Order of Worship: July 7th



Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs: "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"

"How Firm a Foundation"

Scripture Readings

1 Samuel 17:3-15,32-51

Psalm 9:1-10

Romans 16:25-27

Unison Prayer

Song: "Awesome God"--chorus

Message: "5 Smooth Stones"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Song: "One Bread, One Body"


Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Song: "Battle Hymn of the Republic"



This Week at Grace:


Memorial Service for Emilie Fitch



Trailside Meal 530-7pm

If you are planning to meet at Grace UMC, you need to call ahead or email the office to reserve space and to get your meeting on the church calendar. To adjust for cooling needs, Pastor Jen MUST know if/when you are meeting.

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to noon


Online--available at


In-Person Worship Sunday--9am

Unison Prayer

Lord, we pray not for tranquility,  

  nor that our tribulations may cease; 

we pray for thy spirit and thy love, 

  that thou grant us strength and grace to overcome adversity; 

   through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Call to Worship

L: We come to worship 

P: Sometimes more like David, and sometimes more like Goliath. 

L: We come to worship 

P: To remember to trust in your strength, not our own, 

and to live into the calling you have on our lives. 

L: We come to worship 

P: to lay all that we are and all that we have before you. 

All: So let us worship our God!

Scriptures for next week:

Judges 16:4-22

Psalm 75

2 Corinthians 12:5-10

We will be celebrating communion together this Sunday the 7th during worship. ALL are welcome at the table! If you worship with us online, please know that you are welcome to use chosen elements in your home and partake with us.

Thank you to the many volunteers for helping with the rummage sale, from set-up to take-down! To those that brought in items to sell, and to our many shoppers!

The total sales were $7064.78!

The UWF bake sale was also quite successful in raising money for local missions. They raised $879! This would not have been possible without the great crew of bakers and sellers (and hungry shoppers!). Thank you for your support!

Mission Giving for July

Our joint mission for the month of July is Operation Christmas Child. This is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan's Purse. This mission provides local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with a variety of gifts for children, as an outreach within their own communities to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

With each box built, a $10 donation is suggested to offset the shipping and handling costs. Our goal this year is to offer support to this mission, not by building boxes, but by offsetting these costs. $10 can go a long way to putting these gifts into the hands of children in need!

Please make a note on your gift if you would like it to go towards this mission.

On Wednesday, July 10th from 5:30 to 7PM the Grace family invites trail users and community members, who may want to join by car, to a "Supper Off the Trail."


All are welcome - locals and visitors - to come for a light supper of hot dogs and chips followed by an "Ice Cream Social!" Enjoy getting to know your neighbors and maybe even some visitors to our beautiful lakes area.


Watch for signs on the trail and on Patriot Avenue.


For more information call the church at 218-568-5755 or visit our website www.graceumcpequotlakes.org


If you have questions around the decisions that were voted on at the General Conference in April, please reach out to Pastor Jen. She will set aside time to meet with you one on one and address your questions and concerns. There will be no changes made at Grace UMC related to the Book of Discipline edits.

A service celebrating the life of Emilie Fitch will be held on July 9th at 12pm at the church, a luncheon will follow.


Upcoming Event

A luncheon will be held at the Pine River UMC on Tuesday July 16th at noon. The guest speakers will be Doug Weiss and Barb Mann presenting for the Balsam Moon Preserve.

Thank you to the PR church for changing this date so that our members could attend (so let's do so!)

The Pine River ladies are hosting this event, on July 16th at noon at the Pine River UMC. When arriving, please use the side door and not the sanctuary entrance please. Please RSVP with Pam at PRUMC at 218-587-4091, leave a message if after hours.


**Apologies that we were unable to link up with articles posted in the local Echo Journal. We hope to do so next week!

The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9am until noon. Ring the doorbell and we will come to open the south door!

The building and office are closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Church office phone: 218-568-5755

-- Church office (for all general inquiries and administrative/clerical duties)


 -- Pastor Jen Matthees – jenmatt20@gmail.com

-- Ann Hutchings-Congregational Care Assistant- graceumccare@gmail.com

If you have something that should be added to this newsletter from your group or mission, please speak with Pastor Jen or email the details to her at jenmatt20@gmail.com. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be received by Thursday 10am at the very latest.

If you wish to connect with me directly and it is not an emergency, please know that I will respond as needed during pretty regular office hours. I am generally in the church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from at least 10-1, call the office to be sure, as my weeks may vary. I check my emails frequently throughout the day, and this is the best way to contact me. Friday is my day off as needs allow.

-Pastor Jen

Contact us concept with wood block and symbols at_ e-mail address and phone

Important note

If you are mailing something to the church, you must use our P.O. Box for the address. We do not receive mail at the church, and if you use the physical church address it will get returned and could delay your notices to us or offerings.

P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Visit our website

On our website you can find links to past services, a spot to watch this week's service, an online link to giving, and much more!

Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org