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Grace Mail: March 20, 2014
Sing! A Night of Worship
April 6, 6:30 pm
Join us for a night of worship through song on April 6 at 6:30 pm. We’ll lift our voices and seek God together as we celebrate who Jesus is and all He is doing in our lives.Childcare will be available for birth through fourth grade. We’ll also be collecting supplies that evening to benefit human trafficking victims. You can donate ready-to-eat meals and snacks (pop-tab style foods, tuna, etc.) or travel bottles of shampoo or conditioner (no hotel brands, please). Don’t miss out on this amazing night!

Eggsplosion

April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Save the date for our biggest Impact event for kids (4th grade and under)! Eggsplosion will take place at Pickerington High School North on April 18 at 5:30 pm. Look for more information this weekend on donation and volunteer opportunities.
Softball League
Registration Deadline: April 6
We are beginning preparations for our summer softball league. Games begin the week of May 5. Men’s games are played on Monday nights. Co-ed games are played on Friday nights. The cost is $40 (includes league fee and a Grace softball shirt). If you are interested in either team, click here. Registration deadline is April 6.
Online Resources & Forms
Do you have an upcoming visit to the hospital and want someone to visit you? Are you interested in renting a room or equipment at Grace? Visit our website for these forms and more.

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Want to show your support for Grace Fellowship and look fashionable at the same time? Check out our Grace Wear sales online. T-shirts are $15 each and hoodies are $25 each.

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Serve the PCMA Food Pantry by getting your oil changed!

Hello everyone,
In case you can’t open the attached, here’s what it’s about:
Midas has teamed up with Mytime to help the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington raise money. If you book a Midas Oil Change through Mytime before April 30, 2014, you will get a $10 discount AND PCMA Food Pantry will receive a $10 donation from Midas.

Here’s what you need to do:
1. Visit http://midas.mytime.com
2. Select the Pickerington Midas
3. Pick a date and time for your oil change
4. Apply code PCMA to save $10!!
5. Complete your purchase online.

THANK YOU.
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the store at 614-548-0661 for details.
Gessica Peraza
Director of Operations

PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington
70 Cross Street
Pickerington, OH 43147
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614-834-0079

PCMA Food Pantry Midas Fund Raiser.pdf

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Grace Mail: March 13, 2014
What is the Blessed Life?

What does it mean to live a blessed life? Send us a 30-60 second video telling us what you think! Post it to social media and use the hashtag #graceblessedlife. Your video could be part of an upcoming Grace Fellowship video. Eggsplosion
April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Save the date for our biggest Impact event for kids (4th grade and under)! Eggsplosion will take place at Pickerington High School North on April 18 at 5:30 pm. Look for more information next week on donation and volunteer opportunities.
Softball League
Beginning in May
We are beginning preparations for our summer softball league. Games begin the week of May 5. Men’s games are played on Monday nights. Co-ed games are played on Friday nights. The cost is $40 (includes league fee and a Grace softball shirt). If you are interested in either team, click here.

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Online Sales
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Garments of Praise Event! Seating is limited – Register now!

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Lower Lights Ministries presents:
Garments of Praise
TO HONOR AND BENEFIT THE WOMEN OF RACHEL’S HOUSE
fashion show, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and dessert

Garments of Praise 2013
Garments of Praise 2013

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6 p.m. – check-in and silent auction
6:30 p.m. – hors d’oeuvres

Purchase Tickets Now
Tickets are $25 or
buy 7 tickets, get the 8th FREE!

Rachel’s House exists for previously incarcerated women to experience the love of God in a physically and emotionally safe environment, empowering them to establish healthy relationships with God, family and community. The program provides transitional housing and comprehensive services for 6-24 months directly following incarceration.
See Angela’s story from Garments of Praise 2013:

Angela's Garments of Praise
Angela’s Garments of Praise

Promotional Documents:
Garments of Praise Poster

Garments of Praise PowerPoint Slide

Garments of Praise Bulletin Insert

Held at Meadow Park Church of God
- Bethel Campus

2425 Bethel Road

If you want to help promote the event or if you have questions,
contact Rebecca Brown

Lower Lights Ministries
PO Box 908
Columbus, Ohio 43216

“When You’re Here, You’re Family”

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“When You’re Here, You’re Family”

by Stephanie Taylor

Forgive my shameless cheesy title. I couldn’t help myself.

