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June 26, 2022 Newsletter

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

Generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

~Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

Grace Full Friends is a ministry designed to share the love of Christ with adults who are developmentally disabled—a 90-minute event, open to all.

Included are the following: Welcome, Lesson, Prayer, Singing, Crafts, and Snacks. Grace Full Friends began in 2016 and continued successfully until Covid caused a temporary suspension in 2020.

Grace Full Friends will be offered on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning on July 19, 2022. The facility is handicapped accessible.

For information, contact Bob Haaf (rahaaf@aol.com)

 

Fellowship Time

Thank you to all who help!

June 26 – Barbara, Beth and David Charvat

July 3 – no fellowship hour

 

A couple of Dads enjoying donuts on Father’s Day.

Thank you to all who brought donuts for Dads!

 

Operation Christmas Child

As many of you know, the members of Grace have been in partnership with Operation Christmas Child for many years. This last November we sent 100 shoeboxes to Emmanuel Baptist Church which serves as a drop-off for local donations. Since 1993, OCC has delivered over 124 million shoeboxes in 150 countries. Last year 1 million children accepted Jesus Christ through the OCC program. Every box that we pack is an opportunity for church partners to tell a boy or girl about Jesus.

So again this year we are getting started on filling those boxes. Our packing party will be November 13. Please save this date. We look forward to seeing many of you volunteer your time to help us pack these boxes. This year again we are going to ask for specific donations each month, beginning in June. Here is the list of items we are asking for by month. Remember, the items must fit into a shoebox.

June Individual pack of tissues, pocket or purse size and/or toothbrush

July Bar Soap – Ivory preferred and/or pencil sharpeners

August Scissors and/or markers

Sept. Erasers and/or crayons

Oct. Small Notebooks, coloring books, pads of paper, small books

Nov. Monetary donations and/or small toy

We will have a collection box near the office where you can place your donations. Thank you to everyone who has supported this opportunity over the years and we hope you will continue to support it this year. If you have questions, please see  Linda Mason.

Christian Education Committee

Connie Thomas, Chairperson

 

 

Peanut Butter!!!!

Augsburg Lutheran Church has an immediate need for peanut butter for their food pantry.  If you are able, please consider bringing a jar of peanut butter to church and all donated peanut butter will be taken to Augsburg for their clients.  Peanut butter should be placed in the Feed Your Neighbor bins in the Giving Room and it will be separated from other donated food and delivered.  Thank you!!!

 

 

Pastor’s Thoughts:

Over the past few weeks, we have been thinking about the ways worship, Bible study, and prayer can shape and guide our life of faith. These are foundational, and are perhaps the best places to begin. But there are other important ways we live out our call to be disciples of Jesus, as well.

Giving is also fundamental; the giving of time, talent, and treasure as a response to the love of God. When we give—our time in service to the Church and to our neighbors, our talents for the ministry of the Church, our money so that the Church’s mission may continue and grow—we are demonstrating that we trust that God will always provide us with enough: enough energy, enough hope, enough compassion, enough daily bread  … so that we can be vital witnesses to the Gospel.

This is tough. We know that there are many things in life which require our  money, our time, and our talents. Certainly we must see that our basic needs and those of the people in our care our met. But how do we prioritize our treasures? Do we see them as only our own, or do we understand that everything we have—everything—comes to us as a gift from our generous God? If we can begin to see that, it might re-shape how we view not only what we have been entrusted with, but also how we might consider using it for the building up of the kingdom of God and for the care of God’s people. Even a slight shift in our thinking, a thinking that begins with thanksgiving rather than fear of lacking anything, can change our hearts and inspire us to be those who share out of the blessings we have been given.

The offerings need not be big. Perhaps an extra moment in prayer for someone in need … or volunteering for one of our congregation’s many ministry and service activities .. or a small increase in our monetary offering … or a few extra moments spent in conversation with someone in need of a listening ear … All of these are ways of giving, and all of them build up the Body of Christ.

