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!

 

 

Lenten Season Begins Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Season of Lent has always been a very popular time of year at Grace as we host the Community Lenten Services. During the Lenten season there will be Wednesday Lenten services and Lenten lunches. The Lenten Service will also be live on Facebook, with Pastor Lee delivering the first Lenten Service message on Ash Wednesday, February 14. These services will be held through Wednesday, March 27 in our Grace sanctuary. March 31 is EASTER. Pastors from different denominations and churches will deliver the message each week. Tommy Bishop, GUMC organist/choir director, has planned special Lenten Season music. Each Lenten Service begins at 12 noon. We hope you will plan to attend and participate in each Lenten Service and remind family members and friends to do so too! These meaningful services help us to prepare for Easter.

 

Please check the Event Section for the Overview of Lenten Services and Luncheon information. 

Many thanks to the ladies who work to prepare these delicious meals for our community. 

 

New Sunday School Class will Starting February 25th!

Grace is starting a "Fellowship Sunday School Class" soon!  The class will meet in the Conference Room Building across from the Pastor's office in the Educational Building.  Class will start at 9:45am with family refreshments.  Kids will stay with the class until 10:00am, then go to their Sunday School classes. This class will be more informal, with less emphasis on presentation and more on daily living and based on input from class members. It will be led by Bob Love and Pastor Lee Phillips.

 

ROCKERS FOR CHRIST February 13 10:00 AM

You don’t want to miss Rockers celebrating Valentine’s Day! Mimi Charles and Judy Caston and crew will be preparing Praline French Toast for the brunch. Then, four couples will be picked to play a lively and hilarious version of “The Newlyweds Game For Oldies”! Tuesday, February 13, at 10:00 am. See you there!

 

“The Class Meeting” Book Study –

Pastor Lee Phillips is leading a study centered on the book by Kevin M. Watson entitled “The Class Meeting” beginning on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 5:00 pm for eight weeks. Make plans to join Pastor Lee in this informative study. The book is available from AMAZON at $16.95.

“Souper” Bowl Sunday

Souper Bowl Sunday is the day we collect soup cans and monetary donations. The soup is going to C4 Ministries for their Food Bank. The monetary donations are for Meals on Wheels. Grace UMC’s “Souper” Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 11th. Please bring your cans of soup to Grace’s Worship Service on Sunday, February 11th. You may also bring your soup cans or monetary donations to the church office. For monetary donations, please make checks out to Grace UMC and designate for “Souper” Bowl Sunday. Both groups help our community, so please help us help them serve those less fortunate. 

 

February 29th  Neighborhood Supper

On Thursday, February 29th, from 5 to 7:00 pm, there will be a meal for the neighborhood in our Fellowship Hall. Sign-up sheets will be passed around by the Junior Ushers for volunteers to help, bring a food item, bring bottled water and drinks, or for setup and cleanup after. Men are encouraged to participate. Bringing warm items such as gloves, hats, and scarves would be appreciated.

 

Vim and Vigor –

Get ready to exercise away those extra holiday pounds!! Vim and Vigor with Vickie will begin each Monday and Wednesday on January 8 at 4:30 pm. Please join us! Vickie makes it lots of fun!

 

Princesses of the King

Princesses of the King will resume on February 5, 2024. The time is yet to be announced. When decided, all the dancers will be notified. We hope all our dancers will be present at this first meeting

 

MAKING VALENTINE’S WREATHS

On January 15, Pat Owens, Janet Sherbert, and Mary Ann Wilkins helped 15 ladies make beautifully ribboned bows and then they used their own imagination to decorate grapevine wreaths. It was so much fun interacting, helping, sticking, sometimes re-doing, and gluing the bows, hearts, flowers, and greenery in place on the wreath. Those that participated also had a homemade noodle soup and cornbread supper to finish off the evening provided by Pat Owens. Keep your ears and eyes open for another class coming soon. It is always a good time and fellowship had by all. 

Altar Flowers –

The new 2024 Altar Flowers Calendar is ready and there are plenty of dates available that need Altar Flowers in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. If you wish to place flowers on the altar, please call the church office. This month January 14, 21, and 28 are available.

