This Week's News and Updates
January 09, 2019
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The Baptism on Jesus
Baptism: God’s Interruption, Imposition, and Interference
~ Rev. David Wynn
We don’t often look at Jesus’s baptism as a scandalous, sordid affair. That’s because we are thousands of years and many cultures removed from the time and place of his baptism. But scandalous it was. 
No one in Jesus’s day expected the One, the Messiah, to be standing waist deep in a muddy, unsanitary river surrounded by a gaggle of folks who were called poor, desperate, worthless, common, frazzled, and sinners…waiting to be dunked by John, the crazy, loud, strange, aggressive, self-proclaimed prophet of repentance. But there Jesus was. And it was embarrassing…it was so ordinary and unexpected.
There are lots of theories and theologies out there that try and make sense of exactly why Jesus showed up. I mean, why did God choose that sordid moment to part the clouds and call Jesus beloved? Doesn’t that seem like something that would be reserved for raising the dead or healing the sick? Maybe being beloved doesn’t require certain miracles or anything the world would call extraordinary.  What if Jesus was working through all the ways he felt inadequate, ill prepared, not enough, not ready, unclear about what it all meant? Maybe he wanted to feel less alone in the world and these were the people who could really understand him? Maybe he wasn’t the only soul called beloved on that day? 
God interrupts, and imposes, on life as usual. Spirit interferes with the way things are supposed to be and “heaven opens”, which is to say that barriers dissolve. Maybe showing up was the “welcome” that was the miracle and the point for everyone. Let’s talk more on Sunday… 

Grace Grays Good Deeds

GraceGraysGoodDeeds and Agape' MCC , began celebrating Good Deeds by making blankets for children and families in need during the holidays. We continue to help those in need and ask for your assistance, your hearts & your blessings in providing for those less fortunate.

Why Help?

  1. You will be helping those who are less able to speak for themselves.
  2. Donations go to aid families and individuals who have suffered great loss and have nowhere to turn.
  3. You could find yourself in need with no resources.
  4. We offer hope to those who have been marginalized.


Game Night! - Wednesday
January 09, 2019

This Wednesday's evening get-together will be a game night for all. Bring your table games, snacks and be ready for fun and fellowship!
Agape Grief Support Group

You can shed tears because they are gone, or you can smile because they lived.
You can close your eyes and pray they will come back, or you can open your eyesand see all that they left for you.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see them, or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember only that they are gone, or you can cherish their memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind and feel empty, or you can do what they would want.
Smile, open your heart, Love...and go on.

Elizabeth Ammons ~ Lessonslearnedin

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January 5, 2019 5:00-7:00PM "Fun with Clay"

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Kids AND adults love creating with clay. You’ll be using air dry clay (each person will receive a one pound package) and provided tools and assistance. The clay objects you form can be taken home to finish drying and be painted. 

Class Fee: $75 which includes one adult and one child eight years or older.

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January Birthdays
  • 01/01 - Gay Broaddus
  • 01/07 - Angela Lawler
  • 01/16 - Missy Roberts
  • 01/26 - Gary Haub
  • 01/30 - Ward Thulin
  • 01/31 - Robert Myers
Sunday - January 13, 2019
Call to Worship - Media - Singing Bowl (After Media)

Opening Song - "Oceans"

Welcome and Greeting - Rev. David Wynn

Time wih the Children - Trish Ashton

Contemporary Reading - Rev. David Wynn

Gospel Reading - Luke 3:15-16; 21-22 - E.J. Hudzina

Song of Response - "Down to the River to Pray"

Time of Teaching - "Baptism: God's Interruption, Imposition"
Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "In the Secret"

Community Prayer - Rebecca McDonell

Prayer Response - "In the Secret"

Bringing our Gifts - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"

Announcements and Benediction - Rev. David Wynn
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