This Week at Grace:
Walk of Hope
The 13th Annual “Walk of Hope” is Sunday, September 17th, 2017 from 5:30 to dusk at LQP Fair Grounds . Opening Ceremony 6:00 pm. Luminaries and raffle tickets available that evening. Food by Lil’ Red Wagon available 5:30 pm -7:30 pm. More information and Luminary forms are available in the narthex.
The LqP Conference WELCA Retreat is on Tuesday, September 19th at The Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre. The Nest is a healing place for veterans. They will be touring the grounds, visiting, and have a noon meal. The bus will leave Dawson at 8:30 from the Cenex parking lot. There is a $25 registration fee for bus and meal. Please bring to church office or mail to Bernice Oellien (2570 280th Street, Madison Mn 56256). Men are welcome, too!
We are gearing up for Sunday School Rally Sunday on September 17th. Please come for the opening event of our Sunday School Year. Worship service will be followed by a Pancake Breakfast with outdoor games in the courtyard. All ages are invited! We need baked goods for the cake walk next Sunday! If you would be willing to donate a cake, cupcakes, bars, candies or cookies, please call the church office- or just bring one or two Sunday morning! Thank you!
Monday Bible Study
Emily’s Bible Study group will resume their studies beginning Monday, September 11th at 2:00pm in the Fellowship Lounge. The only resource you need is your Bible and your willingness and excitement to develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Everyone is welcome! (No bible study on Quilting Mondays)
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/
The LqP Conference WELCA Retreat is on Tuesday, September 19th at The Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre. The Nest is a healing place for veterans. They will be touring the grounds, visiting, and have a noon meal. The bus will leave Dawson at 8:30 from the Cenex parking lot. $25 registration fee for bus and meal is due by September 1st. Please bring to church office or mail to Bernice Oellien (2570 280th Street, Madison Mn 56256). Men are welcome, too!
Welcome Intern Pastor Jane
Open House Meet and Greet for Intern Pastor Jane Crawford and her family be on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-6pm in the fellowship lounge.
Service Sunday: Service Sunday is an opportunity for all members of Grace to gather and let their “faith be active in love” for the local community. Our regular worship will begin with a blessing and we will be sent out for service in the community. There is service work for ages and abilities. If you have ideas of service opportunities please contact the church office.
College Addresses of 2017 Graduates are needed!
School Kits: Grace Lutheran is joining with Lutheran Social Services to provide backpacks for students in Minnesota. We will collect the following items to put in the backpacks for primary and secondary aged children: Please bring any of the following items to donate: Folders with Pockets, Wide-Ruled Notebooks, #2 Pencils, Eraser, Scissors, Glue or Glue Stick, Ruler, Pencil Sharpener, Box of Crayons, Pencil Bag or Box, Backpack, College-Ruled Notebooks, Pens (black or blue), Highlighter, Three-Ring Binder, College Ruled Paper, Pocket Dictionary, Scientific Calculator, School Year Planner.
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
Everyone is Welcome!