April 14, 2021
Submit articles for the May Grace Messenger by Monday, April 19 – send to Jill at email@example.com.
EASTER SEASON DEVOTIONALS
You are invited to contribute! Please send photographs that show “new life” to Jill in the office. Criteria: a quality photograph (Jill may edit and crop as needed) that you or a family member has taken, jpg or png file, 1 or 2 submissions per person, and if a human is included in the composition please gain their permission for it to be used. There is no guarantee that every photograph submitted will be used, but we will make every effort to include as many as possible. You can start sending in photos immediately:) Indicate in the subject line of your email “New Life Photo”.
PASTOR NOMINATION FORM AVAILABLE
The nomination form to submit names of pastors to be considered in our search will close this Friday, April 16 at 2 pm. Until then,find it on our website at http://graceattheu.org/call-process/ or use this link: Pastor Nomination Form
CELEBRATING OUR PASTORS
Please reserve the weekend of May 15 and 16 to celebrate and say farewell to Pastor Mary and Pastor Dan as they embark upon their retirement.
At 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 15, you are invited to participate in a Zoom send-off party (planning now underway—read on for more information for ways to become involved!). On Sunday morning May 16, Dan and Mary will lead their final worship service at Grace via a live Zoom.
More information will be sent out very soon. If you would like to share ideas or become involved, please contact Kirsten Bansen Weigle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 396-3976.
April 25, 2021
Grace’s Global Climate Change study group invites you to a virtual information-sharing climate change presentation and discussion on Sunday, April 25 at 11:30 following the church service: “Climate Change and Food” will be a ZOOM Forum and end at 12:48 pm.
Along with the Grace presenters (Margaret Pennings, Joan Christensen, Karen Van Norman, Randee Edmundson, LCMer and U of M Senior Olivia Olson, Paul Ostrow and Steve Solbrack) we will also hear from Joan Felice, retired nutrition professor at MCTC with years of experience working with people in Guatemala, and Diego Gil, who is the delegation coordinator at ILAG Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala and has a newly developed foundation, Nach’ok, creating opportunities for village communities to learn new methods of gardening and agriculture to address poor soil conditions, unpredictable rains, and nutritional challenges, especially for women and children.
In preparation for the discussion, we suggest that you watch the eye-opening film, “Kiss the Ground,” available on Netflix. It presents the concepts of regenerative farming and carbon sequestration, and the role they could play in the battle against climate change.
Join with fellow Grace community members to learn about options, discuss being part of the solution and set goals for ourselves.
Zoom connection information for the gathering will be shared in upcoming communications.
Our spring Congregational Meeting (usually held in late May/early June) is scheduled for Sunday, May 2 at 11:30 am – we will gather via Zoom. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
FOUNDATION FOR CANCER CARE IN TANZANIA FUNDRAISING GALA
You can support the legacy of Helmet and Ro Diefenthal. The annual fundraising Gala for Foundation For Cancer Care in Tanzania is Saturday, April 17, 7-8pm CDT. Registration is free.
Donations can be made at this website: https://tanzaniacancercare.org
PRAYER AT NIGHTFALL
Thursdays 8:30–8:50 pm
This has concluded for the season.
ADDRESSING HUNGER DURING THE PANDEMIC
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Calvary Lutheran Church (3901 Chicago Ave, Mpls) has an emergency food shelf on Saturdays – (http://clchurch.org) see “Emergency Food Shelf” on the home page, which includes information for those seeking food and a link to volunteer.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICE (CES)
CES provides high-quality direct service to people in need through direct aid relief, advocacy, referral, guidance and prayer support, if desired. CES seeks to strengthen families and individuals with the goal of moving them beyond crisis to financial stability, as well as emotional health, personal growth and spiritual depth. The Grace community has been a strong supporter of this ministry for many years. To learn more: https://cesmn.org
You may send your check to Grace with “CES” in the memo line, and funds will be forwarded.
RACIAL JUSTICE NETWORK
The Racial Justice Network (RJN) Education Committee is partnering with the We Win Institute, which helps kids of color overcome the effects of systemic racism. Families identified as experiencing food insecurity are being provided groceries through the RJN Education Committee. They bring enough food to last 2-3 weeks, at a cost of $250.
The Racial Equity Team at Grace is inviting Grace members to help. Send a check to Grace with “Good Samaritan Fund (RJN)” on the memo line. You are encouraged to give what you are able, whether or not you can provide the full amount for a family’s groceries. If you have questions, please contact Linnea at email@example.com.