This Sunday, we will continue our new series, In-Training. I’m excited for us to spend the summer working out our training in the way of Jesus. Each week, we will look at one of our training practices, or disciplines. This week, Mark will be preaching on “The Training Book”. You cannot be “In Training” without a regular practice of engaging scripture.
Also on Sunday, we will baptize one of the newest GRACE little ones.
We will also practice another of our spiritual disciplines on Sunday – service. On Sunday, we will bring our food donations to help “Feed Bethlehem”. We are partnering with Northeast Community Center to address food insecurity in the Lehigh Valley. What a practical way to love the world in Jesus’ name. If you would like to make a cash donation you can do that as well – see the announcements at the bottom of my letter.
This week, I begin my annual time of stepping away from preaching, so I can read and study and prayerfully plan next year’s sermon series. Please pray for me – pray that God will be very present – leading me by His Spirit as I do this work. And, as I ask every year, if you have a topic or scripture that you would like me to prayerfully consider, please let me know.
There are many special events that are coming up and I hope you will mark your calendar now for them – Lake Champion for our Men, Musikfest – where we take worship to Festplatz, and Fall Faith Festival. You can learn more below.
Thank you for the ways that you continue to faithfully support the mission and ministry of GRACE Church. And don’t forget as you head out on vacation — Give Before You Go. That helps us stay strong as we continue to relaunch so many of our ministries.
It is a privilege to be….
Your Pastor and Friend,
Dr. Marnie Crumpler