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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.

The Law of The Harvest: Good News or Bad News?

Another summer break is quickly coming to an end for our students, teachers, and school staff.  School starts August 10, and I know many people are preparing for the new school year this week. I pray for a school year exceptionally free of violence, illness, and tragedy. May God’s Grace sustain our students and all school personnel. Many volunteer hands made for quick…

Serving Hope

Earlier this summer, we had a 9am worship service with a focus upon traditional hymns from the United Methodist Hymnal. Several folks mentioned that they would welcome such a service from time to time. So, our plan at Grace is to offer this type of worship every fifth Sunday. That means that this coming Sunday, July 31, at the 9am service, we will sing several of the old…

My Heart: Christ’s Home – Part 5

I remain on track in reading through the Bible in a year. I just finished Proverbs and am beginning Ecclesiastes. While my life is currently as busy as it has ever been, my time in scripture is truly the best thing I do for my sanity each day. I use The Message Devotional Bible, which includes Eugene Peterson’s very insightful reflections on…

My Heart: Christ’s Home – Part 4

What an exciting week we will have as we host a Family with Family Promise for the first time in a while. I am so grateful for all who volunteer to help and make our families feel special and welcome. This is the gift of hospitality. Making sure all those who come into your life, no matter how long or short a time…

My Heart: Christ’s Home – Part 3

If you have helped with the Family Promise ministry in the past, then you know that the experience is wonderful for everyone involved. During the week of July 17-24, Grace will be hosting families on our campus. This is the first week we have hosted on campus since the pandemic put everything on hold. If you are available during the July 17-24 week to greet…

My Heart: Christ’s Home – Part 2

One of my favorite true statements is that “the local church is the hope of the world.” This statement reminds me that even with all of our challenges, our local churches offer people from all walks of life an opportunity to experience the power of God’s transforming love. This week at Grace has been a great example of this reality. 130 children…

My Heart: Christ’s Home

The VBS week is almost here! On Monday, June 27, the Grace campus will have approximately 120 children here for a week of fun and spiritual growth. If you have already committed to volunteer your time, thank you! If you are able to help on one or more of the days, it’s not to late to notify Ms. Niki.  This Sunday, June 26,…

Stop The Madness

Summer officially begins on Tuesday, June 21, but it feels like summer already on Merritt Island. I understand that a number of folks have been busy preparing for our upcoming VBS week, scheduled for June 27-July 1. There are more than 100 children registered, so we certainly appreciate our volunteers! Special prayers for Ms. Niki as she leads the team in preparation.  Please remember…

How To Handle The Truth

I am writing this Gracevine early, during Memorial Day weekend, because Colleen and I will be on a Florida Conference UMC-sponsored trip to England from May 30-June 8. Called the Wesley Fellowship study, this trip was made possible by a generous endowment given by Bernie and LaVonn Simpkins. The goal is to help pastors become more knowledgeable about the life and faith…

The Language Of Home

This Sunday will be Pentecost Sunday. We will celebrate what we traditionally view as the birth of the church. But is it? We believe that the church began at this point because this is when God’s Holy Spirit came down and as Luke describes it: “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of…