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Healer of our every ill: We come bruised, hurting, weary, wounded, living in a world broken by war, animosity, dividing walls, inequality, environmental degradation, harmful habits, and relational neglect. We come, acknowledging our complicity in the world’s brokenness and in our own. We also know the power of your healing love and grace in Jesus. Only speak the word, and we shall be healed. Our healing may not be instantaneous or come easily, yet we pray for healing. Healing may be different from cure, or the cure we imagine, yet we pray for healing. Mend the broken bones of our souls. Cause the dry bones of our spirits to leap and dance. We pray that even as you touch our lives with your healing grace, you would transform us into healing forces in the world—people through whom justice is done, relationships are reconciled, the earth is restored, beauty is created, good news is proclaimed, and love overflows. Heal our communities of faith so they may be even more what we proclaim them to be: communities of love and forgiveness that heal. In the name and power of Jesus, healer. Amen
-Bishop Bard




Call to Worship:
L: Sometimes it seems as though God is far away.
P: There is so much trouble in the world.
L: We look to the heavens and wonder why God doesn’t deal more strictly with the wicked and
more compassionately with the innocent.
P: We are overwhelmed with the needs of others.
L: Come, let us turn to the Lord, whose very heart is compassion and hope.
P: Let us be partners in caring for all who are in need. AMEN.

 
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A Time of Centering Prayer
You are invited to join us ten minutes before our Sunday service for a
time of centering prayer. We are taking these few minutes before the
service begins to prepare our hearts and minds for worship.
We will meet in the Amaryllis Room.
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July Missions

In July, missional giving will go to:
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
 
MISSION: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope.
VISION: Carrying out the teachings of Christ, LAHFH strives to ensure that everyone, everywhere has at least a simple, decent place to call home.
ACTION: Partnering with families in need, volunteers build or renovate homes and serve as agents of change throughout the affiliate.
OUTCOME: Working in communities throughout the affiliate, LAHFH helps create a culture wherein affordable housing becomes a matter of conscience.

*If you are giving a special "missional gift", please make a note on your offering.

THANK YOU!

The annual rummage sale was a success! Thank you to the many volunteers who helped to make this happen. There may still be some funds trickling in, but this is where we are sitting today:
$5716.50

Once again, thank you to those who helped at the sale,
donated items or shopped.

Community News Click link in red to read more


Gift given by the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club to the Crow Wing County sheriff's office, received by Sheriff Scott Goddard.

Faith Column, "Gratitude with Grace" by Pastor Jen. Faith




Community Events

July 9: Bands in the Park: Uncle Wheat & Eddie (Brad Wallace!), 7-9 p.m., Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes

Strikepoint - Top Handbell Ensemble to Perform on Sunday, July 10th 7:00 pm,
First Congregational Church 415 Juniper St. Brainerd
Strikepoint, is an internationally acclaimed handbell ensemble. This performance
is part of both the ensemble’s 2022 summer tour and the First Congregational church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. Admission is free but a $15 donation is suggested. To support local music, Strikepoint will share 20% of the freewill donation with First Congregational’s music program.
Strikepoint is based at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, MN.
The newest Upper Room devotional is available now. You can pick up a copy in the narthex at church.
Plans are being made to re-start the Grace Ministry Teams!

Membership         Outreach      Discipleship

        Worship           Streaming

Why now?
     Where do I fit in?
          What gifts and talents do I have?
               How can I be the hands and feet of Jesus?

When? Check out worship - both in person and online - beginning Sunday, July 10th. Pastor Jen’s worship series, "Purpose and Place" may help you answer these questions and more!
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.
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Fellowship Help Needed!

Everyone has been enjoying the fellowship time after worship on Sunday mornings, and we are grateful to those of you have brought treats and made coffee for everyone. In an effort to allow more people to serve and to protect anyone form getting burned out, we could use some more people to take a Sunday. There is no need to provide an elaborate spread, just a sweet treat and perhaps a fruit or something else of your choosing. If you are able to just set-up, serve, and clean-up that would be helpful too. It is really up to you! Cash donations welcome too!
Please speak with Jody Perrine if you can help or add your name to the sign-up sheet on Sunday mornings.

Notice

The world is filled with uncertainty, and we need to consider how best to keep our church members and staff safe. Beginning June 26th, on Sunday mornings,after 9am, the only door that will be open as an entrance will be the main front doors leading into the Narthex. It does not seem wise to have as many open doors that we cannot monitor. We will not lock the other doors until worship has begun, and all of the doors will still work to go out.
During the week, our office hours will remain the same, but to enter you will need to be let in. Ring the doorbell and we will let you in.
Membership at Grace

A couple people have expressed an interest in joining the church. I am trying to determine if there is a need for a class. Please reach out to me (Pastor Jen), if you want to join the church and we can make a plan for what that looks like for you!
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 pastorjen@tds.net. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be given to me by Thursday morning 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 ahead to be sure, as my weeks vary. Ann has my detailed schedule and can find me if needed.
-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
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755