1 MAR 2017
This Week at Grace

Blessing the Dust
As we begin this season of Lent, I want to share with you a poem by artist, author and UM minister Jan Richardson. I hope to worship with you this evening at Grace UMC at 7:00 PM.
 
Peace,

Stacey
 
Blessing the Dust:
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday

All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners
or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial -

Did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?

This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.

This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.

This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.

So let us be marked
not for sorrow.

And let us be marked
not for shame.

Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are
but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.

~Jan Richardson
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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

 
TONIGHT - Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday (Lent begins.) 
Worship, Sanctuary, 7pm

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

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

Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm, Training Room  

Tuesday, March 28
Needles and Prayers, 7pm


Ministry Spotlight

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
Join us as we bless the dust and give Lent a chance. We're looking to experience this season anew, afresh - beginning with our Ash Wednesday Worship Service, tonight, March 1st, 7pm in the Sanctuary.

LENTEN CARBON FAST
Looking for a meaningful way to engage spiritually, intellectually and physically during Lent this year? Consider focusing on God's creation during Lent and walk on a spiritual journey connecting Jesus' footprints in the desert to our carbon footprints on earth.

The fast details will be distributed via weekly emails. Each weekly email will highlight one aspect of environmental sustainability to focus on and will include scripture readings, a devotional, suggestions for practical and personal action steps to take to reduce your environmental impact. You may also choose to participate in an optional community event at Candler School of Theology that furthers attention to the weekly focus.

To participate in this fast, email candlerkeepers at gmail.com

IF THERE BE ANY SORROW: A CONCERT OF CHORAL MUSIC
Friday, April 7th, 6:45p dinner + talk (Fish Fry) | 8pm concert
(new date)

How do we empathize; how do we mourn? How can we locate our own humanity in others? Through the story of the Little Match Girl and the biblical passion, our music persistently asks us to reach out to those in need.

A pre-performance talk will discuss issues of injustice and suffering directly and as they reveal themselves in the music. The rest of the program will include music by Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria and Baroque giant, Johann Sebasian Bach.

Please join us for what will be a profound and beautiful evening of music. ALL are welcome!


Congregational Care

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: THIS 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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