Staying Connected
Remembering Roger Hintz
Roger Curtis Hintz was born on April 13, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents were the late Lionel and Frieda (Nelson) Hintz. Roger attended Richfield High School and graduated with the class of 1964. Roger attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering. He later received his MBA at St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He was a member of the United States Army, honorably serving his country in Okinawa, Japan.

Roger was united in marriage to Karen Pernula. They made their home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Howell, Michigan, Prior Lake, Minnesota and St. Peter, Minnesota. Karen passed away on February 10, 1994. 

Roger was an electrical engineer and was last employed by Condux International in Mankato. 

On May 5, 1995, Roger was united in marriage to Shellee (Maki) Wendorf at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minnesota. Together they made their home in Mankato, Minnesota.

Roger was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato. He enjoyed bicycling, taking motorcycle trips with his son, reading, traveling, watching the Bison football team, and spending time at his cabin in the woods near Sebeka, Minnesota.

On August 9, 2021, Roger unexpectedly passed away at the cabin. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. Preceding Roger in death are his parents: Lionel and Frieda Hintz, stepmother Thelma (Kangas) Hintz, first wife: Karen Hintz, stepbrother Steve Kangas, in-laws: Alvin and Ruth Pernula and Kenneth and Aileen Maki.

Surviving Roger is his wife: Shellee Hintz; children: Andrea Marie Hintz of Hammond; Nathan Curtis Hintz of LeCenter; stepdaughters Jill Johnson of Otsego and Heidi Johnson of Farmington. Grandchildren: Kileen, Jack, Carter, Ethan and Lauren; Brothers-in-law Brian (Lynae) Maki of Henning, Minnesota and Jay Maki of Volcano, CA and Sister-in-law Sharon Kangas of Lindstrom, Minnesota. along with other relatives and a host of friends. 

Memorials preferred to Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund or Connections Ministry.

Funeral Service will be held here at Grace Lutheran at 1:00 PM Monday August 16th with visitation one hour before the service.
Faith Night is returning September 15th. 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.

Wednesday Evening Schedule
Dinner - 5:15
Education - 6:00
Worship - 6:45

We will also be starting Sunday morning education time during our Sunday morning worship service following the Children's Message until the end of the service. This will be starting in September also. 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.
Office Hours Have Changed
Please note, our staff is always adapting to meet the needs of each day, and so the office may be closed at times o:n short notice. Bear with us while we make changes to better serve the people of Grace and the community at large. Appointments are greatly appreciated. Call the church office at 507-345-4248. iIf you need to speak to the pastor, please call 507-327-6279 and leave a message. Rev. John will call you back. Thanks!

Current Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:0 am - 12:00 pm
Coffee and Doughnuts
are Back!
Sunday please join us for coffee, doughnuts and fellowship in the narthex following worship.

We are excited to gather in fellowship following the service each week. Stick around for some conversation or grab some coffee and doughnut holes to go.
We are looking for volunteers to help set up coffee and doughnuts as well as clean up afterwards.
Please contact Sally Ann Smith if you'd like to help out.
Build your own Bouquet
Sunday September 12th 2021
We are doing an event for families to come together and create their own flower bouquets. We'll meet at Grace Lutheran Church caravan out together to Valley Veggies where we'll get to create flower bouquets.  

Date: Sunday September 12, 2021
Grab some lunch following worship then meet in the Grace parking lot 
we will travel out together to Valley Veggies leaving by noon.
Cost: $8.00 to pay to Valley Veggies for the Bouquet. There are also many fresh veggies for sale.

Valley Veggies is located at 52727 State Highway 68 Lake Crystal, MN 56055. Located on left side of Hwy 68 as you drive towards New Ulm from Mankato.

You can learn more about Valley Veggies by Checking out their Website
A few of our bouquets from last years event.
Carlson Pillow Cleaning
August 30th 6-8pm
August 31st 7:30am - 3pm
Thursday Night Zoom
Bible Study
Thursday August 19th 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

August 19th

August 26th

September 2nd

September 9th

September 16th

September 23rd

September 30th

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

August 15th , 2021 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
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
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.

Mark your Calendar
Chili Feed for Habitat for Humanity - October 24th 2021
ELCA National Youth Gathering - July 24th - 28th 2021
Fall Highway Cleanup - TBD

Watch for more information on all events listed above in future Staying Connected Newsletters
Pray Together
Lord God

We Thank You that You love us and we are held in Your arms when we hurt. We are know that when our faith is in You we should not fear or worry for You are with us.
Check out this Video!
Sparrows by Cory Asbury
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.