Staying Connected
Greetings Everyone
This last weekend I had the pleasure of heading down to Good Earth Village with our confirmation students. Along with me was Pastor John and Becky Glaser. The three of us along with 12 students were greeted with some fantastic weather and a great time of fellowship as we prepared for the affirmation of faith service as well as talked about this coming school year.
Good Earth Village is a very special place to me as it is where I spent three summers working as a camp counselor and a couple years working year round as their retreat hose. I am always excited to take groups there to experience just a little bit, of what I got to in the early 2000's. Although many things at camp has changed, there are many familiar sights for me there like three crosses. Pictured above I got there just in time to see the sun starting to peak up over the bluff.
This last Friday we headed out to GEV and got there in time to enjoy a campfire together. We talked about what it means to have a covenant with each other and had a chance to make some s'mores. Before heading to bed, we put out the fire by spreading it out in the fire ring and all the logs burnt out (more about that to come).
The next day we got going on breakfast before heading over to the same fire right we were at the night before. We got to the fire right to find the wood from the previous night and stopped burning but were still there. We talked to the kids about fellowship. What it means to be in community with each other and all of us have a spark inside of us. We talked about how that spark in each of us can grow into a fire, a fire that when joined with others can grow bigger and bigger. With all that fire burning together, we can accomplish so many things. Then I reminded them of the logs sitting in the fire pit by themselves. Lifeless and cold they had gone out without the other logs around them. We used this metaphor as a lesson about how it is so hard to start a blaze just by yourself. When joined with others the fire burns so much better. You can even take a fire from one group and when joined with another fire start a new one.
We are capable of so much and when joined with others we are capable of accomplishing so much more. My prayer for the kids that got to affirm their faith this past Sunday that they see that and are inspired to go out into the world now with that fire burning inside them to do some amazing things. The wildfire that can start can be good. At the bottom of this newsletter is one of my favorite songs that explains this great also and I encourage you to check it out.
Have a great week everyone.

Confirmation Sunday
Sunday September 26th 2021
Congratulations to our Confirmands

Hunter Erickson

Esther Geer

Ben Hoehn

Cody Joerg

Ashley Smook

Connor Yunkers
Hunter Erickson
Esther Geer
Ben Hoehn
Cody Joerg
Ashley Smook
Connor Yunkers
Wednesday Night Schedule
September 29th 2021

5:15 - 6:00 Meal
6:00 - 6:45 Education
6:45-7:30 Worship

Hotdogs and Chips
This Week's Lesson:
God's Name is Revealed
We will once again be holding programing for all ages this year. We are exciting to be having everyone return Wednesday nights at Grace as we gather together for a meal, education opportunities and worship. We are looking for folks that are willing to help with the evening. If you are interested in being a leader for our youth in the classroom our help prepare meals Wednesday night please reach out to Ben.

Sunday morning education time has started during our Sunday morning worship service following the Children's Message until the end of the service. If you are interested in being a leader for this and leading a lesson and craft every few weeks please let Ben know and we can get you on the rotation.
Adopt a Highway Cleanup
This Weekend!!!
Saturday October 2nd 2021
Meet in the Grace Parking Lot
Pie and Ice Cream to follow once again
hosted by Sam Anderson

Back up date Sunday October 3rd
Chili Lunch
Habitat for Humanity
Sunday October 24th, 2020
11:00 - 12:30
Join us Sunday October 24th in the fellowship hall following worship for our annual Chili Lunch to Support Habitat for Humanity.

This event is sponsored by the Social Ministry Team at Grace Lutheran.
All freewill offerings will go to
Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota
Suggest Donation of $5.00 a meal
In Person event may be changed to Drive Thru. Stay tuned for more details.
2022 National Youth Gathering
An informational meeting for families about the trip will be held following worship Wednesday October 13th in the fellowship hall.
Help needed
Coffee and Donuts
In order to keep having coffee and donuts available in the narthex after worship we need your help. This Sunday there will be a sign up sheet to help. Help will entail picking up donuts from downtown Hy-Vee, making coffee and setting it up in Narthex before the end of the service. Talk to Sally Ann Smith or Ben Geer for more details of how this all works.

Look for the sign up sheet near the coffee starting Sunday October 3rd.
Thursday Night Zoom
Bible Study
Thursday September 30th 2021
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

September 30th

October 7th

October 14th

October 21st

October 28th

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
Worshiping Together
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

September 26th 2021 Worship
Confirmation Sunday
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 have opened 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 as we have returned 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.

Fair Trade Coffee
Have you tried something from the Fair trade cart lately?
The cart in the narthex has all kinds of great things as part of our congregations involvement in the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Inititative. MAFTTI was born in June 2009 with the objective of promoting the Fair Trade Town idea in the area. For 12 years many of the churches have helped provide easy access to items that are Fair-Trade certified.
The cart is located just outside of the Narthex upstairs, between the sanctuary and the offices. On it, you will find Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Olive Oil, Spices, and more.
All Fair Trade Coffee is just $7.00 a bag. Large Chocolate bars are only $2.50. Tea is just $3.00. Other prices are on the cart. You can pay with Cash or check left in the payment slot right on the cart. Thanks for supporting Fair Trade at Grace!
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.

Check out this Video!
Build your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective
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

Interim Organist and Music Director
Chuck Hoogland -

Worship and Media Technology Coordinator

Maintenance and Grounds
Jordin Johnson -
Grace Lutheran Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m - 12:00p.m and 1:00p.m - 4:00p.m
Friday 9:00a.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.