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Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
Prayer Group
4:30 PM
A study group on prayer and building confidence to pray in front of others. Also an intimate group that prays for others.
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No Name Gang
8:00 AM
Men's fellowship group meet for breakfast at Rusty's Diner (Pineview Drive) and then gather at the church to take on various projects at the church or in the community.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Meet in fellowship with one another as you learn to crochet or just work on a prayer shawl to share with someone in emotional or physical need.
Administrative Council Meeting
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Church council meets fourth Monday to discuss and determine the "business side" of the church's operation.
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Children and Youth Ministry
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Come and enjoy a meal before learning how to share God's word with others.
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Maids on Mission
12:00 PM
Help the church beautify and clean in order to enjoy a mission of cleanliness.
Bible Study
6:00 PM
Come and join us in learning more about Christ
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Choir Practice 9:00 a.m.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
Prayer Group
4:30 PM
A study group on prayer and building confidence to pray in front of others. Also an intimate group that prays for others.
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Remember to Stand Up Straight - April 2007

April 2007

Remember to Stand Up Straight

Some parental statements to children are universal. When I was growing up, my folks reminded me time and time again to stand up straight. Sometimes it would be the simple directive to hold your shoulders back, and other times they would elaborate about the importance of having good posture.
I guess their valuable advice made an impression on me. Regularly, I hear myself echoing these same words of guidance to my daughters. Stand up straight and hold your head up.
Good posture is essential. I know it. But sometimes, it is just hard to do.
The burdens of the day wear heavy on us. It can bend you down. When I listen to the evening news, I find myself slumping and my shoulders aching. Do you know what I mean? There are so many heartbreaking reports.
Four years of war in Iraq, and we do not know when it will end. To date, it has claimed the lives of 3,218 United States military and more than 100,000 Iraqi people. In Columbia, two young men are shot in gang-related violence.
Filipino church leaders urge the U.S. Congress to address the deteriorating human rights in the Philippines. In the history of the Philippines, there has never been such a high incidence of clergy killings.
One person died and several were injured after riot police stopped a prayer meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe. An urban Roman Catholic congregation in Harare dispersed when police threw tear gas into their sanctuary.
In Georgia, the search for a 6-year-old boy ends when his body is found in a black plastic garbage bag. A young couple is arrested for growing marijuana in their home and their children are placed into state custody.
How can you walk at all in a world so torn asunder, much less stand up straight?
This first week of April, we remember the terrible events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus. Everything that happened was so much worse than the disciples could have imagined. It took its toll on them.
I am confident that they felt the weight on their shoulders. Helplessly, they watched as the proceedings unfolded.
As I think about the first Holy Week, I often reflect on the familiar sermon thesis, Itıs Friday, but Sundayıs coming. Often, we do live in the Good Fridays of life. The unimaginable happens in our world. People do terrible things to other people.
I confess that I can get so focused upon the Friday events that I forget that the story does not end on Friday. Sunday is coming.
As people of the Resurrection, we must always keep before us the good news of Easter Sunday morning. The victory belongs to God.
Although we cannot avoid Good Friday, we do have the promise of new life that Jesus gives to each of us. We do have the guarantee that Jesus will be with us on the Fridays and the Sundays.
When I remember that bit of good news, it is almost as if Jesus whispers in my ear, ³Stand up straight. Walk tall. Get your head up. Remember, I have already won. This evening we walked around our neighborhood gloriously abloom with tulips, redbuds, Bradford pears, and dogwoods.
Last week everything was brown and barren. This week new life is all around us. The birds join in chorus every morning as the earth springs back to life.
In spite of all those times when we live in the shadows, with burdens that are too heavy for us to carry, it is my prayer that this week we will experience again the joy of Easter.
Although crucified, dead and buried, Jesus did not stay buried. For the same Spirit that anointed him to preach the Good News breathed into him the breath of Life. So we hear with joy those words that give us hope, He is not here, He is risen. We are people of the resurrection. When I am able to remember that truth, my posture always gets better. Try it for yourself.
I serve a risen Savior, he's in the world today; I know that he is living, whatever foes may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer, and just the time I need him, heıs always near.
In all the world around me I see his loving care, and though my heart grows weary, I never will despair. I know that he is leading through all the stormy blast; the day of his appearing will come at last.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find; none other is so loving, so good and kind.
He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along lifeıs narrow way. He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know he lives. He lives within my heart. Are you standing taller? Can you face the challenges of this world? Are you ready to work at righting the wrongs?
My prayer is that we will claim the fact that we are Resurrection people and we can stand straight and tall in this world even on Fridays.

Grace and peace,

Mary Virginia Taylor