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Grace Lutheran Church – Tallahassee, Florida     November 2017
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Council Meeting
President’ message
Congregational Meeting
Quilting
Craft Days
Chancel Choir
Men’s Ministry group
Hosting Fellowship
October Craft Day
Picture of Craft Day
Discussions with Pastor
Youth – Calendars
God’s Work-Our Hands
Buffalo Wild Wings
Info about Buffalo Wild Wings
Relay for life
Manna on Meridian
Food Donations
Worship Assistants
November Birthdays
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The next Council meeting is 
Thursday, November 9th 
at 6 PM.

Message from Pastor Jenn –
When Rob and I lived “up north,” the coming of November looked a little different than it does here. By now, we might have already had our first snowfall – and certainly our first frost. Trick or treaters would often have to wear either long underwear under their costumes, or heavy coats over them – or both. And by the time Black Friday rolls around, we’re also on the lookout for black ice on the roads and sidewalks.
 
As yet, no matter where you live in the US, this time of year does bring changes. Maybe it doesn’t get as cold here as it does up north, but I’ve already begun wearing my coat when I head out in the morning to go to work. And the days are getting shorter – the sun comes up later in the morning and goes down earlier in the evening. On November 5th people all around the country “fall back” – marking the end of Daylight Savings Time for the year. And yes, even in Tallahassee, there are also leaves on the ground and a bit more crispness to the air, all markers of a new season.
 
Still, in the midst of what, to some, may seem like a time of year hindered and marred by increasing darkness and chill, we are given evidence of Christ’s presence with us; his light in our world. And we set aside time to remember the blessings of God that have been bestowed on us.
November is also the month in which we intentionally
 recall the saints that have gone before us, those people God has sent into our lives to bless us, and the impact they have made on us. Who are the people that were a part of your faith development, who taught you what it meant to be a follower of Christ? Maybe there are even people who didn’t share your faith, but still changed how you looked at the world and how you thought of yourself within it. Perhaps it was a family member or a friend; a colleague or a neighbor; maybe even an enemy. Someone who left an imprint on your life. At a time of year when a lack of light is often a topic of conversation, we as Christians chose to honor the abundance of light that has been brought into the world by Christ, and by all the saints who follow him.
 
November is also the month in which we intentionally set aside time to give thanks. It’s not that we cannot do it any day of the year, but Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is so universal. Yes, other countries celebrate their own versions of the day, so it is inclusive in that way. But the diversity, the wide variety of people who find common ground in this day just within our own country is amazing. All  colors and nationalities, all walks of life, all ages and genders, all faiths and beliefs, anyone and everyone shares in this opportunity to count their blessings, show their gratitude, and usually eat really great food, to boot!
 
And, at the end of this month, we celebrate the closing of the church year. Did you know that the church runs on a different calendar than we do in our everyday lives? Our New Church Year begins on the “First Sunday of Advent”. This means that the last Sunday of November, also called “Christ the King” Sunday or the “Reign of Christ”, is our “New Year’s Eve”. It is a day of celebration, when we remember that Christ is a king like no other. A king who humbled and lowered himself to become like his people. A king who spent time with the outcasts of his day – sinners and tax collectors; prostitutes and lepers; the sick, the dying and those thought to be possessed by demons. A king” who got on his knees to serve others, to wash the feet of his disciples, to pray. A king who suffered and died for us – and who rose again for us.
 
There is glorious light all around us, even as we see more and more darkness in the natural world. It is the people, the saints living and dead, that shed light into our lives when we need it most. It is the light that reflects back from us as we share it with others. It is the light of being able to see God at work in the world; to see where we have been blessed, and all that we have to be grateful for. And it is the Light of Christ – still visible all around us, still at work in the world, still at work in us. Still calling us to be a light to the nations, not hidden under a bushel; not afraid to share the light with others; but shining as a beacon on a hill, for all the world to see.
 
 “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16). Amen.
 
Pastor Jenn

 Congregational Meeting


THE FALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is on Sunday,
 November 12 th after the second service in the Sanctuary.  

Gone Quilting

Quilting dates:
 
The quilters will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of October and November in the Fellowship Hall from 
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.   All are welcome.
 
— Carol Schroeder; clschroed@embarqmail.com
850-661-0299 cell

craftsNovember 6 Monday Craft Day is from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Stay for an hour  or the whole time.  Bring your project(s) and see what everyone else is doing.  If questions, contact Peggy Schneider or Christie Moore.

 
November Craft Class – Making Angels Pins with Sallie Robinson and Christie Moore.  Come and join in the heavenly fun of making ribbon angels and wire angel pins on Saturday November 11 from 10:00 to noon.  The cost of $5.00 includes refreshments and supplies.  There is a sign up sheet and sample angels in the Fellowship Hall.

Calling all interested voices! The Chancel Choir is back!
 

Come join us.  Talk with Leslie, Anthony, or anyone in the Choir.  

The Men’s Ministry group – 
 
 

  

  
THE MEN’S MINISTRY BROWN BAG LUNCH MEETING is the third Monday every month at 11:45 in the Fellowship Hall.  Our next meeting is Nov. 20.  All are welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself.  If questions, contact Nick Gandy ngandyman@yahoo.com
 

Hosting Early and Late Fellowship
 
Thank you to our many hosts during our single service schedule.  Having time for fellowship with light refreshments creates a welcome setting for everyone to become better acquainted and support one another in our spiritual growth.  On August 20 we returned to the 2 service Sunday schedule.  That means we need a host for fellowship after each service.  There is a sign up sheet by the coffee urn.  Next time you are in the Fellowship Hall, please take a moment to consult your calendar and select a day and time to host.  Feel free to team up with someone.  If you have any questions about what is involved, please contact Christie Moore or Peggy Schneider.  Thank you!

October – Craft Class: 
 
Christie Moore led the October 14 Craft Class in painting gourds with ink.  Many beautiful gourds were created by Sallie Robinson, Theresa Hollar and Theresa’s young neighbor’s Addie and Jacob. (photo attached)

October 14 Craft Class in painting gourds 

3rd SUNDAYS – DISCUSSIONS WITH PASTOR.  Each month, on the third Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Pastor Jenn will facilitate a discussion group called Luther’s Table to discuss issues of the day.  If you have a topic you’d like discussed, please submit it to her at any time.  
 
TUESDAY MORNINGS – DISCUSSIONS WITH PASTOR.
 
Please join Pastor Jenn on Tuesday mooring, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 for Textalk, an opportunity to look at how the word of God continues to be relevant in our lives.  We’ll meet in the Fellowship Hall – feel free to bring your lunch. 

ANNUAL YOUTH GROUP CALENDAR SALE FUNDRAISER
 
Wall calendar $7. Please sign up for your calendar(s) in the lobby by no later than Sunday, Nov, 19. Payment is due at time of pick up.  Please note, we must purchase a minimum of 25 calendars for us to place an order. So support Grace’s Youth Group and order yours today!
 
If questions, see Charlene Jennings.

GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS DAY AT GRACE
 
We will be landscaping at the Better Angels Facility, 606 W. 6th Ave., from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Nov. 11.  If you have questions, see Mark Heidorn.

Buffalo Wild Wings on Magnolia St. has worked out a special fundraiser for the Lincoln High School Cross Country team, which Mallory Eichin is a member.  Anytime between now and November 12th that you dine at Buffalo Wild Wings on Magnolia St. the Lincoln team will receive 10% of your total bill.  Just simply show your server this PDF attached
 
Mary Eichin; Cell: 850-509-4901

 Relay for Life Logo

RELAY FOR LIFE TABLE AT THE NORTHTOWN GETDOWN on Friday, Nov. 3, 5:20-10:30 pm.  
 
The American Cancer Society will be present to provide info on the North  

Leon Relay event, sign people up to participate in the relay, or to support the walk in another way.  ACS will also take this opportunity to promote other upcoming fundraisers, as well as the Luminaria event in December.  If you would like to help share the information at the Northtown Getdown, please contact Pastor Jenn.  
 
Note:  You do not need to sign up to stay for the entirety of the events, however, ACS needs to have at least 2-3 people committed to helping staff the table before they can officially participate.     
 
Please let Pastor Jenn know if you are interested in helping out.
Call 800-850-7197.

 
You can contact Burt Von Hoff if you have questions: 
Phone 508-7793 or 
Email: bkvonhoff@comcast.net

Tuna Can

Food donations:
Our Church Counsel has recently made the decision to send all donations of food from our congregation to Manna on Meridian. Beginning November 1, 2017, any items you bring in for donation will be given to Manna, a ministry 
in which our congregation had direct involvement.

Canned food Crop Walk  

Donations may still be left in the Fellowship Hall. 
Thank you, Teresa Wooten  

NOVEMBER 2017 – SUNDAY WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE
 
Sunday Worship is at 8:15 A.M. & 10:30 A.M
Sunday School for all ages is held between services at 9:30 A.M.
 
If you are unable to assist on your designated date please make arrangements to switch with another assistant.  If you would like the change listed in the bulletin, please notify the church office.  If the bulletin has not been printed, we will be happy to list the change for you.
 
