March 20, 2019
Wednesdays in Lent:
Soup and Bread each Lenten Wednesday 6:00-6:50 pm. A sign up is at the office door inviting folks to bring soup and bread, and to help set up and clean up.
Mid-week Prayer Around the Cross at 7:00-7:30 pm in the sanctuary, followed by small groups. This year’s theme is Listen to Your Children Praying: Prayers of the People. Sign up for small groups on the office door:
- Discussion of White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
Join Grace Racial Equity Team members Blake MacKenzie and Sara Martin for a discussion of White Fragility, by antiracist educator, Robin DiAngelo. Michael Eric Dyson describes White Fragilityas, “A vital, necessary, and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now.” Inspired? Join us! This small group will read DiAngelo’s book over four weeks, focusing on three chapters each week. While it is preferable to read the first three chapters before our meeting on March 13, feel free to come even if you haven’t opened the book.
- The Practice of Prayer
Prayer has been described as “Finding the Heart’s True Home.” With our focus on the “Prayers of the People” this Lent, this small group will explore and ponder different forms of prayer. Meditation, Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Gratitude, Healing, Intercession will be discussed and practiced. Using TED Talks and other video resources, words from those from various faith traditions who have lived lives of prayer will inform our time together. Pastor Dan will facilitate.
During the season of Lent our daily devotionals are shaped by the poetry of the psalms and the reflections and prayers of the Grace community and staff. E-votionals will be emailed daily beginning March 6 (except Sundays), and a printed version of these devotionals will be available for pick up at Grace.
You may already be on this email list if you received them last year! But if you aren’t and you’d like to be…the best way to do that is to update your preferences from a Grace email (at the bottom of a Letterbox or Messenger email) where you’ll be able to check the “Daily E-votionals for Advent and Lent” option. If you would be new to Grace announcement emails in general, visit our website page http://graceattheu.org/contact-us-directions/mailing-list/ and sign up to receive the kinds of emails you’d appreciate.
LENTEN HOME RESOURCE
Bread for the World has prepared a table tent resource of readings, prayers, and actions to help you and your family observe Lent in 2019. Pick one up at the table outside the church office.
MARCH IS MINNESOTA FOODSHARE MONTH
Community Emergency Service is our local food shelf, with whom Grace has a long-time relationship. 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 food or (new) personal care items to place around the altar during the month of March.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FOR 8TH THROUGH 12TH GRADERS
Community Emergency Service is our local food shelf. Join us in putting our faith in action at CES for the morning of Saturday, March 23rd from 10am-12pm. We will assist with organizing food and provide CES with the ability to serve the people coming for necessities. Please sign up on the office sign up door or email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
URBAN ARTS ANNUAL GALA
Saturday, March 30th
Join the Grace Gala Gang!
The Urban Arts Academy is a non-profit arts-in-education organization launched by our sister congregation, Calvary Lutheran at 39th & Chicago in south Minneapolis. Through its pre-school, after-school and summer programs, Urban Arts is developing vibrant young artists in their neighborhood through arts-infused education.
Over the past several years, a goodly number of Grace folks have enjoyed attending their annual Gala. We invite you to join this year’s Grace Gala Gang. Student art is on display to enjoy plus there’s a great silent and live auction during dinner. This all happens at the lovely St. Mary’s Event Center overlooking Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun) on Saturday evening, March 30th.
For more information, see Becky or Tom von Fischer or go to www.UrbanArtsAcademy.org. Reservations required.
CONGREGATION MISSION RETREAT
Saturday, April 6, 9:30–11:30 am at Grace (rescheduled for this date)
“If you were to wake tomorrow and it is 2029, what does our Grace Community look like in service, mission and community in that future world?” Are you intrigued? If so, please join us for a thoughtful and lively conversation on this question. We’ll imaginatively explore what the world, our cities and neighborhoods might look like. With this, we’ll also seek to understand Grace’s unique role in our corner of this future community. We will be using thought provoking questions, prayer, peaceful reflection, lively conversation and mixed media note taking to discern how God will be calling US. Coffee and morning treats will be provided.
UKRAINIAN EASTER EGG DECORATING
Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at Grace
Put this on your calendar: decorating eggs with Karen Franzmeier! Karen is an experienced Ukrainian egg decorator and teacher. Let’s prepare for Easter together by creating beautiful eggs! Recommended for all ages 2nd grade and above. Steady hands are needed so the eggs don’t crack! Cost is $5 per family to cover cost of materials. Sign up on the office door.
Sunday, April 21, 8:30-10:15 am
Don’t miss the annual Easter Breakfast goodness of egg bakes, fruit, juice, and coffee. Please sign up on the office door by Sunday, April 14th. A free will donation (suggested $5-8 per person over age 5) will be collected to support the youth of our congregation.
FAMILY CAMP SUMMER 2019
Join Grace folks this summer for Family Camp and experience the fun of the outdoors. Venture to Luther Park in Danbury, WI and stay in a cabin, sing songs, swim, have campfires, and more! Couples, individuals, families are all invited to come Friday, July 26th—Monday, July 29th. Cost is $200 per adult, $100 for youth 5-12, free for young people 0-4. If you are interested, please contact Heidi for more details. Scholarships are available if cost is a concern.