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.
I’ve attended Grace Church since 2004, when I began college at CMU. My first involvement was the Dicken’s Christmas Choir and later that winter in 2005 I began volunteering with the weekend production team.
In the 16-18 months leading up to our 20th Anniversary as a church this spring, we have been working through a process to clearly articulate our philosophy of ministry as it relates to several aspects of life within the church.
Twenty years. We celebrated a milestone anniversary this year as a church, and while some may view this series of articles by The Morning Sun as, at the very least, a ‘black eye’ for Grace Church. I don’t.
Our Pastor sent the following to the writer of the Morning Sun article the day after his interview. We trust it will give a little perspective as to our approach to the issues being raised, our heart in the matter, and the beginnings of a possible way forward.
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.