Grace Notes – 1/30/19

February Above & Beyond Mission Offering:
Camp Horizon Aquatic Center

Third Sunday Food Offering (2-17)
Dried Navy Beans
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 this Sunday February 3rd. Rehearsal time should be in the 30-45 minute range.  

E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT ON FEBRUARY 5
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.

Save the Date
Baskets for knitting and crochet projects
There are now baskets around the sanctuary (both upstairs and downstairs) with knitting and crochet projects.  If you listen better when you are doing something with your hands, we invite you to take a project from the basket and work on it according to the attached pattern. As you work, we encourage you to pray for the person who will receive your scarf.  After worship, return the scarf to the basket.  Completed scarves will be given to those in need. 
 
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. 

Special General Conference on LGBTQ Inclusion
Last 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. 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: https://www.greatplainsumc.org/sharing with the congregation. 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: gcdelegates@greatplainsumc.org. 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 Methodist who are impacted directly by these decisions. Let me know if you have any questions! – Pastor Lora

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