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This is the fourth weekend of a ten-part sermon series focused on our theme for this year, "2017 The Year of Hope."  This weekend's sermon is entitled "Finding Hope When You Are Stuck In A Rut!"  
We all tend to settle into ruts.  I define a rut as going through exasperating routines that make life boring, non-productive, exhausting, and frustrating!  Getting out of a rut requires pursuing personal growth!  The process of taking practical steps toward personal growth will determine whether you realize your potential or not.  Taking and following through on those steps is the only thing that works.  As the old Irish proverb says, "You have to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather is."  
Successful people are people of action!  They are self-starters, and they know how to get things done!  Will Rogers once said, "Even if you're on the right track, you're going to get run over if you just sit still." 
This weekend, I will introduce you to what we are calling the ABCs of getting out of our ruts.  This message will help you to recognize when you are in a rut and how God motivates us to get out of those ruts.  If you know you are in a rut and don't know how to get out of it, then make your plans to be here for one of our services this weekend Saturday at 6:00 p.m.Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


This Monday, Memorial Day, we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country.  Over 25 years ago, Karon and I took our boys to Washington D.C.  While we were there, we visited Arlington National Cemetery where thousands of white crosses mark the graves of young men and women who gave their lives for our country.  Every time I see a picture of those crosses, I am reminded that we owe a tremendous debt to those young soldiers and their families who gave so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms that are a part of the American way of life.
In each of our services this weekend, we will recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  If one of your loved ones lost his or her life while serving our country, please contact lisaemig@thegraceplace.com.



Many of us prayed for many months for my younger brother Randy's healing as he was in and out of the hospital with acute heart failure.  Randy was first diagnosed with heart failure when he was 27 years old and did quite well for several decades.  About 2 years ago, his condition deteriorated substantially and ultimately he received a new heart about 15 weeks ago. 
Randy will be speaking in all three services next weekend - June 3 & 4.  He has fully recovered from his surgery and God has blessed him with an amazing restoration of health after this lengthy battle with heart-disease!  Randy's oldest daughter, Kristen, was listening to their local K-LOVE radio station on her way to the hospital the day he received his heart, and the verse for the day was from Ezekiel 36:26 where God says "...I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh."  Randy will be sharing a special message, entitled "I Will Give You A New Heart," that tells his story and inspires spiritually.  Please let your friends know about Randy being here to share on this very special weekend! 


If you are a recent attendee or have never attended one of our pastor's luncheons, I invite you to join my wife Karon and me on Sunday, June 4th, immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service (about 12:30 p.m.) for a delicious complimentary meal in the Connection Center Gym.  You will meet our ministry team and learn about our mission and vision, discover how to become a Grace Place member and much more.  No R.S.V.P. is required.  For more information, please contact my assistant at lisaemig@thegraceplace.com. We look forward to seeing you!




Our GraceKids summer Vacation Bible School is only one week away - June 5th-9th6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening.  Make sure your kids, grandkids, and the neighborhood kids are enrolled in this exciting five-day adventure that offers a lot of fun, a tremendous time of learning Biblical principles, and an opportunity for understanding more about how much God loves our children!  At the end of the week, our VBS Spectacular will be during the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, June 11.  
This is sure to be the highlight of the summer for your kids, so please get them registered ASAP.  There is no charge for VBS, but the spiritual and relational impact on your kids will be amazing! Contact craigwilson@thegraceplace.com or visit www.thegraceplace.com/vbs for information. 


If you have not yet signed up for the Global Leadership Summit, taking place August 10th & 11th, it is imperative you do so now!  Because we are a host site, as part of The Grace Place Church family you can sign up for a special price at www.thegraceplace.com/summit.  You will need our priority code to get this sharply discounted rate for the Summit.  After July 11th, the rate goes up quite a bit.  To obtain The Grace Place priority code, contact Suzanne Adams at 772-287-6388 or suzanneadams@thegraceplace.com.  




You will never take a trip anywhere that will so profoundly impact your spiritual life as will a trip to Israel!  Going to the very places that Jesus himself walked, talked, performed miracles, dies and rose again is an amazing experience.  When we ask people who have traveled with us on previous trips what impacted them the most spiritually on their journey to the Holy Land, they will highlight a variety of places we visit.  Many of them will tell us that being baptized in the Jordan River was a highlight for them.  Others say it is the Garden of Gethsemane, or the empty tomb, etc.  There is only one way that you can have your own memorable experiences in Israel, and that is by joining Karon and me on our ninth trip to Israel this September 5th-14th!  
To join us, you need to get signed up ASAP because the tour agency has to confirm our passengers with the airlines by the end of May.  Brochures and a sign-up sheet are available at the Welcome Desk.  For additional information, you may contact me at 772-285-3459 or Karon at 772-284-7010.  We are down to a limited time for you to be able to join the group on this trip of a lifetime!  Don't miss this opportunity!!