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LIVING OUR BAPTISMAL CALLING WORSHIP SERIES

Lent is popularly known as a season for individual self-­examination, penitence, and “giving something up” as a spiritual discipline. It seems to be primarily inwardly and negatively focused. It’s commonly seen as being about what’s wrong with me as an individual and what I’m willing to do to improve myself. While self-­examination and some individual work are part of the work of Lent, the early church developed Lent to be primarily “other-­focused.” Lent was created as the final leg of intense preparation and support for people who had chosen to learn to live the way of Jesus. It was, we might say, a kind of finishing school for those preparing for baptism and lifelong Christian discipleship.

March 1 Ash Wednesday: Remember, You Are Dust

We gather to acknowledge our mortality and our sinfulness, and to seek God’s mercy and guidance for the season of intensive formation and re-formation in the way of Jesus that lies ahead.

March 5 Lent 1: Renounce

We walk the way of temptation with Jesus and learn from him what it means to continue to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.

March 12 Lent 2: Accept

Through powerful image of new birth and the biblical story of

the serpent in the wilderness, Jesus shows Nicodemus and us

what it takes for us to accept the freedom and power God gives us

to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

March 19 Lent 3: Confess

In an encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria, Jesus confesses

he is the Messiah, and she not only embraces this, but leads others to make the same confession.

March 26 Lent 4: Nurture

The response of the crowds to Jesus’ healing of a man born blind says much about how our congregation can actively “nurture one another in the Christian faith and life, and include these persons now before you in your care,” or fail to do so.

April 2 Lent 5: Believe!

The faith we confess, and the faith that transforms us, is more than

intellectual assent to a theological construct. It is to stake our lives on the Triune God, and so join Martha’s confession, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into this world.”

He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart

Five Week Bible Study

Two class offerings:

Tuesdays Evenings from 7-8 pm meets in the Grace Seekers Classroom beginning on March 7th.

Wednesdays Lunchtime Noon-1 pm meets in the Fellowship Hall beginning on March 8th

Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. In this five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow. The nails that tore his flesh. The seamless robe that he removed for us. The empty tomb where he forever defeated sin and death.

The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were gifts he didn’t have to give. The only required act for our salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more. So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”

Session include:

  1. He Chose to Be One of Us
  2. He Chose to Forgive Us
  3. He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence
  4. He Chose to Love Us Forever
  5. He Chose to Give Us Victory

 

Signup sheet in the Narthex or signup online at:

Tuesday Evening:
 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4eacaf23a5f94-hechose

Wednesday Lunchtime:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4eacaf23a5f94-hechose1

 

contact Murray at: murray.snow@gmail.com

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS TAKING A TURN

Special thanks to BJ, Dalvon and Bianca for providing childcare at our last Sunday School meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in each and/or BOTH meetings to kick off our new focus on Christian education at Grace.

Our lunch was special with homemade goods including shrimp creole made by our own resident chef John Chiles and broccoli casserole and lemon squares by Maxine Drake.

Our back-to-back meetings have revealed a strong foundation on which Grace can grow. As with all buildings, a good foundation needs support and for that we are turning to you.

Starting on Feb. 12th, Sunday School will have a little different look.  Fellowship time will be truncated so that we can meld into our opening program of song (thanks ahead to all who volunteer) and/ or a video from Chuck Knows Church at 9:45am.

Immediately following our large group gathering all will be dismissed to their respective classrooms. We understand the 10:30am early dismissal for choir members (whom take all ages I hear), but plan for a 10:40am end so that our acolytes, greeters and ushers can be ready to serve by 10:45am.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages. Options we are exploring are a split of the elementary grades and separating the middle/high school classes once our steady attendance warrants.

Other discussion included the development and implementation of a Teacher’s Aide (TA) program, car pool transportation, and addition of Disciple Express or some other similar format for the adults.

Our current classes include elementary grades with Mrs. Maxine and Shannon. Lessons are read, crafts, science projects, activities and FUN abound – plus a special birthday celebration on your special day thanks to Mrs. Maxine.

Our middle and high school kids are included in the real life applications presented by Mr. Brian and Ralph. This Christian education helps prepare our youth for the ‘real’ world and offers a safe haven to discuss ways to ‘turn the other cheek’. Community outreach is part of this class as they can be found feeding the homeless, singing at Heartland or Carolina Gardens or just hearing the pancake lesson at Denny’s. Won’t you join this amazing cast of experiences to lend your own fond memories of your Christian upbringing.

I found the easiest way for me to know Jesus and to make Him known to others is by teaching. We will support you wherever you are in your journey – thanks for stepping up! K. Neel kzneel@aol.com or 803-917-9347

Sunday School Goes on the Road

David and Andrew picked AND led the hymns at Heartland today – despite not being on the schedule 7 residents joined us in raising a joyful noise

Grace’s Online Book Store

Click here to Shop at Grace’s Online Book Store!

Qualifying items purchased through the Virtual Store will pay host churches a 5% rebate! Qualifying items are those purchased by visitors to the church website who click on the Virtual Store link (bookstore) and log on as a guest or with an online account.  Cokesbury takes care of all the shopping details: the transaction, the billing, the shipping.

The customer gets the everyday value pricing plus any special promotional offers and the church gets a 5% rebate, calculated twice a year, on the qualifying items that are purchased.*

(*Purchases via 800-672-1789 or through a Community Resource Consultant do not qualify for the rebate. Other restrictions apply.)
 
 

UMW: BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN:
BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

All women of Grace — members and visitors — are invited to attend the Annual UMW Birthday Party on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 pm, honoring female missionaries and deaconesses of the United Methodist Church.

Gloria Bowden will give a short presentation on the mission work of Samaritan’s Well. Of course, birthday cake and ice cream will be served!!

LADIES, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW, AND COME JOIN THE PARTY!

Attendees are asked to please bring a gift to be donated to women of Samaritan’s Well in Lexington. Suggested gift items are: ladies’ disposable razors; ladies’ shave gel; ladies’ antiperspirant/deodorant; shower gel or body wash; Vaseline – type body lotion; lip balm.

 

John Chiles’ Cooking Class

Each 4th Wednesday from 7—9 pm
in the Grace Fellowship Hall/Kitchen

Cooking classes are interactive as well as hands on. John would like to know what you might like to learn or see.

A sign up sheet will be in the Narthex. Please sign up if you plan to attend as this helps John to plan how much food to bring and how to set up so as many people can easily see.

It is at no cost to you. It is a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy.

  • John’s Bio includes;
    Former owner of Restaurant 123 in Irmo
    General Manager for Club Corp
    International—Ran First City Club in Savannah GA
    Currently a Part Owner Operator of Blue Marlin / Signature Catering and is The Executive Chef and General
    Manager of the Catering Operation
    The next class date are: January 25, 2017

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