Living out Our Baptismal Covenant
…..To strive for justice and peace in all the earth………
Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled
It is because of COVID 19 and other complications that we have decided we will not be holding the Easter Egg Hunt at Grace Lutheran Church this year. We are very disappointed to have to make this decision.
May you have a Happy Easter and remember that Jesus loves you all the same!
Easter Breakfast Boxes Opportunity
There is still time to sponsor an Easter Breakfast Box that will be given to our Personal Needs families the week of Easter. The cost is $20 to sponsor a box but any amount is appreciated and will be used towards a box for our families. Boxes will include breakfast food items such as eggs, milk, bread, sausages, pancake mix, syrup, orange juice and more. The last day for donations is Sunday, March 28.
ANSWERS TO RACIAL INJUSTICE QUESTIONS:
- Currently the average black family has about one third of the wealth of the average white family.
- Emmett Till was a 14 year old black boy who was brutally murdered by two white men in 1955. The men were acquitted by an all white jury but later admitted that they had done the crime. Till’s death is considered to be the start of the Civil Rights movement.
- Black American men were given the right to vote by the 15th Amendment in 1870 but due to disenfranchising tactics like poll taxes, literacy tests, and redlining many black votes were not cast. It was not until 1965 when President Johnson signed the Equal Rights bill that Black Americans, men and women, truly had the power to vote.
- Hitler in Germany sent agents to the US to study how Americans dealt with the Black population. The Jim Crow laws were the basis of the Nuremburg laws that allowed for the persecution of the Jews and other “unworthy” people.
- After the Civil War the slave owners were given reparations for their loss of property (i.e. slaves).
Behind the scenes at Grace …. By Gretchen
- The snow mountains are GONE!!! Finally!
- Our squirrel family is definitely enjoying the warm weather as we hear them running across the roof and it definitely sounds like they have boots (which we hope is not a sign of more snow) on!!
- Spring is in the air (or should I say in the building) the Orkin Person came for a visit and to check out what are multilegged creature population is – which so far, we have not seen any!
- Our friend Desiree who walks our parking lot for exercise has brought a friend who uses a walker. They so appreciate the space and feeling safe while doing so.
- A little warm weather and the daffodils are up about 2 inches in the garden by the office.
- We have not had any rain but boy has the wind showered us with pine needles especially with the gusty wind this last Thursday.
- The “munks” as in chipmunks, are back and back to digging holes in the flower bed next to the office.
- Food is still a big need in the community! Don’t forget the Monday Food Collection from 9 – noon. Come visit Mary Schneider.
- Have you checked out the website? Cathy has been adding a few things – it is great to move into the 21st century.
- And in case anyone is interested no moles yet and the emphasis is yet as we have not seen any of the hawks lately …
- Remember: Grace is not the building but the people of Grace working together!!!
Do you know who has green blood?
(Submitted by the Parish Nurse)
Not sure about Martians but some types of worms and leeches (ugh) – so check it out the next time you squish a leech or worm …. Spiders, octopus and squids have blue blood. Beetles and butterflies have color-less or pale-yellow blood.
These are all God’s awesome creatures but the even more of God’s awesomeness is us, with our wonderful supply of red blood. Red Blood is critical to our survival as well as the survival of so many others.
Please share some of your red blood at Grace’s Blood Drive on Friday April 23 from 1-6 pm. You can register online or call /email Gretchen to schedule or with questions 419-944-5166 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Blood Trivia: Is there really gold in our blood? (Answer next week)
Poison – Danger!!!!
March is National Poison Awareness Month!
There are many things that can be labeled as poisonous and some when used correctly are not poisonous.
Over 83% of exposure to poison involves swallowing something.
49% of that involves medications.
17% of exposure occur through the eyes, skin and lungs.
Other sources are: carbon monoxide, plants and mushrooms, animal bites and stings, cosmetic and personal care items and household products.
Warm weather means cleaning and bug control!
Household cleaning products and chemicals can be poisonous.
- Do not mix household cleaners and detergents together.
- Do not remove from original containers as the information on how to treat if ingested or if splashed onto skin or eyes is on the container label.
- Do not store near food products or where children can get into.
- Read the directions for proper disposal – there are some that should not be put down sink or even in your garbage.
- Turn on fans or open windows when using chemicals or household cleaners
- Don’t sniff containers to see what is inside .
- If spraying cleaners or chemicals, spray away from people and pets.
Bug and weed killers can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled
- Wear protective eyewear and clothing when using any spray products.
- Leather shoes and gloves may not be even enough protection so avoid areas for at least an hour (watch for signs that lawns have been sprayed).
- If you splash pesticides onto your skin rinse with soap and water immediately.
- Wash clothing after using chemicals.
Any question about poisoning??? Call Poison Help 1-800-222-1222!!
Post this number where it is easy to find!!
Pets and Poisons!
Our furry friends are also sensitive to certain things and can easily be poisoned.
People food that pets should never eat!
Chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, raw and undercooked meat, eggs and bacon, xylitol, onions, garlic, chives, milk and salt.
Although these items may not cause a pet to die, they may cause the pet to be very sick.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control number is 1-888-426-4435.
Join us Wednesday, March 24, at noon or 7:00pm for our Lenten service. Our theme this year is “Living Out Our Baptismal Covenant” and on Wednesday the meditation will be “To strive for justice and peace in all the earth”.
God does not look for great ability but for usability.
The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what he or she gets for it, but what they become by it.
The man who rows the boat generally does not have time to rock it.
Love is a present you can give, every single day you live!
(all of these are unknown authors)
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!