Visit our website / Facebook page to worship online on Sunday morning.
Important Note
We will be having a worship service on Christmas Eve(24th) at 7pm

We will not be having an in-person service on Sunday the 26th.
Our small, but dedicated team of volunteers and staff are in need of a well-earned day off, and this abbreviated weekend seems like the best time to do this. We will be making a service provided by the Minnesota Annual Conference available for viewing on our website and through our Facebook page.


Check this link for the phased plan details from the MN
Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches (minnesotaumc.org) https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan

Recent Updates from the Conference office
re:COVID Numbers
"You will notice the COVID numbers are increasing to an all -time high in Minnesota. We are keeping our phasing in Yellow, mostly because so many folks are vaccinated so the risks are different than they were a year ago. But we do strongly urge, if you are not already, masking indoors and limiting congregational singing until the positivity rate drops below 5%. If the positive case number is over 5% we should follow all of the yellow protocols."
At this time (12/8), Crow Wing county is at 15.2%, Cass county is at 8.7%. If you are following along, the numbers change daily, but have not dropped below 10% in months. These are some of the best numbers that we have seen! As the numbers continue to rise and fall, please prayerfully consider how to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Masking is the easiest thing that we can do. Everyone is still expected to wear a mask within the building please. We are monitoring the county numbers closely and changes may happen rapidly.
-Pastor Jen

Chrismons, meaning "Christ monograms," traditionally are white and gold designs made from Christian symbols that signify Christ. Often displayed on an evergreen tree during the Christmas season, symbols such as stars, crosses, fish, crowns, and the alpha and omega remind us of Christ's identity, his story, and of the Holy Trinity.
Many churches display a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas season decorated with handmade ornaments.

It was fun and meaningful to put these special ornaments up this year!

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Stewardship 2022

Note from the Finance Team:
The finance committee would like to thank those who have turned in their financial pledge cards for 2022; to those that have not done this yet, please do so, it will help us to make decisions for the coming year.  
Thanks, for your support,
 Tim Perrine,
Chair- Finance Committee
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Christmas Card Blitz
Many thanks to some awesome Grace volunteers who have helped to create a "Christmas Card Caring Blitz" this holiday season. Elaine Leach, Shirley Robideaux, Ruby Berg, Patti Erickson, Jill Macnamara, Kathy Bochman, Peggy Johnson, Millie Amundson, Dorothy Rollins, and Linda Corbett have been busy sending notes of cheer to our Grace family by Christmas Day. Sending lots of gratitude to each of them for keeping us connected in this meaningful way!




NOW it is YOUR chance to participate in a special "Christmas Card Caring Blitz" for our Director of Music Ministries and friend, Brad Wallace. He will remain in the Cities at this time. Let's remind him of how much he is appreciated and missed by sending a card to:
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Cerenity Care Center
      Brad Wallace - Room 110
      1900 Webber Street
      White Bear Lake, MN   55110
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December Mission Focus

Our Missional giving for the month of December supports three different areas. The gifts will be split between The Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd, Mid-Minnesota Women's Shelter, and the Pastor's discretionary fund.

On Christmas Eve, we will be taking a special offering for Tornado relief through UMCOR, to help those affected by recent storms.

Please note on your offering to direct your gift for December missions or UMCOR relief.
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Church Contacts

We want to keep in touch and keep everyone updated as best we can. To help us, please let us know if your address, phone number, or email has changed.
If you have a student living away from home that might like to receive church news, please let us know (with info), and we will add them to the lists.
We know too, that some people, for a variety of reasons DO NOT want to get mail or updates from church. We don't know, if you don't let us know. We never remove anyone unless they have asked to be removed from contact lists.
A quick note or call to the office can take care of any updates.
graceumc@tds.net
218-568-5755


It's that time of year to think about weather-related cancellations.
In the event that a group does not meet, your group leader will get in touch with you, when in doubt call the office, we should know too.
For Sunday services, we will post on our website and FB pages if we do not plan on having a service. A phone-tree will be utilized as needed to get the word out.


In the News-
Links to articles in red.

Holiday Community Happenings.
Details in the link.

Last week's EJ Faith column was submitted by Pastor Jen. Fatih Column

There was a lovely article about "Acts of Kindness" in this week's paper! RAK

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives- Thursday, January 13, 2022, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.,
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, call 1-800-733-2767


Reminder--10 digits required for 218 area started on October 24th.
Residents in the 218 area code will be required to dial 10 digits (area code + phone number) for all local calls.




Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth Group---Oh My!

Sunday School has been offered for the last 10 weeks leading up to Advent. We will resume some sort of programming after the holidays.

Youth Group has started! Currently, we are meeting every other Wednesday night from 6pm-7pm. The next gathering will be on Dec 22nd.

Confirmation meets every other week, alternating with Youth Group. The next class will be January 5th.
Christmas Eve

We will be having a service of story, carols, and candlelight on Christmas Eve December 24th at 7pm.

There will not be a church service on Sunday the 26th.
Contact us concept with wood block and symbols at_ e-mail address and phone
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755