From Pastor Bill

August 5, 2018

Dear Grace Family and Friends,

It is an honor to be writing this letter to you. I want to start by saying thank you for the uplifting encouragement you have all given me since I started here at Grace. Encouragement really does go a long way doesn’t it? I think back to days where I struggled with doubt, fear, and
uncertainty of what was to come in the future after I surrendered to full time ministry. What would my colleagues think? How would my principal respond? Was this the right decision? So many thoughts popped into my head, but there was always someone from Grace there to encourage me along the way. The apostle Paul mentions to the Corinthians in 1st Corinthians 2:3 that he came to them in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. Silas and Timothy then come to Paul while he is in Corinth and encourage him. Acts 18:5 says, “And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.” Silas and Timothy encouraged Paul and he continued his journey and preached. The church in Thessalonica was struggling and many said that Paul had deceived them. He writes the letter of 1st Thessalonians to address these difficulties. In 1st Thessalonians 5:11 Paul tells them, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” These people needed a source of encouragement and challenge, so Paul explains that they need to encourage one another and lift each other up. I can see so clearly now how the encouragement I was given helped me continue my journey into ministry. I challenge you all this week to never underestimate the power of lifting someone up. We all have the ability to be kind to one another and love one another. A kind word or gesture may be exactly what someone needs to continue living for the Lord. The more we lift each other up the closer we will become as a church family and as Christians. Thank you for being here today. Pastor Bill Signature REV