Grace Notes 6/6/18

This Sunday we will be focusing on Amos 5:14-15, 18-24 and the Social Community section of the Social Principles. We will talk about the gift of God’s justice rather than the moralism we often equate with justice. It is joyful and a gift! Sandra Fatuma AND HER FAMILY will be giving the Glimpse of Grace testimony (praise be to God!) and some Camp Horizon staff are going to lead us in our closing song (get ready to leave with a whole lot of joy!). See you Sunday!

Annual Conference Volunteers

Great Plains Annual Conference is next week Wed – Sat in Wichita. They Annual Conference Team has reached out in need of volunteers for various jobs during conference. They need everything from traffic directors, bulletins, taking meal tickets at the doors, greeters, etc. If you have some free time and flexibility, I have the list of needed assignments and can connect you with Ross Baker, the coordinator. Thanks! – Lora

If you have free time and would like to be a driver for Friendship Meals they would love your help. It starts weekdays around 10:30am and usually for about a half hour. Please call 221-2451
Also, the Cowley County Historical Society is looking for a volunteer. If interested call 221-4811.

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 #3

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 3: 
Shoppers in the United States use almost one plastic bag per resident per day. (or 365  per year, as shown by the flag)
Shoppers in Denmark use an average of four plastic bags a year.  (shown in the lower right)

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!

Raquel Resendiz in DC!

The General Board of Church & Society welcomed their 2018 class of Ethnic Young Adult interns! They live in community, serve at nonprofits around the city, and participate in educational seminars each Friday. They are excited to spend the summer learning from these eight young United Methodists, including our very own Raquel Resendiz! Stay tuned throughout the summer to hear about their experiences in Washington, D.C.

Look who came to visit Grace! Sandra Fatuma’s family is HERE! We have been waiting all year for this. Yay God! Sandra, Terry, and Djesse will give the Glimpse of Grace testimony Sunday at Grace. You won’t want to miss it!

Confirmation Camp was a success!

Check out this article from the Great Plains Conference about the experience. You’ll recognized a familiar voice interviewed!

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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