Grace Notes – 7/18/18

An excerpt from Sunday’s sermon. God is still calling you!

New Sermon Series!

When Faith Gets Personal: Lessons from the Widows of the Bible

The Bible is full of stories of people being transformed by God’s grace. In this series we will look to an often overlooked collection of people whose lives were changed by a relationship with God—the widows! If you are looking to restart and rekindle your relationship with God, this series will be a kickstart in the right direction as we seek inspiration from some of the most interesting, complex, and beautiful characters in the Bible. Join us July 15 – August 15 to learn more!
This Sunday we will learn about Anna who saw Jesus when he was just a baby. She was so faithful and praised God. We will talk about faithfulness and God’s goodness this Sunday. The summer music will be shared by the VBS kiddos (we think you’ll like the sanctuary decorations!). See you then!

How to Help

VBS is this week and are still needing a few things so we can serve dinner each night at VBS.
Please Call Carol Galliart at: 620-262-5385.

* Friday will be an all church pool party at the Winfield Aquatic Center from 7:00 – 8:30pm. See you there!

VBS is going GREAT! We have about 50 kiddos.
Thank you to all who have volunteered with food and faith!

Tweens at VBS

The Tweens are focusing on Neighboring this VBS and they will be the Glimpse of Grace on Sunday, but we couldn’t wait to share some of the pictures from their trip out to Cumbernauld last night! Thanks to everyone who spent time with them! They had a blast and learned so much.

Habitat Garage Sale – August 11th
The Annual Winfield Habitat for Humanity Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.
In building 4, at the Fairgrounds from 7:00am- 1:00pm. Fill your bag for $5. with bargains galore and support the building of house #26. Donations need to be taken to the site on Friday, August 10th between 9:00am to 6:00pm. If you need pickup service, want to volunteer to work or other questions call Mike Wacker, day 620-441-2156 or evening 620-229-0123.

Neighboring Continues!

Check out Joy Lenz’s blog about the third round of neighboring and the impact it has had on her this summer. If you’re curious what the third lab was about or what this whole neighboring thing is all about, it would be a blessing to you to give it a read!

Commission on the Way Forward

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. prepared the following statement to the people of the Great Plains Conference in relation to the release of the report from the Commission on a Way Forward to the Council of Bishops. The letter was to be released as soon as the report was translated into the official languages of the church. However, the Judicial Council posted the commission’s report as part of its posting of documents leading up to the Judicial Council’s next meeting. Therefore, the bishop invites you to view this video now and to read the full Commission on a Way Forward report. The Commission on the Way Forward was the legislative team working on LGBT inclusion in relationship to the UMC. You can see the proposals here as well as a message from the Bishop, and if you’d like to learn more or have questions Pastor Lora is happy to chat. There will be more information in the months to come leading up to the February 2019 special General Conference. Look for more info in the future.

Green Team- Plastic Fact #8
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 8:
About 8 percent of the world’s oil production is used to make plasticand power the manufacturing of it.That figure is projected to rise to 20 percent by 2050.

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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