Order of Worship: Sunday October 29th

Prelude--Handbells "Holy, Holy, Holy"


Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs:

"Take My Life, and Let it Be."

"Blessed Assurance"

Scripture Readings

Revelations 7:9-17

Psalm 34:1-10,22

Matthew 5:1-12

Responsive Prayer

The Word in Song:

"For All the Saints"

Message: "For All the Saints"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Special Music: "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)"

Remembering the Saints

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn--"Hymn of Promise"



This Week at Grace:

Monday--Altar Guild 10:30

Tuesday-- Bible Study


Bells rehearsal 1030am

Finance 630pm

Thursday--UWF meetings, event, and lunch--see details within

Saturday--DS check-in 10am

If you are planning to meet at Grace UMC, you need to call ahead or email the office to reserve space and to get your meeting on the church calendar.

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to noon


Online--available to view on our website at


any time after 10:15am

Sunday morning.

In-Person Worship Sunday--9am

Unison Prayer

L: Beloved, we are God’s children now,

but what we will be in the fullness of our time

has not been revealed.

What we do know is this:

we will be like Jesus the Christ and saints of God.

Let us consider how Jesus was revealed among us

and pray to be more like the Christ in every way.

Jesus embodied the unconditional love of God…

We pray, 

P: may we be more like Jesus.

L: Jesus fed those who were hungry…

We pray, 

P: may we be more like Jesus.

L: Jesus drew near to those living on the margins and excluded…

We pray,

P: may we be more like Jesus.

L: Jesus brought healing and wholeness to those in need…

We pray,

P: may we be more like Jesus.

L: Jesus hungered and thirsted for righteousness…

We pray,

P: may we be more like Jesus. Amen.

Call to Worship

L: Come, a great cloud of witnesses surrounds us as we gather.

P: May the lingering echo of saints resound in our songs.

L: May their stories open a space for the Spirit to enter us anew.

P: In remembering them, may we find ourselves re-membered.

L: May the God of every generation form us anew for this generation.

All: And may a new joy rise in our lives and in the life of the world. Amen.

The Scriptures for next week are:

Deuteronomy 30:11-20

1 Corinthians 3:1-9,21-23

John 5:24-30

On Sunday October 29th, we will be taking a special moment to lift up and remember those that have passed away in the past year or so. We will light candles to celebrate their lives and offer prayers of gratitude for their impact on our lives.


Mission Giving for October

Our missional giving for October will go the Brennecke Family to support the mission work that they do. The Brenneckes are the daughter and son-in-law of Doris and John Longnecker. Please make a note to designate you offering to this mission if that is your wish.


You are invited to come to the November UWF gathering on Thursday, November 2nd. This gathering is the second to the last piece of the year's "Mosiac of Faith".  The theme is: "When we put our faith, love and God-given gifts into action, we are part of God's Story".


 9:00: Executive Board meeting--Conference Room


10:00: General meeting--Amaryllis Room

  Election of 2024 officers

  World Thank Offering: Please bring your coins of thanksgiving, collected during this 2023 year. Place them in a zip-lock bag

  with your name.


11:00: Program--Fellowship Hall

  Sharing: "What is my gift" from September's questionnaire

  Assembling gifts of compassion

    Creating Christmas cards with Joyce M.

    Wrapping Christmas treats for homeless youth with Nancy S.

    Setting up a hat/mitten tree

      Please bring a hat and mittens for the Pequot Lakes School Social Worker's student needs: any size from elementary through high school. We will be filling a tree in the Narthex with these items. 


12:00: Lunch in Fellowship Hall

  Hostesses: Marlowe Fortune, Peggy Heintz


All are welcome. Please join the UWF gathering on Thursday, November 2nd.


There are so many ways to get involved and volunteer within the church!

We are in need of help in the tech booth, this is NOT as difficult or technical as you might think! The camera moves with a joystick, and slides advance with the touch of a button. Huge thank-you to Marsha and Gary for their continued work with this critical ministry. Thank you also to Lauris for learning to run the cameras.

We need someone willing to take over as communion steward. This job involves getting bread each month in collaboration with the pastor to match our needs, and filling the individual cups used for service monthly. Thank you to Barb Wallace for filling this role so faithfully for so long.

While we do have two people who help with youth group, we are very open to having other adults that want to hang out and eat pizza with us! Speak with Pastor Jen if you are interested (a "Safe Gatherings" sign-off is required to regularly help with this group).

We are always looking for people willing to help serve communion, usher, and read scripture. If you have other gifts that don't seem to match with the needs mentioned here, take some time to meet with Pastor Jen to find your niche.


Christmas will be here before you know it!

If you are interested in helping with this year's "Children's Shop Day", mark your calendars to help on December 2nd. There will be more details about this event shared here in the coming weeks. This is a big effort of love for our community and it takes many hands to make it work!

How do I watch the Grace UMC livestream for worship?

1-go to our website at www.graceumcpequotlakes.org

2-Along the top of the page, you will see a tab of options.

--on the right is a tab that says "Sundays"

--choose the "Grace Church Livestream" option

--this will take you to a collection of our services by date, where you can choose the most recent service, or others that you may have missed; when you have clicked the one that you want to view, you should see an arrow to click to make it play. It may be necessary to adjust your volume, based on your own computer system.

Youth Group has begun. Our plan is to meet every other Wednesday evening at 6pm. We begin with dinner, followed by games. Next Youth Group is November 1st.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has developed 2 new job descriptions for a Media Technician and a Music Leader. We are seeking people to fill these roles and need to do so as soon as possible.

 The Media Technician will be responsible for all the technology needs and will recruit, train, equip and oversee volunteers to assist with Tech Room duties during services and events.  

The Music Leader will plan, coordinate and implement music for all worship services throughout the year, as well as recruit, train, and equip volunteers/musicians within this ministry for both choir and Praise Team.


If you know of anyone who might be looking for such a part-time position, please let us know.

Thank you for your continued “grace” as we navigate these changes.

Grace SPRC Team.

The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9am until noon. The building and office are closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Contact/Email Information: 218-568-5755

·      Church office (for all general inquiries and administrative/clerical duties)– graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

·      Pastor Jen Matthees – jenmatt20@gmail.com

·      Ann Hutchings-Congregational Care Assistant- graceumccare@gmail.com

The weather is changing, and some of you are already heading south!

If you will be leaving, we would love to be able to stay in touch with you over the winter months. As you make your final arrangements to be gone, please drop Ann a note at graceumccare@gmail.com or call the office so we can make a note of how best to stay in touch.

Safe Travels!

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 generally in the church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from at least 10-1, call the office to be sure, as my weeks may vary. I check my emails frequently throughout the day, and this is the best way to contact me. Friday is my day off as needs allow.

-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

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Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org