Sermon Series
“Among the Living” 
May 15, 2022
 9:30 am
“The Living Word”
1 Peter 1:22-25
Pastor Beth McLaughlin

The Time Has Come
It will not be easy to say good bye to Pastors Sig Bjorklund and 
Beth McLaughlin. After 9 years of shepherding the flock at Grace UMC and over a half century of combined ministry they have made the joyous decision to retire. 
While we do not want to see them go we know as they leave for a new season in their lives, the Lord will continue to bless them and use them for other areas of ministry.
Their last sermon at Grace will be on Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 am. 
After worship we will be celebrating them with a “Picnic Lunch” in the Great Hall. 
If you would like to join us call the church office at 217-429-5374 by noon on Thursday, May 12.
A free will offering will be accepted. 
If you would like to contribute to a love offering for the wonderful servants of God, you can send a check payable to Grace UMC with “Love Offering” in the memo by Monday, May 23. 

Why Grace United Methodist Church is Our Church Home

By: Mike and Alice Boliek

Mike and I were married at the Pana United Methodist Church after finishing college. The early marriage years took us to Texas as Mike served in the Air Force. We chose to move back to Central Illinois to be near our families. When we began our search for a church, Mike and I, with our one-year-old daughter, visited Grace UMC and immediately found our church home!

Grace offered us a welcoming congregation, an excellent pastoral staff, heart-felt music, and opportunities to be involved and grow our relationship with Jesus and church members. When we had our son several years later, our participation in activities in the church increased. Over the years when we were participating in a small group, helping in the nursery, teaching Sunday school, chaperoning a youth group trip, serving on a committee, attending Bible study, helping bring food for one of our famous Methodist dinners or actually washing the dishes, we found our friendships growing with Grace members. Those friendships were the ones where we knew the people REALLY CARED about the trails and celebrations of our family. Grace church gave our children close friendships and a firm foundation for their adult lives. During these years our personal spiritual journeys were also growing.

Grace provides an atmosphere for quiet reflection, prayer, happy rejoicing, and music that touches our hearts. The teaching of the Bible not only grows the Holy Spirit in our hearts but guides us to share the Holy Spirit with others. In recent years we are becoming more prayerful, realizing the need for us to go to the Lord to be thankful for our many blessings and share them with others! For about fifty years Grace has been our church home and has many offerings for all to grow in Christ.


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