GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

Twenty years ago, Scott Ginsberg was a student at the University of Miami and had just finished attending a very uneventful conference. Like everyone, he had a nametag. As he left the conference, he passed a trash can full of name tags that people had ripped off. And he wondered, what if I do just

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

So, today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day started as a secular Roman holiday. In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I named the holiday for St. Valentine. It isn’t clear who St. Valentine is. By the 14th century, it became a celebration of romance. “Valentines” showed up in the 15th century and by the late 1700s printed cards were being

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

I am writing on the plane flying home from the ECO National Gathering in Dallas, Texas. Our GRACE team of 6 joined over 1500 other ECO church leaders from around the country. It was an incredible time of worship and connecting with ECO pastors and staff and elders. We heard from Dana Allin, ECO’s Synod

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

This weekend, we will experience one of the biggest divisions in our country – do you watch the Super Bowl for the game or for the commercials? I confess that this year, I am in the second category. What teams are playing this year? Just kidding. All over the country, whether it is for the commercials or

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. We will together bring forward our commitments for the 2020 mission and ministry of GRACE Church. It is so humbling to watch God at work in you – as you bring your commitment cards down and place them in the baskets. The act of making our

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

This past Sunday was an important milestone for our congregation. Mike Baittinger, the chair of our Finance Committee, joined me to let you know that your generosity has allowed us to pay off the mortgage of the Hecktown Road Property in 3 months! It was great to see Mike literally “rip” the mortgage. For the

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

For the most part, Christmas is a wrap. Even if your tree isn’t down. (Mine isn’t.) Even if you haven’t mailed your Amazon prime returns. (I haven’t.) Even if you hang on to the 12 days of Christmas, Sunday, it’s all over. As we turn the calendar from 2019 to 2020, maybe you are busy

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

Merry Christmas from the Staff of GRACE Church Bethlehem. On behalf of all the team at GRACE, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I pray that your celebrations with your family and friends have been life-giving and have drawn you closer to the God who so loved you that He sent his Son

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

This has been a heartbreaking week for my family as we released my sweet niece to the arms of Jesus. Mark and I, along with John, are down in Atlanta for the services today. I am so thankful for all of your notes, calls, texts and most important – prayers. More than ever, as I

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GRACE This Week
GRACE This Week

I got on a plane on Wednesday. I settled into my seat. I (barely) listened to the safety announcements. Then, we took off. I hadn’t planned this trip – but I had to take it. Many of you know by now that my dear 3-year old niece, Caroline had an accident at school and had to be

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

I can’t wait for this weekend. We will start with the 3rd annual Women’s Christmas Tea on Saturday morning – on the Mountain Campus at Lehigh. We have over 200 women who will gather for tea and Christmas fellowship. I get to share the good news of Christmas with our GRACE women and the many

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GRACE This Week
GRACE This Week

Abraham Lincoln declared on October 3, 1863, that the last Thursday of November would be a national holiday of Thanksgiving. He explained it this way: The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we

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GRACE this Week
GRACE this Week

Four years ago, I was just your guest preacher. I had no idea that the people I saw out in the congregation that weekend in all those services would be people that I would know and love. I had no idea that God would give me and Mark the privilege of being your pastors and the joy

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Grace This Week
Grace This Week

Wednesday night, I went back to the gym after a way-too-long hiatus. My time away was justified -- parents weekend at Wake, gearing up for SHINE Commitment Sunday and a weather whiplash sickness. After that workout, I was so sore -- from my arms to my calf muscles. But it felt “good.” Sunday morning, on

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GRACE This Week
GRACE This Week

This weekend is SHINE Commitment Sunday! It is a truly historic moment in the life of GRACE church! For almost two years, our congregation has been praying, dreaming, meeting, and planning – and it is finally our moment to SHINE. On Sunday, we will come forward and make our commitments for the SHINE Vision and

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GRACE This Week
GRACE This Week

