Grace Notes – 3/6/19

Lenten Series Begins This Sunday
Team Meetings This Week
Neighboring Team – 3/7 at 4:30pm at CHC
Missions & Social Justice Team – 3/10 at 2pm in Parlor
Sunday’s Sermon
Many of you who missed worship because of the snow/ice have asked for a copy of my sermon. I don’t normally do this, but I’m offering it to you here, because I want you all to be reminded after General Conference who Jesus is, who we are as a church, and that we will continue to be a church with an integrity of mission: welcoming ALL to grow in grace together and to share God’s love on campus, in our community, and in our world.
Prayer of Confession
Every week at Grace we pray this prayer from the United Methodist Book of Worship in unison. On Sunday as we prayed together, there was one line that convicted our hearts more than usual. May this prayer continue to break open our hearts. May we lean into the grace of Jesus Christ as we work to repair the harm our church has caused LGBTQ people. We are a church that welcomes ALL and we know we still have work to do and know that we are part of the institution that causes harm. We will keep confessing and God will keep transforming us through God’s grace. In grace there is freedom and as we work toward the full inclusion of ALL of God’s people, we are moving forward with “joyful obedience” as we build God’s kingdom together.
Bishop Saenz’s Letter to the Conference about General Conference
Check out Bishop Saenz’s letter to the conference. We are grateful for his pastoral response to all United Methodists, and especially grateful for this little bit of affirmation for churches like Grace:

“To the churches that have been welcoming and safe places for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers, continue to do so. Now more than ever, continue to offer the balm of God’s means of grace to the wounded LGBTQ persons, their families, and friends through worship, prayer, healing rites, Christian fellowship, the study of scripture that reveals the love of God, and through your compassionate accompaniment and support.”

Click here to read it.

Leftover Sausage for Sale
The UMM are selling sausage that is leftover from the Pancake Feed last night. They will be $3/bag and they’ll have them for sale on Sunday. If you have questions, contact Don Brewer. Thank you to everyone who came and ate!
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 gumc@gracewinfield.com.

Online Giving is Going Well!
The Finance Team would like to share with you all some of the data we have from our online giving efforts.

In 2018, 8.1% of our giving towards operating expenses was done online. An additional 3% was given through automatic checking deposits.

In January 2019, 9.5% of our giving was online.

We share this information just to praise God and remind folks that they can click here to set up online giving or they can talk to their bank about setting up automatic giving. For online giving there is a 3% (plus 30 cents/transaction) fee that Grace pays and for online ACH there is a 1% (plus 25 cents/transaction) fee. We are glad to do that, and we also know that some people have asked us how they could help cover that cost and then choose to pay the fee as well.

Thank you so much for your continued generosity!

Gage Hunt Baby Shower – Sat. 2pm
There will be a baby shower at 2pm in the Fellowship Hall for Gage Hunt and Charity Prince for their daughter, Ava Elaine. They are registered at Walmart. If you would like to give them a gift but aren’t able to be at the shower, you may drop it off at the church office this week.
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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