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Services at 9 & 11 AM in the Sanctuary & Available Online
The Five: Sundays at 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall
65 Needle Boulevard
In the Heart of Merritt Island, FL

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.

Where Do We Go When Broken?

I hope you all enjoyed our worship last Sunday as much as I did! It was extra special to welcome our confirmands and new members and to share the good news about paying down our mortgage. We look forward to a mortgage burning party within the next few months. If you are able to finish any legacy commitments, that would be great!  Friends, Pastor…

Where Do We Go When Grieving?

I was truly honored to be present and to lead our confirmands as two of them were baptized last Thursday at the beach. The others were baptized earlier in their lives, but we all reflected on the meaning of baptism. As you know, we have eleven young people who will be confirmed and become members of Grace on Mother’s Day. Ms. Niki has done…

Hung Up On Heaven

This is the week of our confirmation picnic and baptisms at the beach. We have 11 confirmands this year, and they have been meeting and learning together as a group since January. Some of them have never been baptized, so on Thursday, April 28 those students will be baptized at the beach. For those who were baptized as infants, we recognize those…

I Once Was Blind

I am grateful and humbled by the wonderful worship attendance at Grace on Easter Sunday. We had 50 for the sunrise service, 228 at 9am, and 84 at 11am. May we keep growing and learning! Our excellent staff and volunteers worked behind the scenes to prepare for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, a well-attended Easter egg hunt on Saturday, and all the Sunday…

Standing Amazed

Holy Week is always a busy time at Grace, and one of the challenges for many of us is to pause and pay attention to the spiritual significance of each part of the journey. Thursday evening’s service will Include a special time for prayer and anointing. Pastor Beth, Pastor Gary, and I will be offering time for individual prayer and anointing immediately following…

A King Comes To Town

We are rapidly approaching Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The various worship themes and events of the week offer powerful opportunities to reflect upon Jesus’ journey to the cross. We begin with the ironic celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, then we move to the deeply personal time with the disciples at the last supper, and then we experience the darkness…

Making Trust Mandatory

We have a church dinner event scheduled for next Wednesday, April 6 starting at 5pm in the fellowship hall. This will be an Easter themed dinner and I hope you will plan to come. We need these informal gatherings to share a meal and time together. Just call the church office and let us know you plan to attend.  It’s not too late to…

How Big Is Your God?

Spring has officially arrived, and the schools are back from spring break. This is an especially busy time of year as families start thinking about graduations and many young people plan for the next chapter of their lives. With so much in our world that is negative, it is good to focus on positive plans for the future and to support those…

The Cave Of Failure

This week I enjoyed leading the discussion for our Lenten lunch book study. We discussed the meaning of the phrase from the Lord’s Prayer that states, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Adam Hamilton commented in his book that this phrase is the central concern of Jesus’ entire ministry. Through our prayers and our…

Making A Faith Decision

In speaking with Pastor Beth and Pastor Gary this week, I was reminded of how Grace UMC is living into our vision of “Building Bridges Between Christ and the Community.” From our newest efforts regarding health ministry to the daily engagement with preschool families to our growing children’s ministry, the Holy Spirit is at work among us! Thank you for the ways…