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We are so thankful God supernaturally weakened Hurricane Irma before she came ashore for most of Florida!  I know you were praying for God's protection and He demonstrated He did just that!  Many of us were out of power for several days and, though it looks like much of the power has been restored for Martin County, there are still areas affected by the storm.
We certainly have been praying for our church family and community during Irma and the aftermath.  We hope everything is OK with you and your family.  If your home sustained significant damage, please communicate that with us.  If we have people who are able to assist, we will get them in contact with you.
This weekend, we will be recognizing all of our grandparents for Grandparents Weekend.  We have some terrific surprises planned for all grandparents, along with the opportunity to have family pictures made.  Also, we welcome our weekday preschool teachers who we will be praying for and recognizing in the 11:00 a.m. service.  Please make plans to join us at The Grace Place for worship this weekend - Saturday at 6:00 p.m.Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


Join us this weekend as we celebrate Grandparents Weekend!  We are asking grandparents to bring their grandkids to church with them, and all kids to invite their grandparents to come to church.  This will be a terrific weekend that you will not want to miss!




Class 101 will introduce you to The Grace Place's history, DNA, vision, and core values.  This class will enable you to understand our church in a more comprehensive way.  If you are a recent attendee, or have been attending The Grace Place Church for a while but never completed Class 101, we challenge you to get started this Sunday, September 17th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center.  
Class 301 is offered at the same time as Class 101 and is for those who have already taken Classes 101 and 201.  In Class 301, we will introduce you to your ministry SHAPE and help you build an understanding of how and where God can most effectively use you in a ministry at The Grace Place.   
Class 201 will be offered next Sunday, September 24th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center.  Childcare is provided for all Membership Classes.  A light meal is provided for Classes 101 and 301, and a home-cooked welcoming dinner will be provided for Class 201.  You can sign up for these classes online here  or at the Welcome Desk this weekend!


This coming Wednesday, September 20th, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University begins.  Dave Ramsey is a Christian financial expert who has real answers to some of the issues we deal with in our personal finances.  This nine week course walks you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more.  I do not know of anything else that will better help you get a handle on your finances than participating in this class.  Many of your fellow Grace Placers have taken the class, and their financial lives have been profoundly affected by this special emphasis. 
Don't miss this opportunity to change your financial future!  Visit www.fpu.com/1048607 to register for the class and order your materials (the cost is $93 + shipping).  Contact lisaemig@thegraceplace.com for information.


Our next baptism will be October 8th at 12:30 p.m., following the Sunday 2 service.  If you have made a personal commitment to Christ, but not publicly testified to your faith by following his command to be baptized, then please get signed up online here or at the Welcome Desk in the lobby this weekend.  For all who want to be baptized, there will be a baptismal class on Saturday afternoon, October 7th, at 2:00 p.m.




Please consider joining us as often as you can for our Friday prayer time in the Lobby of the Celebration Center @ 6:00 a.m.  We are praying together for God to do things that only He can do.  There have already been a number of very specific answers to the prayers this group has prayed!  On Saturday's @ 4:00 p.m., we are meeting in the Lobby of the Celebration Center for our Prayer Circles prayer time.  Please join us and become a part of what God is doing and is going to do through the ministries of The Grace Place Church!!  We will look forward to seeing you next Friday morning or Saturday afternoon!


Because of the arrival of Hurricane Irma last Saturday evening and Sunday morning, we had to cancel our weekend services.  Along with the personal impact the hurricane had on you and your family, it has created a financial hardship for The Grace Place as well.  The loss of a weekend of offerings has really strained our resources, in particular following a very challenging month or so preceding the arrival of Hurricane Irma.  I call mid-July through the end of September the "Dog Days of Summer" because of the negative impact those months have on church attendance and offerings.  Anything you can do to help us make up for the loss of weekend offerings is deeply appreciated.
If you would like to make a safe and secure donation, take advantage of technology and do your giving online at www.thegraceplace.com/give. You can even automate it to give monthly, biweekly, weekly, or whatever works for you.  Thank you for your generous support and prayers as we see God do some amazing things among us in the weeks and months ahead!




The 2017 Global Leadership Summit is history, but we are planning to be the regional host site for the Summit again next year on August 9th & 10th.  We already have 79 people registered for the 2018 Summit, which is absolutely amazing!   If you were unable to attend this year, please make your plans to be here in 2018 on August 9th & 10th.   For a limited time, Grace Place members and regular attendees may register online, for only $79 using 18HSFAMILY as the priority code, at www.thegraceplace.com/register.  These are special times which have the potential of transforming your leadership capacities and skills. Don't delay, sign up today!  For more information, contact our Summit Promotional Strategist at suzanneadams@thegraceplace.com.