September 18, 2019
WELCOME FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS
On Friday, September 20 we’ll be offering a welcome to “our” Muslim students—kind of like Sunday morning coffee, but different. The Muslim Student Association has prayer on Fridays in our basement—two services, beginning at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. We’d like to offer tea, treats and conversation after the 1:30 pm prayer time (at approximately 2 pm). If you’re available to meet and greet, or can bring treats, or better yet BOTH, please contact Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much!
WALKING WITH GRIEF GROUP
Our Grace Grief Group — “Walking With Grief”— will begin on Wednesday, September 25th and continue for 8 weeks. Marcia Carlson and Cheryl Lanigan will facilitate this group. Knowing that death and grief and loss is a difficult part of living and many of us at Grace have had significant losses, we want to acknowledge, share and learn about it together. We will do this through conversation, readings, art, films and other thought-provoking and reassuring ways. Grief is not something one gets “over”, but it’s possible to live with it. “If it’s mentionable it is manageable.”
To introduce our focus on grief, in the Peace Chapel we are displaying a collection of weavings by Susan Gangsei, whose created these while her husband lived with and died of Parkinson’s disease. Susan will also be our speaker at the Adult Forum on Sunday, September 22 at 9:20 am.
You are welcome to talk to either Cheryl or Marcia about the group. Cheryl Lanigan: (email@example.com ) or Marcia Carlson: (952-818-4206 or firstname.lastname@example.org). To register for the group, please contact the church office: email@example.com or 612-331-8125.
SHARING THE HARVEST
Thursday, September 26, 10:30 am & 1:00 pm at Brian Coyle Center (420 15th Avenue South, Mpls)
Grace University Lutheran’s ministry of Sharing the Harvest is on the fourth Thursday of each month. We fill bags with produce in an assembly line fashion beginning at 10:30 am—it takes about an hour. Then at 1:00 pm neighbors pick up the bags. We need four people for 10:30 packing and one-two people for 1:00 distribution. Email Karen Van Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org or Josh Campbell, email@example.com, if you’re interested in volunteering or joining the volunteer email list – or sign up next to the office.
QUILTING on Thursday, September 26, 1:00-3:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
You’re invited to participate, whether or not you know how to sew! Contact Karen Franzmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org 612-423-4725 with questions.
OUR WHOLE LIVES PROGRAM
Our Whole Lives is a curriculum that explores human sexuality and our values. We are inviting high school youth to join us on 8 Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:30. The OWL program participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and values to lead safe, responsible, sexually healthy lives. There is discussion of human anatomy, healthy sexual relationships, and discussion of the differences between gender, orientation, and sex. Rev. Abby Henderson, Grace Member Dan Perruco, and Director of Faith Formation Heidi Johnson McAllister will be facilitating. There will be a parent orientation session on Sunday, September 29th at 12pm in the Peace Chapel. We highly encourage parents to attend.
HAWKINSON FUND FOR PEACE & JUSTICE 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY
Sunday, October 6, 3:00-5:30 pm at Grace
The Hawkinson Fund honors activism by giving an Honorary Award each year to individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to peace and justice; encourages service by giving scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice; and inspires new attitudes by celebrating these people who are changing the world. This year Sister Char Madigan receives the Honorary Award, and eight students receive scholarships for their critical and inspiring work in a variety of areas around the world! The Awards Ceremony begins at 3pm and is followed by a reception with appetizers. You are invited!!
BUILDING TOGETHER: A MWENDO CONGO BENEFIT
Friday, October 11, 7:00-8:30 pm at Grace
Celebrate and support the work of Mwendo Congo with an evening of spirited music and spoken word! Tickets are $25 online/$30 at door; Students and Seniors $10
Love to sing and want to be part of the program? Join the pick-up choir and lend your voice to a soulful rendition of “A Bridge Is Stronger Than a Wall.” A short rehearsal will be held at Grace at 6 pm the day of the event.
Tickets and pick-up choir registration at mwendocongo.org/benefit.
Want an active role in the benefit? Sign up to volunteer! We need ushers, hospitality providers, stage hands, a videographer, and a photographer. Please contact Lisa Nilles, email@example.com if you can help. Thank you!
TUESDAY SOUP FOR STUDENTS
Available dates: 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
This event is a student favorite where LCM Servant Leaders host soup for our extended community on campus. It’s a great way to meet new friends and create deeper connections. It’s pretty simple – we ask that you provide 2 large pots of soup and bring it to the church. We will provide the bread, treats and host the event. If you are interested in providing soup, please contact Michelle (LCM’s Administrator) at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate which Tuesday this semester would work for you. She’ll then email to confirm and give you all the details!