Visit our website / Facebook page to worship online on Sunday morning.

Bishop Bard has turned the dial to Yellow. View letter here.Bishop’s pastoral letter: COVID precautions amid surge in cases (minnesotaumc.org)
Check this link for the phased plan details from the MN
Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches (minnesotaumc.org) https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan

Recent Updates
A return to yellow involves more things than just a return to masking. The direction from the Conference is to continue to monitor the county numbers and make changes as needed. If the positive case number is over 5% we should follow all of the yellow protocols. At this time(11/4), Crow Wing county is at 14.7%, Cass county is at 11.2%. If you are following along, the numbers change daily, but have not dropped below 10% in quite a while. As the numbers continue to rise and fall, please prayerfully consider how to keep yourself and those around you safe. If the positive case numbers go above 20%, we may need to make some adjustments to our building protocols and worship experience.
Masking is the easiest thing that we can do. Everyone is still expected to wear a mask within the building please. We are monitoring the county numbers closely and changes may happen rapidly.
-Pastor Jen
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Watching our services.

Currently, if you are not able to be with us in-person on Sundays, the easiest way to watch is through our website at www.graceumcpequotlakes.org
If you choose to access it through our Facebook page, simply click the blue "watch video" tab, and it should open up.
A link to our website is also available on our Facebook page or through the link at the bottom of our weekly newsletter.
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All Saints
On Sunday November 7th, we will be celebrating the lives of those who have passed in the last year. Names will be read, and a candle lit for each.

Communion
Communion is this Sunday, November 7th.
Virtual District Charge Conference

Thursday November 7th, Grace UMC will be participating in a Charge Conference with other churches in our district. We will be streaming this live in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday night. The planned time for this event is 6:30-8pm.
You are welcome to register and watch from home as well.  
The registration link is as follows:
https://mnumcreg.brtapp.com/NorthStarAllDistrictChurchChargeConference71  You must register by November 9th so that they can get the zoom link out to everyone.
Called to Serve?

CALLING FORTH NEW LEADERSHIP: Each year the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is called to look within its congregation for persons who may feel a greater calling to serve God through ordination. These people may have heard God's calling in a dramatic way or through a gentle growth experience. SPRC wants to encourage anyone who may feel they have the potential for spiritual leadership to contact Pastor Jen for a deeper understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of ordination within the Methodist community of faith and service.

Marsha

------p.s. from Pastor Jen--Take it from someone who received a call later in life and was supported by her home church and this Conference, don't assume that He can't use you!


Don't be surprised if someone from the Nominations Committee calls you in the next few weeks! Because of COVID 19 all 2020 Grace Leadership positions were held over in 2021. Thank you to each and every one of you for agreeing to do that and for serving during this unusual year. Now, it is time to assemble the 2022 Grace Leadership Team!
  * If you would like to continue serving in your present position, please let Pastor Jen know.
  * If you would NOT like to continue serving in your present position, please let Pastor Jen know.
  * If you are feeling a desire to be a member of the Trustees, the Finance Committee, any of the Ministry Teams (Membership, Worship, Outreach, Discipleship), or volunteer in any other way, please contact Pastor Jen.
  *If you are interested in teaching Sunday School, or helping with Youth Group, leading Fellowship Time, or being on the Library Committee, please reach out to Pastor Jen.
Prayerfully consider how you can be a part of all the great things that are happening here at Grace Church. Consider being a participant in the Leadership Team that will make plans as we transition to new ways of doing things in the future.
Make your call to Pastor Jen by Sunday, November 14.  

November Mission Focus

Our Missional giving for the month of November supports the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
Our local food shelf does some really great work for this community. If you have never been inside, or it has been a while, I encourage you to check it out. If you see it, you will want to support their work. Please contact Pastor Jen if you want to learn more. There will be an opportunity this month to take a tour after worship some Sunday soon.
Please note on your offering to direct your gift to LAFS.
In the News-
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There is a complete list of Community Education offerings and all of the are activities in this week's paper. Check it out here. Events

Essentia Health will be hosting a virtual "advance care planning class". See details Health
You may also view all of the upcoming blood drives on this page.

Pequot Lakes High School will be presenting the musical Mary Poppins. Grace family member Jessica Fabian is part of the cast. Musical

Reminder--10 digits required for 218 area starting on October 24th.
Residents in the 218 area code will be required to dial 10 digits (area code + phone number) for all local calls.
Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth Group---Oh My!

Littles through fourth grade are invited to head to Sunday School after our opening worship songs for a lesson and fun.

Youth Group has started!
Currently, we are meeting every other Wednesday night from 6pm-7pm. Please come dressed for the weather in case our activities happen outside. The next gathering is November 17th. Watch this space and emails for details.

Parents, if you missed the confirmation meeting on the 13th, please reach out to Pastor Jen, so she can better plan for numbers and curriculum. If your child is in 6th-8th grade and has not been confirmed, now is the time:)
The next night of Confirmation class will be the November 10th, 6-715pm.
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Small Group Opportunities

We haven't discussed small groups in a while, but there are some happening, and some new ones beginning soon.

Monday--6pm, bi-monthly(? tbd). Women's book study using the book The Best Yes. This study is suggested for women aged 25-60. Please speak to Pastor Jen for details about this group. Our first meeting will be Nov. 8th at 6pm.

Tuesday--9am. This group meets to discuss the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday service, and begins with a time of prayer and fellowship.

Wednesday-Adult Bible study-6pm. Ken Quass will be leading this study. They will meet every other week beginning November 3rd. Bring your Bible, this group will meet in classroom G. The first week or two will be an introduction and focus on bible basics and the resource materials available to laypersons to enhance bible study as well as formats for bible study. There will some hands-on exercises on how to use the reference materials so as to become familiar with them in personal study and meditation. Emphasis will be on you making your own personal decisions. You will not be told what you must do, only to provide you with what is available.
Beginning week 2 (Nov. 17th) we will begin the selection process of what interests you. This may be by topic such as the Beatitudes; the Lord's Prayer; the Ten Commandments or on books of the Bible or on abstract concepts such as Wisdom versus Knowledge, Redemption versus Salvation, Slave versus Servant. It could also include subjects such as how to raise a Christian family, or how to deal with an adult parent with care problems, or who to turn to locally when a spouse passes on for legal, practical, and economic counsel.

Thursday-- Nov. 11th at 1pm. Women's book study using the book The Spirituality of Age. This study is most appropriate for women that are 50 and above. We have room for more to join this group. Speak to Pastor Jen about joining or picking up a book.

Thursday--mornings. Men's Bible/Book study. Please speak to Dean Fitch or Ken Quass for details about this group.

If you have an idea for a study or activity based group, I would love to support you! Reach out to me at pastorjen@tds.net
--Pastor Jen
Upper Room

The latest Upper Room devotional books for Nov/Dec are now available. You can pick one up on Sundays or during office hours this week.
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Veterans Day is November 11th.
Thank you to all who have served!
TRUNK OR TREAT

Thank you to those who volunteered to decorate a trunk for the Grace "Trunk or Treat" event or to greet the kids!
The weather was perfect and we had a good time!
             
Don't forget the time change this weekend!
Fall back one hour (get a little more sleep!)
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Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755