19 OCT 2016
This Week at Grace

Pledging and Paving Our Way to Even More ...
Dear Grace,
 
I had the honor of kicking off our stewardship campaign "Gifts of Grace: Feed, Reach, Welcome" this past Sunday by preaching the first of three services. Each Sunday will focus on one of the concepts of our mission: Feed, Reach and Welcome. While it was an honor to share God's word with you, it may have been one of the most stressful tasks I've had to do, as well. You see, it is never easy to ask people to commit to giving their money.
 
The Hebrews text we read on Sunday includes the phrase, " let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24) We are already doing a lot of good deeds at Grace but how during this stewardship campaign might we provoke one another to more love and more good deeds?
 
My favorite part of Sunday's sermon was the "phone call."  During that phone call I highlighted a few of things we are doing at Grace, and later in the sermon I challenged us to think about the next steps. As I started researching all the wonderful things we do, and the people at Grace who are making ministry happen in the community, I felt very proud of us! Additionally, I'm sorry I didn't have time in the sermon to highlight all the works of Grace!
 
However, we can't stop or just maintain-we must move forward with our deeds and love. One of our next steps has to be preparing for a new pastor in January. Your pledge is always vital, but this year it makes even more of a difference as we say to the new pastor "here is the budget we created, here are the pledges we have collected, please share your vision, and provoke us toward more love and more good deeds!"  Without the commitment of the Grace community we cannot move forward; we cannot reach the needs of the congregation, or the needs of the community that surrounds Grace.
 
On Monday as I was driving home from work, and of course listening to NPR, I thought "is it the fall or spring campaign that supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank?" Lucky for us at Grace we only have one stewardship campaign a year! Tuesday morning, I woke up with an email from WABE that said "One pledge = One Pound of Food; make your donation on Tuesday." Well that was easy enough to provoke me to make a phone call and make an additional pledge. I know the vital work of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and how every pound of food they receive makes the difference in someone's life! 
 
So let's make this easy!  I'm inviting you to bring your pledge card on November 6th as we celebrate All Saints' Day during worship. I'm asking you to prayerfully consider how you might pledge to Grace in 2017 with your prayers, presence, gift, service and witness.
 
At Grace we are very blessed because of a community of faithful witnesses who have paved the way to where we are now at Grace. How might we be a part of that cloud of witnesses through our pledges and faithfulness to the future of Grace?
 
Michelle Levan
Lay Leader



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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

Calendar of Events


Sunday, October 23
Creative Practices of Imago Dei Small Group Begins

Tuesday, October 25
Needles & Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, October 26
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Saturday, October 29
Trunk or Treat with Action Ministries Students

Tuesday, November 8
Needles & Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, November 9
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Thursday, November 10
Church Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Grace Cafe

Saturday, November 12
GBGM Community Open House, 12-3pm, Brown Building - ALL are welcome!

Sunday, November 20
GBGM Earthkeepers Commissioning celebration (during worship)

Grace Annual Pie Bake-off (after worship)


Congregational Care
Meal Train for Pastor Kate, Dr. Kyle and Daisy

Our Grace Meal Makers Ministry has set up a meal train to coordinate and deliver meals for Kate, Kyle and Daisy as they continue to settle in with baby Samuel. Providing meals is one of the easiest and most helpful ways we can support and bless the Floyd/Tau family during this special time.

Please email Shelly Hart (shart@emory.edu) to get the link for the online sign-up sheet or you may call her (678.362.5893) to add your name and receive a meal delivery date. You may also email or call with any questions. We welcome home-cooked meals as well as deliveries from local stores and restaurants.

Thank you for your support and generosity!


Event Spotlight

CREATIVE PRACTICES OF IMAGO DEI
Sunday Small Group
Beginning THIS SUNDAY, 10/23 after worship

One of our ministry interns, Jess, is teaching a 4-week small group on Sunday afternoons beginning 10/23, right after the 11am service. This small group will dive into feminist theologies surrounding the Imago Dei (image of God).

Incorporating creative projects, we all will have a total blast! Lunch will be served, and childcare will be available upon request. Please bring $2/person to help cover the cost of lunch.

Contact Jess to sign up and request childcare - jess.cusick@emory.edu.


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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