GRACE This Week

Here we go! This Sunday is a historic moment in the life of our church as we break ground for our Hecktown Road campus. It is so powerful to look back and remember God’s faithfulness to us.

In January 2018, we began our “tabernacle season”. We found a very good partner in Bethlehem Catholic High School, who welcomed us to have our Sunday worship services. We purchased our Locust Street campus to be our interim midweek ministry space and our offices.

After praying and looking all over the Valley for a new permanent location, God led us to 4301 Hecktown Road – a former Barnabite retreat center. God brought to us world-class master planners, architects, and engineers to work alongside our incredibly gifted congregation. Hundreds of people dreamed and prayed and worked to move the vision forward.

Even with the challenges of the changes and a global pandemic, our ministry never stopped. We have kept moving forward – growing in all ways and embracing our mission to invite people to find and follow Jesus.

Sunday is a very important next milestone. Sunday, we celebrate God’s faithfulness. And we celebrate the generosity of so many of you who have committed to building our new campus… and even more, committing to shining the love of Jesus Christ to generations to come. Sunday, we begin to lay down roots for our mission to thrive.

I hope you will plan to celebrate with us Sunday, at 5 pm at the Hecktown Road Campus. 

Sunday morning, we will continue with our series, In -Training, where we look at the habits that help us train in the way of Jesus. Sunday, Mark will lead us in looking at Celebration. Celebrating and living a life of joy is a habit that makes us more like Jesus.

Also on Sunday morning, we will celebrate the ministry of Dr. Manuela Kauer. There will be a reception in her honor immediately following the 9:45 am service. Remember to bring a card or stop to write one at the reception as we send Manuela off with our well wishes and gratitude. There is still time to make a financial gift for her. You can do that by CLICKING HERE.

As a reminder, the Session has called a congregational meeting on Sunday, at 9:40 am, before the 9:45 am service. This brief meeting is a polity requirement as we officially dissolve the call with Manuela.

Finally, Sunday is a great opportunity to bless our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. Bring your nonperishable foods on Sunday. CLICK HERE for more information or to give a financial gift toward food.

As we bring food to bless our neighbors, I know you join me in praying for Haiti and for Afghanistan. I hope to have tangible ways for us to act out our love for these places in the name of Jesus soon.

See you Sunday,

Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor