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In 1996, after months of deliberation and prayer, we asked this question: What would a vision for a future of responsible ministry and evangelism in our church include?
We answered with:
The Congregation of Grace UMC embraced the following visions as the church’s mission:
The final phase of the Sawyer Center project is the renovations needed to expand the kitchen to adequately support the missions of Grace UMC. This new layout will give us direct access to the Sawyer Center with a large serving counter allowing us the ability to serve meals to large groups of people for receptions, funeral dinners, and many other functions. We will also be able to serve smaller groups using an existing serving counter that connects to our fellowship hall area.
Since opening The Sawyer Center on March 20, 2016, we have hosted:
A few newly scheduled events:
Our Family Life Center is named in memory of Sawyer Leavitt, a teenager who died too soon. One of Sawyer’s greatest gifts was the ability to make friends with people, regardless of age. He could sit down and have a conversation with an older adult or a young child just as easily as he could with one of his classmates. He could make anyone feel welcome and that is what we want to happen in this building. We want all who enter it to feel like they belong and to feel like they have a friend, not only in the other people here, but ultimately, and most importantly, in Jesus.
Builder's Call purpose:
United Methodist Builders have been an important part of developing churches all across the Iowa Annual Conference. They have helped new congregations buy land or build their first church facility. United Methodist Builders have provided funds to help established congregations update their facilities or build new additions.
The Spring and Fall Builder’s Calls are made for specific churches which are either building new facilities or making major renovations. Recipient churches make application through their district office. Applicants are prayerfully reviewed by the District Parish Development Committee (Chair), the District Committee on Church Building and Location, the District Superintendent, by the Annual Conference Parish Development Committee, the Conference Board of Global Ministries and finally approved by the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet. Where possible, one call each year is made on behalf of a recent new church start, and one for an established church building project with special consideration given to emergency situations. We are grateful for your continued support of the Builder’s Call.
Send your tax deductible checks to: United Methodist Builder’s, 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50321
OR you may give through your local church offering, specifying Fall “Builder’s Call”.
For more information, go to www.iaumc.org/builderscall.
Having a building does not mean that ministry will occur. It is through empowering people with the life saving message of Jesus Christ and seeing Him work through those who are changed from the inside out.