Grace Notes for October 14, 2018
Dear Grace Family,
When things don’t go as we envision, we tend to see it as a failure. We start out on a path, strong and full of enthusiasm, sure we are in the will of God. As we have success and get a bit comfortable, we begin to think that the little victories equal winning the war. Instead of continually checking in with Him to make sure we’re still on track, we start to think our training is complete and we know just what to do. Unfortunately, our training on this side of heaven is never complete. We are always a work in progress.
If everything doesn't lay out according to our plan, we start to twist and turn down different paths attempting to get the result we think God wants. The problem is, only God knows what He wants and only He knows where the end of the journey might be.
When God feels the season has come, and it’s time to bring in new workers or stop a project altogether, He will let us know. Just because it’s not going smoothly, doesn’t mean it isn’t laying out according to His plan. Nothing is over until God says it’s over.
And when He does ask us to step out, it’s because He has something even more powerful He needs us to do. Giving up because it’s not going as we planned is not God’s will any more than hanging on beyond what He asks. Being comfortable is certainly not a guarantee that you’re where you need to be.
The real mark of spiritual maturity is understanding that even when it’s agonizingly difficult we must be both willing to stay and to go. Walking through “Thy will be done” isn’t always comfortable. So when things don’t go our way, before throwing out the baby with the bathwater, let’s remember…
Don’t throw a spiritual tantrum
Accept that even the will of God can be unexpected
Never give up
Continue to seek God’s direction
End each assignment with the same enthusiasm you started with
As the saying goes “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
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 –
- Recycle Sunday is the 4th Sunday of the Month. Please bring your cans and bottle in support of Youth of the Nation.
- Our Harvest Festival Outreach is being held at the church on Wednesday, October 31st, 6 pm – 8 pm. We need your donations of bagged, individually wrapped candy. Please leave them in the container at the back of the Sanctuary. See Pastor Eric if you can be available to help with this important outreach to our youth.
- Operation Warm Embrace (OWE) is starting for Winter. We’re looking for donations of new socks, scarves, throws and gloves. There will be a container at the back of the Sanctuary for your gifts. On December 23rd, we’ll be giving them out to the homeless in our Community. Can you help? Remember Matthew 25:40 “when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
- 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 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.
Sr. Pastor Eric Domen has been in ministry for more than 15 years, having worked as an assisting Pastor and Youth Pastor at Victory Life Center in Merced prior to coming to Grace. He was recently honored with Ordination through the ICFG, and has made a smooth transition into his position as Senior Pastor. He holds a degree in Counseling, and has a heart for the people of our community. Pastor E resides in Merced with his wife and children.
Pastor Bobbie Frye is our Administrative Pastor. She has been in ministry for more than 20 years, and is a 3rd generation Foursquare Pastor. She is a writer and musician, and takes care of Womens Ministries and Worship Arts. She has a background in Procurement and Marketing, in addition to her pastoral experience. Pastor Bobbie resides in Merced.