Grace United Methodist Church Receives 2020 Best of Columbia Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grace United Methodist Church Receives 2020 Best of Columbia Award

Columbia Award Program Honors the Achievement

COLUMBIA January 8, 2020 — Grace United Methodist Church has been selected for the 2020 Best of Columbia Award in the Places of Worship category by the Columbia Award Program.

Each year, the Columbia Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbia area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Columbia Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Columbia Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Columbia Award Program

The Columbia Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Columbia area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Columbia Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Columbia Award Program

CONTACT:
Columbia Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@bizawardannouncement.org
URL: http://www.bizawardannouncement.org

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Outdoor Worship – November 1st

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY – OUTDOOR WORSHIP

All Saints Sunday is this Sunday, November 1 st and we will be offering outdoor worship that day at 10:00 am. All Saints Sunday is a day that we remember and celebrate the saints of God throughout history and in our lives. We will be remembering the saints in our lives by name during our Holy Communion service that day. Please email me at pastor@gracecolumbia.org with the names of the saints in your life that you would like remembered that day.

Please register your attendance for the day by contacting the church office. We are not requiring you to register in order to attend, but by registering you help us to be as prepared as we can for communion, screening, and seating on Sunday.

Remember to bring your own chairs, and as you arrive please remain in your parked vehicle to be screened before finding a space to sit.

DRIVE THROUGH COMMUNION

Communion will be available from noon to 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon for those who cannot attend worship in-person on Sunday morning. We will be offering drive through communion at the drop off loop in the parking lot.

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Click here to download the complete document.

Grace Services Online

If you are planning to worship with us in person on Sunday morning, our guidelines ask that you call to pre-register your attendance so that we can effectively seat everyone in the sanctuary while maintaining social distance. The deadline to pre-register is today at noon. Please call the church office to pre-register.

Live Worship broadcasts will be online Sundays
at 8:30am and 11:00am.

Easily access archives of previous services and devotions through most of these same resources!

The online worship options we have include: 
(Click on the highlighted links below for quick access)

  • Facebook
  • YouTube,
  • Grace’s FireTV Channel,
    • from your FireTV, search for the Grace United Methodist Church Columbia channel (or click the link above or Add the channel via the web to your FireTV device by visiting:  amazon.com and select apps and devices in the search bar – Grace United Methodist Church),
  • ROKU –  
  • and our website.

You can find the bulletin here, and the announcements here. Our online giving page can be found here. You can still mail your offering to the church at 410 Harbison Blvd. Columbia, SC 29212 or you can bring it by and drop it in the mailbox outside of the church office.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Although Covid-19 continues to influence our lives in many ways, Samaritan’s Purse is still hopefully to have a successful Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive in 2020.  The collection week is not until November 16 th -23 rd, but now is the time to start thinking about how we at Grace will once again help positively impact the lives of some deserving children from all around the world.

With careful consideration for the health of our members, we are offering some options for those who would like to participate in the ministry in 2020. We will continue to supply shoeboxes for those who would like to personally fill a shoebox and return it to church at their convenience prior to November 16 th.  We will start to have shoeboxes available during the outdoor service on September 13 th and following that service, Monday –Thursday during regular office hours outside the main entrance to the Sanctuary.  As always, each of these shoeboxes will need to be shipped and a $9 donation is suggested to cover this cost.

To have another local option, we would like to formulate a team of shoppers/packers composed of Grace Members willing to buy items and fill shoeboxes for those who prefer not to “shop” during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Members could simply donate funds to have a box filled and shipped and this team would do the rest. If you feel so moved to be a part of the shopping/packing team, please contact Marlin McPhail via email or phone using his contact information in the church directory. Once a team is formed, members will be notified that this option is available for use.

Already, another option is available to anyone with internet access via the Samaritan’s Purse website.  They have created a way to fill a box and ship it for $25 through a link provided below. You can select to just donate $25 per box and let them fill the box(es) or follow steps provided that will allow you to select gender, an age group and items to fill the box(es) from categories to fill a box for a deserving child.

Please pray on how you can help this ministry in 2020.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/

Tuesday Devotion

Genesis 39
Today, think about how you can live a life of holiness in the midst of your current situation. How can you live in light of the God who is with you through the adversity of our present age, making sure that others see Christ in you?
– Rev. Rett Haselden – Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Our Mission at Grace is "To Know Jesus and To Make Him Known to Others"

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