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Pumpkins on the Prairie 2020

In News by Kim Eiffert

Pumpkin Patch is Opening!
Oct 17-31, 2020
Pumpkins on the Prairie has been a beloved tradition in the Frisco are for over 15 years. Each year our neighbors come from miles around to share in the joy that a day outside in the fall weather brings to people of all ages. Families come for pictures, to find that perfect pumpkin, and just to be together. We have met thousands of local school children during field trips, celebrated birthdays, and absolutely loved every day of it.

In planning for the 2020 season we have been faced with how we can love our neighbors by keeping everyone as safe as possible and how we can love our neighbors by still maintaining this tradition for our community. In conjunction with the city of Frisco, we have made plans for a shorter season, with several other adjustments. We won’t be having the hayride, bounce houses and some other activities. We will still have photo ops, pumpkins, and a sincere welcome to everyone who comes to our patch this year.

While Pumpkins on the Prairie is going to be a little different this year, we are so excited to be opening and look forward to seeing everyone!

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October 2020

In News by Kim Eiffert

October 2020 Worship, Communion & Prayer
As Grace Avenue moves into the month of October 2020, we are anxious to gather in person, particularly for worship. We are also cautious about offering both a safe and meaningful experience to as many people as possible. October 2020 will be a month in which we take steps toward fully opening our spaces. Here is an outline for what you can expect in October

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Gospel Talk Live

In News by Kim Eiffert

Gospel Talk Live
Wednesdays at 8:30pm
October 7 – 28, 2020
Live on Faebook and at www.GraceAvenue.org
During our “Off Limits” worship series in October we are exploring what is and what is not a “Jesus Issue”. Each week we are going to focus on one of the Gospels and explore what they have to say on the matter.

Join us on Wednesday nights for a live conversation with Billy & Laura Echols-Richter and Laurie Hanson Roberts. You will be able to post questions and comments and together we will delve into where these Gospels came from and what they are saying to us today.

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Off Limits

In News by Kim Eiffert

Off Limits
Worship Series
Oct. 4-25, 2020
Churches often hear people say, “That’s too political. Stick to the Bible”. The church is told that it has no place in politics and yet we see that Christianity has been weaponized as a political tool. The echoes ring out: “True Christians vote Republican.” or “True Christians vote Democrat.” Both statements are wrong. Our Christianity is not defined by a specific political platform, but that doesn’t not mean that issues deemed “political” are not Jesus issues.
Tending to physical needs like food, shelter and water were Jesus issues. Caring for prisoners and the sick were Jesus issues. Loving our enemies, blessing those who curse us, and welcoming refugees were Jesus issues. So why do we say these things are ‘off limits’ for us to talk about in church?

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Faith & Politics Class

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Faith & Politics
4-week study led by Pastors Jesseca Aziz & Alex Williams
Tuesdays @8pm on Zoom, September 22 – October 13
In November, we will elect 435 House Representatives, 35 Senators, and a Presidential ticket, not to mention the number of local elections that will happen all across our country. It seems that we are more divided and angry than at any point since the Civil War. We know that our faith is supposed to inform how we vote, but we don’t always know how to put that into practice. Besides, how can we talk about politics when it always devolves into a fight? Join us for this four-week discussion class to find out! This class will be led by Pastor Jesseca Aziz from our Grace Avenue Modern Worship community and Pastor Alex Williams from our Grace Chapel campus.

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Grace Avenue Voter Engagement

In News by Kim Eiffert

Important Voter Information
Grace Avenue United Methodist Church is 501c3 non-partisan organization and as such does not take a stance on a particular platform or candidate. Voter education is an important part of our mission to eradicate homelessness in whatever form it presents itself.

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Communion Liturgy

In test by Kim Eiffert

INVITATION
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin and
seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

CONFESSION AND PARDON
Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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God Grant Me…

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God Grant Me…
Worship Series
Sept. 13-27, 2020
It is often called “The Serenity Prayer” but in actuality it is a prayer with three focused nouns; Serenity, Courage and Wisdom. It also is a prayer with three focused verbs calling for our actions of faith; Accept, Change and Know. In these uncertain times it is easy to focus on things that do not produce anything useful in our lives. What would life be like if we focused on the things that God grants?

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Hurricane Response

In News by Kim Eiffert

Waves of Grace
Hurricane Response
We are currently collecting WALMART, VISA & MASTERCARD GIFT CARDS and donations for UMCOR for those that have been affected by the recent hurricanes.