January 12, 2022

Some of y’all might remember the Christian song that was so popular in the 2000’s, “God of \Wonders” by Third Day. This song was actually written in 1959 but became popular when Third Day released it on a praise album. We continue to sing this song at Salkehatchie every year and sometimes in our worship services to remember that God is still Lord of all Creation and still our God of Wonders!
The lyrics begin:
Lord of all creation of water earth and sky
The heavens are your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on \high
God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares your majesty
And you are holy, holy
Last week we looked at being rooted and grounded in love. This Sunday will look at "The River of Life" and will continue with this theme of "God of All Creation" through the first Sunday in February.
I want to thank our newest staff member Amber Forrest for creating of photo challenge
,#creationphotochallenge #graceumcna with new technology on these things. Also want to think Yolonda for working these themes into our children’s programming.
I invite you to join us for worship on these Sundays as we explore the “God of All Creation” and revisit a new approach on how God is revealing himself through his handiwork of creation.  Psalm 19:1-2
Sermon Series: “God Of All Creation”
January 16          “The River of Life”
January 23          “Rock of Ages”
January 30          “The Call of the Wild” (Combined 8:45: LIfeSong, and 11:00: Traditional in the Sanctuary)                                      8:30 Gathering Service meets, Sanctuary
February 6          “God of All Creation” (Communion)
Joy and Peace
Reverend Tommy Wilkes

January 16, 2022


WEEKLY At Grace United Methodist 
8:30 AM -     830 Gathering Service, Sanctuary
                        Preacher: Rev. Tommy Wilkes

8:45 AM -    LifeSong Contemporary Service, Wesley Center 
Preacher: Rev. Tommy Wilkes
9:45 AM -    Sunday school for all ages (see specific Ministry departments in e-Newsletter for more info)
                        Adult SS Dept.
                        Children's Dept., Yolanda McCabe
                        Youth Dept.
11:00 AM -  Traditional, Sanctuary

                      Preacher: Rev. Tommy Wilkes

4:00 PM -    Wesley Singers (5k - 5th Grade)
5:00 PM -    DRAMA for Elementary and Youth, Wesley Center  (NO DRAMA Jan. 16)

6:00 PM -    Youth Sunday Evenings (Middle and Highschool) Youth Wing
                      (See Youth section for January schedule.)

Please note:  If you click on the LifeStream link you can see the previous week's 11:00 worship
Worship Bulletin available
If you are tuning in to worship each Sunday via LiveStream, you can follow along with the Worship Bulletin in one of two ways:
  • Click on the link that will be provided on our Facebook page
  • Go to and click on the orange button below the LiveStream image


The #creationphotochallenge #graceumcna is off to a great start! We have had some wonderful photos and beautiful tributes this week. Keep sharing how you are ROOTED IN GOD's LOVE!
Click here to see some of the other photos shared this week:


Weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30PM & 6:15 PM, Wesley Center & Campus
Meal and Programs for ALL Ages

Regular Schedule:
Wednesday Night Meal (5:30 - 6:00PM) & Programs All Ages (6:15 PM)

We look forward to being back Wednesday nights.

2022 Tentative Start date: Jan. 19
(Sunday, Jan. 16 we will confirm Meal Start date.)
Lasagna Night

January  19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 20, 27
(no meals 4/6  Masters & 4/13  Holy week )

January 19
February 2 and 16

March 16 (tentative 2nd shut-in supper, March 30)
April 20 (Masters Week and then Holy Week - no meals)
May 4 and 18

To reserve your meal (including to-go meals), you may fill out a blue card on Sunday’s from the pews or Wesley Center, or call the church office, 803-279-7525 by Monday at noon.
To-go meals: We are happy to accommodate your to-go meals in extenuating circumstances on Wed. nights and all other preordered to-go meals will be available to pick-up beginning at 6PM. We request to-go to be reserved by Monday at noon when reserving your meals. The food lines are from 5:30 - 6:00 PM. 

Types of Meal Reservations:
· Permanent Reservation
   Planned for weekly, call the office when you can’t come. Please pay if you don't cancel.
· Weekly Reservation
    Call office each week by Mon. at noon.
· Shut-in meals, 1st & 3rd Wednesday, scheduled by Sandra Guest who has a shut-in list for meals

The below Adult Wednesday night programs
Resumes January 19 at 6:15PM

Covenant Bible Study led by Rev. Tommy Wilkes and Amber Forrest
 Youth Wing, 1st Sunday School class
Join us in digging deep and building positive relationships with your faith community.

