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John 20:11-18
 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary. "She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Prayer:
Almighty God,  
Through Jesus Christ you overcame death 
  and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. 
Grant that we, 
  who celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection, 
  may, by the renewing of your Spirit 
  arise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Call to Worship:
L: Run from fear and darkness! Hope is on the move!
P: Run to tell the world, Christ is risen!
L: Don’t be afraid. Jesus has conquered death!
P: We can proclaim with great confidence that God’s love rules. 
L: Christ is risen!
All: CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!
UMW May Baskets

In the past, our UMW has created candy filled May baskets as a group fundraiser for missional giving. This year, we are trying something new! Rather than candy, we have started flower seedlings in the May baskets. A group filled 100 baskets with Marigold seeds, and they have been growing off-site with plenty of sun, so they will be ready to go for May 1.
These baskets are available for pre-order, with payment of $5 to give to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and more. They are sure to bring a smile to whomever receives one. Look for a member of our UMW in the Narthex before church on the next few Sundays to place your order. A link to the order blank can be found here as well. Baskets The deadline for ordering is April 24th and will need to be picked up on Saturday April 30th, unless arrangements have been made.

Baskets are selling fast!! If you miss out on ordering one (we are very close to the 100 mark), please still consider a $5 donation to the UMW and their support of local missions. A little goes a long way. Thank you!
Thank You!

Please take your Easter Flowers home following the Easter Services. The Worship Ministry Team thanks you!

Our beautiful Easter Flowers this year have been given by the following people:
·        Ginny Arvig in memory of Gil Arvig
·        Art Brown
·        Patti Erickson in memory of Gordon and Brett Erickson
·        Dean and Emilie Fitch in memory of our parents Dorothy and Clyde Fitch and Geneva and J. Edgar (Nick) Morris
·        Marlowe Fortune in memory of my parents Maynard and Edith Jensen
·        Sue Gynild in memory of family Wendy, Amanda and Jonathan
·        Bryan and Lorna Harber in memory of Leonard Harber
·        Peggy Heintz in honor of Vaughan Heintz and in memory of all our parents
·        Jacki Kline
·        Elaine Leach in honor of sister Darlene and in memory of parents Mamie and Louis
·        Lynn Lundgren
·        Jill Macnamara in honor of Nancy Macnamara and in memory of Mac, Leah and Romines
·        Jen Matthees
·        Ardie Morris in memory of Jack Morris
·        Laurie Prinsen
·        Ken and Bobbi Quass in honor of our family
·        Jeri Rogers and Jaci Rosenberg in memory of Vernice Marshall, mother
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Click on link in red for this week's articles.

There are a lot of great family activities happening in our area this weekend! Check them out here. Fun!

Pequot Lakes HS Speech Team continues to find success! Speech

Lots of Spring Sports excitement noted in the news again this week. We may have missed some names but found Sonja Palmer in the track team list. Go Patriots!

We focus on our neighbor, the Lakes Area Food Shelf. There is a need all around us though. Check out this update from the Pine River Food Shelf. PR Food Shelf
April Mission Focus

April's special giving goes to Heifer International and the Pastor's discretionary fund (this has been used to supplement scholarships, purchase emergency gas cards, and to support special mission projects among other things).

Please note on your offering to direct your gift for April's missions, if it is not for the general fund of the church. If you are mailing something to the church, please use our PO Box and not the church address.
PO Box 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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Food Shelf Challenge Results

You donated 421lbs of food!
Grace was able to give a monetary gift of $7065!

Thank you so much for supporting this cause. We will be celebrating the giving spirits of all 3 churches that participated in this challenge--Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of the Cross, and Grace, with an ice cream social when the weather allows.

Youth Group and
Confirmation Notes

Youth Group meets every other Wednesday night from 6pm-7pm. Confirmation meets every other week, alternating with Youth Group.

Confirmation --April 20th at 6pm
Youth Group --April 27th at 6pm

Pic---> YG playing bags on Wednesday night!



Thank You!

We were able to send a gift of $1015 to the special UMCOR request for aid to their efforts to help the people of Ukraine. Thank you very much, please continue to pray that fighting will come to an end.
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.
For the newsletter for April 22nd, info needs to be to turned into me a day early please! Wednesday(20) by noon, Thank you!
Thank you!
-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