Staying Connected
Our council has voted to move forward with opening our sanctuary space to the celebration of in-person worship once again. We will have our first service on October 4th at 10am as it had been in the past. We will not have worship on the 11th as we evaluate how things go the first week, and then we will resume on the 18th and have worship here each week after that. While we are moving forward with hosting in-person worship, the council acknowledges that the pandemic and real danger of spreading Covid-19 are not over and so we will have some changes. Masks will be required in the building for everyone. We have limited seating as we have blocked off rows to ensure that there is at least 6 feet between households. Because of this, we will have ushers to help people find open seats. The congregation will not be singing on site for now, but we will try to have some music performed in house as part of worship in as safe a way as possible. Finally, communion will be distributed to each pew, rather than people getting up during worship to move around. These and other changes will help us worship together as safely as possible, and we will review these policies as time moves on and new best practices are discovered. 

We will continue to have worship posted online as it has been since March for those who do not yet feel comfortable attending in person, and we will have that option for the foreseeable future so that everyone knows you have a place with us. 

Our education ministries are also changing for the beginning of this year. For now we will be hosting small groups for confirmation and high school youth only, and then we will be providing opportunities for faith development and fellowship several times each month where people of all ages and families of all types can come and serve others, grow in faith, and just have some fun in safe and meaningful ways.

For more information on that, go to our website at www.gracemankato.org and look at the ministries tab, where you will find our family ministry events. We look forward to seeing you soon, whether that be carving pumpkins in the church basement, joining us online, in the pews, or listening on the radio or KTV - you are a part of what makes Grace a living and caring community in Christ. Thank you for all of the ways you have been supportive through these times of change.
Pumpkin Carving Fellowship and Devotional Event
Sunday October 25th
1:30 PM
Do you and your family love carving pumpkins but hate the mess? Are you looking for a chance to get out and see some other Grace families that you have been missing? Then you'll want to consider this opportunity.

This event families will gather together with other families and carve pumpkins here at Grace. Along with being able to carve pumpkins we'll have a family devotional we can all do together as well. Stations will be set up throughout the fellowship hall so families can keep their physical distancing from each other. Space is limited in sanctuary so if there is a lot of interest in event will possibly have to have a second time for it.

Date: Sunday October 25th, 2020
Time: 1:30pm
Fee: Free will donation, Suggested Donation $4.00 per pumpkin requested.
All ages are welcome. Come with kids or without. We'd love to see anybody that wants to join us.

Please sign up by Sunday October 18th so we know how many pumpkins to have ready for event.

You can find information about this event by going to our website https://www.gracemankato.com/youth-and-family.html.

Reach out to Ben with any question.
Family Ministries/Education
If you still haven't had a chance to fill out our family ministries survey you can access that below. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the best way to go forward with education during these very different times.
While we're still deciding the best way to meet safely in person for events and Faith Formation Education we want to make the Sunday School lessons available for families. These lessons follow along with the narrative lectionary and will tie into the readings and sermon each week for worship. Below are links to the lessons.
Confirmation will be starting Wednesday October 7th at 6:00. Our first confirmation meeting will be for the students are the Yunkers home. An email has been sent out to families about this and Ben will be calling families in the coming weeks.

High School Youth Group will meet that same night as they can join the confirmation students at 6:40 for campfire and conversation. We'll discuss future events for fellowship and service. Bring a friend or two.

Social distancing and mask will be needed at these events.
Adopt a Highway
A great time was had as 10 of us got together Saturday afternoon to do some highway clean up along a 2 mile stretch of Highway 83 between Mankato and St Clair. A lot of trash was picked up and bag as we cared for the earth. This was the 30th year that Grace has sponsored that stretch of highway.

Thanks once again to San Anderson for leading the efforts to get a group together. Also a big thanks to Sam for the homemade apple and cherry pie as well as the homemade ice cream. We were able to gather in fellowship and enjoy all that as well once we were done with the clean up.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Once again Grace will be hosting the American Red Cross for a blood drive. See below for more information about it. You can make an appointment by calling
1-800-733-2767 or you can click Here and use the Sponsor Code GRACEKATO 
Fair Trade Coffee
Missing fellowship after service and the delicious fair trade coffee? All fair trade/organic coffee is now $7 a bag, including our fellowship blend. It's a course ground blend perfect for french press!  

