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August 28, 2016
The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Eleven O'clock in the Morning
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We welcome Dr. Theresa Steward as the new Organist at Grace Baptist Church. The congregation voted to call Dr. Steward at the August 3rd Quarterly Business Meeting. Her first Sunday with us will be September 11th.
Theresa Steward was born in London, England and raised mostly in Bellingham, Washington. She is currently an adjunct professor of music at the University of Mary Washington where she teaches courses in music history, popular music, non-western music, and piano. She completed her doctorate and masters in musicology at the University of Edinburgh, UK and holds bachelor degrees in architecture and music from the University of Virginia. Theresa is also a great advocate for fitness and teaches pilates, yoga, and barre classes at Gold’s Gym in Midlothian, VA. In her spare time, between jobs and gym workouts, she enjoys curling up with a good book, watching classic films, and discovering great places to eat and drink coffee.
So many good things are happening in the life of our congregation as the school year comes to a close! Celebrating graduations, our first intergenerational retreat at Camp Alkulana, facility improvements big and small, interviews for our new minister of youth position, serving and sharing dinner at Liberation Family Services, caring for those who grieve, and so much more! It is wonderful to be a part of a congregation that is so full of life, energy, and love.
My heart is full and my spirit is renewed after my time away at “preacher camp” and a few days of rest. I give thanks for a congregation that gives space for time away to both collaborate and dream with colleagues as well as rest and restore.
6 adults, 5 youth, and 3 children from the GBC community gathered together this past weekend for our first Intergenerational Retreat. It was such a joy to be together, get to know one another on a deeper level, and to experience God's beautiful creation at Camp Alkulana. Our weekend included prayer and reflection, lots of good food, a trip to Bubbling Springs (the source of the creek that runs through camp) and a nearby brook, swimming in the swim hole, singing around the camp fire (led by some awesome Camp Alkulana counselors), and a trip into Three Sisters Cave! We caught a crawdad, some frogs, saw frog eggs and tadpoles, and even saw a snake from afar! We even did our best to unplug. I'm so grateful for the participants who signed up to try something new and really threw themselves into the weekend and to Camp Alkulana and their staff for their incredible hospitality and sharing of resources. I hope you'll consider joining us next year!