In these weeks after Easter, the question that often rumbles around in the back of my mind is, "Now what?"
We've sung our Alleluias, we've celebrated, we've feasted, and now we're left to ponder how, exactly, Jesus' resurrection calls us into new life.
Many of you will know the story of the disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus. On the very day of resurrection, two of Jesus' disciples were travelling to Emmaus, when they encountered a stranger. They walked with him and told him the story of their teacher's death and resurrection. It wasn't until they sat and shared a meal at the end of the day, that the disciples' eyes were opened. At that moment, they recognized their companion as Jesus himself, made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
This story has always been one of my favorites, because I think it reveals a deep truth - our eyes and hearts are opened when we break bread together. It's the reason why shared meals make up so much of our communal life. Think about it. We go for dinner on first dates, celebrate special occasions with elaborate feasts, mourn together over potluck suppers. And, every week, we celebrate the ultimate shared meal, the sacrament of Holy Communion.
This Easter season, Grace is forming small groups centered around the idea of eating together. In these intergenerational fellowship groups, we'll share a meal and share ourselves, as we build relationships with members of our church community whom we might not otherwise get to know.
We are asking each group to commit to sharing a meal once a month from May to July.
That's it. Three meals.
I hope that each of you will join me in committing to table fellowship with the Grace community over the next three months. Simply fill out
this online form
to sign up by May 1. We'll assign you a group, and together you will determine when, where, and how you meet, so it's convenient for everyone.
It may not seem like much, but our faith shows us that something special happens when we eat together. Our eyes and are hearts are opened.
The Vision at Grace
our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while
outward with God's love and intentionally
all in the name of Christ.
Sunday, April 23
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market (final date for the spring)
Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm
Tuesday, April 25
Needles and Prayers, 7pm
Sunday, May 7
Tuesday, May 9
Needles and Prayers, 7pm
Saturday, May 20
HELP Ministry, 9am, Meet in middle parking lot.
Have you been feeling led to lead in worship in some way, but don't necessarily like speaking in public or don't know the first thing about decorating an altar? One leadership possibility you may check out is the Audio/Visual Team! This team allows us to hear our worship leaders and follow through our worship on the slides projected in front of us.
If this is something that interests you, please join us for an hour-long training on all of our technology in the balcony after worship on Sunday, April 30th. We will learn the basics of our sound system and sound board, and learn how easy it is to run our slideshow each week. No prior experience is required.
Please email Michael (mdauterman at graceonponce dot org) with any questions.
Congratulations to Anne Cumings, Charles Parrot, and big sister Hazel on the arrival of Isaac (Ike) Arthur Parrott, born April 13, 2017.
Please remember in your prayers all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them:
- Marilyn Altman
- Johnny Chappell
- Alice Maclin
- Betty Nash
- Lydia Sharian
- Shawn Stephens
- Steve Weldon
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