Pastors Message

Reaching Out from

Grand Lake Community Chapel

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Let us rejoice in the ongoing pleasant late-summer weather, and let us be glad that summer doesn’t really come to an end until September 22nd, in spite of what the catalogs coming in the mail might suggest.  We have four more weeks of long, sunny days to enjoy; so rather than beginning to pack up the patio furniture and check on the condition of the snow shovel, let’s delight in these coming weeks.  It’s really a matter of priorities.

We don’t mean to discount the importance of preparing for the inevitable changes in the seasons, nor do we intend to minimize the work involved in closing down cottages as the season dwindles away; we have a couple of seasonal “toys” that require winterization as well.  But rather than focus on what’s coming down the road, why not enjoy what we have while we can?  Why not make it a priority to enjoy some time on the water, or at the beach, or hiking a trail, instead of fretting over putting things away?  And while we’re at it, why not make it a priority to enjoy being in God’s presence every day, instead of saving your devotion until Sunday during worship?  Unlike the oft-fleeting seasons of the year, God is constantly, unavoidably, relentlessly present, longing to engage with you no matter what you’re doing.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to get to know your Maker better, and to get to know you better as well!  We all try to hide parts of ourselves from God (which is a pointless enterprise), but what we’re really doing is hiding our self from our self – as we engage freely with the Almighty, and examine all aspects of who we truly are, we will come to realize that God loves us even when those parts of us that we don’t much like come to the fore.  And then maybe we’ll come to love ourselves a little bit more.


Karen and Greg

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

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When: Thursday, September 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: North Bay Beach House in Presque Isle, near the marina
To Register: Return registration form by September 18thwith your check for $25 payable to the Grand Lake Chapel Guild 

 Does simply thinking about chocolate bring a smile to your face?

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Try thinking about this—hanging out at a café with friends while enjoying your favorite hot beverage, nibbling on a brownie or bit of chocolate pie, laughing, talking, and relaxing together – it’s a perfect gathering!  Join us at Café Chocolat.  It’s a retreat where we’ll focus on God’s grace—with a bit of chocolate sprinkled on top.

Café Chocolat Registration Form

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

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