This page is dedicated to informing the Congregation and any new members, of any upcoming news, announcements, and events that are important to the congregation and any new members, and will be updated weekly. Here are the announcements for the week of the 13th of June of 2021, at the Grace United Methodist Church.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE UMC
On Sunday June 13th of 2021, Due to a decline In COVID cases, the Grace United Methodist Church has decided to resume the 8:15 am Worship Service, and the 9:30 am Adult Sunday School Class.
At 9:30 am, there was a Worship Service over at the Woodcock United Methodist Church located at 23048 Gravel Run Road, Saegertown, Pennsylvania, 16433. Again because of COVID-19, Adult Sunday School has been canceled for the time being.
Later on that morning, there was a 11:00 am Worship Service at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 828 North Main Street Meadville, PA 16335. Masks, Social Distancing, and other CDC recommended practices were observed during these services.
On Thursday June 17th of 2021, Our weekly ministry entitled “Thursdays for Jesus”, will resume at 5:30 pm, at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 828 North Main Street in Meadville PA 16335. Join us for a share and prayer meal and a bible lesson. All COVID-19 safety measures will be observed.
Next Sunday June 20th of 2021, Due to a decrease of COVID cases, The Grace United Methodist Church has decided to renew the 8:15 am Worship Service, as well as the 9:30 am Adult Sunday School Class.
At 9:30 am, there will be a Worship Service at the Woodcock United Methodist Church located at 23048 Gravel Run Road in Saegertown PA 16433. Due to COVID-19, Adult Sunday School will be canceled for the time being.
Later on in the morning, the Grace United Methodist Church located at 828 North Main Street in Meadville, PA 16335 will have a second worship Service at 11:00 am. Due to COVID-19, Masks, Social Distancing, and other CDC recommended practices, will be observed.
IN UPCOMING WEEKS at Grace UMC
We will be holding an early worship service at 8:15 again, starting this Sunday! We know there are some of you who prefer that time, and others who like to come early now and then when you have other plans for later in the morning. For this week, we have changed the plan for our location and will now meet in the parlor. We had thought it would be in the dining room, but the tables there are so laden with donated clothing and other items that the UMW ladies are considering having an extra “bag day” next Saturday, June 12. If so, that would mean leaving all the remaining clothing, etc., where it is for another week. We could have met downstairs with the long tables set up if they were empty, but it would be difficult with them still piled high.
DAN LAMB SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
The Dan Lamb class met in the rear of the sanctuary on Sunday and I know those who attended were glad to be back! They expect to be in the same place this Sunday, unless it is uncomfortably warm there, in which case they will meet in the Dan Lamb classroom, which has windows and ceiling fans, but where “social distancing” is less feasible. The decision will be made when we arrive Sunday morning and see what the conditions are – and we will post signage at the parking lot entrance door. The class meets at 9:30, following the early service.
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? An INVITATION from First Presbyterian Church, Meadville
We all know the story of the “good Samaritan” who was a neighbor to the injured person at the side of the road. We also know that Jesus commanded us to “love our neighbors as our-selves.” But in these fractured times, just who is our neighbor?
During the past year, the Adult Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church delved into this question by studying Miles McPherson’s book and DVD presentation The Third Option. Instead of dividing the world into “us” and “them,” Miles suggests that we “honor the image of God in everyone we see and meet.” There are may groups which could comprise “us” and “them,” but Miles, a pastor, focuses on a Christian-based approach to racism in our world. He talks about similarities, being left-handed in a right-handed world, “in groups” and “out groups” and blindspots.
In order to foster a growing sense of neighborly unity in our community, the members who attended this class are sponsoring a one-hour overview of The Third Option on Tuesday, June 22, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian, 890 Liberty St. Pastors from other churches in Meadville have been involved in planning this presentation and are inviting members of their congregations to this program. Bring your own sack lunch and drink, if you’d like. If you are not yet vaccinated, we respectfully ask that you wear a mask and social distance.
This promises to be a wonderful opportunity to listen to a Christian-based approach to a thorny problem in our society. It will also be a time of fellowship with Christians from several congregations in Meadville. We are hoping that additional congregations will further explore The Third Option.
And we hope to see you – Tuesday, June 22, noon – 1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Liberty St., Meadville.
