15 FEB 2017
This Week at Grace

ALL People Are a Part of the Vision
"I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." ~Joel 2:28
The words of the prophet Joel in the verse above are the same words Peter speaks to the people following the Pentecost experience. On Saturday, the Grace UMC Church Council pondered these words as we met to dream and talk about our congregation's vision. What is striking about this scripture is the broad reach of God's vision for God's people. Notice that Joel says sons and daughters, old and young. What Joel foretells, and what Peter recalls, is that in God's kingdom ALL people are part of vision work.
This passage certainly has meaning here at Grace, as we gather together for worship each Sunday with people from many places in life. We may be different, but we all come to the same place for the same purpose: to experience God's generous welcome and to be a part of God's witness in this community. How we have accomplished this work has evolved over the life of this historic congregation, but what has remained the same is a desire to connect all of the congregation though ministries that enrich worship and provide witness in the world.
In the coming months, I along with your Church Council will be working diligently to help connect each person with ministries that will strengthen your faith and better our community. We will do this by organizing our ministries under vision areas (see below) to facilitate clearer processes and communication. We will also be working on creative ways to share the stories of ministry so that we can celebrate all that God is doing and invite others to become involved.
This is certainly exciting work. I hope you will join us in praying for this congregation and the ways the Holy Spirit will continue to speak to us all!
Peace,
Pastor Stacey
Feed - Michelle Levan
  • Sunday school for all ages
  • Children's and Youth Ministries
  • Prayer Ministry
  • Small Groups
  • United Methodist Men
  Reach - Stephen Barwick
  • H.E.L.P.
  • Action Ministries (Women's Kitchen and Tutoring)
  • Needles & Prayers
  • Bread Ministry
  Welcome - Robby Hollida
  • Music Ministry
  • Ushers and Greeters
  • Altar Guild
  • Connections
  • Visitor Follow-up
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The Vision at Grace
To feed our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while reaching outward with God's love and intentionally welcoming all in the name of Christ.

Calendar

 
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Sunday, February 19
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market

Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm, Room TBD

Sunday, February 26
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market

Tuesday, February 28
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday (Lent begins.)

Sunday, March 5
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market

Sunday, March 12
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market

Tuesday, March 14
Needles and Prayers, 7pm


Ministry Spotlight

RESERVING SPACE for YOUR MEETINGS and EVENTS
As you plan your meetings and events that require space at Grace, please contact our office manager, candi dugas, to reserve the space(s) needed.

Contact candi at least 2 weeks in advance at office at graceonponce dot org with the following information:
  • Meeting/Event title
  • Date(s)
  • Time and duration
  • Number of people expected
  • Kind of room preferred and room setup (i.e., classroom, theater, etc.)
Also please contact candi to place any of your onsite or off-site meetings and events on Grace's calendar.


Congregational Care

Heartfelt Christian sympathy to Verla and Bobby Fiveash on the death of their son, Freddy Fiveash.

PRAYER REQUESTS
Please remember in your prayers all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them:
  • Marilyn Altman
  • Nayda Bailey
  • Johnny Chappell
  • Jane Gable
  • Betty Nash
  • Shawn Stephens


COMMUNITY INFORMATION FORM

Please help us update our community records so that they are as accurate as possible.

Download a word or pdf version of the form, complete and return to the office: (via email) office at graceonponce dot org or (snail mail) via the below mailing address. (Pastor Stacey also has hard copies if you'd like to complete it on  Sunday.)

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 5th


Sharing Our Gifts
Give to Grace. Safe, secure, one-time or recurring, tax-deductible giving is available by visiting www.graceonponce.org/donate or by scanning the below QR code.

Your gifts make a difference in the lives of our church and community.

And remember that Grace's financial documents are open and available. Simply email our financial assistant, Nora Harris (nharris@graceonponce.org) with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your faithful support of the work that God is doing through Grace Church!



GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-876-2678

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