As we enter the season of Advent in anticipation of Christmas, we want to thank you for your support of our ministry at Grace in Action. Throughout the pandemic, we have continued our twice weekly meals as a platform for outreach to homeless and low income people in Davis. In addition, we have partnered with a number of local and county services to assist people in need.
We are particularly grateful to Davis United Methodist Church and Pole Line Baptist Church who have allowed us to use their parking lots to stage our informal gatherings and lunch handouts. In addition, our volunteers and food preparers have made commitments to help us offer this consistent presence of welcome and hospitality.
In approaching Christmas, many of us look forward to hearing the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus’ nativity and ends with the risen Jesus’ assertion of his ongoing presence.
“Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Our work at Grace in Action is an effort to express that assertion of Divine presence. Just as we believe the image of God can be seen in the lives of people in need, we also hope that acts of kindness and generosity will allow people in need to sense that God is with them. We thank you for having supported our work in the past. We also ask that you consider doing so this Season. We are fortunate to live and work in a community that tries hard to care for those on life’s margins. We take our role seriously as partners in that web of caring. We get involved with our time and resources to help people with a range of challenges. You make that possible, and we are privileged to show your love and caring.
At this turning of the seasons, we say farewell to Steve Smith, our Executive Director for the past five years, and welcome Edward Johnson as our new Executive Director. Edward comes to us highly recommended by those with whom he has worked in the past. He has extensive experience in social services management and advocacy which we believe will be valuable in helping our guests navigate the various agencies and programs which can provide assistance.
We hope and pray that those you bless will sense the One from whom all blessings flow, our true Companion.
May the blessings of Advent and Christmas be with you.
Grace in Action Board of Directors