15 MAR 2017
This Week at Grace

Showing Up
New every morning is your love, great God of light,
and all day long you are working for good in the world.
Stir up in us a desire to serve you,
to live peacefully with our neighbors,
and to devote each day to your Son,
our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

I am not a morning person. I married a quasi-morning person, but I am not a morning person. It takes a special level of interest or an extreme feeling of obligation to get me moving much before 8:00 AM. In college, however, every Lent I would make a commitment to rise early and walk down to the chapel to join in morning prayers. I can't say that I loved having my eyes open before the sun was properly up, but I showed up and together we would pray the prayer above, read scripture and sit in the presence of God.

In the years since college, I find myself frequently praying these words in the morning. And what's more, I have found myself seeking to shape my faith life around this prayer by remembering God's new love every morning, but looking for good in the world and by seeking to serve God and neighbor each day. If I am honest, some days this prayer feels easier than others. Other days, living peacefully with neighbor seems like a far stretch, especially when I find that my perspective and my neighbor's are different. Then there are days when I am not entirely sure I have time to do one more thing, even if that thing is in devotion and service to God. Perhaps the difficult days are the reasons I need to come back to this prayer so often. There is something to be said for just showing up and being open to God at the beginning of each day.

This week, Grace UMC has a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship. On Friday, March 17th at 6:00 PM, we will host a meal for the Coalition of Immakolee Workers (CIW). Through the generosity of a Grace member, preparation of our meal has been taken care of. All we are asking is for members to come, break bread with our guests, and be open to God's presence in our fellowship. If you have been looking for a new way to deepen your faith in this season of Lent, but do not know quite where to start, I hope you  will accept this invitation to simply show up and be open to God.

Peace,


Pastor Stacey


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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

Friday, March 17
CIW Dinner, 6pm, Living Room

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

Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm, Training Room  

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

Tuesday, March 28
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Sunday, April 2
Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market

Friday, April 7
"If There Be Any Sorrow: A Concert of Choral Music," 6:45pm dinner + talk (Fish Fry) | 8pm, concert, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday (Holy Week begins.)  

Tuesday, April 11
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Thursday, April 13
Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 14
Good Friday

Church office closed in observance of Good Friday holiday.

Worship, 7pm, Sanctuary


Ministry Spotlight

PUBLIX MARATHON THIS SUNDAY

PLAN YOUR ROUTE!
The annual Publix Marathon is this Sunday, March 19th. Many roads around Grace will be closed during the time that we normally drive to Grace.

Please see the route's map and plan to travel earlier with an alternate route for worship.


DINNER WITH THE CIW
THIS Friday, March 17th, 6-7:30pm
Grace continues our exploration of food and faith as we share table fellowship with members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) on March 17.

The CIW is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Our meal is taken care of; so all you need to do is simply show up and share a meal and conversation with these guests. You are sure to enjoy this evening of fellowship and learning!

For more information, contact Calissa: cdauterman at graceonponce.org


Congregational Care

PRAYER REQUESTS
Please remember in your prayers all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them:
  • Marilyn Altman
  • Tom Callery (Jenny Barwick's uncle)
  • Johnny Chappell
  • Jane Gable
  • Alice Maclin
  • Betty Nash
  • Shawn Stephens


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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