26 OCT 2016
This Week at Grace

The Times, They Are A'Changin'
When I welcome you to worship on Sundays mornings, I always introduce myself as your transitional interim pastor until the end of the year. When Kate asked me to be the interim when she was out following Sam's birth, my role was clear. I was to keep the ship moving through the channel until the captain came back from leave. 

But then Kyle was offered a job in the Council of Bishops office in Washington, DC. My role shifted to that of a  transitional interim pastor. That means my job responsibilities include guiding the congregation in saying a thankful farewell to your beloved pastor and her family and then a heartfelt welcome to a new pastor in January. 

And, mixed in with all that is working through some transitional issues with the General Board of Global Ministries: settling in new office space, learning to work in, worship in, and minister out of a facility that was for so long the responsibility of Grace UMC and now belongs to GBGM! 

I am told that in the early conversations between GBGM and Grace, there was language of a shared ministry, a partnership. I hope that conversation will be ongoing. Any relationship between partners requires honest and forthright conversation, sacrifice on all sides, almost daily communication, and a common purpose. 

GBGM's stated mission and vision is: The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. Its purpose is to connect the Church in mission. Its mission is to equip and transform people and places for God's mission around the world-which includes making disciples of Jesus Christ; strengthening, developing, and renewing Christian congregations and communities; alleviating human suffering; and seeking justice, freedom, and peace.  Toward that purpose GBGM has re-located to Grace on Ponce. 

Not so oddly, Grace on Ponce can easily claim the four parts of GBGM's vision statement. We can become the congregation and community that God's own Spirit has been renewing under Kate's pastoral leadership for five years. That re-creation process will continue with your new pastor comes in January.

And, in the midst of all of these changes, there is still such great opportunity! As we explore what it means to share our gifts in ministry, I encourage each of you to prayerfully consider how you can lend your gifts to support Grace's ministries in 2017.

Rev. Lee Fullerton
Transitional Interim Pastor
 

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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

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

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

Grace Annual Pie Bake-off (after worship)

Sunday, November 27
First Sunday of Advent


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.

Visit the online sign-up sheet or call Shelly Hart  (678.362.5893) to add your name and receive a meal delivery date. We welcome home-cooked meals as well as deliveries from local stores and restaurants.
Thank you for your support and generosity!


Ministry Spotlight

LEND YOUR VOICE TO GRACE'S MUSIC MINISTRY

All are welcome to sing in Grace's Choir. And, as we approach the season of Advent, now is a great time to give choir a try. The choir will rehearse after worship each week, from October 30 through December 11.

The choir will sing is worship on:
  • November 6
  • November 20
  • November 27
  • December 4
  • December 11
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Grace's Minister of Music and Worship Arts, Michael Dauterman ( mdauterman@graceonponce.org).


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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