You may want to check out this video preview of session one:
This is the link to the study manual


NEW STUDY  Who is Jesus? Led by Rev. Randall Haase, Cokesbury SS class
Was he a prophet? A priest? A king? A messenger? This Bible study, based on the theological identities of Jesus from the Gospel of John, will help us to understand who Jesus was during his time on the earth, and who he is to us now. We will look at the claims of Jesus identity from the people who experienced his words, actions, and miracles all firsthand as reported by John.


GIFTS  in the Evening
Share devotion time and create handmade items to share with Grace members, hospitals, missions and more.


Misfit Bible Study led by Christi McClintock 
 Women of Faith SS class
Ever feel like Hermey the Elf in the Rudolph cartoons?  Or Like a misfit toy?  Other groups just don't quite fit?  Ever feel like as a Christian, you might be "doing it wrong?" Well as Rudolph's story shows us... you are not the only one. Maybe you feel more like connecting with other misfits to discuss life and hear their views on what the Bible is saying to them?  
If so, give our group a go! Contact Christi McClintock @ for info!

Grace UMC would like to invite you to create a Realm account and take part in our Realm online church community where we can connect with each other outside our Sunday and Wednesday gatherings and ongoing events. Please also go to where you can learn all about Realm.

When you accept the invite you will also become a part of our Online Church Directory. This will allow you, as well as other Realm members, to connect with other Church members, like you would when using your Printed Directory. You would not have to call the Church office for member information like an address, phone #, etc. In the privacy setting you are able to determine how much information you would like to share with other church members, i.e. contact info, birthdate, etc. within the Online Church Directory. This Directory is only visible within our Realm Church Community.

Please contact Karen Mays, Church Secretary at or 803-279-7525 and she will be happy to help!

After you have become a Realm member, we would like you to then download the Realm Connect app on your phone, see graphic below for more information. Thank you!
Helpful links:

One spiritual gift inventory is located at: resources

Places where you can serve located at:
Questions? Contact the church office at 803-279-7525
Yolanda McCabe, Director of Family and Children's Ministry at  

Sunday School Elementary will be joining in the Pastor’s church sermon series, “God of All Creation”.  Each Sunday, our kids will begin with a devotion on “The River of Life” and we will follow it up with an activity to go along with the lesson.
Please have your kids join us for this fun activity beginning at 9:45am in the upper level of the Asbury Building (Children’s Ministry Sunday School classrooms).

Deep Blue Kids: Large group/Small group
Unit Bible Verse:  “You are my Son, whom I dearly love.”  (Luke 3:22)
January 16 – Jesus Chooses (Luke 4:1-13)
January 23 – Jesus Brings Good News (Luke 4:14-30)
January 30 – Jesus Heals (Luke 3:22
Wednesday Night Kids resumes on Jan. 19
(Not the same lesson for Sun. & Wed.)

January 16 - The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6: 5-15)
January 23 - Woman at the Well (John 4: 5-42)
5th Sunday: TBD

Sunday School Preschool schedule for Winter 2022:
3k – 5k will be following the HeartShaper curriculum in their classrooms.

Join us as kids learn a weekly Bible story and memory verse and do fun activities. The kids will get to take home student magazines to work at home with their families. 
Unit 2 Jesus Pleases God
January 16 – Lesson 7 Jesus is Baptized (Matthew 3; Mark 1)
January 23 – Lesson 8 Jesus is Tempted (Matthew 4)
January 30 – Lesson 9 Jesus Begins To Teach (Matthew 4)

Click on the links to stay connected with our Children's Department:
Christi McClintock, Drama Ministry Director,

JOIN US EACH SUNDAY through May 22
(See schedule below w/ important dates)
Meets weekly on Sunday afternoons at 5PM in the Wesley Center
Elementary and Youth combined class

No DRAMA due to school Holidays on these dates:
 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/3 & 4/10

SAVE THE DATES for the Spring Play and Drama Camp
May 20 and June 20-24


Wesley Singers- kids choir (K through 5th)
Sundays at 4PM in the Choir room at back of Sanctuary
 Starting back January 16
Drop off is at the staircase behind the church across from the gym. You can pick up at five or let us know & we will walk the kids over to Drama taught by Christi McClintock. Combined youth and elementary Drama will be from 5-6 in the Wesley Center auditorium with pick up there.  We are excited to start back & look forward to seeing your kids! Please have kids wear a mask and we will spread out! Please email/ text/ or call Suzanne Fowley with any questions. ( or 803-270-0276)


Contact: Laura Lusk, Jr. at
Youth Council Representative

9:45 AM
- Sunday School

2nd Sunday breakfast: Feb 13 and March 13
6:00 PM - Sunday Evening Youth & Snack Supper
January 16, 23, 30; February 20 & 27
No Evening Youth
Feb 6-ski trip
Feb 13-Superbowl


Welcome  new cooks
-Byron Neely, Bob Bigger, John Bridges
DATES: Jan 25, Feb 22, March 22, April 26



Grace games at Grace Curly's Court Gym
Thursday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM, Clarks Grove Baptist vs Grace U19A
                                         9:00 PM, Good Shepherd vs Grace U19B
Thursday, Jan 20 - 7:00 PM, Grace U19A vs True North U19
Thursday, Jan 27 - 8:00 PM, First Baptist U19 vs Grace UMC U19A
Thursday, Feb 3   - 7:00 PM, Grace U19B vs St Mary's U19 -Irish
Thursday, Feb 10 - 7:00 PM, St. Mary's U19-Saints vs Grace UMC U19B

Grace games at Trinity on the Hill
Thursday, Jan 20 -  9:00 PM, Grace U19A vs Wesley UMC U19
Thursday, Jan 27 -  8:00 PM, Reid Presbyterian U19 vs Grace U19B
Thursday, Feb. 10 - 7:00 PM, Grace U19A vs Trinity on the Hill U19
Thursday, Feb 17  -  8:00 PM, Grace U19B vs Grace U19A

REVOLUTION 22 IS HERE! After a year where we had to move to a virtual version of Revolution, we are excited to gather together again January 29 at Columbia's Township Auditorium. This is a full-day event, with a morning departure and late evening arrival back to Grace.
We've committed to take 30 members of the Grace Youth Group.
More info and registration link below.

Click here to register and join us! Cost is $45 per student. 

We asked our high school students what they wanted to do most in 2022. The answer - A SKI TRIP! So, let's go skiing...

Dates: February 4-6 (February 4 is an Aiken County holiday)

Location: Staying at Lake Junaluska and skiing at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley

Cost: $250 per student, which includes lodging, meals, ski rentals and lift tickets. A $125 deposit is due NOW and the remaining $125 balance is due by February 1. 
 Updated registration deadline is January 14. Click here for full details!

Who: High school students only

Click here to register. This trip is limited to 25 students. Active youth group members will get first priority if registration exceeds capacity. Have multiple students? Please complete a new form for each student.

Click here to pay online. Choose the “Youth Ski Trip” category. In the “add a message” bubble, add the name of the participant and then the amount that you’d like to pay. Please consider paying the transaction fee associated with your payment.

Rather pay by check? Send a check written out to Grace UMC to the attention of Marianne Harlan at 639 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841. Please be sure to indicate in the memo section that your check is for payment to the youth ski trip and the name of the youth.

Are you a parent that loves to ski? We need chaperones! Use
this registration link to reserve your spot as a chaperone.

"Skiing is the next best thing to having wings." Let's fly!


Save the date!! DNOW will be held March 4-6 at Curtis Baptist of Augusta. DNOW has never been about lights, music, games or speakers. DNOW is about equipping and reviving students to share the good news of Jesus. During DNOW, students from all over the CSRA will come together for a weekend to worship Jesus. More details coming soon!

Amber Forrest, Director of Adult Ministries at

(Listed under WINGS Wednesday night info)
Ukelele Class for all ages, Beverly Blevins, 6:00 PM, weekly on Mondays under the Portico between the Wesley Center and the Sanctuary; Learn the basic chords for this happy little instrument and strum with your friends

Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study, Mary Chris Newell, 9:30 AM, Youth Wing (New Study, "God of Deliverance" by Jen Wilken, workbooks required, contact Mary Chris.)

Upper Room Encouragers, Laura Lusk, 10 AM, weekly on Weds. Resumes, Wed. Jan. 5 in the Youth Wing
Digging Into the Bible, Cheryl May & Jen Thomas 7:00 PM, Wednesdays, On-line.
Questions, Contact Cheryl at or Jen at

GIFTS(Gathering in Fellowship to Share) in the morning, Mary Jane Wisenbaker, 10:00 AM, monthly, 2nd  Thursdays. Please join us as we fellowship together while we crochet, knit, and sew.

Caring and Sharing, John Mullins, 6:00 PM, Thursdays, New Life Class

Wisdom of the Ages, Rev. Tommy Wilkes, 11:00AM, Thursdays, Conference Room

Foster Mom Bible Study, Lindsey Rosenlieb, 7:00 PM 1st and 3rd Thursdays, meet in homes

Grace Messengers, Anne Comer & Dave Redmond, Continue their support to shut-ins and others facing difficulties through cards of encouragement
Therapy Dog Training, Lynn Ealey, 2:30 PM, 3rd Wed or Yolanda Markham, 2nd & 4th Friday, contact 


Sunday School Classes currently meeting at 9:45am

Grow in Christ and Serve Together Through Adult Sunday School

If you are not currently a member of a Sunday School Class, Grace has some great ones! Check one out!
Cokesbury: Large, growing class of active empty nesters. Participates in a wide variety of mission projects.  Current Study: Adult Bible Studies Series. Classroom B Downstairs Wesley Center.
Contact: Susan Jackson

Family Foundations: Consists of married, single, divorced and widowed members. Very active in missions and support for one another. Current Study: Max Lucado’s How Happiness Happens.  Family Center Lounge.
Contact: Christi McClintock

Journey: Consists of those 30-40 with and without children. Class is active in missions, particularly in the area of Children’s Ministries and Angel Tree. Members rotate teaching responsibilities. Upper level Asbury Building.
Contact: Abbie Ethun

New Life: Mission focused group of singles and married couples ages 30 and up. Member-led weekly Bible study and “Mission of the Month” support. Classroom A Lower Level Wesley Center.
Contact: Michele Chiswell

Seekers: Relaxed and informal singles and married couples primarily 60 and up who focus on discussions of how our faith, the Bible and United Methodist beliefs relate to everyday lives. Class supports a variety of missions including Ronald McDonald house. Class meets Classroom C lower level Wesley Center.
Contact: Bruce Wilson.

Stillwell: This SS class is 72 years strong and comprised of singles and couples 60 and older. Uses Adult Bible Studies series, presented by excellent teachers. Class is very involved in missions and significant goal of class is “glad to do whatever we can for those who need our help.” Class meets lower level Wesley Center classroom H.
Contact: Sandra Guest.

Women of Faith: Comprised of married and single women of all ages. Class strives to be a sanctuary for all in attendance and offer a safe place to lean on each other in times of need. Currently class is studying Joy, the Study of Philippians. Class meets in Classroom G lower level Wesley Center.
Contact: Irene Smith.

Young Adult Ministry: Comprised of any post-college young adult. Our class will meet on Sunday mornings for fellowship and Bible Study. We will meet in the Parlor in the Wesley Center
Contact: Amber Forrest
 For more information contact the Church Office, 80-279-7525
Small groups, Scouts and Bible studies will meet at various times throughout the year. We have plans to have worship service on Saturday, Sunday or even during the week around 5:00 pm. We may begin this once a month with plans of moving to a weekly worship service.                                                         
The Way Meditation Trail booklet

Happy New Year to all! 
Many thanks to our volunteers, congregation, and guest musicians who made our Advent and Christmas services so beautiful. We are indeed blessed with immensely supportive families and membership. Special thanks to our Chancel Choir for their hours of practice and dedication.
What a special a joy it is to welcome back our Wesley Singers! All of our musical ensembles are looking for new members. Interested persons are asked to contact Christopher Leysath, Director of Sanctuary Music at   
Community Valentines Concert, Sunday, Feb 13, at 4PM, Sanctuary (Details to come)



Pastor contact:

Rev. Tommy Wilkes, 803-622-2264,  

Rev Randall Haase, 419-276-0432, 

Prayer Request:   
Margaret Lemon, David Pullen, Rose Grabowski, Mike Long, Sandra Watson,  Bobby Oliver,, Jeff Pope, Henry Cribb, Frank Berry,  Warren (Wilma) Allen, Kathryn Fauerby,  Beth Ann Young, Ted Thompson, Tori Weathersby, Bella Coursey

Rev. Tom (Molly) Wilkes - father of Tommy Wilkes
Arthur Sullivan, brother of Kent Sullivan
Bill Walker, brother of Ray Walker 

David Hudson, brother of Susan (Andy) Maxwell
Mattie Coleman, mother of Linda Cullum

 Paula Harmon

University Hospital:
Marilyn Sloop

Margaret Lemon in the death of her husband, Bob Lemon, on January 6. Memorial service will be at a later date.

The family of Martha Claire Farmer in her death on Jan. 9. No details at this time for her service. 

Camelia Walk, Evan's GA:  
Dr. Owen K Youles and Joanne Youles, parents of Jennifer (Tom) Dorn

Click on the box below for our Homebound and Assisted Living members.
(Latest update 1/11/2022)
Homebound and Assisted Living Members List
Home Touch pages for the week of January 9, 2022
Your gifts to the annual Operating Budget of Grace provide for everything we do here in our beautiful church, in the community and in the world around us. Your gifts provide for worship, missions, children’s programs, youth retreats, Christian education classes, music, and community outreach- as well as the staff that   allow these ministries to continue every day. Grace has several options to assist you in your giving. 
Acceptable Giving Methods
We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting ApplePay as a way to make your tithe to Grace. This is in addition to the continued methods of online & kiosk giving, ACH giving, church envelope & check. If you’d like to set up your donation as a recurring gift to the church, contact Marianne Harlan. It’s simple to schedule it, and it’s a convenient and effective way to support Grace UMC!   

Traditional Giving- During all of our worship services, you will have the opportunity to give using a check or cash. For your convenience, the church provides personalized offering envelopes and additional envelopes are located in the pew racks.
Kiosk Giving- Conveniently located in the Wesley Center and Asbury Building entrance hallways, our giving kiosk provides another secure way to give with your debit or credit card.
Online Giving- The most convenient and safe way for our members to give is online. With a simple click of the mouse, you can get started giving online today! Please CLICK HERE to get started today!
ACH GIVING-  The church can automatically draft contributions from your checking or savings account to keep your contributions on track.  

Contact Marianne Harlan at for more information.


Financial Update.

After your generosity in December we finished 2021 with a positive Revenue minus Expenses of $30,192.89.  The Church Council approved the recommendation from the Finance Committee to pay this amount towards our apportionments which brings us to 70.6% paid of the Conference Ask for 2021.   

The Church Council adopted the 2022 Budget recommended by the Finance Committee which is available for your review in the church office.  We again have an unbalanced budget which is based on anticipated revenues for 2022 and expenses cut as much as possible at this point.  This budget is approximately $89,000 less than 2021.

If you have questions, we are always available.
Will Barnes, Finance Chair and Peggie Ruben, Treasurer

Financial Update Thru 12/31/2021

Budget                      $1,299,496.00
Revenue Actual    $1,206,079.83
Expenses Actual   $1,206,079.83


January 9, 2022

Martha Claire Farmer
(Infrastructure) MIckey & Peggie Ruben, 
Wilbert Griffin, father of Ray Griffin
(Disaster Relief Team ERT) Doug & Lisa Shull
(General Budget) David & Beverly Blevins, Linda Augeri
Rodney Kight
(Choir Fund) Bruce & Betty Wilson, John & CJ Bigger, Jim & Patty Stafford, Don & LInda Smith, Marsha Smith, Dick & Harriett Day, Angela Davis, 
(General Budget) Don & Patsy Miller
(Staff Support) Marianne Harlan
Bob Lemon
(General Budget) Garry & Sandra Guest, Elizabeth Harper
Sheridan Lee Lynn
(General Budget) John & CJ Bigger, Dick & Harriett Day, Kim Werner
Jones Hunter Yelton, grandson of Marianne Harlan
(Children's Ministry) Doug & Lisa Shull


Marianne Harlan 
(Return to Bethlehem) Jim & Patty Stafford
Sandra Watson

(General Budget) Carolyn Williams


For a detailed listing of our Calendar events, go to
When meeting at the church, please refer to your Small Group and Committee guidelines and bring your mask from home. If large attendance is expected please hold your meeting in the Chapel, Journey SS classroom or Youth Wing (except Sunday evenings).  Thank you!

  • G.I.F.T.S in the morning, Jan. 13, 10:00 AM, Youth Wing
  • Ladies Bible Study, Jan. 18, 9:30 AM, Youth Wing
  • UMM Meal & Program, TUESDAY, Jan 18, 6:30PM, Wesley Center
  • Upper Room Encouragers, Jan. 19, 10:00 AM, Youth Wing
  • WINGS Meals & Programs resume, Jan. 19, 5:30 & 6:15
  • Confirmation Class Orientation, Parents and Confirmands, Jan 23
  •            9:45, Coffee & Juice, Wesley Center; 10AM Orientation, Sanctuary
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