Grace Notes for June 17
Dear Grace Family,
I just love watching the dads of our Grace family. I know that many have come from pretty sketchy beginnings. Perhaps their own family life was not what it should have been, or there was abuse, neglect, or abandonment in their lives. In spite of whatever soil they were grown in, they have made a choice to thrive. And in that thriving, they’ve decided to plant their children in better soil.
Sadly, most of us have some memory from childhood that is less than nurturing. Even though I have some amazing memories of my dad, I also remember times when he was absent for weeks at a time – choosing work over us. And memories of great unprovoked anger that he carried because of his own father.
There’s a saying that “anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” It’s true that most men can procreate, but it takes commitment, love, and perseverance to create an environment for a child that will break a generational cycle of disfunction and pain.
Psalm 103:13 says “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” That doesn’t mean that He expects us to be abjectly afraid of His wrath, because most of this passage speaks to the character of God: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.
It is simply an example of a Father who understands everything about His children, loves them anyway, and keeps correcting them into a place of greatness.
And that is what I see in the dads of our Grace family. They come to church, they show up for their children, they celebrate their victories and mourn their defeats. They have risen above whatever sadness or disfunction was part of their upbringing, and they have learned to lead in the way God intends them to lead – not with ridicule and a big stick, but with love, patience and consistency.
This Sunday we celebrate our dads. It’s not about size or physical ability. It’s not about wealth, education, money or fame. It’s just about showing up. Day after day, time after time. Our dads aren’t just fathers, they are cheerleaders, nannies, disciplinarians, jokers and teachers. But more important than all these things, they are men who seek God’s heart.
Thank you, fathers of our Grace family. Thank you for leading in a way that will make a lasting and eternal impact on the generations to come.
Be blessed, Grace family. God is still on the throne!
The week at Grace:
- TUESDAY’S, 6:30 pm: Men’s and Lady’s Bible Study!
- THURSDAY’S, 5:30: Worship Team practice. If you are interested in participating on the Worship team, please talk to Bobbie.
- THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 8 pm, Youth of the Nation weekly worship service and bible study – Note: WE ARE TAKING A 3-WEEK BREAK AND WILL RESUME IN JULY.
- THURSDAY’S 6:30 – 8 pm, Grace Gospel Choir practice – everyone is welcome!
- Recycle Sunday is always the 4th Sunday of the month. Please save your cans and bottles to support our Youth of the Nation program.
- OUR ANNUAL CHURCH BARBEQUE IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 19, AT YOSEMITE LAKE. We will be having a water baptism service again this year. Please see Pastor Eric if you would like to be baptized. Details to follow!
- Our lady’s monthly potluck is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 6 pm, at the Blackmon’s home. Theme to be announced!
- Look for the Time-Talent-Treasure cards on the back table: What is your special gifting? Will you share it with your Grace family? We need your help to keep our house running smooth. Please grab a card and let us know where you might feel God’s prompting to step into a church ministry.
- We are still fund-raising for our Church Van. Can you help? Please consider a monthly pledge, or a one-time donation. Mark your offering envelope “Church Van” so we know to designate the funds appropriately.
- We need additional Audio-Visual help for services. Please see Coral if you are interested in training on Song Show Plus.
- We are looking for additional Children’s Church teachers. Please see Toni or Bobbie if you feel God leading you in this direction. Our youth are our most valuable resource.
- When planning an event, please contact Bobbie with the date so she can make sure there isn’t any conflict with other church activities.
Welcome to our new Senior Pastor, Eric Domen, his wife, Raquel, and their sweet family. We feel especially blessed to have this amazing man leading our congregation. It is going to be a great season of renewal and revival and we are looking forward to a mighty move of God!
We are also pleased to announce the addition of Pastor Bobbie Frye to our ministry staff. She has been named Administrative Pastor of Grace. She will be helping us in getting organized and active in Merced and beyond! Welcome, Bobbie!