Pastors Notes - July | 2018


Welcome to Grace's first ever monthly newsletter!

Each month we'll take some time to update you on what's going on in our community, hear from some of the people that make Grace what it is today, and help you connect into community and grow in your faith. This month we hear from pastor Jason and meet our newest members!


Friends,

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The Lord has been gracious to us. There are many things that we can celebrate when we reflect upon his goodness in these past few months. Our new location has become more than a place for us to gather, but a community for us to love. We were able to give free coffee, partner with local coffee shops, and let the neighborhood know that we are there to love them. During this time, we’ve connected with new friends, neighbors, and leaders who also share our desire to care for the community. We are also grateful for the new members that we were able to welcome into our community. They have committed to growing and serving our church and we have committed to help them grow and serve them as well.

In the past 6 months, we have also become more multicultural. We have always been somewhat multigenerational and multiethnic. But recently, we have become multicultural in our worship expression. We have listened to Scriptures and songs about Jesus in different languages. We have tasted food that represents our diverse heritage and culture. I am encouraged by the people who have shared how this has helped them appreciate not only their own culture, but other people's cultures as well. There is so much that we can learn about God through one another’s stories and experiences.

So where are we headed?

We are currently in the middle of a series on how to depend upon God. We believe this is crucial for where we are headed. We can make great plans, have wonderful strategies, but we know that unless the Lord builds, we build in vain (Ps. 127:1). We take our Savior’s words seriously in that apart from him, we can do nothing, and bear no fruit (John 15:5). On July 28th, the Amsterdam House will host their annual “Family Day.” This will be a great time to get to know people in the community and share more about who we are as a church. In the month of September, we are partnering with the nonprofit organization, Positive Influence, to host flag-football games in the playground behind the school every Sunday from 1:30pm-3:30pm. During this time, we would also like to offer classes (art, cooking, etc) to people in the community. If you’d like to teach a class, please let us know.

In all of this, we hope to learn how to better love and serve one another. Becoming a more diverse community that reflects the neighborhood is wonderful but is incomplete unless we truly love and serve one another with the affection and sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.

I am so grateful that we can grow together in this new season and look forward to all that the Lord has in store for us as a church.

Jason James
Lead Pastor
Community of Grace