Heavenly Father, help me not to look away from the many opportunities you place before me to do for others. Help me to let go of the many treasures you have given me—whether my time, money, or talents—to seek first your purposes. Thank you, too, that I can learn your will, not only through scripture but through the faith and example of others. All blessings flow from you. Amen.

Call to Worship:
L: For the beauty of the summer day,
P: And the comfort of friends nearby;
L: For the invitation to love and be loved,
P: For our God who extends that call;
L: For time set apart to nourish the soul,
P: For time to go out into the world armed with love:
A: For all these things we give thanks. Let us worship God.
A Time of Centering Prayer
You are invited to join us ten minutes before our Sunday service for a time of centering prayer. We are taking these few minutes before the service begins to prepare our hearts and minds for worship.
We will meet in the Amaryllis Room. All are welcome.
Staying Safe

In an effort to hold back Covid in our church, we made the difficult decision to not worship together last week. Pastor Jen tested positive very late in the week, so alternate plans could not be made.
At this time, there are still many people within our congregation who are sick with Covid. Yes, Covid will probably always be with us, but we can still make the best decisions that we can to avoid it. If you are not feeling well, please do not come to church. If you have been part of a large gathering or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid, it is a good idea to also test to be sure that you are not spreading illness unknowingly.
Masks will not be required at this time but are definitely recommended.
Please be in prayer for all of those who are sick, that cases be mild, and recovery be quick.
Monthly Missions

In July, our missional giving has gone to:
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity

In August, we will be collecting funds to purchase gift cards for local teachers connected to Grace.

*If you are giving a special "missional gift", please make a note on your offering.

This week you may have received an odd email that appeared to come from Pastor Jen. It included a request for "help" in the form of Amazon gift cards. Please know that this was a phishing scam. It did not come from Pastor Jen. The office, Pastor Jen, or the Bishop, will NEVER ask for favors or funds in this way. Scammers love to use emails from trusted figures, hoping they will trick you into giving up your information.

Community News Click link in red to read more

In August the Lakes Area Rotary Club is sponsoring an event to promote awareness about human-trafficking on our area. REHT
See details and musical groups to be included in the article.
Make a Joyful noise!

Want to experience summer fun and fellowship?
Learn how to ring handbells!
Call Ardie Morris at 218-330-8565

For the last few weeks, we have considered the ways that we are all called to use our gifts and talents in the world, and specifically within the church. We have tweaked our teams a bit to better match our needs, and that is described in the colorful picture below, there is also a handout of this available in the Narthex. There was an invitation to sign-up for the areas that you felt called to, and many of you did! Thank you for stepping forward. In the next few weeks, team leaders will be reaching to meet to make plans. It is not too late to sign up if you did not have time yet, and some calls are still being made to do some specific invites.
Let's all continue to look forward to the next season at Grace and pray that we are ready to do the work that He has called us to!
Sunday mornings we have returned to live streaming our Sunday services, but we realize that there are still some issues popping up some Sundays. On our website you can usually watch the recorded service after 10:30am or so. There is a link to our site at the end of this newsletter.
We continue to work on making the online experience better and appreciate both your grace and feedback as we make improvements. Soon, we will be updating our internet capabilities and are hopeful that this will fix some of the issues.
We are grateful to be able to offer our services online and appreciate any gifts received to help this ministry grow and continue.
Membership at Grace

A couple people have expressed an interest in joining the church. I am trying to determine if there is a need for a class. Please reach out to me (Pastor Jen), if you want to join the church and we can make a plan for what that looks like for you!
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.
If you wish to connect with me directly and it is not an emergency, please know that I will respond as needed during pretty regular office hours. I am in the church most weekdays from at least 10-12, call ahead to be sure, as my weeks vary. Ann has my detailed schedule and can find me if needed.
-Pastor Jen
Contact us concept with wood block and symbols at_ e-mail address and phone
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