Monday, June 13, 2005

People of Grace living the Gospel

Our vision (the "WHAT") at Grace is to see lives, families, our community, and the world transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our mission (the "HOW") at Grace is to celebrate, proclaim and live the Gospel on the Central Coast and beyond.

We fulfill our vision and mission when we gather and when we scatter. We celebrate, proclaim and live the Gospel when we invest in our marriages and families, when we vibrantly love and sacrifice for our neighbors, when live as infomed and active citizens, and when we do our occupational callings with diligence, integrity, passion and excellence. Living the Gospel is a life-encompassing practice and exercise.

That's why I have been so encouraged to see so many Grace folks in the news in recent days. . .

• Dan Matthias was honored as the 2005 Teacher of the Year by the Atascadero School District. Dan also keeps our Grace tech ministry alive and properly functioning, while his wife, Linda, runs the Grace kitchen. Here's an article.. . . .

Atascadero News Online

• Ron Hamley was honored as the San Luis Obispo High School 2005 Teacher of the Year. Ron also teaches our Living Stones Adult Bible Fellowship, while his wife, Cyndie, is actively involved in our Women's Minsitry. Ron looks a little young to be retiring in a few days. (I couldn't find a web article on this one. Help, Cyndie?)

• Dr. Dan Woods was just featured on the front page of the Tribune for his performance of a cutting edge new "Minimally Invasive Surgery that has patients walking the day after knee replacement surgery. Dan and his wife, Leslie, are active with our Youth Ministry. Leslie heads up our Interior Design Team. Here's the article. . . .


• Brett Jones and his coffee house, the Nautical Bean, were also recently featured in a Tribune article because of their excellent food, great coffee and great environment. Brett and his wife, Kristen, have two little ones and have been active in our Growth Group ministry. The Tribune article is archived already and only available for a cost, but check out the Nautical Bean website..

Each of these folks is living the Gospel by doing what they do as well as they can for the glory of God and the good of others. And there are so many more folks doing the same. This is what its all about. Salt and light. Keep it up and to God be the Glory!

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