Inviting Community in Christ
Good afternoon Grace! February is here, which means Easter is drawing nearer! That means Ash Wednesday is just around the corner with special, mid-week services. But as we look forward to the coming weeks, let us first look back at what's been happening in ministry the past month.
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Music is such a neat gift that God has given to us! In fact, Martin Luther enjoyed a saying from St. Augustine: "He who sings, prays twice." At Grace, we were blessed to have the Messenger Choir from St. James sing for us on Sunday, February 2. We had over around 30 new kids worship with us and with their families; so if it seemed extra crowded that Sunday, that's why! Amanda Goodspeed does such a great job with the music program at St. James, and so do all of the teachers and faculty there. We ask you to pray for their continuing work and we look forward to many more collaborations with St. James in the future!
Ringing in 2020 with the youth
In New York City, they have a tradition of a ball dropping in Times Square as the clock strikes midnight of the new year. This year, the youth of Grace got together and experienced this tradition together and then some, as they took part in a New Year's Eve/Day Lock-In. From 7pm-7am, they had an indoor snowball fight, a white elephant gift exchange, played games, celebrated, laughed, watched movies and more from evening to morning. While they tried to stay awake, almost all of them succumbed to sleep at about 4:30am. It was a lot of fun, and if you see Joy Hobson or Brian Pike, feel free to ask them if they have recovered from staying up all night yet!
Kairos is a prison fellowship that that believes no life is beyond the reach of God’s power, and they envision a future in which countless prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, are redeemed, restored, and reconciled through the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Over the last few months, we have had some great successes with Kairos!
Kairos Prison Ministry
One of our members, Rob Morgan, organized the baking of dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies that were needed for one of the Kairos retreats with the inmates of the State Penitentiary. He also regularly volunteers at these retreats where he is able to share the love of Jesus, and these cookies, with many of the inmates! In January, he was excited to share his experiences with 23 other members of Grace at an open house that Jeff & Cindy Gilles hosted. These experiences even moved Ed Morrow to join this statewide organization and undergo training to take part in this ministry. It is so exciting to see this ministry multiplying!
It is neat to see this congregation share the love of Jesus with those around the state and especially those who especially need to hear that His love is for everyone! If you love baking, or if you have a heart for those who need another chance, be on the lookout for the opportunities to use your gifts in the coming months!