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!

  • Happy Advent and merry Christmas

    This is pastor Rhee.

    Below, you will find Christmas events and worship schedule at Grace during this month of December. There are lots of exciting ministries happening, along with some time changes. Tomorrow, Dec. 2nd, we will have both Contemporary service at 9:00 AM and Traditional service at 11:15 AM respectively. Thereafter, starting from Dec. 9th, we will have "ONE COMBINED" service at 10:30 AM throughout the end of the month. Bring your friends and family, share the good news of great joy, and enjoy this wonderful program. Also, as part of our Christmas tradition, the Missions Committee has designated the Christmas offering to the local food pantry. Let our spirit of generosity grow to receive the Christ child.

    2018 Christmas at Grace U.M.C.

    Dec. 2, Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

    The Purpose of Christmas #1 - “A Time for Celebration”

    Dec. 4, Tuesday

    The Spirit of Christmas Gift Pick-up

    Dec. 8, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

    “Walking in Light and Love”

    Southern Illinois Children’s Choir, Annual Christmas Concert

    Dec. 9, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Combined Service

    Christmas Cantata - “Arise , Arise, Shine”

    Dec. 16, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Combined Service

    The Purpose of Christmas #2 - “A Time for Salvation”

    Dec. 23, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Combined Service

    Children’s Christmas Presentation - “A Shepherd’s Christmas”

    Dec. 24, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve - Communion & Candle Light

    The Purpose of Christmas #3 - “A Time for Reconciliation”

    Dec. 30, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Combined Service

    Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


  •       Christmas Concert

    The Southern Illinois Children's Choir  presents "Walking in Light and Love" at

    3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, in Grace Sanctuary. The program will feature Pre -K through eighth grade children. The concert is free and all are welcome. A reception will follow.

  • Session With Bishop Beard

    The new date for the Bishop’s Pre-Conference Meeting is going to be Monday, December 3. There will be 2 sessions that day. The first session will be from

    1:00 – 3:00 pm with the second session at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If a person had already registered for the November 15 date, they do not have to re-register. Those folks should plan to attend the 7:00 pm session on December 3rd.

    "A Way Forward" hearing session  with Bishop Beard will be at Marion First UMC on Thursday, November 15th at 7pm. The Bishop will discuss the three plans which have been offered as plans for A Way Forward with regard to the issues of human sexuality and unity. Persons planning to attend the session in Marion must register in advance online in order to ensure adequate accommodations for those wanting to attend and the seating capacities of the venues. Register here: . Or a signup sheet  will be in the Grace church entrance lobby or call the church office (457-8785) to register together.

  • Meet the Pastor on a new day

    Pastor Rhee would love to meet you closely  every 2nd Thursdays of the month. We'll have some tables set up and coffee will be brewed.  Bring your favorite pies or cookies to pass, or just stop by. We'd like to share stories of how you came to faith in Jesus Christ, what your hopes are for Grace church, and how we can minister to each other; or just chat about anything! The next meeting is October

    11, 10am in rooms 19/20.    Mark your interest in the connection card during Sunday service, or send your interest via email at "," or just stop by!

  • 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.

  • MaTT  Club

    Meet me at The Table (MaTT) Club is an exciting club, starting  this fall at Grace United Methodist Church, for children in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. We will meet on the first and third Sunday of each month from 4-6 P.M. MaTT Club is a place for kids and adults to gather with friends, old and new, at the table with Jesus. We invite Jesus to be with us at the supper table at each meeting. 

    I have been running a MaTT Club for ten years. I use a six  year curriculum rotationGod’s Big Family of Friends / The Bible: Our Book of Faith

    Old Testament- Servants of God New Testament- Journey with Jesus (include baptism and communion)

    Parables- Learning Through Stories; God is Like a…

    Fruit of the Spirit- Living Healthy

    Bridging (Missionary/starting new churches)

    Because some of the children who have already been attending MaTT Club plan to meet with us at Grace, I will stay on the rotation schedule. This fall we will start Fruit of the Spirit- Living Healthy. After each meeting parents will receive an electronic ‘parent letter’ letting you know the story we heard, discussions we had and games we played. You are encouraged to talk to and question your child about what they learned and how they feel about it. MaTT Club loves volunteers. You can always offer to lead craft time, teach a lesson or lead games. Just let us know what you feel comfortable doing. Parents are asked to provide supper (no cooking needed), at least once during the year. Watch for more information!

    Flossie Langin

  • Christmas Music

    Grace Church will celebrate a special Christmas Music  Service on Sunday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium.  The Praise Team, Grace Choir, Handbell Choir, Grace Children, and Emily and Cuty Jung will present the musical message "Arise, Arise and Shine!". The program will be narrated by Jeff Williams. Please join us and invite your family and friends to celebrate with us.

  • Family Fellowship

    Family Fellowship is taking a break for the winter.   Look for Family Fellowship to resume in June. 

  • 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).

  • UMW Christmas Yard   & Bake Sale Thank You

    We appreciate each and everyone who  contributed to the success of the Grace

    UMW Christmas Yard & Bake Sale on  November 17. Thanks to all who gave

    their time to help organize the sale, donated various items and baked goods, and

    helped clean up and reset the auditorium  after the sale. We especially thank those who made generous cash donations to the sale. Because of your help, we will be able to distribute more than $2,000 to missions, especially local hunger

    relief agencies. Thank you all so much for supporting the  Grace United Methodist Women.

  • Special Announcement !!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 16, 23 and 30   Sunday School time  will be 9:30 a.m.  

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