Grace Notes – 5/23/18

New Worship Series Beginning this Sunday!

“The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. It’s members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners…The Social Principles, while not to be considered church law, are a prayerful and thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference to speak to the human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation as historically demonstrated in United Methodist traditions. They are a call to faithfulness and are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best of the prophetic spirit. The Social Principles are a call to all members of The United Methodist Church to a prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice.” – The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church,” Par. 160
Join us for this six week sermon series learning about how putting our faith into action is part of who we are as United Methodists. This Sunday we will begin with The Natural World which includes creation care and environmental justice. Children’s Time will be shared by Green Team. The Glimpse of Grace will be given by Bruce Blake! See you Sunday!

Stars Go Dim Concert and Benefit

Friday, June 1st at 7pm at Southwestern College in Winfield KS is the third annual Donna Demint memorial fundraising concert also featuring the Christian band “Stars Go Dim” from Nashville TN. This concert is part of the Winfield Relay for Life event with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The tickets are 15.00.  The church office has 15 and they are also available on line through the Richardson Performing Arts center website or at the door the day of the event.

Our very own Trudy Kamphaus will join eight others from our area in a combined video as Champions of Perseverance. One of the Bands latest singles “You Are Loved” will be dedicated to these Cowley Co. area champions of perseverance.

This is a chance to support our families, reduce the fear of cancer and raise the funds for the cure Friday night June 1st7pm at the Richardson Performing Arts Center of Southwestern College.

Welcome Lunch

Are you new to Grace? Would you like to learn more? Join us for lunch on Sunday June 24th. Pastor Lora will lead an information session and answer questions about the United Methodist Church, what it means to be a member of Grace and how you join, and simply how to get plugged in. Childcare will be available after lunch. To RSVP for the meal, contact Pastor Lora or the office. gumc@gracewinfield.comor (620) 221-0618

From Nancy Maier
Megan would like to put her services out for hire! She loves to sweep, clean up, organize small tasks (like she organized my kitchen towels last night without me asking!), and water flowers.  ​She may be able to do some other simple tasks as needed, depending on the request.  Of course, I would be there to help and job coach!  She wants to make some extra money so we can start saving for a vacation.

Pentecost- last week

Pentecost was wonderful! We had red velvet cupcakes and a Spirit parade and a balloon drop AND everyone wore red and we had a message on the not-so-flashy image of the Spirit in Romans 8 that intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Here is a glimpse from the sermon:

“The life of faith isn’t always flashy. The world is not always fair or just or right. Circumstances are sometimes unexplainable. This year, may Pentecost be the reminder that even in the ordinary and sometimes sting of reality, that we have a God who will sit and be and breathe and remind us that sometimes it’s okay to do the same. For that is fuel to the fire.”

VBS Registration!

It’s time to sign up for VBS July16-20th. Registration is now open for both participants and volunteers. If you have any questions please call the office @221-0618.
Click Here for Vacation Bible School Registration Form.
Click Here for Vacation Bible School Volunteer Form.

Summer Camp
Have you signed up for church camp at Horizon for this summer? There is still time! Go to to sign up. Print off your receipt and bring it to the office by June 10 when we will figure up how to divide the Above and Beyond giving for camp to help reimburse part of your expenses.

Green Team- Plastic Fact #1
National Geographic magazine has embarked on a multi-year project to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis.  They have titled the project “Planet or Plastic?”, an obvious wordplay on the phrase “Paper or Plastic”.  It is nearly impossible as a consumer to avoid purchasing plastic in some form or another  Plastic is both a miracle product and the scourge of the Planet.  The most recent issue of National Geographic introduces the topic.

Over the next 8 weeks the Green Team will be including a “Fast Fact” about plastic pollution in Grace Notes.  By raising awareness to the problem it is our hope that the GUMC congregation will increase efforts to recycle plastics, but most importantly seek ways to reduce the consumption of plastics in our daily lives.

Fast Fact Number 1:  Eighteen billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year from coastal regions.  That’s the equivalent of five grocery bags of plastic trash sitting on every foot of coastline around the world.

The Green Team encourages the Grace community to recycle.

If your only stumbling block to a recycling commitment has been the $20 deposit on the recycling container, we’d like to help. We have funds available to help families pay the required deposit. If you are interested:

  1. Pick up a Recycling Cart Voucher from the church office.
  2. Fill out the form and take the complete form to the church office.
  3. You will be notified when a check is ready.
  4. Pick up the form and the check and take it to City Hall for your recycling cart.

The City of Winfield has taken steps to make recycling easy. You don’t have to worry about sorting. They will pick up your recyclables weekly if you put them out.

Accepted recyclables include:

  • Rinsed aluminum & steel cans
  • Cardboard – flattened – free of food & grease (i.e. pizza boxes, etc.)
  • Rinsed glass bottles, jugs, & jars
  • Rinsed plastic containers- #1 – #7
  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, junk mail, cereal & dry food boxes

Click here for a recycling voucher!

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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