Grace Notes – 3/27/19

Join us for our Lenten Series
This Sunday we will also have the very special treat of celebrating Ava Hunt’s baptism and her parents, Gage and Charity, joining the church!

Special thanks for Christy Irwin for her vision and design for the altar and chancel decorations for this series!

United Methodist Men Meeting – 3/30
United Methodist Men will meet for coffee and scones Saturday, March 30 at 8 am, College Hill Coffee.  Please join us.  We need your input on what to do with the fall fish fry:  continue it, put it to rest, or replace it with some other dinner.
Give Me 5 – New 5th Sunday Neighbor Drive
Missions & Social Justice Team invites you to participate in our launch of a new way to share God’s love in our neighborhood. When there is a 5th Sunday in a month, we invite you to bring five items on this list (or however many works for you – we are really just trying to help everyone remember it’s the 5th Sunday!) to share with our neighbors in need. Our first “Give Me 5” will be March 31!


For Southwestern College Neighbors:

  • feminine hygiene supplies, especially tampons
  • small size shampoo, conditioners, soap, toothpaste


For Winfield Correctional Facility Neighbors (brand specifity is required):


  •  Degree Extreme Blast deodorant
  • Mennon gel deodorant/anti-perspirant Ultimate Sport Power
  • Mennon Speed Stick deodorant Active Fresh Scent


  • Colgate full head cello-wrapped soft toothbrush
  • Tek Excel toothbrush medium
  • Iodent mint floss piks
  • Aim Cavity Mint gel toothpaste
  • Closeup Cinnamon Red Gel tube toothpaste
  • Crest Whitening baking soda and peroxide toothpaste
  • Sensodyne cool gel toothpaste


  • Level 10 shampoo, daily moisturizing
  • Level 10 2 N 1 shampoo and conditioner
  • P/Care dandruff shampoo, 1% pyrithione zinc
  • Dove white soap single bar
  • Irish Spring original bar soap
  • Level 10 cocoa butter bar soap
  • Level 10 moisturizing bar soap


  • #2 pencil
  • Golf pencil
  • Tasters Choice Freeze Dried Coffee Singles
  • Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix Singles
  • Sweet Sprinkles Sugar Substitute with aspartame or saccharine
  • Nail clipper (no file)
  • Disposable earplugs
  • Clear tumbler with lid – 22 ounce translucent stadium cup works well
  • Level 10 reusable plastic container, 3 cups
  • Clear hot beverage mug
  • Clear water bottle with pull top
Easter Tulip Orders! – Due This Week!
It’s time to order tulips for Easter service. Tulips are $10 each and and can be given in honor or memory of anyone you’d like. Email the office with the number of tulips you’d like to purchase, your names, and the names of the people you’d like to honor. You can put the money in the offering plate – please make out to Grace UMC and include tulips in the memo or on the offering plate along with your name.
Bishop’s General Conference District Gathering – April 7 @ 2pm

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. invites United Methodists in Kansas and Nebraska to a series of regional gatherings to discuss together the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church and how the people of the Great Plains Conference can serve Christ together following the recent special session of General Conference.

These gatherings will provide a time for the singing of hymns, reflecting on scripture, and communion. Following a brief presentation by the bishop on what transpired at General Conference, attendees will take part in small-group community building conversations that focus on our possibilities for the future of our mission in the Great Plains Conference.

These gatherings are related to the special session of General Conference, but they will not be a time to make speeches or to seek to sway others to any particular position regarding human sexuality.

The meeting is at First UMC in Wichita, KS (330 N. Broadway) from 2 – 4pm.

April Team Meetings

April 1 – Council – 5pm

Due to the Bishop’s Gathering, first Sunday meetings have been moved to:

April 14th:

  • SPRC – 1pm
  • Missions & Social Justice – 1pm
  • Finance – 3pm
A Note from Church Council Chair, Charles McKinzie

Grace Family,

I know many of you have been toiling with where we find the United Methodist denomination after the events in Saint Louis a few weeks back. It’s increasingly apparent that while votes have been tallied, the debate is far from over. The only thing I can state with certainty is that there are a great number of people hurting both within the UMC and outside.

Many of you have reached out to me since the decision to ask “What do we do now?” The short answer is we continue to be Grace. We will continue to be a place which follows our mission of “Welcoming all. Growing in Grace. Sharing God’s Love on Campus, in our Community and in our World.” Days ahead, however, may require us to reevaluate how we live out this call. The Disciplineinstructs Council to “envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church.”

It is in the understanding of these duties that I realize we must begin the process of discerning where Grace is so we may prayerfully provide direction, if needed, in the months ahead.
Council will be meeting next week to discuss the most effective way to do this work. It is my intention that we develop a process by which you, People of Grace, can be heard.

For 40 years this subject has caused hurt and harm inside and outside the UMC. I don’t expect that this changes overnight. What I do know is that Grace UMC has a history. A history of welcoming. A history of service. A history of radical Wesleyan-inspired-Jesus-powered love. That won’t change; not in 10,000 years.

With your input we will prayerfully discern our way forward and make sure Grace United Methodist Church speaks with the Prophetic voice she always has.

Your humble servant,

Charles L. McKinzie II
Chairperson, Church Council

Doing Good Friday – 4/19
Good Friday is the day in the Christian tradition where we remember the tragedy and sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. He was murdered because of his relentless service toward others and how it challenged (and threatened) the status quo. The cross reminds us to serve others as Jesus did and to share the grace we receive from Christ with others.

This year we are going to “do” Good Friday a little bit differently. Instead of having a formal worship service, we are going to spend the day going out and serving others. Doing Good Friday will be our chance to reflect on how the cross shapes our lives while making a difference in our community.

We will have both morning and afternoon shifts with a variety of projects and lunch is provided. You can come for all day or part of the day!

If you have any questions, contact Missions & Social Justice Chair, Britt Bradley.

To RSVP as a volunteer or to submit a request for a service project that you need done, please fill out this form:

Easter Breakfast
We will be having a Congregational Breakfast on Easter Sunday, 4/21. Beginning at 9:15 (there is no Sunday School that day), it is a potluck downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Come and go as you are able, and you are invited to bring something yummy to share! Any questions, see Shirley Booe or Kathy Baker.
We’re Hiring!
SPRC  is ready to hire our next administrative assistant. Will you help spread the word? Candidates may apply here.

Successful candidates will need to be patient, reliable, have an attention to detail, and possess good listening skills. The position also requires a high level of efficiency, flexibility, and discretion. This person must hold a high school diploma. Some college work preferred. Strong written communication skills and computer skills are necessary. Familiarity with the following programs is helpful: Microsoft Office (especially Word & Excel), Outlook email, MailChimp, Breeze Church Database, WordPress website, and Facebook. This person also will be self-motivated, able to work independently without supervision, good at multi-tasking, and able to prioritize projects.

Our church has a mission of Welcoming ALL to grow in grace together and to share God’s love on campus, in our community, and in our world, and we would love to welcome a person to our team to help us fulfill this mission. The hours will be M-F 8:30am – 12:30pm. If you would like to receive a full job description to review before you apply, please email

Upper Room Devotional – March/April 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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