Pastor’s Word: Diversity

Judith_blogDear Church Family,

Last night at the Bridge Bistro, Bill McElvaney and Zan Holmes said that, as a city, Dallas should form a coalition, especially the churches, to celebrate our diversity. I embrace that and am so excited that we do that at Grace every single day. We celebrate our diversity and find ways to bring one another along on the journey with educational as well as inspirational opportunities.
In the month of September, these opportunities abound! As we anticipate our second Sunday of celebration, we are so excited to have Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan as our guest preacher this Sunday! Bill believes in Grace and has seen its potential and plumbed its potential since before he arrived as its pastor more than 30 years ago!

As an affirmation of that diversity, a world map will be dedicated this Sunday, and each person will have an opportunity in the coming weeks to place a pin in the place where she/he was born!

On Monday night, the ecumenical Bible study with East Dallas Christian begins at the Bonhoeffer House. There is still time to sign up! This is an 8-week study and gives you the privilege of being at the Bonhoeffer and participating in meaningful study and conversation. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday. (Just bring yourself and a Bible on this first evening at 6:30pm)

Celebrating our 110th anniversary right along with all of us are two sets of very proud grandparents: Michael and Renee Manes whose first grandchild Downing was born yesterday, and Billie and Wayne Watts whose second grandchild Sawyer was born yesterday! These two little boys have everything going for them! Congratulations!

As excited as I am to be celebrating daily all during the month of September, I do want to thank personally Joanne Callahan for her amazing work and tenacity in July and August. Joanne worked tirelessly to bring us Iron-Jawed Angels , introduce us to the Motts via Alice Montgomery and Chris Hauge, and bring to us two professors from SMU on two separate occasions – Drs. Ted Campbell and Christa deLuzio, experts on Methodist history and women’s history. Thank you, Joanne.

As always, I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday.

Grace and Peace,
Judith Reedy

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