I can’t wait for Sunday. First, we all get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night. It’s “fall-back” Sunday. So, set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night. Second, I will give a very important update about our SHINE campaign as we look forward to next week’s Commitment Sunday. Along with the update, you

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

August 2019 is almost a wrap. Where has the time gone? My favorite August commercial is one that shows a dad skipping down the aisles of a store picking out school supplies while singing the Christmas tune: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  The young and the young at heart might not agree. Summer is such a

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I am writing as Mark and I are driving through Pennsylvania a couple hours away from home. It’s hard to believe that we dropped off John and Anna for their senior and junior years at Wake Forest. As someone told me long ago… the days are often long, but the years get faster and faster.

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

What are you afraid of? Killer White Sharks headed to our beaches? Snakes in your yard? Sending your kids off to college? Going to college? Living through something? Dying? The Bible has a lot to say about fear. Some count “do not be afraid” 365 times in the Bible – one time for every day

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Last Sunday was a great day for GRACE.  We had joyful worship at BECA and baptized two little ones promising to teach them the good news of Jesus Christ.  An hour later, we were leading hundreds under the Festplatz tent in worship – many who were invited by you. Healthy churches are INTERNALLY STRONG – inviting disciples

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Every weekend we gather together at BECA High School, but throughout the week we scatter to hundreds of addresses.  We follow Jesus into the world, where He is at work in the lives of people we meet every day – our family, our colleagues at work, our neighbors, and everyone we meet.  And we join Him in that work –

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This Sunday, Pastor Manuela will continue in our sermon series – GOD IS… She will preach on God is… compassionate. It may be common to say God is love… but what does it mean?  In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis explains it this way. “All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that ‘God

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

From my youngest days, singing has been as natural as breathing. I sang around the piano with my mom and siblings. I sang in church – both in choirs and the congregation. I sang to the radio in the car. I sang in ensembles at college and seminary. I sang at concerts – mostly in the

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Dear friends, The Summer heat is here. It’s a reminder to me of God’s grace that He has called Mark and me to serve you in the beautiful and less humid Lehigh Valley. Summer is also a time of escalating food needs across the Valley. To address hunger needs, I hope you will join us in

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” I’m writing on July 4th morning from Atlanta where I am visiting family. I started the morning with a long walk/jog/run with my son, John. He did most of the running! Of course, I exercised this morning so I can enjoy our family

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Here’s a question for you: If you put together over 150 orange and blue GRACE Kids t-shirts, countless bags of popcorn, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, boxes and water, a human brain, donations of nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars given for backpacks for our Freemansburg Elementary partnership, all kinds of crazy hats and socks,

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

In his classic and important book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer gets to perhaps the first theological question. He writes… The child, the philosopher, and the religionist have all one question, “What is God like?” …. At the onset I must acknowledge that it cannot be answered except to say that God is not

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

As I write this I am flying home from meeting with the Senior Pastors from our ECO Presbyterian peer churches. It was such an encouragement to meet with these pastors from all over the country and to hear about God’s work across our growing denomination. We shared ideas and best practices and prayed for each other

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

We wrap up our On Display series on the book of James this week with James’ conclusion. He ends his book with a very clear mandate to pray. Not just when things are bad. Not just when things are good. Not just by yourself. Not just with others. Pray. And pray a lot. Sunday, we will take a deep dive

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Tomorrow, May is over.. and we are all glad. May is a candidate for the craziest month of the year. Every single activity that you started in September has to have a closing event – Dance Recitals, Concerts, Scouting. And then there are the sports. You can’t admit it but you’re praying your child loses in the playoffs

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I’m sitting out by the pool in my backyard as I write this letter. It’s open but with the pool temperature below 70 degrees, it is not even close to “swimmable” – but it won’t be long. College students will swim in it after weekly bible studies. Our youth groups will have their pool parties. And likely,

