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Grace Financial Giving
Thank you to those who continue to give regularly to Grace UMC. We gratefully appreciate it! If you would like to give online (via PayPal) please visit our website. Offerings can also be mailed to Grace UMC at P.O. 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

 



Lenten book study
The Conference is encouraging churches and individuals to join together in reading the book Love is the Way, by Bishop Curry.

There are Red Cross Blood Drives coming up in our area. Please spread the word, and if you are able to donate, please do so!
Tuesday April 6th, at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake.
Wednesday April 7th, at the City Hall in Emily.

Thank you to everyone who donated flowers to decorate the sanctuary for Easter Sunday!



Grace Community in the News

Sonja Palmer will be competing in the Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant. See page 2, March 31.

The Faith Column comes from Pastor Jen this Read the column here.


This week's Patriot Perspective from the Pequot Lakes High School principal is a good read. Read it here.

April Missions

Grace Missions for part of the month of April is the "Heifer International". Money designated for the missions fund will go towards that program.
DK-MN Camps
Read about the latest updates regarding Summer Camp 2021.

Update on ushering/seating for Holy Week.
For the next few weeks, you will find our ushers using a "seating chart" of sorts. You may be asked to sit in a pew that is not your regular spot. We are doing this to ensure that we can have as many people in worship as possible, while still maintaining the social distancing guidelines. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and grace!


We Need Ushers
If you are willing to come to church for worship, would you be willing to help usher? Two people are needed to greet and usher each Sunday. Please call Larry @ (218) 963-3765 or lpjohn@charter.net. Thank you!
We are sharing this again, in case it got missed in the busyness of Spring Break and Easter.

Mission Update from the Brennecke Family
The Brennecke Journal--Winter 2021
Dear Friends:
 
“…Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Jesus’s words in the garden sealed our salvation. It is said that the real battle was fought there. Everything that followed flowed from His decision to bear the weight of true obedience and submission to the Father. As I meditate on the importance that Jesus placed on submissive obedience to the will of God as a model for our lives, I am challenged to the core. After all, how should we live when we realize:

I was saved by another’s death: “…you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, … but with the precious blood of Christ….” 1 Pet 1:18-19.
He bought me so He owns me“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  1 Cor 6:19-20.
I have trusted Jesus for my eternal salvation, so it only makes sense that I should trust Him for daily provision and guidance during my earthly life:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Prov 3:5-6.
May we faithfully serve the One who loves us supremely, owns us entirely, and promises to guide us as we trust in Him!
 
Stewardship Ministries  At the core of our ministry is this truth: God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7).  Our overall task is to increase the joy of donors as they give to the Lord. The results matter! Of first importance, this delights God! A joyful donor likes the experience of giving and will likely want to repeat that experience.
Many donors are serious about their stewardship of the Lord’s money. Many give sacrificially. I have heard more than one person say, “You can’t out-give the Lord!” They say this from personal experience. 
 
Personal Evangelism  Many of you have heard of (and prayed for) my new friend Walter. Walter is turning 90 this May. For 70 of those years, he has carried burdens from 14 months of intense fighting in the Korean war. You may have heard of Chosin Reservoir, Heartbreak Ridge, Bloody Ridge and the Punchbowl. After landing under fire at Inchon, Walter was a forward observer in each of these major battles. That means he spent his time out beyond our outpost “line of resistance.” When his tour of duty was supposed to end, he had to stay because they had run short of forward observers. He would have stayed even longer, but when a grenade landed in his foxhole, his injuries landed him in the Norfolk Naval Hospital. A Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart are on his fireplace mantle.
We met a few months ago in a local store. He was wearing a “Korean War” hat. I thanked him for his service and told him that two of our children came from South Korea – and that they would not be our children but for the sacrifice of guys like him. We struck up a friendship that day that quickly led to a Bible Study. We meet once each week. As God reveals Himself in the pages of John’s gospel, I trust the Spirit of God will open Walter’s eyes to his need to place his faith in Jesus Christ.  Please pray to that end!  Elaine, his caregiver, has joined our study, and she also needs the Lord. 
It was a blessing when Kaye and Brennan visited Walter. It was good for Walter to meet them, and it was equally good for them to meet one of the men who sacrificed themselves for others. (And of course this visit provided Walter, a Marine, a chance to tease Kaye about her role in the Ohio Army National Guard!)
 
Our family is doing well! We live under the caring hand and power of the Good Shepherd and are very grateful to Him for daily grace and encouragement! Kim is soon to receive a new wheelchair, for which we are thankful. We keep busy in the ministries of Camden Baptist Church, and are sooooo thankful for our local church family.
We are also grateful for your partnership in giving and praying for our ministry. Thank you!
-------Steve & Kim Brennecke
Our Bishop has turned the dial back to Orange. Woot!
We returned to in-person worship on January 31.
Check this link for the phased plan details from the MN https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan
Currently, the word from our Bishop is that the dial will move after Easter.
We expect to learn more next week, and will let you know how any changes may affect worship or meetings.
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755