Many Christian denominations and even independent churches will establish “The Year of…”, that is, they declare the new year will have a special emphasis that will permeate all that transpires in and through them. Fr. George is calling Great Shepherd to embrace 2016 as “The Year of Grace”. By this he means he would like us to have grace permeate all that we do, say, think, and even contemplate, during this New Year. He wants grace to be our litmus test for actions and responses, and not just corporately, but in our individual lives as well. He suggests that we be willing to receive grace. As hard as it may seem, some Christians have difficulty receiving grace, both from God and others. We need to be able to receive grace in order to really give it. During the next 12 months, he will be sharing periodic emails regarding grace, regarding our “Year of Grace”. He would like to suggest that we all read (or re-read) Philip Yancey’s book, What’s So Amazing About Grace? This book can be secured at most Christian bookstores, or through Amazon.
On Sunday, August 14th, we begin a sermon series entitled, “Forgiveness” In preparation for this series, and as a supplement to it, we invite you to do some reading on the subject. Fr. George is recommending three books: Henri Nouwen’s, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming and Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall, and When You Can’t Say “I Forgive You”. by Grace Ketterman and David Hazard.
Game Night in August will be Friday the 19th We begin at 6:30 PM with dinner. Bring your favorite games and snacks. Everyone is welcome to Game Night!
A men’s small group meets on Thursday evenings from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM. For more information contact Scott Penney at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A ladies’ small group meets on Thursday evenings froom 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM. For more information contact Diana Bradley at email@example.com or Linda Kacena at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ladies are presently involved in a study of the book, Refusing to Do Nothing: Finding Your POwer to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery