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MID-WEEK GRACE NOTES – August 19, 2015
Ministry in the Life at Grace Presbyterian Church
This Week at Grace
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Church Wide Events in purple
Praise Team Practice, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Yoga, 6:45 p.m., Room 103
Stephen Ministry, 7:00 p.m., Room 107
Adult Choir, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
THURSDAY – 08/20
Women of Grace Coordinating Team Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Room 109
SUNDAY – 08/23
Y’all Come Sunday, 9:00 *SDB
Sunday School, 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Time, 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
Worship Ministry Meeting, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary
MONDAY – 08/24
Boy Scout Troop 421, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Room 103
Venture Crew, 7:00 p.m., Assembly Room
TUESDAY – 08/25
Mission Ministry, 7:00 p.m., Room 109
Yarn Ministry, 7:00 p.m., Narthex
Most of you know that we are providing a snack table for the teachers at Charlotte
Anderson Elementary this Friday, August 21. The entire staff will be on campus that day,
preparing for the first day of school.
Those who are planning to contribute snack items, please leave them in the kitchen at
Grace Thursday or early Friday morning. We will be taking the food over at around
10:00. Anyone who would like to go along to help set up is welcome to meet us at
Grace at that time.
As a reminder to those contributing…Be sure to send your snack items in disposable
containers, plates, etc. We will not be going back to the school to clean up or retrieve
things. (Everyone can help with the snack table. If you didn’t sign up on Sunday, that’s
OK. Just leave your things at church on Thursday or Friday morning.)
Check with
Susan Musfeldt if you have questions. 817-483-1435.
Sermon Notes
This week the sermon is part 5 in the series: Soundings in Ephesians. The title is, “Living Life
for Others” and the scripture readings are Psalm 130 and Ephesians 4:25-5:2
The psalm is focused on God’s forgiving love for us and how we are to wait in anticipation for
the redemption of our Lives in this forgiving love.
The second text is the next text in Ephesians from the Revised Common Lectionary texts
recommended for these Sundays in July and August. This section of Ephesians, (The circular
letter that toured to the churches in Asia Minor), chapter 4, verse 25- chapter 5:2, is about
living in this forgiving love as a way of life not just as platitudes. Chapter 4:32-5:2 says,
“…be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has
forgiven you.
5 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved
us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
What does this Love look like? The passage tells us, “… and live in love, as Christ loved us.”
Come and we will explore what this love looks like.
Blessing in Christ,
Pastor Craig
Caring Bridge for Pastor Craig
Caring Bridge is a website where one can create a page with their health concerns and update
it so family and friends can visit and get the latest information, you can also leave
encouraging messages for that person. You must create a log in, your email address and a
password. The link below goes directly to Craig’s page but you still will have to log in.
Y’all Come Sunday August 23 at 9:00 a.m.
We will gather in the Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. for a
pancake breakfast and other special refreshments
provided by Women of Grace. Next we will enjoy special
presentations about classes and small group
opportunities for the coming year. This will be a fun
time! EVERYONE should come to share ideas and to see
what is planned.
Be sure to bring a friend so we can share the wonderful
things going on at Grace.
Worship will follow at the regular time: 10:30 a.m.
Cathy Matson will be available to train any new New Day Volunteers for food bag preparation
after Church on Sunday the 23rd in MOW/New Day Room 111
Be sure to look for the children’s Summer Sunday School artwork, displayed
in the Narthex on Sunday, August 30th.
This year the children’s summer study focused on the life of Samuel, so you
will enjoy viewing some wonderful “Samuel” artwork.
See you at the art show!
Women of Grace
2015-2016 Presbyterian Women (PW) Bible Study Introduction, Tuesday, September 15, 10:30
a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth. All Women of Grace are invited to hear the Rev.
Judy Record Fletcher, author and member of Grace Presbytery, introduce Come to the
Waters for the PW 2015-2016 Bible Study. Please don’t miss out on hearing Rev. Fletcher
deliver a dynamic and creative presentation! Lunch ($7) will be served and reservations are
required. You will pay for your lunch ticket when you arrive at First Presbyterian Church of Fort
Worth. A signup sheet is located on the WOG table and the deadline for your RSVP to Anna
Perez is Tuesday, September 1st. If you need a ride or can take passengers in your car, please
indicate this on the signup sheet. Please mark your calendar – Tuesday, September 15, 2015,
at 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth and bring your new study book.
