Category Archives: Tithes and Offerings

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/
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Choral Scholars

Grace United Methodist Church is currently experiencing a trend that has been affecting churches all over the U.S. High schools and colleges are not producing trained singers to volunteer in church choirs in the high numbers that they once did, even ten years ago. Sadly, some churches have done away with their choirs altogether. At Grace, it is our goal to strive toward excellence in our music ministry and worship, led by the Chancel Choir, aided by choral scholars.

Choral Scholars are music students or in some cases young music graduates, who lead their respective sections in the choir.

Through a Choral Scholars program, Grace is able to invest in the lives and careers of young musicians who are either training for a career in Music or who are underemployed music graduates needing help in launching a music career. A Choral Scholars program is an outreach ministry to our community, and can help us achieve Grace’s 2020 vision of reaching out into our community.

Through this program, we are able to bring young musicians into our church and minister to them at a time in their lives when many young adults are unchurched. A Choral Scholars program also helps to train young musicians to be the church music leaders of the future. In fact, our own Mark Merritt was once a choral scholar.

We have received some seed money to assist in starting a Choral Scholars program at Grace. We believe that we could have choral scholars on all four parts in the choir for $900 per year, per singer.

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Giving from your smartphone is now as easy as texting!

From your smartphone, click here to start giving as easy as texting!

Enter the amount of your gift/offering, a keyword for special gifts or offerings (or leave blank for general budget) and enter your information.

That is it!  

(text the amount you wish to donate to 855-978-8745.  If this is your first time, there is a registration process that will come in a text from this number.)
Standard message rates may apply.
Step 1)  Send a txt message to 855-978-8745 and the amount you wish donate, then press send.

Step 2) Register
You will receive a registration link. Click the link and enter your contact and payment information. Tap “Process.”

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After registration is complete, you will receive a verification text as well as a receipt via email.

Step 4) Repeat
For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically.

 

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Online Giving is now available!

Grace relies on the financial support of the congregation, and electronic giving offers an easy way to give one-time – or – on a recurring basis.  

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