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, September 5
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 is at 9:30 am, in person only this week; no ZOOM.
Worship in person, on Facebook live, (sorry, no ZOOM this week) at 11:00 am; for worship, log on a few minutes before 11. The worship bulletin is below.
September 5, 2021 (pdf)
- Since it is the first Sunday of the month, we are collecting non-perishable food items for the Blessing Box in our parking lot. The Blessing Box is being used daily, and being completely emptied several times a week, so the need is great.
From Laura Holleman: One of my 5th graders very sweetly (and cautiously) asked me to pray for his grandmother Ann who is in the hospital with a broken hip.
Harper Estes is having laser surgery today for a detached retina.
Grace & Peace!
From the Gathered Community: 08/29/21
We gathered this past Sunday to seek and worship God.
Special thanks to Brian Rose for sharing the gift of trumpet music with us; and thanks to Laura for great organ music.
Theme: “Cups, Pots and Bronze Kettles”
Joy Alexander – for serviceman Ben Cross – now out of Afghanistan and being deployed to Kuwait
Judy Serpas – for family and loved ones in Louisiana in the path of hurricane Ida
Harper Estes – for daughter Jada Boyd who is very sick (negative for covid and strep)
Peggy Jezek – for the family of Londale Briley, a close friend, who passed away this week
For Richard Jackson at Midland Medical Lodge recovering from a fall (broken shoulder)
Jeff McDonald – support and encouragement for Midland College students and staff, as students are back at school
Joyce Sherrod – is moving to Bryan/College Station area, nearer her children L; needs help Saturday, Sept 11, to load boxes, etc., into the U-Haul (9 am at the Wallace Building at Manor Park).
Celebrating a visit from Lynda Renick’s daughter, Laura
We collect non-perishable food items for the Blessing Box on the 1st Sunday of every month – that’s this coming Sunday! Since school started the box is being used almost every day.
Farewell Reception for Joyce Sherrod; Wednesday, September 8; 6 to 7 PM, in the Hallway adjacent to the choir room at Grace.
Grace and peace,
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
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.
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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Meeting ID: 837 0586 4521