Staying Connected
Greetings everyone.
I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I hope you all were treated to a very special day on Sunday. My family was able to enjoy a beautiful picnic lunch together at Minneopa State Park and then enjoyed some B.L.T's and some quality family time together on our back patio in the sunshine.
During Mother's Day, I am always reminded of verse that describes God as a mother hen. As a mother hen will protect her chicks from harm under her wings so does our moms. I remember being a young child, and at times even as a not so young child being able to sit on my mom’s lap and feel so safe and loved. We receive the same love from God. I look back to yesterday and I can remember the sight of my kids sitting on the couch in the sunroom with my wife and just thinking how lucky they are to have her in their lives as a loving parent to them.
These last three Sundays at worship with the narrative lectionary, it has all been about love. The first week it was about that reminder that Jesus Loves Us. I cannot be told that enough. The next week is that there is nothing we can do to try and earn God's love for us. It is a free gift that we receive, and what a wonderful gift that is. This last week during worship we were reminded that there is nothing we can do that can make God stop loving us. No mistake that we can make that will mark us as unredeemable.
We receive that same love from those moms in our lives that we celebrated Sunday. The ones with us and the ones remembered.
Have a great week everyone
Senior Sunday
May 23rd
Sunday May 23rd will be Senior Sunday here at Grace. At worship we'll celebrate the High School Graduating Class of 2021. The youth will receive a quilt made by out Grace Quilters and some will receive a the Grace Lutheran Church Servanthood Award. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration of class of 2021

Congratulations to:

Anna Bauer

Wyatt Block

Julie Domas

William Gronewald

Brandon McLean

Christian Rosen

Preston Rosen

Emily Spieker
VBS & Youth Summer Service Trip Fundraiser
This May our focus at Grace is going to be on the youth here at the church. We continue to strive to pro-vide great opportunities for the youth to grow in their faith. Through our programs like Vacation Bible School and summer trips, we are able to help these kids feel the love of God. This love that they receive aids them in living out their faith in our community and beyond.

Next month the youth have the opportunity to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 7th-11th and 11 youth and 2 adults will be heading to Duluth MN for our 2021 Summer Service trip.

There are many ways you can help us make these opportunities great for the youth.

The main thing you can do is to keep us all in your prayers during these weeks so we are kept safe and are able to constantly feel the presence of God during these events.
The other way to help is through donations of money, craft supplies and time.

Below you’ll find a form of different ways to donate. In some cases we’re looking for monetary donations that will help defray the costs of our summer events. We also have a list of craft supplies that can be dropped off at the church that we will use during VBS week. The last way we could use your help is if you would like to help be here and assist with our VBS programming in person. Helping with VBS would involve assisting in crafts with the kids, getting lunch ready, and being an inspiring adult for the kids to be around.

Thank you for your continued support for the youth at Grace.
Youth Plant Sale
You've probably seen the plants in our entryway off Main street. They were getting pretty big and a few folks came in a split them and started them in new pots and containers. They did this with the thought that this would make a great youth fundraiser. We agreed. Starting this Sunday we will have the plants available to take home. For a free will offering feel free to grab one and take it home. Our hope is as the plant grows in your home it'll help you think of and pray for the youth here at Grace.

Thank you for your support
Grace Workday
This Wednesday May 12
Put on your work gloves and join us Wednesday May 12 for a workday at Grace. That night we will be celebrating our last night of confirmation with a small meal outside beginning at 5:15 followed by work projects around Grace. All are invited to come out and help out for an evening of hard work and fun.

Some of the projects we will be working on are:

  • Spread Red Mulch on the Mulberry and 4th street boulevard.
  • Spread Brown mulch on the flower bed under the big mural on the Church front.
  • Place edging on the flower bed under the church mural on the Front of the church.
  • Edge the grass along the sidewalks around the church.
  • Separate chairs in the Church basement fellowship hall, keep 200 good chairs for use and move the rest to the outside storage shed.
  • Mow lawn if needed.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday May 28th
12:30 - 5:30

16 Spots remaining
Happy Anniversary
Pam & Don Sandland
Help wish Pam and Don a very special
50th wedding anniversary!
Feeding our Community
We are currently working on planning some future meal making events. Notifications of ways to help with these events will be sent out as soon as we have them scheduled and planned.
If this is something, you want to get more involved with or learn more about what is going on with food recovery in Mankato reach out to Ben at or give him a call at 507-524-3254. You can also use the link below to sign up to get text notification and emails when we have opportunities for events like this in the future.

Thursday Night Zoom
Bible Study
Thursday May 13th
7:00 pm

All Are Welcome!
We continue to meet every Thursday evening at 7:00 over zoom for our weekly bible study. We're always looking for more people to join. Most weeks will be lead by Ben but other weeks the study will be lead by another Grace member. The study is on Daily Faith Practices and the Bible Study material is provided by the ELCA. Each week we'll spend some time chatting and sharing some highlights and lowlights from our week as we fellowship. Following that we will spend time diving into a study each week. All the studies can be viewed ahead of time and can be found by clicking HERE. We will also have a few weeks of the studies shared in this weekly newsletter. So you can look ahead to help guide discussion. Each week we'll gather over zoom for about an hour.

We hope you will consider joining us for this time of bible study and fellowship. All are Welcome whether you've joined us in the past or not.

