Carol Cole: What Grace Means to Me
I came to Grace 51 years ago because of the outstanding choir and music program. The first Sunday we attended, we were invited to the Grace Young Couples’ Group and their pot-luck dinner that evening. We were new to the Denver area and didn’t know anyone. We left church that Sunday with an invitation to join the choir and the pot-luck that evening with some new friends that remain our friends to this day. The next year, I was offered the opportunity to start and direct a new children’s choir and went on to direct the older children and the adults in the Chancel Choir. These choirs not only offered me and those participating an opportunity to share our mutual love of music but also to grow in our spiritual journeys, form lasting friendships, and minister to the congregation each Sunday.
I went through a very difficult period in my personal life back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and then again in the last few years with my husband Chuck’s health problems and death this year. I believe it was the Grace of Jesus Christ and the love, care and support so generously lavished on me and my daughters by members of our Grace family that brought us through these extremely difficult times.
And finally, Grace matters to me because we do so much mission outreach. It is my pleasure and honor to be involved in some of those projects and to give financially to ensure that Grace will continue to be a place where we can worship, make music, care for each other and work together to be God’s light in this world.