NOVEMBER 5, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Marie Harrington/Linda Wolters
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) TBA
GREETERS: (E) Sandra Schorr, Allison Wharton
(L) Bob & Joy Becker
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Erin Farrell
LAY READERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) Don Blancett
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Burt Von Hoff
(L) Frank & Sharon Piepmeier, Kathy & Gary Sanguinet, Paul Schneider
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Sue Homant
(L) Doug Johnson, Gerald Kurtz, George Ohlin
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kathy Bolling, Michelle Deyounks, Susan Wessner
REFRESHMENTS: (E) Fellowship Committee (L) Doug & Pam Johnson
 
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Marie Harrington/Linda Wolters
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) Daryl Barowicz
GREETERS: (E) Sara Campbell, Melinda Young
(L) Nick Gandy, Susan Wessner
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Avery Heller
LAY READERS: (E) Janet McPherson (L) Judy Blancett
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Allison Wharton
(L) Kristi Swartzman, Brent Kallestad & Kathy Van Loo, Susan Wessner
USHERS: (E) Kevin Lundgren, Burt Von Hoff
(L) Frank Piepmeier, Edwin DeBardeleben, 1 TBA
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Randi Buehner
REFRESHMENTS: (E & L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
NOVEMBER 19, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Kathy Van Loo
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) TBA
GREETERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn
(L) Priscilla Craw, Lynn White
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: (E) Burt Von Hoff (L) Edwin DeBardeleben
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Lynne Winston
(L) Kris-Tena Albers & Daryl Barowicz, Bob & Joy Becker, Linda Wolters
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Gary Williams
(L) Tom Hall, Doug Johnson, Gerald Kurtz
OFFERING COUNTERS: Wendy Akin, Jan & Lance Peterson
REFRESHMENTS: (E & L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
NOVEMBER 26, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Kathy Van Loo
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) TBA
GREETERS:  (E) Bryon & Barbara Ehlmann
(L) Jacqueline Curtis, Michelle Deyounks
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Erin Farrell
LAY READERS: (E) Kathy Von Hoff (L) Nick Gandy
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Laura Brown
(L) Don & Judy Blancett, Randi Buehner, Dean & Kathy Gatzlaff
USHERS: (E) Sue Homant, Kevin Lundgren
(L) George Ohlin, Brent Kallestad & Kathy Van Loo
OFFERING COUNTERS: Paul & Peggy Schneider
REFRESHMENTS: (E & L) See signup board in fellowship hall

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Grace Lutheran Church – Tallahassee, Florida     October 2017
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In This Issue
President’ message
Craft Class
Quilting
Men’s Ministry group
Manna on Meridian
Hosting Fellowship
Sunday School
Worship & Music
Chancel Choir
Discussions with Pastor
Reformation History
Reformation
Blessing for Animals
Buffalo Wild Wings
Info about Buffalo Wild Wings
Letter to Grace
Town Hall Meeting
Fall Congregational Meeting
Manna on Meridian
Food Donations
Worship Assistants
October Birthdays
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Hello to all Grace Members, Visitors, and Friends!
Look at these lyrics of Amazing Grace:
 
“Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.”
 
Isn’t our little church on the hill named appropriately?  “Grace” wants to help lead you home.  Our Education Committee put on a magnificent Rally Day to get people excited about Sunday School.  A Youth Class was added for our youth above confirmation age.  Thanks to Maria Heidorn for organizing this class. Our adult class is currently studying the book of Acts, and will move its focus to the study of the life and work of Martin Luther as we approach Reformation.  We have classes for the little ones as well as a book study for our women.  We also have a prayer group you can join during this hour.  So, Grace members, get out of bed a little earlier and take advantage of these opportunities.
 
Speaking of the Reformation, October 31, 2017, we will only have one service at 9:30 AM.  We will have a play depicting the Reformation during our church hour, and then we will celebrate the 50th year of the Reformation
and Octoberfest following the service.  Please plan on attending and learn about the pivotal role our Martin Luther and our church had in this time of history.
 
Our choir and bells are now back in tune or town, whichever you prefer.  Please consider joining these groups.  Both practice on Wednesday evenings:  Bells at 6:30 PM and Choir at 7:00 PM, succinctly placed so you can do BOTH!  There are plenty of bells and seats for many more.  Again, as we said last spring, come when you can.  Regular attendance really helps Leslie know what she can prepare, but just getting there when you can, really helps, too.  If you can only be there two Wednesday’s a month, that is fine, we just want you to participate!
 
Our Evangelism committee was busy during the summer with our Manna on Meridian (and Miccosukee!) commitment.  Your tuna donations are much appreciated as well as your volunteer hours.  Other items sorely needed at Manna-used clothing, jackets, coats and shoes, and other food items other than tuna.  Each participant gets to choose extra food items that have been donated that are not particularly necessities-but things that just taste good every now and then.  This is a popular table, and could use our contributions.  Drop your donations by in the Fellowship Hall or bring them with you when you come on the 3rd Saturday of the
month to Faith Presbyterian Church.  Set up time starts at 8:00 AM, and you are done by 10:00 AM-so a measly 2 hours-for a Lot of good.  Youth looking for volunteer hours, please come.  This is an easy way to accrue your necessary hours for scholarships and college admission.
 
Your Council has had a busy summer. 
 
  • New contracts and job descriptions created and completed for all employees
 
  • Security improved
 
  • Website Company hired and currently working on new updated website, which will include new Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and an on-line giving program.
 
  • New XEROX machine installed in office and a new computer approved for our Office Administrator, both of which were the slowest machines in Tallahassee
 
  • Culling of the Roles
 
  • Changes made to streamline and shorten the service
 
  • Plans made for Reformation Sunday
 
  • TV replaced with Data Projector, Speaker and new DVD player
 
  • A new recording device purchased so all sermons will be recorded and posted to website, so shut-ins can enjoy the services
 
  • An Audit of our finances
 
  • A new energy into our Youth Program-please bring your kids AND their friends to participate in these fun gatherings!
 
  • Pastor Jenn conducted many study sessions focusing on the Bible verses for the week and her sermon.  Watch the calendar for this to continue.
 
  • Pastor Jenn attended the Roistered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta
 
  • A commitment to prepare a 5-year Organizational Plan to improve our church.  The first activity happened Sunday, September 24 with our SWOT Activity.  Thanks to all who participated.  If you are a first service attendee, you will get a chance to add your priorities for improvement Sunday, October 1, immediately after 1st service.  Anyone wanting to be on the Steering Committee for the Strategic Plan, please contact Joy Becker or Don Blancett.
 
  • Our first Town Hall Meeting will be on October 22nd.  This meeting will follow the second service and will give you an opportunity to talk to your Council and find out what we have been doing and give you a chance to ask questions prior to the Congregational Meeting, which will be on November 12.
 
  • Pastor Jenn, Bob and I will be attending the Florida-Bahama Synod meeting in Orlando coming up during the second week of October.  Hopefully we will get some great tidbits to help our church move forward with our goals.
 
So, we have moved through some “dangers, toils and snares” this summer, but through GRACE, we will find our way home.  GET INVOLVED and experience the joy of Our Little Church on the Hill!
 President, Joy Becker

crafts

SATURDAY CRAFT CLASS

, “Painting Gourds”, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 14.  See samples on display by the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $5, includes all supplies and refreshments. Wear a work shirt, apron, or something you don’t mind getting ink on. Gloves will be provided. If questions, see Christie Moore.

Gone Quilting

Quilting dates:
 
The quilters will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of October and November in the Fellowship Hall from 
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.   All are welcome.
 
Carol Schroeder; clschroed@embarqmail.com
850-661-0299 cell

The Men’s Ministry group – 
 

 

 

 

MEN’S MINISTRY GROUP meets on Monday, Oct. 16 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself. If questions, contact Nick Gandy at ngandyman@yahoo.com

MANNA ON MERIDIAN REQUEST FOR DONATIONS:
After a wonderful 9 months of service in 2017, Manna’s cupboards are mostly bare and our bank account is precariously low.
As you may know, Manna on Meridian is funded almost entirely by contributions from its supporters among our four congregations. Throughout the years, our supporters have been-and remain-extraordinary.  But it is time, again, for our support and love for our Father, each other, and those we serve to manifest in dollars, donated groceries/clothing, and continued volunteer time. Please do what you can.
We will need about $2,500 to complete our distribution in October, and an additional $7,500 to get us through January 2018.  If you would like to donate right now, or set up a recurring donation, using Faith Presbyterian’s Online Giving option, follow this link: http://www.faithpcusa.org/resources/online-giving/.
If you prefer to contribute via check, make it payable to Manna on Meridianand we will deliver checks or mail your check to Faith Presbyterian Church at 2200 North Meridian Road; Tallahassee, FL 32303
Thank you, and God bless.  Bert Van Hoff
 
Note:  If questions regarding donations, or for help signing up for the Distribution Day, please contact Kris-Tena Albers at 850-566-3635 or kris.albers@yahoo.com or contact Burt Von Hoff at 850-508-7793 or kbvonhoff@comcast.net .

Hosting Early and Late Fellowship
 
Thank you to our many hosts during our single service schedule.  Having time for fellowship with light refreshments creates a welcome setting for everyone to become better acquainted and support one another in our spiritual growth.  On August 20 we returned to the 2 service Sunday schedule.  That means we need a host for fellowship after each service.  There is a sign up sheet by the coffee urn.  Next time you are in the Fellowship Hall, please take a moment to consult your calendar and select a day and time to host.  Feel free to team up with someone.  If you have any questions about what is involved, please contact Christie Moore or Peggy Schneider.  Thank you!

Sunday School 2

SUNDAY SCHOOL has started up again for all ages.  Classes are offered between services at 9:30 a. m.  
 
If you have any questions, or if you wish to volunteer to teach or assist, please contact Sandra Schorr (933-1870) or Linda Wolters (668-9703).

WORSHIP & MUSIC Committee meets at noon on Sunday, Oct. 1st.  If you have questions, see Mary Eichin.  

