This Sunday we will continue with the Practicing Resurrection series moving into Ephesians 4 with the focus on “growing up.” We will have music from both the chancel choir as well as Carter Humphreys and Don Brewer will be sharing the Glimpse of Grace. Last week we had a moving service focusing on the ways we can know God’s love.
Grace Builders Event: SC Relays – April 28
Join a group from Grace as we support our Track & Field Builders at Helmer Track on campus! Check in with Jim Helmer if you’d like to know the best time to head out there and cheer folks on. Grace Builders events are a ministry of College Care Team to encourage support of SC students, faculty, and staff in a variety of activities. See you there!
Keeping Children Safe Event – May 1
The Church and Society Team is hosting an event at Grace on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about the steps our school district is taking to keep our students safe in schools from gun violence. School superintendent Dr. J.K. Campbell and resource office, Jay Tate, will be joining us.
Our United Methodist Book of Resolutions includes “Our Call to End Gun Violence” where it shares the following: The stunning imagery of Micah’s dream is the transformation of weapons into instruments of harvesting food…God does not collect or hide the weapons from the nations, nor does God transform the weapons outside of human effort…the nations themselves “shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.” Violence, in so many ways, is filed by fear and self-protection. Iron plows and pruning tools can be used as weapons. Yet, in Micah’s vision, genuine peace and security are given to all people by God after the weapons of violence are transformed: “they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid.” Culture as well as weapons will be transformed: Indeed, “neither shall they learn war any more.” Whether it happens in the towns of northeastern Nigeria, a suburb in the United States, the streets of Australia, or an office in France, gun violence has become an all-too-frightening phenomenon. We need the reality of Micah’s vision more than ever.”
We see part of our answer to that call as learning more about the ways our local reality is shaped by gun violence throughout our country. Please join us as we live out our faith by being informed about this social issue.
We are looking for a couple of volunteers to mow the church grounds once a month. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jim Stevens@ 620-218-0772.
Pizza Party-May 7th
Come hang out and de-stress during Finals Week in the Grace UMC parking lot! Grace will provide pizza. Discipleship is providing ice cream. Gaming club will have outdoor games. Hammocking club will have a couple of hammocks set up and a prize drawing at 8:30am. There will also be sidewalk chalk and neighborhood dogs to play with! Don’t leave without grabbing a finals goodie bag! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to relax and recharge during a stressful week!
Grace Folks who aren’t students: Come and spend some time with some students! Help with pizza or play games. Connect with your foster student or someone in College SS. Don’t forget to bring your items to the office by Thursday for the goodie bags!
Next Round of Neighboring: Church Neighborhood Focused!
The Neighbor Team Leaders invite you to consider being a part of one of the two groups forming for Lab 3 of Neighbor Groups. This round will focus on the church’s neighbors and neighborhood: College Hill. We will discern together and research the assets in our neighborhood and work to connect our neighbors with one another. Roger Moon & Joy Lenz will teach a group during Sunday School in the basement beginning May 21 (this will include New Beginnings and Covenant Sunday School classes). Pastor Lora & Sparla Dick will teach a group on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm beginning May 16. The group will last six weeks and focus on the categories shown in the picture. Email the office or contact one of the group leaders to sign up!
VBS will be held July 16-20th. Be sure to keep this week open so you and your kiddos can join us! Keep your eyes peeled for more information in the coming months. If you have any questions or want to be involved feel free to email me: email@example.com
District Confirmation Camp
Wichita East and West Districts are joining together to offer Confirmation Camp May 29 – June 2 at Southwestern College. The cost is $210 and meals will be provided by district churches and hosted by our church. If your rising 7th-9th grade is interested, please contact Pastor Lora. If you are willing to sponsor a scholarship for one of our youth to go, contact Lora as well. It is an amazing opportunity to do Confirmation with the connection. Lora is part of the planning team and can vouch for its vitality! If students older than rising in 9th grade are interested, we are working on creating an alternative program for high schoolers who have yet to be confirmed!
Kent Lundy Celebration
Share in the celebration of our Senior Pastor, Rev. Kent A. Lundy. This year marks the 30th year Kent has been under appointment and 20th year being ordained an elder. A you may remember, Kent was the Student Pastor at Grace while he was at Southwestern in the late 1980’s. To help celebrate please: Write Kent a letter and/ or note, letting him know the impact he had on your life/ or the life of the church. Mail by August 15th, we will present these to him on August 26th. Mail to: Jim Folland Churubusco UMC 3265 S 500 E LaOtto, IN 46763-9725 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend if you are able, worship at our Church on Sunday August 26th. location is: Churubusco UMC 750 N Main St. Churubusco, IN. Thank you in helping celebrate the life and ministry with Kent.
Your Name Tag Misses You!
Greetings from your name tag! I miss you you wearing me on Sunday mornings. When we are together we get to bring the church together, welcome new people, and provide a sense of belonging in the congregation. Will you find me on Sunday again? Can we remind others to wear theirs too? Welcoming Team will love us for it 🙂 Can’t wait to see you! -Your Name Tag
(PS – If you can’t find me or don’t have a name tag yet, ask the office for a new one!)
SC Service Learning Teams Community Recognition
We are so grateful for the Service Learning Teams at Southwestern College and their commitment to the Winfield community. Students have volunteered more than 4000 hours this school year and 90% of that time has been spent in Winfield! What a gift to partner with Discipleship, Leadership, and Green Team!
Thank You to Youth Bells!
The new Youth Bell Choir shared in worship last Sunday and were wonderful! Thanks to Kathy Baker for taking a Dream and running with it and thank you to Rosalie Kinney, Katherine Lenz, Cloie Cuington, and Lauren Turner for sharing your gifts with us. Youth bells will start back up in the fall. Contact Kathy is your youth would like to join!
Earth Day Cleanup at Island Park
Thank you to those who participated in the Island Park Cleanup on a very chilly Earth Day. We had about 15 Grace folks and lots of high school students join in. The park seemed to be cleaner this year! Thank you for caring year round for creation.
Youth Group April 22nd
Youth Group learned about the first creation story, talked about our responsibility to care for the earth, and then made reusable bags out of our old t shirts to celebrate Earth Day!
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!