25 JAN 2017
This Week at Grace

Fresh Expressions
Today is a busy day on Grace UMC's campus! In addition to the staff working throughout the building, 250 clergy and laity are gathering for an event hosted by GBGM's Center for Mission Innovation. This Fresh Expressions Spark Day has drawn great interest in the North Georgia conference as it aims to help existing churches meet the challenge of the current and coming age. But what is a Fresh Expression? Simply stated, it is a movement of church for people who don't do church. More technically, it is:

 "an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society."

Each Fresh Expression of church grows out of the prayerful discernment of clergy and laity and from listening to the needs of the context in which a congregation sits. Because they are based on the communities in which they occur, Fresh Expressions can take many forms from church in a tattoo parlor to kayak church. Really, the sky is the limit when it comes to the innovative ways God has called these communities! I think it is always important to hear how the Holy Spirit is moving in our world and in our church; so, I am excited to glean some wisdom from brothers and sisters who are reaching new people for Christ through this movement. I look forward to sharing with you all what I learn from today's event. I thank you all for being a wonderful and welcoming congregation and I take pride in our connection with GBGM that allows us to welcome sisters and brothers in faith who are excited to bring Fresh Expressions of church to our world.

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.


Sunday, January 29
Listening Session with Pastor Stacey, 9:30am, Wesley Companions Classroom

Young Adult Brunch, immediately following worship, Ponce City Market (details in Ministry Spotlight below)

Saturday, February 4
Men's Breakfast Meeting, 8:15am, Meet in the Upper Parking Lot, Walk to IHOP, Finish in Grace Cafe, 9-10am

Sunday, February 5
Listening Sessions with Pastor Stacey
  • 10am, New Adult Sunday Class, Living Room
  • 12:15pm (following worship), Living Room
Sunday, February 12
Listening Session with Pastor Stacey, 10am, Grace Cafe

Tuesday, February 14
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Sunday, February 19
Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm, Living Room

Ministry Spotlight

Join us for brunch and conversation, this Sunday, Jan. 29th , immediately following worship.

Meet Emily in the back of the sanctuary after our worship service ends. We will walk together to Ponce City Market for brunch. Hope you will join us; all are welcome!

Do you want to help increase the number of reconciling churches, communities and campus ministries? Join Reconciling Ministries Network on Saturday, Feb. 4th, 8:30am-4pm,  for a training designed to help participants navigate the reconciling discernment process with small groups and churches.

The training will include skills building around topics common in the reconciling process, including:
  • complex identities
  • framing
  • steps of the reconciling process
  • graceful engagement
  • conflict management
Location: Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Congregational Care


Memorial Service: Saturday, Feb. 4th, Northwoods Methodist Church

The family will receive guests from 11:30am - 1pm, followed by the service.
Click here to visit the obituary.

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