This Week at Grace:
Sunday, November 19th –
Community Thanksgiving Meal at 5:00pm.
Sunday, December 3rd –
Sweet Scents of Christmas
Sunday, December 10th –
Sunday School Christmas program at 10:45
Sunday, December 17th –
Grace Choir Christmas Cantata at 9:00am
Sunday, December 24th –
Traditional Worship at 9:00am
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4 & 6 pm
Monday, December 25th –
Christmas Day worship with Communion at 10:00am
Thrivent Food Shelf Donations
Thrivent Financial is giving $500 to food shelves for every 500 items donated. Combined with donations from other churches, we were able to receive $500 from Thrivent this week! We are looking for 500 more donations to earn another $500 for the Dawson Area Food Shelf. Please bring donations to either Tim’s Food Pride or Grace Lutheran by Sunday, November 26th! Thank you for your continued support!
If you would like to sponsor a sanctuary Christmas tree to honor the memory of a loved one, please call Jesi in the church office.
The Grace LYO is sponsoring a Thanksgiving supper for our community’s senior citizens tonight at 5:00 p.m. You are welcome to invite others who would appreciate this opportunity for fellowship and conversation with others and our youth at Thanksgiving time.
We want to thank the American Legion Post 177 for donating turkeys for the Thanksgiving Dinner.
The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:00pm. They will also be hosting a Soup & Sandwich Supper beginning at 6:00pm that evening.
Sunday, November 26th
Next Sunday we will have one worship service at 9:00 am. There will be no Sunday school classes.
Confirmation pictures are ready and can be picked up in the office.
Sweet Scents of Christmas is on Sunday, December 3rd. We will be serving a meal from 11:30am to 1pm, and having a baked goods sale starting at 9:30am, and a drawing (tickets $1.00 each) for quilts and other various gifts.
Donations and Volunteers Needed
Signup sheets for workers and food items are in Grace Hall and we would appreciate if you could check those and help us with some of those needs. Additional items for our drawing are needed as well. If you can help or donate a gift for this, please let the church office or Gloria Burg know so we can include your gift.
Baked Goods Needed
Items such as baked goods (cookies, pies, doughnuts, rosettes etc.) craft items, gift certificates, event tickets, or gift baskets are very welcome. Proceeds from this event are given to the Missionary Support Fund and Grace Lutheran Church. Men are welcome too!
Jane’s Intergenerational Craft Day
On Sunday December 3rd at 12:30 (after Sweet Scents of Christmas) Pastor Jane invites you to meet in the lounge as we make hats and tie blankets for area children through Gifts for Kids.
If you would like to donate a skein or two of yarn (Wal-Mart has some inexpensive options) or fleece, you can bring them to the office at Grace. Jane will be leading instruction on how to make hats on a round loom. People of all ages enjoy this simple process. Please join her as we come together to help others.
Grace’s Gifts for Kids
The Evangelism Board is asking for monetary donations to purchase Christmas gifts for Dawson area families in need this season. They will be accepting donations until December 10th. Donations can be left in the offering plate or church. Thank you for your gifts of generosity!
KLQP “Santa’s Helpers” & Madison Kiwanis Club “Gifts for LqP Kids” Projects are once again collecting applications for kids/families in need. There are applications in the church office if you know a family who could use help this Christmas season.
Circle Schedule – November
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief
Since Hurricane Harvey touched down on the Texas coast, record breaking amounts of water have poured into the area. Harvey is expected to impact the gulf coast area until at least September 1st. Thousands have reported flooding. FEMA reported that there were mandatory evacuations issued for over 700,000 people and voluntary evacuations for over 1 million in Texas. In Louisiana, mandatory evacuations have been issued for 6,000 with voluntary evacuations for 133,000 people.
If you would like to donate, your gifts to the Lutheran Disaster Response fund will be used entirely in response to this disaster. Please make your check out to Grace Lutheran Church and write Hurricane Harvey in the memo and we will forward your gifts. Thank you.
More info on donating to the Lutheran Disaster Response fund can be found at http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/
College Addresses of 2017 Graduates are needed!
Radio & Bulletin Sponsorship
Openings are available to sponsor the bulletins or radio broadcast this summer. Bulletins are $30.00 and the radio broadcast is $50.00. Call the church office if you would like to reserve a date.
Senior Meal Site
Riverside Manor Apartments is looking for a volunteer to occasionally help serve noon meals at their senior meal site. Please contact the church office or Janet Liebl at 769-2332 if you are able to help.
We are looking for members wishing to assist in worship. These opportunities include: Usher, Lector, Greeters, Media Tech (2nd Service), Grace Choir, Praise Team, and Communion Assistant. Anyone wishing to share their talents and abilities or would like more info can sign up or contact the church office. For those who are already on our talent & abilities lists you do not need to sign up again. Thank you for prayerfully considering these opportunities.
Rice Hospice will be offering Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Groups for individuals who have experienced loss. Support groups are held in Clarkfield and Willmar. For more information call (320)231-4450.
Respite Care Providers Needed
Respite Care is the term used to refer to the act of leaving a loved one with special needs in the temporary care of anther party. Respite care may help children by lowering the stress level at home. Typical recipients of respite care are special needs children with mental health needs, developmental disabilities or physical disabilities, but it is becoming increasingly common for the elderly as well. Please contact LqP Family Services at 320-598-7594 if you are interested or have questions. Please specify the population you would feel most comfortable with. Thank you!
Grace Lutheran is pleased to announce that we now offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular offering. Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. To set up an electronic giving schedule you can either complete a paper authorization form or simply click on the "Online Giving" link below. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Thank you!
Grace Lutheran's Mission Focus
Growing in Faith
Reaching out in Love
Awakened to God's Presence
Centered in Christ
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