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Family Discussion Questions from Today's Service:
(Here are some questions related to the service to help spark some discussion amongst family members and/or friends.)

What is the first Bible verse that you memorized?
Do you write notes, underline, or highlight parts of your Bible?
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Grace Financial Giving
Thank you to all those who have mailed in their giving checks. We gratefully appreciate it! If you would like to give online (via PayPal) please visit our website. Offerings can also still be mailed to Grace UMC at P.O. 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

 
Lenten Devotional
As promised, this section will highlight some pieces that were shared by our members but were missed or cut off for whatever reason.

Please enjoy these thoughts from Jody Perrine.
As I reflect upon 2020, I feel as though I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster! For the past 14 years, Grace was my family’s second home. There was Sunday school, nursery, VBS, Youth group, confirmation classes, adult bible studies, concerts, plays, Easter egg hunts, rummage sales, pasties, bell choir, community dinners, Sunday fellowship, and we had just started a travel club. And then, bam! Just like that, Covid hit, and the doors were locked. I felt like Job. Were we being punished? Was God testing our faith?
 My roller coaster had many highs and many lows. At first I kept a positive outlook on the situation. This will be over soon. I was told most will not get it and if they do, it’s just a cold. But as many were dying my doctor told me that I was at a “high risk” of death and so was my husband. If my pregnant daughter in law caught it, she could die giving birth. I was frightened and must have gone through all five stages of grief. After several months of “hiding” in my home, I decided I couldn’t live this way.  I felt like a terminally ill patient that decides to climb Mount Everest or try sky diving. I made several road trips across the United States, booked many hotels and flights, and enjoyed major theme parks with my grandchildren. Always reciting Psalm 23, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” God was always with us, always protecting us. However, during the cold and darkness of winter, we didn’t have to go outside of our own community to get Covid. 
The good news was the fact that both my husband and I survived. The bad news is, now I have to figure out why. Easter will soon be here. Like a lamb, Jesus will have taken on the sins of the world. He will have shed his earthly body and ascended. This brings me so much hope. We have come through great suffering, death, and political unrest this past year, just like Jesus did. Easter is a time of new beginnings, a time to recreate ourselves. The message that I am getting is ‘it’s time to purge.’ I need to stop clinging to the mounds of “stuff” collecting in every corner of my home. I need to set aside my phone and turn off the biased media news on the tv. I need to be open to the needs of my church and community and be ready to say, “yes” when He asks me to be his “hands and feet.”
What do you need to purge this Easter to be a better disciple?
As our church doors open, how is God calling you back?
What transformations are you currently undergoing?
I don’t have a clue what God is preparing me for. Has he given you any hints?

Lenten book study
The Conference is encouraging churches and individuals to join together in reading the book Love is the Way, by Bishop Curry. This is the link to this week's study from the Conference. DS, Rev Fred Vanderwerf leads us in looking at chapters 3 and 4.

Food Shelf Challenge
Please read this note from Wayne Holtmeier, our board rep and volunteer at the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
40th Anniversary Minnesota Food Share March Campaign The effort began with a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the 7 county Twin Cities Metro Area. The work was so successful it was expanded to a statewide program the year.
If you would like to learn more about the Minnesota Food Share Campaign and the distribution formula log in to: https://www.mnfoodshare.org/March campaign
Thank you for your very generous support during 2020. The Lakes Area Food Shelf served more than 4,200 individuals of which 619 were senior citizens. We served more than 1,500 households of which 237 were new households. More than 152,000 pounds of food were distributed.
The Food Challenge will be a fun activity for the congregations, as well as, providing food and financial support to the LAFS.
Additionally, the Food Challenge will help get the word out to Lakes Area residents about the service provided by the LAFS. We know there are a significant number of additional area residents that would benefit from utilizing the food shelf. The LAFS Board continues to explore new ideas that would provide additional options to serve the food needs of area residents. We are open to any ideas or suggestions that you may have.
lakesareafoodshelf.org
facebook.com/lakesareafoodshelf
Thank you for your support.
Please contact me, if you have any questions.
Wayne Holtmeier GUMC Representative on the LAFS Board
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Monetary donations can be sent to the church - marked food challenge, paid using the church pay-pal account and by dropping coins in the bottle by the Narthex display.

                       Thank you, Grace family! We can do this!
                          Week 3 - Cereal, cake and muffin mixes



Executive Director Job Posting

The Lakes Area Food Shelf is seeking an individual with an administrative background to serve as their new executive director. The position is part-time with a minimum of 20 hours per week and reports directly to the board of directors.
Experience and skillsets required include: working with volunteers, working with board of directors, verbal and written communication proficiency, fundraising and grant writing proficiency, social media proficiency, basic accounting and budgeting, and building and grounds oversight.

Complete job description in on the Lakes Area Food Shelf website: https://lakesareafoodshelf.org/

If interested, please email your resume by February 25, 2021 to: lakesareafoodshelf@gmail.com
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 14. 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!

Click here to access the order form.
Community News

Check out the great article about Pastor Stephen Blenkush from the Echo Journal this week. He is the pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. He is leading our competition for the Food Shelf Challenge!
Page2 in the February 24th issue.

Grace Members in the News

Congrats to Sonja Palmer who earned a medal at the Brainerd Speech Invitational last week!

February Missions, March is almost here! LAFS will be our focus.
Grace Missions for the month of February is the "Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen". Money designated for the missions fund will go towards that program.
We Need Ushers

If you are willing to come to church for worship, would you be willing to help usher? Two people are needed to greet and usher each Sunday. Please call Larry @ (218) 963-3765 or lpjohn@charter.net. Thank you!

Our Trustees committee is looking a little slim. We could really use 1 or 2 more people willing to serve on this team. They only meet quarterly, and you do not need to be a handyman to join this group! If this is something that speaks to you, please contact Pastor Jen.

Thank You!
A Note from the Pastor 

As you know our Youth Director has resigned his position at Grace UMC. I wish him well in his next endeavors.
I know that this may be causing some worry as to the future of our children, youth, and family programming. A number of parents and other volunteers have stepped up to help with our Youth group, Confirmation, Sunday Children's messages, and planning events. I look forward to working with them. The SPRC has begun the search process again to find a good candidate for this important role at Grace UMC.
If you have questions, please contact a member of SPRC or myself.

Peace to you
-Pastor Jen
Family looking for a rental home

Dean and Emilie Fitch have family members who are in need of a rental home beginning this May. They are a mature couple who know how to take care of a home with a daughter in her final years of high school. Have interest in purchasing the right property. Please contact Dean or Emilie if you have such a property at 612-743-0809 or 218-821-5364.
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Our Bishop has turned the dial back to Orange. Woot!
We returned to in-person worship on January 31.
Check this link for the phased plan details from the MN https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755