Grace Notes – 05/29/19

Pastor Lora’s Last Series: “May It Be So”
The first three weeks in June will mark Pastor Lora’s last three Sundays as pastor of Grace.  Every sermon she has preached in her time at Grace has ended with “may it be so.”  These last three sermons will explore how she has seen those “may it be” proclamations come alive in this community.  There will be stories of lessons learned, grace received, holy conversations spoken, joy exuded, and hope practiced.  May It Be So will be a time to be grateful for all that God has done and be an inspiration to put our “amens” into faithful action.
Pastor Maddie Is In Town!
Pastor Maddie is in town visiting with the Transition Team and Staff Parish Relations Committee before we all head to Annual Conference.  She will begin on July 1st at Grace.  Be sure to welcome her when she arrives!
Great Plains Annual Conference This Week!
The Great Plains Annual Conference takes place in Topeka this week. We will have elections this year for the General Conference 2020 delegation. There is legislation regarding creation care, health benefits, denouncing the Traditional Plan, and more.  Pastor Lora will be co-leading a debrief session on Thursday night for folks interested in the UMC Next movement.  Please be in prayer for our week together, especially for Pastor Lora, our lay member, Joy Lenz, and our Wichita East young adult representative, Madison Stumbough.  Joy Lenz will once again be sharing the week with you all through our blog: http://gracewinfield.com/blog/
Neighboring Study – Tuesdays
Are you curious about what all this Neighboring talk is about? Did you miss Grace’s earlier sessions on Neighboring? Are you interested in knowing more about how God has called us to love our actual neighbors? Then come join us in a 6 week study of The Art of Neighboring, the book that introduced Grace to Neighboring. You’ll learn more about your neighbors, your faith, and yourself. Led by Neighboring Team members Joy Lenz, Roger Moon, and Sparla Dick, this group meets Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm, May 7 through June 11. Child care available, if needed. Contact Joy at jslenz@cox.net for more information.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day – June 8
June 8th is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and it will be observed in Winfield with an ecumenical service and tree-planting ceremony at the Peace Garden in Island Park at 1:00 pm.  Pastor Lora will be conducting the litany.  The day is also known as Wear Orange Day, so come dressed accordingly.  The event is sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Acolyte Training/Review – June 9
There will be an acolyte training/review for all children 1st grade and up who wish to serve. Even if you have done it before, we would like for you to attend this brief session. We will begin right after church on Sunday, June 9th. We should be done in less than 30 minutes. Any questions, ask Pastor Lora or Kathy Baker.
VBS – July 16-20
VBS is just a little over two months away and we would love for you to join us!  Please, invite your friends!  Register your kiddos here: https://gracewinfield.breezechms.com/form/bb8e361929.  Register to volunteer here: https://gracewinfield.breezechms.com/form/e84c303829.  RSVP, share and invite your friends on our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2312936078945683/
Because God calls us to care about others:
Missions & Social Justice Team is offering education information about how our faith connects to various social concerns. Each month they will focus on a specific topic and each week will focus on a different faith lens to view that topic. This month is Health Care.

Take Action on Health Care:
– Talk about the barriers to good health in your community.  What are the barriers that are personal, vs. those that are systemic?  Try to address the underlying issues causing ill-health instead of simply treating the symptoms.
– Advocate to your elected leadership for improvement of these determinants of health: water and sanitation, air quality, nutrition, income, education. (one way to do that is at www.umpower.org)

See the complete Faith & Facts cards here:  https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/19 and https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/16

Youth Group
Sunday night in youth group, we read the whole story about Noah’s flood (because it seems like it’s been raining forty days and nights).  When we got to the part about the rainbow, we talked about what covenant means and what it means to see the world with rainbow lenses—eyes that see God’s faithfulness and promise not to destroy.

Each of the youth got rainbow sunglasses and took turns sharing what their rainbow lenses see.

Where is God’s covenant visible in your life?

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Register for Camp Horizon!
Parents it’s that time to register your child or youth for Camp Horizon. Our April Above & Beyond Giving will be used to help offest some of the costs. You can print your receipt and turn it in to the office and we will help reimburse part of camp costs.
Habitat for Humanity Garden Party – June 2
Upper Room Devotional – May/June are here!
Did you know there are Upper Room Devotionals in the office or at the south entrance and they are free to you? They come out every other month and guide you through daily prayer and devotion. Come by and grab one!
Great Plains Connect
Each week the Great Plains Annual Conference publishes their weekly email announcements just like we do for Grace. We will be giving you all a link to this content if you would like to read it. Click here to read this week’s addition!

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