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Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church.
Welcome home!

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.

 

Coming Up:

~ Sunday, December 5: Lone Star Brass will be with us for worship. Invite a friend! More info below.

~ Sunday, December 12: Our Sanctuary Choir will present a Christmas Cantata during worship. Invite a friend!

‘Dress A Live Angel’ at Grace Presbyterian

This year, we are once again doing ‘Dress A Live Angel’ for some of the families in our Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services (PCHAS) program.

Below is the sign up link on signupgenius.com. Please sign up to buy gifts for one or more of the listed individuals. The gifts are to be brought to the church (2801 N Garfield Street, Midland) and set outside of the PCHAS office. Drop off the gifts by Monday, December 6th. Do NOT wrap any gift.  

Spend a total of $75-100 on the gift(s). Do not spend more so that no recipient gets a load of gifts while others may only get 1-2 items. Typically you will want to buy one item that is a needed item (like clothing), and one item that is a wanted item.  

Call Craig Brown if you have any questions, 770-7987.

For more information about Midland’s PCHAS office, and its services:

Grace Presbyterian Church
2801 N. Garfield Street,
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 684-3737
Fax: (432) 332-9790
Toll Free: (800) 888-1904


 

Worship at Grace, online and in-person, this Sunday, December 5

Beloved Community … LONE STAR BRASS will be with us during worship (11:00 am), lifting our hearts to God –  Invite a friend!

Adult Sunday School, 9:30 am, in person and by Zoom (link below)
Children’s Sunday School, 10:15 am, in person
Worship, for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Holy Communion and music by LONE STAR BRASS. Join us in person, by Zoom (link below) or on Facebook Live at Grace Presbyterian Church, Midland, Texas.  (worship bulletin attached)

ZOOM Meeting Link 
Join at 9:30 for Sunday School; join before 11 to catch the prelude by LONE STAR BRASS.
Meeting ID: 837 0586 4521
Passcode: bhECG8

In Other News:

~ 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)

~ Advent is the season of four Sundays leading up to Christmas, during which we prepare our hearts and lives to receive the Christ Child. We will be lighting the candles of the Advent wreath during worship, an additional candle each Sunday, to symbolize the increasing light that Christ’s coming brings.

Advent activity books are being distributed to our church families. Advent devotional booklets for everyone are available in the narthex. For a quick 2 minute refresher about Advent, check out this video …

Grace & Peace!

 

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

 

 

From the Gathered Community: 11/7/21

We gathered on this beautiful All Saints Sunday to seek and to worship God and share the Lord’s Supper together

Special thanks for our organ’s ability to “play itself” – as Laura Holleman was out sick today.

We held our special All Saints Remembrance today – giving thanks for those who have joined the church triumphant during this past year.

Scripture Readings: I Kings 17:8-16 , Mark 12:38-44                              

Theme: “Opposite the Treasury” 

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Sharon & Jim Humphreys, on the sudden death of Jim’s son
  • Chris Laufer’s cousin, Katherine Middleton and her family upon the death of Katherine’s mother Eileen Watson last Sunday
  • Gretchen Shults, recovering from a surgical procedure

Special thanks to Judy & Craig Brown for setting up the sale of Equal Exchange food items this morning.

Coming up next Sunday: Stewardship Dedication Sunday

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!

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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