July 1, 2019
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V B S Starts Monday, 7/8/19
At R O A R VBS, kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good. ROAR is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us at Safari Celebration each day with dinner at 5:15.So mark these dates on your calendar: July 8-12. VBS starts at 6:30 and will end at 8:15.
Pick up a flyer/registration form in the Welcome Center or register now on our website: gracelutheranescondido.org
If you're interested in volunteering for VBS please contact Victoria Swanson: vswanson@gracelcms.net
See registration button below
If you're interested in volunteering for VBS please contact Victoria Swanson.
Sincerely,Your Roar VBS Director, Victoria Swanson vswanson@gracelcms.net
Special Note of Thanks:  
The Board of Elders and Pastoral Staff would like to extend a special note of “thanks” to the volunteers who helped at the celebration of life service and reception for Rashed Maalouf Saturday, June 22nd. An estimated 500 people attended the service and most enjoyed a lovely reception in the gym and patio afterward. Many thanks to Wendy Dlugos for leading this list of volunteers: Helena Isbell and family & friends, Jenna & Brooke Madson, Amy Boteler, Judy Krupski, Sally Warner, Vanessa Lippman, Lee Zabinsky, Fred & Gaydine Spiess & family, Cheryl Snyder & family, Ben Elliott, Brian Stanley, Bobby and Erin Hartman & family. Our group of volunteers helped to bring our Grace family together and surround the Maalouf family with God’s love, care and kindness. Grace people are some of the best around! We are truly blessed! Our prayers for comfort and God’s presence continue for the Maalouf family at this difficult time. 
Coming Up July 14th ~
Children’s Church Presents Summer Movie Festival
Join us Sundays at 9:30 as we explore Bible lessons through the 
perspective of movie genres. For more information contact Patti 
McDonald at pmcdonald@gracelcms.net
Starting July 15th
Summer Literacy Program at Grace!
This summer Grace will be hosting a summer literacy program called 
Accelerate Learning! for Grace kids and kids in our community grades K-5. 
One of our school moms, Celine Reitz, is leading the program. We are still in need of a few of things to put on our Summer Literacy Program for kids in our community: 
(1) We need more team members to help lead our program! 
(2) We could use some snack donations to provide for the kids over our six sessions. 
(3) We will need a few laptops and tablets for the kids in their learning activities, and are looking to borrow some for the program. 
If you would like to help with one of these, contact Vicar Dave at 
This program is part of a ministry of Grace called “Common Ground,” which seeks to see our church and school become intimately embedded in our surrounding community. Your participation can help make a difference in young lives as we support a strong foundation for their education and all the opportunities that a good education brings. Our efforts will give students a valuable head start on the coming school year!
The program runs from July 15-31, meeting Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. over those three weeks -- only a 6 session commitment. Pick up a flyer and registration form in the Welcome Center. Send me an email if you would like to get connected! We are also accepting middle school student volunteers! dsargenti@gracelcms.net
For more information on Common Ground please contact
Vicar David Sargenti: dsargenti@gracelcms.net
School Supply Drive with GLM!
Our Grace Latino Ministry is collecting school supplies and backpacks for local children who can not afford the supplies needed to succeed in school. Donations can be dropped off at the church office through August 11th for local school children and up to September 8th for children in our Mexico missions. Help us reach our goal of 200 backpacks! ! If you have any questions please contact Alicia or Ana at glm@gracelcms.net or 
760-745-0831 ext 7109
100 Year Celebration DVDs are now available!
Pick up an order form in the Welcome Center or click HERE to order your own collection of our 100 year celebration day. The disc set includes the complete worship service including past and present member recognition, candid photos from the day, group photo of all in attendance on May 19th, printable pdf of the worship program, and the clip from KUSI local news station covering the event.
Endowment Committee
Do you want to contribute to Grace’s Ministries by serving on our Endowment Committee? We are in need of 2-3 committee members to help promote and manage our Endowment. In brief, our Endowment fund provides financial assistance to ministries that are otherwise not part of our operating budget. If you are interested, please contact Mark Schmidt at 858 829-6042.  
Wednesdays ~ Grace Prays Together
Please join Pastor Pete and other staff members each Wednesday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the MP Room as we praise God for his blessings and ask him for what is needed. Your prayers from the pew prayer cards contribute to the prayer needs identified.
Grace Christian School Summer Camp through August 9th
We have another fun filled summer planned for children entering Kindergarten through 9th grade. All are welcomed! Please click on the buttons below to register.
Job Opening at Grace
The Grace Lutheran Church Ministry Office is looking for a person to run the ministry office and complete secretarial duties for the pastors and congregation. We are taking applications now through July 3rd. The position will be available starting July 8 with a training period. A Ministry Position description document and application for employment are available from the church office.
Click HERE for K-8 News
Click HERE for Preschool News
Prayers of the People
Our "Prayers for the People" prayer list can now be found in our prayer alcove in the welcome center as well as clicking HERE.

Small Group or Bible Study information can be found HERE.
Church Attendance

One Service (5th Sunday) 
  TOTAL - 287
Church Attendance
This week in 2018

Total 264
Church Giving for May (11th month of fiscal year)

Actual for May 2019 $39,471.96
Budgeted May 2019 $51,166.57
Year to Date Actual Giving
 (July 2018 to May 2019) $563,151.20
Budget Amount
(July 2018 to May 2019)   $625,909.70
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