And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;

and the greatest of these is love.

~1 Corinthians 13:13


One service only January 30, 2022 – 10:30 a.m. in the chapel

Combined traditional and contemporary


Food for Toledo Update
by Mary Schneider

For the period of December 28 – January 17, 259 pounds of food has been collected for the Food for Toledo program. A delivery was made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church recently and Pastor Melissa thanked Grace several times when we were unloading the food. Aldersgate is truly appreciative of Grace’s help with their food pantry. Non-perishable, unexpired food can be dropped off on Mondays between 9 – noon or placed in the Giving Room during the week or on Sundays. For the winter I have moved to Fellowship Hall on   Mondays when it is available. (It is much warmer there.) If you would have any questions regarding the Food for Toledo Program please call me at 419.262.0730. Food for Toledo is a program under the umbrella of Grace’s Outreach Committee.


Grace’s Personal Needs Ministry

Grace’s Personal Needs Ministry is a part of Grace’s Outreach Committee. In  December volunteers met on the first two Tuesdays and distributed personal need items to 6 clients. The six clients picked up items for themselves and six others, five which are children. Items distributed include dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, deodorant (men/women), laundry soap, fabric softener sheets, body lotion, razors, body wash, toothbrushes (adult/child), feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, shampoo (adult/child), and band aids. Personal need items are purchased with funds received from the Kroger’s Reward Program, monetary donations, and donations of the items that are distributed. Donations of items can be placed in the Giving Room, across from Room 3.


Save the date!

On Tuesday, March 1, the Outreach Committee will hold a Pancake Dinner for Shrove Tuesday. More information to come……


Lots of people will want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is

someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

(Oprah Winfrey)

Behind the scenes at Grace ……. By Gretchen
  1. If you missed Sunday’s children’s sermon this last Sunday – check it out on the recording. Jan Moore talked about penalty boxes and God.
  2. Our first snow covered the trees and was beautiful as the wind blew the snow off the trees.
  3. Our menagerie of squirrels, rabbits and birds are hanging out waiting for their breakfast—almost looks like the line outside Starbucks waiting for coffee!!
  4. Don’t forget the Food Donation Day on Mondays. With the cold and snow some schools are cancelled and kids are back home for lunch and snacks. Mary is in Fellowship Hall on Mondays 9:00 am -noon, but you can bring non-perishables anytime and put in the bin in the Graceful Giving Room.
  5. Don’t forget to let the church know if you or a family member are in the hospital or need to have contact with the pastor.
  6. Remember: Grace is not the building but the people of Grace carrying out God’s mission!!!!


Healthy People! Healthy Parish!



We stand multiple times during service on Sundays! Standing is important and the up and down from a sitting position is great for circulation, breathing, muscles and to keep us alert. However, if you stand and don’t move it is not so great. Our blood has a tendency to pool or stay in our legs away from the heart and the brain. This can cause the blood pressure to drop and can lead to hypotension or low blood pressure. This can lead to feeling lightheaded or even fainting.

How to prevent: Wiggle – be like a kid and wiggle, move around, lift your legs up and down (someone will think you are marching but that is ok), shift legs.

So, during those long Gospel Lessons or Communion start moving around! It is good to move!!!!

We want to see people moving while standing !


Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word,

a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

(Leo Buscaglia)

Some Good Stuff To Eat!

We are all concerned about the increased cost of food right now. Even more important is to watch what is in season or more readily available right now.

Pineapples have been on sale. One cup of pineapple contains 130% of the recommended amount of Vitamin C. It is also packed with manganese which is important in bone health.

Broccoli is a good source of both Vitamin C and Calcium that are important to bones and teeth. According to the National Cancer Institute broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane which produces an enzyme that has anticancer properties.


Grace Anatomy

Pastor Office

Pastor’s Office is in the hallway leading to Brenner. Pastor Abts is in the office  Monday -Thursday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Occasionally he has a meeting early  in the morning so to make sure he is in please call the office or check with him.

Parish Nurse

Office is next to Pastor’s on the way to Brenner. Gretchen is in typically 7:30 am – noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and intermittently on Friday. If you need to talk with her, have your blood pressure checked or need equipment from the H.E.L.P. closet give her a call 419-944-5166.



This is the day the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

~Psalm 118:24