An Upcoming Opportunity

by Erin Ashley Huffman on October 20, 2014
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As we approach Halloween, it’s easy as Christians to focus on the question: will we or won’t we participate in Halloween? Many Christians have valid and scripturally based arguments for both sides of the debate and this post doesn’t attempt to answer that question. But I would like to pose another question as we approach [...]

Grace From First to Last

by Erin Ashley Huffman on October 14, 2014
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One of the verses I find myself mediating on and coming back to regularly is Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The context of this passage is Paul’s striking description of how God has made [...]

Why I Won’t Stay in the Woods

by Pastor Curt on October 7, 2014
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Before long, Lord willing, Nancy and I will return to our beloved refuge in Idaho. I make no bones about the fact that living in Florida leaves me cold. Or should I say hot. I’m no flat lander; I way prefer rugged peaks. So why stay put when paradise beckons? Easy. I know the answer. [...]

Free Parking and Our Gospel Mission

by Joe Torres on October 7, 2014
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Why are we offering free parking…again? We ask ourselves this question each year, and each year we find ourselves recommitted to God’s purpose of using Orlando Grace Church to bless the city of Altamonte Springs. We see biblical precedent for this all over the Bible. For example, when the southern nation of Judah was torn [...]

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Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

by Pastor Curt on September 29, 2014
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Just finished my monthly neighborhood book club. My turn to host. My turn to facilitate. My idea what to read - 101 Great American Poems. The La Floresta book club had never traveled down this road before, poetry that is. I took a chance. I made the suggestion as much for my sake as anyone else’s. [...]

Anybody Want to Build a Playground?

by Pastor Curt on September 28, 2014
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When I imagine how Josh, our son who passed away in January of this year, would greet the notion of Orlando Grace Church constructing a playground in his memory, I think this image, one of my favorite ways of remembering him, best captures the essence of things. At least I hope it does. Or maybe this [...]

*/ . I really, really, really need you to let me know if you are coming. We can’t afford to have too few volunteers (a minimum of thirty per day are required). But we can’t really afford to have too many as we don’t want folks just standing around with nothing to do. So please, take just a moment before leaving this page to respond. If you can’t come, but would like to donate some food and refreshments or to help out in any other way, that would be great to know too.

We will need your energy, your back, your tools, and your heart to get the job done. We will feed every stomach that reports for duty. If you have any questions about the project, one of our deacons is on point, but for those of you outside the OGC community, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to try and answer them. By the way, a proper dedication of the playground will be scheduled once the project is completed and the fence around it erected. More on that in the future.

May I say this to close? As Nancy and I continue to walk through the grieving process this challenging year, we are so grateful to the masses of folks who have added to our comfort in so many ways. Our huge thanks in advance for everyone who will help make the playground a reality. We anticipate this aspect of our journey to contribute to our ongoing healing in the most significant of ways. SDG!

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Loving Couple-dom?

by Kelly Simpson on September 8, 2014
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I’ve determined that my grass is thoroughly green. Others help remind me of the joys in my life and some things I take for granted. Sometimes we get so focused on what we don’t have we miss what we do. We need reminders. My friends take the opportunity to remind me of the benefits of [...]

Loving Singleness?

by Kelly Simpson on September 7, 2014
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At times, I am lonely. I see sweet, everyday interactions between spouses and I long to experience such tenderness myself. Sometimes, I get stuck in the mire of comparison and my longing feels overwhelming. But most of the time I think my life is pretty awesome. I have a few dear friends who help remind me [...]

Up Next from the Pulpit

by Pastor Curt on September 6, 2014
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With the Gospel of John in the rear view mirror, the question comes “What’s next at Orlando Grace?” In the short term, as I mentioned in last Sunday’s message (listen here), I will tackle a topical series called “The Peacemaking Church: Striving for Excellence in Preserving Unity in the Body of Christ.” We’ll look at passages [...]

GraceKids is Here!

by Matt West on September 5, 2014
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This Sunday, September 7, we start something that has been a long time in the making—GraceKids. We are very excited that our kids will be learning about the Bible from over 20 adult volunteers! At a point in the service just before the sermon, the children will be dismissed. They will stay with the teachers [...]