Member Spotlight: Mary-Stewart and Jack Lewis
1-What is your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day?
Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside still waters.”
Mary-Stewart: It is a comfort knowing that the Lord is always watching after you.
Psalm 118:24 “For this is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Jack: I was the former Headmaster at St. Georges Episcopal School (Pre-K-8th Grade) in Griffin Georgia. We had this verse on the school’s wall for all to see and learn. It’s a great way to start and get you through each day, reminding us to rejoice in each moment.
2-We are entering the season of celebrating faith, family and friends with Christmas season. What family tradition(s) are you favorite and why?
Mary-Stewart: When the boys were little, I allowed them to choose any type of holiday cake pan to start a holiday tradition. They chose the Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer cake pan. Each year we baked in it and decorated it, including the beloved red nose. We always cut the cake so that each of us would have a portion of the red nose. I just passed the cake pan to our son’s family, as our granddaughter wishes to bake and make this their family tradtion.
Jack: I have fond memories getting the Christmas tree, setting up the creche under the tree. It wasn‘t Christmas unless the train was running under it, which is now also passed down to our son’s family.
3- What is it that Grace Church has, (like a secret sauce) that keeps you engaged, week after week?
Mary-Stewart: We met Father Jonathan after attending Grace for the very first time, on Christmas after the candlelight service with incense. Grace Church became our home in 2015. We chose Grace as it is part of Episcopal Church of America. This means the church is an inclusive church. Once an interim pastor (in Connecticut) preached that as believers we take our faith, take the bible and the catechism of the church and apply our intellect. And he shared, that it’s ok if you have differences. We enjoy a community where we are comfortable in our faith. Because its so open and welcome for everyone. One of the most important parts of the service is the music, and it really speaks to my soul. It’s why I love the 10:00 am service.
Jack: Father Jonathan was so welcoming. Grace Church is a home for everyone to feel comfortable in.
4- With Advent Sunday held November 28 this year, tell us how your family and you prepare for the birth of our Savior in your home.
Mary Stewart: We enjoy the lighting of the Advent Candles each Sunday.
Jack: In addition to my prayers and meditations, we enjoy the specific readings during Advent.