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.“
Grace Worship Schedule
And now, for some more good news: The Session has determined that we can begin to safely gather together for worship beginning Sunday, April 11!
- We will used the same protocols as when we met in person last fall: use of hand sanitizer, social distancing, masks, and humming but no singing.
- Hymnals & Bibles will be returned to the pews.
- We plan to offer worship on-line as well, most likely through Facebook Live like we did before.
- Child care in the nursery will be available.
- Rooms that have been closed to meetings will now be opened, with protocols of using hand sanitizer, social distancing, room ventilation, cleaning, and masks.
- A Note About Masks: There are still a lot of things that are not known about the coronavirus, especially the variants, and masks are one of the best ways to slow the spread. So please remember that we wear masks to keep those around us safe, because we may be asymptomatic carriers – even if we have been vaccinated. We are guided by the Centers for Disease Control in this requirement.
There are some of our church members who are unable to be vaccinated at this time. So please wear a mask when participating in church events, as an act of love for others. Remember, it’s about keeping others safe. And please don’t put your church friends and staff in the awkward position of having to ask you to wear a mask. The Session is grateful for your cooperation in this, as we all look forward to the day when we do not have to wear them!
From the Gathered Community: 04/04/21
Christ is risen! Chris is risen indeed!
We gathered for worship on this glorious Easter Sunday, in the parking lot, in the mist, as daylight broke upon us.
Special thanks to Lynda Clark and Laura Holleman for wonderful, joyous Easter music!
The flowers on the cross signify the new life Christ brings us.
We celebrated the sacrament of baptism for Andrew James Starr, son of Elyse and Ryan Starr, and offered prayers of love and grace for this precious family.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
- Fran Dawson
- Alan Byars
- Raquel Mendoza
- Ann Westerman
PHOTOS: if you have photos of this morning’s worship service that you’d be willing to share, please send them to Jeff McDonald email@example.com. He will make a photo album to include on our church website.
EGG HUNT: Thanks to Jalyn Fiske, Lynda Clark and all our youth for putting together the Easter Egg Hunt for our children!
“May the new of Christ’s risenness touch the dead spots in your heart and bring them back to life, so you may become part of the good news that flows from the place today.
May you be springs of living water in all the dry places on this sweet parched earth.
May the fresh life that God has given you spill over to freshen all the lives that touch yours…
May you be Easter people this day and forevermore!” (~Barbara Brown Taylor)
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
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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