Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

It is a blessing to see how the Spirit has been moving through our Jesus Heals series. Thank you for your willingness to listen to God’s voice and respond to him at the end of the service. I believe that through our worship we’re always asking the questions: “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to do about it?” Engaging with these questions will move us forward in discipleship.

Did you miss the sermon on Sunday? You can now listen to Whatever it Takes (3 of 4) at our website and our podcast via iTunes. This coming Sunday we will conclude the series and take communion together. We will also be showing our appreciation for our Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Nathan Rosentrater. This will be Nathan’s last Sunday with us as youth pastor. Please plan to attend the luncheon after the service in the fellowship hall, and come express your thanks to Nathan for his service among us.

If you weren’t in the service this past Sunday, you missed the big announcement I made during the pastoral prayer. Dave Perry has accepted the call to be our new full-time Worship Arts Pastor!

Dave graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.S. in Music Education, and worked for Doug Curry as a student assistant in the chapel program. Also during his time at Messiah, Dave interned for Karen Durbin at Grantham BIC from 2007-2009.

After college, Dave served as a worship pastor in suburban Philadelphia, and then moved to Southern California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary, earning an MDiv with a concentration in worship, theology, and the arts. Most recently, he has served as Minister of Worship Arts at Thornapple Covenant Church, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Dave is passionate about helping and equipping others to worship God in meaningful and formative ways. He is particularly hopeful in the pursuit of communal unity in worship, through a diversity of worship expressions that bring glory to God. Dave has training in voice, guitar, conducting, and piano. Born in Chicago, but raised in southwest PA, Dave is thrilled to be returning to his Pennsylvanian roots. After working with the Worship Commission since the beginning of the year, I want you to know that we all believe that Dave Perry is a gift from God to our growing congregation.

We are truly grateful for Douglas Curry, our Interim Worship Arts Pastor. He has been and will continue to be a vital part of our worship experience at Grantham Church, serving as the chair of the Worship Commission and assisting Dave Perry through a healthy transition. Please take note that we will be showing our appreciation to Doug on Sunday, June 25.

Here are a few important dates to remember:
Sun, June 4 – Showing brief video message from Dave Perry in the service
Sun, June 25 – Appreciation Luncheon for Doug Curry after the service
Sun, July 9 – Dave Perry’s installation service; Doug Curry preaching
Mon, July 10 – Dave Perry’s start date
Sun, July 16 – Dave Perry’s first Sunday leading worship

Please join me in celebrating what God is doing in our congregation, and thank him for how he is leading us into a new season of church life.

Finally, you may recall that the Peace Sunday offering in January was to be used to address several issues related the topic of racism.  One was the addition of books relating to the topic, and they continue to be available for borrowing from a bookshelf in the lobby near the mailboxes. I’m glad that many of you have checked out those books.

The Missions, Peace and Service (MPS) Commission is happy to announce another use of the funds, subsidizing four people to go on a bus tour entitled, Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights.  The dates are June 10-18, and the four people are Pastor Cedra Washington and Ryan Gephart from Harrisburg BIC and Tom and Marisa George from Grantham BIC. MPS is currently planning an event, likely in August, where our participants will get to share about their experiences and the impact the tour made on them. Stay tuned for more details.

May God continue to bless Grantham Church. I’m praying for you. Please be in prayer for each other. I’ll see you on Sunday!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

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