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Grace United Methodist Church

  • 201 S. Church St.
    Union, South Carolina 29379
  • Phone (864)427-1266
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Welcome to Grace United Methodist Church,

Union South Carolina

Contact Us at 864-427-1266 or mail@graceunion.org

 

Welcome to Grace…a loving family inviting everyone to come & experience God’s love fresh & new. Join us and let’s share the gospel in life as we serve our community.

Mission:

To love God completely and to serve Jesus Christ unselfishly

 

Grace is a Safe Sanctuary Church

If Everyone at Grace Served Like Me, What Kind of Church Would This Church Be?

 

Looking ahead at GREAT THINGS FOR GRACE!

Please let the church office know if you ever need transportation to an event!

 

BEST OF UNION AWARD 2022 Grace United Methodist Church 

On December 14, 2022, Grace UMC received word that we had been selected as the Winner for the 2022 Best of Union Awards in the category of Places of Worship. The Union Award Program’s purpose is to support and offer public recognition of the contribuons of businesses and organizations in and around Union. Grace is pleased to accept this award and blessed by those who voted for us.

Secret Santa Says Thank You for 33 Years of Ministry!

On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, I experienced another wonderful Christmas moment. Secret Santa, in its 33rd year, gave out the gifts purchased by so many people that had chosen to sponsor a child and buy for. It's also the 33rd time no child went unsponsored. Whether it was your time spent buying toys or your monetary thoughtfulness, Secret Santa is so grateful for the loving response by Grace and the community to help make this mission possible. 285 children. The number of children went up slightly from last year and the impact this ministry has had on the community was inspiring. If but one parent reminds us of the joy their child will have on Christmas morning and what this mission means to them, then that makes it ALL worthwhile. We have been given a great gift! The gift of giving. Thank you, Brad and Brooke Valentine (chairmen), Abbie Valentine, Melodi Gault, Bob Love, Doug and Freada Rinaca, Susan Cunningham, Lori Ruzicka, Charlie Kelly, Sally Palmer, Tommy Bishop, Harold Lemaster, Libby Sailors, Sheryl and Rusty Price, Vickie Phillips, Allan Charles, and all the others that showed up to help or helped behind the scene. What a blessing!  

 

The Arnold’s Christmas Tree and Wreath Ministry

Philip Arnold has donated the proceeds from his Christmas Tree and Wreath ministry to various organizations over the past number of years. This year Philip chose to gift the proceeds from his trees and wreaths sale to helping grow Grace UMC’s Youth Group. It’s felt that the Youth Group is a vital part of growing leaders in the church and community. The members of Grace’s Youth Group, along with leaders Larry and Dale Goff, Vickie and Lee Phillips, all thank Philip for his ongoing ministry,

Rockers for Christ 

Our Rockers for Christ January Brunch and Fellowship was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  Our guest speaker was Chad Ponder who provided insightful information about the needs of the homeless population.  We appreciate Chad's sharing his personal ministry for people in need.  Please visit our FaceBook page to view the recorded video of Chad's presentation. 

Care Group Delivers Christmas Bags to Shut-Ins 

The Care Group organized little goodie bags for shut-ins for Christmas. Sue Keith and Dawn Fallaw delivered them. This was just a small way to let those receiving them know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Members of the Care Group are: Frances Adams, Dawn Fallaw, Sue Keith, Mimi Charles, Vickie Phillips, and Dot Quinn

White Christmas Boxes

 This year we prepared Christmas boxes for 30 families in need. We so much appreciated the contributions of time, items and monetary assistance to make this special ministry possible for families in need.

Many Thanks for Our Beautiful Sanctuary Decorated for Christmas

Our sanctuary is a true gift and especially so at Christmastime. It Is our hope that as we celebrate the birth of our Christ Child, you will enjoy the decorations with spirit and love. Thanks to Mimi Charles for the beautiful display of the manger scene in the Narthex. A great big thanks to Jacob and Cal Arnold for the big man ’s job of bringing in the cross and Christmas tree. To Kathy Arnold and Jeff Vannortwick for decorating the tree. Janet Sherbert always does a beautiful job on the cross display. Thanks to Dawn Fallaw and Allen Owens for helping with balcony and windows. Kat Moore, Doug and Freada Rinaca for decorating the choir rail. Thanks to Karen Hibbard for helping with the display behind the organ. And thanks to Frances Adams and Barbara Rippy for donating the poinsettias.  It takes a lot of people doing a lot of hard work to pull this together for the glory of God. ENJOY and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you this Christmas season and always.

