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 were a wash – due to low temperatures and high precipitation.  But the last couple of weeks have been perfect.

One of the highlights this week in the pool was our GRACEKids 4th-8th grade pool party. Wednesday night, our pool was literally rocking.  Water guns, pool noodles and the coveted doughnut float together with some really good worship music over the speakers and a ton of kids made for a great night. I love seeing our next generation have fun and grow in their relationship with each other and with the Lord. I invite you to join me in praying for our students as they find and follow Jesus.

They loved the water. And we will love it for the next few weeks…

Post workout… or post long day…the water beckons.

Speaking of water, this weekend, we continue in our “At the Shore” series.  Mark will be preaching “From A Mess to a Mission” diving into the powerful encounter on the shore between Jesus and a very troubled man.  John Calvin, in his commentaries, says that we are an awful lot like that man.  We are all “people of the tombs.”

Also, on Sunday, you will hear from some of our ministry champions about Sunday morning serving.  It takes a village each week to make our Sunday mornings at BECA happen.  We hope a bunch of you will make a commitment to “1 SUNDAY”.  Would you give one Sunday a month?  It’s not only needed, it’s a great way to make new friendships and be a part of all God is doing at GRACE Church.

One last reminder. Tomorrow, August 18th, from 10 am- 2pm, we are throwing a neighborhood party at our Locust Street campus. I hope will join the staff and mission team in this fun event designed to get to know our new neighbors. God has placed us there, so we can live the words of Jesus…

“let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

May it be so!

Your pastor and friend,


Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor