|Serving / Missions|
Jesus set the example for servant ministry. In his life and ministry he gave priority to the least, the last, the lost and the left out. We follow in his steps by serving the needs of people locally, nationally, and internationally. The Holy Spirit equips us for service by giving us gifts for ministry and by giving us a passion for serving the needs of others. We encourage one another to invest our lives in ministries of compassion and justice, moving towards God’s vision of shalom (peace, wholeness, and loving kindness) for all creation. We pray that our service creates a ripple of grace that touches and transforms people’s lives throughout the world.
Serving Ministry Coordinators: Jennifer and Bob Miller
Local and National Mission-Evangelism
Alcoholics Anonymous Contact: Dave Cailler
Grace Church provides space in Owen Hall for several weekly meetings of AA.
Abused Women’s Shelter Contact: Eva Foster
Donations of soap, lotions, and personal items are collected in a basket at the rear of the sanctuary and distributed to an emergency shelter for victims fleeing abuse.
Blanket Ministry Contact:
Each year Grace Church collects a special offering to support the “Tools and Blankets” program of Church World Service. This is a ministry of first response that goes into action after any type of disaster or major hardship strikes anywhere in the world. Blankets have been provided in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. Long-term recovery efforts have included tools and training in trades, such as masonry and carpentry, so that people may rebuild their communities.
Brown Bag Program Contacts: Susan Ricketts,
The Brown Bag Program began at Grace with the purpose of filling the gap of serving meals to the needy and hungry persons of the
Community Based Shelter Contacts: Bob and Jennifer Miller
Jesus said: “…for I was hungry and you gave me food,” [Matthew 25:35]
The Community Based Shelter (CBS) was formed in 1983 by a group of congregations providing emergency shelter to men during the harsh winter months. In 1992, CBS became a Community Ministry of Montgomery County program and the first level in the Continuum of Care for homeless adults willing to accept rehabilitative treatment. We rotated among our host congregations for many years and moved into a permanent facility in January 1997.
The CBS serves up to 35 women. These individuals are in residence between the hours of and and attend professional or treatment programs during the remaining daytime hours. The CBS residents are expected to work diligently on the issues related to their homelessness with a goal of moving to a long-term transitional shelter or supported house within a few months. The shelter serves over 300 residents per year.
The CBS could not operate without the involvement of the 60-plus congregations and community groups who provide all of the meals, serving supplies, kitchen volunteers and miscellaneous items requested. Each group serves one week and provides breakfast foods, bagged lunches and dinner each evening. The facility does not have a full kitchen and food is prepared at home or church and brought to the facility.
ESL ~ English as a Second Language Contacts: Peggy Rhorer, Paul Moore
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” Matthew 25:35c
Knowing how to speak English is essential to living in our community. Grace Church first offered ten weeks of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in January, 2009. A second set of eight classes is currently planned for Monday evenings from to , running October 19 through
The primary function of this ministry is to coordinate the once per year school supplies/backpacks donations of the Grace UMC congregation with the
The congregants of Grace UMC are asked to use a list of supplies provided for each elementary school grade to purchase supplies for the new school year. The Kids Club of Grace UMC does a project called Stuff-A-Backpack to combine the supplies received by grade into the individual backpacks. Then volunteers take the grade-specific packed backpacks and the boxes of other supplies (tissues, hand-soap, etc.) to the school.
Gaithersburg HELP provides community residents with emergency food, infant needs, prescriptions, and transportation. A Grace member serves as a delegate to the HELP Board of Directors. Grace Church supports the mission of HELP with the first Sunday of the month non-perishable food collection, committing of funds through the church budget and individual contributions by the congregation.
Going Green at Grace Contact: Bill Ruff
This is a ministry concerned with our world and how humans treat it. We want to build awareness and advocate conservation to our members and friends, in an era of global climate change and habitat destruction. Participants help to find ways to reduce Grace Church's ecological footprint while also enabling us to find better ways of living in our world.
Activities around the Church include recycling, tree planting by the Youth, energy conservation in the buildings through improved insulation and weather sealing, and a monthly newsletter item suggesting important issues for everyday living. We also highlight news items on new green technologies, for home and Church. Members are advised of local meetings that specialize in this area and might be of interest.
Contact Bill Ruff if you have suggestions, ideas, or want to join the team in this effort. Young members are especially needed and all are welcome.
Help the Homeless Walkathon Contact: Dan Muller
The Help the Homeless Walkathon is traditionally held the first Saturday of October at the
Lord’s Table Contact: Carole Wells, Linda Prandoni
(Volunteer Coordinators: Linda Prandoni, Linda Eisenhut)
Once a month, on the second Thursday of the month from , Grace Church volunteers serve dinner at the Lord’s Table to an average of 100 people per afternoon. The kitchen is located at
This serving ministry is a great blessing to those who receive; those preparing for the service have a great time of fellowship and community with each other. Volunteers are always needed to help in the kitchen, serve the meal and help with clean-up.
God instructs us to listen to the cry of the needy, to minister to those who need help. Through church-wide mission trips the body of believers at Grace UMC will experience a time full of hope, light, grace, and wonder as we Love Out Loud! Let us love in deed and truth as we work together ministering to those who need help. The hope is to plan 1-2 mission trips each year: the trips might be local and 1-2 days in duration or further away and as long as a week.
Rebuilding Together Contact: Spring Project/TBD
Members and friends of Grace Church join together each year on a Saturday in April to support the Montgomery County Rebuilding Together program. It is a volunteer organization that works in partnership with the community to address the needs of low-income homeowners, primarily the elderly, disabled, and families with children. It is committed to helping
Share Your Love Contact: Diane Tarka
Jesus Christ calls us to be disciples and share with others: “He who gives to the poor will lack for nothing” Proverbs 28:27.
Since 1998, the members of Grace UMC have participated in
Thanksgiving in February Contact:
The primary function of “Thanksgiving in February” is to provide monies to local charities, especially Gaithersburg Help. The secondary function is that of a Fellowship Activity for congregants of Grace UMC. Interfaith Works coordinates this giving event with about 100 restaurants in the
Caring Hands for
Grace UMC has provided contributions for medical and technological supplies through member Nazarene Tubman. Formerly from
International Missions Ministry Contact: Jeff O’Neal
This ministry rovides the opportunity for members of Grace UMC to actively participate in providing support for and/or participating in international mission trips sponsored by the
This area of ministry includes support for missionary Nan McCurdy and her husband Miguel Mairena who are sponsored in part by Grace
Samaritan Home Relief Contacts: Diyana Sanders Gunaratnam, Kanya Sanders
The Samaritan Children’s Home was founded in 1994 in