As we continue getting things ready, know that we are deeply grateful for the many ways that you, Grace members, have continued to be the church while we are apart. Our church has never been closed in this time, just deployed. The Holy Spirit continues to work in and among us, and we continue to share God's grace with the world.
We will share our plan for re-opening in a special e-news later this week, so please keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, please continue praying for all those affected by the pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact the pastors.
We need your help! Before we can re-open, we need several strong teams of people who are willing to lend their help so all of us are as safe as possible. Click below to volunteer:
While we are physically apart in the coming weeks, there are still many ways for us to be church together. We invite you to connect with one another by phone and make use of the resources in this publication, too!
Coffee Hour on Facebook Live
Many of you have joined in the Sunday morning Facebook Live Coffee Hours, sharing your thoughts on the worship service, sermon & Scripture, favorite food combinations, local restaurants and more. Thanks for taking part!
Our pastors will continue to host these online Coffee Hours on Sunday mornings at 11am. If you've never been, we invite you to join us on Facebook this week! If you've joined before, we hope you'll keep coming. Bring your coffee and your comments to take part in this community gathering!
We'll also continue to launch our worship service on Facebook Premiere at 10am on Sundays, so that those who wish can worship at the same time and even say hello. We'll continue to post the worship service on YouTube and the website at 7:30am for those who prefer to access it that way.
We invite you to share the links to our services and coffee hours; though we are apart, we can still share the Good News of God through worship and fellowship.
Click on the video link for the latest message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, who shares with us some powerful questions: If not us, who? If not now, when?
Can We Help?
This pandemic has affected each of us, but may have affected us in different ways.
If you are in need of help (of any kind), please reach out to the pastors.
We can find connections to resources and/or support together.
We want to walk with you. Please call or email us.
We will also send an email to invite you to participate.
Offering Our Gifts to God
Bird sculpture courtesy of Coby Johnson
Gifts & Talents Pictures
Share your work and activities with us! During this time, many of us are busy with projects, using our gifts. Sharing your projects, large or small, is one way to present offerings to God at this time & we want to see what God is doing through you!
If you'd like to share what you're doing, please send pictures to Pr. Gregg so we can include them in our worship videos. We may also use these on social media & at church when we return.
NOTE: If you can, add a signature to your visual offering!
When we worship together, part of our worship is offering our gifts to God.
While we are apart, it is still faithful to offer our gifts. You can give in several ways:
-Give online by clicking here(and you have the option to offset the cost of giving online)
-Set up giving though your bank
-You are also still welcome to mail your offering to the church office.
Thank you for giving!
Updates for Children and Youth Programming at Grace
Young Youth and Grace Youth Ministry (GYM) - Young Youth & GYM will meet via Zoom every-other week during the summer. While we remain apart physically, we will continue to enjoy each other's company & grow in our faith online. Pr. Rachel sent an email out with details last week. Please email her with any questions. We give thanks that we can still meet in this way!
Vacation Bible School - We have made the decision that we must cancel Vacation Bible School for the summer of 2020. This is disappointing to us, as we know it will be disappointing for many others. We are looking forward to the day when we can gather safely in person again for Learning activities. In the meantime, we invite and encourage Young Youth and Youth-aged members to continue to participate in their online get-togethers this summer.
FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES
Taking Faith Home carries the previous Sunday's themes throughout the week. These devotions include daily Scripture readings, prayers, hymn suggestions, milestones, conversation starters, service opportunities, and at-home rituals.
Click herefor previously featured (and still available!) resources.
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Click the image for our current Grace Prayer List
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Memorials and Gifts
Committee Meetings can be held on Zoom! If your Committee hasn't met recently and would like to, the pastors can help. If your Committee doesn't currently have business to discuss, this could still be an opportunity to check in with each other and share in fellowship. Please click hereto email the pastors if you'd like to set up a Zoom.
April Giving and Expenses
April Received $52,731
April Expenses $52,864
Budgeted to Spend $50,852
YTD Received $214,001
YTD Expenses $186,242
YTD Budgeted to Spend $203,408
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Grace Lutheran Church are suspended until further notice.