ’s love, share my story to help other marriages, and help encourage military wives!

…save unborn babies! Help young girls and boys to cherish life as a gift form God.

…help remind soldiers that they are not alone, that God loves them with open arms!

Recently I received a beautiful report from Jo Ann Waikel, the leader of our Celebrate Recovery ministry. She is currently working with 5 newcomers who are experiencing the liberating power of God as they face their hurts, habits, and hangups in this powerful, Christ-centered, 12 step program. God is at work!

We will have our annual Naz Safe training Sunday night, Feb 15 at 6 pm. This is a mandatory training for all who work with our kids and teens (birth-18) and is required. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Rachelle Clark clrkbeachbum@aol.com or Pastor Patrick Taylor patricktaylortnu@gmail.com

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