January Neighborhood Dinner

January's Neighborhood Dinner at Grace was  held January 25, 2024 from 5-7pm in the Fellowship Hall. The meal was  chicken sandwiches and soup. We had over 80 guests for this meal and served 152 plates! The Union Lions Club offered eye exams to those who requested them while  Access Health and ReGenesis provided information about medical help.  Stephanie Goodale with C4 Ministries and her volunteer team conducted  PIT Counts (Point in Time) to gather data about our homeless population in Union County.  This information will assist the county is seeking funds and resources to better help our neighbors in need.  Please consider helping in whatever way you can. 

 

Save the Date for VBS 2024

June 12-20 (Mon.-Thurs) 5-8pm

SAVE THE DATE FOR VBS 2024! June 17-20, 2024 (Monday-Thursday) 5:00 – 8:00 PM Invite Kids to Put Their Trust in God! This unique Vacation Bible School program invites children on an exciting journey where they learn to trust God no matter what situation life brings, know God is always with them, and feel confident in sharing the good news of God's love through Jesus Christ. VBS Registration is coming soon!  

 

CHANCEL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA Was Held Dec 10th

Sunday, December 10th, the Chancel Choir  presented “Noel Celebration”, a Christmas Musical by Cindy Berry. Soloists included Bob Love, Sally Summers, and Jackie Weber. Pastor Lee Phillips served as the narrator. Leroy Kennedy participated as voice 1 and Jenny Williams as voice 2. Thank you for this wonderful presentation and to the entire choir for a job well done!

White Christmas Food Boxes

This year we served over 35 families in need. Volunteers filled each White Christmas box with food items received and the purchased hams, fresh fruit, and bread. Many donations were made of  non-perishable food items.  White Christmas deliveries were  made on Thursday morning, December 14th. Thank you to all who helped to make Christmas brighter for these families. 

 

Dear Grace Church Family,

Thank you for your generous gifts of food items and monetary donations to share the love of Jesus and to help make Christmas brighter for 35 families. With your kindness, we were able to fill 35 boxes and deliver them to each family. These families were very appreciative. Many thanks to our delivery teams who are Jamy Cunningham and Rusty Price, Bob Love, Doug and Freada Rinaca, Curtis and Sonya Dunbar, Billy Jack and Kat Moore, Jack James, Allen and Pat Owens, Jack Rash, Brock Dillard and Sanders Read, and Glenn and Karen Hibbard. As always it takes a village, and Grace is blessed to have a giving and thoughtful one. 

Blessings to all,

Karen

Secret Santa's 34th year was a Success!

It truly takes a village to make Grace's Secret Santa ministry as success, but we give special thanks to Brooke and Brad Valentine and Sheryl and Rusty Price who spearhead this effort each year.  Over 170 children were blessed by this ministry.  We thank all the members of Grace and all those within the community who reached out to sponsor a child this year.  You truly make a difference!  

 

Neighborhood “Christmas” Supper 

On December 14th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, a Neighborhood Supper was held with turkey, dressing and gravy, rice, green beans, and macaroni and cheese. After the supper, 5:45 pm, the children performed their musical play “A Country Christmas With A City Twist-Mas!”. The neighbors will received a Christmas gift. are available through the Junior Ushers for volunteering to bring certain food items or to help set-up and clean-up. It was a wonderful and special evening. Many thanks to all volunteers who helped!

 

GRACE is celebrating 150 years!

We are so excited to be celebrating 150 years of Grace's rich history and good works. A special celebratory event was held on October 29, 2023 where we welcomed all past and present members of Grace to join in this special occasion.  We began our time together with a meet and greet at 9:45am and moved to a wonderful service at 10:30am which included special music, some interesting Grace history from Dr. Charles, an interpretive dance by our young ladies, and a special sermon by Pastor Lee.  All were 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 continue to celebrate this joyous celebration of 150 years as a Grace family.  We are always so excited to have you at Grace! 

 

October was 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.  

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. 

 

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.