May Events and a New Bible Study Opportunity

May is always a very busy month, from Mother's Day to graduations. And it seems like half of the population has a birthday, including Christy and James in our household! Here's a quick look at some of the upcoming Sundays at Grace, so you can stay ahead of your schedule:

April 30: Women's Sunday. Our guest preacher will be Dr. Sheron Patterson, an Elder in the North Texas Conference. After serving for many years as a local church pastor, Dr. Patterson became the Communications Officer for the NTC five or six years ago. She travels around the country giving lectures, seminars, and sermons on a variety of topics. She'll also lead a program for everyone during the Sunday school hour. You will not forget this Sunday!
May 7: Grillin', Chillin', and Fun! Following the 11:00 service, stick around for a picnic on the church lawn. Dress casually for worship! Hot dogs and burgers will be provided; bring a dessert or side to share.
May 14: Mother's Day. Always one of the largest Sundays of the year, this year will extra special: at 11:00 Erika Bass, one of our confirmands, will be baptized. Expect many guests! Be on the lookout and practice hospitality!
May 21: Youth Sunday. Our youth will lead both hours of worship. We'll also honor our 2017 graduates, Michael Gardner and Amanda Garrett.
June 4: Pentecost Sunday/Confirmation Sunday. Erika Bass, Miles Drenner, and Amanda Wiggins will be confirmed and become members of Grace.
June 18: A new summer sermon series on Genesis begins, continuing through August 6.

Switching gears: Going into the summer months, we'll make a change to our Bible study offering. The Wednesday night Pastor's Bible study has mostly discussed the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday's sermon. It's a very informal, discussion based format- no curriculum. I'd like to change that and offer more in depth studies. The timeframe will be Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00, beginning June 14. Childcare is available. Our first study will be a 10-week Disciple Bible study: Introduction to Genesis. Books are $16. Here's an outline:

1. The Beginning...and What Went Wrong
2. Another Beginning: The Flood...and What Went Wrong
3. Another Beginning: Abraham and the Patriarchs
4. Abraham and a Glimpse to the Future
5. The Promise Fulfilled: Isaac
6. Another Beginning: Jacob and the Uneasy Birth of a People
7. Jacob: The Struggle Continues
8. Another New Beginning: Joseph and the Family of Israel
9. The Trek Into Egypt
10. An End and Another Beginning: Israel's Story

The current format for the Pastor's Bible study will continue through June 7. The Disciple study is a sort of bridge between study formats, since we are preaching on Genesis all summer. If there is interest in continuing a sermon-based discussion group after Genesis, maybe we can meet for an early morning discussion at a local coffee shop starting in September. The next Wednesday night Bible study following Genesis will be Christian Believer, a 24-week study of Christian doctrine, beginning in September. Why is this change in Bible study important? Check out this survey regarding believers' knowledge of the Bible:

Offering more in-depth, high commitment studies will help our members grow into stronger and more faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

All Grace is Amazing! Enjoy the wonderful Spring weather while you can- you know summer heat is coming!