As part of our commitment to deepen our commitment to social justice we purchased a new banner!
The Grace UCC Council held a dinner to thank long-time Council person Christine O’Brien for her years of service, most recently as Vice Moderator.
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Lundquist celebrated the receipt of his Doctor of Ministry degree after worship on Sunday, May 5th.
On April 5-8, Bill Taylor, Stein & Chris Syltevik, Peggy Taylor and Pamela Heggs attended the EAD conference in Washington DC. The theme this year was, "Troubling the Waters". The conference kicked off on Friday evening with a welcoming general session featuring Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock from Ebenezer Baptist Church. Invoking imagery from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dr. Warnock helped us get excited for the weekend to come! Workshops throughout the weekend included topics such as:
Faith Communities and Activism: "Navigating Troubled Congregational Waters
Faith Routed Direct Activism and Community Organizing
Multi-faith Coalition-Building for Social Change
Increasing Civic Engagement: Ballot Initiatives
Advocating for Peace in a Violent World: the Global Fragility Act
The Criminalization of Poverty
Let Us Vote: Ending voter Suppression and Restoring Voters' Rights
And many, many more!
Of course the weekend included prayer, music and fellowship with cross-denominational attendees from all around the country. The mood was electrifying and God was certainly present!
The weekend culminated with a "Lobby Day" on Monday where attendees were invited to meet with their congressional representatives and senators. Luckily for the GRACE UCC attendees, we were able to meet with Representative Tom Malinowski in person along with senior staffers for Senators Booker and Menendez. Our talking points centered around voting rights and the establishment of a human rights commission within the Senate. What an adventurous day it was!
Next year's conference will be held April 17-20, again in Washington DC. Join us, won't you?
Be a river, not a swamp
Be like Moses - Speak words of blessing
Nurture a shared prayer life
Take a step of faith
Restore someone’s faith
Be a grateful person
Share the journey
Cultivate a little solitude
Fast and pray
Turn worries over to God
Spread love wherever you go
Keep your priorities straight
Strive for excellence
Use it or lose it
Meditate on Scripture
Ask God to make you a blessing today
Spend time in nature
Exercise your power of choice
Would you like to sing in the Grace UCC Chorus on Easter Sunday? If so, Music Director Shelly Tapp invites you to come to practice at 10:30 on the four Sundays prior to Easter. All are welcome.