In Christ,

Pastor Brenda

 

July 10 Outdoor Contemporary Service

On Sunday, July 10, an outdoor Contemporary Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. outside of Fellowship Hall.  After the service lunch will be served. Though food will be provided, we are giving members the opportunity to bring salads or desserts to help supplement the offerings. If you are able to bring a salad or a dessert, please let Mary Schneider know or use the sign-up sheet on either of the Community Bulletin Boards. You do not have to bring anything to attend the lunch. The Worship and Music Committee is looking forward to this special   summer service.

 

Many thanks to all who helped plan and  participate in the installation service on June 15. It was a joyous evening and I look forward to our ministry journey together.

In Christ,

Pastor Brenda

 

Opportunities to meet with Pastor Brenda

These times are a good opportunity to visit with Pastor, ask questions,

and share your dreams for grace!

Sunday July 10 after worship

Tuesday July 19 at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday July 20 at 6:15 p.m.

Sunday July 24 after 9:30 a.m. worship

 

Ten Commandments

Merrie’s Bible school teacher asked her to list the Ten Commandments in any order. Her answer?   “Six, three, five, four, eight, seven, ten, one, nine, two.”

Which Version?

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whom do men say that I am?”  And his disciples answered unto Him, “Master, Thou art the supreme eschatological manifestation of omnipotent ecclesiastical authority, the absolute, divine, sacerdotal monarch.”

And Jesus said, “What!?”

Drawing God

A children’s Sunday school teacher encouraged her five year olds to create an art work that related to the Bible.  As she wandered around the room looking at the pictures, she came to little Alice. “Alice, what are you drawing?” ” I am drawing God.” “But no one knows what God looks like, Alice.”  Without missing a beat, Alice replied, “They will when I’ m finished.”

Contents

Minister: “Do you know what’s in the Bible?”

Little Girl: “Yes, I think I know everything that is in it.”.

Minister: “You do? Tell me.”.

Little Girl: “Okay. There’s a picture of my brother’s girlfriend, a ticket stub, a picture of my schnauzer, and a secret note from Terry.”

 

Habitat for Humanity

https://www.facebook.com/maumeevalleyhabitatforhumanity/videos/1132077577348759

Here is a link to the Blessing of the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Faith Build that took place on June 14 in preparation of the volunteer activity on the work site for the home for Brian Lowe.  Members from Glenwood, Faith United, Olivet and Grace Lutheran Churches in Toledo have joined forces to provide volunteers to help build and provide meals for the volunteers on the work site.  Habitat is calling this joint effort the “Lutheran Response”.

The next joint work day for our “Lutheran Response” group is Saturday July 9 at 8:30 am.  We are still in need of volunteers to help on this date.  Since the heavy rains last week put the project behind, we don’t know for sure exactly what the build activities will be on Saturday, but whatever the tasks, the team will have plenty to do, and a have a good time doing it.  You really get a feel for the term “many hands make light work” when you are working with volunteers on a project like this.  Anyone of any skill level can help.  All training is provided on site for the tasks you feel comfortable with performing. There are plenty of “light work” opportunities such as being a “go-fer” that really help to keep the others working efficiently.  Please consider offering your time and talent to this extremely good cause.

God Bless,

Ron

 

Behind the scenes at Grace….

  1. What a wonderful celebration of Pastor Brenda’s installation this last Wednesday. Bishop Boudoin gave the sermon with members of Grace participating, and Debby and Ann Augustin providing the music. Thanks to all! WELCOME     PASTOR BRENDA!!
  2. It has been a real stinker as far as the heat and looks that is what we will have though the month of June, yet our grass is green thanks to Ron Schneider monitoring our sprinkler system.
  3. A Need! We need empty medium and small plastic peanut butter jars. We would like them clean but if the peanut butter is past its “best use by date”, we are sure the chips and squirrels might like a special treat. Please leave containers in the office or hang on Gretchen’s door.
  4. Don’t forget to put bags of trash in our dumpster out in the parking lot instead of the basement.
  5. As we are all feeling the “ouch” in our grocery bills there are many people in our community who are feeling more of an “ouch”. So, if you are able, please remember our Food Pantry and Personal Needs when shopping – every little bit helps!
  6. We have a new person help to keep Grace sparkling! Her name is Kim – please welcome her!
  7. Don’t forget to check the Community Bulletin Boards outside the big church and the office for upcoming events and highlights of members!
  8. Remember: Grace is not the building but the people of Grace carrying out God’s mission!

