From the Pastor’s Desk – May 2017

There is a group that meets twice a month to share ideas and to think creatively about worship.  For a couple of our meetings in April we read aloud from the book of Acts, through the first eight chapters. I shared with the group that I was considering preaching from Acts in June, on the Sundays following Pentecost (which is found in Acts 2), and this was a good way for us to explore the stories.

Reading it out loud together ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: May 2017

On Palm Sunday, April 9, we received the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. On Pentecost, June 4, we receive the Pentecost Offering. These are two of the four special offerings we receive each year as part of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Our church leadership sees these offerings as an opportunity to be part of ministry that is much bigger than this congregation.

The PCUSA, of which Grace is a part, has over one million members. Being part of a ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk – April 2017

The church is a family, a community, a flock of sheep, etc. There are a lot of metaphors to describe the church.  Metaphors are helpful, and of course, all fall short. The metaphor I use the most in talking about church is that of the body.

The Apostle Paul introduces this idea in I Corinthians 12:12, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: March 2, 2017

Dear Grace Community,

I’m writing with some medical lingo: DNA, fasting, and well checks.

I don’t remember much of the scientific data about DNA from biology class, but I know that the DNA of an organization is the stuff that is at its core.  The DNA of Grace contains lots of things.  Jesus is in our DNA.  Without God we would not exist.  A connection to our neighborhood is in our DNA.  The congregation met at Robinson Middle School for eight years ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk – February 1, 2017

On February 19, you’re invited to a conversation about the possibility of establishing a memorial garden on the Grace grounds.  We meet at 2 pm in the Grace Parlor.  You may read more about the Memorial Garden Proposal.

This is not a new topic of discussion at Grace.  Before I was called here the session engaged in conversation about establishing a columbarium on the Grace grounds.  A memorial garden is different, but the idea is the same: both allow for the ...

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