Dear Grace Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This has been a challenging season with the Coronavirus COVID-19 and trying to be the people of God. Some of you may wonder “When will Grace be able to worship together?” You are not alone in this question. There is a team of us working together to move forward in what is being called “Relaunching Church.”
The Mountain Sky Conference leaders have provided guidance for us to follow. It requires being able to keep everyone safe and preventing the spread of this nasty deadly virus. Team members are gathering the resources required to be able to sanitize, track, and gather safely. We are unable to give you a date.
This may cause you to question, “why can’t we gather, other churches are gathering?” It is up to each individual church to decide what the procedure will be and when to open again. Our church sanctuary is not large enough for everyone to come together. The recommendations are 6 feet by 6 feet area per persons with adequate spacing between them to pass. Our sanctuary would only allow about 13 people to gather at one time.
Our goal is to do no harm and keep everyone safe while celebrating in our Lord. The current recommendation still encourages people who are 65 and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home and not gather in large gatherings. This leaves most of our people being encouraged to be cautious and not come.
The team is continuing to prepare and evaluate our situation. We are currently going through the study the conference has provided. We are halfway through it. Each week we ponder the question, “Is it time for Grace to relaunch?” Currently, the decision has been to wait and begin the preparations.
We are all missing one another because at Grace we are family. Family members look out for each other and this is what we as the Facility/Safety Team are attempting to do. Look out for everyone’s health and wellbeing. The time will come when God will tell us, “Now is the time Grace can relaunch together.” Until then, pray and care for one another as you reach out to others in your life being the Love Light of Life in our world!
Peace and Understanding from God above,
Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey
“Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey” is a program of migration in the 21st Century, through the lens of our Christian faith. This 8 session module offers participants a chance to find common ground and to discover more about themselves, their values, our God and the millions of people who are on the move in every part of the world. If you would like more information, please contact Michelle Aldrich.
Membership Directory – Please contact the Church Office if you didn’t receive one last week. Keep in touch with one another.
New Phone Tree – It’s coming out soon!! We will email everyone, and mail to those without email addresses. Call the church office if you would like one mailed to you.
Emails – Check your emails for up to date information and ways to stay connected.
Grace’s Facebook page – If you are on Facebook, check out our page (CheyenneGraceUMC) to keep up with opportunities to gather via Zoom for prayer time. Soon we will offer other small groups.
YouTube – Recorded videos will be posted on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CheyenneGUMC).
Zoom – We will have prayer gatherings and other meetings via Zoom. Zoom is a platform to connect in video and phone calls. Church emails will include a Zoom link. If you are going to use your video on your computer/tablet/phone, just click on the link. When you use it for the first time, Zoom will need to get connected on your electronic device. Just follow the instructions.
If you are going to call in, just call the phone number provided and then type in the meeting id, which will also be provided.
Don’t know about Zoom? Contact Rev. Laura, Melissa Martin or Dave Orr for more information.
The church still needs your financial donations. We know for some of you, this is a difficult time financially. However, if you can still make a financial contribution, please either mail a check to the church or donate online: http://www.cheyennegraceumc.com/giving/. You can also Text-to-Give by texting the dollar amount to 307-209-9908. It should walk you through the process.
Pam Pallak is coordinating drivers who can help deliver items to those who are homebound.
Our church has a Member Aid fund. If you or someone in the church needs assistance, please contact Rev. Laura.
Family Promise is still helping families in this difficult time. Our Family Promise is currently housing up to 3 families in local hotels. They need support in the following ways, as shared by Lori Kempter, Executive Director:
- Be kind & pray. During this difficult time, Family Promise cannot underestimate the importance and impact of simply being kind to one another and praying for our neighbors.
- Give supply donations. They are receiving donations of the following: milk, eggs, meat, paper products, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, fast food gift cards, grocery gift cards, and gas gift cards. Call the Family Promise office to arrange dropping off donations (307-772-8770).
- Give financially. This transition is increasing costs for Family Promise of Cheyenne. Motel rooms cost $700 per week/per family. Housing 3 families for a minimum of 2-3 weeks costs $4,200-6,000. Donations can be made on the website: www.FamilyPromiseofCheyenne.org or mail to Family Promise of Cheyenne, 2950 Spruce Drive, Cheyenne WY 82001.
Important Letter from Church Council & Rev. Laura
The Meet and Greet Pastor Zach for Friday, August 14, at the Douglas home has been cancelled. Kelly’s mother lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which was hit hard by the freak storm Monday and suffered damage to her home. They will be traveling to Iowa to help her mother. Pastor Zach and Missie will announce where it will be held or if combined with another Meet & Greet.
Sunday worship is again scheduled for Grace’s lawn this Sunday at 10:15 am weather permitting.
