God of hope, we come to you in the midst of a world fraught with troubles, and we cry out to you for help. Although the darkness is powerful, open our eyes, Lord, to the light of your presence. Give us faith to stand against the voices of division and violence. With the help of the Spirit, may we be renewed into hope-filled disciples, discovering lives attune to your wonder, and sparking in others a desire to know you more. In the name of the One who comes to us, we pray, Amen.

Call to Worship:
L: It is a good day to be here.
P: It is a good day to tell stories.
L: It is a good day to give thanks.
P: It is a good day to ask for help.
L: It is a good day to be in community.
ALL: It is a good day to worship God.

We will be celebrating Communion together this Sunday. All are welcome at God's table.
If you worship with Grace UMC online, you are welcome to gather your own bread and juice and celebrate with us wherever you are.
If you are homebound, and would like to receive communion from Pastor Jen, please reach out to the office.
A Time of Centering Prayer
You are invited to join us ten minutes before our Sunday service for a time of centering prayer. We are taking these few minutes before the service begins to prepare our hearts and minds for worship.
We will meet in the Amaryllis Room. All are welcome.
As Summer attendance at church becomes irregular so does giving unfortunately. The needs and budget of the church remain the same though. We are very grateful for those who faithfully support the church in these uncertain times.
Monthly Missions

In August, we will be collecting funds to purchase gift cards for local teachers connected to Grace.

*If you are giving a special "missional gift", please make a note on your offering.

A few weeks ago, you may have received an odd email that appeared to come from Pastor Jen. It included a request for "help" in the form of Amazon gift cards. Please know that this was a phishing scam. It did not come from Pastor Jen. The office, Pastor Jen, or the Bishop, will NEVER ask for favors or funds in this way. Scammers love to use emails from trusted figures, hoping they will trick you into giving up your information.
Just so you know...

We recognize that the floors in the Fellowship Hall are in desperate need of cleaning. We had made arrangements to have this carpet cleaned a few weeks ago, and then Covid changed our plans. We are now back on the schedule with the cleaning company, and they will be cleaned at the end of August.
Sunday mornings we have returned to live streaming our Sunday services, but we realize that there are still some issues popping up some Sundays. On our website you can usually watch the recorded service after 10:30am or so. There is a link to our site at the end of this newsletter.
We continue to work on making the online experience better and appreciate both your grace and feedback as we make improvements. Soon, we will be updating our internet capabilities and are hopeful that this will fix some of the issues.
We are grateful to be able to offer our services online and appreciate any gifts received to help this ministry grow and continue.
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 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 10-12, call ahead to be sure, as my weeks vary. 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