The hot summer days are almost behind us and fall is fast approaching which
means Monday Circle is starting up again. Monday Circle will meet on Monday, September 14 at
9:15 a.m. in Room 109. The study this year is “Come to the Waters”, A Contemporary Study of
exploring some of the Bible’s 800 references to water as it relates to creation, the delivery of
God’s people through the parting of the Red Sea and Jordan River, and the adoption of the
people of God through Baptism. The lesson leader is Elsa Louis, the devotional leader is Anna
Perez, and the hostess is Charlotte Sutton. The heart share will be snacks for the Story Time
children. Snacks include 100% juice drink boxes and granola bars. The children’s favorite
granola bars are Nature Valley Crunchy Oats and Honey in the green and yellow boxes, two
bars per pack. The study books are provided complimentary by WOG and if you don’t have your
study book yet, please contact Anna Perez, Monday Circle Coordinator, at church, or
email jewelryamp@yahoo.com or by phone at (817) 781-4544.
Grace Presbyterian’s
under the direction of the Alzheimer’s Association
will open in Arlington on October 17.
Memory Cafés are for people with early or
early mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other
memory loss illnesses and their care partners.
We will relax, laugh, share, and enjoy being
together. There will be fun cognitive and
physical activities and games.
Our Café will open October 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
We will meet regularly at that time every third
Saturday of the month.
Please contact us for further information.
Grace Presbyterian Church
5500 Mansfield Road
Arlington, Texas 76017
(817) 468-0868
Community Calendar
The Knit Wits yarn ministry group at Westminster meets monthly to share
fellowship and work on knitted and crocheted items to donate to hospitals,
orphanages and shelters. Anyone interested in joining in this effort is invited to
come Wednesday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the church library
at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1330 S. Fielder Road. This is a very casual
and informal group that likes to laugh and have fun. So bring a friend and some
yarn and your knitting needles (or crochet hook or loom) and join in spreading the
warmth of God's love to those in need in our community.
We are searching for a church secretary to join us at Grace. The Personnel Ministry will
be coordinating this with Craig. If you have any recommendations please contact Chip
Black, ministry chair, or Craig Sanders.
Your Nominating Council is working on finding elders and trustees for the Class
of 2018. We are asking for your help. Please prayerfully consider serving Grace as
an elder or trustee. A box has been placed in the Narthex for nominations. If you
feel called to serve or know someone who would like to be considered, please take a
moment and fill out a nomination form and place it in the box. Always remember
that God will equip those who are called into His service!! If you have any questions,
please contact a member of the nominating council Barb McAllister, Elsa Louis,
Terry Hendricks, Ron Musfeldt or Brian Anderson. We ask that you remember us
in your prayers as we discern those Grace members who God is calling into service.
Stated Meeting of Session
August 18, 2015
The Session:
• approved a 2-3 day extension of Rev. Sanders’ vacation request through September 21, 2015 so he can
attend the 40th Anniversary Celebration at Saratoga Presbyterian Church in southern California where he
received his first call.
• approved use of The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum for Children’s Sunday School.
• approved a request by NEW DAY to set up a table in the Narthex, give a minute for mission and use a
bulletin insert on September 13 to publicize North Texas Giving Day on September 17.
• rescheduled its September called meeting of session to a joint September/October meeting on
Monday, September 28. The session meeting scheduled for October 12 will remain on the calendar as
a tentative called meeting if needed to work on the 2016 budget.
• elected Elder Elsa Louis as commissioner to the October 1 meeting of presbytery.
• recognized with commendations the outstanding contributions of the following:
Linda Black – many years of servant leadership to the Worship Ministry
VBS Ministry Team - consisting of Sam Hutto, Leslie Seggelink, Martha Kinard, Emma Sanders,
Faye Sanders, Craig Sanders, Net Musfeldt, Ron Musfeldt, and Susan Musfeldt for exceptional
service to Arlington children at VBS
Roofing Task Force – consisting of Roger Perez, Louie Nash, Dick Townsend, Sam McAllister,
Tom Sicks, Howard Livingston, Anna Perez, Bill Moulton, Jim Smith, John Hendrix, and Elsa Louis
for seeing the highly successful new roof and repairs project through to completion
Quintin Juengerman – for his outstanding service as Youth Elder in 2014-2015
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