COVID-19 Church Response & Changes
Effective March 15, 2020, the church building is closed to all persons but essential personnel. This means we are now doing things differently. We can stay in touch in the following ways:
- Each Sunday morning on the Grace Facebook page [include the link: https://www.facebook.com/CheyenneGraceUMC/ there will be a video for worship and a time of devotion. You can see previous videos on the Facebook page as well.
- Small Groups: Church leaders will offer small group discussions and pray time via Zoom. Zoom can be accessed on a computer, tablet or phone via the Zoom app. You can also call in on a regular phone line. Announcements for these groups will be on the “What’s Going On” tab on the website [include the link, please] and on the Grace Facebook page.
- Membership directors were emailed (and copies mailed to those who don’t have an email address in our system) earlier this week. Please keep in touch with one another.
- A new Phone Tree will be sent out soon so we can take care of our phone tree neighbors.
This is a challenging time. But we are united in the body of Christ no matter where we are physically.
We are a church with a BIG heart!
Our hope is to be a congregation that will Gather, Respond, Accept, Care and Engage. Grace United Methodist Church embraces Jesus’ message of love and acceptance, and so our welcome knows no boundaries. We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all persons, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental capacity, faith history, education or economic status, into full participation in the life and leadership of our congregation. We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that we can love alike, even though we may not be alike.
Click Here for our Welcome Brochure
Thank You for Your Faithfulness Letter
I hope and pray this letter finds you well. Traditionally in October and November, as we head into the end of the year, we take a moment to focus on stewardship as a church. This year is no different, as we have approached ministry and church in vastly different ways than we ever thought we would. We hope to finish out the year strong financially and budget appropriately for 2021.
Throughout this pandemic, I have been reminded of the vow we take as United Methodist. We vow a robust faith of action inside and outside of the church building. As John Wesley said, “The world is my perish” and through our vow as United Methodist, we fully embody this call.
I think it is important for us to remember our vows, not only as a means of stewardship, but as a faithful prayer for whom God is calling us to be as individuals and as Grace UMC.
“To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin;
To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord;
To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world;
To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;
To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.”
We are called to live out a faithful life in service, witness, and action. This faithful work is done as individuals and as a church through the active participation of our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Each and everyone of us brings different gifts to the table at different times in our lives. It is through the gifts of prayer that we hold one another close. You are faithful in our presence in person, online, through phone calls, cards and emails. Even in my short time here, I have seen the multitude of ways in which you serve this church and community. One of those most powerful and important vows we make, is our witness, to share our story. You will hear me over and again say “There are people out there dying to hear how God has shown up in your life, even if you feel its “insignificant”. So many people that surround us need to hear the hope you have found in God.
Supporting Grace with your gifts is incredibly important but is often lost in the “Oh no, pastor is about to ask for money” routine. It is no secret that “supporting your church” with “gifts” is often focused on financial gifts. Grace, in fact, needs your financial gifts to operate and I have been overwhelmed by your continued faithful giving as the pandemic continues. Your financial gifts help us operate Grace from top to bottom, day in and day out. Your financial contributions help keep the lights on, pay your staff, offer assistance to those in need, continues to provide space for Family Promise, and allow us to offer a high quality and faith worship service online and in-person when we are able to gather again.
Your gifts also range beyond financial. Many of you offer your gifts of music, leadership, passion, and support that make Grace the church that it is today.
It is the fullness of your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness that make a difference at Grace, in Cheyenne, and in places and people we may never know, all because of your continued faithfulness.
Attached is a pledge card for 2021 that asks for you to identify the ways in which you will serve Grace through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. This card not only helps me know where and how you want to serve, but it helps us create a budget for 2021. Please fill out the Pledge Card and return to the office by email, mail, or simply drop it by the office.
As for the remainder of the 2020 financial year, Grace continues to faithfully share God’s love and grace in as many ways as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support. Financial giving has slowed a little in the last few weeks with the transition to online services. Continue to mail your checks, give online, or drop them by the office. I would love for you to stop in and say “Hello.”
As your pastor, I can’t say “Thank you” enough. I have been overwhelmed with your support, honesty, and faithfulness through this very difficult time. We will make it through this together. We will continue to take the love and grace of God to ALL people. The world is our parish!
Praise & Worship
Praise & Worship each Sunday at 10:15 am
Church Hours & Contact
Church Office Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
2950 Spruce Drive • Cheyenne, WY 82001
“New Year, Same Promise”
January 12: God’s Promise of New Life (Matthew 3:13-17)
January 19: God’s Promise of Faithfulness (Psalm 40:1-11)
January 26: God’s Promise of Ministry (Matthew 4:12-23)
February 2: God’s Promise of Blessing (Matthew 5:1-12)
February 9: God’s Promise of Guidance (Matthew 5:13-20)
February 16: God’s Promise of Freedom (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)
February 23: Transfiguration Sunday
February 26: Ash Wednesday (12:15 & 7 pm services)
March 1: “Not Today, Satan” (Matthew 4:1-11)
March 8: “Hush-Hush” (John 3:1-17)
March 15: “Well, Actually” (John 4:5-42)
March 22: “So Many Questions” (John 9:1-41)
March 29: “Too Little, Too Late?” (John 11:1-45)
April 5: Palm/Passion Sunday, “The Truth Hurts” (Matthew 26:14-35)
April 12: Easter Sunday (8 am & 10:15 am services), “Spread the Word” (John 20:1-8)
Grace United Methodist Church
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