Grace United Methodist Church
Growing Grace with Christian Love for Everyone
News & Notes
Greetings GRACE members and friends. Welcome to July. In the spirit of Him who made us in His amazing image, here are a few things for your funny bone. A Kindergarten teacher was walking around observing her classroom of children while they were drawing pictures. As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like," Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."
Being a pastor, this second little nugget really caught my interest. An old dollar bill and an even older $20 arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. "I've had a pretty good life," the $20 said. "I've been to Vegas, the finest restaurants in New York, and even on a Caribbean cruise." "You did have an exciting life!" the dollar says. "Where have you been" the $20 asked. "Oh, I've been to the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, spent some time with the Lutherans,..." "Wait!" the $20 interrupts. "What's a church?"
And finally this, "Let us join Eric and Sharon in the celebration of their wedding and bring their happiness to a conclusion." God's gift of humor, has an exact place in our human drama. Since 2013, there have been 291 school shootings, (not including all mass shootings). Mainly due to retirements, our Great Plains Conference has run out of ministers to serve all of our churches. Nebraska highway deaths currently stand at 85. The two previous years were 225 and 218. Authorities report 630,000 deaths resulting from drug overdose, including legal and illegal opioids and 947,000 heroin users, costing our economy over $500 billion.
Humor has a place in the human drama. With that said, when was the last time you laughed so hard your side hurt, you lost your breath and you were in tears? Remember, God’s funny bone gift has an exact place in your life. May God Bless your July with joy and laughter.
Rev. Dr. Wayne Reynolds
Opportunities to "Do"
Sign up to mow the church lawn for a month - 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.
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 Frantzen, Grace's music director, a member of UMW at Grace, and our guest vocalist.
UMW Potluck Supper
All members of the church are invited to be our guests for supper and stay for the program and dessert. Invite your neighbors and friends to join us. Each year, UMW programs have a theme. This year’s theme is Sacred Spaces. Those spaces are different for each of us, but are the spaces where we feel closest to the Holy Spirit and experience His love. Dr. Robert Muckel will be our guest speaker. He will do a presentation of his photographs of some of our area “Sacred Spaces.” The program will begin at 7:15 pm, followed by dessert, and is open to the public. (Please note, the potluck is not open to the general public.)
Special UMW Mission Study
Dorchester UMW has invited Grace UMW to attend a Mission Study on "Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church in the U.S." Time and date are Wednesday, July 25 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The study will be presented by Lisa Maupin, UMC Missionary from Lincoln. More information will be available at the July UMW meeting.
Still Time to Contribute to the NUMB Ride
The Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) was held in June. Karen Drevo represented Grace. 100% of the donations benefit four hunger projects: UMCOR, Bread for the World, The Heifer Project, and Nebraska Food Pantries. Donations can be made by making out a check to Grace United Methodist Church, designating it for NUMB in the memo and placing it in the offering plate or taking it to the office. Cash donations can be placed in an offering envelope with your name and designation for NUMB, or anonymously if desired. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
UMW thanks the congregation for exceeding the challenge for donations to the Annual Conference UMCOR collection. Our goal was to fill six cleaning buckets. With your generosity and donations from UMM and UMW, Grace United Methodist Church sent six buckets and $445 with Dr. Reynolds to Annual Conference. God has blessed Grace with wonderful servants. We would also like to thank Eden Circle for gathering the supplies and assembling the buckets.
Lawn Mowing Volunteers
Thank you Nick Martozie and Kevin Burkey, for volunteering to mow the church lawn during the month of June.
Thank you Alice Sittler, Kristen Eggerling, Mike and Marletta Stark for providing and maintaining the flower garden in the front and the side of the church ramp, and Michele Renner for weeding the front southeast corner of the church and along the south fence. Also thank you, Nick Martozie for maintaining the garden on the west side of the church.
Thank You for Serving as a Trustee of the Month
Thank you, Doug Feeken, for serving as Trustee of the Month for the first quarter of the year, and Harold Clark for serving for the second quarter.
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