Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise God in the heights.
This Sunday May 15, 2022
David O’Brien has been commissioned Synodically Authorized Minister.
Food for Toledo Update
Between April 19 – May 2 221 pounds of food was collected through the Food for Toledo program! Thank you to everyone who donated. If you have any questions regarding the Food for Toledo program please contact Mary Schneider at 41.9.262.0730. Mary is at church on Mondays from 9 a.m. – noon. Food can also be dropped off in the Giving Room (across from Room 3) on Sundays or anytime the church office is open.
May 2 collection
Hope to see you between services on Sunday in
Thank you to all who help!
May 15 – Wendy McCall and Debbie Fallon
Upcoming Worship Opportunities at Grace
Midweek Worship led by David O’Brien Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Combined Traditional/Contemporary May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend) 10:30 am
Outdoor Contemporary Service July 10, 10:30 am
Ragtime Rick Worship Service August 7, 10:00 am
One service only
Combined traditional and contemporary
May 29, 2022
Garden of Eatin
One of the Community Church pastor’s favorite premarital counseling jokes is this one. Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn’t have to hear about all the men she could have married and she didn’t have to hear about the way his mother cooked.
More Adam and Eve
The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully explained in the primary Vacation Bible School class. Following the story, the children were asked to draw a picture to illustrate some part of the story. Little Emily was most interested and drew a picture of a car with three people in it. In the front seat behind the wheel was a rather large man and in the back seat was a man and a woman. The teacher was at a loss to understand how this Illustrated the lesson. But little Emily was prompt with her explanation. “Why this is God driving Adam and Eve out of the garden!”
A father was reading a Bible story to his young son. He read,” The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee from the city, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. His son asked, “what happened to the flea?”
Dear Friends in Christ:
What a joy to worship from the pews with you today. I was glad to be present for the recognition of David O’Brien as Grace Lutheran Church’s Synodically Authorized Minister. The role will be a wonderful example of mutuality in ministry, as Dave continues to learn and grow and to share his gifts with us.
It was also good to visit with some of you again, as we prepare to begin our time of worship, proclamation, learning, service, and fellowship together. I continue to be grateful for the words of welcome and excitement!
I have been praying intentionally for Grace since I first met with Ryan Moore and Kim Kondalski back in January, as the call process got underway. My prayers were that the Holy Spirit would guide all of us in the way that would best serve Jesus at Grace and in the community. Those prayers continue now that we have begun our shared journey, and I also pray that we will seek ways to learn, to serve, to witness, to support one another, and to make the Good News known beyond our doors.
Times of transition in congregations are both exciting and challenging, as communities of faith have their own history and practices, and pastors have their own way of doing ministry. I look forward to us getting to know one another and dreaming together about what the future holds for us as the people of God at Grace.
I will officially begin my time as your pastor the week of 15 May and will preach for the first time on 22 May. Beginning 17 May, I will typically be in the office from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday. Please feel free to call or stop by to tell me a bit about yourself. I intend to use the afternoons as a time to visit hospitalized and homebound members … and anyone else who would like a visit. We are also beginning to offer worship services at Oak Leaf Village, and these will be in the afternoons one weekend a month.
I thank God for each of you and for Grace, and I look forward with joy to the future.
Graduate Sunday is June 5
All December 2021 and Spring or Summer 2022 graduates, whether it is from high school or college, are invited to be recognized at the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 5. Graduation is no small event. It is a significant milestone marking both endings and beginnings, and your Grace family wishes to recognize this milestone. If you wish to be recognized on this special day or you know someone who should be recognized, please contact the Church Office with the name of the school graduating or graduated from, the degree earned or will be earned if graduating from college, and the graduate’s plans for the future. We look forward to recognizing our graduates on this day.
Always find the time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive
Letting the cat out of the bag is whole lot easier
than putting it back in the bag!
Behind the scenes at Grace … by Gretchen
- We found out why the geraniums next to the office are so beautiful! We caught Connie Thomas spraying her magic fertilizer this week! Thanks again Connie for the beautiful colors that greet everyone walking into the office!
- Thank you to John Orozco for the beautiful carnations for each mother on Mother’s Day! What a special thought!
- We will be welcoming C.R.C -Children’s Rights Collaborative this week as they move into Room 6 (alias purple room). Evening Meetings and Sunday afternoon meetings will start in the near future.
- We are still in need of some people with muscle to take the garbage bins out on Sunday for Monday pickup. A sign-up sheet is located on the Community Bulletin Board across from the office.
- Don’t forget to check out the Community Boards for upcoming events, activities and news!
- Remember: Grace is not the building but the people of Grace!
Do make sure you know who cleaned what. That way, you will know who to get mad at when you go back and clean it the right way!
Don’t forget to clean the exercise equipment! You don’t want to hang your clothes on a dirty treadmill all year.
Don’t just watch your robot vacuum clean the floor. Put a few bottles of water on top so that each time it passes you on the couch, you can exchange your empty one for a fresh one!
Healthy People! Healthy Parish!
**** Additional Signs of a Stroke!!
After attending an update on Stroke Management there are two additional letters to add to F.A.S.T.!!!
B – Balance. Sudden onset of trouble with balance – having to hold onto things to walk. Complains of dizziness.
E – Eyes. Sudden onset of blurred, double or unable to see at all.
The key is that these are sudden not a long-term problem with balance and eyesight.
Add these to FAST and you now have B.E.F.A.S.T.!!!
If you and or loved one have these symptoms.
Stay calm and try not to panic.
Have the person sit down and keep head elevated.
Call 911 and unlock the front door. If there are pets put in another room if possible.
Do not eat or drink as the ability to swallow could be affected.
Do not fall asleep.
Do not drive self or have someone drive you to the Emergency Room as the EMT’s can evaluate you quickly and may start treatment.
Know what time the symptoms started. This is very important as certain medications need to be given in a certain time frame.
Blood Pressure Checks!!
Gretchen will be in Classroom 3 on Sunday May 22 and Sunday May 29 for anyone who would like their Blood Pressure checked.
Sun and Skin!
It is so wonderful to see the sun and have it be warm enough to be outside and enjoy it!
Many of us get a sunburn after our winter hibernation and this can increase the risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and worldwide. 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer buy age 70.
Ways to protect your skin:
- Stay out of the sun especially between 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Don’t get sunburned.
- Avoid tanning and never use tanning beds.
- Cover up with clothing including a broad brim hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of 6 months.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity use a water – resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply I ounce of sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or if sweating.
- Use extra caution when near water, snow and sand. These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun which increase chances of a sunburn.
More on skin and the sun next week!
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!