Cause that’s the best way to describe changes I’m seeing. In the close relationships, the ones that lift my heart up on the hard days & remind me that there are a few people that are finally building trust, it can feel like you’re family.

Trust is huge. I mean everywhere, it’s a buzz word, right?

But I’m talking trust in a country where the term has been shattered.

Here’s what it meant to me today:

I was visiting with Janine (our next door neighbor) and her cousin when Kiki got home from school, accompanied by his big cousin Bethsaida who sometimes comes home with him. After they both kissed us all on the cheek in greeting, Bethsaida came over and stood in front of me, with her back to me.

…? Okay? I’m used to kids just standing by me here, so I figured that’s what she was doing. But I wondered why she was, because the first thing you do after school is get your clean uniform off to keep it pristine. Then Janine told Bethsaida “get closer so Stephanie can undo the buttons for you”.

Then I realized that Janine had sent her over naturally (she didn’t tell me) to help her with getting the uniform off, and five-year-old Bethsaida had seen this as natural and come over. I went ahead and helped her and gently said “you’re good, go change!”

Kiki started running around (he does that) and Janine gently scolded him, “Kiki! Go over to Stephanie so she can help undo your buttons on your shirt!” – Which he obediently listened to, respectfully waiting until I said “It’s done!” to take his shirt off dramatically and run to the house.

Bethsaida was already there and they started fighting, I sat for a moment until a meltdown was clearly on it’s way and Janine was about to have to stand up mid-feather plucking (she was preparing a chicken for dinner). I went in and took Kiki out to gently tell them to just change separately, and Janine yelled to Kiki to show me where his clothes were so I could help him get a play outfit on. Walking through a door I hadn’t been to, I went in alone with this three-year-old to the back room of the home, walking through other rooms to get there. We were in there for who knows how long, as I helped him get an outfit and wondered if Janine would think it was sketchy that we’d been in there so long (I don’t just walk in people’s homes alone, and I know that I don’t let others do that in my home).

We came out and Kiki showed off his outfit as I sat back down to have Janine ask him about what he learned in school – “anyen” – nothing.

Kiki's photo skills today: getting a shot of Bethsaida after she got play clothes on.Kiki’s photo skills today: getting a shot of Bethsaida after she got play clothes on.

She had been plucking a chicken for dinner and asking if I knew how to do it, insisting along the way that she was going to give me a big plate of the food she was making. Because of her insistence, I came back hours later after doing more rounds in the neighborhood. She was with Kiki, a picky eater, and said “Steph will feed you, then” as she asked me to watch him eat.

Okay, now I need to interrupt here so you read this story how it’s intended. Janine is NOT a lazy mother, in any way. She is my age and happens to be one of the mom’s who has it all together. She wakes up early in the morning to take care of Kiki and both sells from a stand all day, including selling phone minutes, as well as sells dinner food at night (she’s trying to start a restaurant). Kiki is her only child and he is the absolute apple of her eye, she adores him. The money she works hard for goes to get him awesome shoes, a secure future, and healthy food all day long. He loves to cuddle her, as does she, and her time is more than dedicated to him. She reflects the Haitian proverb that children are the wealth of Haiti, as that is totally how she sees her son, and she in no way pushes him off on me.

Anyways, I tried to creatively get him to eat (his mom makes amazing food, so it shouldn’t be hard) and Janine plopped a plate for me on my lap (in a basket so the heat didn’t burn my legs) as I helped him. She had even picked all the beans out for him! But he found one and called me out for trying to sneak it into his mouth with the spoon.

