Unison Prayer

Lord, You are a generous God. You gave far beyond what we could ever have imagined or asked for in giving us Your Son. You gave the ultimate gift and it cost You dearly. And yet, far too often, we hold back. We keep a tight grip on the resources and the time You've given us. Too often, we hold back ourselves when You are calling us to give ourselves away. Forgive us, Lord, and teach us to loosen our grip. Teach us to give freely, remembering that all we have comes from You.

Call to Worship:

L: We look around and see how we have been blessed –
P: Blessed with community, with beauty, with friendship, with faith.
L: That goodness washes over us, and we receive these gifts with thanks.
P: In this time, we thank God for all that we have been given.
All: So let us worship God.
Our monthly missional giving for October is designated for the Brennecke family to aid their ministry and missions. Kim is the daughter of Doris and John Longnecker from Grace. Below is a brief overview of how God called them to this work.

 Kim and Steve Brennecke are presently serving in the Global Ministry Center of Baptist Mid-Missions in Cleveland, Ohio, where Steve works in the administration.

*If you would like to give to this mission, please make a note on your offering or check.
CALLING FORTH NEW LEADERSHIP: Each year the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is called to look within its congregation for persons who may feel a greater calling to serve God through ordination. These people may have heard God's calling in a dramatic way or through a gentle growth experience. SPRC wants to encourage anyone who may feel they have the potential for spiritual leadership to contact Pastor Jen for a deeper understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of ordination within the Methodist community of faith and service.
"Healing Remedies of the Bible"
This event was fun, informative, and well-attended. Thank you to the many hands that created this special evening and meal!

Trunk or Treat
October 29th -> 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dress up in costume and come and enjoy the fun, tour the decorated car trunks and gather some treats!
  Additional Community Trick or Treat opportunities at the same time will include downtown Pequot Lakes businesses and Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.

Mark Your Calendars!
Chili Cook-Off--Sunday Oct. 23rd after worship

Youth Group--Wednesday Oct. 26th 6pm

Trunk and Treat--Saturday Oct. 29th

Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex; you can also call the office to get signed up or to learn more about the many ways to participate in the life of Grace UMC.
Make a Joyful Noise!

Handbells are meeting each Tuesday from 1030-1130am in the bell room. If you haven't played in a while or would like to learn, please join us! If you would like more information, please contact Ardie Morris.

Our church community is blessed with great staff! The Staff Parish Relations Committee invites you to send notes of encouragement and thanks to our staff. Grace staff members are Brad Wallace (Director of Music), Jacki Kline (Accompanist), Casey Dirksen (Substitute Accompanist), Ann Hutchings (Administrative Assistant), Joan Oscarson (Treasurer), Barb Wallace (Sound Tech). In addition, we have three "volunteer" staff members - Ardie Morris (Hand Bell Director), Doris Longnecker (Financial Secretary), Jackie Tappe (Assistant Financial Secretary).
Please note this change
Pastor Jen has a new email address and will soon stop checking or using the old one. Please update your address books as needed.

We express our sympathies to the family of
Gene “Bud” Kerger, who passed away on October 11, 2022. He was grandfather to Jenna Crawford. His service was held on Thursday at Our Saviors Lutheran church in Pequot Lakes.
Upcoming Blood Drive

Brainerd Library, Monday October 31st

Call the American Red Cross to make an appointment: 1-800-733-2727
Sunday mornings we have returned to live streaming our Sunday services, but we realize that there are still some issues popping up some Sundays. On our website you can usually watch the recorded service after 10:30am or so. There is a link to our site at the end of this newsletter.
We continue to work on making the online experience better and appreciate both your grace and feedback as we make improvements. Soon, we will be updating our internet capabilities and are hopeful that this will fix some of the issues.
We are grateful to be able to offer our services online and appreciate any gifts received to help this ministry grow and continue.
*We are aware that we have not streamed "live" the last two weeks, we are working with a computer tech to address these issues.

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
Contact us concept with wood block and symbols at_ e-mail address and phone

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
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755
Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org