SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES:
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

Gracevine Message

Awaiting The Already: Preparing For Home

We received some very positive comments after Sunday’s worship services. Thank you all so much for your willingness to embrace changes and for your continuing support of Grace UMC! It is obvious to me that the Holy Spirit is at work in this place, and this Thanksgiving my life at Grace UMC is on my list of blessings. Even on the toughest…

Belonging To The Truth

Over the years, I have often heard people quote John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Usually, people use the quote to emphasize that Jesus’ teachings are unique and different from other faiths. What I rarely hear is how people connect the terms “way”,  “truth”…

Prayers, Returns, and Layaways

The date of today’s article is our 27th wedding anniversary. I remember November 12, 1994 clearly. It was a beautiful fall day in Atlanta. Colleen and I were surrounded by loving family and friends. The only aspect of the memory that brings me some sadness is the number of people who were present at our wedding who have since died. Yet I remain…

All Saints & Human Authority

Personally, I have loved seeing the parents and children on our campus this week as school has resumed. We have 108 children, ages 2 through 5, enrolled at Grace United Methodist Preschool this year. Ms. Patti does a great job in leading our preschool, and this is why our reputation in the community is excellent. Friends, I am so grateful that a…

What is Wisdom?

Personally, I have loved seeing the parents and children on our campus this week as school has resumed. We have 108 children, ages 2 through 5, enrolled at Grace United Methodist Preschool this year. Ms. Patti does a great job in leading our preschool, and this is why our reputation in the community is excellent. Friends, I am so grateful that a…

Back to School Prayers

This Sunday, August 8, we will pray for teachers, school administrators, parents, and students as another school year begins. I know many people are anxious and I believe that God offers comfort and courage when we pray together. Please plan to worship this Sunday and to pray specifically for everyone affected by a return to school. Lilly Hibbard has served as Grace’s…

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…