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, but it’s actually quite different for adults. For over fifty years adult Sunday School at Grace was driven by the Mariner system, and it worked really well for a long time.

This meant that individuals joined classes (or ships) and stayed together forever. The ships arranged for their own Sunday School classes, and the system ran itself. Over the last five years all but one of these ships has stopped meeting as a Sunday School class. I am grateful that the Steamers continue to meet and plan their own classes as well as fellowship events. All are welcome to join them.

In light of the reality that there is only one Mariner class left, the Christian Discipleship Team put together a brand new approach to the fall. Starting this Sunday there are three new options for adults at 10 am. These classes meet for four weeks. There is no long-term commitment. We have excellent teachers and topics lined up, and I’m sure there is one that you’ll find interesting.

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After this four weeks Sunday School won’t meet on October 11, and then we start a new series on October 18. As always, our children and youth classes look to be excellent. Kirk Anderson and Jennifer Snook worked hard to recruit and equip teachers, and I look forward to the ways our young people will encounter Jesus this fall.

In Christ,

Catherine

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