Staying Connected
I'm Back! As some of you know I was taking some time off last week. I wrote last Monday that I was spending some time with Besty's family at a house near Red Wing. It was a great time spent with extending family. After a few days with them we headed up to Grand Marais for a couple nights. I spoke last week about being still. Being still and experiencing God. That was my hope to be able to do that a bit while enjoying the North Shore of Lake Superior.

My family and I try to make it up to Grand Marais once a year. While up there we like to enjoy some Worlds Best Donuts, Jave Moose Coffee and Some Sven and Oles Pizza. Mission was accomplished on all those. It was a little tougher to get all that done as the doughnut shop and the Pizza place were operating a little different than normal and were closed Tuesday and Wednesday while we were up there. Luckily Betsy has a cousin that lives in Grand Marais and was able to pick up our doughnut order before we had gotten up there and they were closed. Sven and Ole's we had to order from an outside window and wait an hour and fifteen minutes but it was well worth it. We got the pizza and sat next to the lake. It was later in the evening and were able to enjoy a pretty amazing sunset as pictured above.

So with on Tuesday with pizza and doughnuts in our belly and our cup of coffee from Java Moose we set out for the main goal witch was a bit of relaxation. A nice thing about his trip to Grand Marais is that we were staying right in town and could walk where ever we wanted while there. One of my favorite places in the state is right in town. Artist Point is a little wooded area that juts out into Lake Superior. You walk through the woods and it opens up to a clearing of rocks surrounded by water. We got out there early in the morning so there weren't many people... really we saw no other people out there except in fishing boats and kayaks on the lake and we just sat. We probably sat by the lake for a half an hour just enjoying the sunshine and the sound of the waves hitting the shore. My 13 year old daughter informed us she felt like she wanted to just lay there for the day and take a nap. That's my idea of being still.

The reading from Sunday Psalm 23 says

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life, and I will
dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

I was thinking about that scripture this last week as I knew that was coming up for the service. It's a well known scripture that I've heard many times before too. It says that "He leads me beside quiet water, He refreshes my soul" These waters weren't the quietest waters I've ever heard but I sure felt refreshed. I was thinking how funny that was. I thought about how there are so many times in life how the waters aren't calm, how things around us seem so crazy and out of control. One thing I find a lot of comfort in though is in verse four. The words "You are with me." While on the road last week I heard those words in a song and it was very powerful. God is with us. I already knew this but for some reason it really stuck out this time in the Psalm. Most of the time when I've heard or read this Psalm the words "Guides me", "Comfort me", "Fear no evil" are the words that really jump out at me. This time though it him me, God is with me. Through the darkness and through the light, through the rough waters and through the quiet waters.

It was nice to be by the water with my family and just feeling "my cup overflow."

Peace

-Ben
Build your own Bouquet
Family Fellowship Event
The summer series has been "In the Garden with Grace." We've looked at the gardens in scripture. I thought a great way to end the summer would be to bring people together to a garden where we can pick flowers and create something beautiful.

Every one is invited to a family fellowship event we're doing together in September. South of town our highway 68 there is a farm called Valley Veggies. Valley Veggies is a farmers market that is open seven days a week. Another thing the offer is build your own bouquets. for $8.00 your able to cut and arrange your own flower arrangements there at the farm choosing flowers from their gardens. My family went down last year to try it out and it was a blast. The owner Terri was super helpful and we were able to put together an awesome arrangement. Pictures of what we were able to make can be seen below.

I'm encouraging families to sign up and give it a try. If whole families want to come out and make one together that is great. If dad's want to bring their kids out to make an arrangement for mom that is awesome too. Or even if someone wants to come out on their own fellowship with some other members and make an arrangement for a stranger, loved one or themselves I think that's a great idea also.

The plan is to have people meet in the Grace Parking Lot at 1:30pm September 12th and we'll all drive out together to Valley Veggies. Valley Veggies is located at 52727 MN-68, Lake Crystal, MN 56055 and is about a 15 minute drive from church. Located on the left side of highway 68 traveling towards New Ulm from Mankato.
Date: Saturday September 12, 2020

Meet in Parking Lot at Church at 1:30 and will travel out together to Valley Veggies

Cost: Will need $8.00 to pay to Valley Veggies for the Bouquet. 

Mask will need to be worn at Valley Veggies along with physical distancing practices observed.

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."
Luke 12:27
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 3rd 8:00pm

All Are Welcome!
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 18

"Companions In Ministry"

One question to be thinking about coming into the bible study is:
When have you felt alone in ministry of bringing others to Christ, and why do you think you felt that way?

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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
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Worshiping Together
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.
August 30th, 2020 Worship
In-Person Worship Opportunity!!!
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 take comfort in knowing you are with us. You guide us and although the path may be rocky sometimes you are there. We thank you for that.
Amen
Check out this Video!

Psalm 23 by Phil Wickham