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Blog Archives: July 2016

Parenting in Exhaustion

July 26, 2016
Cara Kidd
I’m tired. Anyone else feel that way? Having little kids is one of the most amazing experiences that I have had, and yet, I’m tired. These little people that have blessed my life immeasurably, they need me ALL THE TIME. They need help getting up and getting dressed, eating and getting clean, and pretty much everything else that they do; they are in a very physically and emotionally, verbally dependent stage. Because of that, I am too. I need sleep; coffee, friends, and mostly, I need Jesus. I need a daily reminder that I am not in this for ...

Word of the Week

July 26, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the week: Friends Recently I’ve been thinking about the challenge of friendship, especially for men.  As a man, it seems like many women do friendship better than we do, though I’m sure there are many exceptions.  It seems like as a man we experience both a deep desire for true friendship and brotherhood, and an even stronger fear of being truly known.  Maybe we won’t be as impressive to others after they get to know us?  What will they do with the ugly pieces of our lives?  What if they REALLY get to know us? Whether you are a ...

Parenting in Community

July 21, 2016
Stacey Powdrell
I am no expert on parenting teenagers because I’m not a parent. However, I have had the unique opportunity to spend time with many of you parents and your teenagers over the past several years. Here is what I’ve come to learn – being a parent and being a teenager can both be extremely difficult times of life! Parenting seems tricky because you are always on, constantly making decisions about what is best for your teen, wanting to keep them safe, and continuously putting the needs of your family before your own. Being a teenager is difficult ...

Word of the Week

July 21, 2016
Don Ward
Wow!  It’s a word that signifies amazement. Sometimes it is a negative word, as in “Wow, I can’t believe you said that to your friend - what were you thinking?” For me it is often a word that signifies my joyous amazement at something. Last weekend was full of “wow” for me. I’d been gone for some weeks with General Assembly and two weeks of vacation. Saturday and Sunday ended up being days of “wow” for me. Saturday’s Holy Smokes BBQ brought record numbers to a GCC church-wide event. Well over 150 people were present for fun, games, and ...

Parenting in Weakness

July 13, 2016
Tom Breeden
It’s amazing what people will say in front of the twenty-five-year-old in the room. Older friends will tell me about their struggles as parents. Teenagers will talk to me about the difficulties they face with their parents. The problems vary. The struggles differ. But do you know what remains consistent? Nobody really knows what they’re doing. Nobody has all the answers. Everyone is just doing the best they can with what they have. If you thought that was just you, rest assured that it isn’t.  It’s the secret that no one admits above a ...

Word of the Week

July 13, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Rest Hi Gracians!  I’ve been gone so long that I feel I must reintroduce myself.  I’m Don Ward…your pastor!  I was at PCA General Assembly and then had two weeks of vacation.  I’m back now and working so be sure to say hello. I was reminded again this vacation of the value of rest.  We had a lovely week at the beach with family, and then a week of “stay-cation” where I had a very relaxed schedule and did a few fun things I enjoyed.  I rested well enough that I was quite eager to get back to the office. I think these ...

A Leap of Faith

July 07, 2016
Stacey Powdrell
I wrote this blog a little over a year ago, but as I reread it this week I was surprised at how applicable it still is to my current circumstances. Last Monday I went to my neighborhood pool to enjoy some sun and relaxation on my day off. As I waited for a few of my friends to show up I partook in one of my all-time favorite activities – people watching. There was a very active and animated father there who provided some entertainment. I watched him as he interacted with his young son – maybe 2 or 3 years in age. His son had his swimmies on ...

Word of the Week

July 07, 2016
Tag Tuck
Word of the Week:  Complaint When we created this sermon series we would never have guessed how appropriate the first four verses of the book of Habakkuk might be this week: O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you, “Violence!" and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes ...