Welcome to Grace United Methodist Church,

Union South Carolina

201 South Church Street

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!

 

GRACE is celebrating 150 years!

We are so excited to be celebrating 150 years of Grace's rich history and good works. We are planning a special celebratory event on October 29, 2023 and welcome all past and present members of Grace to join in this special occasion.  We will begin our time together with a meet and greet at 9:45am and move to a wonderful service at 10:30am which includes special music, some interesting Grace history from Dr. Charles, an interpretive dance by our young ladies, and a special sermon by Pastor Lee.  All are invited to a luncheon after the service provided by the women of the church with Jack Roper serving as our emcee.   Please join us as we celebrate as a Grace family.  We are so excited to have you! 

 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

This is Pastor Lee’s and his wife, Vickie’s third year at Grace and we sure do love having them here. Pastor Lee has served as a Methodist minister for thirty-six years and came to us from Trinity UMC in Aiken, SC. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren. Pastor Lee’s favorite Bible verse is 1 John 3:16. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” Pastor Lee has been a blessing to Grace and has thoroughly enjoyed his time with us in Union. Both he and Vickie are actively involved in all the functions of the church and have been an amazing source of inspiration for all of us. THANK YOU, Pastor Lee, for all you do. We are so glad to call you one of us, a member of the Grace family. We pray you will continue to inspire us for many years to come.  

 

Fall Festival Coming Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 5-7pm at Mark's Park

CAKE WALK FUNDRAISER, B O N F I R E,  Golf cart rides will be provided for our senior citizens and those with difficulty walking. There will be a Trunk or Treat with decorated cars, train rides, fun and games, hotdogs grilled by the Arnold Boys, a Calk Walk, and a bonfire where S’Mores can be made. Kids can dress in their Halloween costumes, too! This event is for everyone at Grace, family, and friends, but, we need to know you’ll be attending. The Junior Ushers will be passing around sign-up sheets during the Worship service or you can call the church office. Last year was a blast! Put this on your calendar and please plan to come!

 

New 7 Week Series in Adult Sunday School Class

Jesus' 7 Last Cries From the Cross with Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Join us August 20th, 2023 ay 9:45am in the Clyburn-Whitener Classroom

 

 

SECRET SANTA’s 34th YEAR!

What?” It’s October already? Yes, every October 1st the process starts. Each year in October Brooke and Brad Valentine, chairmen, have already been planning. They’ve got applications to be picked up by parents or family members at the Educational Building side entrance door or they can scan the QR code located on the door. These applications will be returned by using the on-line QR code or dropped-off to a locked mailbox at Grace. DSS will still check our applications for accuracy. Sponsor letters will be addressed and sent at the end of October. Both applications and sponsoring requests will be entered into the Secret Santa system. Parent letters and instructions will be addressed and mailed at the end of November. Sponsors will be able to drop-off their packages during office hours only, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. On give-out Tuesday morning the parents will come to pick up their child’s package inside at the side entrance to the sanctuary. There is always a way for you to help. Just ask Brad or Brooke “What can we do?” Call Brooke or Brad at 864-426-0983 to volunteer. Last year we helped over 380 children have a bright and merry Christmas. This year will be another great year, and with every one helping to make it happen, we will again be able to say we had every child sponsored. I know that’s possible, because... “GRACE IS AMAZING”

 

Grace's October 2023 Neighborhood Supper

Neighborhood Supper-Our next neighborhood supper will be held October 26, 2023 from 5-7pm.  Men are asked to participate and help with the meal.  Please plan to be here by 4:30pm.  Dr. Russell Caston will be providing dental health checks for our neighbors in need. 

 

Christian Education Day

Christian Education Day was Sunday, August 13, which gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation for GUMC Christian educators and Union County educators as well as to recognize our two rising sixth graders. Our rising sixth graders include Gage Love and Quinton Wilkes. Pastor Lee presented each one with a Bible. We pray these Bibles will stay with them for years to come and give them comfort and assurance as they read them. We also had Back to School Blessing of the Bookbags by Pastor Lee. We like to recognize everyone in any educational capacity - preschool to graduate school, school employees, or board members to please bring your book bag, backpack, or briefcase, etc. and come to the altar when called to be blessed by Pastor Lee. 