INVITATION to “QUEEN ESTHER” at SIGHT & SOUND
Tickets are available for a trip to see Queen Esther at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA, on October 12-13, 2021. Included are theater tickets, bus transportation from Giant Eagle in Meadville, overnight accommodations, breakfast, barn arts studio tickets, a tour of the Sturgis Pretzel factory, and appropriate tips. See Pastor Becky for more information.
FATHER’S DAY DISPLAY
Don’t forget to bring or send a photo of your dad, along with some information about him.
JOYCE IGO & STEVEN NICHOLS IN CONCERT
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Joyce Igo and her grandson Steven Nichols are coming next week to share old songs and new ones that tell about Jesus and his love. This year’s concert will be hosted by the Woodcock United Methodist Church. Join us for the homegrown Southern Gospel style songs that Joyce and Steven share with their special breed of humor and joy.
The Woodcock church is located at 23048 Gravel Run Rd., one block east of Rt 86 in the Borough of Woodcock.
EASING BACK INTO SINGING
As the rate of new Covid cases continues to decline, we may soon be “safe enough” to sing without facemasks. It has been suggested (by those much more knowledgeable than I am) that we are out of the “presumed danger” zone when our daily rate of new cases falls below 10 per 100,000 (which is 8.5 daily cases for Crawford County with a population of about 85,000 people, or 60 new cases per week). We will move from the “caution” zone to the “low risk, presumed safe” zone when Crawford County is below 30 cases per week. Our bishop and the conference’s “Abundant Health Team” have urged caution as we return to singing, but because our congregations have a very high vaccination rate, I feel comfortable moving forward, and I sense that the congregation does as well. We should remember that we may have unvaccinated visitors and that some folks may assess their level of tolerable risk differently than we do.
JUNE / JULY UPPER ROOM IS AVAILABLE
If you would like The Upper Room mailed to you, please let Barbara in the church office know whether you want the regular size or the Large Print edition.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is being planned for August 9-13! Yes, in person!
IN UPCOMING WEEKS at Woodcock UMC.
JOYCE IGO & STEVEN NICHOLS IN CONCERT
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 at 7:00 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE! Joyce Igo and her grandson Steven Nichols are back on the road again with some new songs that share the forever love of Jesus and his message of salvation and grace. The Woodcock United Methodist Church will host this concert of homegrown Southern Gospel songs that Joyce and Steven share with their special breed of humor and joy.
The Woodcock church is located at 23048 Gravel Run Rd in Woodcock Borough, just one block east of Rt 86. Meadville’s N Main St becomes Rt 86, making Woodcock easy to find.
If you attend the 11 a.m. service at Grace, you may have noticed that we have resumed our greeter ministry. We invite you to participate for a month at a time. If you would like to volunteer, but can’t make it every Sunday, please let us know.
In addition to a friendly “good morning” to everyone, duties include showing first-time visitors where the Sunday School classes meet, pointing out the restrooms, accompanying them to the sanctuary for worship and introducing them to the ushers.
Greeters will also lock the doors a few minutes after the worship service begins.
Due to COVID-19, ushers are asked to observe recommend CDC practices. This means making sure the congregation as well as new comers, have hand sanitizers, wear masks, and stay at least 6 feet apart. To that end, the pews in the sanctuary, has been roped off so that only family members sit together.
Please let Joyce Duckworth know if you are willing to be a part of this important ministry.
The new March/April Upper Room is available, in large and small print, in the back and at the side of the sanctuary at the Grace United Methodist Church, which is located at 828 North Main Street in Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335.
MANY COVID RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED SOON
Governor Wolf has announced the lifting of many of the pandemic restrictions on May 31, such as limits on the size of indoor gatherings. Our conference’s Abundant Health Team will no doubt issue new guidelines, suggesting when it might be safe to return to singing, putting Bibles and hymnals back in our pews, and passing out bulletins. Facemasks will still be required.
Please sign the attendance pad, in the pews during both services, and include your mailing address and phone number, in case we do not have it. As winter approaches, we would like to make sure we have a working telephone chain in case we need to cancel services due to the weather. Announcement for cancellation of services due to the weather, will also be posted on the website as well as our Facebook Page.