Order of Worship: May 19th


Bells of Grace--"My Jesus, I Love Thee"

and "Sweet Hour of Prayer"


Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs: "I Will Call Upon the Lord"

"Spirit Song"

Scripture Readings

Ezekiel 37:1-13

Acts 2:1-4

Psalm 104:24, 27-34

Romans 8:22-27

Unison Prayer

Special Music: "10,000 Reasons" -Casey Derksen

Message: "New Life to Old Bones"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Song: "Breathe on Me, Breath of God"

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Song: "Every Time I Feel the Spirit"



This Week at Grace:


Bible Study 9am

Note: Tree and lawn work around our shared entrance with the Food Shelf will begin on Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.


Adult Bible Study 4-6

Looking ahead...

Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th, so the office will be closed that day.

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

Send forth your Spirit, O God, and renew the face of the earth.

Dwell among us,

even though your presence will startle and unsettle us.

Grant us your peace, we pray,

as justice and love pour down upon the yearning earth.


Call to Worship

L: We are the Easter people! 

P: We have witnessed the Resurrection of our Lord. 

L: We are now called to be people of the Pentecost. 

P: We are called to boldly share the good news of God’s love.

L: Open your hearts, O people, to God’s great power and love.

P: We open our hearts to hear God’s

word for us and to joyfully proclaim Jesus Christ as our Savior. AMEN.

Scriptures for next week:

Psalm 29

Romans 8:12-17  

John 3:1-17

Once again, 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 this week as promised.

Please continue 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.

A big thank you goes to Lynn Lundgren for stopping by our little garden often, to keep it growing and beautiful!


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.

Pastor Jen will be taking a few days off to visit her daughter in Texas. She will be attending our Minnesota Annual Conference as soon as she gets back. She will be away from the office from Tuesday afternoon (5/21) until Saturday (June 2nd). For the most part, she will still be able to respond to emails, but it may only be once per day. Please contact Ann through the office if you have an immediate need.

Dean Fitch will be bringing the message on Sunday the 26th, and it is sure to be a special service!

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