Grace Notes – 1/23/19

A glimpse from last Sunday’s sermon…

Our Very Own Daniel Reffner

Check out our very own Daniel Reffner being interviewed by the Vatican News!

Thank you all!
All praise and glory to God for a second successful heart surgery. Our thanks also to those who came to visit at the hospital, those who called, those who sent cards of encouragement,and last but not least, those who offered up prayers on our behalf.
Derryl & Judy Rising

Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity Annual Soup Supper

Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity Annual Soup Supper Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:00-6:30pm it will be held at the 1st Methodist Church. Each year Grace has generously supported this event. Could you please help by donating the following.. 1.) Taco, Crock Pot Potato, or Chicken Vegetable Soup (recipes available). 2.) Vegetables 3.) Condiments 4.) Desserts. See Linda Hahn or Joyce Teubner to sign up. Also, come have great food and community fellowship while helping a qualified family build a home. Tickets are a donation for $7.00 children under 6 are free.

UMM Breakfast!

UMM will have a breakfast Jan 26 at 7:30am to 9:00 am.

Calling all youth! 
If you are in 5th grade or older, you are welcome to join
our new youth choir (tentative name is Sparkle Singers). 
We will meet following worship every Sunday beginning on February 3rd. Rehearsal time should be in the 30-45 minute range. 

The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 5 at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The Green Team will be accepting donations to help offset the cost of transporting electronics to the recycler. Jason Speegle, director of Green Team at Southwestern College, said, “Recycling electronic devices is very important for our planet and our community. When electronics are sent to the landfill, they have the potential to leach hazardous toxins into our soil and drinking water. Recycling electronics ensures that they are disposed of safely and many of the components will be reused. Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. GON Recycling will collect the items and process them for recycling. GON Recycling guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. GON Recycling accepts the following electronic items: computers, laptops, servers, network equipment, LCD Monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, POS scanners & equipment, stereo equipment, small household appliances such as toasters, irons, and coffee pots, telephones, telecommunications equipment, phone systems, security equipment, industrial equipment, UPS systems, cell phones, VCRs, radios, keyboards & computer mice, lead acid batteries, re-chargeable batteries, industrial control panels, ink & toner. Medical equipment that has been inspected and decontaminated of blood borne pathogens, fluids, solvents, pressure gases or radioactive sources is also accepted. Proof of decontamination is required. This can be a decontaminated sticker or paperwork attached to the unit.

Congregation Care Ministry Team Meeting

The CCMs will be meeting on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Parlor to prepare for the spring semester of congregational care. If you are interested in visitation, sending cards, etc., the team would love for you to join us! Please let Pastor Lora know if you will be attending.

Cowley County Third Thursday
You’re Invited… and bring a friend! Cowley County Third Thursday is an informal networking group of health and human service providers serving Cowley County. The group meets on the third
Thursday of each month (except December) to connect about resources, needs and partnership opportunities to positively impact our community. This Thursday, January 17 is Super Sharing Day. If you can only attend one Third Thursday event, this is the meeting to attend. The meeting will be held at the Winfield Public Library (Community Meeting Room), 605 College Street, Winfield. Attendees should park across the street at the Winfield Recreation Commission
or south of the library in the larger parking lot. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring business cards, program brochures and other items to share. We anticipate 50 plus attendees. Attendees will spend the first 45 minutes with basic introductions followed by the remaining 45 minutes of networking. The first super sharing day was held in 2015 and had 40 community partners from 31 agencies. Super Sharing

Special General Conference on LGBTQ+ Inclusion 

On Sunday during worship, I did a brief summary of the upcoming Special Session of General Conference for the UMC happening in February. This is a called session to deal specifically with one concern: how the UMC is in relationship with LGBTQ+ people. This specifically deals with whether we will have same-sex weddings in congregations and clergy ordained as out LGBTQ people. The proposal the majority of the bishops support would allow local churches to set their wedding policies and annual conferences choose who they ordain. This would allow us to stay together as a denomination, despite the differences across congregations and conferences. There are green handouts of the summaries of the proposals on the desk in the office, as well as a bowl of buttons if you’d like to take one to keep with you to remind you to be in prayer for them. If you’d like to read further, here are some resources on the conference website: If you would like to voice your opinion to the Great Plains Delegation headed to this conference, there is a special email address that you can use to send it to the whole delegation at once: If you choose to email them, I would suggest including your church and location so that they know where you are coming from as well. Above all, I would invite you to pray for the delegation and for the folks from all over the world heading to General Conference, as well as LBGTQ+ United Methodists who are impacted directly by these decisions. Let me know if you have any questions! – Pastor Lora

Storage Space needed for Ralph Decker! 

The shelves in Herb Morton’s former area are built to take certain size cans and jars.  So we need:
Cans from Kroger Peaches (29 oz)
Cans from Kroger Pears (29 oz)
Jars from Prego Italian Sauce (14 oz). 

Free Plywood and Chipboard

The apartments are giving away plywood and chipboard plus other assorted pieces of wood.  Much of the plywood is 2 feet by 4 feet.  If you can use it contact and he will let you in to take a look.

Upper Room Devotional
The new Upper Room Devotionals are in the office and they are Free! So 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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