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This Fall at Grace

Dear People of Grace, 

I thank God for you. I am grateful that many of you are finding new ways to practice your faith and stay connected in Christian community. Whether you offer up a prayer for a baby being baptized in a back yard, or you unfold your lawn chair and settle in for Neighborhood Church, or sing your lungs out during at-home worship, I am grateful for the ways you show up for one another.  

Grace leaders are committed to equipping you to practice your faith wherever you are; and we are learning more about ways to do that. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening this fall: 

WORSHIP 

  • We will continue to offer at-home worship to guard the health of all — especially the most vulnerable among us.
  • We’ll gather in person for Church in the Park on September 13 and October 11. More info and sign-ups for these dates are coming soon. 
  • If you miss being with live humans on a regular basis, Neighborhood Church is for you. Learn more and sign up here.  
  • Need some prayer time in the sanctuary? Sign up here

LEARNING 

We listened, and our families with young people have helped to guide our decisions for this fall. As conditions change, this plan may also change.

  • Households with children ages 3 through 5th grade. We hear you when you share your, “Zoom fatigue.” While we’ll continue to connect online from time to time, watch your mailbox; because every week, you’ll get resources for faith formation for kids, and encouragement for parents. We’ll also experiment with some small-group, in-person events periodically.
  • Middle school and high school. We will take a hybrid approach, with some in-person events and some online gatherings so that our young people can make meaning of their faith, in relationship with peers, trusted adults, and God. 

LOVE AND JUSTICE 

  • A group of passionate leaders have been coming together to imagine how Grace might become an actively anti-racist church. Many of these leaders are young adults. We will focus on three things: 1) Learning and inner transformation 2) Leveraging the gift of difference and becoming more culturally competent 3) Listening in the community to identify an issue to work on. Want to join the conversation? Email our Facilitator.
  • Too many of our neighbors are hungry. Our relationship with The Sheridan Story will deepen, and we will be open to other opportunities to address hunger, as well.
  • A committed group of Grace members are organizing a school supply drive for Westview Elementary. Learn more about that here.

Back in March, we said that being church right now means trusting God, caring for one another, and watching out for our neighbors. You are living out those words in a beautiful way.  

Thanks be to God. 

Pastor Deb Stehlin
d.stehlin@graceofav.org

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