Grace Outreach will be providing a simple gift (i.e. word search, crossword, Sudoku or coloring books and pencils) and note to some of our Grace neighbors in the coming weeks.
We want to let them know that we are thinking and praying for them during this time of social distancing and isolation.
If you would like to contribute toward this effort, please give online or by check and note that it is for Outreach.
The UMM wants to send care packages to our military overseas. If you have the names and addresses of any family members (immediate or distant) deployed overseas in any branch of the US military please give the information to either Marlin McPhail or Michael Jennings so that we can send them a care package.
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
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.