Calling all interested voices! The Chancel Choir is back!
 

Come join us.  Talk with Leslie, Anthony, or anyone in the Choir.  

3rd SUNDAYS – DISCUSSIONS WITH PASTOR.  Each month, on the third Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Pastor Jenn will facilitate a discussion group called Luther’s Table to discuss issues of the day.  If you have a topic you’d like discussed, please submit it to her at any time.  
 
TUESDAY MORNINGS – DISCUSSIONS WITH PASTOR.
 
Please join Pastor Jenn on Tuesday mooring, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 for Textalk, an opportunity to look at how the word of God continues to be relevant in our lives.  We’ll meet in the Fellowship Hall – feel free to bring your lunch. 

REFORMATION HISTORY VIDEO SERIES. In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29, the movie Luther will be shown in two parts, the first half on Sunday, Oct. 8 and the second half on Sunday, Oct. 15.  Rick Steves’ Reformation will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 22.  All will take place in the Large Classroom at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The sessions will last one hour.  Everyone is invited, please plan to attend!

Commemorate the Reformation – and the Reformer!
 
This year, on Reformation Sunday (October 29, 2017), we will be commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Thesis. In honor of that, we will be doing a Skit on Martin Luther’s life and the Reformation during our one 9:30 a.m. worship service that Sunday.
 
However, we need volunteers to step up and take on the roles of the reformer himself, as well as his family, his supporters and even those who opposed his movement. If you’re interested in participating, we have four parts, of varying lengths. Please contact the church office (877-5423 or graceluthch@earthlink.net) as soon as possible if you’re interested, as we need to get the scripts out to you for your review, and arrange one run through before that Sunday. 
 
This is a fun way to commemorate the Reformation and celebrate the man who had the courage to say: “Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”

SERVICE OF BLESSING FOR ANIMALS is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to invite friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to bring their pets as well. We will encourage folks to bring donations for the Leon County Humane Society – a wish list is available in the Narthex.

Buffalo Wild Wings on Magnolia St. has worked out a special fundraiser for the Lincoln High School Cross Country team, which Mallory Eichin is a member.  Anytime between now and November 12th that you dine at Buffalo Wild Wings on Magnolia St. the Lincoln team will receive 10% of your total bill.  Just simply show your server this PDF attached
 
Mary Eichin; Cell: 850-509-4901

  Relay for Life logoAugust 21, 2017
 
Pastor Jenn Kopacz
Grace Lutheran Church
2919 Miccosukee Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308
 
Dear Pastor Jenn and Grace Lutheran Congregation,
 
WOW! Your incredible passion and fundraising efforts have certainly paid off!  For the first time in almost 10 years your phenomenal Relay for Life team has reached $10,000 raised for our 2017North Leon event.  I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and dedication.  Your partnership with the American Cancer Society is truly making a difference your community!  Your $10,000 contribution has the potential to provide 200 nights of free lodging to cancer patients and their caregiver, over 600 free rides to/from treatment, or could provide 500people with 24/7 access to free information and support via our call-in help line or our  national website.  I am truly grateful for each of you involved in these fundraising efforts and it is such a pleasure to work with your team.  Again, thank you and congratulations on this achievement!  I look forward to an even more amazing 2018!
 
Sincerely, Danielle Cappel
Community Development Manager, Relay For Life
Danielle.cappel@cancer.org  (850) 297-0588 ext. 3707

TOWN HALL MEETING is Sunday, Oct. 22nd, after the second service in the Sanctuary.  We will discuss the agenda items for the Sunday, Nov. 12thCongregation Meeting.  We hope the information atmosphere will make it easier for questions and answers. 

Congregational Meeting

THE FALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is on Sunday,

 November 12

th, after the second service, in the Sanctuary.

 
You can contact Burt Von Hoff if you have questions: 
Phone 508-7793 or 

Tuna Can

Food donations:
Grace members collect food for our community’s needy on a year-round basis. Canned food Crop WalkPlease place all canned tuna donations for Manna on Meridian in the “tuna bucket” and non-perishable food donations for the Catholic Charities food distribution program in the wicker basket next to the tuna.

 

Both are located in the fellowship hall.

OCTOBER 2017 – SUNDAY WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE
 
Sunday Worship is at 8:15 A.M. & 10:30 A.M
Sunday School for all ages is held between services at 9:30 A.M.
 
If you are unable to assist on your designated date please make arrangements to switch with another assistant.  If you would like the change listed in the bulletin, please notify the church office.  If the bulletin has not been printed, we will be happy to list the change for you.
 
OCTOBER 1, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Pam & Doug Johnson
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) Daryl Barowicz
GREETERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn (L) Bob & Joy Becker
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Erin Farrell
LAY READERS: (E) Lynne Winston (L) Kris-Tena Albers
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Laura Brown
(L) Don & Judy Blancett, Frank & Sharon Piepmeier, Paul Schneider
USHERS: (E) Kevin Lundgren, Burt Von Hoff
(L) Edwin DeBardeleben, Tom Hall, Sue Homant
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Wendy Akin
REFRESHMENTS: (E) See signup board in fellowship hall
(L) Don & Judy Blancett, Brent Kallestad & Kathy Van Loo
 
OCTOBER 8, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Adele Dewar
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) TBA
GREETERS: (E) Sarah Campbell, Sandra Schorr
(L) Kathy Bolling, Susan Wessner
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Avery Heller
LAY READERS: (E) Kathy Von Hoff (L) Lisa Hall
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Fannie Chinn
(L) Gary & Kathy Sanguinet, Brent Kallestad & Kathy Van Loo, 1 TBA
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Gary Williams
(L) Daryl Barowicz, Doug Johnson, Gerald Kurtz
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kris-Tena Albers, Doris Albers, Daryl arowicz
REFRESHMENTS: (E) Melinda Young (L) Irv & Georgia Jahns 
 
OCTOBER 15, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Pam & Doug Johnson
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) TBA
GREETERS: (E) Bryon & Barbara Ehlmann (L) Priscilla Craw, Nick Gandy
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: (E) Melinda Young (L) Victoria Heller
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Otis Chinn
(L) Kris-Tena Albers, Daryl Barowicz, Priscilla Craw, Susan Wessner,
Linda Wolters
USHERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn (L) Bob & Joy Becker, George Ohlin Brent
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kathy Bolling, Michelle Deyounks, Susan Wessner
REFRESHMENTS: (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
OCTOBER 22, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Erik Robinson/Kathy Sanguinet
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) TBA
GREETERS: (E) Hugo & Kathy Sabari
(L) Jacqueline Curtis, Michelle Deyounks
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Erin Farrell
LAY READERS: (E) Randi Buehner (L) Daryl Barowicz
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Kevin Lundgren
(L) Bob & Joy Becker, Edwin DeBardeleben, Dean & Kathy Gatzlaff
USHERS: (E) Sue Homant, Kevin Lundgren
(L) Kallestad & Kathy Von Loo, Frank Piepmeier
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jan & Lance Peterson, Wendy Akin
REFRESHMENTS: (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
OCTOBER 29, 2017 – NOTE! REFORMATION SUNDAY – ONE SERVICE ONLY, 9:30 A.M.
 
ALTAR GUILD: Erik Robinson/Kathy Sanguinet
ASSISTING MINISTER: TBA
GREETERS: Marie Harrington, Lynn White
ACOLYTE: Avery Heller
LAY READERS: Sara Campbell
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Nick Gandy, Dean & Kathy Gatzlaff, Lisa Hall,
Janet McPherson
USHERS: Burt Von Hoff, Gary Williams, Daryl Barowicz, Edwin DeBardeleben, Tom Hall
OFFERING COUNTERS: Paul & Peggy Schneider, Randi Buehner
REFRESHMENTS: See signup board in fellowship hall

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Sincerely, Sara Straub, Editor – Grace Notes
Grace Lutheran Church, 2919 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308
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September Grace Notes

Grace Lutheran Church – Tallahassee, Florida     September 2017
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Quilting
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Men’s Ministry group
Hosting Fellowship
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Chancel Choir
Rally Day help
Appreciation Grethcen
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Reception for Gretchen
Thanks from Grecchen
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Gone Quilting
Quilting dates:
Quiltings: 
 
More information to come.

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
 
Greetings to you! I missed sharing with you last month, but was grateful that our new Council President, Joy Becker, was able to step in and give you an update on what has been going on – and is up and coming – at Grace. You may see – and hear – much more of Joy in future issues of Grace Notes, so watch out for that.
 
I have certainly been grateful for her leadership, her high energy and her enthusiasm these past few months. And I want to echo her sentiments about how blessed we are to have such dedicated people in our midst to serve on Council, on Committees, as helpers as the various events and service projects we do around our building and within our community, and as volunteers in so many areas of our church life.
 
As Sunday school has resumed for the year, we are especially grateful for all those who have stepped up and offered Christian education classes for this year, and to our Christian Education Committee co-Chairs, Sandra Schorr and Linda Wolters. And we can’t forget to thank those who help us make a joyful noise to the Lord each year – our Chancel Choir, Bell Choir and Chime Choir members, as well as all those who offer special music throughout the year. All of these things are, of course, under the gifted direction of our Director of Music, Anthony Warrington, and our Choir Director, Leslie Heffner.
 
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to facilitate a small group discussion on the sermon for each week, looking at the texts, the sermon itself, and from time to time, other elements of the service that day as well. It was fun and interactive, and something of which I have missed being a part. Now that we are back to two services and classes between the services, I determined that I wanted to find another time for us to meet and have these discussions – or others. So that these conversations could continue.

