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Grace Weekly | January 7, 2015

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Scripture for the Day: “As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:10-11

Grace Received:  Special thanks to Pastor Clayton and Pastor Patrick who preached the last couple weeks. This coming Sunday is Baptism of the Lord Sunday.  There will be a baptism class tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 7) at 7:15 p.m.  for all who are interested in being baptized.  I am looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday. Come – and bring somebody with you.

Grace Shared: Last Sunday was Joe Voight’s 1st official Sunday as our Worship Arts Pastor, and it also marked our 7th anniversary as pastor and people. Year 8 has begun, so HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!  I am grateful for the healthy relationships we enjoy at Grace while partnering together to make grace receiving, grace sharing, and grace extending disciples.

A big part of that process is involvement in intentional, disciple-making relationships.  Pastor Clayton Gregory has been working hard on the re-launch of our small groups which will happen in February. We are having a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9-12 (childcare provided) for all who are interesting in hosting or leading a small group.  Direct any question about that to Pastor Clayton: chaplaingregory@gmail.com

Grace Extended: Most of you have probably heard about the proposed troop reduction that the US Army is considering to comply with the Budget Control Act of 2011 (sequestration). As part of the Army’s process in determining where the reductions will take place they are traveling to  Army installations that will potentially be affected by these cuts and hosting listening sessions. These sessions afford the local communities the opportunity to “pitch their case” as to why we are different than other communities and why the cuts should not take place here. The Army had told us that it MATTERS how many people show up and who shows up.  Every effort is being made to have our US Senators, US Representatives, Governor, State Senator and State Representatives present at this event. Obviously, these individuals are important and need to be there, but OUR community also needs to be there!!!

 

On January 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Fort Campbell’s community listening session will be held at the Family Readiness Center (FRC) right inside Gate 1. Fort Campbell is relaxing their gate access rules for this session. Attendees are only required to have a valid driver’s license. The FRC is the first building on the right after you go through the gate.

 

Fort Campbell and our community is at risk of losing 16,000 soldiers. The total number of Army employees and their family members is over 40,000.

 

This is OUR chance to make a difference. Previous sessions on other installations have had 700-1000 people in attendance.

 

I am asking each of you to make your attendance at this event a priority. I also would ask for you prayers as I have been asked to be one of the presenters at this very important meeting.

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