Grace Notes – 5/8/19

It’s easy in our walk with Jesus to get comfortable, in a routine, or feeling settled. Jesus defeating death is a BIG deal, and we are going to spend May talking about what it looks like to respond to the goodness of God’s grace. Jesus calls us to get a little uncomfortable. We are going to embrace the risk together and talk about some of those things that make us cringe a little bit: evangelism (telling the story of why we are Christians to others—gasp!), generosity (yep, a conversation about money), failure (because what is riskier than falling flat on your face), and change (we have a little bit of that in front of us here at Grace!). Discover the joy it is to step into the risk with Jesus at Grace!
Sparkle Singers – May 12
Neighboring Study – Tuesdays
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 meets Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm, May 7 through June 11. Child care available, if needed. Contact Joy at jslenz@cox.net for more information.
Called Charge Conference – May 19
We will be having a called charge conference on Sunday, May 19th following worship in Fellowship Hall to vote on the certified candidacy of Charles McKinzie for ministry, updating our Endowment Policy, and updating our membership rolls. Bruce Blake will preside. This is an exciting step for Charles in his vocational discernment, and we hope to see you there!
Summer Hours – Begins May 20
Beginning May 20th, our office hours will be 10:00-2:00, Monday-Friday.
Acolyte Training/Review – June 9
There will be an acolyte training/review for all children 1st grade and up who wish to serve. Even if you have done it before, we would like for you to attend this brief session. We will begin right after church on Sunday, June 9th (please note change of date). We should be done in less than 30 minutes. Any questions, ask Pastor Lora or Kathy Baker.
VBS – July 16-20
VBS is just a little over two months away and we would love for you to join us!  Please, invite your friends!  Register your kiddos here: https://gracewinfield.breezechms.com/form/bb8e361929.  Register to volunteer here: https://gracewinfield.breezechms.com/form/e84c303829.  RSVP, share and invite your friends on our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2312936078945683/
The Neighboring Team at Work!
The Neighboring Team had some fun creating and distributing May Day baskets to our neighbors! How have you loved your neighbors lately? Contact Joy at jslenz@cox.net for more information about Neighboring.
SC Finals Pizza Party!
We had a great time celebrating with our SC students.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!
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 Health Care.

What does the Bible say about Health Care?
Jesus heals many people of their physical ailments during his ministry on Earth and talks about caring for others through stories like the Good Samaritan and the parable of the sheep and the goats. Caring for others is also a recurring theme in the Old Testament, as in this critique of leaders in Ezekiel 34:4 — “Should not the shepherds feed the sheep? … You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured…”
See the complete Faith & Facts cards here: https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/19 and https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/16

Gerry ReQua’s 90th Birthday Party – May 25
The family of Gerry ReQua invite you to a card shower party on Saturday, May 25th from 2:00-4:00 in the basement meeting room of Cumbernauld Village.  If you are not able to attend but would like to send a card, they can be sent directly to Gerry at Cumbernauld Village.
Camp Horizon Open House – May 26
Please join Camp Horizon, 30811 Horizon Dr., Arkansas City, for the celebration of the new pool and basketball court on Sunday, May 26, at 3:00 pm.
Register for Camp Horizon!
Parents it’s that time to register your child or youth for Camp Horizon. Our April Above & Beyond Giving will be used 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.
Upper Room Devotional – May/June 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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