ALTAR FLOWERS NEEDED

There is a need for altar flowers that usually serve for two weeks.  If you'd like to place flowers at the altar, please call the church office at 864-427-1266

 

October was Pastor Appreciation Month and we are so blessed to have Rev. Lee Phillips and his wife Vickie at Grace UMC!

Thank you, Pastor Lee, for all the ways you lead and guide our church and for all you do for us. Thank you for being such a great example of living a life of faith. You're a blessing to our church and Grace appreciates your service with Vickie at your side. We are so happy you are a member of our Grace family.

Happy Pastor Appreciation Month and Every Month!🥰💒✝️💖

AmazonSmile 

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Grace UMC or your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Grace UMC or the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support. This is a great way to support Grace.

EPWORTH IS OUR MINISTRY!

    Did you know that in the last year Epworth Children's Home served over 1,000 children and families? Each of these children has this opportunity because of United Methodist churches in South Carolina who embrace and provide for this ministry in support of the children and families in our state. We will participate in the annual Mother's Day Offering was on Sunday May 8th, 2022 to benefit the children who call Epworth home, as well as each child and family touched by Epworth's ministries. Please be in prayerful consideration of what God is calling you to give to this valuable and life changing ministry.  For more information about Epworth Children's Home, visit them online at www.epworthchildrenshome.org.

 

Blessing Boxes We now have two Blessing Boxes! They are both being frequently visited so please bring your donations to place in the Blessing Box donation containers at church entrances or to the church office. Please help us keep these boxes supplied for our community members in need.

 

Nursing Homes Project Our first donations of Bingo Prizes went to Heartland and Ellen Sagar Nursing Homes. The (employees and the residents were thrilled! Please continue to support this ministry!

 

Interpretative Dance Classes - The Interpretative Dance classes have begun. On Monday afternoon grades 2-5 practice and Tuesday afternoon 4K practice. Classes start at 4:00 pm and last 30-45 minutes. We are extremely thankful for Vickie Phillips’ leading our princesses in dance. 

                                                                                                 

                                     

Contact Us  
Grace United Methodist Church
201 S. Church St.
Union, South Carolina 29379
Phone (864)427-1266
Announcements

UWF General Meeting with spouses Catered Dinner at 12:00 PM In Fellowship Hall

Grace Sunday School Classes

Grace’s Sunday School Classes  Children’s Class - Conference Room  Youth’s Class - Youth Room  Adult’s Class - Sanctuary All of the classes start at 9:45 am and are led by members of Grace who give of their time and talents to teach us about the word of God. The youngest class even gets a treat and drink while learning a valuable lesson. Vickie Phillips is ready to teach the youth about all the wonders of being a Christian. And, Bob Love, Larry Goff, Allan Charles, and Leroy Kennedy focus on teaching all aspects about being a Christian in the adult class. We hope you will join us in one of these meaningful classes. 

Children’s Ministry Room Update

We are so appreciative of all donations to our Children’s Ministry Fundraisers. Spaces are still available on our Summer Fundraiser Calendars for donations. We are extremely excited to report that Mike Farr has completed painting our Children’s room. Buddy Blackmon, Stewart Wagner, Brandon Gardner, and Brad Valentine have installed the flooring. There is still more to be accomplished. However, we are so excited with the progress. The room is bright, cheerful, and very “kid-friendly”!! Please come by to see! Many thanks to our Trustees for their expertise with this special ministry for our children.

Directory Pictures

A sign-up sheet for anyone still needing their picture taken for our church directory is located at the side entrance to the sanctuary. You may call the church office during regular working hours, also.

Blessing Boxes

Thank you for your contributions to the Grace Blessing Boxes!  A special thanks to Tim Jenkins and William Stevens for their generous donation to this effort. 

Bingo Donations

Many thanks to all who contributed to the donations this month for Heartland Assisted Living and Ellen Sagar Nursing Home.  The residents were delighted to receive these items as Bingo and other prizes. 

Nursery Workers Needed

Grace is asking for volunteers to be ready to help with the nursery when infants are present at church services.  If you would be willing to volunteer your time once a month or less, please give our Nursery Coordinator, Brooke Valentine, a call at 864-426-2776.  Your help with this ministry will be greatly appreciated.

Altar Flowers

There is a need for Altar Flowers beginning in February and throughout the year. If you would like to place flowers on the altar in honor of or in memory of someone, please call the church office at 864-427-1266 to sign up.  These flowere are usually used for two Sundays.  

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