Staying Connected
"Out with Grace"
at the Mankato Curling Club
Sunday January 30th
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to come and join others for a fun filled afternoon of curling.

We will meet up at the Mankato Curling Club (600 Hope St, Mankato, MN 56001) at Noon for a Potluck lunch followed by instructions on how to curl from the folks at the club. We then get to spend as much time as we want curling together until 3:00.

All equipment will be provided by the Curling Club. 

What should you bring?
  • Clean pair of athletic shoes (carried into the club to keep dirt and salt off the ice.)
  • Warm, loose fitting clothing. The rink temperature is about 40F. We suggest dressing in layers.
  • Insurance liability waivers
  • Ice is slippery and hard, we ask all participants to sign insurance waivers before going onto the ice. If a Participant does not wish to sign a waiver they are welcome to watch from the viewing area. They will not be allowed to participate in the on-ice part of the event.
  • Waivers can be downloaded and signed in advance. Otherwise we will have waivers at the club. Minors must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

  • Stretchy or loose fitting pants that allow for freedom of movement and modesty.
  • Food and beverages for potluck
  • A desire to have fun! 

Cost for this event will be $10 per person

All ages and abilities are welcome. If some have knee, back or hip problems, they can use an alternate deliver technique from a standing position.

Space is limited to 30 people.
2022 National Youth Gathering Sponsorship Fundraiser
At the end of July we have 10 youth and 2 adults going together to the ELCA National Youth Gathering In Minneapolis MN. Every three years around 30,000 youth from all over the country join together for a week of fellowship, service, learning and worship. We are blessed to have this just up the road from us this year.  

There is still quite a bit of a cost for this when you add everything. The Gathering registration itself costs $350 dollars then you have to add in hotel, transportation and food.

In efforts to keep the trip affordable for all students that want to go we rely on the generosity of friends and members of Grace. Through your generosity in the past it's helped provide the opportunity for many kids to experience National Youth Gatherings, Mission Trip and Boundary waters trip.

Consider making a donation to the youth this year. The link below takes you to a google form where you can make a pledge to give a donation for a certain part of the trip. You can fill out the form or print it out and send or drop a donation off at the church. Forms can also be picked up in the narthex as well as the church office.

Every little bit helps in this amazing trip for the Youth.

Thank you for your support.
South Central Minnesota Food Recovery

Jump into the new year and help out at the wooden spoon with the South Central Minnesota Food Recovery. We’ll be starting up events at Grace too in the coming weeks but there are times where you can sign up to help out at Wooden Spoon.
High School Lock-In
Friday February 4th
7:30pm- 10 am Saturday
Grades 9-12
High School youth are invited for a fun filled night of Games, Food and Fellowship at our Spring 2022 High School Lock-In. Youth are welcome to invite friends to this event. We're also looking for a couple of adults that would be willing to be around part of the evening. Ben will have help planning this event from Morgan Lindely and Jared Kronback.  

We're very excited for this event!
Feeding The REACH
We are looking for more ways to expand our feeding ministries. The REACH Resource Center supports youth who are at-risk, experiencing homelessness or have run away. Since opening its doors in 2011, The Reach has served nearly 5,000 youth in the Mankato area. Their mission is to create a safe, nonjudgmental place for young people that will empower and enhance their sense of self-reliance and community connection. The REACH is a place where youth ages 16-24 can acquire the knowledge they need to be healthy, independent and successful adults. Here, young people can look beyond their past and begin to plan for hopeful futures.

The REACH provides youth with a variety of services they center on each individual’s needs. Whether they need support meeting basic needs, securing an apartment, or finding medical care or mental health counseling, The REACH is there to listen and provide support. A great way they provide support is helping provide meals to youth. They serve about 20-30 youth daily that will stop in for a meal and they’re looking for help doing so. You can sign up to help provide those meals. Grace will be signing up from time to time and will be looking for help getting the meal prepared to be able to be taken to the reach. This may involve making a hotdish or simply just putting together sandwiches to go with soup that will be warming up in the crock pot.

Be on the lookout for times to help out or sign up to provide a meal yourself using the link below.
VITA Tax Program
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We sorely need volunteers to take appointments for the VITA tax program. The program provides free tax preparation for lower-to-middle-income taxpayers, older individuals, and those with disabilities, to help them get the tax refunds to which they are entitled to. We do taxes by appointment only, and at this point we do not have enough volunteers to cover the appointment process, which is essential to the program.

We work out of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and phone volunteers work in a separate area and have no direct contact with taxpayers, so it is a very safe environment. Shifts are 4 hours, either 8:30 - 12:30 or 12:30- 4:30, five days a week. Volunteers can pick whatever day(s) and times work for them. We do have a couple of hours of training, which would be done the second week of January. We will begin taking appointments Monday, January 17.

