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!

  • New Pastor Announcement

    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 for details and scheduling.

  • Circle of Friends Potluck

    Tuesday– March 13- 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. 

  • Children's News

    UMCOR Hygiene Kits

    Later in February the children's Sunday school will begin collecting items during Lent to assemble disaster relief kits. We will list the items needed in the March newsletter. Thank you for your prayers for this project and watch for details!

  • Mission Meal

    March 18   1:00 p.m.  Cook meal at Grace UMC

    5:00 p.m. Serve meal at Good Samaritan House

    A sign-up sheet is in the foyer.

  • Easter Flowers

    As we did last year, you may make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one to purchase a few fresh flowers for the foyer on Easter Sunday. Funds above the cost of the flowers will be do-nated to the Youth Mission Trip Fund. Please con-tact the church office (a form will be in the bulletin in a few weeks) by March 24.

  • Learn Chinese Language

    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. If you are interested in joining the class, let Pastor In-Sook know by March 18.

    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   March 11, 3-5 p.m. 

    Science Center at the University Mall

    The Science Center in the University Mall Carbondale is a great place to play and allow the kids to interact. They indicated that if we have at least 8 chil-dren in our group then the rate per child will be only $2.75 and adults are free! The only small catch is that those who have sea-son passes already to the Science Center would not be able to use them for this particular group event. No food needed for this gathering...just time together!

    Send a note to Laura Morthland ( and to let her know if you are open to coming on the 11th and how many kids and adults would likely be coming with you.

    If you would like to attend but the cost of the event poses an issue please contact Laura and arrangements can be made.

  • Pocket Prayer Crosses

    For my confirmation class I, Anna, will be doing a project. This project will be crocheting or knitting pocket prayer crosses to give to people in nursing homes.

    On Saturday, March, 17 from 1-3 pm at Epiphany Lutheran church (1501 W. Chataqua St. Carbondale, IL, 62901) we invite anyone to come to make these crosses.

    If you aren't able to stay you can come and pick up supplies and also make them at home.

    You can drop of these crosses at the office of the Epiphany Lutheran church.

    (This is the second date for my project)

    If you have made crosses bring them to the church and drop in the office by April 1.

    Lena Hake

  • 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.