From the Pastor’s Desk: October 21, 2015

Dear Grace Community,

In his book, As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner tells the story of the Bundren family. Addie Bundren, wife and mother, dies, and the family must transport her body from their home to its burial place. They plod across Mississippi with Addie’s casket in the back of their wagon. It is a punishing journey. At one point they cross a river, and catastrophe ensues. The casket floats away, living bones are broken, and whatever pride was left is ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: September 27, 2015

Dear Grace Community,

Please be at Grace on Tuesday night for the same-sex marriage program. Dinner begins at 5:45 pm ($7 for adults, $3 for children, family cap of $17), and the program is at 6:30 pm. Childcare is available.

Same-sex marriage is now allowed but not required in the Presbyterian Church USA. This means that each congregation may decide whether or not same-sex weddings are permitted on church grounds. In March, the Grace Session began to address the question about ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: September 22

Dear Grace Community,

“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say Rejoice!” This was Paul’s message to the Philippians and a good message for us too.

This summer we introduced you to, “Rejoice,” the proposal to enhance our worship spaces at Grace. The church leadership set a goal of $65,000 in order to make updates and changes to both the Great Room and Sanctuary. I was hopeful, even confident, that we would meet the goal, but what happened was more than I ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: September 10

Dear Grace Community,

I hope to see you at Grace on Sunday morning. We begin a new sermon series at 9 am and 11 am and a fresh approach to Sunday school at 10 am. For the next three Sundays I preach from Mark’s Gospel, chapters 8 and 9, where Jesus has some hard conversations with the disciples. The series is called, “Straight Talk with Jesus.”

The Sunday School hour might sound the same, after all, it’s Sunday School at 10 am, ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: August 20

Dear Grace Community,

On August 17, I shared with the Session that I am expecting a child. John and I are excited about this and glad to share this news with you. You were part of our wedding three years ago, and we look forward to you being part of our child’s life.

While pregnancy is a fairly personal matter, I have a pretty public life in this congregation. So, you might think of this letter as, “What to Expect When Your ...

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