Grace United Methodist Church

Growing Grace with Christian Love for Everyone

News & Notes

Pastor's Message

Bringing You Up to Speed


Greetings, friends and members of Grace United Methodist church. We are already halfway into 2018, and summer is my favorite time of the year. Working in the yard, grilling, cycling around Crete, golfing, enjoying a nice summer breeze and gazing at the stars at night through my telescope are things that make summer so much fun. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the following will bring you Up To Speed as to what else your pastor is doing in these parts. I enjoy being in the office and available; that is very important. Unfortunately, much work and ministry takes place beyond these sacred walls.


I serve on (C.U.R.B.), the Saline County Drug and Alcohol Coalition, curbing underage drinking and drug use. We meet in Wilber and Crete once per month. For the past four years I have been a commissioner serving on the Crete Housing Authority Board. I also serve on the Epworth Village board that meets in York. When Pastor Brent stepped down as president to work on this doctorate, I assumed that position for the Crete Cares Ministerial Association.


With the reduction of district superintendents, I was asked to be a Clergy Cluster Leader for seven other churches, assisting our District Superintendent. I enjoy being a member of the Ecumenical Legislative Briefing Day Committee that meets in Lincoln.


During the school year, I enjoy being a TeamMate Thursday afternoons and next yar my mentee will be a 9th grader at CHS. Our Youth Group meets Wednesdays as does Garden Square; Thursdays I'm ministering at Tabitha. I have been a guest speaker at Doane on several occasions and attend many of their activities as well as CPS events. I am a career athlete, and a certified USA Track & Field Official; I also sit on the USATF Nebraska State Board.


You'll see me at all 10 of our regularly scheduled Grace committee and board meetings. Taking calls, walk-ins, checking emails, planning, study and research time are all very important. Then it's creative time with the weekly PowerPoint sermon prep, and writing the Crete News Shepherd's column.


Sometimes I eat and sleep. Most importantly, I love what I do, and I Love You!


Rev. Dr. Wayne Reynolds

Opportunities to "Do"

Lawn Mowing


Sign up to mow the church lawn for a month - May, June, July, August, or September. Thank you to all those men who already signed up to cover some of those months such as Mike Stark, Nick Martozie, and Louis Badousek.


Participate in the Worship Service

There are many opportunities to take part in the Sunday worship service. Volunteer to be Worship Leader, Usher or Greeter on Sunday mornings. Join the choir. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to participate. Contact a Worship Committee member for more information or to sign up.


Be a Good Neighbor

Check on your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Help them with shopping, transportation, companionship, if needed. Just be a friend.


Join A Church Group

We can always use singers and ringers for our worship services. United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women would love new members. Families of youth members, consider helping with Youth Group. If you would like more information, contact the church office.


Scrip: A Great Way to "DO" Stewardship

Scrip is a great way to engage in church stewardship because when you buy scrip, between 3% and 10% of the purchase price goes to the church. How exciting is that? Scrip is available in the fellowship hall after worship service.


Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, Lincoln South Gate UMC, was the guest speaker at the April UMW Blue River District Spring event. She talked about prayer, creative prayer methods and different prayer styles. The theme of the day was, "Sacred and Creative Spaces: Exploring Avenues of Prayer."

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Bible Awarded

Grace Anderson was presented a Bible on Sunday School Recognition Day. Grace has just completed 3rd grade. Every Sunday School student is given a Bible when they reach this level of schooling. Bibles are provided by the United Methodist Women as part of their Mission to support women, children, and youth.


UMW Salad Supper

The annual UMW salad supper will be held June 7, at 6:30 pm. All women of the church are invited. All UMW members are asked to bring a salad. Kirstie Engel, Associate Pastor, St. Paul's UMC, Lincoln, will be the guest speaker.


UMW Bake Sale

The UMW Bake Sale will be Saturday, June 23, at ACE Hardware. Baked items can be brought to ACE beginning at 7:30 am the day of the sale. The sale begins at 8:00 am. The money we raise helps to support our various missions.



In its 23nd year of fighting hunger, the Nebraska United Methodist bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) has given over $910,000 around the world for those in need. NUMB is sponsored by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference Risk Taking Mission and Justice Team. Money collected in Nebraska goes to the Nebraska Food Pantries, UMCOR, Heifer International, and the Society of St. Andrew. Karen Drevo will be riding to represent Grace UMC. Please support her with a financial donation, making your check to Grace UMC and putting NUMB in the memo. The ride begins June 23rd. Thank you!


4th Annual Ice Cream Freeze Off

This is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to Crete Cares. Homemade ice cream entries are needed. If you would like to take part in the competition, sign up by June 20. Otherwise, joing us Satruday, July 22, at 2:00 pm (date and time tentative) for some of the best ice cream and cookies around! Call the church office for more information.


Summer Camps

If your children are interested in Summer camps, contact Sunday School Superintendent, Matt Franzen.

Thank you notes

Heifer International Banks

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Heifer collection during Lent. We collected $455. They money was sent to Heifer and will help those in need build a brighter future for themselves and others.


UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief)

Thank you to everyone who responded to the call for donations to complete six cleaning buckets to send wth Dr. Reynolds to Annual Conference. Your donation totaled $600. Money not used for the buckets will be sent with Dr. Reynolds as a cash donation to UMCOR.


Thank You from Pat Kubes

Pat Kubes wishes to thank each of you for all your thoughts, prayers, lovely cards, and well wishes from her church family, and to Dr. Reynolds for visiting her at the hospital. She is at home now and is doing much better with each new day. "God bless you, to each and every one of you!"


Thank You, Youth!

Thanks and congratulations to our youth for their service to God, church, and Community during the past school year. The group's activities included manning a game table at the Great Pumpkin Festival, running games during Trunk or Treat, serving as acolytes and worship leaders, participating in Bell Choir, and attending Bible Study and Youth Group. We thank you all for all you do and wish you a safe and fun summer. See you in church!


Lawn Mowing

Thank you, Mike Stark and Nick Martozie, for volunteering to mow the church lawn during the month of May.



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