eGrace for 8/11/2016

Hey, Grace’rs,

This weekend, as we continue our series Following Jesus Through the Gospel of Luke, we’re going to take a wild boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. (If you want to read ahead: Luke 8:22-25). Families with last names starting with A-Z are up for the food table this weekend!

Special reminder for parents of Grace Pre-K kids: Starting this weekend your kids will worship with you and the rest of their Grace family through the offering time. After they have their chance, if they’d like, to bring up their offering, you can take them to their pre-k room while you head back into the worship center for the message. You will have an opportunity, as always, to bring them in for communion at the end of the service. You will want to register your child, as always, prior to the worship service.

Coming Up:

This weekend: Teacher appreciation weekend: We will honor all of our public, private, and charter school educators at each worship service this weekend. We will also give each educator a special gift!

The Night of Magical Music is coming back to Grace for three performances: Friday, August 19 (6:30 pm) and Sunday (two shows@2:30 and 6 pm), August 21. Tickets are just $2 per person. Tickets available in the lobby or online.

Seminar for soon to be Kindergartners and their families: After each service the weekend of August 27/28 I will be doing a 20 minute experience on how to enjoy big people worship. Our new kindergartners will be officially welcomed into the full worship service the weekend of September 3/4 and starting the following weekend will join all of us for the whole service.

The Man-Cave NFL Kickoff BBQ, Sunday, August 28, 3-5. For men 18 and over. Games. Competitions. Food. Testosterone. Wear your favorite AZ Cardinal Jersey (or some other team jersey if you must!). You can sign up at worship or here.

The Third Annual Grace NFL Draft Party, Sunday, September 4, 1:30 pm. Put a Fantasy Football Team together and compete against other Grace’rs. Award Winning Podcaster Mike Wright of the Fantasy Footballers will be the Commissioner again this year. No experience necessary. Sign up here.

The Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit is coming to Phoenix, 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:

Stats and Stuff:
Attendance: 497
Offerings: General $16,520.67 + $5,022.50 online/text/kiosk + $1,570 Thrivent Choice = $23,113.17. Refresh the Campus $225. Hunger $20 online/text/kiosk. Mission $132.50 online/text/kiosk. LPE $20. Noise Youth Choir $230. Noisy Offering $48.45

If you get seasick easily, you might want to put a small amount of lavender on your wrists and behind your ears as we climb into the boat with Jesus this weekend!