Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive… There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.

As we enter into the Lenten Season, I ask that you prayerfully consider how God might want to speak words of abundant LIFE and beauty into our hearts and minds as we walk together the journey before us.

On February 26th please join us for a “Come and Go” Ash Wednesday morning service in the sanctuary from 7:00am-8:00am or in the parking lot for our “Drive Thru Ashes” from 11:30am-1:00pm or 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Each sermon during Lent will invite us to discover a path to a deeper understanding of what it means to truly live life as though everyday matters. Please invite someone to join you for our Lenten Services each Sunday!


Pastor Jo

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Gretna United Methodist Preschool began in 1977. “GUMP” is an outreach mission of

the Gretna United Methodist Church. . GUMP serves children from the ages of 1-4.

GUMP has 123 students registered and is currently registering for the 2020-2021

school year. It is the intent of the Preschool to operate as judiciously as possible, to

serve the community, to ensure protection of all individuals under its care, and to

constantly seek improvement in the program provided.

Lead by Kandie Varney Hinyub, Director (part of the GUMC & GUMP Team for 24

years) and a staff of 23 dedicated team members that range from 30 years of

dedication to new staff.

We believe that the early experiences are of vital importance and that each child

should be helped to develop values of responsibility and respect for the rights of

others. Children should be provided with opportunities for building self-confidence,

self-discipline, and self- acceptance. They must also be presented with challenging

social, emotional, and intellectual experiences within a varied, balanced, adaptive


We recognize that young children learn best by doing. They are physically active,

spontaneous, naturally creative, and curious. We recognize that young children must

feel secure in their environment in order to develop in a wholesome way and to grow

in self-esteem.

We believe that education is an important vehicle through which a working team of

teachers, administration, and parents can assure that value-making situations occur

to meet the needs of each child.

At GUMP we provide each child with not only a safe, caring, and secure environment,

but a happy, loving Christian environment that will meet the needs of each child as

an individual.

Although GUMP is a mission of GUMC, we strive to serve the church with community

outreach; hosting various activities such as our annual Easter Egg Hunt & Trunk or

Treat. GUMP Families are a vital support of the GUMC Food Pantry, Youth Group,

feeding the homeless and other missions within the church.

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The GUMC Youth Group, Young Adults and even some of our little ones joined together last night for a pizza and party! 225 bags were packed and ready to be delivered to the Women's Shelter and St. Mark's UMC to hand out to the homeless. Each bag was prayed for by the person packing it for the person receiving it. Teaching even our youngest Disciples to always reach out to the least, the last and the lost. For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.” - Deuteronomy 15:11 (KJV)

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