January 20, 2021
PRAYER AT NIGHTFALL
Thursdays 8:30–8:50 pm
Quiet time with prayer, poetry, song together every Thursday. This will be held as a Facebook Live – visit Grace’s Facebook page to tune in at 8:30 pm on Thursdays: Grace University Lutheran Church on Facebook.
Sunday, January 24, 2021 @ 11:30 am via Zoom
The agenda will include several important mission planning items: a few elections, adoption of our budget for 2021, a second vote on the proposed constitutional amendments which were approved last spring, an update on our pastoral transition, and an update on building enhancement.
Written reports for 2020 and the proposed 2021 budget will be available to you electronically in advance of the meeting.
Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.
Connect to this congregational meeting through Zoom – click the link OR open Zoom then enter Meeting ID and Passcode OR dial in using one of the phone numbers below.
Meeting ID: 857 5402 1171
To call in to a Zoom gathering using your touchtone phone, first dial by your area, then enter the Meeting ID and Passcode:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Wash, D.C)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
GRACE MEN’S RETREAT
Saturday, January 23, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm via Zoom
Every fall for over two decades, the men of Grace have had the opportunity to travel together to a rural spot for an annual retreat. For the past 15+ years, we have met at Heartwood Retreat Center in Wisconsin. This past fall, we were unable to gather, as you well know, due to the pandemic. But we can still spend time together on retreat … albeit through Zoom … not the same, but still a chance to reflect together on our lives and our world and our faith.
On this retreat we will have time to meet in a large group, to meet in breakout groups, and also take time alone for reflection. We may well be able to share with each other pictures of our lives this past year, and to close with a time of worship and music, like we always have.
So, you are invited to be part of this time of retreat with other Grace men — all men of Grace are welcome. There is no cost whatsoever for this virtual experience. Contact Pastor Dan at email@example.com to sign up.
GRACE WOMEN’S MINI RETREATS
Saturday mornings 9:00am – 12noon via Zoom
You are invited to sign up for these mini retreat experiences. Each one will highlight a different theme. Pastor Mary will facilitate the mornings, which include small group time, alone time and large group time. We will attempt to create a retreat-like tone, even as we gather via Zoom. If you want to join but need guidance on how to use Zoom, please let Pastor Mary know.
All you need is a quiet space, comfortable clothes, a journal, and the gift of your presence. We gather because we need the nourishment of shared experiences, wisdom, deep listening, and reflecting on matters of the heart.
Please sign up by emailing Pastor Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost and no maximum limit for the group. In lieu of a retreat fee, you are invited to make a donation to support the ministry of the ARC Retreat Center (https://www.arcretreat.org/give-today).
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.