 

Rockers For Christ September 12, 2023 at 10am

Rockers for Christ - Rockers For Christ is for our senior members of Grace and friends. On Tuesday, September 12th, at 10:00 am a brunch will be served. The menu is: chicken and cheese croissant, O’Brian potatoes, and fruit prepared by Judy Caston and her crew. Entertainment will be “Making A Joyful Noise”. The entertainment will be announced later! This is a great opportunity to get together, socialize, listen to speakers, play games, and enjoy a light meal. If you feel as if you have had nothing oriented for you at the church, this is your chance. Sign-up sheets are available through the Junior Ushers during the Worship Service or please call the church office.

 

VIM AND VIGOR WITH VICKIE!! 

Vickie Phillips will be leading an aerobics and Zumba Class on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning September 6, 2023. The time is 4:30 – 5:30 pm each week. If you are interested in joining this class, please sign up on the sheet passed around by the Junior Ushers. Also indicate your time-of-day suggestion and phone number. This will be a great way to get fit!

Congratulations, Graduates!

Graduate Sunday On Sunday, May 21, 2023, we observed Graduate Sunday. We  honored four graduates: Sebastian Fowler (UCHS), Will Balkum (U of SC), Jake McGee (Midlands Technical College), and Grant Berry (Clemson). These proud graduates received Bibles or devotional books during our worship service and then enjoyed a delicious luncheon with their families. We wish each of these young men the very best in their future pursuits. 

 

 

 

We appreciate our Administrative Assistants every day!

 Don’t forget to express your appreciation to Sheryl, Pat, and Karen for the outstanding job they do for Grace and the community! They are such a blessing to our church family as they give generously of their time and talents every day.

 

 

 

Nursing Homes Project Both ProMedica and Ellen Sagar nursing homes are still in need of donated items.  They are well stocked in toiletries. The list of what the residents like best is:  Candy (especially chocolate!), cookies, pork rinds, potato chips, board games, puzzles, adult coloring books, colored pencils, and Word Seach books.  Please help Grace fill bags to go to Ellen Sagar and ProMedica on a regular basis.  They are so appreciative of these gestures of love.  Monetary donations to help purchase these items are also welcome.  Please send donations to Pat Owens.

 

Interpretative Dance Classes  

Princesses of the King – The 4K-5 th grade interpretive dance class “Princesses of the King” practice on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 pm with Vickie Phillips


 

Yoga Class meets Saturday Mornings

Please join us on Saturday mornings beginning March 18, 2023 for a group yoga class in the Grace Fellowship Hall.  Reynard Wood, yoga instructor from "Don't Quit, Get Fit" will be leading the class at 9am each Saturday morning.  Bring a mat and be prepared for a rejuvenating hour of exercise. Cost is $65.00 per individual or $55.00 if signing up with a friend.  Checks can be dropped off at the church by March 15, 2023. Hope to see you there!

 

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

 

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.

 

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!🥰💒✝️💖

 

EPWORTH IS OUR MINISTRY!

Epworth Children’s Home Special Workday Offering Sunday, September 10, 2023 will be the annual Epworth Workday Offering. Epworth is currently serving over 350 children and families through their Residential and Independent Living programs, statewide Foster Care program, the Epworth Center for Counseling, the Early Intervention Center, and prevention services, and has been in ministry for 127 years through the support of local congregations. Please be in prayerful consideration of what God is calling you to give to this valuable and life-changing ministry. Epworth does not receive apportionments, and so they have set the goal of each member contributing at least $6 towards supporting their ministry. For more information about Epworth Children’s Home, visit www.epworthchildrenshome.org or find them on social media. 

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.