Kiki decided to take his shirt off in the middle of dinner. Cause....that's what he does.Kiki decided to take his shirt off in the middle of dinner. Cause….that’s what he does.

We got him to eat the plate (minus one bite) and he went back to dancing and fighting invisible bad guys. I worked on my plate and Janine gave me a Limonade, insisting I drink it. We talked today about how we’ll miss seeing each other while I’m in Ohio in the spring. We joked about things and she both helped me with my Creole as well as defended what I was saying as her cousin threw the marriage questions at me like many others do on a daily basis.

Rice, Beans, and Bird straight from the yard! My plate was given with a basket to keep my legs from burning.Rice, Beans, and Bird straight from the yard! My plate was given with a basket to keep my legs from burning. And hi, Kiki.

Now, my point -

First off, teams love kids, but have you ever come on a team? Imagine a kid standing still for you and waiting for you to help them with your uniform (that their mother naturally said you’d help with). You can’t imagine it, the kid would be too busy climbing on you (and getting in trouble for not taking off their uniform to climb). Sometimes I sit back and think, “I’m a white girl doing this. That is NOT normal.” I say that not because I think it, but because everyone else – including the cousin visiting Janine today – think it. They can’t get over the idea that I’m sitting down to talk, let alone the fact that Janine would choose ME to take care of the after school routine. That’s just a part of this to point out and help understand my heart, as I’m so thankful that this is where I am with my neighbor.

More importantly, let’s go to one of our favorite buzz words: trust. I said that Janine does not push Kiki off on me – and I mean it. There is a big difference in how you hand off a child, and to who….I wish you could meet Janine and see her heart (you wouldn’t quickly, she holds back), so you could really understand this friend of mine. Her sending the kids said nothing about her parenting and everything about how she views me as well as how the kids view me. I’ll repeat the idea that children are the wealth here, and it’s true! And Janine trusts me with what is mot precious to her, and on top of that for me to just walk around her family’s home alone with a three-year-old! Trust is not easy to come by, especially the kind that puts itself on the line to defend a friend in front of family like she did with her cousin today.

Going to bed thankful tonight. For Kiki’s personality, for a belly full of Janine’s rice, and for what I can’t believe I get to do. God has created relationships that seem so hard for nothing some days, and then I get to see what he’s doing from a perspective like today. I don’t know why it’s me, but I’m thankful for what He can do when we say yes.

Stephanie Taylor | February 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:http://wp.me/p3aDex-90

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Eat free pancakes and serve a local ministry partner!

Dear Church Partner,
Please share this opportunity with your congregation via bulletins, websites, etc. Thank you for your support and prayers.
God bless!

National Pancake Day
Gather your friends, family and neighbors and visit any central Ohio IHop on Tuesday, March 4th to celebrate National Pancake Day and enjoy a FREE stack of pancakes! Donations to Pregnancy Decision Health Centers will be accepted. Support local women and families while treating yours to a delicious meal. It’s a win-win!
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The Next Step. Will You Take It With Me?

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The Next Step. Will You Take It With Me?

by Stephanie Taylor

I can remember the night as clearly as the sky was, stars all over as the moon shone over us while we met on the roof of the guest house of the Sant Mouvman. Besides our property and a few odd homes with generators across Bercy, there was no electricity from EDH (Electricite d’ Haiti) and it created a beautiful dark night as a result. Our CPR-3 staff was meeting and just talking about highs and lows, experiences and relationships. It was here that I announced what I am writing to tell all of you today.

March 5th marks a full year since I first landed in Haiti to serve with CPR-3. CPR-3 & I have decided that this is not the end, and through lots of prayer to guide me I have committed to serving for five more years in Haiti with CPR-3. I’ll be a career partner, our word for missionary, and I’ll raise all support to live and serve here until Westhalineda is old enough to be in second grade and Simon is in his twenties (finally reaching the age he already thinks that he is).

In five years, Biyence (Beyonce) will almost be a TEENAGER! Oh, no. I can't even think about it.In five years, Biyence (Beyonce) will almost be a TEENAGER! Oh, no. I can’t even think about it.

