GRACE This Week

On Sunday, we are going all out to celebrate our GRACE Dads. I know dads can sometimes feel like “their day” is a distant second to Mother’s Day. A Time article I recently read re-enforced this idea. Did you know that it took 58 years after Mother’s Day was officially recognized (1914) before Father’s Day received […]

GRACE This Week

I can’t wait for Sunday. It’s Confirmation Sunday – Sunday, we will receive our Student Inquirers as new members. They have been meeting all year exploring the faith and studying together. The Session met with these impressive students and heard their faith statements. It is so exciting to watch students “own” their faith and grow in […]

GRACE This Week

God is always inviting people to be a part of his work in the world. The book of Nehemiah gives us an in-depth picture of a leader who said yes to that invitation. God gave Nehemiah a burden and it broke his heart. But he didn’t just weep, he prayed and then acted. Through all kinds […]

The Power We Need

May 25th, 2021 Alive Message Series Devotional . . . but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8) In the churches that nurtured my young faith ‘witnessing’ was […]

GRACE This Week

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Often called the “birthday of the church”, Pentecost is the Sunday when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church’s mission to the world. Traditionally, Christians wear red on Pentecost. So, on Sunday, I invite you to join me in wearing red. The Holy Spirit certainly is […]

GRACE This Week

May 14, 2021 First up, I want you to hear from our building committee. Exciting progress… SHINE PROJECT UPDATE FROM THE BUILDING COMMITTEE It’s been a couple of months since our last update on the status of our new church building project. The Building Committee and Church Staff have been working diligently on behalf of […]

Dangerously Close to Empty

May 27th, 2021 Alive Message Series Devotional …but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8) Two weeks ago Marnie and I hit the road to make our way […]

He Speaks Your Name

May 11th, 2021 Alive Message Series Devotional Mary went to the disciples with the news, “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20:18) We’re told that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). And yet we know – perhaps from our own painful experiences – that the brokenhearted often struggle to sense or believe […]

Where Your Doubts Lead

May 4th, 2021 “Unless I see . . . I will never believe.” (John 20:25). Seems he never lived it down. We can appreciate that Thomas was honest and bold enough to say what he truly thought about the resurrection rumors floating around. That one moment, however, became a moniker hung around his neck that would […]

GRACE This Week

For years, ever since our son John’s obsession with football began, we have watched the NFL Draft. There is a lot to pay attention to: the strategy of teams trading picks, players fitting into to team schemes, and fans cheering – this year, in-person and complete with masks. But, by far the most inspiring aspect […]