a Newsletter from Grace United Methodist Church, Arlington, TX. This newsletter comes to let you know about happenings at Grace, and to invite you to reflect on your walk with God as you strive to follow Jesus’ summary of the commandments: to love God, one another, and oneself.
Be ready to imagine the impossible!
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” Proverbs 31:29
March has been designated as Women’s History Month. This special recognition of women started in 1987. Women who have struggled, suffered and prevailed on behalf of the advancement of women have been celebrated. The theme this year is “Celebrating women of Character, Courage and Commitment”.
In order to have character, courage and commitment, one must have a relationship with God. I think about the Proverbs 31 Woman. She knows her purpose, and she executed the plan that God has for her. We are reminded in the scripture that she “feared the Lord”. She understood the power of her Father. She knew where her strength came from and she knew that she could not do all that she does without God.
Please take a moment to pray for women all over the world who continue to step outside the box and allow God to use them to do amazing works for Him.
Blessings and Peace
Grace to you,
Lent – The annual season of fasting and preparation for Holy Week and the Easter celebration. We started this season with our Ash Wednesday service, which by all accounts was an absolute blessing. During the Wednesday night message, I encouraged everyone to “withhold nothing” from God, but to give themselves away. “Away to what?” you might ask. I prefer to answer, “Away to whom.” Let’s choose to let this contemplative time be a place for us to give ourselves fully to God and the will and plan of God for our lives.
While preparing for this years’ inaugural 2014 Women’s Conference, I was blessed to see just how many quality speakers and panelist that will grace us with their presence. You really do not want to miss any of the sessions, starting March 21-23rdas I believe God is allowing us to access His wisdom from these various anointed vessels.
Remember the Friday night worship service starts at 7pm and is open to all; men included. We should all watch with humility as God continues to bless us in many ways, and all the while growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
Remember, we exist to;
Bring people into a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ, by making disciples through our words and actions in cooperation with God’s grace.
Let’s continue to stay faithful in cooperating with God as we see His faithfulness towards us!
Stay in Love with God and each other,
Pastor Bates and Rona
Growing in Grace
Congratulations to all the youth maintaining GPAs, stepping out in faith and allowing God to help you to continue to grow. We encourage you to keep up the good work! Confirmation Classes will soon be underway.
Please see Pastor Bates if you would like your child baptized on Easter Sunday.
Please mark your calendars for the Grace UMC Youth Easter/ Resurrection Program,Sunday, April 20th
at 10:25 am. Please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend.
The Central Texas Conference United ethodist Church has scheduled the Spiritual Growth Retreat On March 28 at the Lakeridge Retreat Center in Waxahachie. Registration to attend Saturday only is $35.00. This includes lunch. Pans were made earlier to not hold our regular meeting so as many of us as possible can participate in this Conference event. I am praying a group from Grace UMW will plan on getting together to
car pool to the event on Saturday morning. This event is open to all interested persons. I will be going down Friday. Interested persons can register on line at: ctcumw.org. I prayerfully ask us to consider this opportunity for spiritual growth.
Submitted by Billie Ray
Education& Interpretation Coordinator
Young Womens Event, 4/5/14, 10:00 a.m., First UMC Joshua. You will be putting together UMCOR kits and making prayer blankets, followed by a mini “Spa day”. This is a FREE event. Please contact Billie Ray for more information. The United Methodist Women Young Women’s Event Wish List is posted in the hallway.
Men of Grace – Save the date: Monday, March 31, 2014. 10th. 10th nnual Carvey Golf Tournament. Benefiting the United Community Centers. 1:00 pm Shotgun Start will tee off at Mira Vista Golf Club. Prizes and
raffle items will be awarded at the conclusion as well as a light dinner. o register your team for this year's golf tournament, visit our website (www.UnitedCommunityCenters.org) or mail your registration form to the Maddox
Center (1200 E. Maddox Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104). If you need a registration form or if you are interested in a sponsorship or volunteering, contact Ashley Johnson at email@example.com or 817-927-5556 x115. We ope you consider joining us for this fun filled day as we swing into spring!.
Labels for Mission - Don't forget to save labels and box tops. The UMW is saving the following labels and box tops: & Box Tops for education. All labels and box tops go to mission projects here at home and around the
conference.There is a box marked “UMW Labels” in the fellowship room.
Billie L. Ray
Education& Interpretation Coordinator, Grace UMW
Youth Opportunities at Grace
We are seeking liturgists for the morning worship services. Please see Marleana Coles for more information.
On Saturday, March 15th, at 11:30, we will be putting together gift bags for the upcoming Women’s Conference. Youth – we need your help! Please see Rev. Penny Stemley for more information.
Things to do while on Spring Break
your favorite book
a movie marathon
something you’ve always wanted to do
out with a friend
responsible and stay saf