More Than The Heart Can Bear – Part 2

Heart- and mind-stopping events can come in waves.  That’s when we learn that God’s grace is immense, indeed.  If you have ever had trouble with what that word “grace” means, then you are not alone.  Real life examples may be the only way to have an “aha” moment about what God is capable of doing.  Events in our nation and world have indeed been intense of late. Where do we find God at work?

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As President Obama eloquently reminded us, grace was, and is, profoundly at work in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings.  In the real pain, there is forgiveness, strength, and communal change.  In one week, the rights of all persons to health care and the dignity of marriage were upheld.  Those are more than judicial actions.  They are the result of motivated, caring, thoughtful, even mystified, people pressing forward for justice and hope; believing when belief was hard and circumstances beat them down.  Those things are God’s grace made tangible.  But the wonder is – we don’t “earn” that grace.  There is nothing we can do to bring it on, deserve it, get credits.  As Paul writes, “…there is no distinction, … all have sinned [or failed] and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:22-23).  Yet grace is handed to us anyway.  It’s our decision how to use it.  But some days it is just so big, more than the heart can bear.  Takes your breath away.  Thank you, God, for simply knowing we are here and in need of your grace.

Peace be with you,
Pastor Carol

New Beginnings 2.0 Conversation

Our first New Beginnings campaign has given IUC a welcoming new look!  Now we need to turn attention and energy to new and improved visibility for IUC in the community.  Our leadership retreat discussed structure, upcoming events, hopes and priorities.  You have already heard about the “team” concept of ministry.  The first teams to be organized will be communications, and worship and music.  Pastor Carol will facilitate a gathering after worship on Sunday, July 5 for anyone who would like to discuss, ask questions, and learn more about anything covered at the retreat.

July Calendar

5th (Sun) – Worship – 10:00 am, Communion, Conversation about New Beginnings 2.0

9th (Thu) – Brown Bag Bible Study – Noon

12th (Sun) – Worship – 10:00 am, Hymn Sing, Safe Travel Part

16th (Thu) – Brown Bag Bible Study – Noon

18th (Sat) – Church Work Day, Potluck Lunch -9 am – Noon

19th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am, Executive Board Meeting

20th (Mon) – AAF Preschool Summer Break Begins

23rd (Thu) – Brown Bag Bible Study – Noon

26th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am

30th (Thu) – Brown Bag Bible Study – Noon