 

Healthy People! Healthy Parish!

Perfect Portions!

We all know that the size of the plate we use affects how big a portion we grab. In the 1960’s a plate was 8 and1/2 inches in diameter and roughly 800 calories. In 2020 the plates grew to 12 inches in diameter and roughly 1900 calories – WOW!

Another increase is in restaurant and fast food.

20 years ago:

Pizza was 500 calories for 2 slices and in 2020 it is 850 calories for 2 pieces!

Movie Popcorn was 270 calories for 5 cups and in 2020 is 630 for a tub!

The key to a good /great diet is portion control!

So, what is the difference between what we read on a label as a serving and what a portion is?

A serving is the recommended amount of food to eat, and a portion is how much we actually eat.

Most of the time they don’t’ match! We eat a bigger portion than the recommended serving.

The result is that for many of us our waistlines have also grown since the 1960’s!

So, how can you work on helping to make better portion decisions?

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (Phew!) came up with

something called

“My Plate “.

This is what your plate should look like:

½ of your plate should be fruit and vegetables

¼ of your plate should be proteins – meat, fish, poultry, beans, etc.

¼ of your plate should be carbohydrates – bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.

To keep from cramming too much food on your plate – be like a little kid and don’t let any foods touch each other!!

Summer is here and fresh fruit and vegetables are starting to be available. The cost has also increased so buy what you need and use so it does not spoil. A good deal is great but if you do not use it and it spoils it is not such a great deal – share it with family or a neighbor.   Don’t forget the Farmer’s Markets that are now open for great fresh vegetables and fruit. If you signed up for the Senior Food Program don’t forget to use your coupons.

 

 

Active Shooter Program Reminder!

The Active Shooter Program is scheduled for Thursday August 4th at 5:00pm in Fellowship Hall.

We don’t want to think anything would ever happen at Grace, but we need to be prepared and aware of what we need to do should it happen.

This is open to all members of Grace and is strongly encouraged for all those who lead groups, usher, Sunday School and VBS, etc.

To plan on space, food and any handouts please sign up on the sheets located on the Community Bulletin Boards. Any questions see /call Gretchen Hiatt

419-944-5166.

 

 

This is the day the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

~Psalm 118:24

Sunday June 26, 2022 Meditation

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Toledo, Ohio

A congregation of the Northwestern Ohio Synod

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Introduction & Welcome

Thank you for accepting God’s invitation to worship today, God’s gift to us because God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good!

We have no good apart from God. That makes Jesus’ call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruit: love, joy, peace, and patience. This is freedom to not be imprisoned by anything that would keep us from the fullness of the life God has given us. This is the path of life.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity,☩ one God,

whose steadfast love endures forever.

Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not followed your path

but have chosen our own way.

Instead of putting others before ourselves,

we long to take the best seats at the table.

When met by those in need,

we have too often passed by on the other side.

Set us again on the path of life.

Save us from ourselves

and free us to love our neighbors.

Amen.

Hear the good news!

God does not deal with us according to our sins

but delights in granting pardon and mercy.

In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.

You are free to love as God loves.

Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21

In the story preceding today’s reading, the prophet Elijah flees for his life to the security of God’s mountain. There God reveals to Elijah that there are still other faithful people in Israel and commissions him to anoint new leaders, including his own successor, Elisha.

15Then the Lord said to [Elijah,] “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.
19So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. 20He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed     Elijah, and became his servant.

Psalm: Psalm 16

1Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
  I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”
2All my delight is in the godly that are in the land,
  upon those who are noble among the people.
3But those who run after other gods
  shall have their troubles multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings to such gods,
  never take their names upon my lips. 

5O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;
  it is you who uphold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
  indeed, I have a rich inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
  my heart teaches me night after night.
8I have set the Lord always before me;
  because God is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
  my body also shall rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me to the grave,
  nor let your holy one see the pit.
11You will show me the path of life;
  in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-25

For Paul, the freedom Christ gives is not permission to do whatever we want. It is the invitation to be what we could not be otherwise. The power and guidance of Christ’s Holy Spirit produce a different kind of life, one marked by the fruit of this Holy Spirit.

