March 14, 2018
Don’t forget to check out all things LENT offered through Grace, including mid-week gatherings and daily e-votionals (and printed devotionals) on the theme “Broken and Blessed” with the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our full Holy Week schedule is posted on this website, too—visit our Holy Week & Easter 2018 page.
MARCH IS MINNESOTA FOODSHARE MONTH
Community Emergency Service is looking for personal hygiene items to help round out their food shelf. Those who struggle to provide enough food for their household also struggle with lack of personal care items. To that end, we invite you to contribute generously to this cause, bringing any of the following (and other personal care items you might think of) to place around the altar during the month of March:
- Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Dental Floss
- Panty liners, Pads, Tampons
- Shampoo, conditioner
Laura Thelander and Arthur Murray are welcoming eight-year-old Pierre-Richard and four-year-old Richenard to Minnesota and a new life together as a family of four. They would welcome meals as they do so. If you would be willing to provide a meal, contact Julie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-
Thursday, 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.
2018 LOW TEA FUNDRAISER—Email Kristian at firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY! to reserve your ticket
Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
Come for a light lunch and desserts, tea and coffee, to the 2018 Low Tea (formerly known as the High Tea…this year it’s just…lower). Entertainment provided by Grace Youth and families and the theme is “Broadway”! Tickets are $25 adults, $10 ages 6-18. Proceeds go toward the Youth Mission trip to Houston in June.
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.
Monday, March 19 at 12pm
Please email article submissions for the April Grace Messenger to Jill at email@example.com.
SOIL AND SOUL RETREAT
Saturday, March 24—10am-3pm at Common Harvest Farm (212 280th St., Osceola, WI)
This retreat is a half day opportunity to travel to Common Harvest Farm, to ponder with others the connection between the soil and our souls. Time for sharing in discussion, for walking in the beauty of the early spring, for eating good food, and for prayer is part of this experience. There is room for 20 participants – and it fills up quickly! The sign up will be posted on Pastor Dan’s door on March 1. You can email Pastor Dan as well: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost of the retreat is $15 and participants will also be invited to bring some ingredients for the wood fired pizzas we prepare together.
Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in the Peace Chapel
Topic: Media and Foreign Policy. In today’s world, both state and non-state actors must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism now competes with user-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and “fake news” has become a common refrain. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. How are national interests pursued and defended in the current media arena? And what are the implications for U.S. policy? Our speaker is Suda Ishida, professor of Communication Studies and director of the Certificate in International Journalism program at Hamline University. All Grace members are invited to join us. There is a small fee to attend if you are not a member of the group. Please contact Janet Jacobson at email@example.com with questions.
BOOKS & BAGELS:
An Occasional Parent-Child Reading/Book Club
Sunday, April 8 at 9:20 am at Bruegger’s on Washington
We’ll discuss A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid 1990s. https://www.lspark.com/books/longwalk/longwalk.html Grab a kid (any age!) and have a read, and then come for a bagel breakfast and good discussion. Sign up next to the office or RSVP to Pastor Melanie: firstname.lastname@example.org. Need a copy of the book? Pastor Melanie has those for sale as well.
NEW MEMBER CLASS
Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 pm
For those desiring to join Grace, or would like to learn more about our community or the Lutheran faith, a new member class will be held April 12. Dessert will be served. Please contact Jill at email@example.com or 612-331-8125 if you plan to attend. The booklet Baptized We Live will be sent for you to read before the class. Students might consider joining as associate members. We look forward to welcoming another wonderful group to Grace!
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