eGrace – 10/20/2016

Hey, Grace’rs,

What does personal greatness look like? Jesus provides a compelling picture in our message for this week (Luke 9:43-50). Families with last names starting with S-Z have the food table this weekend.

Newcomer Orientation: Sunday at 11:45. Free lunch and childcare. A great way to meet the staff and hear about how you can be a vital part of the mission of your new church home. RSVP to Kendra at

Coming Up:

Saturdays before worship: Because we have time before worship on Saturdays we’re planning some family/mulit-generational activities in the next few weeks:

  • Oct. 28: Pumpkin Painting/Halloween Fun—4 pm. Kids can wear their costumes to church. Free meal. Bring a pumpkin to decorate if possible
  • November 26: Our Annual Turkey Games. More to come.

Forum on Islam, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 pm. I’m really excited about this opportunity to learn more about our Muslim friends. Our guest will be a local lawyer: Yaser Ali. He’s awesome. And he’ll be bringing some folks from his local Mosque along for us to hang out with after the forum.

Peace Lutheran-Community of Grace Reformation Tour. Next October 2017 we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther nailed 95 Thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, launching a dramatic revolution in Christianity. Pastor Al Cassel from Peace Lutheran is hosting a tour of Luther sites in Germany next September. The tour group will meet me in Wittenberg where we will worship together in one of the historic Luther Churches. Information meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 16@6 at Peace Lutheran Church. Sign up in the lobby or email me at

The Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit is coming to Phoenix, This Saturday, October 22. Featuring my good friend, New York Times Best-Selling Author Michael Gurian (The Wonder of Boys; The Mind of Boys; The Purpose of Boys) along with yours truly, we’ll be going deep into how boys are wired and how we can call them into HEROIC manhood. This is for parents, grandparents, educators (Public, Private, Charter), Church leaders, anyone who works with boys! It will be held this first year at Grace! The Church, in partnership with parents and educators, is the best hope for changing the storyline of our boys! 60 spots are now available for Gracer’s at 1/2 price, which includes lunch. $25 per person. Register here.

To learn more about the Summit (or to pass the word along to your friends, see the website:

New Worship Schedule launches the first weekend of November (5/6)
Sunday@8:10, 9:15, and 10:30

Stats and Stuff:
Attendance: 531
Offerings: General $15,130 + $6,332.50 online/text/kiosk = $21,462.50. Refresh the Campus $100. Hunger $55 online/text/kiosk. Mission $207.50 online/text/kiosk. Youth $30 online/text/kiosk. Noisy Offering $80.15

See you this weekend!