Prayer

Lord, we pray that you will take our lives and make them count. Help us to obey what we have been sent to do and thus release the mighty power of God in our communities, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our groups together at work, wherever we are, that this ferment of the gospel may begin to touch lives and change hearts. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

Call to Worship:
L: Come, let us worship the one who calls us here.
P: We gather to worship with joy and in hope.
L: Come, let us worship the one who desires our hearts.
P: We bring our whole selves in worship to our God.
L: Come, let us set aside all that distracts us from true worship.
P: We come as we are and ask the Spirit to gather us in and direct our vision.
L: Come, let us worship the one who calls us here.
All: We are here to worship with all that we are.
 
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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 meet in the Amaryllis Room at 8:50am. All are welcome.


Monthly Missions

Our September missional gifts go to support the work of Emma Norton Services in MN.
*If you are giving a special "missional gift", please make a note on your offering.
Emma Norton Program Goals
  • Provide safe, secure, affordable housing for women, individuals, and families in transition.
  • Provide support, advocacy and referrals to community services for individuals and families to stabilize their lives, build confidence and enable self-sufficiency.
  • Use our collective power to build collaborative communities and partnerships to achieve systemic change.
  • Raise awareness of our programs to better serve individuals and families in need.
  • Through radical compassion and radical acceptance, provide a comprehensive array of services that foster harmony, wholeness and completeness.
  • Create inclusive environments that support empowerment, diversity, innovation and adaptability to promote healing.
Scripture

In our worship time together, the scripture will be read from the translation that is found in our pew Bibles, which is the New Revised Standard Version or NRSV. If this is helpful to you, please follow along. We will be posting the page numbers on the screens with the verse numbers.
  Jan-Aug 2022 

 Revenues        124,938.47 
Expenses        129,651.61 
Net Income/(Loss) (4,713.14)

We appreciate your continued support of the missions, ministry, building and staff of Grace UMC.
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What's Happening?

During our service this week, we will be celebrating our educators. Each of our newly formed Ministry Teams will speak briefly about their work and upcoming planned events.
After our service on the September18th, there will be opportunities to sign-up to participate in some new small groups, and also to help with two events in October.
In October, we will be having a Chili Cook-Off on the 23rd. We will also be holding our annual Trunk or Treat event on the 29th. We will be posting more details about both of these dates soon!

Please join us this week!
Please note this change

Pastor Jen has a new email address and will no longer be checking or using the old one. Please update your address books as needed.

jenmatt20@gmail.com
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.

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
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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
Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org