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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.

Expectations

Dear Grace Family: Have you ever heard the advice to “keep your expectations low and you will not be disappointed”? I have often struggled with this advice because it suggests that having high expectations of others will inevitably lead to disappointment. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it is not. But the real benefit of keeping our expectations low is that we…

Fulfillment and Acceptance

This is my last Gracevine article for 2023, and as I look back over this year, I am especially grateful for the Grace UMC community. I see us living into the vision of the church as a “beloved community” in which we share each other’s burdens and sorrows as well as our joys. We are connected as members of the body of…

Rhapsody In Bluegrass

The weekend of the Grace UMC Christmas cantata is here! This year’s cantata is entitled “Rhapsody in Bluegrass”, and we offer two performances. The first is Saturday, December 16th at 6pm, and the second is Sunday, December 17th at 10am. Come to see one or both, and remember to invite friends! You will not be disappointed! The next couple of weeks will go by…

Finding A Place For Peace

We are already two weeks into the Advent season here at Grace, and I hope you have enjoyed reflecting on the themes of Hope and Peace. Last Sunday, Pastor Beth shared an excellent message on the annunciation. I keep remembering the three important lessons from that message: submit to God’s plan, live with an expectation of His presence, and be still and listen…

Saying YES! To God

Our church campus, from the sanctuary to the church office to the preschool, looks beautiful with the Christmas decorations. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the decoration efforts. I encourage you to look around when you are on our campus and enjoy the Advent spirit.  We are hosting two wonderful young families for Family Promise this week. I had the opportunity…

Heaven On Earth: Keep Watching

Colleen and I returned home Sunday evening after a wonderful trip that we had postponed for a year. I was able to watch last Sunday’s service online upon our return, and it made be proud and grateful for our church. We have many gifted people here at Grace, and the Holy Spirit is alive in this place. On this Thanksgiving weekend, this is something to celebrate!…

Thank You

I want to thank everyone who is a part of this church for the wonderful way you support all the pastors on staff at Grace. I am so blessed to be part of a congregation that understands the difficulties the job of pastor entails and is willing to say thank you in so many different ways. I know we all especially appreciate your…

Veterans Day, New Chapters, and Psalm 150

We are entering Veterans Day weekend, and we honor our veterans who have served our country. I know that many active members of Grace are veterans, and we are grateful for your service and dedication to our country. As you learned last Sunday, I have accepted a position in the Jacksonville Public Defender office working in problem solving courts starting December 1. The conference…

Listen, Trust, Go, and Give

Many thanks to everyone who helped with our pumpkin patch this year. Every year, October is such a busy month at Grace. We are able to welcome so many people to our campus with the patch and trunk or treat. Your help and participation blesses people throughout our community.  This Saturday, November 4, we will offer our country store event. If you…

Time, Finances, and Talents

During the past twenty years, I have had the privilege of officiating many funerals and celebrations of life. The impact that the deceased person has had on the lives of family and friends is often apparent in the conversations before and after the service. I am convinced that the best legacy we can leave when our time on earth is done is…