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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 spread number is over 5% we should follow all of the yellow protocols. At this time(9/9), Crow Wing county is at 13.5%, Cass county is at 21.8%. If you are following along, this is another significant increase over last week unfortunately. Please prayerfully consider how to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Masking is the easiest thing that we can do. Everyone is expected to wear a mask within the building please. We are monitoring the county numbers closely and changes may happen rapidly. I am very concerned with the direction that the case numbers are currently headed. Please join me in prayer as we hold some rather large events at church in the next week.
-Pastor Jen
September Mission Focus

Emma Norton Services has over 100 years of history serving the Twin Cities. The organization was founded in 1917 when a Minnesotan, Emma Norton, gave a gift to United Methodist Women to fund a program to support young women and girls in Minnesota. With her gift, the UMW created the “Methodist Home for Girls” to house young women traveling to the Twin Cities from rural Minnesota for work and education.
Emma Norton now serves over 300 people annually, including children and adults of all genders.
Today, Emma Norton is a radically compassionate and inclusive organization, using evidence-based policies such as harm-reduction and eliminating length-of-stay restrictions. We meet clients where they are and walk with them on their journey of recovery.
--Please note on your offering if you are giving to Emma Norton/September mission.
On behalf of the church, I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you for a very generous gift from "Community Giving" , at the direction of one of our members. In these uncertain times, it is indeed a blessing.
Thank you so very much!

--Pastor Jen
Sunday School begins again on Sunday September 19th!
Littles up to 4th Grade are welcome, during worship.

Youth Group will have a kick-off gathering event on Wednesday, September 22nd at 615.
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On Thursday, September 9, 20 folks from Grace gathered for an excellent program sponsored by our UMW. We learned about the incredible work being done by the Minnesota Prison Doula Project in Crow Wing county.
A recording of this presentation will be available on our website.
Please pray for these two ladies who are the only local doulas in our area, and the work that they do. Pray also for the women and their families who benefit from this program. Don't be surprised if you see more information on how to support their work and about the history of this program in future newsletters. To learn more about this program please check out their website at https://www.mnprisondoulaproject.org

NOTE: The North Star District Fall Gathering, via Zoom, is September 11th, 9-11am. Dan and Judy Klement will share about their mission in Laos. Registration deadline is September 9th - contact Le Sears to register (sears.litta@gmail.com).
In the News-
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Congratulations to Cassidy Wick on her recent figure skating wins! See pic here CW pic

The cold weather will be here before you know it. Pequot Lakes Community Action will be holding a cold weather gear collection to help those in need. The Pequot Lakes library is partnering with them on this worthy mission, and donations can be dropped off during open library hours. See note Brrr

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Homeland-- @Grace UMC-September 11th, 3pm and 7pm.

We can't wait for you to see this special show honoring our great nation on September 11th. We will be collecting a free-will offering to be used for a special memorial gift and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Hope to See You There!


Grace Rummage Sale Update

Thursday and Friday, September 16-17

--Thank you to everyone who has promised to help with the sale! Set up for the sale will begin on Sunday, September 12 after worship, as things are brought down from the attic and the Sunday School room. Help is still needed this Sunday!
-- Monday - Wednesday will be set up days beginning at 8:30AM. Volunteers on these days should bring a "bag lunch" each day.
--If you have a red "Grace" shirt, please wear it on the sale days!
--People who help set up for the sale can purchase items before the sale begins. Ask for details when here.
--Bring donations to church between 9AM and 5PM on the above set-up days. Refer to the previous letter for items not accepted this year.

Sale days are Thursday and Friday, September 16-17 from 8:30AM -5PM. Invite family and friends to come to shop!

--Clean up day is Saturday morning, September 18.

Contact Don Catchpool (218) 355-8184 or Laurie Prinsen (218) 562-4314 to volunteer or with questions. Thanks!
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755