Grace Sharing

Within the Church Family

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Within the Church Family

There is a tremendous amount of ministry work quietly done by members of Grace Lutheran. The following are examples of arenas of service that focus on supporting one another.

Servant teams (Circle Groups)

These volunteer teams help support various church events that come up from time to time at the church. These events might include weddings, funerals, and special events. Servant teams set up tables, help with clean-up, and do the important behind-the-scenes work. Members who join a servant team are usually assigned two months per year in which they are on-call for such events, with the realization that sometimes schedules make participation impractical. 

Altar Care 

Preparing for each Sunday service requires the support of members. Banners must be hung in the sanctuary, candles tended to, communion prepared, etc. This is a valuable service, and extra volunteers are always welcome!  Please contact the church office if you would like to help with Altar Care. Karen Lile Coordinator.

Ushers and Greeters

This is a valuable ministry, as the first face a person sees upon entering the church is often a greeter or usher. We usually need three ushers and a greeter or two for each service. One usher each week is designated as “The Arm”. The Arm awaits arrivals outside the front door, and assists people who may have ambulatory disabilities of any degree get from their cars to their seats inside.  Steve Pollard, Usher Coordinator and Carole Pletz, Greeter Coordinator.

Music Teams/Choirs

Grace Church loves music! We often use organ support in our service, but also include woodwinds, keyboards, and other instruments as we can. Additionally, we have seasonal Christmas and Easter choirs that are open to all who love to sing praises to God. Judi Hayes and Lynnda Fuller

Prayer Chain

We support each other in prayer. Participants may choose to be contacted by phone or email to pray for the requests that members provide. To be part of the prayer chain contact our office. Deb Weaver evening contact; Cindy Squires email contact.

Church Officers

The elected officers of the church provide vital leadership. Positions include: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Head Elder, and Head Trustee.  Leadership teams include the Board of Elders, Board of Trustees, and Board of Education.  For details, check our church constitution and/or talk with the congregational President Bill Thomas or other council member. Constitution & By-Laws, Standing Rules.

Within the Community

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We have various groups meeting throughout the week at the church.  Please check the church calendar or call our office for details.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Grace opens its door annually, usually around the beginning of the calendar year, for a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross.

Cheerful Comforters

Each Wednesday morning from 10 AM -12 PM, a group of women (members of the church & the community) gather in the fellowship room to create beautiful quilts. These quilts are stored and eventually distributed as a mission project overseas by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

 

  • Who are the Cheerful Comforters?  They are quilters.  They are 6 - 9 women of Grace Lutheran Church who love to work with fabric and make quilts.  The quilters are an extension of LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League).  They make approximately 100 quilts a year to send to Lutheran World Relief.  They also donate to the local schools for their fundraising efforts.  They have donated to other local organizations as well.  They also make receiving blankets and small quilts for Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland.  
  • Where do they get their fabric, thread, backs and batting?  They go to fabric stores and garage/estate sales.  Some people donate their fabric when they understand this is a mission project and where the quilts go all over the world.  They order the batting from different places.  They collect new and slightly used flat sheets for the backs of the quilts.  If need be, they dye the white sheets and white fabrics.  They accept any cotton fabrics, including curtains and tablecloths.  At that point, it is just fabric.  They can cut it into the right sized squares to be used for squares.  
  • 3.What happens to the quilts after they are sewn together?  They get boxed up by the quilters twice a year, May & October, and sent to Lutheran World Relief.
  • 4.How do the quilt boxes get to Lutheran World Relief?  They have a member who drives the boxes to a central gathering place in Beaverton.  Then they go on a train to Minnesota where they are repacked and sent all over the world.
  • 5.How do they know where their quilts go?  This is the first year that they have a tracking number to put on their boxes to show where in the world their quilts actually go.  Check out the chart in the Fellowship Hall above the purple LWML table to see where quilts and other LWR gatherings are shipped.
  • 6.How does Grace Lutheran Church help in this mission field?  The church members donate fabrics and threads to be used.  The church collects donated money to send the boxed quilts to LWR.
  • 7.How can I help?  You can help by donating unwanted cotton fabrics and/or new or slightly used flat sheets.  You can come and see how this process works and how you can fit in.  The youngest “girl” is 10 years old.  If you know how to tie a square knot, cut with scissors or even use a sewing machine, there is a place for you!  The Cheerful Comforters meet every Wednesday at the church from 9am – 12pm.  Sometimes they show up for an hour or the whole time.  They have a lot of fun.  They come up with some really nice looking and some wild looking quilts, but they seem to work out for a nice quilt for someone less fortunate who needs it. 

Many Hands Make Light Work, come join the fun!  Wednesdays 9-12, rain or shine!

Women in Mission

Grace has a robust Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). The LWML provides opportunities for monthly and annual meetings and conventions that provide inspiring teaching and fellowship. The church’s LWML sponsors many outreach projects for the church: LWML Mites, a drive to raise donations for overseas outreach projects; LWML school bags, which raises school items for needy students overseas; and the LWML Christmas Giving Tree, which provides seasonal help for needy members of the Scappoose community. Carole Covlin, Chairman.

Grace Christian Children's Center

Our Children's Center offers quality daycare and preschool education for families in our community. Cindy Overstreet, Director.

 

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