Dear Church Family,
How could any more possibly happen in less than two weeks? We had Annual Conference, and Les, Christina, Jonathan and I learned so much! We are excited about what the Conference is doing. The entire conference was invited to join in and address extreme asset poverty in two designated zip codes, one rural and one urban. The urban zip code designated is 75246!! Sound familiar? Grace UMC is the only United Methodist Church within that zip code!
No wonder we have 92 children signed up for Project Transformation in grades 1-6 and 80 of them showed up on Wednesday, our first day!! From the looks on their faces, they loved every minute of it! On that first day, as a special gift from the North Texas Food Bank, each family left here with their own SACK OF POTATOES!!! And the story goes on…
After the congregation gathered in the new Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 2nd, to behold the new Kitchen and Fellowship Hall, Grace had an event the following Saturday for those organizations and donors who had given grants to Grace. It was a momentous event! Two of our new members, Danny Simpson and David Cavazos, transformed the Hall into a night to remember, replete with instrumental music and black linens. Under the direction of Chef Gail Blair and Alida Smith, the girls from alley’s house prepared a panoply of delightful food. Sylvie Ndjungu described to honored guests the multiple potential uses of the kitchen.
Acknowledgements were made to Mellen West, Kathy LaTour, Susan West, Gary Marrs, Steve and Brigette Hawks, David Lightfoot, and Roger Baggerman, trustees and pastors past for bringing us to where we are today. Dale McEowen provided tours of the entire church, Stephanie Bohan let those on tour take a peek at the “new” Agape clinic under construction, and “a good time was had by all!”
This first week of Project Transformation has seen volunteers from the congregation, and they have been so helpful. I hope you find time and a place to be involved this summer in Project Transformation and/or Vacation Bible School. Grace, let’s keep our light shining in 75246!
Grace and Peace,