From the Pastor’s Desk: May 11

There is an unofficial society at Grace, a society that no one wants to be part of, yet many are. It’s a group loosely bound together because they’ve experienced the death of a child. They do not get together for meetings, but once one recognizes another, and the connection is made, there is a bond.

Last year a colleague, Yvi, shared with me that she had led a worship service in her church, For Those Who’ve Loved and Lost. The service ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: April 2, 2015

Easter is coming! I love Easter. It brings me deep joy to stand with you and proclaim that Christ is Risen. Easter is a wonderful day at Grace. It’s a day when we anticipate large crowds at both worship services, and so I’m writing to ask for your help. Here are a few simple things you can do to help visitors feel more at ease here on Easter:

  1. Park in the west lot or at the back of the north lot.

Most ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: March 26

What’s next for Grace? Little is predictable in the life of a church in 2015. There was a time when things were assumed about churches. For instance: there would always be the next generation to pick up where someone left off; and there would always be specific ways to study the Bible or to worship that people would flock to.

We can’t assume anything about the life of a church anymore. In many cases the next generation isn’t interested in what ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk – March 19

Dear GPC Community,

The Presbyterian Church USA made the news this week regarding same-sex marriages. I put together some Questions and Answers to help us think through what happened.

Q. Was there some kind of big vote on Tuesday?

A. Yes and No. Last summer the General Assembly of the PCUSA (national gathering of elected ministers and elders from each presbytery) voted to change our constitution to allow for same sex marriages. In order for the constitution to change, a majority of the ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: February 26

By Catherine Neelly Burton, Senior Pastor

I talk a lot about all of the people who come in and out of Grace each day. The list includes: parents and students at Jacob’s Learning Ladder; volunteers; students coming to see Kirk; outside groups (gamblers anonymous, girl scouts, ALS support, etc); church members coming for study or meetings; community people coming for bus tickets. The list goes on and on.

But I don’t often mention the people who come here seeking a blessing. It ...

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