Monthly Grace UMC Missions Focus
August 2022 – Mission Focus

In August the funds collected will be used to purchase gift cards for local teachers connected to Grace UMC.

Please note on your offering if it is for the August Mission Focus.
If you are mailing something to the church, please use our PO Box and not the church address.
Grace United Methodist Church
PO Box 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Prior Monthly Mission Focus
July 2022 – Lakes Area 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 2022 – Grace UMC Youth Group and Youth Chosen Charity
The June Mission Focus donations will be split between needs for theGrace UMC Youth Group and with a Charity that the Youth will choose. 
May 2022 – Native American Ministries Sunday & Conference Love Offering
May 1st is Native American Ministries Sunday in the United Methodist Church. Our missional offering this week will go this special Sunday conference ask. Please note on your offering if it is to be directed to this worthy cause.
The rest of May’s missional giving will go towards our church gift to the “Love Offering” to be received at the Annual Conference, held later this month.  Additional information can be found on the Conference website link below. 
April 2022 – Heifer International and Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
April’s special mission giving goes to Heifer International and 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 2022 – Lakes Area Food Shelf
Our Missional giving for the month of March is The Lakes Area Food Shelf. All donations given this month will be given as part of our food shelf challenge. Donations given during month are traditionally matched for local food shelves, so your cash donation goes farther!
February 2022 – The Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen
Our Missional giving for the month of February is The Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd. Grace UMC continues to have volunteers helping out in some way at a monthly meal. We will also offer support for the meals that the new group makes for dinner on their night. This mission is still very close to our hearts here at Grace UMC.
January 2022 – Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project 
Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project (LARJP) is a community directed, operated and supported non-profit organization which was established in 2004 by the collective efforts of Roger Lynn, a retired Methodist Minister and Stephanie Haider, a retired Dakota County probation officer.
LARJP is currently the only Restorative Justice Program in all of Crow Wing County and surrounding counties. Our staff, trainers and consultants have a combined history of more than 70 years’ experience in restorative justice practices and LARJP has provided services to juveniles in Crow Wing County for 16 years. The success of our programs is directly related to the qualified staff and volunteers of the organization.
The core program of LARJP is Restorative Group Conferencing (RGC). RGC provides a forum for juvenile wrongdoers and their families, those victimized by the harm, and their supporters to meet in a safe and respectful environment to discuss the incident. LARJP gets case referrals from the County Attorney’s office and 6 county Police Departments as well as the schools in Crow Wing County. Our program currently serves on average 40-50 cases per year. The RGC process enables those victimized to express their feelings about the impact of the harmful behavior and to get answers to their questions. It helps offenders understand the true impact of their actions on the victim, their family, and the community as well as hold them accountable for the harm they have caused by completing a contract designed by themselves and the victim on how the harm will be repaired. By completing the contract the offender’s record is cleared which allows and empowers them to have a greater educational and employment opportunity as an adult.
December 2021
Our Missional giving for the month of December supports three different areas. The gifts will be split between The Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd, Mid-Minnesota Women’s Shelter, and the Pastor’s discretionary fund.
November 2021 – Lakes Area Food Shelf 
Our Missional giving for the month of November supports the Lakes Area Food Shelf. Our local food shelf does some really great work for this community. If you have never been inside, or it has been a while, I encourage you to check it out. If you see it, you will want to support their work. Please contact Pastor Jen if you want to learn more. There will be an opportunity this month to take a tour after worship some Sunday soon.
October 2021 – Missionary Support
Our Missional giving for the month of October supports the Brennecke Family and their work as missionaries.
Click her to read the latest update from Steve & Kim Brennecke.
September 2021 – Emma Norton
Emma Norton Services has over 100 years of history serving the Twin Cities. The organization was founded in 1917 when a Minnesotan, Emma Norton, gave a gift to United Methodist Women to fund a program to support young women and girls in Minnesota. With her gift, the UMW created the “Methodist Home for Girls” to house young women traveling to the Twin Cities from rural Minnesota for work and education.
In 1967, the organization moved to its current location on Robert Street in Saint Paul, and became Emma Norton Residence. Much like the transformational housing Emma Norton Services now provides, the organization changed to meet the needs of the community. Over the next few decades, Emma Norton Residence served a variety of populations, including deaf students and families with loved ones in long-term care at Regions Hospital.
As Minnesota’s unhoused population grew in the 1990s, the organization was called again to change, and turned focus to helping homeless women who experienced mental health or chemical dependency challenges. With the addition of Emma’s
Place in 2002, Emma Norton expanded services to families as well.
Emma Norton Services has continued to grow to help more people in need. In the past decade, the organization has expanded to include SOAR Practitioners who assist residents and outside clients in finding greater self-sufficiency, Peer Support Specialists, and the Scattered-Site Housing Program, which supports families and individuals moving into independent apartment living in Ramsey County. With the addition of these services, Emma Norton now serves over 300 people annually, including children and adults of all genders.
Today, Emma Norton is a radically compassionate and inclusive organization, using evidence-based policies such as harm-reduction and eliminating length-of-stay restrictions. We meet clients where they are and walk with them on their journey of recovery.