February 14, 2018
Don’t forget to check out all things LENT offered through Grace, including Ash Wednesday worship (February 14) at 12, 7 and 9, mid-week gatherings, and daily e-votionals (and printed devotionals) on the theme “Broken and Blessed” with the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursdays February 15, March 1 and March 15
1:00-4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Be part of Grace’s quilting ministry! Need not know how to sew…there’s a role for everyone:) Contact Karen Franzmeier at email@example.com if you are interested in trying this out…it’s a lovely group of people and a terrific way to connect while filling a need. Quilts go to Lutheran World Relief and/or other organizations who can use them.
THIRD FRIDAY INTERFAITH CONVERSATION
Friday, February 16 at 7 pm
Northwest Islamic Community Center, 3300 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth
You are warmly invited to the Northwest Islamic Center’s 3rd Friday Interfaith Conversation on Friday the 16th. This month’s topic is “Historical Figures in Christianity and Islam.” NWICC is in the Plymouth Post Office; enter through the back entrance. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
Monday, February 19 for Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 20
Please email article submissions for the March Grace Messenger to Jill at email@example.com.
Sunday, February 25th, Noon @ Noodles & Co. on Washington
Our February Grace Reads selection is Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. It’s a novel—not too long, not too short, but just right—profound, important, and a wonderful read! Selected as one of the New York Times Best Books of 2017, Sing, Unburied, Sing is Ward’s first novel after winning the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones. Have a read and join us for lunch. Please RSVP to Pastor Melanie: firstname.lastname@example.org
GREAT DECISIONS BEGINS AT GRACE ON FEBRUARY 26!
We meet on the 4th Monday of the month, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Great Decisions kicks off the year with a discussion of the waning of “Pax Americana”. Here’s a description of the topic: Since Donald Trump became president, the U.S. has shifted away from the liberal international order that was established following World War II. Since 1945 “Pax Americana” has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is accepted. Geopolitical allies and challengers are both paying close attention.
Our speaker is Mary Curtin, Diplomat-in-Residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and retired Foreign Service Officer.
If you are interested in joining the Great Decisions group, please contact Janet Jacobson at email@example.com. If you would prefer to just attend this one session, you are welcome! There is a charge of $10 per session to cover speaker costs.
LENTEN WOMEN’S RETREAT
There are a few more spaces available for the March 2-4 women’s retreat at ARC Retreat Center. The sign up is on Pastor Mary’s office door, or email her to sign up or with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NURSERY WORKERS NEEDED
We are looking for 1-2 additional people to work in the Grace University Lutheran Church nursery for 2 Sundays a month. Hours are 8am-noon. This is a paid position. Contact Jenny Odden: or
Mwendo Congo continues its vital work to support transformational education and health efforts in the eastern Congo. The board meets monthly and invites you to join their meetings anytime! Upcoming meeting: Sunday, March 18 at 12:15 pm in the Peace Chapel.
STEPPING ON FOR FALLS PREVENTION
Tuesdays, 9:00–11:00 AM | March 6–April 24
University Lutheran Church of Hope Fellowship Hall (601 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
Join this 7-week workshop where you’ll learn exercises and strategies to help prevent you from falling. Workshops are led by health professionals who, just like you, are concerned about falls. In addition, local guest experts provide information on exercise, vision, safety, and medications.
Facilitated by: Cheryl Lanigan, RN, FCN, Grace University Lutheran Church & Becky Afzali, Stepping On Leader, Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities
To register: Email Cheryl at email@example.com or call the Grace office at 612-331-8125. There is a $10 fee for the entire workshop.
Did you know?
- More than one-fourth of people age 65 or older fall each year.
- Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma and death among older adults.
- 40% of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days.
- Falls are not a normal part of aging!