1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia. (John 6:68)

Gospel: Luke 9:51-62

Jesus is unwavering in his commitment to his mission in Jerusalem and will not be swayed by pettiness. In a series of striking cases in point, he calls his disciples to a similar single-mindedness.

51When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55But he turned and rebuked them. 56Then they went on to another village.
57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Meditation by Vicar Dave

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You, O Lord, and bring glory to Your Holy name.

When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He means it to be right away. I’ve often noticed how some young folks think that they can work on their relationship with Jesus another time. I have to admit that, for a long time, I was one of them. Maybe I still am. When you’re young, you think that life will go on forever and that you’ll always have a tomorrow. I’m reminded of the rich man in Luke 12:16, who built several large barns to store up goods for several years into the future. He thought himself wise, planning ahead like that. What he didn’t know was that his tomorrows were over that very night. The rich man’s error wasn’t so much that he was planning for his future, but only that he was planning for his physical needs and not his spiritual ones. “So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God”. Luke 16:21.

In today’s readings we see two instances of people being called by Christ but wanting to put it off for another time. One man wanted to bury his father first. We don’t know anything about the father. For all we know, Dad may have still been alive and the man meant to take care of him till his death, and then come and follow Jesus. On the other hand, Dad may be dead already and the man literally just wanted to go back and bury him. The other wanted to go back home and say good-bye to his family. Jesus replied that, “No one who put a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God”. I think the message that Christ is trying to get across is about both the urgency and the importance of the work that lay ahead. Christ was about the business of saving the entire human race from their own folly. What could be more important than that? He also knew that His time on this Earth was limited, hence the urgency. Christ was also giving these people a chance at something we could only dream of today. To get to know Jesus while He was living among us was quite the opportunity! To learn from Him, personally. I can’t even imagine anything like it!

Elisha did something similar in our reading from First Kings today. When called by Elijah to be his successor and a prophet of God, Elisha’s response to ask to go home first and kiss his parents good-bye. He did this and then prepared a feast for his family before leaving and following Elijah.

During the past few years, I’ve felt a calling towards God’s service. I have tried to answer that call and made a plan for equipping myself in order to do what I believe God is asking me to do. I have a timetable and have taken some of the first steps towards becoming a minister of word and service. I’ve been so happy that I’ve been able to start that work here, among the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church in Toledo. I think that the Diakonia classes I’ve been taking have helped me to get ready for my studies at Luther Seminary. I am also blessed that I have been able to continue to learn here by serving this congregation. But I also wonder if I’m not procrastinating in some ways. The timetable I’ve put myself on will take about five to six years to complete. Should I be trying to finish my studies sooner? I’m confident that the Holy Spirit has been guiding me in making my plans and that my service to this community will only be enhanced by my deliberate pace. After all, God knows what I am capable of and how quickly. I’m certain that God has placed me where he wants me to be and has laid out the path before me.

What is God calling you to do right now? Perhaps He has something in mind for you that will help to spread Christ’s good news to others. That could take the form of helping at a soup kitchen or being there for a friend during a time of need. It could be as praying for someone, whether or not you even know them. Perhaps He’s calling you to a closer relationship with Him. That could take the form of reading your Bible more and meditating on what’s inside. Perhaps it’s both. (That’s how I feel about my calling) Don’t delay! The work may be difficult, but it is both important and urgent! Answer God’s call to do His work with your heart and your hands!

Prayers of Intercession

United in Christ and guided by the Spirit, we pray for the church, the creation, and all in need.

A brief silence.

