Hey Brothers and Sisters, This might sound crazy, but for me one of the most satisfying sounds is the “whirr… sputter and pop” of my lawn tractor when I start it for the first time at the beginning of spring. Every April I make my way to the garage where I keep it stored for the winter. I open the bay doors and approach it with some trepidation because I’m never quite sure if it’s going to start or if it’s going to remain lifeless and useless to me as the grass continues its relentless growth. I check it over, climb aboard, push down the break, raise the throttle to the start position, pull up the choke, and offering a silent word of prayer, I turn the key. Sometimes there is nothing… absolutely nothing. This is not a good sign and portends a more complex start of the season and usually a hefty bill. However, sometimes there is that wonderful “whirr… sputter and pop” as the engine turns over and the tractor roars to life again. What a wonderful sound it is.
Well, I think I am reminded of my tractor as we head into September because after the brief hiatus of the summer we’re once again starting up our 2023-2024 programming. I am looking forward to Sunday morning groups starting on September 10th followed by the Thursday evening programs on the 14th. I’m looking forward to the “whirr, sputter and pop” that is the buzz of activity and the satisfying sound of kids in Sunday School, and adults coming together to pray and study the Word on Sunday mornings. It’s just exciting to me.
If you are part of Grace Church you likely already received a letter introducing our 2023-2024 programming and an all church email along with an information sheet outlining the Sunday morning and Thursday evening offerings. If for some reason you haven’t received the information, you can find it on our website grace4ulster.org or in Grace Connections, our weekly electronic newsletter. And if you still can’t find it you can call the office at 845.382.2288 or come to services, trip me in the hall and ask me. After I collect myself, I’ll be glad to answer your questions.
We want to make sure that you have every opportunity to be a part of what’s happening at Grace because we believe that being a part of a community group is one of the ways that you can be equipped as a disciple of Jesus. Our prayer is that parents will take advantage of the offerings available for their children, teens and tweens, and every adult will prayerfully consider being a part of a group. We are made stronger as believers and as a church if we are people who engage with others in the study of God’s Word.
I believe it’s going to be a great year… with lots of opportunities to serve and grow in our knowledge of and love for the Word of God. Here’s trusting that you’ll be a part of a group.
In Christ, Pastor Wes Smith
How you can help
Please feel free share the information here with those who may not do technology, also let them know they can call the office to be put on a call list. If you know of anyone who doesn't currently receive Grace Connections they can also call or email the office to be added to that list as well. We will be sharing updated information on a regular basis through that venue.
If you know of anyone in the Grace Church body with specific needs please let the office know. Our desire is to serve our community to the best of our ability.
160 Seremma Court Lake Katrine, NY 12449 845-382-2288