To that end, for the remainder of this calendar year, I will be offering two separate opportunities for folks to gather together and dialogue with me, and with one another. The first will run from  

11am-12:30pm each Tuesday, beginning on September 5th . This lunchtime TexTalk will focus on the lessons from the previous Sunday, and begin to delve into the lessons for the coming week. You are also welcome to bring questions that came up for you during worship, or mention areas where you’d like more information.
 
I am aware that while some of you don’t have anywhere to be on Tuesday mornings, others among us certainly do. For that reason, I will also be offering a class on the third Sunday of every month, from 1pm-3pm. It will be a drop in group (you don’t have to come all the time) called Luther’s table.  This will be more of an open forum, where we will discuss issues of the day, topics of interest to you, and share with one another where we see the joys and challenges of our faith in daily life. While I’ll facilitate this group, it will be very informal in nature. If you have a topic you’d like discussed, please submit it to me at any time.
 
I am so grateful to be back in the swing of things, back to two services, back to Christian education, and back to our fine music program. I look forward to what the rest of this year holds in story for us, and to seeing where the Spirit leads us next. And, as always, I look forward to working with each of you to invite and welcome all to the fellowship of Christ in service to our community!
 
Living in God’s amazing grace, Pastor Jenn

crafts

Craft Class: Saturday September 9th from 10 to 12 noon.

Monday CRAFT CLASS:

 September 11, 1 to 8:30

CRAFT CLASS:

Autumn Wreaths –  

Sallie Robinson led the August 12 July Craft Class in making colorful autumn wreaths.  Crafters included Kathy Sabari, Theresa Hollar and neighbor Addie, Delores Lynch, Peggy Schneider, Delores Watson and Christie Moore.  See picture of the class below.

Craft Class – Autumn Wreaths

The Men’s Ministry group – 

Grace Men’s Ministry group meets in the fellowship hall the third Monday of each month. Bring a bag lunch for yourself.    

All are welcome!
For information, contact Nick Gandy at ngandyman@yahoo.com.

Hosting Early and Late Fellowship
 
Thank you to our many hosts during our single service schedule.  Having time for fellowship with light refreshments creates a welcome setting for everyone to become better acquainted and support one another in our spiritual growth.  On August 20 we returned to the 2 service Sunday schedule.  That means we need a host for fellowship after each service.  There is a sign up sheet by the coffee urn.  Next time you are in the Fellowship Hall, please take a moment to consult your calendar and select a day and time to host.  Feel free to team up with someone.  If you have any questions about what is involved, please contact Christie Moore or Peggy Schneider.  Thank you!

 

Calling all Fellowship Committee members and any who would like to be a member of this committee. We will have a meeting on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Joy Becker at joykirkbecker@comcast.net.

Note from Council:
Be on the lookout for something great for Grace coming in September.  We are in the beginning plans of doing a church-wide “Strategic Plan” where all of you will have input on ways to improve our already great little church!
 
Sunday, September 24, after second service we will do a S.WO.T. Session-which means we will be looking at our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. We will also be asking for volunteers to help synthesize our findings on a Strategic Planning Committee, which will help guide us and establish a 5-year plan. Please pray for our church and get ready for our S.W.O.T session on September 24!

Calling all interested voices! The Chancel Choir is back!
 

Come join us.  Talk with Leslie, Anthony, or anyone in the Choir.  

Our Next Blood Drive is September 17th.
 Blood Drive
Donor gift will be a Fight Cancer T-shirt.
 
10 units were collected at our last drive.  Those 10 units will potentially save up to 30 lives.  A big thank you to those who donated.  
Following is a quote from One Blood sent to us.
“On behalf of the patients who have received these units, we express our heartfelt gratitude and relay a thank you from the families who are able to create more memories with their loved ones as a result of the wonderful contributions Grace Lutheran church has provided.”
 
Let’s try for 12 or 15 units in September!!
Questions? Contact Barbara Ehlmann at barbe28@gmail.com

GOD
GRACE
GRETCHEN
GRATITUDE
Whereas Gretchen Eckard served Grace Lutheran Church in an abundance of roles fro 25 years, while raising three children and supporting Pastor Rick Eckard in developing a mission church.
Whereas Gretchen serviced as our organist, a loyal choir member and children’s choir director and chime choir director.
Whereas Gretchen served on the church worship and music committee and as a lay reader.
Whereas Gretchen assisted in teaching summer Vacation Bible School and Sunday School.
Whereas Gretchen took an instrumental role in Grace’s quilting and other craft classes.
Whereas the Grace family expresses its love and appreciation to a true child of God.  Her presence among us has been a blessing to all.
Therefore, today, August 12, 2017, is proclaimed Gretchen Eckard Day in appreciation of here love, warmth, and many contributions to Grace Lutheran Church and the community of Tallahassee.

Here comes Gretchen!

Appreciation Reception Honoring Gretchen Eckard
An appreciation reception honoring Gretchen Eckard was held on Saturday, August 12th.  Several letters of remembrance and appreciation were read, Lucas Brown traveled from Orlando to play violin accompanied by Anthony Warrington.  Anthony also performed Autumn Leaves on the piano.  The Rev. Tom Holdcraft, Messiah Lutheran Church in Panama City, read a letter from our interim Synod Bishop Lohrmann.  Rev. Tom surprised all the quilters by being able to transport the quilts to Panama City.  That is their first stop on the way to their final destination to those in need of a prayerfully made, comfy and warm quilt.  A wonderful slide show was presented by Buddy Dewar with Eckard family photos dating back to Gretchen and Rick’s marriage.
 
Gretchen family members joining in this special event were her sister Janet and her husband Tom; her daughter Alicia, husband Jim and daughter Nora; her son Grant, wife Michele and children Oz and Chase; and her daughter Lauren and her friend Mark.  Gretchen’s sister Betsy and her brother have visited recently.
 
There were almost 100 who came to honor Gretchen and to hear the declaration of August 12, 2017 as Gretchen Eckard Day.  Of course there were tasty refreshments and a cake adorned with a spray of pink and blue flowers and a heart felt “Grace Loves Gretchen”.
 
A special thank you for making this event possible is given to Men’s Ministry, Don Blancett, Kathy and Burt Von Hoff, Brent Kallestad and Kathy Van Loo, Nick Gandy, Buddy Dewar, Anthony Warrington, Lucas Brown, Christie Moore, Priscilla and Maria Heidorn, Paul and Peggy Schneider, Joy and Bob Becker, Pastor Jenn and those who sent in their letters to share with us all.
 
And that’s not all that made this a blessed event!  If not for having this wonderful afternoon to show our gratitude and love for Gretchen, there would have been an unpleasant surprise waiting for us on Sunday morning.  Nearing the end of the event, water puddles were found on the kitchen floor and then in the pantry.  While water clean up and moving of supplies out of the water “flood zone”, the source was discovered.  The air conditioner was leaking!  More water mop up and moving of items from the other storage area ensued.  Buddy Dewar even went home to get a dry-vac.  Of course, that meant the air conditioner had to be turned off.  Repairs were made Sunday morning and final clean up was completed before 9:00 a.m. and the air conditioning had already cooled the Fellowship Hall.  Thank you to the Saturday and Sunday clean up crews!

With heartfelt thanks to all of you for a very special time in my life with our family, our Grace family and friends, food, decorations, fellowship, music, slides, photos, messages from far and near, cards, and cake!  And, did I say smiles?  I love your smiles and have been collecting them as my Dad used to do.
 
THANK YOU for being who you in this place!!!  What an incredible journey with all of you.
 
“Love one another”.  That’s what He said.  Thank you for being easy to love.
 
With much gratitude for EVERYTHING!!!                  Gretchen Eckard

Blessing of the Students
 
August 13 was the last Sunday for the single service summer schedule.  During the service students and teachers of all ages were invited to come up front to receive the Blessing of the Students in recognition of the start of the new school year.  Each student was given a red Grace bag.  These bags will also be given to first time visitors.

Music Ministry

“Grow in Grace …. today plant faith in your heart
Let it root itself in love and more Grace  it will start!”
… D. Ann
 
Blessings to you!  We have combined our services for the summer, settled into Setting 4 of the liturgy, and everyone has come together to sing praises to the Lord.   If you feel singing in the choir or ringing in the bell choir is something you are unsure about, then this is the perfect time to try your musical en-devours.  Instruments, voices, or even musical prose.  I want to include various flavors, styles, and ideas throughout the summer to introduce the congregation to the world of voice, rhythm, and music.  If you are part of a group or know a group that we can invite, please contact me.  If you would like to play an instrument, sing a song or duet, or have an idea that we can include, let me know. We would love to have you.
 
Blessings, Anthony

Rally Sunday
 
It was time to encourage everyone to join in the fun in the Fellowship Hall after the service.  There was music by Anthony Warrington, presentations by Pastor Jenn, Linda Wolters and Sandra and juggling lessons by Joe Jennings and Joy Becker.  There was lots of information about each Sunday School class and also lots of fun activities.  Everyone was invited to visit each table to learn about the classes and to paint rocks, make footprints, plant seeds and even solving jigsaw puzzles.
 
Refreshments were extra refreshing when you picked one or a mix of the 29 flavors for your sno-cone prepared by Jarrett Maloy owner of Sneauxball Catering.
 
