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Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas!  We are a vibrant, devoted congregation of believers drawn together in faith, compassion, and spiritual commitment; small in number but great in spirit. We invite you to browse through our website and explore who we are – better yet, come worship with us!

 

“The people of Grace Presbyterian Church gather to seek and to worship God,
and disperse, sharing and celebrating through love and service, the grace of God:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Worship at Grace, Online and In-Person, This Sunday, October 24

Beloved Community,

Please remember to wear a mask, and maintain a 6-foot distance while indoors at church gatherings.  Our local health officials are requesting this, as is the session (governing council) of our church.  We want to do what we can to mitigate transmission of the delta variant.  Our hospital is full; yesterday they had 57 COVID patients; the staff is being severely taxed by this latest surge; people are getting very sick.  I know, this is disappointing to have to go back to these precautions; I hope and pray we can get this under control soon.

Adult Sunday School, 9:30 am, in person and by Zoom (link below)

Children’s Sunday School, 10:15 am, in person

Worship, 11:00 am. Join us in person, by Zoom (link below) or on Facebook Live at Grace Presbyterian Church, Midland, Texas.  (worship bulletin attached)

Join at 9:30 am for Adult Sunday School; Join a few minutes before 11:00 am for Worship.
ZOOM Meeting Link 
Meeting ID: 837 0586 4521
Passcode: bhECG8

After Worship – Congregational Life Team will be assembling “Boo Boxes” and will appreciate any helping hands!

Mission ‘Minders:

  • Boo Boxes, and Trunk or TreatWe are still collecting candy/treats for Boo Boxes and Trunk or Treat. Please bring candy, snack packs of cookies/ crackers, granola bars – to be used in the Boo Boxes we take to our college kids, youth & children.
  • Trunk or Treat is scheduled for October 31, 6-8 pm in the church parking lot. Plan to decorate your trunk, enjoy all the great costumes, hand out candy, and visit with your neighbors! 

Grace & Peace!

 

Cheryl Homsher
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
Midland, Texas
(432) 684-6542

 

 

From the Gathered Community: 10/17/21

We gathered to seek and to worship God this past Sunday.

Special thanks to Celebration! Handbell Choir and Laura for awesome music!

Special thanks to Bob Alexander for leading the Time with Young Disciples – about being a helper.

Scripture Reading: Job 38: 1-7; Mark 10: 32-45

Theme: “Whoever Wants to Become Great …”

Prayers:

  • Mark Nicholas asked for prayers for prisoners being released from the Lynaugh Unit

  • Craig Brown asked for prayers for Reflections Ministries – a group in Midland that helps recover and restore victims of human trafficking

  • Jan McDaniel asked for prayers for our handbell family and friends – renowned handbell composer/clinician Cynthia Dobrinski passed away suddenly this past weekend.

  • Joy Alexander asked for prayers for son Steven; he is out of quarantine after having covid, and is anxious about going back to work.  Prayers for peace.

Mission ‘Minders:

  • Boo Boxes & Trunk or Treat – please bring candy, snack packs of cookies/ crackers, granola bars – to be used in the Boo Boxes we take to our college kids, youth & children; and please sign up to decorate your trunk for our parking lot/ community Trunk or Treat on October 31, 6-8 pm.

Go forth into the week, being as Christ to one another,
raising one another up,
stepping aside to make room for those who are left out,
seeking not to be served but to serve.

Cheryl Homsher
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
Midland, Texas
(432) 684-6542

 

 

 

Welcome, Tracy Morton!

Wednesday, August 11, was the first day of work for our new office administrator, Tracy Morton.  She very friendly and I think will be an asset to our church.

When you have a chance, please extend a friendly welcome to her!

New COVID-19 Protocols

The Session (governing council) met last evening and took action to update the COVID protocols for church gatherings.  In light of CDC and local health officials’ recommendations, the decision has been made to require masks and social distancing for everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – for all indoor church gatherings.  This decision will be reviewed in 60 days.  We are all disappointed to have to take this step.

Information behind this decision includes the following:

  • local vaccination rate being low (38.1%)
  • current number of patients at MMH with COVID (42 of 8/3)
  • people who have been vaccinated can unknowingly transmit the Delta variant
  • positivity rate for Midland Health this week is 29.3% – very close to the highest ever for our community

We hope that this return to mask-wearing will give more folks a chance to get vaccinated, mitigate pressure on our over-worked, over-stressed hospital staff, and help slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Along with this action we suspending Burgers and Blessings and our summer Wednesday night children’s programming.  This is heart-breaking, because we have loved being around our church children, and loved the informal time together at Burgers & Blessings.  Hopefully later in the fall we can resume these activities.

