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From the desk of Pastor Sherry – February 2016

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  (John 15:13)

This month, just as Valentine’s Day arrives, we will also be beginning our season of Lent.  Lent marks the forty days prior to Easter.  It is a time when we focus again on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we see God’s amazing and abundant grace for humanity.  Our worship series for Lent is titled, “Grace Abundant”.  We will begin with a central teaching of Jesus on love and then look at a few of the many stories from the gospel of Luke that illustrate Jesus living out his teaching on love.  During Holy Week our focus will turn to Jesus laying down his life for his disciples, his friends, for us, for humanity.  No one has greater love than this.  On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the abundant grace of God revealed in the Resurrection!  As I consider anew these stories of Jesus, stories of God’s love, stories of abundant grace, I exclaim with the hymn writers, “What wondrous love is this, o my soul” and “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” (from “What Wondrous Love Is This”, UMH#292; and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, UMH#298).  From Ash Wednesday on throughout Lent, we will be invited to marvel in God’s abundant love for us and to walk with God in abundantly loving one another.

As Valentine’s Day draws near, remember your sweethearts and loved ones!  As Lent draws near, remember our God and all God’s people – remember, live and celebrate “Grace Abundant”!

Grace and peace, Pastor Sherry


P.S.  I want to thank all the Grace Church family for your most loving support of me throughout my extended and ongoing time of recovery from my December 27 auto accident.  I have experienced an overwhelming sense of love and support through your cards, notes, calls, food, rides, and general well wishes.  Thank you.  Thank you.  I continue to heal – gaining mobility, strength and energy each day.  I still must pace myself some, but hope to be back to full speed soon.


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    Pastor Gale – I’m sorry to hear about your car accident and conclude from seeing you on 1 March 2016 that your recovery is virtually a done deal. I enjoyed attending Grace UMC and was struck by the outgoing and welcoming enthusiasm I encountered in the Sanctuary and after the Service during the Pancake Brunch. A special tribute goes to Roberta Longfellow, David Larson, Sean Watson, and Carol Miller who spent quite some time with me as we exchanged thoughts on this occasion. Your sermon on “Party Abundant” and the global meaning of the family meal motivated me to think about the many things that have a wider context in our lives. I came to visit to learn more about “Grace” and was blessed to have your sermon inspire me to understand why Prayer and Grace are used interchangeably when it comes to offering thanks before a meal. As I mentioned in passing during the Pancake Brunch, this puzzled me and when that happens there’s always a blessing on it’s way. For me that turned out to be the next morning . . . and as usual I took the time to document what my “Seek and you’ll find” curiosity turned into a spiritual gift of enlightenment. I plan on presenting this to Carol who took a particular interest in some of the thoughts we shared on “The Word of God” during the Pancake Brunch. I thank you and the members of your congregation for making me feel right at home. God bless you, Klaus

    P.S. Meeting Mayor Nan Whaley was a personal bonus for me and quite an honor.

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    Correction . . . the date I attended was 28 February 2016! Please correct for me . . .


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