Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

August 2018

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

True story. 

Two pastors were on their way to Atlanta, Ga. for a large Christian men’s gathering. One of them had never been in the south before. After staying in a motel overnight, they stopped at a nearby restaurant for breakfast. 

When their meal was delivered, the pastor who had never been south before saw this white, mushy looking stuff on his plate. When the waitress came by again he asked her what it was. “Grits”, she replied. 

He said, “Ma’am I didn’t order it and I’m not paying for it”. 

She said, “Sir, down here you don’t order it and you don’t pay for it, you just get it.” 

How like the grace of God! 

This Fall, our congregational learning and small group event will focus on God’s grace. We will be using the book “Grace—More than we deserve, Greater than we imagine” by Max Luca-do, which will include a DVD and participant guide for small groups. 

Here’s what we hope happens this Fall, beginning Sunday September 9, EVERY person who attends Immanuel will: 

•Come to Sunday worship for the seven weeks of the learning event 

•Read the book “Grace” by Max Lucado 

•Participate in a small group 

Look for books and small group materials and small group sign-up sheets to be available in the bookstore area of the fellowship hall in August. 

God’s grace—we didn’t order it, we don’t pay for it, we just get it. And it gets us! 

Looking forward to our time of learning and growing—together—in God’s grace. 

Pastor Paul