focus on families

grace alive - may 11, 2020 - by melissa gray


  1. Meet the Polage Family - our featured family for May!
  2. Save the date for a Pippins outing
  3. Looking to overcome Pandemic anxiety?
  4. Plus - what's happening in Life Groups?

grace family feature

meet the polage family

Who is in your family?  
  • Danielle, Dan, Kyle (16), Elyse (13), Kayleigh (8), Chloe the dog (1.5 yrs)
Does your family have nicknames for one another?  
  • Danielle: Mommy
  • Dan: Daddy
  • Kyle: Bud & Monsieur
  • Elyse: Leesy Lula
  • Kayleigh: Miss P & KK
  • Chloe: ChloChlo
Where were you each born & what school do/did you attend?
  • Dannielle was born in NJ & went to Fort Lee High School, Emory University, and UW for her PhD.  
  • Dan was born in Iowa, went to Davis HS, Whitworth and Pepperdine Law.  
  • Kyle was born in California and attends Davis HS.  
  • Elyse was born in Yakima and attends West Valley Junior High.  
  • Kayleigh was also born in Yakima and attends McClure Elmentary.
What is your family’s favorite way to spend a Friday night together?
  • Having a family game night or movie night together.
What is your family’s favorite movie?
  • Elf 
If each family member could be granted one wish, what would it be?
  • Danielle: That her family would be happy and healthy
  • Dan: That his family would all cry at his funeral
  • Kyle: To get paid to travel
  • Elyse: That the whole world would become Christians
  • Kayleigh: To be a famous youtuber
What is your favorite family tradition?
  • Going to Hayden Lake Resort buffet at Dockside at the end of our annual Hayden Lake trip.
What is your favorite family holiday and why?
  • Christmas because the whole family is together with good food, gifts, traditions, decorations, and lots of fun activities.
What is your favorite family meal?
  • Gnocchi with meat sauce like my Nonni used to make.  We all help make it at least once a year for Christmas Eve.
What is your favorite family restaurant?
  • Chick-Fil-A
If your family became famous, what would you be famous for?
  • Traveling around the world together
Who in your family is most likely to become famous?
  • Kyle!  He is a world ranked Rubik’s Cuber
What are your favorite family activities to do during each season of the year?
  • Spring: Easter Egg Hunts
  • Summer: Boating/tubing
  • Fall: Pumpkin Patch/Harvest Activities
  • Winter: Skiing
What was your favorite and/or worst family vacation?
  • Our favorite vacation was Kihei Hawaii or our Caribbean Cruise.  
  • Worst was this past summer, we all had pneumonia while camping/traveling.
Where has your family lived?
  • We have lived in Seattle, California, Connecticut, Victoria BC, Lyon France, Mijas Spain.

pippins family baseball night - july 8

what we're watching on right now media

Overcoming Anxiety During Covid-19
Anxiety can feel like a constricting snake slowly tightening around us until it is difficult to breath. In recent weeks, the anxiety surrounding the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has a hold on the whole world as people die, economies decline, and our lives change right before our eyes.
In this four-part series, Jonathan Pokluda speaks words of comfort and wisdom, to help Christians navigate the areas of life COVID-19 is affecting. During this series you'll be encouraged in how to overcome anxiety in these troubling days and explore ways you can remain faithful to God and to others.

what's happening with life groups

Life Groups look a little different during this time.  Many groups have turned to phone calls, and encouraging text messages to stay connected, while others are utilizing online video chat services like Zoom to connect and pray together.  No matter how your group chooses to connect, the important part is knowing that we are there for one another and all in this together.  Keep lifting one another up in prayer, keep an ongoing prayer journal and see how God is working in the lives of your group during this time.  God is using the Life Group’s at Grace to keep the church body connected during this time of physical isolation.

want to connect to a life group?

Connecting to a new Life Group during this time can be tricky, but we are working hard to help you during this time.  While waiting to be connected with a new Life Group, I would encourage you to join your church family on Wednesdays at noon for a time of prayer with Pastor Bill.  It has served as a beautiful time to share prayer requests with one another and be in the presence of our Lord.