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James 3:7-10
 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

Prayer:
Lord,
 let me do no harm to my brother and neighbor.
 Keep my shortcomings from ever causing another’s faith to fail.
May I never hinder someone else’s relationship with you, O God
Help me to me speak ill of none.
Lead me to correct with love and grace.
Please use me to draw others to you.
This is all asked in your Holy name,
Amen
Call to Worship:
L: Loving God,
call us together as your people;
transform us with your love.
Transform our hearts,
P: that we may love generously.
L: Transform our eyes,
P: that we may see your grace.
L: Transform our hands,
P: that we may serve others.
L: Transform our spirits,
that we may be the body of Christ,
gathered to worship
and sent out to serve.
All: Amen.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, summarized God’s directives to His people in what he called “Three Simple Rules.” Wesley said that if we could “Do No Harm, Do Good, and Attend to the Ordinances of God (or, more simply, Stay in Love with God)” that we would be following God’s plan for our lives. While these are much easier stated than actually followed, I do think that these three instructions can give us a great starting point for more closely walking the path that God has for us. These will be our focus for the next three Sundays during worship.
May Missions

Our missional giving for May will go towards our church gift to the "Love Offering" to be received at the Annual Conference, held later this month. Please note on your offering if tt should go towards this special offering.

Each year, churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference take a Love Offering for missions in conjunction with our Annual Conference Session. The theme of the 2022 Annual Conference—which will take place May 24-25—is “Jesus: Healer.” 
Bishop David Bard invites congregations to pray about and participate in the Love Offering as a generous expression of God’s wild and extravagant love.
“Even in difficult times, Minnesota United Methodists have shown themselves to be generous in sharing the healing love of Jesus,” he said. “Our world confronts countless challenges, and though one offering cannot meet or overcome them all, it can do good and bring healing in the name and spirit of Jesus.”
Our Love Offering this year will address food insecurity by supporting three Minnesota United Methodist food ministries. Funds will also assist those in need in our nation and world by supporting Red Bird Missionary Conference in Appalachia and Volunteers in Mission trips.
The funds from this year’s offering will to go to:
  • The Red Bird Missionary Conference in Appalachia (40 percent)
  • Food insecurity across Minnesota (50 percent, divided among the three ministries)
  • Holy Grounds at Centenary UMC, Mankato (17 percent)
  • Simpson Food Pantry, Minneapolis (17 percent)
  • West African Family and Community Food Shelf, Brooklyn Center (17 percent)
  • Volunteers in Mission scholarships (10 percent)
Spring Clean-Up

Thank you to all that came to help clean up the grounds around our church on Wednesday, May 6th. We are grateful too for the students who came as part of the annual "Day of Caring" from the high school to lend a hand.

United Women in Faith
Thursday, May 5th, all United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women) gathered together to enjoy fellowship and to learn how "Nature" can be healed through the practice of the "Sabbath". We enjoyed this time for gathering and learning. Thank you to those who helped plan and serve at this meeting!


UMW books available in the library
Check out this new book purchased by the UMW, which is available to borrow: "The Hate You Give", by Angie Thomas.
Book summary--"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

We express our sympathy to the family of Jerilyn (Jeri) Rogers who passed away unexpectedly on April 28th. Her service will be held at the church on Tuesday May 11th.

Link to obituary for Jeri Rogers.
https://www.brainerddispatch.com/obituaries/obits/jeri-rogers-5d23ecc80dfeca44dbd8523c-62715996b392787e78eaa189
Youth Group and
Confirmation Notes

Youth Group meets every other Wednesday night from 6pm-7pm. Confirmation meets every other week, alternating with Youth Group.
Watch this space, and families check your emails for dates coming up for last dates of Confirmation classes for the year and an end of the school year special Youth Group coming up soon! Due to illness and absences, we were unable to meet for Confirmation last week (May 4). We will try to have Confirmation again this week.

Confirmation--May 13th- 6pm

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The newest Upper Room devotional books are available in the narthex at church to pick up for your personal study times.
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 10-1. 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