Your choice of Sisters' Blend, Love Buzz, Breakfast Blend, Mind Body and Soul, And Fellowship Blend now only $7 a bag.  

Stop by the church office to get yours today!
Find more information about Mankato Fair Trade Products and their Mission by clicking the link below

Zoom Bible Study
***Bible Study this Thursday***

Join us Thursday September 24th 8:00pm

All Are Welcome!

Our Study on Acts has 4 weeks remaining. Following the study on Acts we will start a new study about Parables starting October 29th
As a community of Christ we share in each others joys and pains. Before we dive into the word each week we share we share our joys and pains with each other using the Rose Analogy.

  • We look for the Rose in our lives - A highlight, success, small win or something positive that's happening.

  • We look for a Thorn in our lives - A challenge you are experiencing or something you can use more support with.

  • And we look for the Bud in our lives - A new Idea that has bloomed or something you are looking forward to knowing more about or experiencing

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This Thursday we continue to move forward in Acts.
We'll be looking at Acts 22:22 - 23:35

"God at Work"

One question to be thinking about coming into the bible study is:
What are ways that you've seen God work in someone's life?

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Thursday Bible Study

Zoom Meeting ID 857 5766 8823

Time 8:00 pm Thursday
Every week will have the same meeting ID

Connect with us
Worshiping Together Virtually
I hope all have been able to continue to worship with us at Grace. It has been great to see people join into the Facebook Watch Parties Sunday mornings at 9:55am. Our goal is to ways make worship enjoyable and accessibly to everyone in their homes whether it be though Facebook, YouTube, Radio or KTV. There are many ways you can join in and we hope that you're able to find the way that best fits for you right now until we all can once again meet together for worship at Grace. If you are having troubles getting connected to any of that please reach out and we'd love to help you out getting connected.

Every Sunday we will be hosting a Facebook Watch Party Sunday mornings starting at 9:55am so we can all participate in worship together at the same time if you have Facebook

If you don't have Facebook the worships will still be available on KTOE Sunday mornings at 10:00 and the rebroadcast on KTV. We will also continue to share the link to where they can be found on YouTube. Our goal is that everyone will still have an opportunity to worship with Grace.
September 27th, 2020 Worship
Host a Worship!!!
Sign up below to host an in-person worship at your home. Group sizes will be around 10 people to allow physical distancing. There will be a devotion lead by Pastor John and there will also be communion served. This is a great way to still get together with others while the council explores the next steps to safely meet again in person at Grace in the sanctuary.
Zoom Coffee Hour
Every Sunday after the worship is done on Facebook (approx 10:50) we will be having a Zoom Coffee Hour. It's been fantastic to be able to see some familiar faces from Grace and chat a bit. Even if you weren't able to be with everyone while worship was streamed on Facebook you are more than welcomed to join for the coffee hour.

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR
MEETING ID 886 4204 9605
Communion Available
You can now bring communion home with you. Pre-consecrated elements are available at the church. You can stop in to pick it up and bring home to have during service on Sunday morning. If you can't make it in let us know and we can bring it to you and drop off during the week.

If you'd like also you can make your own communion bread at home. Check out the link below for a great recipe.


There is an easy way to continue to give to Grace. You can now text any amount you want to give to 507-607-7337. After a few very easy steps you can submit giving right from your phone. We thank you for your support to the mission and ministry of Grace Lutheran Church.
Christ in our Home
Devotional
Many of you may be unable to get a copy of Christ In Our Home from the church as you normally would.

During this time we are making it available to you digitally, paper copies are still available at Grace and can be picked up. If you stop to pick one up please do wear a mask while in the church building.
Pray Together
Lord God,

We thank you for the chance to be able to worship together. We ask that it may be time filled with joy and that you keep us safe.
Amen
Check out this Video!
I've enjoyed listening to Aaron Shust for a while. I even once got the chance to play a song with him at one of his concerts. His music is passionate and always has such a great message from God behind it. This song and video tell such a telling story of the hope we put in God. Although things don't always turn out the way we desire in life we have a God that we put our hope in despite the pain that comes. This song too was one of my daughters favorite songs when she was 6 years old and it was great to hear her song loud "My Hope is In you Lord all the day long I won't be shaken by drought or storm."
My Hope is in You - Aaron Shust