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Both of Grace UMC’s pastors share information via blogging. Pastor Steve Hart shares a message each week in the blog listing below, with his message also emailed out in our weekly Gracevine Newsletter. Associate Pastor Beth Burton also blogs, sharing thoughtful insights on faith and everyday life. Click here to visit Pastor Beth’s blog and see the latest messages from Pastor Steve below.

Coming Home To Hope

This Sunday, November 27th, marks the first Sunday in Advent. The beginning of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year. It is a season of waiting, as we wait the birth of Jesus. In fact, waiting is a major theme during this time of year. Our songs of Advent are filled with waiting images… “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Our scriptures speak…

Head, Heart, and Hands

Gratitude. This is a good word not just during November and Thanksgiving but throughout the year. Personally, I am grateful that over the past several years, I have gotten to know so many of you. As a pastor, it is such a rich experience to look out at the pews in the sanctuary and know about the lives of the people we…

Distractions, Diversions, and Disturbances

I write this as we wait for storm Nicole to pass through our area. I was certainly not expecting another storm this late in the season. It is events like this that remind me that it is healthy to hold all my planning lightly because I cannot control future events. The life example and teaching of Jesus reminds us that flexibility, adaptability,…

A Glorious Inheritance

For many years now, Grace has hosted a “country store” event quarterly. We offer various items that are typically not available at food pantries, such as cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products. This event is open to everyone. Saturday, November 5, is our fourth-quarter country store for 2022. We welcome volunteers for setup on Friday evening at 6pm and for the Saturday…

The Holy Priesthood

I hope you are enjoying our great fall weather as much as I am! The weekend forecast looks great, which is especially good news because we have our annual trunk n treat event on the Grace campus Saturday. Every year I am amazed at the huge turnout for this event. If you are free late Saturday afternoon and early evening, come out and welcome people…

Relationship With Self and Others

Every year as the day of pumpkin patch opening approaches, I become a bit weary because I know that the month of October will be hectic. There is significant work involved in preparing for the patch, and I see it all from the perspective of the excellent team that my wife Colleen leads. However, each year, on the day of pumpkin unloading,…

Relationship With God

I personally know several of our United Methodist clergy from the Ft. Myers area, and the devastation that the area has experienced is heartbreaking. I have been encouraged by the manner in which so many of our churches have come together to help those in need. Churches in the Lakeland and Tampa areas have sent truckloads of supplies to the area this…

From Every Nation

Another hurricane season in Florida finds us working through the unpredictable aspects of Mother Nature. I pray that you are safe and that you have avoided damage to your home as Ian moves past us. These storms disrupt our routines, and in the process they remind us that life is precious and fragile, and change can happen with very little notice. As…

Recovery of Gratitude

Recently, I read a quote from a song entitled “We Fall Down” by Donnie McClurkin. The quote is, “A saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up.” I love this reminder that even though we all make mistakes and fail from time to time, those who choose to learn from failure and try again are often blessed with grace…