Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Reaching people with the love and teachings of Jesus Christ

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Hello Friends!
Early in the Spring of 2019 the Worship Team decided to have one unified worship service this summer. Churches typically combine because of lower  attendance in the Summer but our primary goal was to allow our two congregations to get to know each other better. I loved worshipping with infants to elders,  singing songs both ancient and contemporary, and the lively energy during Passing of the Peace. My overall impression of the unified services was positive and I look forward to more opportunities like this but I’d like to hear your thoughts. Over the next several weeks there will be a brief survey on the back of the  connection card; share what you liked and what you didn’t. That will help the worship team to design more meaningful unified services in the future.
As we kick off the new school calendar year, I’m excited to welcome some of our new(-ish) employees: 
Kathy Black is our new secretary. She brings a wide range of knowledge and experience from being a  business owner, FEMA reservist, and graphic designer. I’m sure you've all noticed the beautiful layout of the bulletin and Grace Notes. Be sure to stop by the office and introduce yourself if you haven't done so.
Bailey Brown is joining us as the Children and Youth Director. She has experience working with children, middle school, and high school age students both in ministry and the secular context. She brings energy and excitement and I know she’ll connect well with both students and parents.      
Dmitri Kristalinsky is our new accompanist. He is currently a student at Michigan State University in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance Program. He has a cheerful  demeanor and will bring great repertoire of knowledge and music to our church. 
Lisa Bass has been our Nursery Coordinator for a while now and was also our interim custodian while Clem was rehabbing his shoulder. Lisa is loved by both children and parents and we feel great knowing our littlest ones are in good hands. 
Emma Stagner will also be back with us in the nursery doing  activities and crafts with the little ones. One of my favorite  memories from the Christmas Eve service last year was Emma singing with the nursery kids.
We’re really blessed with an  incredible group here at Grace! Please join us for our Kickoff worship service on Sunday September 8, 2019 at 10:30 am. We’ll worship outdoors, followed by a potluck, so be sure to invite your family and friends!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul