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Member Spotlight: Catherine McCourt!

Mary Baggs interviewing Catherine McCourt

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

Romans 12:12: “Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.” This verse has stuck with me for more than a decade, long before I began to read the Bible and before my family and I joined Grace. Romans 12:12 has brought me immense comfort during times of loss and grief, and continues to be my favorite verse, especially as we continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Briefly tell us about a recent fun activity* you and or your family participated in and why.

My husband Tim and our sons (James and Andrew) recently took an impromptu day trip to the beach on a dark, chilly December day when I was off work. The beach was foggy and nearly empty – quite different from what most of us imagine when we think of a beach trip, but it is one of my favorite memories. Tim swam in the 59-degree water (he said it was “refreshing”) and the boys did cartwheels and made sand castles. I tried to read a book. The beach is one of our favorite places to visit, and we go as often as we can.

Do you have a recipe or take-out meal recommendation you would like to share?

Sushi and Indian…my two favorite food groups! The Karaoke roll (tempura shrimp, avocado and cream cheese, topped with salmon and mango) at Kotobuki from Kotobuki and Alu Chole (curried chickpeas, spinach and potatoes) from Amrit Palace can’t be beat. I could eat omelets every day.

Beginning Monday April 12, Father Frans, on behalf of Grace Church will be hosting weekly Alpha classes. This means you can invite your friends, colleagues, or family members who have questions about God. The following website provides information, a trailer, and registration for those interested in joining the Alpha Group. Check out it our for yourself:

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. WE have created a space where people from Ocala can come and have conversations which are authentic and unforced. Where anyone can ask tough questions about life and God.

We are primarily targeting those who might NOT call themselves Christians. Although the church has provided participants with a link to RSVP, a personal invite is always best. Think about a few contacts to invite. After having watched Father Frans’s video and read the information on the link you’ll share with participants to register, what you will say to invite/ encourage to these free exploratory online sessions?

I would encourage colleagues and friends to consider the Alpha course to give the Alpha Group a chance. Several fellow nurses are having significant mental health struggles due to burnout during the pandemic, and I hope they might be receptive to a nonthreatening, supportive environment in which they can learn about God and his love.

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