Did you know you are a member of the Outreach committee at Grace?
Well, you are! You know Jesus and make him known to others everywhere you go and that is outreach.
Our Outreach committee serves our community in feeding the hungry monthly, Operation Christmas child, kettle ring for the Salvation Army at Christmas, Salkehatchie, Seeds of Hope Angel tree ministry, Hand y Mano, adopt a highway (trash pickup). As you can see, our programs that we sponsor are a powerful witness. Meaning you can be involved with one or several and you will be truly blessed a thousand-fold by the sharing of your time and your talents.
For more information on how you can make Jesus known to others, please contact Susan Floyd 803-429-3194 or Marlin McPhail 803-730-8355
GRACE UMC – SPECIAL UPDATE pastor gracecolumbia.org email@example.com Sun 5/17/2020 1:46 PM Greetings in the name Christ, who makes a way out of no way,
Friday evening, May 15th, Bishop Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, released the newest recommendation for UM churches in South Carolina. To read the Bishop’s recommendation click here.
In accordance with that recommendation, Grace UMC will remain online only through June 10 th, with our first possible in-person gathering being worship on June 14 th.
Last Wednesday, May 13, your Grace church council met by Zoom to begin discussions around what our return to in-person worship and ministry plan might look like. We had [a] particularly good discussion about the concerns, issues, and opportunities this next phase of ministry in the age of COVID-19 might bring. The consensus of the council was that we need to bring a small team together to design a specific plan for Grace, considering as many of the multitude of factors that now exist as we can.
So our next step at Grace is to build out our return to in-person worship team, empowering them to create a plan that will allow us to begin in-person worship an ministry as safely and as quickly as we can. As our plan at Grace takes shape, we will be communicating with all of the church as early as possible so that we can all begin preparing ourselves for the “new normal” of church life.
Please be in prayer for the church council, the church staff, and the team that will come together to design our plan for returning to in-person worship. Pray for wisdom and discernment, and for the grace and patience we will all need as we learn how God is recreating and rebuilding us into God’s spiritual dwelling in light of the new reality in which live.
Grace and Peace,
P.S. If you tried logging into our Sunday Coffee Fellowship, I apologize for the technical difficulties. I could not get the meeting to let in any other participants.
Worship will be all online on Sunday at 8:30am and 11:00am. The online worship options we have are Facebook, YouTube, ROKU – search for the Grace United Methodist Church Columbia channel (Add the channel to your Roku device by visiting: https://my.roku.com/account/add), 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. If you would like the kids worship coloring pages and activities for this week, please email me and I will send them to you tomorrow when I receive them from Illustrated Ministry. This resource includes a kid’s bulletin, and ideas for Sunday School. Cokesbury Kids is also offering livestreamed Sunday School on their Facebook page each week at 9:30am.
While this is hard news as we are all looking forward to the day when we can gather together, we will continue, as people of grace and resurrection, to put one foot in front of the other, carrying the good news of the Gospel to everyone we interact with, whether out on an essential trip, online, or on the phone. We may feel like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, heads down, looking sad, but unlike them we know the truth. Jesus Christ is raised! He is not closed up in the tomb. He is out and alive in power and glory in the world even now. He is making a way where there is no way, bringing life and abundance to the desolate places. And we are his messengers. We are his evangelists. We continue on this strange and socially distant journey as passionate disciples with a hope filled story to tell of our faith in Jesus.
The quickest way we have to communicate with you is by email. If you have not been receiving emails from the church over the last few weeks please make sure that we have your current email address by calling the church office (803-732-1899) or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you know of someone who does not have email or hasn’t been receiving our emails please let them know about this message or let me know so that I can contact them.
Please also check on each other and care for each other as you all have proven you do so well. There is no substitute for the connection we share in Christ, so a phone call, FaceTime chat, card, or email to check on your brothers and sisters in Christ during this time of social distancing and isolation is vitally important.
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.
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
I am overjoyed to be a part of the ministry and mission of Grace on Harbison. God has called me to preach the truth of the Gospel so that others might know the love and justice of Jesus Christ and be agents of his grace in their families and communities. I was born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC and grew up attending Socastee UMC. I earned a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in history at the University of South Carolina. I received my MDiv from Duke Divinity School in May of 2010, began my ministry on July 1, 2010, and was ordained an Elder in June of 2012 at the SC Annual Conference. Prior to serving at Grace, I served as associate pastor at St. John’s UMC in Rock Hill. I enjoy spending time at the beach. The salt water always restores me. I am a gym rat, but that is mainly to support my love of good food.
I share my life and ministry with my wife, Lollie, and our sons, Wyatt and Thomas. Lollie is a South Carolina native as well, having grown up in Marion, SC. She has a deep call to lay ministry in the administration of the church at the denominational level. Wyatt and Thomas bring the most joy to our lives with their boundless energy and excitement. They love sports, superheroes, and reading. We all enjoy Gamecock football, the outdoors, grilling, going to community events, and experiencing new adventures together.
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