Ash Wednesday (March 5th)
Services: 6:30am, noon, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Come and join with millions of other Christians all over the world who will receive the imposition of ashes as we begin the season of Lent.
All Church Gospels in 40 Days Program
Everyone (adults, children and youth!) at Grace Avenue is encouraged to partcipate in our Gospels in 40 Days Reading program during Lent this year. This program is more than just reading...we will be offering discussion groups as well as devotional and educational opportunities!
We are so pleased to be welcoming some noted scholars to Grace Avenue to share their knowledge and persepctive of the Gospels of Mark, Luke and John as a part of this program. Our first speaker, Abraham Smith, Ph.D opens the series at 7:00pm on February 27th.
Please CLICK HERE for detailed informaiton about the Gospels in 40 Days Program including the reading plan, discussion group registration and Speaker Series dates and times.
Children & Families
Tuesday, March 4th | 5:30-7:00pm (Come and Go Event)| Tom Graves Hall
The day before Ash Wednesday is known as Shrove Tuesday. It is also known as Pancake Tuesday! Come and join your Grace Avenue family as we begin the Lenten season with a Pancake Dinner complete with contests and great food. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at flipping pancakes, a pancake relay, and many other activities. Cost is $5.00 per person with a family max of $20.00. Dinner includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, and drink.
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 13th | 4:00-6:00pm
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Come celebrate the joy of Easter as we share in an Easter Egg Hunt for Infants – 5th grade children. The Meat Ministry will cook hamburgers and hotdogs for a minimal cost. There will be free bounce houses, trackless train, egg toss, and games. Come and join the fun! A donation of $3.00 per child with a $10.00 family maximum is appreciated. Sign up on line to let us know how many eggs to hide.
Egg Hunt Times:
Children under 2 years: 4:30
2-5 year olds: 4:45
Kindergarten – 1st grade: 5:00
2nd- 3rd grade: 5:15
4th – 5th grade: 5:30
Locations will be posted at the Egg Hunt.
Children’s Collection for the Stop Hunger Now Project
This year our children are encouraged to find a way to that they too can make a donation towards the Stop Hunger Now Project (www.stophungernow.org). Children are encouraged to give up 3-5 snacks a week and donate the money that the snacks would have cost towards Stop Hunger Now. A collection JUG will be available in the EDGE room during Sunday School hours or your donation may be placed in the Children’s Offering JUG during worship. No one is too young to Help Stop Hunger! Every 25 cents collected purchases one meal!
Missions & Study
Fasting for One Meal Per Week to Support the Zip Code Project
Fasting is a powerful and transformational spiritual discipline. The Lenten Zip Code Project seeks to eradicate extreme asset-based poverty in the 75215 zip code in South Dallas. By fasting during one lunch per week, then donating your meal money, you can join with United Methodists throughout our conference during the Lenten season in making this a reality. Make donations to Grace Avenue UMC and be sure to note it for the Zip Code Project or CLICK HERE to make your donation on-line.
Operation Fasting: Come study THE DANIEL FAST
There are 3 options for meeting times:
Wednesdays at Noon in the Sanctuary (March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 & 16)
Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Bride's Room (March 11, 18, 24, April 1, 8)
Or Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Bride's Room (March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10)
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Come fasting for the hour, bringing an offering of what you would spend on lunch. This offering will go to the the Zip Code Project. We will connect Daniel’s story in the Old Testament of fasting and praying to our own fasting project. The book cost is $15, with a portion of that cost also going to the Zip Code Project. We hope to have a big class…you will be surprised at the fasting “diet.”
Laura Naiser’s Remaining In The Vine
4-week study Beginning Wednesday, March 19 | 9:30-11:30am | Room 219
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In March, Laura Naiser is releasing her new book: Remaining in the Vine: Cultivating an Intimate Relationship with Jesus in an Insanely Busy and Superficial World. Laura is an acclaimed speaker and Bible study leader from Georgetown, Texas. We are excited to announce that she will be traveling to Grace Avenue to lead this study. The study explores the challenges of nurturing a faithful walk with God. It examines how we can seek true peace and balance. It engages faithful alternatives to living a life focused on pleasing others. It is being co-hosted by Sisters of Scripture and the Wednesday Disciple Bible Study Group. The is cost $20. Childcare is available with advance reservation.
Prayer, Worship & Holy Week
Prayer Garden in Tom Graves Hall (Room 160)
Holy Monday - Good Friday | April 14th-18th from 8:00am-8:00pm
Come and share in a special time of prayer and devotion. The Grace Avenue Prayer Committee has set up various stations to guide you.
Palm Weekend (April 12th & 13th)
Please join us during the normal Saturday & Sunday worship hours as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem while preparing ourselves for the journey to the cross and finally to Easter. Children will be invited to participate in a special Palm Processional.
Master, Is it I?, A Last Supper Tableau
6:30pm | Sunday, April 13th | Woship Center
On Palm Sunday you are invited to experience Master, Is It I?, a Last Supper Tableau. Come and worship as
Da Vinci’s The Last Supper comes to life! Da Vinci’s painting comes to life in this memorable and moving performance. In this inspiring play, each disciple comes to life and tells about his relationship with Christ. This presentation is for all ages.
Holy Thursday (April 17th)
7:00pm | Worship Center
Come and join in this experiential worship service that remembers Jesus’ final evening with his disciples. This service will be highly experiential in nature and will incorporate Communion. The prayer garden will be available before and after the service.
Good Friday (April 18th)
7:00pm | Sanctuary
Good Friday presents us with the opportunity to enter into Christ’s suffering on our behalf and walk with him. Join the Adult Choirs of Grace Avenue as they present Craig Courtney’s beautiful cantata, In My Place.
Holy Saturday (April 19th)
Worship Center | 5:30pm
In the tradition of the early church we will anticipate and continue to wait on Christ’s resurrection by celebrating the baptism of adults and families in our congregation who have never been baptized. The service will include a special Holy Saturday message. The service, with its emphasis on adult baptism will not be a duplication of our Easter Sunday services, but instead is intended to be a unique event during Holy Week.