Order of Worship: Sunday March 19th




Call to Worship

Unison Prayer--Psalm 23 (NKJV)

"Christ Arose"

Easter selections-- Praise Team

Offering, Doxology, Prayer

Prayers of the People

Lord's Prayer


"Change My Heart O God"


This Week at Grace:

Sunday--meeting after worship

Tuesday-- Bible study 9am


4pm Bible Study

Thursday--Men's study 730am

If you are planning to meet at Grace UMC, you MUST call ahead of time to reserve space and get your meeting on the church calendar. As our building is used more, we must communicate even more!

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Friday

9 a.m. to noon


Online--available to view any time after 10:15am

Sunday morning.


Our worship service on March 19th will be filled with music! The Praise Team will be sharing many songs of praise as we move deeper into the Lenten season and draw closer to the Resurrection story.

Call to Worship

L: Welcome pilgrims on the way to the cross.

P: We are learning to follow Jesus.

L: On this Lenten journey, where do we find God’s presence among us?

P: One thing we know: God calls us to witness extraordinary love in ordinary moments.

L: On this Lenten journey, how does God’s presence work among us?

P: One thing we know: God uses the messy and mundane to heal and restore us to one another.

L: On this Lenten journey, what does God’s presence do in our midst?

P: One thing we know: God opens us to recognize presence, sustenance, and abundance where the world perceives isolation and lack.

L: Pilgrims on the way, come let us worship God!

ALL: We come to worship God as we learn to live inside out! Amen.

Monthly Missions

During Lent our missional giving is all designated for the Lakes Area Food Shelf. We will be collecting a variety of items each week to help stock the food shelf, and cash is always welcome too.

This week the suggested items are canned meats-chicken, tuna, SPAM. Paper products will be collected every week for the whole Lenten season.

 During Lent, the Outreach Team has planned that we will be participating in the Lenten Food Shelf Challenge, in friendly competition with Lutheran Church of the Cross, St. Alice Catholic Church, Crosslake Lutheran, Crosslake Presbyterian and Our Savior’s Lutheran. The two churches in Crosslake will be contributing to the Crosslake Food Shelf while the other four will be contributing to the Lakes Area Food Shelf, which is right next door on our own church campus.

 Contributions can be both monetary and food stuffs. Based on information from the Food Shelf, there is significant need to several non-food commodities, including paper products and personal hygiene products, so we have added those categories of items to our challenge roster. 


Weekly Focus on:

 February 26 – Canned vegetables and fruits, dried fruits and applesauce


                       March 5 – Peanut butter and jelly


                       March 12 – Cereal, pop tarts, granola bars


                       March 19 – Canned meat: chicken, tuna, SPAM


                       March 26 – Incontinence and feminine hygiene products


                       April 2 – Boxed sides – potatoes, rice, pasta


Remember, if you don’t like to shop or you can’t make it in to church, monetary donations are also welcome.


On behalf of the Outreach Team, I would like to thank you for your support of this outreach project! We look forward to watching the weekly collection grow and knowing what a positive impact your generosity will have on the community. --Bill Tollefson

The all-church meeting that was postponed from an earlier date will take place on March 19th after worship. Please plan to attend, as the current budget and needs are presented. We also hope to discuss how we can best use our gifts and talents at Grace in mission to this community. Your presence and voice are needed.

Volunteer Choir Opportunity........ During Lent, we plan to have Sunday morning opportunities for the congregation to join us up front during worship for a familiar song. We will gather at 8:30 on February 26, March 5, 12 and 26 to practice the song a couple of times. Dust off those vocal cords, warm up those pipes and join us at 8:30 on Sundays at Grace!


EASTER FLOWERS: Order forms for Easter flowers are available on a table in the narthex. All order forms MUST include payment at the time of ordering. Last day to order is Sunday, March 19. If you need an order form emailed to you, contact Marsha Mower (m.mower@sbcglobal.net).

 Thanks for helping make the church beautiful for Easter!

 Flower order form click to open.

Reminder: the last day to order is this Sunday March 19th.

AED Training

The AED training was postponed due to the weather, as we did not meet for worship on the 12th. This has now been rescheduled to April 30th. There will be reminders sent out closer to this date.

Camp Minnesota News - It's time to think about registering for a summer camp experience. Camp Minnesota information can be found by clicking the link below. Check out all the amazing opportunities that the camp staffs are planning for a safe camp experience again this year.

For many years the Grace Women in Faith (formerly Grace UMW) have offered a Marnie Luce Camp Scholarship to children, youth, families and adults who are affiliated with Grace Church and register to attend a Minnesota United Methodist Camp. The scholarship is named for Marnie Luce, mother of John Luce who was a huge supporter of camping.

The scholarship policy and applications are available near the display on the table in the Fellowship Hall, along with the 2023 brochures.

 Le Sears is the Grace Women in Faith treasurer and applications should be placed in her church mailbox. Email her at: sears.litta@gmail.com for additional information.



Looking ahead--

Jody Perrine and friends are planning an Easter Egg hunt to be held after worship on Easter morning April 9th.

Watch for more details to come and for ways to help.

The handbell choir will be playing for us during worship on March 26th.

May Baskets

Grace Women of Faith, will be creating and selling May baskets soon.

Orders will be taken for the candy & seedling May baskets before and after the following services & will be prepaid, $5.00 per basket.

   --Palm Sunday, April 2; Sunday, April 16 and Sunday, April 23.

Upcoming Bible Study

There will be an 8-week Beth Moore Bible study called "Children of the Day". It is based on 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. This study will be held on Wednesdays from 4-6pm, beginning April 12th. Books will be available for purchase at the first session for $16.

Palm Sunday--Worship 9am

Maundy Thursday service with Communion--7pm

Good Friday service of Tenebrae--7pm

Easter Sunday--Worship at 9am

-Easter Egg Hunt

If you have something that should be added to this newsletter from your group or mission, please speak with Pastor Jen or email the details to her at jenmatt20@gmail.com. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be received by Thursday 10am at the very latest.

If you wish to connect with me directly and it is not an emergency, please know that I will respond as needed during pretty regular office hours. I am in the church most weekdays from at least 10-12, call the office to be sure, as my weeks vary. Ann has my detailed schedule and can find me if needed. I check my emails frequently throughout the day, and this is the best way to contact me.

-Pastor Jen

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Important note

If you are mailing something to the church, you must use our P.O. Box for the address. We do not receive mail at the church, and if you use the physical church address it will get returned and could delay your notices to us or offerings.

P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org