Special thanks to all who helped with this event – Pastor Jenn, Linda Wolters, Sandra Schorr, Priscilla Heidorn, Maria Heidorn, Sallie Robinson, Sunshine Jacobs, Theresa Hollar, Jean Jacobs, Joe Jennings; Kris-Tena Albers, Daryl Barowitz and Burt Von Hoff who were helping with “take out” snow cone orders; Buddy who graciously let us use his PA system; and the ever present servant Joy Becker.  Thanks for your support along with all those who were behind the scenes in the kitchen (Peggy and Paul Schneider, Christie Moore and Bob Becker).
 
Sunday School Classes to be offered between the early and late services: K-6 will study the book of Genesis, Priscilla Heidorn will conduct a study of the book of Acts, the Women’s Reading group will begin discussion on Philip Yancey’s book The Jesus I Never Knew and Burt Von Hoff will continue to lead the Confirmation Class. 

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 SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATE
 
Note: We’ve Added New Info Regarding the High School Class!
 
Sunday School begins this Sunday, August 20.  The education committee is offering the following Sunday School classes at 9:30 a.m. between the early and late services:
 
  • K – 6 grades will be studying the book of Genesis
  • Priscilla Heidorn will conduct a study on the book of Acts
  • The Women’s Reading group will begin discussion on Philip Yancey’s book The Jesus I Never Knew
  • Burt Von Hoff will continue leading the confirmation class.
  • The High School class with Maria Heidorn will study “re:form Ancestors-New Testament”. This class will meet in the fellowship hall.
We will keep you informed of any new offerings. Please be sure to sign up for a class and join us for Sunday School.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Schorr (933-1870) or Linda Wolters (668-9703).

The GLC walkers at the Big Bend Heart Walk 

 
You can contact Burt Von Hoff if you have questions: 
Phone 508-7793 or 
Email: bkvonhoff@comcast.net

Tuna Can

Food donations:
Grace members collect food for our community’s needy on a year-round basis. Canned food Crop WalkPlease place all canned tuna donations for Manna on Meridian in the “tuna bucket” and non-perishable food donations for the Catholic Charities food distribution program in the wicker basket next to the tuna.

 

Both are located in the fellowship hall.

SEPTEMBER 2017 – SUNDAY WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE
 
Sunday Worship is at 8:15 A.M. & 10:30 A.M
Sunday School for all ages is held between services at 9:30 A.M.
 
If you are unable to assist on your designated date please make arrangements to switch with another assistant.  If you would like the change listed in the bulletin, please notify the church office.  If the bulletin has not been printed, we will be happy to list the change for you.
 
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Erik Robinson & Kathy Sanguinet
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) Kathy Sanguinet
GREETERS: (E) Rosalie Shupe, Paula Slade
(L) Jacqueline Curtis, Michelle Deyounks
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: (E) Melinda Young (L) Randi Buehner
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Burt Von Hoff
(L) Fran & Sharon Piepmeier, Kathy & Gary Sanguinet, Paul Schneider
USHERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn
(L) Bob & Joy Becker, Doug Johnson
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Wendy Akin
REFRESHMENTS: (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: TBA
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Joy Becker (L) Stacey Fleming-Weeks
GREETERS: (E) Allison Wharton, Melinda Young
(L) Marie Harrington, Kathy Sanguinet
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Erin Ferrell
LAY READERS: (E) Janet McPherson (L) Priscilla Craw
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Kathy Von Hoff
(L) Kris Albers, Daryl Barowicz, Don & Judy Blancett,
Kristi Swartzman
USHERS: (E) Sue Homant, Kevin Lundgren
(L) Gerald Kurtz, George Ohlin, Frank Piepmeier
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kris-Tena Albers, Doris Albers,
Daryl Barowicz
REFRESHMENTS:  (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: TBA
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) Joy Becker
GREETERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn
(L) Brent Kallestad & Kathy Van Loo
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Avery Heller
LAY READERS: (E) Sandra Schorr (L) Edwin DeBardeleben
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Allison Wharton
(L) Bob & Joy Becker, Randi Buehner, Priscilla Craw,
Jacqueline Curtis
USHERS: (E) Burt Von Hoff, Gary Williams
(L) Daryl Barowicz, Doug Johnson, George Ohlin
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kathy Bolling, Michelle Deyounks,
Susan Wessner
REFRESHMENTS: (E) & (L) Bob and Joy Becker 
 
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: TBA
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Joy Becker (L) Linda Wolters
GREETERS: (E) Barbara & Bryon Ehlmann
(L) Sarah Campbell, Lynn White
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: (E) Burt Von Hoff (L) Nick Gandy
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Lynne Winston
(L) Edwin DeBardeleben, Dean & Kathy Gatzlaff,
Janet McPherson
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Sue Homant
(L) Doug Johnson, Brent & Kathy Kallestad
OFFERING COUNTERS: Paul & Peggy Schneider, Randi Buehner
REFRESHMENTS: (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall

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Grace Lutheran Church – Tallahassee, Florida          August 2017

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Men’s Ministry group
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Heart Walk
Appreciation Grethcen
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Quilting dates:
Quiltings: 
 
More information to come.

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 MONDAY CRAFT DAY is Aug. 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Stay for an hour or for the whole time.  Bring your project(s) and see what everyone else is doing.  If questions, contact Peggy Schneider or Christie Moore.
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President’s Message
“This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it shine”
 
Hello to all Grace Members, Visitors, and Friends! I hope your summer has been an enjoyable one.  As you were getting some necessary R & R, your new Council, all the Committees and Pastor have been hard at work-all learning what little light we can shine onto Grace Lutheran Church.  Plans are being made for an awesome “Rally Day” and the “Blessings of the Backpack day”, August 13th.  
 
The Education and Youth Committees -Linda Wolters and Sandra Schorr – have many fun things planned, including lunch!  Kevin Lundgren and his Stewardship Committee are working on other projects related to Times, Talents and Giving, as well as working on our church budget, and membership rolls.  Peggy Stevens, from Property, has had many items to target this summer related to church security and fire prevention issues.  We will have a work day soon, so be ready to bring your gloves and yard tools to spruce up the place! 
 
The Evangelism Committee met in July to review Manna on Meridian, Harbor Chase, Broadview, and other activities.  We are looking for a musician (guitarist or pianist) to assist with their activities.  Barbara Ehlmann organized another successful Blood Drive in July.  We need more B-L-O-O-D!  If you have not donated before, please consider doing this.  We have several members who are in the multiple GALLONS club!  Anyone wanting to contribute other ways to share the “Grace”, love and joy with our Evangelism Committee, please contact Burt Von Hoff, Kris-Tena Albers, or Jim Akin with ideas. 
 
Mary Eichin and the Music and Worship Committee have been looking at ways to simplify our worship service and make it more meaningful.  They have also been looking at activities for our church related to the 500th Reformation coming up in October.  And speaking of the Reformation, many of our quilters and crafters, lead by Gretchen Eckard, are working on a special project for the Reformation!  It will be beautiful, I am sure! 
 
Paul and Peggy Schneider, Christie Moore and Freida Hutchison have been holding up the Fellowship committee.  We still need a leader to volunteer for that committee.  The Youth Committee, lead by Joe and Charlene Jennings, are busy setting goals and scheduling meaningful activities for our youth.  Please get your children or grandchildren involved.  They need kids to run a youth program! Don Blancett, our Vice President, has been working hard to update and revise contracts and evaluations for our church employees.  Thanks so much for the many hours you have put into this project, Don.  
 
Jarret Oeltjen and Maria Eckard, our numbers gang, have been working on revising and simplifying reports to make them more user-friendly.  David Brown, our Council Secretary, has been busy recording and organizing church records so we can remember all of these great things!  And, Pastor Jenn and I have been busy spearheading the marketing campaign. Thanks to all who purchased shirts.  Wear them all over town and especially when representing our church in community activities.  We want all to learn about our “Lil’ Church on the Hill”, and to know about the good things that are happening here!  We are working to improve the website, gracelutherantallahassee.com, improve and update our signage, and exploring ways to make our church more visible in the community.  Pastor Jenn has also offered a Sermon Study Class called “Sunday Dialogue” which dives deep into the sermon and the scriptures used to prepare it.  Please join us for these discussions after Fellowship on Sundays. 
 
Lastly, to all volunteers-acolytes, Altar Guild, counters, readers, ushers, Assisting Ministers, musicians, committee members, sound board operators, photographers, the prayer group, office volunteers, sidewalk sweepers, plant waterers, fellowship hosts and cleaner-uppers, and Grace Notes contributors-you make this place happen!  
 
Please put on your calendar August 12th, 3:00 PM, to attend the Gretchen Eckard Appreciation Day.  There is not a woman more loved in our congregation than Gretchen.  Please stop by and let her know how much you appreciate all of her gifts to Grace.
 
So, as you can see, many people have been busy making Grace greater!  Remember, we go back to our 2 services, 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM on August 20th.  Sunday school will be between the two services.
 
Let it shine, Grace!
Joy Becker, President, Grace Lutheran Church Council
 

craftsSATURDAY CRAFT CLASS is Aug. 12, 10:00 a.m. until noon. Sallie Robinson will lead the class in making Autumn Wreaths that can be hung on a wall or door.  A sample wreath is on display beside the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.  Cost is $5 and includes all supplies and refreshments.

The Men’s Ministry group – 

Grace Men’s Ministry group meets in the fellowship hall the third Monday of each month. Bring a bag lunch for yourself.   

All are welcome!  
For information, contact Nick Gandy at ngandyman@yahoo.com.

Worship & Misic Committee meets Wednesday, August 2
nd, at 6:30 p.m.  All are invited.  If questions contact Mary Eichim,  mblaineeichin@gmail.com

Calling all interested voices! The Chancel Choir is back!
 
