Grace United Methodist Church

Growing Grace with Christian Love for Everyone

News & Notes

Pastor's Message

Your Vision for the Future:

Meeting 8-28-18


Greetings members and friends of Grace. Our founding members and people of Crete blazed an amazing trail 149 years ago in organizing this church. The sanctuary that we worship in today is one of the most beautiful architectural structures in the United States. Grace’s faithful stewardship has carried her from the 19th century to the 21st. This is an incredible witness of the Christian faith.


This living testimony of Christian service and devotion has not been easy. But with eagles’ wings and the strength of Samson, Grace has championed the mystery of time. She is still here! Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Grace is here for a purpose and her season under heaven continues under our watch. Amen!


Therefore, I invite you to take part in a comprehensive Planning Session so that we may chart, graph and plan 2019 to 2049. Currently, Grace does not have a 30-Year-Plan where the visionary architects of the Church (that would be you) have sat down to consider the future.


Mark your calendars for August 28, 2018, at 5:45 pm, for the first, "YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE MEETING." Here's what you need to bring to this meeting:


  • Bring your own personal Bible.
  • Bring a positive and optimistic (the glass is half full) spirit.
  • Bring your ideas for 2019 through 2049 that will help Grace grow and be a vibrant and progressive church in this community.
  • Be prepared to present specific, detailed goals, objectives, benchmarks, mid-range and long-term plans.
  • Bring excitement, zeal, inspiration and a vision without boundaries.


Have a blessed August.


Rev. Dr. Wayne Reynolds

Thank you!

Thank You from Jean Wheatcraft

Thank you to all of my wonderful Church family and friends for making my 90th birthday a day that was truly a memorable day that I will always cherish and remember. God bless you all!


Vacation Bible School 2018

Polar Blast - Where Jesus' Love Is Cool

Thanks to Lacey Franzen for leading the music and helping, Marletta Stark for helping and taking photos, and Kim Hier and Dr. Reynolds for their help, too. Also thanks to the parends and grandparents for bringing their children to VBS.


Lawn Mowing Volunteers

Thank you Louis Badousek, for volunteering to mow the church lawn during the month of June.


Thank You for Serving as a Trustee of the Month

Thank you, James Yost, for serving as Trustee of the Month for serving as July's Trustee of the Month.

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

Greetings from the Grace Worship Committee! Welcome to the hot days of summer! August is here and the enjoyment of fun in the sun and air conditioning, too! May God's blessings be upon you as you walk each day in thanksgiving and love.


Thank you to Judy Jones for altering the beautiful banners to hang in the fellowship hall. They look wonderful; thank you, Judy!


We wish blessings upon the students and staff as the new school year begins in a few short weeks. May learning and compassion be your guides as you jump back into busy days of activities. On Saturday, August 18, 2018, Doane's new students will be checking out what Crete has to offer from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check with the office if you're interested in helping Grace Church at the booth.


Then, please join us for a lemonade stand on Saturday, August 25, on the Sapp Brothers corner. Time will be announced closer to the date. We will have yummy treats and a time to celebrate God's mission to spread His love every day.


Our music groups will be starting up again in September; please let the church office know or contact Lacey Franzen if you're interested in joining one of the choirs.


As always, we appreciate your gifts of time, talent, and monetary contributions. They help our church continue to function and thrive. We look forward to seeing you at worship service for our weekly dose of community and the love of Jesus Christ. May God be with you until we meet again!

grace notes

UMW "Brown Bag" Supper

A reminder to all UMW members that our meeting Thursday, August 2, will be a "bring your own supper" meeting. It is open to all women of the church. Bring your favorite fast food or something from home and be with friends for supper. Eden Circle is providing dessert. More importantly, we will be holding our Dedicated Light ceremony. Jesus, the Light of the World, tells us to let our light shine, not to hide it. The Dedicated Light is awarded to a UMW member who is a light in her church, in her family and in her community. Meeting time is 6:30 pm, ladies!


Youth Group/Bible Study 2018-2019

New Schedule!

 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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