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How do you start a conversation about spiritual things?

I heard a helpful idea from author Bill Perkins, who commented that one of the biggest barriers most of us face in talking with someone about Christ is opening the conversation in a non-threatening way.  Here’s an idea he suggests.

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In addition to all kinds of ways that people in the Grace family serve during the week, there are hundreds of individuals who serve here each Sunday.  These friends all volunteer their time as a gift to the Lord, and a way to show love to others.  When you see one of them today, can you give them a big “thank you”?  

  • GraceKids volunteers build into the lives of about 400 children who attend Grace each week.  Many adults who went to church as kids can remember such a volunteer who had a big impact on their life.  It’s happening every week at Grace!
  • Shuttle drivers bring people from our offsite lots at the Islander Office buildings and Big Creek Elementary to the front door of Grace.  If you haven’t taken advantage of this service, give them a try next week! 
  • Café servers make coffee and refreshments available in an environment that allows us to spend time with old and new friends. 
  • Ushers assist folks in many ways to feel at home in our worship services.  They answer lots of questions and handle the occasional emergency.    

   Audio-visual and tech volunteers use their gifts to enhance the worship environment through use of video, sound, and lighting elements.

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Recently I read a poignant article by Sarah Piercy about church attendance.  Here’s what she wrote…

Quite honestly, I didn’t think missing a Sunday was a big deal. It’s not a sin. It’s not earth-shattering. When I had a baby, I started to participate in our church community like most people do…missing one or two times a month.  And everything changed.

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When the Bible warns us to run from things that harm us, it also encourages us to go after what’s good… “along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). 

It’s like the African proverb:  “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”  We’re strongest together. 

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Endless studies powerfully demonstrate that our sleep, both the quality and quantity, is incredibly important to our health and everyday effectiveness.

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