Our first Sunday singing for a service will be August 20th. We will meet at 9:50 am. This will give us enough time to warm-up and run through our anthem (which will be something from the hymnal).
 
We meet for our first rehearsal on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. We will meet in the sanctuary. No need to read music or have prior choir experience – only a desire to make music!
 
If you know of anyone who is not sure if they want to join – please invite them to “test-drive” us a week!  This would be a great week to do that.

Millions of Americans live with heart disease, stroke, or a cardiovascular condition. Please join us in supporting the American Heart Association to help to improve their lives with research, education, and emergency care.
 
The Big Bend Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, August 19, at 8:00 at Cascades Park. It is a nice 3 mile walk through a pretty neighborhood behind the park. You can join our team and walk or make a donation online here:
 
Let’s meet up at the park to walk at 7:45 and wear our new Grace T-shirts. We can find each other easier now in our pretty black shirts!

 
 
Appreciation Reception Honoring Gretchen Eckard will be held Saturday, August 12 at 3:00 in the fellowship hall.  All are invited.

Rally DayVolunteers Needed for Rally Day.
We will meet on Saturday, August 12 at noon in the fellowship hall.  (Remember, Rally Day is Sunday, August 13 after the worship service)  For information call Sandra Schoor (933-1870). or Linda Wolters Wolters (668-9703).

Music Ministry

“Grow in Grace …. today plant faith in your heart
Let it root itself in love and more Grace  it will start!”
… D. Ann
 
Blessings to you!  We have combined our services for the summer, settled into Setting 4 of the liturgy, and everyone has come together to sing praises to the Lord.   If you feel singing in the choir or ringing in the bell choir is something you are unsure about, then this is the perfect time to try your musical en-devours.  Instruments, voices, or even musical prose.  I want to include various flavors, styles, and ideas throughout the summer to introduce the congregation to the world of voice, rhythm, and music.  If you are part of a group or know a group that we can invite, please contact me.  If you would like to play an instrument, sing a song or duet, or have an idea that we can include, let me know. We would love to have you.
 
Blessings, Anthony

Announcement from the Evangelism committee:
 
If you are a guitarist or pianist and enjoy making others happy, please join us for our group sing-a-longs at Harborchase on the 4th Sunday of each month and/or at Broadview once or twice a month as scheduled. We sing good ole gospel songs with the residents of these assisted living facilities and relish seeing them smile as they sing, many by memory. We have our own songbooks that can be modified as the instrumentalist prefers. If you are interested, please contact Burt Von Hoff or Jim Akin.

Pictures of Confirmands getting their certificates

 
You can contact Burt Von Hoff if you have questions: 
Phone 508-7793 or 

Tuna Can

Food donations:
Grace members collect food for our community’s needy on a year-round basis. Canned food Crop WalkPlease place all canned tuna donations for Manna on Meridian in the “tuna bucket” and non-perishable food donations for the Catholic Charities food distribution program in the wicker basket next to the tuna.

 

Both are located in the fellowship hall.

AUGUST 2017 – SUNDAY WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE
 
Through August 13, 2017:  Sunday Worship is at 9:30 A.M.
 
Beginning August 20, 2017: 
Sunday Worship will be held at (E) 8:15 A.M. & (L) 10:30 A.M
Sunday School for all ages will be held between services
 
If you are unable to assist on your designated date please make arrangements to switch with another assistant.  If you would like the change listed in the bulletin, please notify the church office.  If the bulletin has not been printed, we will be happy to list the change for you.
 
AUGUST 6, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Don & Judy Blancett
ASSISTING MINISTER: Stacey Fleming-Weeks
GREETERS: Ed & Bev Ventuno
ACOLYTE: Oliver Jacobs
LAY READER: Bill Pomidor
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Nick Gandy,
Dean & Kathy Gatzlaff
USHERS:  Ed DeBardeleben,Sue Homant, Doug Johnson
OFFERING COUNTERS:  Bob & Joy Becker, Wendy Akin
REFRESHMENTS:  See signup board in fellowship hall
 
AUGUST 13, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Allison Wharton
ASSISTING MINISTER: Joy Becker
GREETERS: Lynn White, 1 more needed
ACOLYTE: Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: Paul Schneider
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Laura Brown, Lisa Hall, Janet McPherson,
Frank & Sharon Piepmeier
USHERS: Tom Hall,Gerald Kurtz, 1 more needed
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Randi Buehner
REFRESHMENTS:  See signup board in fellowship hall
 
AUGUST 20, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Allison Wharton
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) TBA (L) Kathy Sanguinet
GREETERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn (L) Kathy Bolling, Susan Wessner
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) TBA
LAY READERS: (E) Burt Von Hoff (L) Sara Straub
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Randi Buehner
(L) Gary Sanguinet, Paul Schneider, Kristi Swartzman,
Brent Kallestad & Kathy Van Loo
USHERS: (E) Kevin Lundgren, Gary Williams
(L) Doug Johnson, George Ohlin, Frank Piepmeier
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kathy Bolling, Michelle Deyounks, Susan Wessner
REFRESHMENTS:  (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall
 
AUGUST 27, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Erik Robinson, Kathy Sanguinet
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) Linda Wolters
GREETERS: (E) Sarah Campbell, Sandra Schorr (L) Priscilla Craw, Nick Gandy
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) TBA
LAY READERS: (E) Kathy Von Hoff (L) Judy Blancett
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Kevin Lundgren
(L) Don & Judy Blancett, Jacqueline Curtis, Ed DeBardeleben, Lisa Hall
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Otis & Fannie Chinn
(L) Tom Hall, Sue Homant , 1 more needed
OFFERING COUNTERS: Paul & Peggy Schneider, 1 more needed
REFRESHMENTS:  (E) & (L) See signup board in fellowship hall

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June 2017

Message from Pastor Jenn,
 
Greetings to you!  With the end of the school year, the passage of Memorial Day and the unofficial beginning of summer, I know that many of you may be planning family vacations, extended stays up north, or even just hoping to find time for weekend trips out of the city. Whatever your summer entails, I pray that it is fun and safe, and full of moments you’ll remember.
 
For me, it’s the time of year when I can try new things – things that are harder to do when I’m juggling two services and meeting with folks – often for fellowship, but also for pastoral care – in the moments between.  It’s also the time of year when I feel as if I have more room to breathe – Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter are so compacted, I go from one to the other, to the other!  But after Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sundays, we have a long stretch of time – in the church it’s called “Ordinary Time” – in which there aren’t any big church festivals.  In fact, the next one isn’t until autumn. This allows me to dream big – and maybe even see some of these ideas come to fruition!
 
So, I’ve been thinking.  It has been hard for me to get into the mode of leading an adult discussion group between services simply because I often feel we are crunched for time.  By the time the first service is over and I’ve greeted everyone, stopped into the Fellowship Hall, and had a chance to ditch the robe, it’s almost time to robe up again for the second service! (And FYI – the Worship & Music Committee is hard at work, attempting to find ways to better streamline the service!).
 
But with the summer schedule change, I have a chance to try new things.  And so, I’m doing something that scares me a bit – but that will hopefully be a source of both growth, learning and encouragement for me – and for all of you, as well.  This summer, I’d like to spend some time in conversation with you about my sermons.  I hear from some of you regularly – and when you do make comments, they are usually positive – but most folks don’t say anything.  And if you do, it is often, “Nice sermon,” or “I needed to hear that today.”  But I often don’t get to hear why you liked it, or what about it was important to you.  Even more valuable to me as a preacher – I don’t always get to hear what didn’t sit right with you, or what questions or concerns, comments even, my sermons left you with.  I’d like to hear those things.
 
Pastors are – truth be told – often more critical of their preaching than anyone else. It’s funny that sometimes the sermons I am most uncertain of are the ones that get the most positive feedback.  But the ones I’m most pleased with, sometimes get no feedback at all!  It is a lesson in humility, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to work through me in ways I cannot predict or expect.
 
This is your chance to share with me – and with one another – what speaks to you in my preaching, and maybe what doesn’t. And it is a chance for me to both hear from you and also open conversation and deeper discussion about what’s going on in the world around us, what the scriptures have to say about it, and even how we at Grace might be called to address some of these issues.
 
For now, I’ve just dubbed it, “The Dialogue” and our first gathering will happen on Sunday, June 18, 2017. I hope you will consider stopping in.  Each week, we’ll be focusing on the sermon for that day, so you can drop in as you are in town/available.  And you won’t be out of the loop if you miss a week. To give people time to stop and enjoy our Sunday food and fellowship time, we’ll plan to begin each week at 11am and go till noon.  If you need to come late, or go early, please don’t let that stop you from joining us.  We’ll start out in the library, and see if we have a large enough response to move us to the big classroom.
 
Finally, I also mentioned that I’m thinking about the future.  And while the next big Festival Sunday is Christ the King Sunday – we have a rather important event coming up in October.  We are commemorating 500 years since Luther changed the world by nailing those 95 Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg.  Our Worship and Music committee members have begun discussing possible ways to mark this occasion here at Grace. I encourage you to join us if you have thoughts and ideas, as well – or at least share them with a committee member, or the chair Mary Eichin.
 
