Christmas Sunday Gifts

Christmas Sunday is just a few days away and if it is anything like last Sunday, it is sure to be a beautiful, celebratory and full worship service! Grace kids are getting ready for the annual presentation of gifts to the Christ Child, and this year, our gifts will be for the neediest Karen refugee children at New Life International Baptist Church. It is not too late to bring wrapped gifts–toys, clothing or gift cards–but please do bring the gifts to the donation bins at the back of the sanctuary by Sunday morning. You can label each gift with the age and gender of the child the gift is intended for, and we will make sure the appropriate Karen child receives it in time for Christmas.

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Not certain who to buy for? Just look at all these beautiful children! As you can see, there is sure to be a child to match with whatever gift you bring. Do you notice the little boy in the lower right corner? That would be my son, Felix. I didn’t know where he was when I was snapping photos last Sunday, and I was so surprised to find him in this picture when I got home. He was right down there with all his new Karen friends!

Felix chose a gift for a boy his age, and you could do something similar. How about choosing a gift that your granddaughter would love, or something that would be perfect for your next door neighbor’s son? It doesn’t need to be large or expensive to be a meaningful gift. One of my best Christmas memories as a young child was when I received a small stuffed animal from an anonymous person at our church who said it was a present for me from Jesus. The item itself didn’t matter–but the love and generosity I experienced made a lasting impression on my young heart and convinced me that Jesus really did see me and care about me.

Thank you for extending the love and generosity of Jesus this year to the Karen children and their parents. May you be blessed with the joy of giving! See you on Sunday!

New Life International Baptist Church

We had a wonderful service at Grace yesterday. My kids were thrilled upon entering the sanctuary from 12th Avenue and finding the Christmas tree next to the fireplace, and the whole sanctuary bedecked for the great celebration of the Christ Child! The best part of the service, though, was that we were joined by our wonderful family from New Life International Baptist Church. We enjoyed several musical pieces from our guests. We also had a special visit from the prophetess Anna (think Luke 2)! Thank you to everyone who contributed to decorating the sanctuary and participating in the service yesterday, especially New Life International Baptist Church–we love you!

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Leadership Retreat 2014

We had a fantastic leadership retreat at Fort Columbia State Park this last weekend. As you can see from the photos, we had a wonderful group of people and an action-packed weekend. We spent much of our time talking through our desires and goals for the upcoming year at Grace Bible Church. It was also a great opportunity to get to know each other better! Thank you, Ken, Sharon, Roger, Jeanie, John, Kathy, Bethany, Brian, Luke, Shelby, Fiona, Felix and Judah for what you added to our group this weekend and for your investment in our church by being at our retreat!

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