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Blog Archives: August 2018

Is it Too Late to Get Started?

August 29, 2018
Don Ward
Do you ever ask yourself, “Is it too late to get started?” You are perhaps thinking about starting something new and vigorous - a new sport or workout activity. Should I start at this point in life?  Maybe its too late? Consider this great biblical story about Caleb the man of God: I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were ...

Word of the Week

August 29, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Retreat Retreat is a negative word in some context. An army that is forced to retreat is often in a poor frame of mind. In another context, retreat is a most wonderful thing. We retreat from our overly busy lives for respite and refreshment. The men and women of our church are both having retreats in September and October. Men have their retreat September 21-22, while the women have their retreat October 19-21. It will require an investment on your part to come. Aside from the finances (and there are scholarships if ...

Meet Rich Brown

August 22, 2018
Rich Brown
My Soul Thirsts for You (Psalm 63:1–4) O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Many of us here at Grace are familiar with Psalm 63. The psalm’s poetic language vividly paints a portrait of a man who has reached the point of desperation. All of the world’s goods—its treasures and its novelties—have run their course and have left the poet’s soul in want. What are the things that you feel in want of, in life? Perhaps ...

Word of the Week

August 22, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week: Game Day I strongly dislike pre-season NFL football. The biggest reason is that sometimes the best players get injured for a meaningless game. So, before the first real game, a team’s season is compromised. The pre-season is long, so it makes the game day of the first real game that much more special. Finally, after the long off-season and the four meaningless games of the pre-season, it’s game day. Summer has felt like the long off-season at church. I’ve missed seeing many of you, and some Sundays when you’ve been at ...

Malawi 2018, Part 2

August 15, 2018
JoAnn Hohenberger
Last week Pastor Don wrote a great summary of our trip to Malawi, especially of the marriage conferences that were our reason for going. They were exciting times of responsiveness and appreciation for what Don & Steve had to say. We praise God for these answers to prayer! Outside the conferences, Malawian life was both intriguing and moving. In villages and in the city, meals were cooked over open fires; laundry was washed by hand; bicycles transported huge burdens; women in colorful traditional garb carried heavy loads on their heads; ...

Word of the Week

August 15, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Holy Holy is a very Christian word. To be holy means to be set apart for a purpose. We use it sometimes to describe a divine moment. We sense God’s love and power and we declare this to be a holy moment - a time where God drew near and we knew it. Sunday night, August 12, was a holy moment in the Charlottesville Christian community. We gathered to lament, repent and rejoice as we remembered the sorrows of last August 12, 2017. Even though there had been some loud protests earlier, and a terrible thunderstorm not long ...

Malawi 2018

August 08, 2018
Don Ward
Our Malawi team has been back in the USA for just more than a week now.  We saw some of you Sunday and gave a partial update. How did our nearly 2-week trip to Malawi go? Well, I think all four of us (Myself, Caron Ward, Steve and JoAnn Hohenberger) will be processing it for a long time. That’s because it went remarkably well. Even before we left for Africa, God was very merciful in the fundraising side of things. Our Malawi brothers wanted us once again to give bibles as gifts - this time to nearly 500 attendees instead of the 300 from ...

Word of the Week

August 08, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Scattered I’ve never been a farmer, but I observe farm animals in two possible states (among others). Sometimes they are let out in the pasture and they are scattered about, seeking shade, water and a cool spot. Other times they are gathered and perhaps in a barn for a time. Summer is a time when the flock at Grace is scattered! People are seeking recreation, visiting family, and generally just enjoying a different season. Families with school aged children are enjoying time together in ways they can’t during the school ...

Psalms of Wisdom

August 02, 2018
Tom Breeden
Movies are full of tropes, common themes or characters that show up again and again and again. The damsel in distress is one of them; the knight in shining armor is another. Another common occurrence is the old wise man. When you hear that, maybe you picture the wise wizard Gandalf, puffing on his pipe and holding all the answers. Perhaps you see Mr. Miyagi teaching the Karate Kid the mysteries of martial arts through waxing a car. Or maybe you imagine a Muppet-like Yoda, riding on a Jedi’s back through the swamps of Dagobah. The list could ...

Word of the Week

August 02, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Service Time Hi Church!  Our Malawi team is all back safe and sound! I’m using my word of the week to talk about fall worship service times. Here is the decision:  Worship will continue at 9:30 AM indefinitely, and Foundations will be from 11:00 to 11:45 starting August 26th. Here is the why:  The feedback from you was solidly in favor of the 9:30 service, though there were those who preferred the later time.  It was clear enough to the elders that it wasn’t a difficult decision to make. Of the 77 who responded, for ...