We hope yo see you soon
Upcoming Studies
Mark your Calendar

Clicking on the Study will take you to a PDF copy
Clicking on the scripture will take you to the reading for the study

Thursday Bible Study

Zoom Meeting ID 857 5766 8823
Meeting Passcode: grace

Time 7:00 pm Thursday
Every week will have the same meeting ID and Passcode
2021 Vacation Bible School
"King of Me"
June 7th - 11th
We are planning an in-person Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer. We will be holding here at Grace the week after schools get out the week of June 9th. The theme for the week is "King of Me." We will explore some of the characters from the Old Testament and how God is bigger than some of the obstacles that were put in their way and how God is the kind of all those things. When we feel alone God is with us. This week will be full of fun worship, crafts and activities as well. This will be fully run by Grace so we will be looking for volunteers to help during the week. If you have time available or an older child at home that you want to get out of the house to help please let Ben know ( and he'd love to have some help. He will take help during the days with programing, food, childcare before and after or even planning the VBS if you are feel very adventurous.

All kids are welcomed to attend. They don't have to be a member of Grace
Children ages Kindergarten - 6th Grade are invited.
Programing will run from 8:30 - 3:00 Monday - Thursday and 8:30 - noon on Friday. Early drop off and late pick up will be available to families that need it.
Meals will be provided Monday - Thursday
Suggested Donation of $35 to cover cost of food and craft supplies

Click below to sign up.
Connections Shelter
There are other opportunities to be able to serve at Connections. Below is a link to their sign up to be able to be greeters at the shelter. If your family would also like to take on a meal on your own to make and serve there are opportunities to sign up and do that.
While we are not yet meeting in person for children PreK - 6th Grade we do want to make weekly lessons available online. You can access the weekly lessons we would be doing by clicking the links below. There are great activities that can be done as a family together.
Confirmation Schedule
  • May 12th - Last week of Confirmation. Picnic and Service Night @ Grace 5:15
High School
Keep a look out for more opportunities for fellowship and faith opportunities for High School youth. If you have ideas for events reach out to Ben at or by phone at 507.524.3254
If anybody has questions about youth and family ministry opportunities or would like to help leading any activities please reach out to Ben. You can call directly any time at 507-524-3254 or send an email to
Worshiping Together Virtually
Our Facebook live stream is a great way to gather with others(although virtually)as we are all part of this assembly as we gather as the one body of Christ to chat, share a greeting of peace and worship together. A live stream of our worship is broadcasted every Sunday morning at 10:00 and is 50-60 minutes long.

If you do not have Facebook worship is will still be available on KTOE Sunday mornings at 10:00 and the rebroadcast on KTV Tuesday at 1:00 pm and again Wednesday at 7:15 pm. Past worships can also be found on YouTube and our Website. Our goal is that everyone will still have an opportunity to worship with us at Grace.

All the past worship services can be found by going to

May 9th 2021
In-Person Worship
We acknowledge that the risks of this pandemic are not over, and if you are unsure about being in the building, we encourage you to stay home and worship with us from a distance. If you enjoy worshipping from home, we encourage you to continue to do just that. We are opening our doors again but we encourage people to do what is best for your family right now. We want to offer the opportunity for everyone to connect with their faith in ways that are meaningful and meet you where you are. For now, we are glad you can be here with us, whether you are watching live on Facebook, listening on KTOE radio, following along on YouTube or KTV in Mankato. Even after we return to holding worship in our building, we will continue to provide these means of participating with us from a distance including a livestream on Facebook. 

However you participate, now and in the future, we believe you are a part of this assembly, gathered as the one body of Christ to worship and celebrate our life of faith together.
Christ in our Home
Christ In Our Home are still available here at Grace. You can stop in and pick on up anytime during church office hours.

You can access a digital copy by clicking HERE
Fair Trade Coffee
Fair Trade coffee and other items are for sale here at Grace. Current selection of products on hand here at Grace are pictured below. Items available are Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa Powder, Chocolate bars, backing cocoa and olive oil. Items are located near the narthex and can be bought during church office hours and Sunday mornings.
All Fair Trade/Organic Coffee - $7.00/Bag

Individual Coffee packets - 60¢ each
Makes 10-12 cups

All Tea - $3.00

Hot Cocoa - $6.00

Large Chocolate Bars - $2.50

Baking Cocoa - $6.00

Olive Oil - $13.50
Find more information about Mankato Fair Trade Products and their Mission by clicking the link below

Serving the Community

Echo Food Shelf - Echo is still looking for volunteers to commit to one 2-4 hour shift/week. You can email to get involved.

CADA House - Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CADA) is a nonprofit victim advocacy and emergency shelter organization based in Mankato, Minnesota. CADA’s mission is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter.

Pray Together
Lord God

Thank you for all the great mothers in our lives.
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Amazon Smile
Many of us has been spending more time shopping online. When shopping with amazon there is an easy way to help raise a donation go to Grace. When shopping through a web browser you can follow the link below and it's easy to set up. It's also super easy to get set up on a mobile device through the Amazon App. When signed into your account in the app in settings there is a section called "Programs and Features" in that sections you can click on AmazonSmile. I that section you can select your charity. You can search Grace Lutheran Church Mankato or type 41-6006451.

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Grace Lutheran Church. Bookmark the link  and support us every time you shop.

You still get the same prices and you can still use your Prime account, but when you start by using this link above, Amazon will donate a portion of the price back to Grace.

Thanks for supporting Grace.
Contact Us
Rev. John Odegard -

Director of Spiritual Growth

Parish Administrator
Rich Krause -

Office Specialist
Joan Hertel -

Interim Organist and Music Director
Chuck Hoogland -

Worship and Media Technology Coordinator

Maintenance and Grounds
Jordin Johnson -
Grace Lutheran Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10:00a.m - 5:00p.m
Friday 10:00a.m - noon
Is there news you're wanting to have included in future staying connected newsletters? Reach out to Ben with the details and he'll be sure to included in an upcoming newsletter. New newsletters are emailed out every Monday and can also be found on Facebook or the Webpage under the At Home Resources tab.