United Methodist Church
Reverse Advent: Join Us in serving our community
Grace UMC has a hybrid worship style that includes both contemporary worship songs and hymns. While contemporary worship songs keep us current and able to speak to this generation, hymns connect us to an ancient people who loved God and followed Jesus in a different era. Occasionally we will sing a verse or two in Spanish as we have a few members of our community whose first language is Spanish.
Childcare is provided during the service.
Christian Education for children, youth and adults at 8:45 am.
Confirmation for students going into middle school. Meets at 8:45 am.
Thanksgiving is soon upon us, in our sermon series and worship we will examine some of the spiritual practices that relate to the Thanksgiving season.
First we will explore the practice of gratitude and how that enriches our lives and the lives of others.
Second, we will examine the practice of generosity, living open-handed in a world of scarcity and recognizing God as our generous host invites us to freely receive and freely give.
Third, we will discuss the spiritual practice of stewardship. Stewardship is an old word that we don’t use commonly. It means to tend the world and its resources wisely. We are good stewards of the environment, good stewards of our resources, good stewards in our cities. This involves caring for others and the world that we live in.
Finally, we will explore the spiritual practice of hospitality which is much more than providing food and a pretty table. Hospitality is a posture of welcome that we have toward others in our often hostile world.
Advent is a season of remembrance, anticipation, and celebration. Many family traditions include an Advent Calendar that each day you open a door or pocket to find a treat or gift.
This advent season we invite you to open your cupboard or pantry door to gift one food item each day of Advent to someone in our community!
Here are some food gifting ideas:
Week 1 (12.01.2019 thru 12.07.2019)
Pasta or Pizza Night
Day 1 Box of noodles/spaghetti or Pizza crusts
Day 2 Jar of Alfredo or Marinara or Pizza sauce
Day 3 Parmesan Cheese
Day 4 Can of Chicken or non-refrigerated Pepperoni
Day 5 Can of olives or mushrooms
Day 6 Can of vegetables
Day 7 Pack of pudding or jello cups
Week 2 (12.08.2019 thru 12.14.2019)
Breakfast or Soup Dinner
Day 1 Cereal or Soup mixes
Day 2 Breakfast bars or Crackers
Day 3 Dried Fruit or Packaged bread sticks
Day 4 Pancake Mix or Can of Chicken
Day 5 Syrup or Can of Soup
Day 6 Bottle of Juice or Can of vegetables
Day 7 Pop Tarts or Packaged dessert
Week 3 (12.15.2019 thru 12.21.2019)
Pantry Basics Restock
Day 1 Mac & Cheese or Ramen
Day 2 Coffee or Tea
Day 3 Salt & Pepper or Spice Mix
Day 4 Sugar or Flour
Day 5 Bottle of Cooking oil or Olive oil
Day 6 Nuts or Dried Fruit
Day 7 Boxed Potatoes or Rice
Week 4 (12.22.2019 thru 12.24.2019)
Holiday or Ethnic Meal
Day 1 Taco Kit or Can of Black Bean
Day 2 Can of Chow main or Instant Rice
Day 3 Cornbread mix or Stuffing
Day 4 Can of Cranberries or Jar of Olives
Day 5 Jar of Pickles or Packaged Side Dish
Day 6 Bottle of Pop or Juice
Day 7 Packaged Dessert (non refrigerated)
Grace UMC will collect donations thru the Advent Season, that will be bagged and distributed to people in our community on Christmas Day in partnership with Boy Scout Troop 20 and their annual Troop 20 Christmas Dinner, Waite Park, MN at St. Joseph's church in Waite Park
You may also choose a person, family or organization to gift your food items too instead of dropping them off at Grace UMC.
Please feel free to make as many Reverse Advent Calendar donations as you wish!
Grace Drop-Off Collection times:
~ coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks will be available when you stop in~
Sunday Dec 8th 11:15 am to Noon
Sunday Dec 15th 11:15 am to Noon
Sunday Dec 22nd 11:15 am to Noon
Tuesday Dec 24th 4 pm to 5 pm
Call the church office at 252-2153 for alternative drop off times