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

The business of the church is to tell and embody a story. That’s what Lesslie Newbigin said in his book,Foolishness to the Greeks. He’s not talking about a building or an institution. He’s talking about you. You are the church. You tell and embody the true story of the resurrected Jesus. You do that when you

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

As we stopped to pray before our milestone vote to purchase our new campus property, I was overwhelmed with the goodness of God and the privilege of being your pastor. The unanimous vote was another grace – we are moving into this season together with clarity that we are joining God in his mission to

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Sunday, it was a great joy for our congregation to hear the confirmation students up on the stage at BECA saying those seven words that change a life: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I never grow tired of people of all ages making that profession of faith. But, that’s not the end of the

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! What a wonderful Easter celebration we had on Sunday. We declared the truth that generations have declared before us. We declared the truth that shapes every part of who we are as a community of believers. There are so many pictures in my mind as I thank God for

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This was our third year having a donkey in worship on Palm Sunday. The first year, I had a few raised eyebrows but now as a congregation, you have fully embraced the donkey. I loved seeing you have your pictures taken with “Cisco” as we launched Holy Week with the palms and processions.  It was

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. And once again, a donkey will be a part of our services. If you are a little uncomfortable seeing a donkey come down the aisle of our worship space, or at least, surprised, you will be just like the disciples and the people in Jerusalem on the first Palm

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This Sunday, we will continue in our series, FACES at the CROSS, turning our attention to the faces on either side of Jesus hanging on the cross. Two criminals were facing the biggest crisis of their lives –their inevitable death. Their conversation with Jesus tells us a lot. How do you face your own crises? Does

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Looking back to last Sunday, it was such a privilege to have my friend, Dr. Sasan Tavassoli as our guest preacher. His words to us about God’s work in Iran challenged many of us. If you missed his message, click here to hear it. What a gift to get to hear first-hand how God is at work in

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This week we will continue in our Faces at the Cross series with a face to face look at Simon of Cyrene. He found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time that became the right place for a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Simon, by force, was “All- In”, carrying the cross for Jesus. His

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

A couple times a year, I ask a question at our staff meeting. For almost three years now, they’ve answered it and come to expect this important question – “Where do you see God at work?” Someone will share about first time guests sharing their GRACE Experience – “your church is so friendly! We are

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 Jesus knew it was coming. He knew he would have to die so that people could live. It was time for Jesus to set his face to Jerusalem… to fully embrace God’s plan for him. He knew

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Sunday we will wrap up our In Charge Series with the climax of Joseph’s life story. In a “God-only” series of events, Joseph, a Hebrew business man, leads the powerful nation of Egypt and the world successfully through a worldwide famine. And it doesn’t stop there… Joseph ends up feeding and reconciling with the brothers who

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Dear friends, I’m looking out the window of my office at Locust Street. And the sun is shining. How grateful I am for the sun that makes the ice beautiful and short-lived. The sun is a great spotlight on the neighborhood kids just out of school. Some are walking from the direction of Northeast Middle School. Others from the

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Dear friends, I can’t wait for Sunday. We will continue in our In Charge Series. I will be preaching at both services on “Highs and Lows”. This week, we will explore the next part of Joseph’s life: he’ll start in the pit, then end up in charge of Potiphar’s house, and then get thrown into prison. Joseph was very familiar with

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

One of the best parts of being a pastor is walking with people in the many seasons of life and hearing their stories. Every week, I learn the stories of people who are new to GRACE or learn a deeper part of stories of some of you I have known for almost three years now. Everyone’s

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I am writing on the plane flying home from the ECO National Gathering in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was a very joyful time of worship and connecting with ECO pastors and elders from around the country. We heard from Richard Stearns, the recently retired Executive Director of World Vision, about how showing the love of

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

ON Sunday, we wrap up our RESET: Getting the Life You Have Always Wanted series. We’ve been talking very practically about how to live our best in 2019. Sunday, we will look at the challenge to RESET our relationships. God made us for relationships. We have a longing for belonging. We have an urge to merge. And that

