Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

I heard from many of you that the Multi-Ethnic Kingdom series was timely and very much appreciated. If you missed any of the sermons in the last four weeks, you can listen online at our website or at our podcast via iTunes. As you know, we will continue to explore the topic, and the many issues related to racial reconciliation, in the days ahead.

I’m happy to report that the Ingathering Offering for Peace Sunday was $4,382.94. We far exceeded our goal of $2,500. 

Not only is this a sign of your generosity, it is also affirmation that you see great value in furthering the conversation through educational seminars in partnership with Harrisburg BIC and by sending members of our congregation on the Civil Rights Bus Tour. Thank you for believing and investing in work that furthers the multi-ethnic Kingdom of God! 

You may continue giving toward the offering over the next two weeks. Our Missions, Peace & Service Commission (MPS) will be meeting soon to discuss the best way to appropriate the funds. We will keep you informed on the decisions that are made and the impact that follows.

Please pray for the MPS as we patiently discern how God wants Grantham Church to be about racial reconciliation where we live and how we can faithfully respond to the current refugee/immigrant crisis. 
 
This Sunday we kick off a new sermon series called, Roots: Exploring the Core Values of the Brethren in Christ. As a historic Anabaptist congregation, Grantham Church affirms the most basic beliefs of orthodox Christianity, but we also hold to distinctives that reflect practices of the early church, and values that are rooted in three theological traditions. 

In our Roots series, we will look a bit at the history of the BIC and the core values that constitute our deepest and most central convictions. We believe that these values have never been more relevant for Christians living today within a post-Christian America.

I hope you’ll join us for this 10-week series. The series will be following the order of the values in the book, Focusing Our Faith: Brethren in Christ Core Values. We will have free copies available in the church foyer if you’d like to use it for further reading and study.

Also, please consider joining a small group if you haven’t already. Small groups make room for personal space that allows us to go deeper in conversation and study. If you’re interested in joining a small group and discussing the upcoming series, please contact Ron Burwell at rburwell@messiah.edu. Ron will help you find a small group that’s a good fit for you.

Remember that our Spring 2017 Learning Communities begin this Sunday at 9:00 am. We have three stimulating classes starting up, so I hope you’ll join one that interests you. 

Finally, we have had several requests in the past few months for a class geared toward married couples and young parents. I wanted you to know that we weren’t able to make that happen this Spring, but we will definitely be offering a class in the Fall of this year. I’m excited to announce that Dave and Lori Warren will be teaching that class!

May the peace of Christ be with you until we gather again in worship. 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

P.S. Don’t forget that you can pick up your very own “neighbor sign” for $10 in the church office. The sign is in English, Spanish, and Arabic. It reads: “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” 

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