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Grace – what does that mean?

Monday, November 1st, 2021 | Uncategorized | No Comments

We frequently and casually talk about the grace of God, but what does that mean to Christians? The definition of grace in the Oxford Dictionary as relates to Christians is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” Even as the world seems in turmoil, we can find the many ways that God has granted us grace and as recipients of grace, we are called and privileged to grant grace to others.

At Shepherd of the Lake, we are a small congregation by some standards, yet we share God’s love in astounding ways both locally and globally. Many of our outreach ministries have been activated by just one member with a passion for that ministry. One noteworthy example is Water to Thrive (watertothrive.org), a faith-based American nonprofit that funds the building of wells in eastern Africa and spreads awareness about the African water crisis. We began with one couple asking for donations to build one well. At present, the Shepherd of the Lake congregation has funded the money to build ten wells that are currently providing clean drinking water to more than 4,442 people who previously had no local access to life-giving water. This number more than likely serves 3 to 4 times that many as the wells are shared with neighboring communities. The 11th well has been funded and construction will begin shortly.

Locally, our members participate in many charitable and caring organizations in both Loudon and Monroe Counties, including:

  • Our PLACE Adult Day Center (Loudon, Monroe, and Roane counties)
  • Kiddie Kingdom Day Care (Philadelphia, TN)
  • Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM)
  • Campus Ministry University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
  • The Good Shepherd Center (Madisonville, TN)
  • The House That Mercy Built (Tellico Plains, TN)
  • ACT Group Home (Loudon, TN)
  • Friendship Kitchen (Loudon County Churches)
  • H.A.B.I.T (human/animal bond in Tennessee)

Animals, too? Tellico Village pet owners experienced a day of joy and gratitude on October 4 as they brought their pets to the Toqua Pavillion for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Pastors from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church and the Tellico Village Community Church officiated for this special service honoring St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and environment. He could be viewed as the original Earth Day advocate…..Francis cared for the poor and sick, he preached sermons to animals and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God. As smiling owners and tail-wagging pets gathered together to celebrate this day, blessings abounded. Generous donations were received to be distributed to the local animal shelters to help those animals who have no home.

Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). God’s mission of grace and love is for the entire world.

Shepherd of the Lake
865-816-4756
www.shepherdofthelaketn.org

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