November 30, 2022
ADVENT AT GRACE
MIDWEEK ADVENT IN PERSON INVITATION
Wednesday, November 30 @ 8 pm
Night Songs: LCM warmly invites Grace folks to “Night Songs”. We’ll sing Holden Evening Prayer, listen to readings about Incarnation, wonder and mystery, all of which will be accompanied by projections of the night sky in Grace’s sanctuary. Hope Member and Astronomy enthusiast Professor James Flaten will be assembling the images from space. This is the first time we’ve tried this, so if you’re up for an experiment with wonder and joy (even if there are some quirks and bumpy places), please join us!
GRACE MEN’S BREAKFASTS
Saturday, December 10 at 9:00 am at Elsie’s in NE Mpls (no meeting on the 2nd Saturday in December)
Grace men are invited to breakfast, conversation, and community! Held the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. For more information, please contact Dan Olson, coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATION ON WELCOME, BELONGING
& RACIAL EQUITY
Our second Sunday Intergenerational Education gatherings involve discussion and reflection about God’s desire for us to live together in community where everyone belongs, is welcome, and is safe. All ages are invited to meet again on Sunday, December 11 from 9:15 am-10:15 am. Pastor Justin and Heidi will be leading our time together, which will include creating care packages of supplies for people who are without needed items. Join us as we work together to both care for our neighbors, continue on our journey, and work toward racial equity.
GARDEN PANTRY NEEDS
Grace’s garden pantry is a resource for any passerby who is hungry or in need of some basic hygiene supplies. We stock the pantry 1-2 times per week with items purchased with some grant funds, monetary gifts, and donations of easy-to-grab items. Our current supply of items is running low. If you would like to contribute to our supply, you may send a check to Grace with “pantry” in the memo line, or bring items to the kitchen at Grace and label them for that purpose.
Thank you to Vicki Buttery for stocking our pantry regularly!
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays at 1:30 pm via Zoom (2nd Tuesdays in person off-site)
This study on the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday will be led alternatingly by Pastors Justin and Amber. If you are interested in participating, please join by Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86478236987?pwd=Ky8xZE5GWDVuWGhMQlBrVEJ0WStFZz09
Meeting ID: 864 7823 6987
For Second Tuesdays, please contact Pastor Amber Ingalsbe for information about where to meet – email@example.com.
BEYOND THE GRACE COMMUNITY…
CHRISTMAS IN CHRIST CHAPEL 2022 — “CELESTIAL WONDER, JOY UNFOLDING”
You are invited to watch the livestream of the Gustavus Adolphus College Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm. The livestream broadcast of “Celestial Wonder, Joy Unfolding” is free for all and may be accessed by visiting gustavus.edu/events/ccc. The livestream will be archived at the same site for later viewing. Grace’s Music Director Chad Winterfeldt is the Artistic Director for the service and also directs the Christ Chapel Ringers and accompanies congregational singing at the organ.
THE ECLECTICS AT THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERT SERIES
The Eclectics Bluegrass Trio offers a concert as part of the Roots Cellar concert series, held 7-9 PM Saturday December 3, at University Baptist Church (1219 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414).
The trio is:
John Bergquist, bass
Nick Martin, fiddle
Phil Nusbaum, banjo (Phil is the husband of Grace member Karen Van Norman)
The Eclectics will present special segments on the fiddler Kenny Baker and about blues in Bluegrass Music.
Web address: https://www.ubcmn.org/roots-
THE NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Join the NLC this December 9 or 10 for the 37th annual Christmas Festival, Jesus Christ Yesterday, Today, Forever! A free-to-all livestream of the performance will be broadcasted at NLCA.com on December 9 at 8:00pm and will be available as a recording throughout the holiday season. Visit NLCA.com for in-person tickets!
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICE: A Grace-supported Ministry in need of volunteers
CES’s Home Delivery Program is designed for our neighbors in the Phillips area who are low income and unable to physically visit the food pantry. Food is delivered free of charge, once a month. The food is hand selected based on the neighbor’s need and consists of canned and boxed non-perishable, produce, meat and dairy products.
CES relies on volunteers and are currently looking for groups of 4-8 people to help distribute groceries. Volunteers can commit to one time or on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Home Delivery Volunteers arrive at CES to top off pre-packed grocery bags with perishable food items, load the CES van and then drive separately to a nearby apartment complex to deliver the groceries directly to the clients.
If you are someone you know would be interested in this fun interactive volunteer role please reach out to Linda Velez, Volunteer Engagement Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. The only requirement is a friendly attitude and a caring spirit.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Senior hunger and isolation are growing problems, and they have been exacerbated by COVID-19. The Eastside Meals on Wheels is serving 75% more clients than we were at the start of the pandemic! Volunteering to deliver meals makes such a difference to our older adult neighbors. It helps combat social isolation, addresses safety hazards, and provides holistic care for seniors.
Want to volunteer? Pick up is at 11:00 a.m. at Waite Park Wesleyan Church (1510-33rd Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55418.) Meals are delivered Monday through Friday and we can be flexible with your schedule. Contact Jessie for more information at (612)277-2529 or by email at Jessie@eastsidemeals.org.
VETERANS EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH & HOPE MEETING
Wednesdays, 12:00 CST, 1:00 EST, and 10:00 PST
Zoom meeting only
For zoom link to the meeting, contact: Carl—Tuck.email@example.com, Mark—firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeanne—email@example.com
For more information about this meeting please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This meeting is for all who serve or have served in the Armed Services. Who are looking for support with recovery from substance use disorder. Who are looking comradeship so you know you are not alone. Substance use is about isolation, recovery is about connection. Connection is life on life terms. You never have to be alone again. Connections begin with reaching out.
VETERAN’S HELPLINE AVAILABLE 24/7:
CALL 1-800-273-8255 and PRESS 1, chat live, or text 838255
SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
There are several faith-based organizations in place to offer tangible support to Ukranians right now.
- Lutheran World Relief is receiving donations at lwr.org for the World of Good Fund, which goes to support efforts in Ukraine and elsewhere.
- The Lutheran World Federation is supporting people and churches – lutheranworld.org
- Lutheran Disaster Response responds to a number of crises around the world, including Eastern Europe – elca.org/disaster
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.