From Pastor Peter 08-Aug-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Great First Impressions of St. Mark Lutheran on 8th & Monroe
First of all, thank you so VERY much for praying for my walk-through of the old St. Mark Lutheran Church on 8th & Monroe in Newport.  I've been through twice, and I think it shows lots of promise.  Here's a brief recap of what the story is.

The church was built in 1897 and has held worship services there up until three weeks ago.  For quite some time, the congregation has been in decline and only recently decided to stop meeting on Sundays since what little operating costs they had were more than they were taking in.

With all the development going on in and around Newport these days, it's their heartfelt desire to see the building continue to be used by a church, so we were very happy to meet each other this past week.  It seems our church and theirs may be a mutual answer to prayers we've both been praying apart from each other as we've longed for a church home in Newport, and they've longed for someone to take over their church building who will use it as a place of worship.  It was so encouraging!

Best of all, this is the first building we've seriously considered that is already properly zoned for our use according to the planning & zoning laws the City of Newport has laid out.  To not have to go through the process of applying for variances and all that jazz would be a big win.

What's next? Well, I meet with them again on Monday afternoon for us to continue to get to know one another, ask each other some clarifying questions, and continue to move ahead.  In my opinion, this is the most promising facility find we've experienced since we came across the movie theater almost two years ago to the day!  Let's see what God has in store for us, confidently trusting He always gives us what is best for His glory and our good.

(More pics over HERE, if you're interested.)

Last Call for Tickets to Reds Game THIS SUNDAY!

I'm looking forward to watching the Reds beat the Marlins after church this Sunday!  Join us for what will be a good time together at Great American Ballpark right after church.  This Sunday is "Faith Day" at the ballpark, which means there will be a MercyMe concert immediately following the game, if you want to stick around.  At this time, tickets are still available, and at a great rate of only $8 each.  Click HERE to have yours reserved and you can pick them up after church on Sunday.

Sermon This Sunday: "The Church and Its Ultimate Mission"

Todd Richmond, our Dir. of Missions, will be preaching this Sunday.  Pray for him as God calls him to mind this weekend, and pray God would use our time together to focus us on what God has called us to do and be as members of the body of Christ.

See you on Sunday!

God bless,

Pastor Peter
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