21:15–19
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go." (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, "Follow me."
 
We will be celebrating Communion this Sunday May 1st. ALL are welcome at the table.

Prayer:
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun shall shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.

Call to Worship:
L: To know the warmth of love,
P: To have the assurance that someone cares,
L: To be confident of our worth,
P: To be bold to love in return,
L: To be washed over with grace,
P: To be accepted as we are:
L: This is to know a bit of God.
A: Then let us worship our God
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The annual "Day of Caring" sponsored by Pequot Lakes High School is WednesdayMay 4th. Students from the school will be at Grace from 8:30-12:30 pm that day.

Grace volunteers are needed to join the 6-8 PLHS students in cleaning up the yard and garden areas around the church.

Volunteers should:
    * Dress for the weather. Call the Johnson's at (218) 831-7183 with questions about the weather that day.
    * Bring rakes, trimmers, leaf blowers, etc., if you can, please!
    * Bring a "bag lunch".

Thanks for your willingness to serve in this way! Spring is coming!

May Missions

May 1st is Native American Ministries Sunday in the United Methodist Church. Our missional offering this week will go this special Sunday conference ask. Please note on your offering if it is to be directed to this worthy cause.

The rest of May's missional giving will go towards our church gift to the "Love Offering" to be received at the Annual Conference, held later this month. Next week, we will include more information as to the designations for these gifts.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life to the world, and whose voice is heard in the soft breeze; We need your strength and wisdom. Cause us to walk in beauty. Give us the eyes ever to behold the red and purple sunset. Make us wise so that we may understand what you have taught us. Help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Make us always ready to come to you with clean hands and steady eyes, so when life fades, like the fading sunset, our hearts come to you without shame. Amen

– Traditional Native American Prayer, UMCH #329, in honor of Native American Ministries Sunday.  

United Women in Faith
Thursday, May 5th, all United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women) are invited to gather together to enjoy fellowship and to learn how "Nature" can be healed through the practice of the "Sabbath". Our program speaker, Jim Chamberlin, comes from Happy Dancing Turtle, a facility located in Pine River. This is a nonprofit facility dedicated to growing good stewards of the planet by providing education, programs and experiences that inspire wonder and empower change. Our United Women in Faith have special memories of our visit and tour of the facility many years ago. Making paper was, especially, a 'high point' of our visit.
   9:00--Executive Board meeting led by Peggy Johnson: Conference Room
10:00--General Meeting led by Peggy Johnson: Amaryllis Room
11:00--Program: "Healing of Nature" presentation by Jim Chamberlin: Sanctuary
12:00--Luncheon: served by Nancy Macnamara and Bobbi Quass
Grace women, we look forward to your presence on Thursday, May 5th, when we can "Experience Healing and Joy" together. All are welcome.
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There are not any specific things in the news this week for our members or friends, but here are a couple links to some community news!

Lots of Community events and offerings to take part in or be aware of. Events

This week's Faith column comes from Pastor Stephen Blenkush at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. FC

Congrats to the PLHS Robotics team! R

Please pray for all local students as Prom season is upon us. April 30th is the Pequot Lakes prom.
Food Shelf Challenge Update
We received a lovely note of thanks from Kathy Adams at the Lakes Area Food Shelf regarding the recent challenge between the churches for the March Food Drive.
Here are the final totals. I think that we held our own, and the Food Shelf and community will benefit from everyone's efforts and gifts!

"You, your congregations, your youth, others brought to the table by you – all have been instrumental in raising significant resources to assist our friends and neighbors. We wanted to provide you with final results from your involvement in the Campaign:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church                  $19,687.14                   552 pounds of food

Grace United Methodist Church                 $8,486.00                    421 pounds of food

Lutheran Church of the Cross                  $4,726.27                   836 pounds of food "


We will have an opportunity to celebrate with the other churches at an Ice Cream Social as the weather gets warmer. Stay tuned for dates and details.

Youth Group and
Confirmation Notes

Youth Group meets every other Wednesday night from 6pm-7pm. Confirmation meets every other week, alternating with Youth Group.
Watch this space, and families check your emails for dates coming up for last dates of Confirmation classes for the year and an end of the school year special Youth Group coming up soon!

Confirmation--May 4th- 6pm

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The newest Upper Room devotional books are available in the narthex at church to pick up for your personal study times.
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 pastorjen@tds.net. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be given to me by Thursday morning 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 10-1. Ann has my detailed schedule and can find me if needed.

-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