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Member Spotlight: Craig Baggs!

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

The Serenity prayer helps me through daily life. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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

June was a fun month. We visited our youngest daughter Annie’s family in their new home in Boca Raton, and celebrated granddaughter Kennedy’s 6th birthday. Since becoming grandparents to six grandchildren, we’ve been fortunate to enjoy each birthday celebration. We also visited friends we met 25 years ago in Ocala, now residing in Tennessee. During the trip we travelled together to the “Biltmore Estate” in Asheville, N.C. We spent two days touring the spectacular home and gardens, learning their history of the Vanderbilt family. We had an opportunity to bond and make future plans to see each other again. Life is short, make it count!

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

I do love take out from Sushi Bistro on Ocala’s downtown square. Our favorite meal is the Mermaid roll served with a house salad and ginger dressing.

4- At the start of the 2021 school year, Grace Church will be offering a new Children’s Ministry program, led by Grace’s very own member, Erin van Santen (Father Frans’s wife). While Erin is busy preparing, please share how a mentor, youth leader, or Sunday school teacher had an impact on you and why?

Although I have several mentors, my grandfather, whom I am named after, had a major impact on my young life. As the first grandson in the family, from age four to nine, I had the good fortune to spend summers with grandfather “Big Craig” at the family home located on historic Carrs Hill in Athens, Georgia. As a landscape architect, I became his shadow as he took me under his wing. This is where I learned my love for land and how to care for it, while collecting rocks and arrow heads along the way. He taught me the importance of manners, how to speak to adults, and saving money. He also showed me how to treat people of a different color and background with respect in a world full of hatred and racism in Georgia during the late 50s and early 60s. I am thankful for precious time spent with Grandfather Craig and reflect on those simple days, especially during the summer.

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