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Grace Weekly | March 2, 2015

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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…” Titus 2:11-12

Grace Received:  We now have 2 Sundays behind us in this Lenten season as we journey together to toward Holy Week and Easter. We will celebrate baptisms on Easter (April 5 this year). There will be a Baptism Class on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:15 PM. If you are interested in attending, please let me know – pastorsteve@clarksvillegrace.org 

Great news!!! We have now received the necessary funds to move forward with the sanctuary remodel! The remodel will include new flooring, seating (chairs), some improvements to our lighting, and fresh paint. This will create some flexibility in of our sanctuary space that will enable us to maximize our stewardship of space and missional effectiveness. Thank you to all who have given to make this project possible! We are currently getting bids and Pastor Joe is working on a construction schedule. We will keep you informed as the plans are finalized.

Looking ahead, the next couple projects we will tackle is updating our sound system, and then working towards the construction of a large picnic pavilion and further developing the campus. Our goal is to take the same approach as the sanctuary remodel, and to make all improvements without incurring any debt.

Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night for Daylight Savings time!

Grace Shared:

This Saturday, March 7 will be the Improve Your Serve event at Nashville 1st Church of the Nazarene from 9-3:30. This is an annual training day for all who serve in local church ministries. There will be 2 plenary sessions and 3 workshops offered. If you would like to attend, contact Brenda in the church office (931) 647-7768 and Grace will cover your registration and lunch. For a list of the workshops, go tohttp://www.improveyourserve.org/nashville-workshops/   Please plan to meet in our church parking lot at 7:30 Saturday morning and we’ll carpool.

Recently, the General Board of the International Church of the Nazarene met for their annual meeting at which time General Superintendent Gustavo Crocker gave a report on the state of the COTN around the world. If you’d like to read that report, you can do so at:  http://nazarene.org/sites/default/files/docs/bgs/2015BGSGeneralBoardReport.pdf 

Grace Extended: We are currently working on starting a Sunday School Class for special needs children (90% of all special needs families are unchurched) and are recruiting a team to help.  If you would like be part of this new ministry or find out more about it, contact Deborah Cooke  cookedj@yahoo.com 

In support of our team who will be traveling to Nicaragua for this summer’s mission trip, there will be an auction on Sunday night, March 29.  If you have items to donate or have questions, they can be directed to Pastor Charlotte Moore at charlottemoore@wedeliverbest.com 

 

Last week Richard and Esther Ives’ granddaughter Hannah and her husband were in an accident while moving to North Carolina. They lost their belongings and are in need especially of clothes. If you’d like to contribute, please bring the following items to the church: Women’s clothes  – Large shirts, pants size 14. Men’s clothes: Large shirts, pants size 36×34, large underwear.

A movie worth seeing this week at the theater on Tiny Town:

The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love. http://www.thedropboxfilm.com 

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