God of faithfulness, set the face of your church firmly on you. Rooted in your self-giving love, may the church find freedom in loving our neighbors. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

God of gentleness, strengthen the earth’s ability to heal. Where there are dangerous storms, bring calm. Where there are destructive fires, bring rain. Protect homes, habitats, and livelihoods threatened by climate disasters. Open our eyes to where we are being poor stewards of your creation and open our hearts to do better. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

God of peace, guide all who govern, that they place the good of their citizens above self-promotion. Anoint leaders of nations with your Spirit of neighborly love. Protect refugees and all who live under tyranny or conflict, especially those in Ukraine and Russia and all other places of conflict and tyranny that don’t make our headlines. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

God of kindness, reveal your healing presence to all who are sick or dying, especially those whom we remember on our prayer list and prayer board as well as those we bring before you now, either out loud or in the quiet stillness of our hearts. Uphold those who grieve. Support the needs of any who are unemployed, hungry, or have nowhere to lay their heads. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

God of love, attend to those struggling with addiction, depression, or uncontrolled anger. Provide support systems and loving companions as they work toward health, that they may rest in hope and know the fullness of joy in your presence. Bless those who work with those so afflicted that they may act with patience and loving understanding. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

God of joy, we give thanks for all who have died and now celebrate the inheritance of life in you. Keep their examples of faithfulness always before us, that we trust your promises in life and in death. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

God of every time and place, in Jesus’ name and filled with your Holy Spirit, we entrust these spoken prayers and those in our hearts into your holy keeping.

Amen.

God of abundance: you have set before us a plentiful harvest.

As we feast on your goodness, strengthen us to labor in your field,

and equip us to bear fruit for the good of all,

in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

Together, let us profess our faith using the words of the Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

And now, as our Savior, Christ is teaching us, we boldly pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Blessing

The God of peace,

Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you, comfort you,

and show you the path of life

this day and always.

Amen.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Love your neighbor.

Bless the world and be God’s grace!

Thanks be to God!

June 19, 2022 Newsletter

 

Bless the world

Be God’s Grace!

 

 

Grace Full Friends is a ministry designed to share the love of Christ with adults who are developmentally disabled—a 90-minute event, open to all.

Included are the following: Welcome, Lesson, Prayer, Singing, Crafts, and Snacks. Grace Full Friends began in 2016 and continued successfully until Covid caused a temporary suspension in 2020.

Grace Full Friends will be offered on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning on July 19, 2022. The facility is handicapped accessible.

For information, contact Bob Haaf (rahaaf@aol.com)

 

 

19 June

Pastor’s Thoughts:

For the past couple of weeks, I have been pondering with you some of the ways we lay a foundation for our relationship with God, and draw the strength to engage in the world as followers of Jesus. Worship and regular Bible study were our first two central pieces. In worship, we offer our praise to God for all that God has done and we turn to the Word for guidance and hope for daily living.

Think for a moment about the important and vital relationships in your life; with family, with friends, with co-workers. How do we keep connections strong? One of the most basic ways is through conversation. If we don’t talk with those we value, sharing our thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, and sorrows, we miss out—on support and on the knowledge that someone stands ready to listen.

Prayer is conversation with God, and it is crucial to our relationship with our Creator. We must engage in this vital way with God: confessing our failings, rejoicing in our gifts and in the grace of God, and placing difficult situations in God’s hands. As in any relationship, if there is no conversation, there can be no lasting, deep connection.

I know we all lead busy lives, and it may seem like a struggle to find time to be in  conversation with God. Some moments for prayer may come naturally to us, such as before a meal or before we retire for the night. We might also think about a prayer as we rise in the morning–thanking God for a new day and asking God to show us how we might be about the Good News in the world. Or perhaps as we wash our face,   remembering our baptism and claiming our identity as a beloved child of God. Anytime we are stuck by a moment of blessing, concern, or joy can be an opportune moment to pause and be in conversation with God. The words we use don’t matter. All that matters is that we keep that connection open, both offering what s on our hearts and listening to what God might have to say.

In Christ,

Pastor Brenda

 

 

Peanut Butter!!!!

Augsburg Lutheran Church has an immediate need for peanut butter for their food pantry.  If you are able, please consider bringing a jar of peanut butter to church and all donated peanut butter will be taken to Augsburg for their clients.  Peanut butter should be placed in the Feed Your Neighbor bins in the Giving Room and it will be separated from other donated food and delivered.  Thank you!!!!

 

Fellowship Time

Thank you to all who help!

