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The Five: Sundays at 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall
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In the Heart of Merritt Island, FL

Posts by Pastor Steve Hart

COVID and Mask Section

I have become increasingly aware of increases in COVID cases. Please remember that we have a reserved section of the sanctuary for folks who feel safer wearing masks indoors. If you sit on the side of the sanctuary closest to the organ, remember that masks are required in that section. We have plenty of masks available for anyone who forgets to bring…

Grateful for Your Faithfulness

This week you may receive Grace’s yearly stewardship letter. Our leadership team at Grace is working hard preparing for the coming year. We are so grateful for the faithfulness of all of you in sending in your pledges. Last year we had the best overall total pledge commitments since I started at Grace in 2015. While pledges have never accounted for our…

A Vision for the Future

At our Church Council meeting this week, I shared the vision for the coming year of worship at Grace. The plan that our staff and music leaders have embraced is to offer two worship services on Sunday mornings at 9 am and 11 am. We will avoid labeling the services, but the 11 am service will be a more modern type of…

Summer at the Blink of an Eye

The summer season is moving fast, and in just a few weeks we will begin another school year. For families with school-age or college-age children, the calendar revolves around the school year. Here at Grace, we are looking forward to supporting MILA Elementary school with a new school year, and we pray that our volunteers will be allowed on the school campus…

Reflecting on What God Has in Store

I’m back! It has been an excellent renewal leave for me to reflect on what God has in store for the future. The time away included a good mix of relaxation, study, prayer, and reflection. I am so grateful to our great staff and so many of you in the congregation who have served faithfully in my absence. During my leave, I…

The Privilege of Pastoral Ministry

As many of you are aware, I am currently spending time on renewal leave. This means that I am taking a few weeks away from my normal preaching and church leadership duties to study, reflect, plan, and relax as I ask for God’s Holy Spirit to recharge my batteries. I am very grateful that our United Methodist Church provides this opportunity for…

A Time of Renewal

Dear Grace Family: I am terribly excited for the opportunity to serve this church and community for a seventh year starting July 1, 2021. Between now and then, I will be involved in study, prayer, and planning. After serving full-time as a United Methodist pastor for the last thirteen years, I am taking my first renewal leave (for May and June). Our…

Called to Ministry: The Five & Stephen’s Ministers

One of the most significant privileges for pastors and congregations is to affirm and encourage men and women who feel called into ministry. Did you know that we have someone who is exploring a ministry calling? Lilly Hibbard, who currently leads The Five every Sunday, is an exploring candidate for ordained ministry. If you have never attended The Five, come check it…

God’s Hand at Work

Sometimes, when life is going well for me, I wish that I could store my sense of gratitude and save it for days when things are not going well. On the good days, I see how Jesus is alive in my life and in the world around me, offering me a sense of confidence that the Holy Spirit can use even my…

It Takes a Village to Celebrate Holy Week

What a wonderful Holy Week we had here at Grace! It was great because we had a variety of different people sharing their gifts and experiences. For example, we had Heather and Sami Mason, Chris and Evie Tompkins, and Mike Ferger sharing their reflections as part of the Maundy Thursday service. We had wonderful musical selections from Tom Black and Nick Barth,…