Grace United Methodist Church
Growing Grace with Christian Love for Everyone
News & Notes
September we prepare for our annual Church/Charge Conference. This is our denomination’s year-end business meeting, presided over by the District Superintendent (D.S.). There are numerous changes occurring throughout our denomination. One of those changes is how we do Church/Charge Conferences. In short, the Church/Charge Conference is where each congregation votes and approves their budget and elects their officers.
Our D.S. has over 100 churches. The days when the D.S. officiates and presides over each individual church by himself are over. This year we will be holding our Church/Charge Conference at Lincoln New Hope UMC, along with 21 other United Methodist Churches. Joining us will be Friend, Dochester, Denton, Pleasant Dale, Malcolm, Raymond, Hallam, Martell, Roca, Wilber, Clatonia, Pickrell, Lincoln Havelock, Murdock Ebenezer, Eagle, Ceresco, Ithaca, Valparaiso, Lincoln New Hope, Prairie Home and Lincoln Lakeview.
I would like to invite all the members of Grace to gather here for a pre-church-conference meeting on Sunday September 30 at 11:30am, that we may have an opportunity to share our thoughts, celebrate and discuss Grace business in a Holy Conferencing format. With 21 other congregations present the opportunity for such dialogue will not be possible. We will not be voting at this gathering, but your thoughts and input will help to shape and finalize what is presented to the D.S. and will come before the larger (official) body on October 21st. This will make your attendance at the September 30th Holy Conferencing meeting very important. Till then, see you in worship.
2018 UMW Salad Supper. From left to right: Dr. Wayne Reynolds, Grace's pastor; Linda Dageforde, Grace's UMW president; Pastor Kirstie Engel, asociate pastor, St. Paul UMC in Lincoln and our guest speaker, and Lacey Franzen, Grace's music director, a member of UMW at Grace, and our guest vocalist.
from the worship committee
Welcome to September! Where, oh where has this year gone? The time is going so quickly. Remember to seek out God's love and grace today! Sunday School, Bell Choir, and Vocal Choir will be back sharing God's joy with us this month. Please let the office know if you are interested in sharing your love of music. We thank you for sharing your gifts with the church, whether of time, talent or monetary contribution; all are greatly appreciated! Please join us for worship and sharing God's community with others. It is a great gift to celebrate with others the love that God gives us every day. We look forward to seeing you soon. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Thanks be to God!
County Fair Parade
The Evangelism Committee once again made it possible for Grace to have a float in the parade. Thank you to everyone who walked or rode in the parade. Special thanks to Scott Lorenz and Daryl Clark for providing the flatbed, bales and Cross & Flame; Ron Eltze for driving; Mike and Marletta Start for providing water; and Janet Page for providing cool pops for and for all the work she put into making the float possible. What a great way to bring the Spirit of Grace to Main Street, Crete!
NUMB 2018 was a huge success. NUMB raised just over $61,000. This brings our total over 23 years to more than $960,000. Money goes to the Nebraska Food Pantry, St. Andrew's Society, UMCOR, and Heifer International. Thank you so much for your generous contributions to support our hunger projects!
The committee would like to thank all who accepted a position on a church committee. We serve in many ways, and saying "yes" when asked is one of them. May God bless each and every one as you start your new positions in 2019.
Lawn Mowing Volunteers
Thank you Kevin Burkey, for volunteering to mow the church lawn during the month of August.
BackPack Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast
The annual BackPack Fun Run and Pancake Feed will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the United Church of Christ First Congregation, 12th & Juniper. Registration begins at 7:30 am. the Run beings at 89:00 am. Children, youth, and adults from Grace take part, either by running/walking, giving monetary donations, and/or attending the free will offering pancake breakfast. The even raises money in support of the Crete BackPack Program.
Youth Group/Bible Study 2018-2019
In this social media driven, hi-tech and socio-political climate, it is an enormous challenge for adults to teach this generation of Youth. Providing this brilliant and highly informed generation with strong religious values is no easy feat. Our goal is to pass on the Christian story that our parents passed on to us. With that said, I am excited about the 2018-2019 school year and another opportunity to be in ministry with our Youth. The big change this year is the Middle School Youth Group and Bible Study will meet on Sundays from 4pm to 5pm and the Senior High Youth Group and Bible Study will meet Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Spread the word!
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