The United Methodist Church has a rich tradition both of fervor for God and service to others. We were formed by John Wesley who was himself a missionary and heavily influenced by theology that suggested that religion was not rote practice of ritual, but experienced love of God. For this reason, the United Methodist Church has often spoken out against issues in our world which go against not only our Methodist heritage, but also the Christian tradition.
As you heard me say on Sunday the issues of hospitality to refugees is an issue that is spoken to clearly across scripture. In the wake of the executive order issued by President Trump, I think it is important that we as Christians and as Methodists understand the foundations of the witness we are called to bear in welcoming refugees and immigrants. On Monday, Bishop Ough, the President of the World Council of Bishops issued a statement on President Trump's immigration order. I have included a link to the full text below and I strongly encourage you to read it as it eloquently outlines the scriptural basis for the call to hospitality. Among the statement is a call for all of us as United Methodists to: "see the face of Christ in the refugee. Say
no" to the walling off of our country and our hearts and say
yes" to their hope - our hope - for new life."
This is a difficult time in our nation as we are keenly aware of the issues which divide us as a country. Nonetheless, we as Christians know that we follow a God whose grace brings wholeness, not division. This is an important time to dig deeply in faith, and I believe the United Methodist Church is uniquely poised to be a healing voice in this tumultuous time.
Bishop Ough's Statement:
The Vision at Grace
our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while
outward with God's love and intentionally
all in the name of Christ.
Listening Sessions with Pastor Stacey
- 10am, New Adult Sunday Class, Living Room
- 12:15pm (following worship), Living Room
Sunday, February 12
Listening Session with Pastor Stacey, 10am, Grace Cafe
Tuesday, February 14
Needles and Prayers, 7pm
Sunday, February 19
Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm, Living Room
Tuesday, February 28
Needles and Prayers, 7pm
Wednesday, March 1
YOUNG ADULT BRUNCH
Join us for brunch and conversation this Sunday after the 11am service.
Meet Emily in the back of the sanctuary following worship. We will walk to Ponce City Market for lunch together. Hope you will join us!
ARRANGEMENTS for NANCY PAGE
Memorial Service: Saturday, Feb. 4th, Northwoods Methodist Church
The family will receive guests from 11:30am - 1pm, followed by the service.
Click here to visit the obituary.
Please remember in your prayers all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them:
- Marilyn Altman
- Nayda Bailey
- Betty Butler
- Johnny Chappell
- Jane Gable
- Betty Nash
- Shawn Stephens
COMMUNITY INFORMATION FORM
Please help us update our community records so that they are as accurate as possible.
version of the form, complete and return to the office:
office at graceonponce dot org or
via the below mailing address.
(Pastor Stacey also has hard copies if you'd like to complete it on Sunday.)
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