Grace Notes – 7/3/19

Pastor Maddie’s First 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, word and Holy Communion to better love our neighbor through the story of Naaman’s healing.
Church Office Closed – July 4-5
Please Wear Name Tags!
Welcome Pastor Maddie Potluck – July 7
Please join us in welcoming Pastor Maddie to Grace! We will have a potluck luncheon immediately following Maddie’s first service here at Grace. All are welcome and don’t forget to wear your name tags!
A Litany of “Passing the Baton”
In worship Sunday, June 30th, we heard a little about the Pastors who have served at Grace over the years, blessed their ministry, and “handed the baton” to Pastor Maddie for her to lead us into the future.
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 madison.stumbough@sckans.edu 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: 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/

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?
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

I <Jesus> was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25: 12:24b-26a)

What does the United Methodist Church Say?
Throughout Scripture the people of God are called to love sojourners in our midst, treating them “as if they were one of your citizens” and loving them as we do ourselves (Lev. 19:33-34)…Welcoming the migrant is not only an act of mission: it is an opportunity to receive God’s grace…We call upon all United Methodist churches to welcome newly arriving migrants in their communities, to love them as we do ourselves, to treat them as one of our native-born, to see in them the presence of the incarnated Jesus, and to show hospitality to the migrants in our midst, believing that through their presence we are receiving the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #3281, “Welcoming the Migrant to the US”)

What do the facts say?
In 2012 alone, the U.S. spent more than $18 billion on immigration enforcement, more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

The Social Security Administration reports that unauthorized immigrants contribute $13 billion in payroll taxes annually.

What do you say?
Take ACTION  for justice

Join a Rapid Response Team in your conference! Teams are made up of people passionate about creating welcoming congregations and mobilizing church and conference to advocate for just and humane immigration reform. Email Jeania Ree Moore for details! jmoore@umcjustice.org

See the complete Faith & Facts cards here: https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/33 and https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/17

Pride Event Update
The first Cowley County Pride event was a great success! Thanks to all the Grace folks who helped tie dye and came to celebrate our LGTBQ neighbors.
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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