Grace Notes – 7/10/19

Love Your Neighbor Sermon Series
For the month of July, we will continue exploring what it means to love our neighbor: our global neighbor, our next-door neighbor, our younger neighbor, our older neighbor, our agnostic neighbor, our Christian neighbor, our queer neighbor, our straight neighbor … ALL our neighbors. While this challenge is echoed over and over in our Scripture and our tradition, it can sometimes seem challenging, exhausting or near impossible! Join us for worship this week as we encourage one another through prayer, music, and word to better love our neighbor through the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Micah Corps – July 14
Micah Corps is a ten-week young adult summer internship through the Great Plains Conference that nurtures young leaders in their faith journey and understanding of social justice through visits and teachings at local congregations on a diversity of topics such as environmental justice, LGBTQ+ justice and economic justice. Their mission is rooted in the words of the prophet, Micah, which states “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God.” (6:8) Join us on Sunday during our Sunday School hour from 9:30-10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about LGBTQ+ justice, our biblical mandate and how to be a better ally from interns, Paige Schroeder and Stephanie Achi.
Peace With Justice Sunday – July 14
In today’s world, communities face social challenges, nations are divided, human rights are violated, and slavery of all kinds still perpetuate our existence. As the United Methodist Church, we are moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image. We will not turn a blind eye to injustice.When you give on Peace with Justice Sunday, your gift makes possible our critical kingdom work in the world. Because you give:

  • Methodists spearhead a peace ministry uniting Arizona border communities.
  • United Methodists in Liberia are being equipped to implement the denomination’s Social Principles to address social-justice issues.
  • Pennsylvania students are educating their community about sex-trafficking at home and abroad.

Your generous gift supports Peace with Justice ministries in your annual conference and globally.  When you give, you encourage people to live – not just preach – a gospel of peace.

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Ways to Welcome Pastor Maddie!
In the coming weeks, the Transition Team will be sharing tips for welcoming Pastor Maddie to Grace. These tips come from “50 Ways to Welcome Your New Pastor” and can be found at YOU can help Pastor Maddie get off to a strong start and help her feel truly welcome by:

  • Continuing to remember Pastor Maddie in your daily prayers.
  • Invite Pastor Maddie to any social events held by your Sunday School Class or Small Group.

In addition, THANK YOU to everyone who brought food, set-up, cleaned up and participated in the Potluck Luncheon for Pastor Maddie on July 7th. It was a great welcome for Pastor Maddie and her family!

Youth Group – July 14
Youth Group meets Sunday, July 14th at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. We hope to see you all there!
Honor Roll Recipients
Winfield Middle School recently released honor roll receipients for the 2019 Spring Semster. Congratulations to the following Grace UMC students: Charles Bloomcamp, Cloie Cuington, Laura Dutton, Marshall Groom, Rosalie Kinney, Kirsten Lockyear, Marc Lockyear, Olivia Lybarger, Addison Reams and Evie Quiett!
Helping Immigrant Children at our Southern Border
Britt Bradley, chair of our Missions & Social Justice committee, spoke in church on June 30th to share how we can help people enveloped in the crisis at the US/Mexico border. Here is the article from UMnews:
Here are the best ways you can help:

  • Donate to Advance #3022144 – Global Migration (a United Methodist response fund).
  • Pray for innocent people who suffer because of crisis in their home countries. Pray for our country to treat people fairly and equitably. Pray for the hearts of those who care for migrants to be filled with compassion and see Christ in the people they are overseeing. Pray for God to break the hearts of our country’s leaders for the things that break God’s heart. Pray for God to break your heart for the things that break God’s heart, and that you might be moved to action as a member of the Body of Christ on Earth.
  • Donate to Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist ministry that provides legal aid to vulnerable immigrants
  • Since United Methodist health and hygiene kits and other donations are being turned away from detention centers, a change in governmental policy is necessary. Stay educated through reliable news sources and call on your representatives in congress to request any of the following: an end to family separation of migrants; access to clean water, showers, soap, free laundry facilities, and toothbrushes/toothpaste for people in our immigration detention facilities; additional funding for family reunification efforts; etc. You can contact our senators and representative here:  (It’s easy! Just tell the person who answers that you’re calling from zip code 67156 and that you’d like to ask the senator/representative to ____, and thank them for passing that along. They won’t argue with you, and it’s a quick call!
Dishes, Dishes, Dishes!
Please visit the church kitchen at your earliest convenience to retrieve any missing dishes. We have LOTS of items needing to be picked up!
VBS Update
Hey friends! I wanted to give you an update about VBS.

1) Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had a change of plans and will be having a movie night on July 19th instead of our usual pool party. This movie night will start with a block party gathering with ice cream sundaes at 7:30 and the movie starting around 8:00 or 8:15. We will be watching the movie Up! and it will be held in the parking lot of the church.

2) We need about 10 more volunteers and I would love if you would reach out to me either by phone (913)961-2241 or by email if you would be willing to help out.

3) If you haven’t registered your kids please do so! We are so excited to learn how to be better neighbors, friends, and followers of Christ together.

Register your kiddos here: Register to volunteer here: RSVP, share and invite your friends on our Facebook event here:

Missions & Social Justice
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 Immigration and Global Migration.

What does the Bible Say?
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. (1 Corinthians 12:24b-26a)

What does the United Methodist Church Say?
We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families. (2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles Paragraph 162)

What do the facts say?
Unauthorized immigration to the U.S. is part of a larger global migration crisis. In 2015, an estimated 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are annually apprehended at U.S. borders. U.S. policy has focused on enforcement, rather than addressing root causes. It is time to focus on holistic reform.

What do you say?
Take ACTION for justice…
Urge local churches to sponsor a Justice for Our Neighbors legal clinic. You can learn more about how to make this happen by visiting

Tell your member of Congress that we need to fix our broken immigration system by providing a path to full citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, reunifying families separated by migration, and protecting the rights of workers. Take action today at

See the complete Faith & Facts cards here: and

Upper Room Devotional – July/August 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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