Monthly Archives: August 2013

Password, Please!

We have (ostensibly) learned how to protect our money. Have we learned how to invest our love, putting it into words and actions that serve our neighbors and glorify God? Reedy looks at this question in the midst of a week packed with acts of social justice and civil rights.

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Pastor’s Word: Back to School

JudithDear Church Family,

We are back to school in a big way! This Sunday, we will bless the children’s backpacks – donated by Oak Cliff UMC, supplied by you, and packed by our Missions Committee! On Monday, our Open Door Pre-School starts with its extended hours. Many of you will have your first day of class one day this next week in an elementary school, middle school, high school, college, university, or graduate school. September is an exciting time!

At Grace, we are back to school in other ways as well. We are offering a Monday night ecumenical Bible study in tandem with East Dallas Christian Church. We will meet at the Bonhoeffer House next door to the church parking lot from 6:30-8 PM for eight Mondays. This is a great opportunity to study together with some of our neighbors and is only one of the back-to-school offerings Grace will have!

September, 2013, is an especially meaningful time for Grace, because we are turning 110! We are grateful for the five Sundays in September, and we are going to celebrate every one of them with events during the week as well as on Sundays. We will thank God together for those who had the vision of Grace Church and who struggled to pass on and preserve these fine facilities which embrace our missions and provide sanctuary to so many. You will not want to miss a Sunday in September!

As always, I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Plan to join us for cake after the service as we celebrate Edna Dishman’s 103rd birthday at Grace Gathering.

Grace and Peace,
Judith Reedy

Where Your Treasure Is

Jonathan Grace, a Perkins School of Theology graduate on the journey to ordination brings home the message with reflections on the recent series “Breaking Bad.”

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Pastor’s Word: Better Angels

Judith_blogDear Church Family,

Currently I am reading The Better Angels of Our Nature. The title is taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Toward the end of the book, there is a chapter about the better angels of our nature: the psychological faculties that steer us away from violence. The author explores why the better angels of our nature often fail to steer us away from violence and why history had to wait so long to engage them fully.

On Monday night, a dozen of us – men and women – had the privilege of watching Iron-Jawed Angels together at The Corinthian Bed and Breakfast next to the church. It was painful and almost incomprehensible to see the violent efforts exhibited – less than 100 years ago – against women in the attempt to withhold from them the right to vote. Upon reflection on the true story portrayed in the movie, I see that the better angels of our nature have steered us a long way from violence. I am grateful for this and for the ongoing opportunities at Grace to make us think and challenge us to move toward those better angels!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Grace and Peace,
Judith Reedy