Grace Notes – 4/17/19

A message from Pastor Maddie, who begins July 1st at Grace!Hi Grace!

I am so honored and excited to be your pastor. My journey of coming back home to the Great Plains from seminary has been full of many twists and turns, but my heart is filled with such joy knowing that I’m coming back to dream and do church with y’all in Winfield!

I grew up outside of Kansas City, and have been United Methodist most of my life as a member at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Some of my earliest stirrings for pastoral ministry began in my work with youth at my home church and passion for mental health justice. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Kansas State University (Go Cats!), and through my time at KSU, I knew that I was longing for a theological education that would help me articulate my faith in Christ more fully. These last three years, I have been at seminary at Garrett-Evangelical in Evanston, Illinois. I am currently a youth director at Barrington UMC and First UMC of West Dundee located in the suburbs of Chicago, and have loved cheering on the youth here in their faith journeys.

For fun, you can find me curled up reading Harry Potter or watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix. I love spending time with my family, (who still lives outside of Kansas City) especially trying new restaurants and going to the movies. Some of my very best friends live all over the world, and so I love to go visit them and travel to new places.

I’m so excited to get to know y’all; to hear your stories, to walk together in sacred moments, and just be the church together. Know that I’m praying for you in this season of transition, and can’t wait to see you in July!

Pastor Maddie

Maundy Thursday – April 18 @ 5:30pm
Join us for a short communion service during Holy Week. It will be finished by 6:00pm and will be a time to remember the Last Supper together during Jesus’s journey.
Doing Good Friday – April 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:

Join us for Easter – April 21 @ 10:50am
Easter worship will be wonderful! The music will be grand, the message will be energizing, and it’s a great time to bring people with you! If you are able, it is also a great time to practice hospitality by parking a little farther away than you might normally in order to leave the parking lot spots for guests.

We will be having a Congregational Breakfast Easter morning. Beginning at 9:15 (there is no Sunday School that day), 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.

Pastor Lora on Vacation
Pastor Lora will be on vacation Monday 4/22 – Sunday 4/28. Rev. Ben Hanne will be preaching next Sunday on Thomas with a sermon entitled “(Re)Tension.” Ken Hathaway will be serving as pastoral care.
May Day With Mosaic – April 30 @ 6:00pm
Please join us for an evening of fellowship and more! Featuring Music of Mosaic vocal ensemble and Rainbow Ringers bell choir from Grace United Methodist Church. Refreshments following.
New Small Group Forming
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 will meet Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm May 7 through June 11. Child care available, if needed. Contact Joy at for more information.
Welcome Our New Administrative Assistant, Amber Benavides! 
SPRC is very excited to announce that we have hired our new administrative assistant. She began work on Tuesday, and we are thrilled! Feel free to stop in and say hello or introduce yourself on the phone when you call in, so that she can begin getting to know the People of Grace!
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 Mental Health.

What do the facts say about Mental Health?
– 1 in 5 American adults experience mental illness in a given year.
– Only 63% of adults with a serious mental illness received mental health services in the last year.
– Help with mental illness is a priority of families affected by it.
See the entire Faith & Facts card here: 

Register for Camp Horizon!
Parents it’s that time to register your child or youth for Camp Horizon. Our Above & Beyond Giving this month will go 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. Early Bird Pricing ends soon, so hurry and sign up to save!
Recital at Southwestern College – April 18 @ 6:00pm
Grace students Katherine Lenz and Alyssa Patrick will perform at Southwestern College’s annual Violin/Viola Studio Recital on April 18.  The performance will be at 6:00pm in Messenger Recital Hall.  The recital is free and all are welcome to attend.
Boy Scout Egg Fundraiser
Want your yard egged? Let the Boy Scout Troop 318 help you!

  • 25 filled easter eggs for $25
  • 50 filled easter eggs for $45
  • 100 filled easter eggs for $75

Eggs are filled with candy, stickers, and small trinkets. They will be delivered and hidden in your front yard after 7pm on Saturday April 20th. To place your orders please contact: Joanne Ging @ (620) 229-3069.

Celebration of Life – April 20
There will be a Celebration of Life for Don O’Connor, father of Linda Hahn, at First Presbyterian Church Winfield on April 20 at 10:00am.
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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