Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida

Stories, Devotionals, Reflections, and Sermons of Welcome

49 Bells to Remember Pulse


We are invited to ring our church bells 49 times at noon (local time) on June 12, 2017.  Faith communities who worship in a building without a bell can participate in this project by posting the number “49” on their signs.

Throwing Glitter when Shade (also) Fits

Psalm 31:1 (NIV): “In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.”

Lanzando brillo cuando la sombra (también) es apropriada

Salmos 31:1 (PDT): “SEÑOR, en ti he buscado refugio; no me decepciones.  Sálvame porque eres justo.”

Fully Welcome!

Acts 2:26 “…therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope.” (NRSV)

¡Plenamente Bienvenid@s!

Hechos 2:26 “Por eso se alegra mi corazón, y mi lengua canta llena de gozo. Todo mi ser vivirá confiadamente” (DHH)

Making Space for Grace

Psalm 31:9 (CEB) Have mercy on me, Lord, because I’m depressed.  My vision fails because of my grief, as do my spirit and my body.

Making Space for Grace

Salmos 31:9 (NVI) Tenme compasión, Señor, que estoy angustiado; el dolor está acabando con mis ojos, con mi alma, ¡con mi cuerpo!

When your heart can't see

John 9: 25, 30-33 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”...The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

Cuando el corazón está ciego

Juan 9:25, 30-33 Si es pecador, no lo sé —respondió el hombre—. Lo único que sé es que yo era ciego y ahora veo… ―¡Allí está lo sorprendente! —respondió el hombre—: que ustedes no sepan de dónde salió, y que a mí me haya abierto los ojos.  Sabemos que Dios no escucha a los pecadores, pero sí a los piadosos y a quienes hacen su voluntad. Jamás se ha sabido que alguien lehaya abierto los ojos a uno que nació ciego. Si este hombre no viniera de parte de Dios, no podría hacer nada.


Matthew 4:1-3, 8-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread...” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Contact Info

Elly Mendez Angulo
Project Coordinator for Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115