January 2018 - March 2018

Monthly Calendar:

January 2018 - March 2018

News for the week of March 18

Sunday, March 18 - Mission Servants invite you to enjoy their annual “Potato Sundaes” dinner, immediately after church. Delicious baked potato bar with salad and a yummy dessert.

Lenten Schedule: Potluck at 6pm. Service at 6:45pm. - March 21—Mexican (Krenz)

On March 25th, the Adult AM Bible Study will do two studies, Chapters 11 and 12. This session will have an abbreviated discussion period afterwards. On Easter, April 1st, there will be no adult Bible Study to make time for the Easter egg hunt and the fellowship breakfast between the early morning (7:30 AM) and regularly scheduled (10:15 AM) services. The regular practice of one chapter per week will resume on April 8th where we will be looking at Chapter 13. Steve Pollard - Facilitator


Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Seder - 6:30 pm Maundy Seder Meal and Potluck following the service. Potluck Signup Sheet is now up!

Good Friday Service, March 30, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 1 – EASTER! - 7:30 am Sunrise Service followed by Casserole Breakfast (around 8:30 am) - please RSVP on sign up sheet or email church office, so we know how many to cook for; 9:45 Children’s Egg Hunt; and 10:15 Communion Worship Service

MISSION SERVANTS - The beautiful Lord’s Prayer wall hanging is gone from the front of the sanctuary. It is being professionally mounted and framed. As you can imagine, this is an expensive process, but so important for such a priceless item. Donations to help defray the cost are being gratefully accepted. If you want to help, please make your check payable to Mission Servants and give to Gail Walker, Carole Covlin, Deb Weaver, Carole Pletz or Jeanne Hutton. 

USHERS NEEDED - Who: Members or regular visitors (men and women) who are able and willing to serve as an usher. What: Ushers prepare the sanctuary for service, greet congregants as they arrive, assist during service conducting routine functions (offering, etc), and release congregants among other things. When: We try to schedule ushers so they serve twice, but no more than 3 times per quarter. Ushers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early prior to service and can expect to leave about 15 minutes after service concludes.

Ushering is an important but not too stressful way to serve God and Grace Lutheran Church on an ongoing basis. Scheduling is flexible and is generally developed on a quarterly basis. If you are willing to serve as an usher or would just like to ask some questions, please contact Steve Pollard, the head usher, at stephenpollard100@gmail.com, or call 971-203-4620. Alternatively, you can send an email to the church office and they will forward to Steve.

NEW MEMBER - Please welcome Debra Beckman to Grace Lutheran Church. 

THANK YOU - The All-Church cleaning crew wants to thank those of you, who were able to help with the cleaning jobs and a special THANK YOU, goes out those (and you know who you are), who went above and beyond in cleaning the church.  Pat, Cindy and Janet.

Our Timeline:

This is a timeline for the church, and your timeline as connected to the church. It now has the basic church happenings on it. Now, it is time for all the members to add your connections to the church! Good experience, when joined, baptisms, weddings, sad experiences like funerals, Difficulties, conflicts, and conflicts resolved, Service in the church/school and church groups, Blessing received as a result of your service in the church/school.

Any other times and ways your connection with Grace Lutheran was important or impacted you, your families, or your sphere of influence. This is to help reinforce connection with the church, and how God's church helps in time of need, and how God's church builds us up as our time, treasure and talents are used in God's church and how God blesses us in that process. You can sign your name to an event, or simply list an event. After you have listed your events and experiences, remember others you have read, pray on them and pray for our Church and School.Thank God for his continued and continuing blessings upon the church and school, and upon each of us.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - Women's Bible Study - a study of Women of the Bible, starting with the Book of Ruth.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. - Bible Study and Breakfast - all are invited to attend!

THE STORY - What is The Story? People are wondering what is this thing that we hear is coming to our church called "The Story." Maybe we need to start off like Gabriel and Jesus approached people, "Fear Not," The Story is going to be distributed to Grace Lutheran's congregation without cost. The Story is going to be there for you to use in whatever way you choose, to whatever degree you choose.

  • You can attend Bible study or have small group ministry that uses the DVD presentation by Randy Frazee and Max Lucado; or pass on that opportunity.
  • You can read the book a few hours every night, or a little bit once a week or you can sit down and read the whole thing in a day or two.
  • Or you can choose to not read it at all. If you don't read it, you will still benefit from the message in the sermon.
  • AND however you choose to use the book, you keep the book.

There is no test! You're not back in school.

Is this a change? Yes, you bet. We don't usually buy a book and hand it out saying the sermons for 31 weeks will each be based on a chapter of this book. Is it a different way to worship? No not really. The approach is different, but it is still in the form of the selected reading that you're used to as we read through The Story, which you will see is your story, as it is God's story, and it is the greatest story ever told.

What is The Story? The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God's word more fully and engage with it more easily.

That's what The Story is, simple, accessible and easy to use; churches have found that The Story is a powerful way to engage God's children into reading the Bible like never before. Speaking of God's children, we will be using the teen version for the Confirmation class, and pastor will be using the young children's version in the Preschool/Daycare devotions. Regardless of age or education level; The Story brings to life the broad scope of God's message in ways that penetrates hearts. People of all ages have been swept up into the story of God's love and God's plan for their lives. The impact of The Story has changed lives, and it has changed churches. That is The Story. It's going to be important part of our exciting journey as we move forward here at Grace in positive Biblical manner.

Fasten your seat belts, here we go! We will distribute books on Sunday, January 7th and start on January 14th.

CIRCLE GROUPS - We are updating our Circle Groups for 2018. Both men and women or couples are welcome. No meetings, just a 2 month window where that circle handles set up and serving for any events, such as weddings or funerals. Each group hosts one of the Lenten Potlucks. It is often just the Lenten meal that a circle handles. If you would be willing to help, please contact Gail Walker.

Suggestion Box - There is a suggestion box on the Elder's table in the Narthex. Your ideas and comments are appreciated.

2018 Flower Chart - is now posted in the narthex, please sign up for altar flowers on your special day(s).

Mite Boxes - as Mite Boxes for Mission Servants are filled, they can be placed in the large Mite Box on the Mission Servants table in the Fellowship Hall or given to Carole Covlin, Carole Pletz or Deb Weaver.

St. Pauly Textile Shed - Don't forget about our used clothing shed in the parking lot. Fill a bag (tied closed, if possible) with your used clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys. Please DO NOT include rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys or household goods. Thank you!