Eleven Sundays have gone by since we have gathered together in person for Children’s Ministry! I currently volunteer with the five6 ministry (5th & 6th graders), but I have been in CM for 11 years volunteering with every age group from preschool on up. It has been a joy and strength to me in so many ways, and this season of being “sheltered-at-home” has, by God’s grace, been no different.
As the stay home order begins to lift, I am excited to be able to gather with the body again and even more excited to be able to gather everyone together in the sanctuary at 1217! It means a lot to me that I am able to play even a small role in helping out with that. Construction is a lot more than just getting work done though. It has allowed me to be able to interact with a lot of others in the body and have some fun and meaningful conversations. Now together, let’s finish the work!
During these challenging times, many drives have been cancelled throughout the country, resulting in a deficit of blood without a decrease in the need. When a drive in our community was cancelled… Red Cross asked if we would be able to host. We said YES! As a very practical way to serve our community, Red Cross, and donors who come in to give so consistently, we opened up our doors to help those in need.
We were excited to hear that we, Grace Church, were going to host a drive-in livestream event at Mt. Pleasant Speedway for The National Day of Prayer! Sure, we’d still be in our cars, parked 6 feet apart and windows rolled up… but we would be TOGETHER and getting out of the house! I’m sure my kids will remember it for years to come.
We have been so blessed by the services we’ve had through Zoom and through Vimeo these last two months! Though having church and prayer meetings from home is not at all the same, we have found some unexpected blessings at our house as we’ve engaged together in this way!
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since our Fall installment of our Race for a Reason. The Race for a Reason started several years ago as a simple way to raise some money to help people in need around the world.
This past Sunday was a fantastic weekend in Children’s Ministry. We launched the new curriculum, To the Ends of the Earth, amid sounds of airport traffic, a ‘security check point,’ and snacks from our “Grace Airlines” stewardesses.
Last week, about 50 ladies ranging from 13 years old and up journeyed north together for our 10th annual women’s retreat. We spent three beautiful days near Petoskey, MI. This year’s theme was “We Are His.” Together we gleaned wisdom from God’s Word on what it means to be His in unity, to extend and receive forgiveness as His people, and about the comfort and hope God abundantly supplies His people with.
I’m super excited to introduce Alex this week! She’s spending a lot of her summer volunteering in some much-needed ways at Grace. Not only is she volunteering in her ‘usual’ Children’s Ministry and Coffee Ministry capacities, she has also been diving in with a group of others who are finishing up our revised Children’s Ministry Curriculum for the fall! (It’s crazy awesome- I can’t wait for everyone to see the final version of it. To God be the glory!)
If you’ve tasted any of the coffee around Grace, you’ve likely been blessed by Adam. As our lead volunteer roaster, he puts in a lot of hours roasting the beans and teaching others the intricacies of coffee roasting. We’re thankful for him!
One of the most beautiful things about Grace Church is the impact we have everyday with those in need overseas! It is truly a joy to be able to encourage and support the ministry at Agape Orphanage in Myanmar for the past several years.
The spirit of the old adage “words will never harm me” is not the sentiment of the Scriptures. Words can hurt, even when directed from an unknown profile online. God made a world in which words are powerful.
We had a beautiful morning and a great course for this spring’s Race for a Reason (R4R) on Saturday, April 28. The R4R has a history of helping others- raising money for those in need locally and globally.