Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pastor’s Word: Many Thanks

Judith_blogDear Church Family,

When Lucretia and James Mott showed up at our worship service and potluck this past Sunday, I marveled! I was happy they were able to see that times have changed for women since 1848, at least at Grace. When Dr. Ted Campbell and Joanne Callahan joined the Motts to supply us with little known history, including the start of women’s rights from a Wesleyan – Methodist – chapel, we all applauded! Many thanks to those participants, to the education committee who sponsored the event, and to all those who brought food, prepared the Fellowship Hall, and cleaned the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen!

Yes, times have changed since 1848; times have changed since 1865; times have changed since 1920; times have changed just in the past few months. There are more changes needed in many directions and I pray that Grace will continue to be a part of that loving but persistent change.

Wednesday of next week, July 31st, is the last day of Project Transformation 2013 for our children and our volunteers. In Sunday services, at meals, and on the stairs going up to the library to get yet another book, there has been solid evidence that children get excited when they know someone is interested in, and yes, loves them! Thank you, Grace, for your embrace of Project Transformation.

Thank you for your investment in our children. Your communion rail offering this past Sunday for school backpack supplies brought a staggering $682!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Judith Reedy

Pastor’s Word: Only at Grace

Judith_blogDear Church Family,

Only at Grace could the pastor have to go to the emergency room right before worship and all would continue as ordered! I am grateful to so many – to Spencer for stepping right in and teaching Sunday School, to Mary McLaud for her assurance and medical care, to Les Chandler for stepping up, leading worship, and delivering the sermon, to Mary Miriti and Michael Manes for their part in worship, and to all of you for carrying right on and worshiping God!! To add to our regular worship, we were blessed with the presence of Frances McCleskey’s daughter Carla Hudson, the week before she and husband Rogert begin their new adventure of pastoring a Lutheran/Presbyterian Church with a Methodist minister – Wilbur Uniting!!

I went home with a very attractive gauze – NOT – and a follow-up appointment. Turns out I was born with a deviated septum, which was addressed yesterday, so all will be well, and I am anticipating hearing a great message from my good friend Katherine Lyle this Sunday.

Meanwhile, under Christina’s fine leadership, this week at VBS has been a real adventure, lots of joy! The UMW has provided delicious meals that have kept them coming back for seconds and thirds!

Yes, there is a lot going on this summer, but it all seems to dovetail and work well together, addressing all three goals for the year: to improve our surrounding community, increase the involvement of Grace constituents in the life of the community, and raise the awareness of more people that there IS a Grace! (shades of Bob Nelson)

Grace and Peace,
Judith Reedy