And now – a prayer for all of us in this time of coming and going:
O God, our beginning and our end, you kept Abraham and Sarah in safety throughout the days of their pilgrimage, you led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, and by a star you led the magi to the infant Jesus. Protect and guide those who will travel this summer, near or far. Make our ways safe and our homecomings joyful, and bring us at last to our heavenly home, where you dwell in glory with our Lord Jesus Christ and the life-giving Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
Living in God’s amazing grace, Pastor Jenn
thank you artA FEW NOTES OF THANKSGIVING
 
Thank you to Joy Becker, Peggy Stevens, Kevin Lundgren and all those who helped to put together and present the Feed the Rose Stewardship Campaign this year.  And thank you to all those who have prayed and made a commitment to supporting the work of God, both in this place and in other aspects of your lives. 
 
Thank you to all who attended the Congregational meeting on May 21st.
  
Thank you to all who attended the picnic at Southwood after the meeting – and to all those behind the scenes who made it happen, especially our Stewardship team.  The food was wonderful – thank you to all those who brought something to share – and it was nice to have an extended time of fellowship and conversation.
  
Thank you to all our outgoing council members.  Jim Banks, Nick Gandy, Matt Hall, Jean Jacobs, Nancy Schiellerd and Burt Von Hoff. You have been a blessing to all of us at Grace, and we are so grateful for your service.
  
Thank you to all of our other volunteers. The time, the energy, the love and the joy you put into serving the Family of God, both here at Grace and throughout our community, is a true living out of Christ’s call to us. 
“Quilting” – Thanks – Thanks –quilts 2017
Thanks:  From setting up the tables to cutting fabric, stitching, pressing, and repeat;
 
Add backing – batting – a beautiful top and then tie together – trim – turn up edges or add binding and what do you have??? You have a quilt to give to someone who has little or nothing.  It brings comfort and God’s love through hands that can help.
 
Our Lutheran World Relief quilting at Grace began in February 2006.
From the very beginning we had volunteers who had creative ideas, sewing talents and willingness to give of their time and resources.
 
We’ve had fun, learned a lot, laughed at ourselves, enjoyed tea and treats, maybe even rolled our eyes on occasion ��!  We’ve come when we could and shared a ministry in this way.  
 
This season began September 2016 through May 2017, 42 quilts are being shipped all over the world to those in need.  We thank God for making this possible.
 
A prayer and hymn say our feelings well:
 
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

The Men’s Ministry group – 

Grace Men’s Ministry group meets in the fellowship hall the third Monday of each month. Bring a bag lunch for yourself.

All are welcome!
For information, contact Nick Gandy at ngandyman@yahoo.com.
Button Down dolls
 
What could be cuter than a button?  Just the 10 Button Dolls created at the May 13 Craft Class!  Our creative leader was Peggy Schneider with her handy assistant and creator of some of the doll parts, her husband Paul.  Only nine of the dolls are pictured since one left a little early for her tai chi class.    See Picture below
button down dolls
button doll makers
Ice cream
June 18: Father’s Day Ice Cream Social
Father’s Day Ice Cream Social will be held following the 9:30 service. This year we would like to serve home made ice cream but we need your help. If you know how to make ice cream, how about showing off your skills by bringing in your delicious creations? If you would like to do so, please let Christie Moore know.
Stewardship

Thanks to all who participated in the Stewardship Campaign. If you have NOT turned in your Time & Talent Form, please do so.

Also, please turn in your Commitment Cards. Thanks to all who have signed up for various committees and groups! If by chance you have not received any materials, please call the church office and we will get them to you. You will continue to hear tidbits throughout the year reminding us all of our duty to be good stewards. There are many opportunities for you and I am sure more will be coming in the future.

Your Committee: Joy Becker, Maria Eckard, Kevin Lundgren, Peggy Stevens

Evangelism logo
If you are a guitarist or pianist and enjoy making others happy, please join us for our group sing-a-longs at Harborchase on the 4th Sunday of each month and/or at Broadview once or twice a month as scheduled. We sing good ole gospel songs with the residents of these assisted living facilities and relish seeing them smile as they sing, many by memory. We have our own songbooks that can be modified as the instrumentalist prefers. If you are interested, please contact Burt Von Hoff or Jim Akin.
2017 council photo
2017 New Church Council
Front Row L-R: Joe Jennings, Joy Becker, Jarret Oeltgen, David Brown, Sandra Schorr, Linda Wolters, Kevin Lundgren, Mary Eichen, Maria Eckard
2nd Row:  Don Blancett, Pastor Kopacz
music logo

Betty McGovern Music Fund:

The church council has approved the establishment of the Betty McGovern Music Fund. Money contributed to the fund will be used to support the Grace Lutheran music program. The church council and the Worship and Music Committee will have discretion over the expenditure of the funds. If you wish to make a contribution to this special fund, please make your check out to Grace Lutheran Church and put Betty McGovern Music Fund on the memo line. For additional information, please contact Mary Eichin, Chair of the Worship and Music Committee, or Don Blancett, Church Council Vice President.

Relay for Life Picture of Pastor and Rob at Wings!
Pastor and Rob R F L pic at wings
MANNA ON MER LOGO
You can contact Burt Von Hoff if you have questions:
Phone 508-7793 or
Email: bkvonhoff@comcast.net
TUNA CAN

Food donations:

Grace members collect food for our community’s needy on a year-round basis. Canned food Crop Walk Please place all canned tuna donations for Manna on Meridian in the “tuna bucket” and non-perishable food donations for the Catholic Charities food distribution program in the wicker basket next to the tuna.

Both are located in the fellowship hall.

JUNE 2017 – SUNDAY WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE

Only One Worship Service for Summer Months – 9:30 a.m.
If you are unable to assist on your designated date please make arrangements to switch with another assistant. If you would like the change listed in the bulletin, please notify the church office. If the bulletin has not been printed, we will be happy to list the change for you.JUNE 4, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Janet McPherson
ASSISTING MINISTERS: Confirmation Class will assist
GREETERS: Otis & Fannie Chinn
ACOLYTE: Erin Farrell
LAY READERS: Confirmation Class
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Kris-Tena Albers, Daryl Barowicz, Laura Brown,
Priscilla Craw
USHERS: Gary Williams, Kevin Lundgren,Frank Piepmeier
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Wendy Akin
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.JUNE 11, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Janet McPherson
ASSISTING MINISTERS: Linda Wolters
GREETERS: Henry & Norma Gauding
ACOLYTE: Avery Heller
LAY READERS: Melinda Young
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Brian Ewald, Don & Judy Blancett,
Jacqueline Curtis
USHERS: Burt Von Hoff, Doug Johnson, Ron Foltz
OFFERING COUNTERS: Doris Albers, Kris-Tena Albers, Daryl Barowicz
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.JUNE 18, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Kathy Van Loo
ASSISTING MINISTERS: Joy Becker
GREETERS: Bryon & Barbara Ehlmann
ACOLYTE: Joy Becker
LAY READERS: Priscilla Craw
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Ed DeBardeleben, Kevin Lundgren,
Sunshine Jacobs, Lisa Hall
USHERS: Matt Hall, Tom Hall, Gerald Kurtz
OFFERING COUNTERS: Kathy Bolling, Michelle Deyounks, Susan Wessner
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.JUNE 25, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Kathy Van Loo
ASSISTING MINISTERS: Kathy Sanguinet
GREETERS: Marie Harrington, Priscilla Heidorn
ACOLYTE: Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: Kathy Gatzlaff
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: Dean Gatzlaff,Frank & Sharon Piepmeier,
Jeanette Sickel
USHERS: Bob & Joy Becker, David Brown
OFFERING COUNTERS: Jim Nelsen, Paul & Peggy Schneider
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.Dear Family of God:
JUNE BIRTHDAYS 

MAY GRACE NOTES:

LETTER FROM PASTOR KOPACZ:

I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16
 
As we are in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign, I wanted to take a moment to pause from the asking, to offer back some thanksgiving.  Please know that while we are asking you to consider again what of your time and talents you can give to Grace, to your neighbors and to God, we are not unaware of how much you do already.  This doesn’t mean that we aren’t still going to ask you to stretch and challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone, to do more – but I especially want you to know that the things each of you do and say, the things you share and give are truly examples of the ELCA’s motto of “God’s Work – Our Hands.”
 
So from me personally, thank you for all the Easter wishes, the notes and cards and prayers that you offered up for me, for all pastors, for our musicians and lay leaders, and for all of us who were preparing for this joyful day!  And for all the ways you show your care to us throughout the year – with special gifts at Christmas, for financial support to those in need – both members and non-members, for the prayers you say and the ways you support one another emotionally and spiritually.  Thank you!
To our Chancel Choir and our Bell Choir, and for all those who share the gift of music with us.  We certainly enjoy the Christmas Cantata, and the lovely musical accompaniment at Easter – but all year round, you provide us with the beauty of praise and thanksgiving to God through music.  Thank you!
To all of our committee members – Education, Fellowship, Evangelism and Community Ministry, Youth, Stewardship and Finance, Property, Worship and Music. Thank you for sharing your time so generously with this congregation, and for your creative and faith-filled ideas for how to serve Grace, God and our neighbors.
 
Thank you to all our committee Chairs, who give an extra measure of themselves to take on the responsibilities of organizing and planning events, directing their volunteers, working to make sure that each committee has goals and plans for each year – and that those goals and plans are accomplished.
And a special thank you to our Council Officers: Jim Banks (P); Don Blancett (VP); Jarret Oeltjen (T); Maria Eckard (Fin. Sec.); and Jean Jacobs (S). We are so grateful that you have each taken on this call and serve us faithfully, following the command to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.  A special thank you to Jim Banks and Jean Jacobs, who are finishing up their terms as council members and officers.
 
