Ash Wednesday Worship
All are invited to gather in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th, to observe and celebrate the beginning of the Lenten season. The worship service will include the imposition of ashes. 

Bishop Ough's
Ash Wednesday Video Message
We don’t often think of loving as a spiritual discipline. Yet, loving God and neighbor is at the core of nearly all of Jesus’ parables and ministry activities. Jesus demonstrated and taught how to love without condition and without consideration for personal cost. He demonstrated and taught how to love with one’s whole heart and with reckless abandon. This is the very starting point of Tom Berlin’s insightful book titled “Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor.” In his Ash Wednesday video message, Bishop Bruce R. Ough introduces the 2020 Dakotas-Minnesota Lenten study and invites others to join him in practicing the spiritual discipline of reckless love.  Click here to watch the video.

Grace will be digging into the Reckless Love book and video prompts on Wednesday evenings during Lent.
Lent Soup & Study on Wednesday Evenings
The Discipleship Team invites you to come to Grace on Wednesday evenings for soup and study starting on March 4 . A soup dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for children, youth, and adults. Following dinner, there will be small group breakouts wrapping up around 7 p.m. Regardless of where you find yourself in your faith journey there is a place for you to grow and connect during this season of Lent.

Lenten Small Groups for Adults
Following weekly dinner, there will be two adult small groups offered. One group will be focusing on the book Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor , by Rev. Tom Berlin. The second group be exploring and discussing readings from Genesis. Visit the table in the narthex for more information and to sign up for a group. 

Small Groups for Children & Youth 
Children and youth will be split into groups based on age; elementary school, middle school, Confirmation, and high school. Following small group activities, children and youth will participate in a large group activity before wrapping up. 
World Day of Prayer
Lakes Area World Day of Prayer will be celebrated at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa on Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to share in the Zimbabwean Coffee House and the Worship Service, written by the people of Zimbabwe.

District Gatherings Prior to 2020 General Conference
Gatherings will be taking place in our North Star District to look at several aspects of the upcoming General Conference in May. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Laurie Kantonen, will be sharing information regarding how the media may affect our local churches, what legislation will be before the General Conference, and how we need to stay focused on our mission of loving God and loving others.
Gathering dates in our District are:
Saturday, February 29, 2 p.m. at Hubbard UMC, 12150 Broadway Rd., Park Rapids

Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m. at Alexandria UMC, 2210 E. 6th Ave., Alexandria

Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. at Grand Rapids UMC, 1701 5th Ave., Grand Rapids
Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755
 In the event of inclement weather use your best judgement in regards to attending worship or an activity at church.This cancellation policy is posted on the kiosk in the Narthex. When in doubt call Pastor Gary at (651) 280-0150, the church office at (218) 568-5755 or the person leading your event. Be safe!