May 31, 2020 @ 10:15a
Each and every week we look forward to this hour to gather as a community. We are glad YOU are here today with us!
Please complete the Connect Card in the seat pocket in front of you. Then, place the card either in the offering basket when it is passed or on the bookcases in the back on your way out.
We truly hope you enjoy your time here this morning and hope you return soon.
Order of Worship
God Of This City
TODAY • Worship • 10:15a • ONLINE
TODAY • Virtual Coffee Hour • 5 mins following worship • ZOOM
TODAY • Youth Bible Study • 11:30a • ZOOM
TODAY • Middle & High School Youth Group • 5p • ZOOM
TODAY • Refuge Youth Alumni • 6p • ZOOM
TODAY • Pastor Tracie's Book Club • 6:30p • ZOOM
May 26 • Study & Discussion with Pastor Erick • 7p • ZOOM
May 27 • Midweek Check-In with Pastors Erick & Tracie • 12p • ZOOM
May 27 • Youth Small Groups • 6:30p • ZOOM
May 28 • Kids Hangout with Pastor Erick • 3p • ZOOM
RELAUNCH TASK FORCE FORMED
We have formed a Relaunch Task Force that will begin meeting next week. At this point our earliest possible return to in person gatherings of any kind will be June 21. We realize many want to get back to meeting in person, however, our first priority is the health and safety of all people. We will be closely following John Wesley's first general rule to, "do no harm."
- Task Force Purposes:to help inform our health and safety
- to help recommend guidelines for Grace Community
- to help put the guidelines into practice
- to help reimagine what "church" might look like moving forward
We will begin to issue regular updates from the task force as they begin meeting.
A GRAND BLESSING
Last week in worship it was my joy to share with you the generous gift that was given to Grace Community from Andrea Reardon and her brother, J. Wright. As they settled the estate of their late parents, Morgan and Ella Mae Wright, they decided to gift the church with their mother’s baby grand piano. What a blessing!
Ella Mae played piano as a child and attended college at Shenandoah Music Conservatory. After graduation, in the early 50s, she taught at Ferrum College in Virginia. She was also hired as the Director of Music at her home church, Fairview UMC, in Roanoke, Virginia. After meeting and marrying Morgan Wright in May of 1956, J. was born in 1957 and the family moved to Miami, where Andrea was born. Ella Mae was hired at Rader UMC in 1959 and remained the director of music until Morgan was transferred by Kraft Foods to Boynton Beach in 1980. Ella Mae was hired at First UMC Boynton, initially as the organist and then promoted to director of music when the position became available. She remained employed there until she passed in May 2002. Much of her time was spent creating new programs for the church in the bell choirs, travelling musical performances, and dinner shows. She also performed on the piano for a solo concert, musical theater productions, and musical entertainment at a local restaurant in Delray. Music was her passion.
We are so very thankful to the Reardon and Wright family for the gift of Ella Mae’s piano. We will cherish it as we worship Christ together, knowing full well she is worshipping right alongside of us.
PEGGY DENIO'S RETIREMENT
At Grace Community UMC, like many other churches, our staff become our family. Each person is beloved, valued, and appreciated. Peggy DeNio fits that description so well!
When Peggy joined our staff as our administrative assistant, she immediately showed us she was there to go above and beyond in all ways with her work. And, it was impressive. She took on every new process or skill with the utmost of attention, wanting to give her very best to God and to the church. Peggy was instrumental in creating the beautiful bulletins that we used in worship each week. She always skillfully handled the design and fit a lot of information on that small piece of paper! When someone in need came to our church, you can be sure Peggy saw to it their needs were served and they were prayed for by our team. She coordinated numerous donation initiatives that benefitted several community food pantries and charitable programs. There are many children with toys and families with food because of her ability to coordinate, communicate, and organize.
Additionally, Peggy became extremely interested in Fresh Expressions, doing church in a new way, in a new place for new people. This concept grabbed her attention and she was instrumental in completely birthing Spiritual Water Aerobics, as well as, an invaluable member of the teams that launched Dinner Church and the Community Garden.
Now, Peggy is retiring, and we want to honor her contributions to our church. We use the term “retiring” lightly because, as we’ve come to expect, Peggy won’t be relaxing at all! She plans to play a big part in caring for her new twin grandchildren and attending to the needs of her own mother. And, we trust she will always volunteer her time in the community and never stop giving to those in need.
Over the past couple years, getting to know Peggy has been wonderful. Her positive energy, determined attitude, and resourceful nature meant every task she was assigned was done with the utmost care and attention to detail. We’ll miss her. Please join us in thanking her for her service. Her last day of service will be June 4. Thank you, Peggy!
Live Online Worship • Sundays • 10:15a
Join us live for virtual worship online. This week we are expanding the opportunities for you to engage in online worship. You will now have three choices to watch on Sunday and throughout the week:
You will also be able to watch full length recordings of worship on-demand by clicking on the MEDIA link on our website. Should you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Virtual Coffee Hour • Sundays • 5 minutes following worship
Grab a cup of coffee and join us after the Sunday Live Stream via ZOOM (https://zoom.us/j/343165653). We will sip coffee and chat for few minutes. There are no agenda items other than to gather together and see your faces and hear each your voices.
Study & Discussion Groups with Pastor Erick
Join in this ZOOM, online discussion group focusing on our scriptures from worship.
- Tuesdays @ 7p on ZOOM • https://zoom.us/j/178586054
Pastor Tracie's Book Club
Currently, Tracie's Book Club is studying A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
- Sundays @ 6:30p with Pastor Tracie • https://zoom.us/j/494389574
Virtual Coffee Hour • Sundays • 5 minutes following worship
Grab a cup of coffee and join us after the Sunday Live Stream via ZOOM (https://zoom.us/j/343165653). We will sip coffee and chat for few minutes. There are no agenda items other than to gather together and see each others faces and hear each others voices.
Join us for an online discussion of various topics to help us grow our faith together.
- Wednesdays @ 12p on Facebook Live
- TODAY • 11:30a Youth Bible Study via Zoom, middle & high school combined. https://zoom.us/j/4616462311 Meeting ID: 461 646 2311
- TODAY • 5:00p: Youth Group via Zoom, middle high school combined. https://zoom.us/j/4616462311 Meeting ID: 461 646 2311
- TODAY • 6:00p: Refuge Alumni (for students out of high school) via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/4616462311 Meeting ID: 461 646 2311
- 6:30p: Girls Small Group (middle & high school) via Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9409140162 Meeting ID: 940 914 0162
- 6:30p: Guys Small Group (middle & high school) via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/4616462311 Meeting ID: 461 646 2311
Connect with Greg
Please connect with Greg to hear about the virtual ways we are connecting with youth and their families for the foreseeable future. email@example.com OR cell: 813-695-6938
Grace Kids Hangout Time with Pastor Erick • Thursdays • 3-3:30p
Join Pastor Erick and other friends online via ZOOM (https://zoom.us/j/123127568) for fun activities that can be done with things around the house. Activities may include things like scavengers hunts, story time, origami, etc...