Order of Worship: May 12th



Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs:

"To God Be the Glory"

"My Life is in You, Lord"

Mother's Day liturgy and candle lighting

Scripture Readings

Acts 1:15-17,21-26

Psalm 1

John 17:6-19

Unison Prayer

Song: "Shout to the Lord"

Message: "An Answer to Prayer"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Song: "He Has Made Me Glad"

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Song: "Crown Him with Many Crowns"



This Week at Grace:


Bible Study 9am

Bells rehearsal 1030am

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 heating 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

Creator God, in our communal life, may our actions, love, and service reflect Christ's presence within us. Help us live in a way that displays Christ's life in us, showcasing love, respect, and hospitality. May all that we do, reflect not only on us but also glorify Jesus. Guide us in honoring one another and celebrating our commitments as part of our faith. In the name of Jesus, our rock and redeemer, we pray.


Call to Worship

L: Easter people, raise your voices, for you belong to the Risen Christ! P: We belong to Christ, and so we share in Christ together.

L: Just as we share in Christ together, so we are called to share Christ with the world.

P: We share Christ by proclaiming the good news of God’s love to the world.

L: How will you share God’s love with the world?

P: By loving, respecting, and honoring our neighbors, especially those the world neglects, overlooks, and ignores.

L: Easter people, you belong to the Risen Christ!

P: Because we belong to Christ, we will share Christ’s love and belonging everywhere we go.

ALL: May it be so! Amen

Scriptures for next week


Romans 8:22-27

Psalm 104:24, 27-34

Acts 2:1-4


Thank you so much to the great group of volunteers that came to church on Wednesday the 8th and made our campus look tidy again! We are also grateful to Pequot Lakes High School for sending a crew to help.

More pics to share next week.

With the warmer weather, you may be ready to start your Spring cleaning; as you do, please start to gather items to give to the church rummage sale. You may bring in your donations during office hours or on Sunday mornings. Two classrooms have been designated for sale storage, please check the signs on the doors, as the rooms have a theme to help with the sorting process.

Reminder--no books or electronics please.

Mark your calendars for the sale-- June 20th and 21st.

Sign-ups will be showing up soon to help with set-up and sales!

Each year, churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference take a Love Offering for missions. The offering is brought to annual conference session—a gathering of United Methodist clergy and laity from across the state. The theme of the 2024 Annual Conference session—taking place in Bloomington on May 29-30—is “Jesus. Redeemer.” The Love Offering this year will help our neighbors—in Minnesota and around the world—heal from trauma and find safety. The funds from this year’s offering will go to a new United Methodist trauma care center in Ukraine, immigration legal support in partnership with Volunteer Lawyer Network, special programming aimed at reducing trauma at Emma Norton Services’ new Restoring Waters development, and Volunteers in Mission Scholarships.


"Old Age is Not for Sissies": Series of learning opportunities held at the Pine River UMC.

The Pine River State Bank will be giving a presentation called "Smart Money" from 1-3pm on Wednesday the 15th.

Series link to news item in the Echo.


May Missional Gifts

The missional giving for the month of May will go towards the "Love Offering". This is an offering collected yearly when our Annual Conference is held. It is combined to be used from 3-4 areas of need and service. There are some details about this year's recipients in a section of this newsletter.

If you are giving towards mission, please use one of the envelopes in the back that are labeled or make a note in the memo line of your check. Thank you.


Finance Team

Quarterly update and role of this team

The job of the Finance Committee is simple and straight forward. It is to provide clear, easy to understand financial information. This document provides a measurement of the church's progress in reaching its' financial goals.

The document does not include contributions that the donor has specified for a specific purpose, such as a contribution earmarked for a Youth Mission trip. The church then must use it for only that purpose and it cannot be used for other bills or expenses. Please note that this quarterly report represents revenue and expenses for 25% of the year. Therefore, revenue is under budget by $7,000 and expenses are under budget by $13,540. The under budgeted expenses is mainly due to unfilled staff positions.

Grace UMC Quarterly Financial Report as of MARCH 31

2024 Annual Budget


General Fund $44,883 $ 175,000

God-Faith 0 $ 30,000

Loose Giving $752 $ 2,500

Total Giving $ 45,635 $ 207,500


Building Rental Fees $39 $ 1,500

Interest Earned $861 $ 1,808

Rummage Sale 0 $ 5,000

Total Miscellaneous $ 900 $ 8,308

Total Revenue $ 46,535 $ 215,808


PROGRAMS $528 $ 8,950

TRUSTEES $11,961 $ 58,050

STAFF PARISH RELATIONS $20,803 $ 119,853

Total Expenses $ 40,997 $ 218,153


The nine members of the Finance Team ask for God's wisdom as we share our financial information with "respect and in order" so that He will be pleased and our church will be a good witness to the world of financial integrity.

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

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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

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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