Our choirs will continue to rehearse and provide music leadership in worship – but will do it with masks and socially distanced.  Sunday School will continue to be held in-person and by Zoom.  Worship will continue to be in-person, on Zoom, and on Facebook Live.  We will continue to sing – with masks.

We recognize this may place us out-of-sync with current community practice.  However, we feel this is the loving thing to do for our church members and our community at this time.  We ask that everyone show forbearance and grace, once again, until the community can get the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations down.  Thank you for your understanding and compliance.

Bottom line – please be prepared to wear your mask at indoor church functions.  No Burgers and Blessings or Wednesday night kids programs until further notice.

 

Coming up:

St. Andrews Funds update

You may recall that when we sold the St. Andrews Mission property, Grace was gifted with $172,000, to be used for missions and/or ministry with children’s program and ministry. After gleaning ideas for almost 2 years, the session has narrowed down the list of nearly 100 ideas to 3 categories that they feel the church is being called to explore.

1. Affordable Day Care/Pre-school and other children & youth related ministries
2. Community garden on the property
3. Other ways to address food insufficiency in our community

These 3 exploration teams will do just that – explore and research needs and possibilities, and if so led, bring proposals for implementation and / or partnerships back to the session.

If you would like to part of an exploration team for one or more of these ideas, please add your name to the sign-up lists on the table in the narthex.

Annual Report

Attached is the story of our church life throughout 2020  (more commonly known as our 2020 Annual Report). This is your story – and it is a story of grace and faithfulness.  Well done good and faithful servants!

Blessing Box

The Mission Team has designated the first Sunday of each month as a “Blessing Box Sunday”, meaning that is a GREAT time to make donations for the Blessing Box.  A suggested list of items is included in the newsletter (and on the Mission table in the narthex) and covers such things as canned soups, canned fruits, boxed meals, canned meats, pasta, pasta sauces, crackers of all kinds, peanut butter crackers, peanut butter, rice, cereals, granola bars, cookies, baby goods of any kind, and toiletries. Include things you would like, yourself! Creativity is welcome.

As Sundays are presently a difficult day to bring donations, another day works fine (Tuesday thru Friday); there is a collection basket on/by the Mission table back by the Fellowship Hall. Or – if the Blessing Box is in need of stocking, you can put your goods directly in the Box.

Thank you; YOU are a blessing!

Friendship House

Friendship House has completed their first month here at Grace!!!  This new, non-profit organization offers a day program for young adults with special needs.  They use our Fellowship Hall during the day time Monday-Friday.   They have four regular participants, and will be adding more this summer.  Church members are welcome to come by, visit, and see what they are doing.  We are seeking to form a relationship with them that will develop into church members volunteering with the program, and program participants helping the church as well. 

Mission Notes

Travel Toiletries: We always welcome donations of travel toiletries. Jeff McDonald takes these to various organizations around town including Breaking Bread Kitchen Ministry and Safe Place.

• Manna Bags: The Manna Bags are available at the church for you to keep in your car and hand out to people on the street corners asking for help.  They contain facemasks, food items and information about where to get help.  Feel free to come by and pick them up.

• Growing with Grace: We continue to pack sacks of food for Fannin Elementary students to take home with them on the weekends.

• Prayer Box.  Also by the labyrinth on the edge of our north parking lot is the Grace “Prayer Box” (in the photo, at left).  Anyone from the community is welcome to come by and drop in a prayer request.  Requests will be kept anonymous as they are shared with the congregation.

• Grace continues to support our Mission Partners each month: Marion Medical Mission, Family Promise, Tres Rios Presbytery, Community Children’s Clinic, Reflection Ministries, and others. 

Grace received a grant of $1,000 from the Tres Rios Presbytery to help keep the well- utilized Blessing Box stocked.   Thank you Tres Rios Presbytery!!!

 

Church Work Day

Masks and physical distancing protocol were in effect. Most of the work was outside work this time, and volunteers came with rakes, gloves, trimmers, etc. We appreciate everyone’s help! Some of outside features – such as the labyrinth, the Blessing Box, and the Prayer Request Box – are there for the community. 

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