Dear People of Grace,
This week we are observing Mother's Day. As we think about the role of mothers in our lives, I found a book that you might find informative.
Click here to read the 31 ways, and to learn more about the book.
|WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY|
8:15 am -Worship in the Chapel with Communion
9:25am - Sanctuary Worship -
Scripture Lesson: Mark 5:25-34
Proclamation: Rev. Dr. Mark Hill
"The 'Him' of His Garment"
10:30 am - Fellowship Time with coffee and doughnuts
10.45 am - Sunday School Classes
| UMW - ON BUTTERFLY WINGS|
Last opportunity to get tickets will be Sunday, May 13!
|UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE CONCLUDES IN TAMPA|
Meliss Zimmerman has been our eyes and ears at the General Conference. Through her blog, she has shared her observations, reactions, and the emotions of being there in our denomination's highest legislative body.
On Friday, May 4 she commented on witnessing debate on the contentious issues of sexuality/homosexuality:
"There were several highlights to both sides of the debate that I will share with you. Most are paraphrases or summaries.
-This is silly because we disagree on almost everything, so why should this issue be treated differently.
-We have already passed a petition acknowledging we do not agree entirely on everything, and it is placed at the beginning of the social principles.
-There is too much pain caused by these words/statements/stances.
-It is important to speak the truth about all sin, not just this one, and our congregations understand this. They respect us when we speak truth about their sin.
-This is causing people to leave our church, because it is hateful language.
-Speaking truth, even in this, will call people to join the church, because they respect that. People do join the conservative churches.
-Many compare it to the act of reconcilliation and to our new full communion with traditionally African American denominations that left over racism.
-God would not create people in this way, and no more would God make a person to live with animals than he would create a person as homosexual...after this speech, the bishop reminded people to have a calm voice, not speak with inflamatory language, and not to call names...during the speech, somebody started to blow a whistle. The whistle was blown later also.
-Love and condoning actions of sin are not the same thing.
-We are all sinners, so why should this be treated differently?
As you can see, there were many passionate pleas on both sides. Some were appropriate and some were not. Many people sited statistics of growing churches, both conservative and liberal. Many people quoted the Bible."
For further information about the 2012 General Conference you might find interesting:
- News Report on the disappointing conclusion to General Conference
- Another hoosier participant shared his reactions here.
|UMM OFFERS TWO MISSION PROJECTS|
Men... Help Mold The Character Of Tomorrow's Leaders...
because the youngsters of today will lead tomorrow.
Join us as we take on our newest project,,, to provide support and assistance to the Grace UMC Scouts. We'll asses, monitor, and approve expenditure requests tapping into the $2,000 in New Program Funds provided to the boys.
We'll provide 2 volunteers each Monday from the UMM from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. to provide assistance and support.
Join the UMM Officers NOW in this new mission. Call Cindy at 457-5329 to get on board.
Help Put A Roof Over A Families Head.
It's a Habitat For Humanity Project. They need help on a new home on Saturday, June 2nd.
You report at 8:30 A.M. and work until 3:00 or 4:00 P.M. Lunch is provided. Call Craig Williams NOW at 453-4055 to sign-up. Craig will call Alex at the habitat before the 2nd to share how many men will be available.
Men... help us reach out to our community!
TIME TO SPRING CLEAN GRACE'S COTTAGE - May 18 and 19 we'll be giving Grace's cottage at Epworth Forest a clean sweep and spruce up. We have lots of work to do so both men and women are encouraged to come. Bring your cleaning supplies and tools for outside work as well. Come for one day, Friday or Saturday, or come for both days and stay over at the cottage. Contact Nancy Hefley (452-3038) for further details.
ATTENTION ALL GRACE CHURCH MEMBERS - If you are not already on a Bereavement Dinner Team and would like to serve in this capacity, please contact Sue Murrell at 455-0364 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a fulfilling way to help provide a valuable service to the church and to those who have lost a loved one. Thank you for your consideration.
HOSTING SCOTLAND YOUTH GROUP - Grace UMC will be hosting a Youth Group from Scotland June 30th through July 19th. If you would be interested in hosting a member or chaperone for a few, or most, of the days please contact Jeff Gehring.
NEEDED: Supplies for Operation Classroom and related United Methodist schools in Africa- Again this year our Indiana Annual Conference gives us opportunity to help with an in-gathering of needed items for the United Methodist missions we support. Updated lists of items are at the Welcome Center - health kits, Bibles, backpacks, copy paper, powdered milk, $$ for shipping, etc.pick up a copy and bring specific needed items to the Annual Conference In-Gathering basket in the parlor. Itemswill be delivered to the Conference site Sunday p.m., May 20. - call Brownfields at 455-1764. Thanks again for your help!
UM Men: The Spring Banquet or the Mother - Daughter Banquet will take the place of our normal May meeting. The banquet takes place on Tuesday, May 15th. Join us. Help needed in the kitchen, dining room, and for clean up. Call David Brownfield NOW at 455-1764 to sign up. See you on the 15th.
ALTAR FLOWERS - Altar flowers are needed for May 27; June 10, 17 and July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY Women's Golf Team Fundraiser - June 16- 9 hole golf scramble at Chippendale Golf Course.
Grace, Main Street, and St Luke's churches are invited to participate in a golf scramble to benefit the IWU Women's golf team.All levels of golfers are welcome and encouraged to play. This is a brand new team for the university and we are raising funds to offset the cost of travel.
We will start with lunch at 12 noon, followed by a devotional titled "Golf is God's Game", a short golf clinic for those interested out on the range, then shot-gun start golf at 2pm.If you would like to participate inthis wonderful opportunity (and possibly meet some of the team members), please RSVP your team June 10 to IWU Coach Julie Wagner at Julie.email@example.com or 210-2831.The cost is $35 pp and Chippendale members are $25 pp. All checks can be made payable to IWU Athletics Women's Golf. You may form your own teams and invite friends to play as well.We will have a wonderful day of fellowship, food and fun.
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