Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, February 24, 2020
Reaching people with the love and teachings of Jesus Christ

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Hello Friends!
February is an exciting month at Grace United Methodist Church. We will welcome several new members and celebrate baptisms in the coming weeks. These are great signs of vitality and growth in our church community! 
 
Later this month we will begin the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service on February 26, 7:00 pm at Grace UMC. We will be worshiping with our friends from Mt. Hope UMC, with the Reverend Eric Mulanda preaching. 
 
Starting in February we’re beginning a new sermon series  focused on cultivating a biblical growth mentality. Time and time again we see God using ordinary people to do the  extraordinary but not without great challenges and obstacles. The question is whether we have a fixed mindset that says: our abilities and potential have already been predetermined; or a growth mentality that says: we can continue to increase through learning and persistence. Having a fixed mentality is believing that we are the masters of our own lives. Having a growth mentality is choice we make for ourselves because we have faith that God is with us. 
 
Finally, you may have seen or heard news of the United  Methodist Church splitting. Earlier this month a group of  representatives from across the spectrum of the denomination met to discuss a Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation, in the event of separation. This is only a recommendation that will need to be voted upon at General Conference 2020. At this time there is no action taken. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and I will be glad to have further  discussion with you.
 
Grace and peace, Pastor Paul