 June 19 – Donuts for Dads

June 26 – Barbara, Beth and David Charvat

July 3 – no fellowship hour

 

Operation Christmas Child

As many of you know, the members of Grace have been in partnership with Operation Christmas Child for many years. This last November we sent 100 shoeboxes to Emmanuel Baptist Church which serves as a drop-off for local donations. Since 1993, OCC has delivered over 124 million shoeboxes in 150 countries. Last year 1 million children accepted Jesus Christ through the OCC program. Every box that we pack is an opportunity for church partners to tell a boy or girl about Jesus.

So again this year we are getting started on filling those boxes. Our packing party will be November 13. Please save this date. We look forward to seeing many of you volunteer your time to help us pack these boxes. This year again we are going to ask for specific donations each month, beginning in June. Here is the list of items we are asking for by month. Remember, the items must fit into a shoebox.

June Individual pack of tissues, pocket or purse size and/or toothbrush

July Bar Soap – Ivory preferred and/or pencil sharpeners

August Scissors and/or markers

Sept. Erasers and/or crayons

Oct. Small Notebooks, coloring books, pads of paper, small books

Nov. Monetary donations and/or small toy

We will have a collection box near the office where you can place your donations. Thank you to everyone who has supported this opportunity over the years and we hope you will continue to support it this year. If you have questions, please see  Linda Mason.

Christian Education Committee

Connie Thomas, Chairperson

 

Thank you to Gretchen who spent many hours weeding and mulching the garden near the lobby doors. It looks beautiful!

 

July 10 Outdoor Contemporary Service

On Sunday, July 10, an outdoor Contemporary Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. outside of Fellowship Hall.  After the service lunch will be served.  Though food will be provided, we are giving members the opportunity to bring salads or desserts to help supplement the offerings.  If you are able to bring a salad or a dessert, please let Mary Schneider know or use the sign-up sheet on either of the Community Bulletin Boards.  You do not have to bring anything to attend the lunch.  The Worship and Music Committee is looking forward to this special summer service.

 

 

A big thank you to these ladies, who donate Panera treats to us to hand out to our Personal Needs clients on Tuesday mornings. They bring smiles to many faces!

Thank you!

And thank you John Orozco for bringing those treats to Grace!

 

And I will worship You, with all of my heart
I will worship You, with all of my mind
I will worship You, with all of my strength
For You are my Lord

 

The July, August, September

Issue of

Christ in Our Home is here.

Pick up your copy

In the lobby or

the back of the Sanctuary.

Opportunities to meet with Pastor Brenda

Sunday July 10 after worship

Tuesday July 19 at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday July 20 at 6:15 p.m.

Sunday July 24 after 9:30 a.m. worship

 

Behind the scenes at Grace….

  1. A BIG THANK YOU to Rick Wood for getting rid of the weeds all over the place. It looks wonderful!!!
  2. A large portion of Saturday was spent by the Youth Advisory Group and friends cleaning and organizing the Youth Room! WOW does it look wonderful!
  3. The windows in the big church, hallway outside of the chapel and by Brenner Hall were cleaned this last week!!
  4. Any dishes or containers that are brought in for a Funeral Luncheon are washed and have a temporary home in Gretchen’s office till you have a chance to pick them up.
  5. Thanks to Fellowship Fair for supporting the purchase of a console table and artwork for the Ladies restroom by the big church and Brenner!
  6. Please take any bags of trash out to the dumpster in the parking lot close to Brenner Hall.
  7. Remember Grace is not the building but the people of Grace carrying out God’s mission.

 

Healthy People! Healthy Parish!

Hold the Date!

Thursday August 4 5:00 p.m. Active Shooter Program. The program will be approximately 1 ½ hours and snacks/food will be available.

The Toledo Police Department will provide a program on what to do if a situation presents at Grace with an Active Shooter(s). We don’t want to think about it happening at a place of worship, but it has, and we want to be prepared and know what to do.

All people are invited to attend, and we strongly encourage those who are involved in various groups like Personnel Needs, Sunday School, all 3 services, Youth Group etc.

 

Interfaith Blood Drive

Saturday June 25 8:30-2:30

Please donate and help with the shortage!

Sign up on the Red Cross web site or call the Red Cross and say you would like to donate at Grace or call Gretchen Hiatt  419-944-5166 to schedule.

 

 

 

This is the day the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

~Psalm 118:24

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