A Weekend of Potential
Who knows how God will use the events of this weekend to further shape of the life of Grace Church and advance His mission?! Who knows what people will enter our open doors? Who knows what kind of needs will be met? Who knows what new friendships will be formed? Who knows what new seeds of faith will be planted? This weekend holds tremendous potential to powerfully advance the mission of God and Grace Church. I hope you and your loved ones are ready to participate and engage!
The activities begin with our annual “Soup & Chili Supper” fundraising dinner to be held this Saturday! Countless soups, chilis, breads, and desserts have already been donated for this great cook-off competition – and more are always welcome. The dinner runs from 5:00-7:00 PM and is open to the public. If you’re bringing a dish, please have it to church by 4:45 PM. Suggested donation is just $7.00/adult and $4.00/children 6-12 years for all you can eat with children 5 years and under eating free.
All proceeds and donations from the dinner will replenish our Benevolent Fund, assisting those in financial need within our church and extended church family. So far this year, six individuals have been helped by this fund as a total of $850 was disbursed for emergent needs such as rent, groceries, and medicines. The fund is administered wisely by our deacon chairperson and mission deacon. Currently, there is just $66 in this critical fund, so your support is needed. Larger donations are also welcome!
Following the supper, “Spirit of Grace” will present a concert of praise and worship in our sanctuary beginning at 7:00 PM and running until around 8:15 PM. It’s going to be a blast as it’s a reunion concert including former members of the band from the past 20 years. And, it’ll be a kind-of a “trip down memory lane” as we trace a bit of the history of the band through stories and pictures, and perform some of our older songs. Most importantly, it’s just a great opportunity to praise our great God together!
Sunday morning features our Traditional Service beginning at 9:00 AM and our Contemporary Service beginning at 10:45 AM. Busy Bags are available for children along with a Children’s Church at the contemporary service, plus a Nursery for little ones. We will continue our Overcoming the Mountains sermon series, highlighting the next critical task, “Extending Care.” Why do we extend care? How do we extend care that is compassionate and competent? Who do you know that needs some loving care?
As you can see, this weekend is loaded with huge potential and holy possibilities! There are seven things you can do to prepare and help make this a special and Spirit-filled weekend: 1) Pray for God to work among us, 2) Personally invite others, 3) Post the attached flyers on social media, 4) Participate by attending all three events, 5) Practice hospitality by welcoming the stranger, 6) Pitch-in to help where there’s a need, and 7) Praise God in singing, service, and sacrifice in all you do this weekend!
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Dave Van Netten