events

There's a lot going on at Grace! Every week there are study groups, music rehearsals, meetings, community service projects, worship services, and fun events for our youth. Check the list here for our monthly activities and details in our Newsletter. You can also follow along with the life of the church through our postings and photos on our Facebook page. Check it out!

  • You are invited to the Workshop,

    “Spiritual Formation with Various Spiritual Types”

    Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30 AM   

    Spiritual Formation is a life-long journey with others to be  formed in Christ-likeness. Even though there is a common destination, there are various ways to get there, based on spiritual types. This workshop provides a practical tool to identify your spiritual type and our congregation’s spiritual type based on the book Discover Your Spiritual Type authored by Corinne Ware.  It will help us to understand the richness of differences in spiritual types and to guide us to plan toward deeper spiritual growth. 

    A sign-up sheet is available.


    What does it mean to be United Methodist?

    three Sundays at 10:10 AM-11 AM

    Let us learn about United Methodist heritage, beliefs and distinctive ways of doing ministries.

    Everyone is welcome.

  • New Pastor Announcement

    New incoming Pastor Jungil Rhee’s contact information is below for anyone wishing to send a note or email welcoming the family to Grace UMC.


    Rev. & Mrs. Jungil & May Rhee

    Their two children: Grace & Isaac

    1209 W. Adams St. Macomb, IL 61455

    309-224-6420

    xianrhee@gmail.com


    The Staff-Parish Relations Commit-tee is happy to announce that Bishop Frank Beard has appointed Rev. Jungil Rhee as pastor to our church effective July 1st. Pastor Rhee, as he likes to be called, has in recent years served churches in Kirkwood, Smithshire and currently is the Associate Pastor of Macomb Wesley UMC (since 2011) and is the Lead Pastor of the Macomb Korean Fellowship (since 2008).

    Pastor Rhee received his Masters of Divinity at Emory Uni-versity in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. He also has a Master’s in Theology in Old Testament Studies which he received from Hyupsung University in Korea.


  • New Grace UMC Cookbooks  Now Available

    The all new Grace UMC cookbooks are available just in time for Christmas gifting. They will be available in the office during regular office hours and also at both Worship Services. See Thyra Russell in early service and Shirley Smith or Rosemary Hubenthal in late service to purchase the new cookbooks for $15

    each. Money from the sales will go to mission projects.

  • Children' s Choir  -  Looking Ahead

       Looking ahead, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 12, 4:00 p.m. This is the date for the SI Children’s Choir Spring Concert held in the sanctuary at Grace Church. 

  • Do You Like To Cook  and Feed Hungry Teenagers?

    On the third Sunday of each month, youth gather at the Arthur home to share a meal, play games, and have fun. This is also an opportunity for our youth to try different foods. If you would like to provide a dish (main course, side, dessert), or your group would like to provide an entire meal for "The Table," please contact Jaci Arthur at carbondalegraceyouth@gmail.com for details and scheduling.

  • Circle of Friends Potluck

    Tuesday– April 10- Noon     Bring a dish and join the fellowship.

  • Please help with Children's Project

    The children in Sunday classes will be collecting items to create disaster relief hygiene kits. We will collect items from the congregation during Lent and through Easter Sunday. Please consider buying one or more items to donate. Place your items in the tubs in the church lobby or just outside the children's area. The children will assemble the hygiene kits, and they will be mailed to an UMCOR facility later in April. UMCOR also accepts money donations to purchase toothpaste.

    Please read through and save the list below to help us with this project to show God's mercy to those in need. Thank you!


    Hygiene Kit Materials

     1 hand towel

     15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches

     Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable

     1 washcloth

     1 comb

     Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long

     No pocket combs or picks please

     Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth

     1 metal nail file or nail clippers

     No emery boards, please

     1 bath-size soap

     3 oz. and larger sizes only

     No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content

     Do not remove from original packaging

     1 toothbrush

     Adult size only

     Do not remove from original packaging

     6 adhesive bandages

     ¾ inch to 1 inch-size

    Common household Band-Aids

  • Invitation to Monday evening Women's group

    Ladies, please join us on Monday evenings at 6:30 in the auditorium at church! We will talk together, do something creative (no special skills necessary), and plan ways to help others.