Thank you to all of you who participate, in one way or another, in the Relay for Life each year.  This is particularly important, as we have all been touched by cancer in one way or another – both personally, and as the community of Grace.  That we’ve raised more than $10,000 so far – and we’re not even done yet. We have one more Share Night (Buffalo Wild Wings on 5/5/17) and can turn in donations until the end of June.  Whether you walk, donate, go to Share Nights, make luminaries, enter a quilt auction, or even just pray for us, thank you for helping us fight for an end to cancer.  I hope to have some photos up and around from the Relay soon.
 
A few special thank yous: to Jim & Nancy Banks and family, for donating a number of trees for our property – especially after we lost several to the storms last year. To Peggy Stevens and her Guardians of Grace, for doing remarkable work on our property after the storms last fall, in preparation for the Easter SonRise service here at Grace and just the general everyday upkeep and maintenance they do.  To our staff: Lisa Rubin, Anthony Warrington, Leslie Heffner and Barbara Johnson – thank you for the unique services you provide to Grace.  Anthony and Leslie, for sharing your gifts of music and helping us to make a joyful noise to God.  To Barbara for keeping our young ones safe so that their parents might worship.  To Lisa, for running this place.  There is so much that would be missed without her knowledge and insight.  We are so fortunate to have her.
 
I know for a fact that there are people and things that I missed.  That was not intentional – and I invite you to send me notes to remind me of other things folks have done, or ways people give back.  This by no means needs to be a one-time kind of thank you!  Please know that I do give thanks for all of you, and all the ways – known and unknown – that you serve our congregation and our community.  You are a blessing to so many.  Thank you!
 
Living in God’s amazing grace, Pastor Jenn

Craft Club

Just in time for Easter, on April 8, Sallie Robinson led us in making cloth crosses to hang on the wall or display on a table top.  Over 15 beautiful cloth crosses were made.  Like snowflakes, no two were alike.

The Men’s Ministry group  

Grace Men’s Ministry group meets in the fellowship hall the third Monday of each month. Please join us May 15,2017 at 11:45. Bring a bag lunch for yourself.
All are welcome!
For information, contact Nick Gandy at ngandyman@yahoo.com.

Blood Drive May 14th 

Did you know that your donated blood is used within three days?  Donate May 14 in honor of your mother.  Look for sign up sheets.  Questions?  Contact Barbara Ehlmann at barbe28@gmail.com

Letter from Pris Craw concerning Haiti Mission

Dear members and friends of Grace Lutheran:

Please know that all you have done for me helping support my last trip to Haiti was and is greatly appreciated.  Through your generosity of time (making baby caps – 288 of them!), buying supplies (Prenatal vitamins, Folic Acid, iron, calcium, Tums, gloves, Baby syringes, Plastic, soap, razor blades, and cord tire material) money, and prayers I was able to help a lot of needy people.  We were able to feed 40 people every day so that classes could be done both morning and afternoon.  If the students and staff had to find a way to get their noon meal and get back to the clinic it might not have been possible for them to attend.  We held classes from 8-11 and again from 12-3 PM with an hour break for lunch.  So many people expressed their thanks for the food and repeatedly asked me to thank all of you.  I taught the lay midwives and the other nurses taught a modified nurse assistant class.  We hope we were successful in giving them the knowledge they need to help their community.

I will post some pictures and info about Haiti; esp. Jubilee and Gonaives, in the fellowship hall the week after Easter if you would like to follow up and I will be available to answer questions then.  Again, a heartful thanks for all you did.  Blessings, Pris
Kathy Von Hoff got a Thrivent grant to provide some supplies for Pris Craw’s trip to Haiti.  Most of the purchases were for delivery packs. Pictured are the gloves, umbilical cord ties, prenatal vitamins, and iron tablets.  Other donations from members included bulb syringes and many, many newborn baby caps.  See Picture below.

Announcement from the Evangelism committee:

If you are a guitarist or pianist and enjoy making others happy, please join us for our group sing-a-longs at Harborchase on the 4th Sunday of each month and/or at Broadview once or twice a month as scheduled. We sing good ole gospel songs with the residents of these assisted living facilities and relish seeing them smile as they sing, many by memory. We have our own songbooks that can be modified as the instrumentalist prefers. If you are interested, please contact Burt Von Hoff or Jim Akin.

Relay for Life Team 

Thank you to everyone for all of your support for the Relay for Life this year from share days, the garage sale, luminaries, quilt raffle, and all donations. You keep GLC as one of the top teams year after year! And The American Cancer Society is making great strides in fighting cancer, all because of you!
From Teresa

2017 “Feed the Rose” Stewardship Campaign

 
Grace Lutheran Church will begin a Stewardship Campaign starting April 23, 2017. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Feed the Rose,” which refers to Martin Luther’s Rose and how we need to feed it by coming together to respond to God’s calling through our worship, care for each other, care for our church, and care for our community.
Grace Alone: Is given to us freely as an unearned gift from God.
Faith Alone:  Faith is simply the acknowledgement of what Jesus has done for us. Through him we find forgiveness of all of our sins.
Word Alone: Scriptures are the revelation of God Himself which bring us to faith in Jesus Christ
We want Grace Lutheran Church to be healthy and beautiful as a rose!  April 23-May 14 you will learn many ways to contribute to Grace.  There are so many opportunities to serve your God, your church and your community as a member of Grace.  Each Sunday you will have a chance to learn a little more about all the fantastic opportunities available to you.  “What ever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
 
Thanks, Joy Becker, Peggy Stevens, Maria Eckard, and Kevin Lundgren – 2017 Stewardship Committee
Winner of the Quilt – The Rodenberg family, pictured here with Nick Gandy, won the quilt raffle for the Relay for Life.  And a special thank you to Carol Schroeder for making and donating the quilt.
First Communion – in the Sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall with cake. 
Clean up before Easter-Peggy Stevens, Paul Schneider
Sanctuary Easter Morning
Pastor Jenn delivering Easter Message for Children’s’ Worship
Easter Sunday Brunch-about 130 attended.
Pastor Jenn and Jan Holmden at Moe’s for Relay for life.

Manna on Meridian/Catholic Charities

You can contact Burt Von Hoff if you have questions or want to volunteer for Manna on Meridian: 
Phone 508-7793 or 
Food donations:
Grace members collect food for our community’s needy on a year-round basis. Canned food Crop WalkPlease place all canned tuna donations for Manna on Meridian in the “tuna bucket” and non-perishable food donations for the Catholic Charities food distribution program in the wicker basket next to the tuna.

 

Both are located in the fellowship hall.

Month of May Service Volunteers

MAY 2017 – SUNDAY WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE
 
If you are unable to assist on your designated date please make arrangements to switch with another assistant.  If you would like the change listed in the bulletin, please notify the church office.  If the bulletin has not been printed, we will be happy to list the change for you.
 
MAY 7, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Bev Vertuno, Kristin Tangen
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Joy Becker (L) Linda Wolters
GREETERS: (E) Bryon & Barbara Ehlmann (L) Kathy Sanguinet, Lynn White
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Aubrey Tangen
LAY READERS: (E) Kathy Von Hoff (L) Judy Blancett
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Brian Ewald
(L) James Nelsen, Gary & Kathy Sanguinet, Paul Schneider
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Burt Von Hoff
(L) Edwin DeBardeleben, Greg Gandy, 1 TBA
OFFERING COUNTERS:  Paul & Peggy Schneider
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.
 
MAY 14, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Bev Vertuno, Kristin Tangen
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Henry Fuelberg (L) Floyd Self
GREETERS: (E) Hugo & Kathy Sabari (L) Steve & Cheryl Szypula
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) Lindsey Szypula
LAY READERS: (E) Burt Von Hoff (L) Don Blancett
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Stacey Fleming-Weeks
(L) Kristi Swartzman, Kathy Van Loo, Susan Wessner, Linda Wolters
USHERS: (E) Kevin Lundgren, Gary Williams
(L) Matthew Hall, Tom Hall, Doug Johnson
OFFERING COUNTERS:  Jon & Linda Ahlquist, Wendy Akin
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.
 
MAY 21, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Doug & Pam Johnson
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Mary Eichin (L) Daryl Barowicz
GREETERS: (E) Rosalie Shupe, 1 TBA (L) Priscilla Craw, 1 TBA
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) McKenna Swartzman
LAY READERS: (E) Lynne Winston (L) Kris-Tena Albers
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Kevin Lundgren
(L) Priscilla Craw, Edwin DeBardeleben, Dean & Kathy Gatzlaff
USHERS: (E) Otis & Fannie Chinn
(L) Gerald Kurtz, Brent Kallestad, Kathy Van Loo
OFFERING COUNTERS: Doris Albers, Kris-Tena Albers, Daryl Barowicz
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.
 
MAY 28, 2017
ALTAR GUILD: Doug & Pam Johnson
ASSISTING MINISTERS: (E) Henry Fuelberg (L) Kathy Sanguinet
GREETERS: (E) Melinda Young (L) Jacqueline Curtis, Michelle Deyounks
ACOLYTE: (E) TBA (L) TBA
LAY READERS: (E) TBA (L) Elisa Casey
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: (E) Allison Wharton
(L) Sunshine Jacobs, Lisa Hall, Frank & Sharon Piepmeier  
USHERS: (E) David Brown, Burt Von Hoff
(L) James Nelsen, George Ohlin, Robert Kopacz
OFFERING COUNTERS: Note: 3 counters are needed to switch dates with or simply fill in for Kathy Bolling, Michelle Deyounks & Susan Wessner who cannot be here on May 28. Please email the church office to volunteer.
REFRESHMENTS: See sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.
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