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 Update from our Treasurer, Jo Chonko 

Here we find ourselves in the month of May, and many of us automatically think of Mother’s Day, when we recognize our mothers, grandmothers and other women who have been meaningful in our life. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was “blessed among women”, it was the Lord God who had favored her.

One of the most frequently used words in the Christian’s vocabulary is blessed. “Have a blessed day,” and “God bless you” are just a couple of the ways it is used. Many times, you may hear people who’ve gathered a lot of material wealth describe themselves as “blessed.” Some people think of blessed as “good fortune”. Is that what it means to be blessed?


Many of us will think of the Beatitudes when we think of the word blessed used in the Bible. In these passages Jesus uses the term blessed as a spiritual state of well-being and prosperity—a deep, joy-filled contentment based on a relationship with God, that will not be shaken by poverty, grief, famine, persecution, war, or any other trial or tragedy we face in life.

When we think about this in human terms, the situations presented in the Beatitudes are far from blessings, however with God’s presence with us through difficult times, we are blessed by Him in them. If you’ve been through a tough time, you realize it’s often hard to understand those thoughts while you are in the middle of the situation.


Whenever I read the Beatitudes I recall my Grandmother Josephine. As a child I spent many summers with my grandparents, and I heard Grandma Jo say we must be thankful for hard times, and that they were a blessing. I must admit that as a child that confused me. My older, and obviously wiser, sister explained that when we have bad times, it makes us appreciate good times – and that made a little sense. As an adult, and as my relationship with God has grown, I understand what her words mean to me as a follower of Christ.

The true servant of God is blessed, regardless of circumstances, because God has favored him or her with a fully satisfied soul. Material things are nice, pleasant, and sometimes necessary, but will never bring genuine happiness or contentment. True fulfillment and peace will only be found in a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

May God Bless you and keep you. May you have an opportunity to spend some quality time with those amazing women in your life during this wonderful month of May.

 Special May Events - Mark Your Calendars! 

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Monday, May 9

-5:00 pm: ECW of the Episcopal Churches of Panama City Beach Meeting and Dinner at Kim Jacobson's House 

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Tuesday, May 10

-10:00 am: Meet at Grace for the Adopt-a-Highway service project.

-Noon: Lunch at Wicked Wheel

NOTE: Feel free to attend one or both as your schedule permits.

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Wednesday, May 18

-5:45 pm; Holy Eucharist and Potluck Refreshments. Bring your favorite dish (anything goes from appetizer to dessert) and your favorite adult beverage, if you like!

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If you have an interest in obtaining "Fan Wear" with the Grace Church Cross & Anchor, you can order hats, shirt and all sorts of items with the sewn logo emblazoned on them.

The source is KLW Enterprises located at 516 Commerce Drive in Panama City Beach, in a commercial park just west of Thomas Drive between Hwy 98 and the Navy base. You can see their full selection of products at or call 850-234-1444.

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Sunday, May1

Lector: Deb Gray

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Sam Richardson

Greeter: Bonnie Hale

Counter: Fred Pope

Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day)

Lector: Kelley Hodges

Crucifer: Katy Hodges

Chalice Bearer: Carl Walters

Greeter: Sam Richardson

Counter: Carl Walters

Sunday, May 15

Lector: Amy Helms

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Sam Richardson

Greeter: Deb Gray

Counter: Carl Walters

Sunday, May 22

Lector: Bonnie Hale

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Carl Walters

Greeter: Fred Pope

Counter: Sam Richardson

Sunday, May 29

Lector: Jamie Shepard

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Sam Richardson

Greeter: Bonnie Hale

Counter: Fred Pope


Many thanks to our Lay Ministers who help make Grace the warm, welcoming church it is!

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Thank you so very much for all First Quarter Refreshments Hosts and becoming part of the Hospitality Ministry! This is always a very important time for Fellowship:

  • Sam Richardson, Jeanine Pope, Bonnie Hale, Luther Parker, Linda and Marcus Gemsch, Nancy and Dean Beckman, Jamie and Randy Shephard, Susan Walters, Jo Chonko, Tom Heifner, Connie Gittard and Deb Grey

Daphne Dove-Peirce 

Coffee Hour at Grace is an inviting tradition after almost every service. We still need hosts for most Sundays in May. You can sign up as a team or by yourself on the sheet in Wilhite Hall, or you can contact Daphne Dove-Peirce.

The first Sunday of every month features our First Sunday Breakfast! A full breakfast is served spearheaded by Sam Richardson. If you would like to give him a hand, just let him know.

Grace Episcopal Church

9101 Panama City Beach Pkwy, (Hwy 98)

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 235-4146

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