Order of Worship: February 25th


Bells of Grace


Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs

"Lift High the Cross"

"Be Thou My Vision"

Scripture Readings

Genesis 17:1-7,15-16

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38

Unison Prayer

Lenten Song: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

Message: "Lose Yourself"

Song: "Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn: "Standing on the Promises"



(You are welcome to remain seated to listen to the postlude or depart)

This Week at Grace:

Sunday the 25th: Hot Dish cook-off after worship


Bible Study 9am

Bell Rehearsal 1030am

Wednesday: Adult Bible Study 4-6pm

Youth Group 6pm

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

In reverent praise and awe,

we praise our Lord God with hearts and minds filled with joyful trust,

because you have never left us bereft of comfort and help when we needed it.

We praise you for the many signs in the past of God’s presence with your people.

We thank you God, for all the daily signs we see that God always comes to people looking for God;

and we ask your blessings on future generations who will also learn of your listening ear;

your strong arm that protects vulnerable people;

and your loving heart that inspires trust.

We offer our praises to God, because of God’s faithfulness in listening and acting.

May God always be praised!


Call to Worship

L: Let our praise for all that God has done resound within and beyond these walls. When all people turn to God and worship God,

P: the poor shall eat and be satisfied,

and justice and peace will surely embrace present and future generations.

L: Therefore, in thanksgiving for all that God has done,

P: let our lives and our love proclaim the message

of God's gracious and liberating acts.

All: We offer all of ourselves in His holy name. Amen.


The Scriptures for next week are:

Exodus 20:1-17

John 2:13-22

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Before worship, the page numbers for the scripture will be on the screens if you choose to read from the pew bibles. The reader may be reading from another translation. I would encourage you to listen as it is being read, and perhaps read the verses before service begins.

--Pastor Jen

Mission Giving for February

Our missional giving for February will be given to support the good work being done through the Adult and Teen Challenge rehabilitation services in Brainerd. Many families have been touched by the pain of addiction, and so feel a personal connection to the work of this place.

Please make a note on your gift if you want it designated to the monthly

missions, thank you!

Lenten Food Challenge

We will be collecting food/funds along with a number of churches from the area to benefit the Lakes Area Food Shelf. This will be a friendly competition once again beginning on Ash Wednesday and going through Palm Sunday.


2/11—General overview to get us started

2/18—peanut butter


3/3—canned meats and proteins

3/10—paper towel and toilet paper

3/17—wrap up and final offerings

3/24—blessing over the gifts

Upcoming Blood Drives

Crosslake and Crosby

February 27,28, 29

Call 1-800-733-2767 for details and scheduling.

Mark Your Calendars

Get your ovens ready!

“Do you make the best hot dish?” “Do you have a favorite hot dish you like to eat?

Come join us on February 25th, for Hot Dish Sunday, after Church to eat and judge your favorite hot dish.


The Art of Christianity

Come join the fun!

We will be having an informal discussion and review of Christianity expressed through art. This will be a visual presentation, open to opinions, thoughts, and individual interpretations. Snacks and beverages will be provided with a suggested donation of $5 to cover expenses.

There will be two separate events with different materials presented at each. Join one or both.

Saturday, February 17th, 11-2pm

Saturday, March 2nd, 11-2pm

EASTER FLOWERS: Order forms for Easter flowers are available on a table in the narthex. You can also print out an order form at home and mail or drop at the church. Form

All order forms MUST include payment at the time of ordering.

 Last day to order is Tuesday, February 27th If you need an order form emailed to you, contact Marsha Mower (m.mower@sbcglobal.net). 

Thanks for helping make the church beautiful for Easter!

In the news,

click the red link to read.

Congratulations to Bryce Fabian on being named to the Fall Dean's list at Bemidji State Dean's list

A good season comes to an end. Kudos to Paxton Goddard wrestling for PLHS! Wrestling

Another successful weekend for Cassidy Wick figure skating in Duluth. Skating

A note from Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Pastie Fundraiser

Wednesdays Feb 14th through Wednesday March 13, 2024 

We will be making homemade Pasties to sell for $6.00 a piece during the Lenten season. These tasty meat, potato and veggie pockets will be made by the OSLC Youth. We will be asking for payment at the time of order, and the first round of orders should be available Sunday February 25th. Orders may also be placed by emailing oslcplyouth@gmail.com, and payment may be made through the OSLC website through Vanco mobile online giving by selecting the Youth Fundraisers option. Cash or check (made out to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, with Youth - Pastie fundraiser in the comments) in person will also be accepted. Please indicate what payment method you will be using when placing the order. Thank you in advance if you are planning to support our youth!

Grace UMC,

as we know just how much work this project is, please pray for a successful fundraiser for our friends at OSL!


How to view our worship service online

1-go to our website at www.graceumcpequotlakes.org

2-Along the top of the page, you will see a tab of options.

--on the right is a tab that says "Sundays"

--choose the "Grace Church Livestream" option

--this will take you to a collection of our services by date, where you can choose the most recent service, or others that you may have missed; when you have clicked the one that you want to view, you should see an arrow to click to make it play. It may be necessary to adjust your volume, based on your own computer system.

Building Security

This note is for those with a key to the building or code access--if you let yourself in,or open a door to give your group access for a meeting, please make sure that the doors are all locked again before you leave. Over the last few weeks, the building has been left unlocked many times. There are lots of reasons why this is a bad situation.

Please do your part to protect both building and staff by locking the doors, and double checking them before leaving.

--Pastor Jen


The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9am until noon. 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