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Member Spotlight: Carolyn Smith!

1-What is your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day?

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Although I’ve been called the energizer bunny before, my true strength comes from scripture. I start my day with Psalm 118:24 and Philippians 4:13 keeps me going throughout the day!

2-Your family and you have been a valued Grace member for a long time. Tell us what brought you to Grace and please share a wonderful memory with us.

Before Gordon and I were married, Gordon’s family were members, and he was previoulsy very involved at Grace Church. Coincidentally, his son and my daughter both attended Auburn University. They met, became best friends and decided to introduce the two of us. In 1982 we were married and a year later we made Ocala our home. Our Ocala friends invited us back to Grace. Father Bob Smith came to visit me and that also made a big difference. We’ve been fortunate to make many wonderful memories over the years. I especially enjoyed being invited to sing in the choir as I had never sung in a choir before. What a privilege it was.

3- What is it that Grace Church has, (like a secret sauce) that keeps you engaged, week after week? Since we joined, our priests have always been so inviting. They have each been a spiritual leader and friend to Gordon and me. From Father Bob to Father Jonathan, each has lead us through an important time, serving with their own gifts and endearing personality. They have helped to keep me engaged as a healthy member of Grace Church.

4- With Advent around the corner, tell us about a family advent tradition or how you prepare for our Savior’s birth in your home.

During Advent, I prepare my heart at home, versus getting caught up in the hustle and bustle in stores during the holidays. I believe if we prepare too soon, we can get lost which makes the onset of Advent the perfect time to prepare for the birth of Jesus. Preparing for Christ’s birth is very personal and special to me. Each year we share the same birthday, as I was also born on Christmas Day.

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