Pastor’s Message

Reaching Out from 

Grand Lake Community Chapel 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 

Greetings in Christ! 

This is the first Wednesday of summer, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in bright sunshine this morning, and let us be glad for life-giving rain overnight! While it may be a bit on the cool side for some of us, this will most certainly  change in the coming days; and let’s be honest, how many people really like the combination of high temperatures and  humidity? 

It’s fascinating to watch the progression of the seasons, especially when it comes to the flora and fauna around us; in the  gardens at our house, we’ve watched the rose bushes go from spindly, almost-lifeless plants with brown branches and  no buds, to green branches with just the hint of buds and leaves, to fully-leaved bushes without flowers, to this  morning’s revelation of abundant foliage and magnificent flowers in bright red, yellow, and gleaming white. Glorious!!  In a way, our society’s emergence from the grip of COVID-19 parallels the development of our gardens; step-by-step,  day-by-day, until things became more lenient yesterday when the State of Michigan lifted all restrictions on gatherings  and dropped mask mandates. While we must remember that the virus (and its many variants) is still out there, and still  dangerous, but the fact remains that we can begin to reclaim much of life as we remember it from before the pandemic. 

The growth of our gardens, and our recovery from the pandemic, are fitting analogies for our faith walks through life; we  start out as kind of spindly believers, barren of the means to absorb spiritual energy from the Son because our leaves  aren’t developed. Then we grow stronger and more vibrant as we come to know more about God and his Son; the buds  of our leaves and flowers become apparent as we learn, and finally we burst out as robust, fully-flowered followers of  Christ Jesus in all our glory, showing the world how beautiful it is to walk with Christ; and hopefully encouraging others  to join us on the journey to forgiveness of sin and eternal life.  

God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good! 

Karen and Greg

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 

Colossians 2:6-7

Church and Community Updates

 -GLUFP Food Pantry—Monday, June 28th at 1 p.m. in the Chapel parking lot. 

-GLCC Prayer Chain Ministry– We are updating the names of those who wish to be a part of this important ministry of  The Chapel. If you wish to be a part of the prayer team who prays for others as special concerns arise, please choose  whether you would like to participate by phone tree or email notification and then leave your name and contact  information with the office. (595-6073) Thank you! 

-GLCC Spotify Summer Playlist- To find the Chapel’s playlist for June, July, and August, download and install the Spotify  app from your Apple or Android Play Store. There is a FREE option available. Search for Pam Clarke Barkel and follow  her. Then search for Grand Lake Chapel Songs. ♫♪♫ 

Grand Lake Community Chapel COVID Protocol Change 

The Council of GLCC, in compliance with the decisions of the State of MI, has  opened our building and leaves mask wearing as a personal decision.

Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

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