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

UPDATE (1/20, 12 PM): SNL Sunday Night High School Program is canceled tonight due to forecasted icy road conditions. UPDATE (1/20, 8 am): the roads look good, so we will continue with our ONE service today at 10 am at BECAHI. Due the ice and snow forecasted for the Lehigh valley  – Grace Church Bethlehem

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Of all my “mentors in print,” none speak more directly nor convict as deeply as C. S. Lewis. Here’s a zinger he wrote on prayer: “The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Sunday was a great start to a new year at GRACE Church.  I was encouraged to see you turning in your envelopes to invite God to RESET something in your life.  Hundreds of you did that at BECA, and many more did it through our online stream.  Some on line watchers have even sent their

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

On behalf of all the team at Grace Church, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I pray that your celebrations with your family and friends have been life-giving and have drawn you closer to the God who so loved you that He sent his Son to us at Christmas.   Speaking of Christmas, I

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

For four weeks we have been counting down the days to Christmas. We are almost there. Advent has been a season of preparation. We have had vibrant worship. We continue to have larger crowds and many new faces each week. Our parking lot continues to be a challenge. This is a good problem that we will continue to address

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I just returned from a breakfast appointment with a couple who has been visiting our church. It is exciting to hear them share their new experience with GRACE. ON the way home, I saw a few snow flurries.  Nothing serious… but you never know.  Our December weather has been a bit erratic.  I can’t help

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Yesterday, I had the privilege, with some of our team, to meet with Michael Alogna, the principal of Freemansburg Elementary School. Freemansburg was one of the schools that received the Thanksgiving “Blessing Bags” that you packed. Michael and his team sent a thank you video that we showed at our Thanksgiving Service. If you missed

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

What a Thanksgiving Sunday we had together last week at Northeast Middle School! I took the picture below as I was giving the benediction. It was wonderful to see our set up team, our greeting and usher teams, our choir and musicians, and our staff work together to have such a meaningful service. Thank you!

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Abraham Lincoln declared on October 3, 1863 that the last Thursday of November would be a national holiday of Thanksgiving. He explained it this way: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

As I write, an unexpected amount of snow is falling outside my window and the first fire of the year is blazing in our fireplace. With the right boots, the right shovel, and the right wood – thanks to a dear friend in the congregation, the snow is bringing a needed Sabbath rest and hush.

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Last Sunday’s services were so powerful. God is clearly at work in us. In each of the services, I watched you commit to our mission and ministry here at GRACE Church Bethlehem: An ECO Presbyterian Community. You walked down the aisles and made your commitments – newcomers to the church and longtime members, men and women,

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This is one of the best weekends of the year. Not only do we get an extra hour of sleep, we get to celebrate God’s faithfulness to us individually and as a congregation. We will together bring forward our commitments for the 2019 mission and ministry of GRACE Church. It is so humbling to watch

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This past week, Eugene Peterson died and went to be with Jesus. You may know his name as the author of the Bible translation, The Message. Eugene Peterson had an impact on me and many other pastors with his inspiring and challenging books on pastoral work and the life of discipleship. This Sunday, we will

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

As you read this, our GRACE group is flying home from Tel Aviv to Newark. We have had an amazing trip walking in the footsteps of Jesus and seeing the Bible come alive. Thank you for your prayers. I hope many of you will hear stories from our group which will make you want to

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Good morning all the way from Jerusalem, As I write, the Grace Church Pilgrims are getting ready to spend the day again walking the steps that Jesus walked in Jerusalem.  We will have many stories to tell on our return.  Thank you for the many notes and prayers you are sending our way. All the

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

You’ve been hearing about it for months.  And it finally starts this week.  40 days is a strategic time-period throughout the Bible.  Whenever God was preparing someone for his purposes, he often used 40 days.  For Noah – it was 40 days of rain.  For Moses – it was 40 days on Mount Sinai.  For

