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Jesus & Me VBS 2020

Jesus & Me VBS 2020

Fun for the family

Online Vacation Bible School fun for the family.

The VBS webpage is done and we are so excited to share this event with you!!

Boxes are being delivered to families.  Please keep these families in your prayers as they dig into God's word this week together.

If you have any questions please contact the church office @ 262-5970 or email us at office@spencergumc.com

The link for VBS page is


Ponderings by Pastor Paul

Ponderings by Pastor Paul

May 29, 2020

Has your inbox been flooded with Covid-19 related emails?  Seems like so many people have the next best thing to do to get through it and then to live on after we see some light at the end of the tunnel.  And I don’t know about you, but I just want to get on with life!

In fact, I dreamt about the day we get to re-gather for worship. No, I don’t always remember my dreams, but that one was, well, it was enough of a nightmare that it was crystal clear. I showed up for worship, old jeans and my old black t-shirt I wear in the garden. (It doesn’t show dirt!)  I was surprised that people were in the sanctuary. To add to the surprise, there was a family who wanted to have a baptism.

I was speaking with people and realized it was time for worship so I hurried back to the office, having talked too long. (Yeah, it happens!) But I had no sermon, no certificates for the baptism, no service folder.  Still in the office, I realized there was no music being played; the prelude pieces were all done. Nothing was going on! I headed to the sanctuary when, gracefully, I woke up!!

Whenever we re-gather, I hope to be prepared.  But it won’t be the same.  There will be differences which it will take some grace to accomplish. As of this printing the Administrative Council has not met and decided when to re-gather. The next ‘newsletter’ from the church may be exclusively about the directions and parameters of that new season of our life together.  Stay tuned!

Jane and I will be taking some time for R3 (Rest, Relaxation, Retreat!) in June. Well, I had originally planned to go to General Conference in Minneapolis in May and then to graduation at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary but, of course, that didn’t happen, though we did participate in the UDTS graduation online.  So now we’re not sure what’s on the docket.

Prior to being on R3, I contact a couple area pastors to be on call.  If you have needs for spiritual care or pastoral services contact the church office (during hours) or the person specified.  In June that will be Lay Leader,  John Rahn.


                                                                                        ~ Pastor Paul


Last year, in the June newsletter, I wrote about “RADICAL  HOSPITALITY,” based on Colossians 4:5-6:

Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  Your speech should always be gracious and pleasant...

I thought of the above passage and our new stage of life as I read, in a recent publication, this line: “Let’s not think that being able to be in the building means people will feel connected.”  So many of you have made an effort to reach out to one another, to connect with people who may have been strangers to you in the middle of March.  Those connections need to be strengthened as we move forward, not ended!  What have we learned in this time of separation and distancing?  How can we embrace some of the new practices so Grace UMC can be even more vital moving forward?

I can say that we will be moving toward live-streaming the worship events, and thereby having the capacity to live-stream other events as well. If you have interest in that side of the technology, we will have opportunities for you to give assist to the weekly Tech Teams! Our experience of being online has created in me a new awareness of and value for having an online option for worship. 

Giving Online or Mail

Giving Online or Mail

Thanks for giving regularly to Grace!

Grace Church has ongoing financial obligations to meet.  Your generosity is what makes ministry possible.  That ministry is now needed desperately.  During this time when we're unable to worship together, please consider giving electronically at http://www.spencergumc.com/give.php or send your offerings through the U.S. mail to Grace UMC, 311 2nd Ave W.  Thank you!

Willing to Help?  Need assistance?

Willing to Help? Need assistance?

Grace UMC is putting together lists of people willing to help with phone calls, mailings, errands, etc.
  • If you are low-risk, not one of those especially susceptible to this virus and would be willing to assist with errands (i.e. groceries, prescriptions), please let us know. 
  • If you are willing to make phone calls to convey information or offer support, please contact the office.
  • If you are willing to help with additional mailings or other office projects, let us know.
  • If you want to assist with worship (i.e. music, readings), contact Pastor Paul.
  • If you are feeling isolated and/or need assistance with getting food or personal items, please contact someone. The church is creating a list of people who will hopefully be able to help you. 

Sign up through the church office at 712-262-5970 OR office@spencergumc.com.

Zoom GriefShare

Zoom GriefShare

Facilitators: Sheryl Larson & Dorothy DeGroot


Sessions through July 29
6-8 PM

Please contact the Church office (262-5970) to sign up for this session.
Cost for the class is $15.00 (book)  scholarships are available.