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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.
How hard is it to admit that you are wrong or made a mistake?
Is it hard to say you are sorry?
Is it harder to give an apology or get an apology?
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, we are sharing a Lenten message from our District Superintendent, the Rev. Laurie Kantonen

The Journey Begins...
I am writing this article the day after Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday has long been one of my favorite days of the church year – and I have often thought about why that is. The Ash Wednesday service is often a somber service – as we remember both our brokenness and our mortality. It has often seemed to be a time in our faith where the rubber hits the road, where we stop pretending we are invincible, or all together and come together to admit that we are not. Last night, as I was worshiping, I thought first how this service is one of the most natural ways for us to open our doors and join the world. I have appreciated those church- es and pastors who have started offering ashes in their parking lots, on street corners to anyone who would like to receive them, to anyone who wants or needs to remember that we come from dust and to dust we will return.
But we remember something else on Ash Wednesday. We remember that God took that dust and breathed life into it, that as broken and fragile and vulnerable as we are – and this year has certainly been a reminder of that – that we are also something more than that. We are beloved children of God. Ash Wednesday be- gins our journey of Lent, where we focus on the life, the teachings, the example of Jesus, the one who saves. It culminates with our remembrance of Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem and his death on a cross.
Ash Wednesday, and really the Lenten journey, comes along each year with its sobering reminder of death. And that reminder makes the Easter Resurrection, and the gift of life all the more astonishing. We invite people into our remembrance of our brokenness, our humanity and our mortality so that we can share with them also the good news of our victory!
In this year like no other I hope you give yourself the gift of walking this Lenten journey – whether that is by attending Lenten services online or in person if possible, by participating in the Conference book study “Love is the Way” by Bishop Michael Curry either in a group or on your own, or participating in an alternate activity within your own church.
As I worshiped last night I was also reminded that it was just a couple of weeks into the Lenten season last year when everything shut down because of the pandemic. (Some of us may even feel like we have been walking in the valley of Lent for a year now.) However, all through this year, I have seen cracks of light, glimmers of hope, signs of life coming from your churches as you have found ways to not only continue worshiping but to continue being the church in your community – a witness to hope, joy, love, grace. In a world that is so marked by fear and anger, you have continued to witness to a better way of living together in community. Thank you for your witness. I stand ready to be astonished with all of you again this year when we come to the end of our Lenten journey and celebrate the resurrection and life that is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord!
Laurie Kantonen







Looking Ahead


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

March is a very important month at our Lakes Area Food Shelf. All donations of food and money given in March are calculated by the Minnesota Food Share Network. Through these calculations, the amount of food that is allotted to LAFS for the coming year is determined. Our donations through the Food Shelf Challenge will ensure that our community will continue to have the resources that it needs to help this area for months to come.
There is still time to bring in your food donations. This week you are invited to "catch-up" by bringing in any of the requested food items. You can also drop coins in the big jug. Checks can be mailed to church or brought in.
The Challenge will end on March 21. The weigh-in of food and presentation of our monetary donation will be at the Food Shelf on Tuesday, March 23rd. If you would like to help with delivery, please let Peggy Johnson or Patti Erickson know. You can also contact the church office.
The winning church will enjoy an Ice Cream Social hosted by the other church when we can enjoy being outside together. Here's the scoop: rumor has it that Pastor Blenkush from Our Saviors Lutheran Church has made a list of his favorite ice cream flavors that he wants US to serve at this event. Let's make a final push this week so that WE can enjoy our favorite ice cream at their church, OK?
We all know that the true winners of this fun challenge are most certainly our neighbors. What a great community effort! What a way to live out the challenge of Jesus to love our neighbor!
-Peggy Johnson and the Outreach Team

Check out the latest article in the Echo! Food drive.pdf
EASTER FLOWERS: 

Order forms for Easter flowers are available on a table in the narthex. All order forms MUST include payment at the time of ordering. Last day to order is Sunday, March 14. If you need an order form emailed to you, contact Marsha Mower (m.mower@sbcglobal.net).  Thanks for helping make the church beautiful for Easter!
Click here to access the order form.


Grace Community in the News

Congratulations to Bryce Fabian and the Pequot Lakes High School Speech Team on their success last weekend! They keep stacking up the victories!
To access the article Click link.
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 ends mid-month, 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!






Upper Room-March/April
The latest Upper Room devotional is available in the Church office. You may pick up a copy if you stop in, or on Sunday mornings. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact the office.
Volunteers needed

Tim Moore at the food shelf is requesting three (or one or two)volunteers to work at the food pop up on Tuesday, March 30.
Volunteer does not need to unload truck, just help with moving boxes(not heavily packed) from pallets to vehicles. Time frame: 2-4 p.m. 
Tim is aware of the vehicle line up at other pop ups, way ahead of time. The Second Harvest truck will be in Backus before it comes here to start at 3 p.m., then will leave from here to Brainerd at about 3:45
p.m. Tim himself will be here, Pastor Jen too.

Contact Pastor Jen if you can assist, pastorjen@tds.net
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