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

We are almost there! Months ago, I invited you to make plans to be a part of a 40 days small group. Beginning October 7, we will take 40 days to ask together “What in the World Are We Here For?” There are 3 important ways to participate in the 40 days: 1) Sunday Mornings: On

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Dear Friends, Are you signed up for a 40 days group yet? Hundreds have already bought the book/study guide and signed up. If you haven’t signed up yet for one of our groups at Locust Street, please do so right now by clicking here. You can choose one of these times for a 6-week group

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

As I write, the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Florence.  I know you join me in praying for those who have evacuated, those first responders who will be helping with rescues and assessing damages, and for many who will likely lose their place and property.  I also invite you to pray for churches that

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Was there ever a time you got something you deserved? But it wasn’t good news. You blew it… And you paid for it. Was there ever a time you did not get what you deserved? You did your best. You earned it… And you got nothing. Last question… Have you ever gotten what you don’t

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I simply can’t get on to this coming Sunday without looking back to last weekend. Legacy Weekend was such a joyful weekend of thanking God for his faithfulness! The Reverend Connie Jordan-Haas blessed us with her timely message thanking you for your legacy in her life and cheering you on as you continue to leave

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Remembering is a holy practice.  Throughout the Bible, we are invited to do it – from remembering God’s rescue mission of his people at the Exodus to Jesus’ invitation to take the bread and the cup “in remembrance of me.” The testimony from the Psalms has it just right. I will remember the deeds of

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

We did not get to the shore this Summer. Kids were too spread out with their internships claiming most of the weeks of summer. There was just too much to do in their brief days in town. So, our big water experience this year has been our pool. With our southern sensibilities, June and July

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I grew up going to the beach.  My dad is a Citadel graduate so Charleston, South Carolina holds my earliest memories of family vacations full of good books, riding the waves, freckles and “crabbing.”  As the years have gone by, I have more beach memories with my own kids on the Florida coast at Seaside

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

On Sunday, I shared yet another “God-only” GRACE Church Story. Earlier in the week, a woman came into the church office. One of our team met her and welcomed her. The woman surprised our staff member by saying, “I have a gift for you.” The two sat down and the woman continued, “I know your

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

At our congregational update on Sunday, it was standing room only at our Locust Street midweek Campus. After a powerful morning of worship and reconnecting with each other over coffee and homemade baked-goods, and then celebrating our children who memorized Psalm 23 at the Pastor’s Prize Popsicle Party (try saying that 5 times fast), we

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Earlier this week, I spent 2 days with the Senior Pastors from our ECO Presbyterian peer churches.  It was such an encouragement to meet with these pastors from all over the country and to hear about God’s work across our growing denomination. We shared ideas and best practices and prayed for each other and our

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I have a preacher friend who always greets me this way – “God is good, all the time.”  And he waited until I responded – “All the time, God is good.” So right now, wherever you are reading this, here I go… “God is good, all the time.” I can hear you in my mind,

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

I’ll be home by the time you read this, but I am writing from Dallas, Texas. I spent the July fourth holiday with my daughter Anna who is doing an internship this summer at our sister ECO church, Highland Park Presbyterian Church. I hope you enjoyed your fourth as much as I did! One of

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Here’s a question for you: If you put together 142 electric yellow and blue GRACE Kids t-shirts, countless bags of popcorn, animal cookies and fruit, parachutes and water, hundreds of beads, donations of colored pencils and supplies, all kinds of crazy hats and socks, 5 rocking songs, and over 140 kids and leaders in the

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NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR
NEWS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

This Sunday we launch a new Sunday series.  Over the next few weeks, we will look at perhaps the most loved and most quoted Psalm in the Bible — Psalm 23.  David, a seasoned shepherd turned King, begins …” The Lord is my Shepherd.” If you were writing a poem about the Lord’s work in

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