Visit our website / Facebook page to worship online on Sunday morning.

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
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(11/18), Crow Wing county is at 13.2%, Cass county is at 15.3%. If you are following along, the numbers change daily, but have not dropped below 12% in quite a while. As the numbers continue to rise and fall, please prayerfully consider how to keep yourself and those around you safe. If the positive case numbers go above 20%, we may need to make some adjustments to our building protocols and worship experience.
  • We are a people that do no harm. We practice physical distancing to minimize harm to others, especially the vulnerable. 
  • We are a people that do all the good we can. We care for the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors, providing food, emotional support, and supporting our health care system.
  • We are a people that stay in love with God. When we love God through prayer, praise, and worship, we grow in love of our neighbor. Love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable.
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

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Here I Am Lord

CALLING FORTH NEW LEADERSHIP: Each year the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is called to look within its congregation for persons who may feel a greater calling to serve God through ordination. These people may have heard God's calling in a dramatic way or through a gentle growth experience. SPRC wants to encourage anyone who may feel they have the potential for spiritual leadership to contact Pastor Jen for a deeper understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of ordination within the Methodist community of faith and service.
-Marsha Mower

------p.s. from Pastor Jen--Take it from someone who received a call later in life and was supported by her home church and this Conference, don't assume that He can't use you!

 Due to the circumstances around COVID 19, all 2020 Grace Leadership positions were held over in 2021. Thank you to each and every one of you for agreeing to do that and for serving during this unusual year. Now, it is time to assemble the 2022 Grace Leadership Team!
  * If you would like to continue serving in your present position,
  * If you would NOT like to continue serving in your present position,
  * If you are feeling a desire to be a member of the Trustees, the Finance Committee, any of the Ministry Teams (Membership, Worship, Outreach, Discipleship), or volunteer in any other way,
  *If you are interested in teaching Sunday School, or helping with Youth Group, leading Fellowship Time, or being on the Library Committee.
Prayerfully consider how you can be a part of all the great things that are happening here at Grace Church. Consider becoming a participant in the Leadership Team that will make plans as we transition to new ways of doing things in the future.
Make a call to Pastor Jen soon. Thank You! 
-Peggy Johnson
November Mission Focus

Our Missional giving for the month of November supports the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
Our local food shelf does some really great work for this community. If you have never been inside, or it has been a while, I encourage you to check it out. If you see it, you will want to support their work. Please contact Pastor Jen if you want to learn more. There will be an opportunity to take a tour after worship some Sunday soon.
Please note on your offering to direct your gift to LAFS.


In the News-
Links to articles in red.

Community events and children's Christmas party in Nisswa.

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.


Upcoming Blood Drive
-Wednesday December 1, 2021,12-6pm
-Pequot Lakes High School
Please call 1-800-Red Cross for appointments.


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

Littles through fourth grade are invited to head to Sunday School after our opening worship songs for a lesson and fun this Sunday the 21st.

Youth Group has started! (Pic is the old school game, Musical Chairs, on the 17th!)
Currently, we are meeting every other Wednesday night from 6pm-7pm. Please come dressed for the weather in case our activities happen outside. The next gathering is December 8th. Watch this space and emails for details. This may be a longer get-together, emails will be sent.

Confirmation meets every other week, alternating with Youth Group. We will not be meeting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as a number of kids are gone. The next class will be December 1st.
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Small Group Opportunities

Monday--6pm, Women's book study using the book The Best Yes.

Tuesday--9am. This group meets to discuss the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday service, and begins with a time of prayer and fellowship.
Wednesday-Adult Bible study-6pm. The next meeting is December 1.
Thursday--1pm. Women's book study using the book The Spirituality of Age.
Thursday--mornings. Men's Bible/Book study. Please speak to Dean Fitch or Ken Quass for details about this group.

If you have an idea for a study or activity based group, I would love to support you! Reach out to me at pastorjen@tds.net ---Pastor Jen
Attention Prayer Warriors!

If you feel called to be a part of the prayer chain, please let Pastor Jen know. We would simply ask that prayer requests are kept confidential(unless they have been made publicly), and that you spend some time in intentional prayer for the needs sent through the chain.
We are also aware that some people may be receiving prayer chain requests that no longer have the time to be an active part of this chain. Please let Pastor Jen or Doris Longnecker know, so that you can be added or removed as an active part of the prayer chain.






Can we pray for you?

If you are in need of prayer for yourself or someone that you care about, please reach out to Pastor Jen, Ann(in the office), or Doris Longnecker. We will add your name to the prayer chain. You are welcome to share as much or as little about the exact needs that you are comfortable with.

pastorjen@tds.net
dorislong@tds.net
Grace UMC office-graceumc@tds.net or 218-568-5755
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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