February 4, 2021

1. First Message from Dr. Julia Leeth

Sunday, February 7, 9:30 a.m., the Sanctuary

In-Person Meet & Greet with Julia (following Equipping Hour)

Come meet Dr. Julia this Sunday, February 7 and Sunday, February 14 from noon–12:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center.

Zoom Meet & Greet

Tuesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 18 from 7–7:30 p.m., facilitated by a member of our Leadership Team or an Elder. Click HERE to join the Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 818 2895 0311, Passcode: t@85Hz%).

2. Heartfelt Thanks to Ryan Bell,
    Director of Contemporary Worship

For the past seven years, Ryan Bell has been a central part of the worshipping life at Grace. He has led us through many different seasons with his steady presence, his heart for the Lord, and his stellar musical skills. He has been the backbone of the worship band -- providing pastoral care, musical direction, kindness and leadership, and always a whole lot of fun. 

As we all continue in this odd season of transition, Ryan is now entering a new transition himself. Through the prompting of the spirit, Ryan is stepping out in faith to begin a new adventure as the Director of Contemporary Worship at First Presbyterian Church, Houston. This is a position that will take full advantage of his many skills and talents and that will give him space to continue to grow and flourish in the wide variety of gifts he's been given. 

It is hard to imagine worship at Grace without Ryan in it, but we are so proud of him for being willing to open his hands and listen to where God is calling him and his family in this new season. Ryan's wife, Sarah, teaches second grade at First Presbyterian’s elementary school and their son, dear little Ryan, goes to school there as well, so this is a bit of a homecoming for them, a place where their entire family can invest and plant deep roots in the years ahead. 

We will miss him greatly! What a delight of a human being he is, and what a gift his presence has been around Grace!

Ryan's last Sunday will be February 14. We encourage you to set aside a few minutes to thank him for the many ways he's invested himself at Grace and to pray blessings over his continued ministry to our brothers and sisters in Christ at First Presbyterian Church. After worship on February 14, we will have an opportunity to share our thanks to Ryan and Sarah in the Welcome Center.

So, you may be wondering what is next for Grace? Julia, Heather and the worship team are working intentionally and prayerfully to take the next steps for worship leadership. We are confident in the Lord’s provision and faithfulness in the days ahead.

3. Stewardship 2021: Grace at the Crossroads

Last Sunday, at both our 9:30 a.m. morning worship and at 5 p.m. at our Outdoor Worship, we shared a special video and book we’ve created called “Grace at the Crossroads… an Invitation to Respond.” If you were unable to join us, we invite you to click HERE to visit our Grace at the Crossroads website.

What does it mean to offer your time, treasures, and talents to the glory of God? How can you explain it to your children? Click HERE to watch this week's Family Time message with Ivy Castle Simpson and Daniel Baudin for a fun, easy way to prompt a conversation about giving joyfully. The five minute Family Time message begins at minute 32:10 followed by Pastor Chris French’s sermon.

When you are ready to respond to our Invitation, click HERE to download this year's Pledge Card.

Click HERE to make your pledge online.

Where are the Rest of the Announcements?

Simply click on each button below to read all the respective Gather, Connect, and Serve announcements.

  • Gather – worship services, giving opportunities, and leadership news
  • Connect – ministry groups and events for Adults, Children, and Students
  • Serve – opportunities for members to serve our communities