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John 20:19-31
 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. 

(based on Psalm 150 ©Marjorie Dobson)
L: Great God, you bring light and life into the world:
P: we praise you and thank you.
L: Creative God, you give us the gift of music to play, to sing, to bring joy:
P: we praise you and thank you.
L: Inspiring God, you help our sprits to lift and our feet to dance:
P: we praise you and thank you.
L: Gathering God, you meet us in this place of worship and join with us in community:
P: we praise you and thank you.
ALL: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Call to Worship:
L: We hear your calling, Lord;
P: how can we keep from singing?
L: How can we keep our lips from proclaiming the good news,
P: that Jesus Christ is risen, bringing healing and forgiveness to all?
L: From the life in his blood he has freed us,
P: making us a royal priesthood.
L: Whether we have seen or believe without seeing,
P: we have found life in his name.
ALL: In Christ’s name, we give thanks and praise. Amen!

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!
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It is pageant season! Xoe Palmer will be an escort at the upcoming Miss Pequot Lakes pageant. Pageant

The Pine River UMC continues its "Old age is not for sissies" series with a presentation on April 27th at 1pm on cyber security. All are welcome. Series

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
This is the last Sunday for April designated missions.

Native American Ministries Sunday May 1. Missional giving will be directed to this special offering day.
If you need spring help at your home, call Mickey the Activities Secretary at the high school to request a team of students. This needs to be done by April 27th.

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!

Youth Group and
Confirmation Notes

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

Youth Group --April 27th at 6pm

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

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.

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