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, January 16
We will be gathering Sunday, January 16 for Worship.
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, with music by Harper Estes, in person, by Zoom (link below) or on Facebook Live at Grace Presbyterian Church, Midland, Texas. (Worship bulletin attached)
Join at 9:30 for Sunday School; join a few minutes before 11 for worship.
Meeting ID: 837 0586 4521
~ Roger Artley recovering from surgery
~bhealing for several church members/ families who have COVID right now
In Other News:
~ COVID Protocols: Masks are encouraged; no singing, please, unless you are wearing a mask; please be mindful of keeping safe distances
~ Mission ‘Minder: We are still gathering supplies for the Community Children’s Clinic (see list of needed supplies below)
~ The Community Children’s Clinic: is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers to help translate for patients. Please call 686-8593 to volunteer.
~ Grace’s “Happy Taxi”: is running again! If you would like a ride to worship on Sundays, please call Happy Taxi coordinator Judy Brown (853-3056)
Grace & Peace!
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
Donation Drive This January
Benefiting Community Children’s Clinic. Items donated can be placed in the general area of the Mission Table in the Narthex. List of needs: Adult toothbrushes and toothpaste (we have lots for the smaller kids); Kleenex; Clorox Wipes; Thermometers (the small inexpensive ones); Toilet paper; Paper towels; Letter size copy paper (We don’t use legal); Kids-sized disposable masks; White lotion hand soap, individual size for restrooms & exam rooms
Given that COVID seems to be exploding in our community right now the session is taking some steps to help us keep each other safe. We are sorry to have to take these actions, but are very aware that our hospital staff are overworked and overwhelmed right now. We want to do our part in promoting safe practices in the community.
- For now, we are suspending Kids Club until this current COVID surge of passes.
- We will have youth confirmation class starting this Thursday, January 13, at 5:30.
- The session asks that everyone who attends church events be especially mindful of keeping everyone safe. Masks are encouraged.
- We also ask folks not to sing during worship unless wearing a mask.
- Zoom and Facebook worship options continue to be available.
From the Gathered Community: 1/9/22
We gathered to seek and worship God and celebrate the Baptism of the Lord today.
Special thanks to Laura and the choir for awesome music today!
Special thanks to Gretchen Shults for leading Time With Young Disciples – remembering your baptism.
We installed new officers today: Peggy Jezek, Bill Warren, and Jim Blischke. We are grateful for their willingness to serve!
Sermon: “Getting In Line”
- Larry Shults – healing for friend Fred Behnken who fell and broke his shoulder
- Lynda Clark – healing for her boss Tim Edgmon, who suffered a spinal injury during a fall and is in rehab now
- Mark Nicholas – for inmates and prison staff dealing with COVID surge under difficult circumstances; and for Kairos ministry reps who are eager to get back to ministry there
- Jeff McDonald – healing for Rita who is home with COVID
- Ver Nelle Fidler – comfort for her friend Bonita Clark who recently lost her mother
- Healing for Roger Artley recovering from heart surgery
- Laura Holleman – comfort for the family of Ruth Ann Griffin, local musician and teacher who passed away Wednesday.
- Ralph Truszkowski – healing for daughter Kelcy and granddaughter Azzalyn recovering from COVID
- Peggy Jezek – healing for extended family members with covid
- Jim Blischke – giving thanks that they got to meet their first great-grandchild last week! Healing for him and Alathea recovering from colds
- Craig & Judy Brown – both at home under the weather
Mission – lease continue to bring those items for the Community Children’s Clinic: Adult toothbrushes and toothpaste (we have lots for the smaller kids); Kleenex; Clorox Wipes; Thermometers (the small inexpensive ones); Toilet paper; Paper towels; Letter size copy paper (We don’t use legal); Kids sized disposable masks; White lotion hand soap, individual size for restrooms & exam rooms
This week remember who you are and whose you are.
And remember God’s promises:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
Welcome, Tracy Morton!
Wednesday, August 11, was the first day of work for our new office administrator, Tracy Morton. She is very friendly and I think will be an asset to our church.
When you have a chance, please extend a friendly welcome to her!
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.
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!
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 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.
• 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.
What’s Happening at Grace …
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