Have you ever gotten into the pew and realized you forgot your check book just when you were going to write out your weekly check? Consider our new electronic giving program coming later this month.
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.
The Online Giving button is in the left menu on your computer and in the bottom menu on your cell phone — but for now, you can click here to enter the online giving portal.
You will temporarily leave Grace United Methodist Church’s website for processing your donation.
If you have any questions there will be information available after the 8:30 and before the 11 service on Sunday, July 23rd.
You can also send your question in an email or call the church office (803) 732-1899!
“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Grace and peace to you and your households in the name of Jesus Christ! As the pastor of a wonderful congregation of faithful witnesses, the people called “Grace on Harbison,” I believe this is a time in the life of our church that God is calling us to discern the Vision for Grace for the next chapter of life and ministry for this place and time. The world around us has changed drastically in the past decade. Expectations and norms continue to evolve within the context of ministry. By some estimates, 80% of people remain unchurched on Sunday morning.
Congregations live and serve in an ever changing world. Though God’s redemptive mission remains constant, the particular calling of any one congregations shifts over time. When congregations come to times of transition, uncertainty, or lack of focus, Visioning clarifies God’s calling for the next chapter of congregational life and ministry.
Vision – God’s particular calling for a particular congregation, situated at a particular place and time. The Vision is a description of what the congregation will be doing as they live out their calling as God’s church in the next one to two years.
It seems to me, that naming our visioning process GRACE 2020 captures the essence of who and where God wants us to be in the year 2020. Also, 2020 depicts vision made perfect through the discernment process by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The overall objective of GRACE 2020 is to discern God’s calling for the next season of life and ministry together, resulting in major ministry initiatives (Vision) and a Ministry Plan (Action Steps, Timeline, Leadership Assignments)….identifying our compelling vision, our identity as the “People of Grace on Harbison.”
After the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Disciples met and prayed together as Jesus had instructed them to do… to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. This was a time of Spiritual Cultivation, a time of Spiritual Discernment… as we recall the following Scripture. [Jesus said,] “You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:48–49)
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. (Acts 1:12–14)
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:1–4)
GRACE 2020 includes four major activities:
Please prayerfully join with me in GRACE 2020 as we continue to fulfill our Mission: “To Know Jesus and To Make Him Known to Others”
We believe the best days for Grace are ahead of us.
We believe with all our hearts these words that Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20
“God, is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.”
Follow Jesus & Fish!
We have changed the dates of VBS 2017 to July 23 through July 27.
Happily we are changing the dates due to the number or youth we have going to camp this year.
Please mark your calendar.
Special thanks to BJ, Dalvon and Bianca for providing childcare at our last Sunday School meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in each and/or BOTH meetings to kick off our new focus on Christian education at Grace.
Our lunch was special with homemade goods including shrimp creole made by our own resident chef John Chiles and broccoli casserole and lemon squares by Maxine Drake.
Our back-to-back meetings have revealed a strong foundation on which Grace can grow. As with all buildings, a good foundation needs support and for that we are turning to you.
Starting on Feb. 12th, Sunday School will have a little different look. Fellowship time will be truncated so that we can meld into our opening program of song (thanks ahead to all who volunteer) and/ or a video from Chuck Knows Church at 9:45am.
Immediately following our large group gathering all will be dismissed to their respective classrooms. We understand the 10:30am early dismissal for choir members (whom take all ages I hear), but plan for a 10:40am end so that our acolytes, greeters and ushers can be ready to serve by 10:45am.
We are looking for volunteers of all ages. Options we are exploring are a split of the elementary grades and separating the middle/high school classes once our steady attendance warrants.
Other discussion included the development and implementation of a Teacher’s Aide (TA) program, car pool transportation, and addition of Disciple Express or some other similar format for the adults.
Our current classes include elementary grades with Mrs. Maxine and Shannon. Lessons are read, crafts, science projects, activities and FUN abound – plus a special birthday celebration on your special day thanks to Mrs. Maxine.
Our middle and high school kids are included in the real life applications presented by Mr. Brian and Ralph. This Christian education helps prepare our youth for the ‘real’ world and offers a safe haven to discuss ways to ‘turn the other cheek’. Community outreach is part of this class as they can be found feeding the homeless, singing at Heartland or Carolina Gardens or just hearing the pancake lesson at Denny’s. Won’t you join this amazing cast of experiences to lend your own fond memories of your Christian upbringing.
I found the easiest way for me to know Jesus and to make Him known to others is by teaching. We will support you wherever you are in your journey – thanks for stepping up! K. Neel firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-917-9347
David and Andrew picked AND led the hymns at Heartland today – despite not being on the schedule 7 residents joined us in raising a joyful noise
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