Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's and Second Chances

New Year's usually causes us to look back and look forward.  Looking back it was a year with ups and downs, hopefully more ups.

A few things happened this past year in the life of Grace that you might be interested in hearing.

-- We finished construction and opened our brand new sanctuary

-- Published our first Enhanced E book called "A Story of Grace"

-- We were featured in the Kansas City Star for our LEED Certification

-- Record Christmas Eve Crowd

-- $10,000 was spent on our Christmas Toy Drive

-- Expanded our ongoing Missional Events - LSSS, Boys Home, ReStart, Pro Deo and Jr High Backpack Program

-- Donated 140 chairs to Faithbridge UMC at the Lake for their worship service

-- Helped numerous families during the grieving process

-- Celebrated with numerous families at Weddings

-- Celebrated new births, new members and baptisms

-- Consulted with several other churches in the area of "contemporary worship"

-- Resourced with several other churches in the areas of leadership and finances

-- Hosted Pastoral Leadership Development for our new clergy in the Missouri Annual Conference

-- Paid our Apportionments in full

-- Free Weddings

-- Handed off full leadership of Renaissance Church

-- Sonshine Preschool continues to grow

So what does the future hold for Grace?  As we reflect on the events of this past year, I can't help but be excited about our future together.  We are healthy and vital congregation that continues to reach out in service and concern to the world.  We truly are a light in the darkness.

Thank you for all you have done and will do to make this a wonderful church.

Thank you our staff for their extraordinary work.

And thank God that we have a church to call home.

Don't forget to join us in January for our new sermon series Second Chances.  It might just change yoru life or the life of someone you know and love.

Go in peace and go with God.

Oh yeah, and BE THE LIGHT!

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