    If you can't come every Monday, that's ok. We will be happy to see you whenever you can join us!


    Please bring: scissors and all your extra plastic grocery bags .   Our first craft/mission project is to crochet plastic bed rolls for the homeless. (No crochet skill necessary.) 

    Danielle Schultz


    Knitting,  Crocheting, Embroidery, O My!


    Do you like to knit, crochet, embroidery, tat, etc. but like to visit with others while working or need encouragement to work on your ongoing project or need a small

    project? A group of ladies are going to start meeting in the conference room at the church on Thursday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. to ? Bring your projects to work on and enjoy the fellowship of fellow crafters. Call Lena Hake at (618-457-2688) or Marilyn Hisgen (618-549-4487) if you have any questions. 

  • WORLD HUNGER SALE

    The Church Women United in Carbon-dale will host the 44th annual hunger sale on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. It will be at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on East Main Street in Carbon-dale. All money made will go to local food pantries and interna-tional charities.


    Food for lunch, baked goods, clothing, antiques, and the usual categories of bargains will be for sale. You are welcome to do-nate items or baked goods at the church on April 11 and April 12. You may call 521-0613 if you have a big item that they can pick up from your home.


    Workers are needed to sort and price items on Wednesday through Friday morning. Volunteers to sell items in each depart-ment on Friday afternoon or Saturday or clean up on Saturday may call Donna Hayden, 618-549-0870.


  • Learn Chinese Language  - Informational meeting:

                                             Sunday, April 8 at 1 PM

    Yifan Shen will offer an experiential class in Chinese lan-guage and culture. The topics will cover Chinese cuisine, lan-guage, customs, arts, music, and scenery. Anybody who attends more than half of the courses will receive a hand-made Chinese knot as a gift. A free-will donation would be appreciated for the class. 

    Yifan Shen holds a B.A. in Chinese history from Shandong University of China and a M. S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from SIUC. She used to give lectures on Chinese culture to stu-dents in southern Illinois rural area. In recent years she volun-teers as a guest artist in international cultural festivals at SIUC and an Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio.

  • Family Fellowship   April 8, 4-6 p.m. 

    Evergreen Park

    Would love to see you there with your family.

  • Good Samaritan Food Pantry

    Please find below a list of needed items for Good Samaritan’s Food Pantry. Items can be left in the wooden bin across from the sanctuary.


    Dry Goods: Rice (1 lb. bag), beans (1 lb. bag), pasta, side dishes (mac & cheese, Rice-a-Roni, Hamburger Helper)


    Canned Goods: vegetables, soup, beans, canned pasta sauce (no glass jars)

    Egg cartons

  • Pocket Cross

    Anna asks that if anyone has made a pocket cross, please get them to Grace church by April 17 if you cannot make it to Epiphany to drop them off.

  • Announcements

    We will have a potluck lunch for Jee Won Yang's farewell this Sunday at 12:30 PM. Jee Won has been working very hard to help our choir and handbell choir. Her dedication and gifts have brought excellent and inspiring music every Sunday, especially Christmas music service and Easter service. Now she is returning to Korea next week. Please come and bless her.

    Pastor In-Sook offers a special workshop, Spiritual Formation with Various Spiritual Types, on Saturday April 21, 10-11:30 AM. You are invited to discover your spiritual type and our congregation's spiritual type. We will understand not only who we are, but also who other people are, and why there is no one style of worship service and ministry to fit to everyone. There is a sign-up sheet. Or let pastor know you plan to come.

    Pastor In-Sook will offer a special class, "What does it mean to be United Methodist?" It will be during Sunday School time for three Sundays. It's for the people who like to learn about UMC and the people who desire to join the church. It will start on Sunday, April 22, 10:10 AM.

    God's blessings,

    pastor In-Sook