REMINDER that Zoom Vacation Bible School begins tonight through Zoom at 6:30 pm.
Zoom Vacation Bible School
Zoom Bible School will begin August 10 through the 13. If you want to hear a few Bible stories, meet some BOLD Bible characters, make fun crafts, sing great songs and discover….It’s as easy as 1.2.3….
- You will need to have a device that you can load Zoom App onto before the date. You will get the meeting number and password closer to the August 10 date.
- You will get a sack with all the materials you will need to have a great Zoom Bible School.
- You will need to set your calendars for August 10 through the 13th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Please call Glenda at 369-2217 to sign up (if Glenda has talked to you already, you are signed up).
Meet and Greet Pastor Zach and family
SPRC and the Bechtold family would like to invite everyone to interact with the family as we open our arms to their appointment at Grace UMC.
Please sign up through the church office for one of the following time slots, we are limiting groups to 5-7 people. It is first-come, first-served, so be prepared to pick an alternate time if your first choice is full. If attending in person, we will be practicing social distance of 6 feet and wearing masks.
Kathy at the office will be the keeper of the list. You are welcome to call the office (307-634-7472) or email her at [email protected].
Tuesday Aug. 4, 10AM – Bechtold’s home
Wednesday Aug. 5, 6:30PM – Martin’s home
Tuesday Aug. 11, 2PM – Bechtold’s home
Wednesday Aug. 12 6:30PM – Bechtold’s home
Friday Aug. 14, 6:30PM – Douglas’ home
Monday Aug. 17, 2PM – GUMC Lawn
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE
How to Address Church Decisions in COVID-19.
The Mountain Sky Conference has created a resource to help church leaders determine how to decision when and how to move into the future.
- When do we worship together again?
- What is required to keep us all safe?
- What will worship look like when we do?
The Facilities and Safety Teams will begin working through the Study Guide provided by the Annual Conference, diving into the issues affecting our decisions. There are 5 Modules that the Team will work through, and all church leaders and members are welcome to participate as well.
Our first Zoom meeting working through Module 1 will be on Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 pm. You are welcome to participate.
We want to follow John Wesley’s rules: Do No Harm, Do Good and Stay in Love with God. We believe this Study Guide will help us be faithful.
Please contact Rev. Laura Rainwater, LuAnne Cook-Ludwick, or Brian Martin for more information.
Family Promise Assistance
Lori will Family Promise has asked if anyone can help, they are in need of diapers and wipes and grocery cards due to the coronavirus. If you can help, please call the church office or Family Promise at 772-8770 so arrangements can be made to drop off your donation. Thank you!
Family Promise Help Needed
As Family Promise is helping more families outside our program, we are in need of supplies for those families. The following are items we are taking as donations right now-milk, eggs, meat, paper products, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, fast food gift cards, grocery gift cards, and gas cards. Please call our office to arrange dropping off donations since our office is only open by appointment 307-772-8770.
Help End Human Trafficking
See something, say something!!! Call the anonymous hotline at 888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to “BeFree” (233733). Human trafficking is here in Wyoming. Let’s raise awareness to end this 21st century form of slavery!
The Grace Giving Grace Table is collecting undies & socks for the Cheyenne community youth in February and March.
Coins collected in February and March will go to UMCOR.
Lay Equaliztion Delegates to Annual Conference
If you are interested in attending the annual conference as a Lay Equalization Delegate, please talk to those who have attended in the past:
- Pam Pallak
- Brian Martin
- Wanda Denton
- LuAnne Cook-Ludwick
- Dr. Michelle Aldrich
- Rev. Laura
They can give you information on what to expect at the conference.
The annual conference will held in June in Gillette.
Pam Pallak is our delegate to the annual conference, as elected at our circuit charge conference. Several of you have attended in the past as a Lay Equalization Delegate. In short, each district should send an equal number or lay and clergy delegates. Because we have retired clergy in our district, we need to send more lay delegates. Because Annual Conference this June will be in Gillette, more lay members are asking to participate. The Wyoming Leadership has agreed that people can nominate themselves to serve as a lay equalization delegate. This will be approved at the Wyoming District gathering March 28 (locations to be decided soon). If you are interested, please let Rev. Laura know so that she can send on your information. It’s possible that everyone who would like to serve can, but we won’t know until later in March. Any questions, please contact Rev. Laura.
We are no longer accepting ink cartridges to recycle!!
We are no longer accepting ink cartridges to recycle. However, if you something that you would like to recycle, we have several empty drawers by the northeast door. Let the office know and I will put a label on it for you.
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Grace Notes is our monthly newsletter. In it you will find notes from the pastor and church leaders. You will find up-to-date information on upcoming events and read testimonies of the impact our church makes.