This is an important service for taxpayers who simply can't afford to pay several hundred dollars for simple returns, and they are always very grateful. If you think you might be interested, or just want more information, call Ginger Klenk at 387-5707; leave a message if no one is home. We would be very grateful for any help you can provide.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday February 4th, 2022
12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
21 Spots remaining
Sponsor Code : gracekato
Sign up soon as we will be securing permits January 26th

2022 Friends and Family Grace Boundary Waters Trip
July 9th - 13th, 2022

It might be tough to thinking about paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) as we sit here still waiting for our first substantial snowfall of the winter. But I'm excited to announce that we're planning on going once again in July of 2022. We're calling this trip the a friends and family trip and is a trip for all ages. Signup with a friend, a family member or just yourself. Space will be limited to two groups of 9 as long as we can find a leader for the second camp. Ben will be the leader of one of the groups.

This trip will be good for all ages and skill levels. We will plan on paddling in from Entry point 38 on Sawbill Lake. On Sawbill there are 13 campsites to get to without ever taking a portage. With a short 471 foot portage we can make our way to Alton Lake where there are another 16 campsites.

This Boundary Waters trip will be four nights. One night will be spent out of the boundary waters and three night will be spent camping along side one of the lakes.

Any person signed up for the trip under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult willing to be responsible for them.

Trip Dates: July 9th - 13th
Cost: $200
Transportation: Carpooling will be an option

Cost of trip includes:
  • Planning
  • Outfitting
  • Food
  • Devotionals
  • Background check if there are minors under 18 also going on trip

Register below separately each person going with you if multiple.

If you would like to learn more about the trip or if you have any questions you can contact Ben at 507-524-3254.
Paddling Sawbill Lake
2022 Vacation Bible School
Wade in the Water
June 6th - 10th, 2022
Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 3:00
Friday 9:00 - Noon

Kids that have finished Kindergarten - 6th are invited to our 2022 Vacation Bible School (VBS). We'll have a week of fun and games as we play, learn and worship together.  

Our overall theme this year is "Wade in the Water."  

We'll explore 5 parts of that. One each day.

  • Water connects Creation... and it's GOOD!
  • Water builds community
  • Water is simply complex and wonderful
  • Water + God-with-Us = Faith
  • God is both weak and strong... water is both life and death

Youth are encouraged to invite a friend or two along.

If early drop off or late pick up is needed arrangements can be made.  

Suggested Donation $25


Good Earth Village
Summer Camp is Back!
Good Earth Village is a ministry built to develop leaders who see God's creative. Ministry offerings include summer camp programs, leadership development training, and community service opportunities. Good Earth Village is excited to be bringing back traditional summer camp programming in 2022! 

To celebrate we are offering a 40% discount for our Tier 1 level pricing on some of our great programs. This discount opportunity is only available on our opening day of registration, January 16th

Registration will open at midnight on the 16th, so be ready to take advantage of this amazing offer as we get ready to prepare for a summer to remember! Visit our website for camp descriptions, dates, and pricing.
Wednesday Night Schedule
January 12th 2022

5:15 - 6:00 Meal
6:00 - 6:45 Service Time
6:45-7:30 Worship


Menu
Meatball Subs
Chips
Salad


This weeks lesson:

Tuesday Night Zoom
Bible Study
Tuesday January 11th 2022
7:00 pm on Zoom


All Are Welcome!
Our Zoom Bible Study Started in March of 2020 at the start of the Covid Pandemic. It was a great way for us to stay connected, meet safely, and study the word of God. Since then it has continued to be a great way to get together. It has been great to get together just as you are. Whether you choose to get cozy in you pajamas, have some snacks or maybe even a drink during our time together. It is great because you do not even have to leave the house to get together with others.
 
In 2022, we are changing things up a little. We are moving our Zoom Bible study to Tuesday night.
 
The study we focus on is on Daily Faith Practices and the Bible Study material is provided by the ELCA. Each week we will spend some time chatting and sharing some highlights and lowlights from our week as we are gathered in fellowship. Following that we will spend time diving into a study each week. Each week we will gather over zoom for about an hour.
 
We have a great group of folks that gather each week and we hope you will consider joining us for this time of bible study and fellowship. All are Welcome whether you have joined us in the past or not.
 
We hope to see you soon
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Upcoming Studies
Mark your Calendar


January 11th

January 18th

January 25th

February 1st

February 8th

Find the full list of bibles studies by clicking HERE


Clicking on the Study will take you to a PDF copy
Clicking on the scripture will take you to the reading for the study
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Zoom Meeting ID 857 5766 8823
Meeting Passcode: grace

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

January 9th, 2022 Worship
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
Devotional
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
Stop by and see what's available on the Fair Trade Cart

All Decaf Coffee is $5.00.

All other coffee is priced as marked from $7.50 - $9.00.
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 echofoodshelf@yahoo.com 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

Connection Shelter - They are looking for some volunteers to help out with some morning volunteers and for people help serving meals.
Check out this Video!
Our God by Chris Tomlin
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   http://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-6006451  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
Pastor
Rev. John Odegard - pastor@gracemankato.org

Director of Spiritual Growth

Parish Administrator

Communication and Administration Director
Morgan Lindely - Office@gracemankato.org

Interim Organist and Music Director
Chuck Hoogland - music@gracemankato.org

Worship and Media Technology Coordinator

Maintenance and Grounds
Jordin Johnson - grounds@gracemankato.org
Grace Lutheran Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m - 5:00p.m
Friday Office Closed