Monthly Grace UMC Missions Focus
 
February 2024 – Adult and Teen Challenge Minnesota
Our missional giving for February will be given to support the good work being done through the Adult and Teen Challenge rehabilitation services in Brainerd. Many families have been touched by the pain of addiction, and so feel a personal connection to the work of this place.  More information and details can also be found on their website => Adult and Teen Challenge Minnesota.  

MISSION: Please note on your offering that it is for the Monthly Mission Focus.

If you are mailing something to the church, please use our PO Box and not the church street address.
Grace United Methodist Church
PO Box 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
       
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Monthly Mission Focus History
 
February 2024 – Adult and Teen Challenge Minnesota
Our missional giving for February will be given to support the good work being done through the Adult and Teen Challenge rehabilitation services in Brainerd. Many families have been touched by the pain of addiction, and so feel a personal connection to the work of this place.  More information and details can also be found on their website => Adult and Teen Challenge Minnesota.  

January 2024 – My Neighbor to Love
Our January Missional giving for January will be given to “My Neighbor to Love”, a newer birdging partner to move people from homelessness to housing in the Lakes area.  We will have a speaker later this month to explain more.    More information and details can also be found on their website =>  My Neighbor to Love Coalition  
 
December 2023 – Two Local Causes
Our December Missional giving supports two different areas this year. The gifts will be split between Mid-Minnesota Women’s Shelter and the Pastor’s discretionary fund.
 
November 2023 – Lakes Area Food Shelf
Our November missional giving is designated for the Lakes Area Food Shelf. This month the funds donated will be given to the food shelf help keep the shelves stocked for the holiday season.
 
October 2023 – Brennecke Family  Mission Work Support 
In October our missional giving will go towards supporting the Brennecke Family to support the mission work they provide.  See the latest update from them below. 

Greetings, Friends at Grace! Here’s a brief update on our family and ministry.

First, we celebrate that the Lord continues to “send forth workers into his harvest.” This summer our Candidate Seminar was a week of training for ten new missionaries who will serve in Chad, Romania, Brazil, and Slovakia. Others will serve in a campus ministry known as “Campus Bible Fellowship” in South Bend, Indiana. One couple will serve in a retirement village for Gospel workers known as “Missionary Acres.” Finally, one candidate will serve as a Bible translation consultant with Bibles International, our Bible Translation team, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All these met in July in our Global Ministry Center here in Cleveland. They will now begin the process of deputation as they raise a team of interested churches and individuals who will support and pray for their ministries. 

During the week of Candidate Seminar, we get to know the new missionaries, and we learn the lesson once again that missions is not a calling for an elite few, but a step of faith for ordinary people who respond to God out of worship and obedience.

I continue to serve as CEO of Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation and as Stewardship Administrator for Baptist Mid-Missions. In those capacities I work with a constituency of “unsung heroes” who give sacrificially so that the effort to send and support missionaries can move forward. I enjoy interacting with these donors about the “ABC’s of ‘RMDs’ and ‘QCDs’ from their IRAs”! (What would we do without an alphabet?)

Kim and I are getting used to being “empty nesters” … sort of. Our youngest two, Gunnar and Natalie, are in college, so they “fly from the nest” nine months of the year, stopping in for holidays and summer. Their brief stays at home are a blessing and a reminder of God’s care for them as they begin to set out on their own. It is also a wonderful blessing to us as we both want them to go out and succeed in life, while at the same time we miss them. But launching kids into adult life is the whole point of parenting, right? The older three are busy: Nic & Kristin and their four kids are nearby, so we enjoy the energy of wonderful grandchildren! Brennan & Lydia are in Dodgeville, Wisconsin where they are busy working and enjoying life with Bandit, their German shorthair. And Kaye & Cody are planning for a wedding next fall between Cody’s deployments with the Air Force. Kaye is here in Cleveland, while Cody begins a year-long tour in South Korea.

That’s an update! Thanks for your supportive friendship through the years!

 Blessings,

Steve & Kim Brennecke

 
 
September 2023 – UMCOR:  Hawaii Relief
In September  our missional giving will go towards supporting UMCOR.  Below is a summary from the UMCOR website page.

As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief – UMCOR – assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and serve as a source of help and hope for the vulnerable. UMCOR provides relief, response and long-term recovery grants when events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. UMCOR also provides technical support and training for partners to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief, recovery, and long-term health and development.

 
For more information and to see current UMCOR responses =>  UMCOR LINK
 
 
August 2023 – Back to School
In August our missional giving will go to a number of projects that will benefit our teachers, school support staff and students. We are still working out the details with a local school, but we hope that you will be generous as usual to support “Back to School” missions.  Money donated will go towards recognizing teachers with a special gift and then also to provide treats for school staff during the upcoming year.
 
July 2023 – Habitat for Humanity
MISSION:  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope.
VISION:  Carrying out the teachings of Christ, LAHFH strives to ensure that everyone, everywhere has at least a simple, decent place to call home.
ACTION:  Partnering with families in need, volunteers build or renovate homes and serve as agents of change throughout the affiliate.
OUTCOME:  Working in communities throughout the affiliate, LAHFH helps create a culture wherein affordable housing becomes a matter of conscience.
 
June 2023 – Youth Group Support
In June, the extra gifts that you designate will be used for activities and meals for our Youth Group bi-monthly gatherings.
 
May 2023 – Love Offering
Each year, churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference take a Love Offering for missions in conjunction with our Annual Conference Session.

Bishop Lanette Plambeck invites congregations to pray about and participate in the Love Offering as an expression of our gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives. Our Love Offering this year will tangibly share God’s extravagant love with a hurting world by addressing the growing mental health needs in Minnesota.

Sixty percent of the Love Offering will fund a new grant that will support churches that have partnerships with mental health services offered in local schools or communities.

Thirty percent of the Love Offering will go to three Minnesota nonprofits engaged in mental health education and advocacy: Mental Health Connect, Mental Health Minnesota, and Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.

Finally, 10 percent of the Love Offering each year goes to Volunteers in Mission scholarships, which support first-time mission trip participants.
 
Additional Information can be found on the Minnesota Annual Conference website
 
 
April 2023 – Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
April’s special mission giving goes to the Pastor’s discretionary fund (this has been used to supplement scholarships, purchase emergency gas cards, and to support special mission projects among other things).
 
March 2023 to April Easter Sunday 2023 – Lakes Area Food Shelf 
During Lent our missional giving is all designated for the Lakes Area Food Shelf.  We will be collecting a variety of items each week to help stock the food shelf, and cash is always welcome too. 

There are envelopes labeled for this mission on the back table or you can simply put any special giving into the offering plate with a note on your gift that it is to be designated to this mission.

February 2023 – Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen
In February, our missional giving goes to the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd. Our church has supported this mission for many, many years, and a few volunteers from Grace continue to help there on a monthly basis.  

There are envelopes labeled for this mission on the back table or you can simply put any special giving into the offering plate with a note on your gift that it is to be designated to this mission.  At the end of the month, after Ash Wednesday, the final Sunday will begin our designated giving for the Lakes Area Food Shelf.

January 2023Lakes Area Restorative Justice Program
In January our missional giving goes to the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Program.  There are envelopes in the pews, or you can simply put any special giving into the offering plate with a note on your gift that it is to be designated to this mission.