I could write a post about deciding to live in a country where I can only understand a percentage of the language, or about what I’ll be ‘doing’. I could process what all of this means today, or I could attempt to be inspirational.

But instead, I very intentionally want to share with you a story that I shared that night. At the time, that story wasn’t a part of me saying yes. They weren’t connected, it was just a story as we talked about relationships and re-entry after going home for a wedding in August. But it has everything to do with being here.

You all know the name Nadine. She’s been a pretty heavy part of the stories that I have chosen to share with you. She was the topic of the night for me as we talked about transformation over the past few months, and then I was asked for more of her back story. I’m going to basically catch you up to speed & throw you in mid-conversation. We talked about my first conversation with her, how she was so clearly on my heart and attached to me after that (despite the fact that this wasn’t something “new” or some story that was unique or had a reason to have SUCH an impact on my heart). I then explained what I found out a month into investing in her, no idea still at that point why she was so clearly on my heart: (in the words of anyone who would describe her), she “worshipped satan”. In Haiti, this can mean a lot of things, but we can all see the basic issue – that’s not good. She’s a beautiful but lost soul. My mind thinks and talks contextually, and this led to the next part – me describing Nadine as well as her family, in light of this news. (This news, by the way, that God knew the entire time. The second we started talking, the moment I felt an unnaturally strong tug on my soul, He was not surprised & He knew the entire time.) My words came out like this:

“If someone just walked up to Nadine [and her family] & told the gospel story, they’d laugh and make fun of you when you walked away – if they didn’t do it to your face. Sure, you might not even realize it as they make fun of you right there, but that’s not how to reach their hearts. You see, they’ve even heard it before, it’s not about hearing the story even if they WERE receptive.

It’s about the day to day, getting in their lives and being consistent. Like so many, they’ve heard the Good News enough to finish your lines for you when you’re struggling (Really, Nadine has even done this for me). But SEEING it, that’s what they don’t get.Especially from teams coming for a week, or an intern staying for a few months, how will they see? It’s the day in, day out, coming back after the hard days unconditional love that they need to see. THAT’S what will get to their hearts.

I’m not sure why that’s me. I mean, I’m sure God could raise up a Haitian girl who A. speaks the language & B. doesn’t stumble culturally every day, while sticking out like a sore thumb as a “blanc”. But that’s the thing – it’s me. No one else is doing it. That’s why I’m here, this is something that can’t be done unless I choose to stay here. They would never be reached without someone living here, intentionally pouring in.”

As I’ve wrestled with our wonderfully patient Father, tears and questions and all, he’s been such a gentle Teacher. That question has come up so many nights, at painful times after frustrating days. But then he whispers to my “Why’d you choose me to be here for them?” questions, “It’s not about them.”

Don’t get me wrong – it is about them. But the WHO that he chose to live it out, the American girl who feels inadequate instead of a woman born and raised in the culture, God is telling me that is for me. He has chosen me not just to reach them, but he’s chosen me in this challenging environment for myself too – to refine and grow that faith that is more valuable than the most precious jewel.

This baby's joy. I love it. Given to her by a beautiful mom in love who used to try to convince me she belonged in an orphanage.This baby’s joy. I love it. Given to her by a beautiful mom in love who used to try to convince me she belonged in an orphanage.

Love her. Love that we can joke together, no matter how many cultural mistakes I make as I learn what kind of jokes I can even make in Haiti.Love her. Love that we can joke together, no matter how many cultural mistakes I make as I learn what kind of jokes I can even make in Haiti.

I told you that I chose this very intentionally to share with my announcement for the next five years. I want to ask you a question about your year, about your next five.

Who is your Nadine?

There is someone in your life that has heard it all. They know the story (or at least think that they do), and their family does as well. Invite them to church, and they’ll be happy to critique it the entire time. You know them. You might be intimidated by them. They might not even be someone you’d choose to be around, I know that my dear friend happens to be quite aggressive, especially before you know her well. But they’re in your life for a reason. Maybe God even implanted them onto your heart like he’s done with mine, you aren’t sure why you can’t stop thinking about them in your free time. That’s been done for a reason.

