JUN 1, 2016
This Week at Grace

The Movement of God's Grace

Dear Grace,

I have been (re)reading Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber, in preparation for tomorrow night's Grace Reads. Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran pastor, an unlikely profession for a foul-mouthed, tattooed, misanthropic, recovering addict. Or is it? As I read her words and her raw honesty about faith and grace, I am continually awed by her ability to meet everybody (and I mean everybody) where they are and help them know the boundless love of God. She admits she needs it as much as anyone and I think that helps her offer it so freely and welcome folks to church who otherwise wouldn't darken the doors.

She writes this about God's grace:

God's grace is a gift that is freely given to us. We don't earn a thing when it comes to God's love, and we only try to live in response to the gift. No one is climbing the spiritual ladder. We don't continually improve until we are so spiritual we no longer need God. We die and are made new, but that's different from spiritual self-improvement. We are simultaneously sinner and saint, 100 percent of both, all the time. The Bible is not God. The Bible is simply the cradle that holds Christ. Anything in the Bible that does not hold up to the Gospel of Jesus Christ simply does not have the same authority. The movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us. Always. We can't, through our piety or goodness, move closer to God. God is always coming near to us. Most especially in the Eucharist and in the stranger.

I am inspired to live my life with more honesty, more surrender and more belief in the good news that no matter I do or say, God is moving to me. I pray you'll join me in recognizing the movement of God towards us and the world as we move through our summer. And I hope to see you at Grace Reads, tomorrow night to keep the discussion going! 7pm, Starbucks at Glen Iris and Ponce de Leon (in the Whole Foods parking lot).

See you for worship on Sunday and think about who you can invite!

Grace and peace,


The Vision at Grace
To feed our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while reaching outward with God's love and intentionally welcoming all in the name of Christ.


Calendar of Events

TOMORROW-Thursday, June 2
Grace Reads, 7pm, Starbucks in Whole Foods Ponce Plaza

Wednesday, June 8
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Thursday, June 9
Church Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Grace Cafe

Tuesday, June 14
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, June 22
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Tuesday, June 28
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Congregational Care
Heartfelt Christian sympathy to Eric Dodd on the loss of his mother, who passed away over Memorial Day Weekend.

Event Spotlight
Weekend Food Packs for After School Students

Grace UMC is teaming up with Action Ministries to make sure children in their after school program have food each weekend. We'll collect goods and assemble food packs June-July.

A pack includes:
  • 1 reusable grocery bag
  • 2 cans meat (no pork products)
  • 2 cans vegetables
  • 2 cans fruit
  • 2 cans soup
  • 2 boxes macaroni & cheese/pasta/rice
  • 1 can baked beans (no pork) or 1 lb. dried beans
  • 1 jar peanut butter
  • 1 box instant oatmeal/hot cereal packets
  • Powdered tea/lemonade
Buy supplies for a whole weekend pack, or individual items, and bring donations to the Grace Cafe. You can also help assemble packs after worship.

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Thank you for your faithful support of the work that God is doing through Grace Church!

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Atlanta, GA 30308

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