Staying Connected
Wednesday Night Schedule
October 6th 2021

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

This Week's Lesson:
God Provides Manna
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 is 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
We had a great time cleaning the ditches this past Saturday October 2nd. Once again the Pie and Ice Cream hosted by Sam Anderson was delightful.

We'll be back in the ditches next spring.
Thank You Sam for the Pie, Ice Cream and Fellowship!
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
Freewill Offering
Pumpkin Carving at Grace
We are once again holding a Pumpkin Carving Fellowship Event here at Grace. Come to church and make the mess here rather than at home. Last year was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to having people together again this year. You can bring your own pumpkin and carving tools or we will have them provided at Grace. Please register a head of time so we know how many supplies to have here ready.

A suggested donation is $5.00 to cover the cost of supplies.
GLCW General Meeting
Monday, October 25th, 2021
10:00 am
Grace Fellowship Hall
All women of Grace are invited to come together for a meeting in the fellowship hall Monday, October 25th 10:00am.
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 or you can sign up by clicking the link below.
Fair Trade Bazaar
Sunday October 10th
Shop after the service for fair trade clothing, accessories and household items from Global MamasTrama Textiles Coop, & Liz Alig.

Global Mamas is a non-profit aiming to transform the lives of women entrepreneurs in Ghana by helping them grow their businesses. Global Mamas is committed to providing a steady source of income to the Mamas. They also support the Mamas’ personal and professional growth by offering hands-on training in technical skills, quality improvement, and creative design. Professional development opportunities in leadership, financial management, marketing and merchandising help the Mamas manage their growing businesses and personal finances, while workshops in health promote well-being.

Trama Textiles is a Fair Trade association of artisan women backstrap loom weavers from 17 weaving cooperatives across the western highlands of Guatemala. The Mayans are the only indigenous community in Central America representing the majority of a country’s population. Their mission is to create work with fair wages for Guatemalan women, who lost their husbands and fathers during the civil war; to allow them to support their families and preserve their cultural traditions by maintaining their textile arts and history; and to protect the environment by using organic cotton. 

Liz Alig started as a collection of a few dresses - as an experiment to see if it was possible to make clothing completely out of recycled fabrics. They partnered with over ten Fair Trade workshops in Honduras that range from one woman sewing from her home to large factories with hundreds of employees. A large portion of the line is still produced with recycled fabric, but they now incorporate sustainable and handwoven textiles as well. They offer free skills training and nurseries for young children.
Movie Night!

October 15th, 6:30 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

The True Cost
Documentary film focusing on fast fashion production—exploring the life of workers in developing countries— river and soil pollution, & disease.
Mark your calendar
St Lucia
Sunday, December 12th, 2021

More Details TBD
Thursday Night Zoom
Bible Study
Thursday October 7th 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

October 7th

October 14th

October 21st

October 28th

November 4th

November 11th

November 18th

November 25th
No Bible Study
Happy Thanksgiving

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
Community Events
A Walk in Their Shoes 2021: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Support the work of Connections Shelter by joining Walk in Their Shoes: Scavenger Hunt Event! Form a team of your friends/ family, youth group, or colleagues and raise money for the work of the shelter. (There is a prize for the team/ individual who raises the most!) The fun and learning begin at Connections Shelter. Arrive at your given start time and get your first clue then follow the clues throughout the downtown area to learn about our partner organizations and what those experiencing homelessness go through every day. Collect shoe stickers at each stop and then enter to win a grand prize! End the morning with a boxed lunch from Wooden Spoon and a new-found understanding of those who go unseen in our community. Join us for learning, some friendly competition, and the chance to make an impact by supporting the shelter.

Date and time
Sat, October 23, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

220 East Hickory Street
Mankato, MN 56001

MY Place mile
Sunday, October 17th, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Join MY Place for a MY Pace Mile on Commerce Drive in North Mankato. Bring your family and friends to run, jog or stroll at your pace for MY Place!
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

October 3rd, 2021 Worship
Due to some technical difficulties this is not the full service. Recording starts during the Message as Pastor John starts by talking about theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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!
I Am by Crowder
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.