July 12, 2018
25 YEARS AT GRACE: Pastors Mary and Dan mark a milestone this summer!
In July 1993, Mary Halvorson and Dan Garnaas began at Grace in their positions as co-pastors. We wish to mark this 25th anniversary milestone in their service to, for, and within our community at a coffee hour celebration on Sunday, July 22!
A booklet of congratulations, well-wishes, and notes of gratitude will be compiled and presented to them that day: email these to Jill at email@example.com at any time, with a deadline of July 15 (OK, 9am on July 16. But that’s it!)
Please join us on July 22 about 11:30 am to celebrate!
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, July 15 at 12:15 pm in the Peace Chapel.
MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION AT FRANKE’S SUBURBAN “FARM”
Sunday, July 15, 1-4 pm (approximately)
Dean and Martha Franke’s home: 3270 Black Oak Dr., Eagan
We’re inviting anyone from the Grace community out to our house for a Celebration of Summer at our suburban “farm”!
We’ll have: * Picnic: bring something to share if able * For those interested there’s the opportunity to see and learn about a permaculture garden, and Ryan will present about mushroom cultivation—he has quite a set up in our yard (which is the base for Backyard Fungi) * Animals: Goat naming contest for the kids—we have 2 young, as yet unnamed goats who need names and who the kids can also feed; Ducks and chickens to watch, eggs to collect * Music—or so we hope!—bring your instruments (vocal or otherwise) * Raspberries to pick (should be ripe by then) :-)…THIS JUST IN: Wiffle ball game for all ages!! Sprinkler and a/c available if it’s hot!! Painting activity (mostly for kids) – so don’t wear your Sunday best!!
RAIN OR SHINE (we’ll pull out the big umbrellas if necessary) and NO ONE’S A STRANGER!! Bring along a lawn chair (if you have one) in case it’s needed.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Wednesday, July 18 — 6:30-8:30 pm at the home of Pastors Dan & Mary: 682 S. Kenneth St., St. Paul 55116
You are invited to a Grace ice cream social—just a nice gathering with ice cream and friends, known and yet-to-be-known! Stop by any time during the social.
QUILTING IN SUMMER
Thursdays, July 19, August 2 & 16 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. See some of the beautiful quilts this group has created – they are displayed on the pews in fellowship hall!
SUMMER GRACE TIME PLAYDATE
Sunday, August 12, 9:15-10:15 am
Have some fun outside (weather permitting…in fellowship hall otherwise) between services! All who want to play games, share a snack, and enjoy the summer weather are invited to participate. Just show up!
Sunday, August 19 at 8:15 and 10:30 am
Join us for worship (always!) especially on August 19 in the great outdoors, also known as the lawn north of Grace. Music will be led by Steve Abenth and friends. Many chairs will be set up, but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair if you are able.
Sunday, August 19 at 4:00 pm, Wabun Park, Minneapolis
You are invited for a potluck picnic and fun afternoon/evening with others from the Grace community! Wabun Park is located close to Minnehaha Falls and has a variety of amenities, including a terrific accessible playground, a wading pool with some water features, lots of open green space, and covered shelter with picnic tables. We’ll have signs pointing you to Grace’s gathering spot, which is Shelter A (close to the wading pool and playground). Bring a dish to share, lawn games if you wish, and yourselves. Our spot is reserved until 10 pm…you may stay the whole evening if you wish!