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Member Spotlight: Mary Baines!


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

I have several Bible verses that get me through life, yet they change over time or situations. Currently the Bible verse that is giving me much comfort is Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


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

My husband David and I recently travelled to New Smyrna for the first time and enjoyed the authentic taste of the Tuscan countryside, at a unique and delicious restaurant called The Garlic & blu bar. Start with an appetizer of fresh roasted garlic, enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and delicious Italian cuisine. The photo featured with this interview is taken at the entry of The Garlic.


3-Your family and you have been a valued Grace member for a long time. Please share how long ago it wasy, what brought you here and tell us about a fond memory. I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. When we moved as a young family to Ocala, we joined St. Patricks Episcopal Church. The boys were age three and four. One day I was driving downtown and noticed the sign directing me to Grace. That was over 50 years ago, and Grace has been our home since. Dave was confirmed by Father Al Durrance, we’ve enjoyed having two family weddings at Grace, and especially loved seeing our brides Kristin and Jeannie walk down the aisle. Kristin also taught kindergarten at Grace Episcopal School, and on her wedding day, the class gathered in the parish house before the service to have cookies and punch and surprised Kristin by singing a special song to her. We have so many family memories at Grace, yet always look forward to the next one.


5- What is it that Grace Church has, (like a secret sauce) that keeps you engaged, week after week? Grace provides a feeling the moment you walk in the church. I felt it from day one and still do. Although our former church was so beautiful, so peaceful, Grace is our forever family home.

6-All Saints Day, is often a day where we celebrate holy baptism. Whether you’ve attended, are a God parent, or recall your own baptism, share with us how baptism, a journey of learning about God’s love and growing in faith, has played a role in your life. I have especially loved the Grandkids baptisms, you step back and see the blessings from a different perspective. Baptisms are so special and I love to witness how it connects us to each other through God. Both David and I have also been moved by seeing Gracers of all ages become baptised into our church family.


I would like to invite Gracers to join me for the Wednesday noon service. It provides a mid-week break and the opportunity to listen and pray for others prayer requests. The service is both very powerful and intimate. I hope to see you soon.



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