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Family Discussion Questions from Today's Service:
Here are some questions related to the service to help spark some discussion amongst family members and/or friends.

What would your reaction be to a man claiming to be Jesus arriving in your town?
If a stranger asked to take your car, because "the Lord needs it", what would your response be?
As a Christian, when are you silent? How often do you praise Him like cheering stones?

Grace Financial Giving
Thank you to those who continue to give regularly to Grace UMC. We gratefully appreciate it! If you would like to give online (via PayPal) please visit our website. Offerings can also be mailed to Grace UMC at P.O. 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

 
Lenten Devotional
-This week, I am sharing a Maundy Thursday reflection that I wrote last year(2020), when we were in the early stages of the pandemic. It was in the Lenten devotional, but did not print as a complete piece.
-Pastor Jen

Maundy Thursday reflection.
When I was younger I had no idea what this day meant.
Today, I understand it so deeply, it makes me weep.
This Holy week, I am sure that many of us are feeling our emotions in stronger ways than before.
On this night, Jesus knew. He knew that he would be betrayed, and by whom. He knew that he would be arrested. He knew that he would suffer and die for the sins of the world.
He shared a meal with his disciples.
Luke 22:14-21 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.[a] 15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”
19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. 22 For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.”
He prayed to his Father.
Luke 22:42“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
On this night, everything falls into place, even as everything seems to be falling apart.
Right now, today, on this very night, our world feels dark and it is hard to believe that things will end well.
We will get through this time of distance and fear and illness.
We wait apart, and it is hard.
On this night, we reflect on the final days of our Savior.
Hold on, because the Son will rise.


Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday-3/28-9am
Maundy Thursday-4/1- 7pm
Good Friday-4/2- 7pm
Easter Sunday-4/4-9am

Lenten book study
The Conference is encouraging churches and individuals to join together in reading the book Love is the Way, by Bishop Curry. This is the link to this week's study from the Conference.
Food Shelf Challenge
Food Challenge Final Update:
After the delivery of the food and checks to the Food Shelf by the people of Grace and Our Savior's Lutheran, the Echo newspaper decided to "stop the presses" and put the story and photos on the front page. The food challenge didn't end the way we hoped, but it was a very successful effort by the Grace family. Come to worship or watch online on Sunday to hear the final figures and celebrate together.





Here's the "scoop" ---we will be hosting Our Savior's to an "Ice Cream Social" when the weather and COVID allows. What a fun way to share a treat together to celebrate this great community effort!

Check out the latest article in the Echo! Food Challenge article
March Missions

Grace Missions for the month of March is the "Lakes Area Food Shelf". Money designated for the missions fund will go towards that program. Our Food Shelf challenge has ended, but we encourage missional donations to LAFS throughout March.






We Need Ushers

If you are willing to come to church for worship, would you be willing to help usher? Two people are needed to greet and usher each Sunday. Please call Larry @ (218) 963-3765 or lpjohn@charter.net. Thank you!

Update on ushering/seating for Holy Week.

For the next few weeks, you will find our ushers using a "seating chart" of sorts. You may be asked to sit in a pew that is not your regular spot. We are doing this to ensure that we can have as many people in worship as possible, while still maintaining the social distancing guidelines. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and grace!

Palm Sunday and Easter

We know that many people are planning a return to worship on these days. These are also traditionally days that we have many guests at worship. How Wonderful! May we be gracious and respectful hosts to all who visit while respecting the social distancing guidelines for seating.

Spread the Word

The Pop-Up Food Pantry will be in the parking lot at Grace UMC on Tuesday, March 30, at 3 pm.








Food Distribution

Food distribution The 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Food Ministry will distribute boxes of free food for anyone in need from noon until gone Saturday, March 27, at Pequot Middle School, Christ Community Church in Nisswa and Pine Mountain Gospel in Backus.

Our Bishop has turned the dial back to Orange. Woot!
We returned to in-person worship on January 31.
Check this link for the phased plan details from the MN https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755