Grace Lutheran Church is a caring community of disciples,
proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
Many people think family only applies when we are related by blood. Here at Grace Lutheran Church of South Range, we are related by blood; the blood of Jesus, who lived and loved, suffered and died, and rose again so we would be reconciled to God. As beloved children of God, we are all related.
So…whether you’re a family of one or dozens, you are family to us. Our worship, faith formation activities, community service and witness are grounded in key tenets of the Lutheran Church.
- If you participate in worship, using written resources to guide your involvement, please join us.
- If you are a grateful forgiven sinner, please join us.
- If you long to rely on the presence of God and the prayers of your community, please join us.
- If you believe that God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit are one God, please join us.
- If you want to know how God’s love works, please join us.
- If you would like to know more about God’s grace, please join us.
There is always room in God’s family for you!
Pastor Sally Wilke
Dear Partners in Ministry,
Last year at this time, my letter and this newsletter was filled with information, inspiration and thoughts about financial stewardship. We had a sermon series, a bible study, Financial Peace University, and resources for everyone to use as we prayed about our stewardship of our financial blessings.
While we certainly don’t want anyone to lose sight of the ways God would have us give of our financial resources, this fall we are focusing on stewardship of spiritual gifts. St. Paul has much to say in his letters about the kinds of gifts God provides the Church and how they are to be used. We will talk about that and invite everyone to complete a spiritual gifts inventory so each one of us can see for ourselves just how God has gifted us for ministry in our community and beyond.
Many people are well aware of their gifts and are engaged in sharing them generously. Others are less certain and are more hesitant to commit to being a part of our mission. Some say that they “don’t have a clue,” or that they have no gifts. That’s what the inventory is for; to help you identify what God has given you to partner with him and us in blessing and loving the world. As for those who say they have no gifts, well, you do! God promises each person at least one spiritual gift to share. There are several people who are able to pray for individuals, situations and activities at Grace. They recognize their physical limits and contribute what they have.
We will be continuing our use of the new Survey of Spiritual Gifts tool that has been distributed several times already this year to keep us focused on what we have to give and how we might do that, rather than on the “jobs to be done,” and “I’ll just do what I’ve always done.”
Several people have returned their surveys and have shared some new ideas with us that might make our ministry more service (rather than duty) oriented. Some of the responses were quite surprising and others showed intense and consistent involvement in whatever we do. The response to date will be shared with the congregational council this month and ideas generated on how to proceed.
If you are uncertain about your gifts, please pick up a copy of the inventory from the table in the gathering area and then complete the survey attached to this newsletter. If you know your gifts and haven’t responded yet, please think and pray about your responses to the questions on the survey and return it to the office as soon as possible. It would be nice to have more possibilities to work with when the council meets on September 15.
Watch this space, the bulletin board near the fellowship hall, the worship bulletin, and our web page, www.gracesouthrange.com, for more information, inspiration and insights.
Grateful to be sharing in ministry with you,
Pastor Sally Wilke