Community Updates

Grace Midweek Updates

Grace Office
February 21, 2023

**NOTE: No Christian Formation Hour this Sunday***Racial, ethnic, and cultural tensions are nothing new - the church in Ephesus was divided along ethnic lines. When we give into division this hampers the witness and worship of the church and blemishes and scars the body of Christ. However, Paul gives us the assurring news that peace has already been accomplished in the person of Jesus - we can live into the reality of what he has already achieved. To go deeper, listen to Drew's sermon here.Lent Resources + Ash Wednesday. Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter Sunday and is an annual gift to us. During Lent, we take time to pause, assess our spiritual health, and make small changes in our daily rhythms to help us walk more closely with the Lord. Tomorrow night, on Ash Wednesday—February 22—we will have a worship service at 7:00 PM to mark the beginning of this season. In addition, we are providing a Lent booklet that will help you grow deeper in Ephesians and our union with Christ, 2023 Lenten Calendar of Events, and Lent Cards for households with children of all ages. We hope these will aid you in an experience of a meaningful Lent this year.

Women’s Retreat. Women of Grace are invited to attend this year’s Women’s retreat at Rainbow Lodge, March 17-19. Cost to attend for the whole weekend is $240, with an option to attend on Saturday only for $100. Register to attend and see more details HERE. The registration deadline is March 8th at 11:59 PM. Email Nicole with any questions.

Women in Ministry Leadership. Our congregation is entering a time of learning, prayer, and discernment with regards to whether or not women can and should be ordained to the priesthood.

Congregational Meeting. We will have a congregational meeting on Sunday, March 5 immediately after the worship service. We will be presenting the 2023 budget and giving an update on our congregational discernment process concerning women in ministry leadership. Lunch provided. Please do not plan for your child(ren) to be unattended during this meeting. If you will need childcare, you must register HERE by Tuesday, February 28. Sunday Morning Prayer Group. We have felt a steady and growing prompting from God to pray regularly for our congregation and the work God has given us to do. A group is now gathering during Christian Formation Hour to pray to God for his transforming and healing kingdom to spread in us and through us. For questions, please contact Darik Taniguchi.Egg Stuffing Party. It is that time of year again! Help us stuff easter eggs for the annual egg hunt on Easter morning after the worship service for Grace kids! Stuffing will take place immediately after worship on March 12. Light snacks provided while we stuff. Please email Linn to sign up to help. Children welcome to help at this event. Hope to see you there!

Serving the City Partner Lunches. Get to know more about some of the organizations that Serving the City (STC) partners with and learn about the people that they serve. In an effort to create more awareness of the work of STC, we will host a series of lunch meetings after worship on the 4th Sunday of each month. We will have a speaker from a different organization each month. We will gather at the Layne at 12:30 and the events will last approximately 90 minutes. Food will be provided, please RSVP by emailing Drew with any food restrictions so that we can plan accordingly.

2022 Giving Statements. We sent out giving statements two weeks ago. If you gave in 2022 but have not received on, please email Nicole.Young Adults Lunch. Join other young adults in our community as we gather for lunch at the Halls on Sunday, February 26 at 12:30 PM. Please contact Nelson to RSVP and receive details.Save the Date: Men's Retreat. May 5-7 at the Rainbow Lodge. More details to come!

Soul Care Seattle. Grace is blessed to partner with Soul Care Seattle, an urban retreat and spiritual direction ministry on Capitol Hill.  They have many different opportunities to grow your relationship with God.

Blessings to you,

Grace Office

Weekly Calendar at a Glance
Sun 02/26 Worship @ 10:15 AM