Noisy Offering
On the second Sunday of every month children will help collect a noisy offering (loose change) to support missions. 25% of change collected will be used for a once-a-year donation to Minnesota Christian Broadcasting, Inc., 75% of the change will be used to support mission programs that arise throughout the year that are not selected to be a monthly designation.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Mark your calendars and invite your neighbors for a Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, February 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12 (children under 5 eat free). Proceeds benefit Grace Youth on their Summer Trips.  
District Gatherings Prior to 2020 General Conference
Gatherings will be taking place in our North Star District to look at several aspects of the upcoming General Conference in May. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Laurie Kantonen, will be sharing information regarding how the media may affect our local churches, what legislation will be before the General Conference, and how we need to stay focused on our mission of loving God and loving others.
 
Gathering dates in our District are:
Saturday, February 29, 2 p.m. at Hubbard UMC, 12150 Broadway Rd., Park Rapids

Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m. at Alexandria UMC, 2210 E. 6th Ave., Alexandria

Saturday, March 7, at Grand Rapids UMC, 1701 5th Ave., Grand Rapids
Pequot Lakes School District Strategic Plan Input Request
T he Pequot Lakes Public Schools asked that we share this information with our church community:

Pequot Lakes Schools is beginning to work through an update of the district strategic plan and is looking for community input via a brief 2020 Survey. The 2020 Survey can be found on the school district website ( isd186.org ) under the "News & Media" menu along with a 2020 Report highlighting accomplishments since the last strategic planning process in 2013-14. The survey will be open through the beginning of March. Your thoughts and ideas are important to Pequot Lakes Schools. Please take the survey at your convenience.
Cookies, Coffee and Connecting
All are invited for a new fellowship time after worship. With the goal of building relationships, we will have the opportunity to discuss and learn more about each other. Each month, or bimonthly, we will have discussion topics placed on the tables, which will help open up with the connecting. Grab a coffee (or lemonade) and a bakery cookie and have fun!

  1. Mix it up. Sit in a different spot. Make sure to include visitors. 
  2. We will have special Sundays. (birthdays, breakfasts, potlucks, celebrating, etc). If you would like to host a Sunday for any reason, please contact Jill Macnamara, or that month’s Team Leader. You will be responsible for that Sunday. (set up, serve, & clean up)
  3. Homemade cookies are very welcome and will be put out before others. If you have extras, please bring and mark “Sunday fellowship”. 
  4. The team leaders will be asking you to help a Sunday or two. That includes making coffee, lemonade, and placing the cookies on trays. Clean up too. 

Fellowship Team Leaders:
January: Peggy and Larry Johnson
February: Patty and Ryan Buell
March: Celeste and Jim Gardner
April: Millie and Al Amundson
May: John and Doris Longnecker
June: Don and Lois Catchpool
July: Jill Macnamara
August: Tom and Nancy Adams, Kathie Meyers
September: Nancy Macnamara
October: Le and Clarence Sears
November: Elaine Leach and Vi Noska
December: Laurie and Art Prinsen 
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755
Email:  graceumc@tds.net
 In the event of inclement weather use your best judgement in regards to attending worship or an activity at church.This cancellation policy is posted on the kiosk in the Narthex. When in doubt call Pastor Gary at (651) 280-0150, the church office at (218) 568-5755 or the person leading your event. Be safe!