And maybe it’s scary, or you feel inadequate. Maybe you aren’t sure why He chose YOU, of all people. Someone else could do it better, you’re sure.

But that’s just it, He chose you. And He goes before you and beside you.

If I haven’t portrayed it well enough through the past ten months, let me say it now: There is nothing special about me. But everything special is in my Jesus.

He’s giving you a Nadine. That someone who isn’t going to see love, not the beautiful unconditional love that is a brand only He can claim, unless you wake up with the purpose of showing it to them. He has an opportunity for you to trust Him and take a step.

What are you going to do with it?

As of today, I am adding a “Partner With Me” page to Jezi Se Espwa. With my decision comes $29,000 to raise every year. If you would like to partner with me financially, please look at the information on this page – or better yet, e-mail me! My e-mail issteph2haiti & I’m happy to talk.

Stephanie Taylor | January 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:http://wp.me/p3aDex-86

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A Grace Fellowship Sponsored Hand-n-Hand School Teacher Dies

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This sad news concerns a teacher from PHC’s Hand in Hand branch of orphan ministry.
But we thought it best to send it out to the entire PHC family.
Dear PHC family,
A GREAT LOSS
We received confirmation yesterday that Teacher Valery of the Ladoumie Hand in Hand (HnH) orphan school was shot and killed on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
This is a great loss to the LaDoumie church, to their HnH school, and to the many students past and present that he has blessed. Teacher Valery was a model teacher in skills and in heart, and a man of integrity. He served with excellence the Lord, his family, his church, his students and his community.
Pray for his young widow and their five children, as well as others who depended on him including four other children and his mother.
DECISIONS ABOUT THE REST OF THE HnH SCHOOL YEAR (2013-14)
Many of you are wondering what the rest of the HnH school year will look like and whether we will provide services to our HnH orphans.
We just met for over an hour on Skype with the HnH director and our coordinator, both of whom are presently in Bangui. During this meeting recommendations and decisions were made, which we will communicate early next week
Until then, thank you for your prayers and giving that is blessing 1900 African orphans in HnH schools.
Gratefully,

Barb Wooler & Ginger Hock
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Grace Mail: Jan. 16, 2014
New Groups
Beginning this month
Groups are a great way to get connected at Grace! Several new groups begin this month. Check out the new listings here, or visit gracegroups.cc for more information.

Human Trafficking Awareness
Jan. 21, 6:30 pm
Join us Jan. 21 at 6:30 pm to learn how you can become involved in a ministry that helps victims of human trafficking. We will watch the movie “Nefarious” and then hear from a local ministry professional about how to serve these victims. Email the office to RSVP for this event.
NEXT Winter Camp
Feb. 14-16
NEXT will be taking kids in 3-6 grades to Camp Muskingum for another exciting Winter Camp! This year’s theme is “YOUNG,” and we’ll learn about how even kids can be examples of Christ, based on 1 Timothy 4:12. Winter Camp takes place Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:00 pm through Sunday, Feb. 16 around 5:00 pm. Cost is $120 per child. Click here to download a registration form.

Women’s RetreatFeb. 21-22
Women, join us at the Holiday Inn in Worthington Feb. 21-22 for this year’s women’s retreat. We’ll learn to connect with Christ and others, while experiencing Biblical teaching, worship and other activities together. Sign up by Jan. 26 to save on the registration fee! Click here to register.
Haiti Mission Trips
Trip Dates: June 11-17 and June 27-July 3
We are excited to send two teams to serve with our ministry partner in Haiti this summer! These trips are open to adults and students who have completed 10th grade. Trip dates are June 11-17 and June 27-July 3. For more information, email the office.
Sign Language Interpreters
We are looking for experienced ASL interpreters for our weekend services. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the office.

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