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Member Spotlight: Frank Marchese!

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

Matthew 6:1-4 - “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.“

This verse is special to me because from time to time everyone needs to reminded to be humble. I give because I am blessed enough to be able to help others. I do not need others to know the extent of what I am able to do or give.

2-We are entering the season of celebrating faith, family and friends. What family memories and or tradition(s), recipes, celebrations etc., are you favorite and why?

My favorite memories from my childhood are of those times shared with my family. We would all cook together, eat dinner, tell stories and play games. As I got older, I still enjoy spending time with family but now it is with our own children and grandchildren. Passing down traditions is very important to me.

3- What is it that Grace Church has, (like a secret sauce) that engaged you and keeps you engaged?

The feeling of family that I experience at Grace Church has been a major part of what keeps me engaged. I knew from the first time I walked into the 8:00 service that I found my home. Everyone is friendly and stops to ask how you are doing. I feel like a big part of the church even though I am new.

4- With Advent Sunday was held November 28 this year, tell us how your family and you prepare for the birth of our Savior in your home.

We have been praying more often and in a different way. We thank the Lord for all his blessings, ask for forgiveness of our sins and pray that our faith remains strong. We ask that the Holy Spirit will come to us when He sees that we are ready.

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