Dear Partners in the Gospel,
As people came to the altar on October 25 for the laying on of hands and for healing, among their personal concerns, came a deep sense of longing for peace and safety throughout the world. The American crisis of public shootings, resulting in devastating loss of life and injury may not have reached our particular part of the country, but, as the true expression goes, “What hurts one, hurts us all.”
We may not be in a position to offer any grand and sweeping gestures that would put an end to this violence, but, by the grace of God, we are empowered to love our neighbors. Loving our neighbors includes care for those we don’t like very much. Loving our neighbors includes stepping up and out when bullying rears its ugly head. Loving our neighbors means watching our tongues and ceasing our constant judgment and criticism of those around us. Loving our neighbor means putting the neighbor in front of ourselves.
Obviously, this is a huge problem, not resolved by doing random acts of kindness, but if we do not live in the love that God has provided, then we live in the self-centered, individualistic isolation, and self-aggrandizement that leads to acts of violence and war.
My prayer for us this month, is that God would open, not just our eyes and ears to world-wide violence, but that God would touch our hearts, the hearts of our families and our neighbors, that we might live in peace with one another.
In Christ’s love,
Sunday, Nov. 22nd
After worship: Bring your favorite pie to share!
Wednesday November 25th: There will be NO cup of grace, bible study, after school/faith formation programs, or mid-week worship service.
During worship on Sunday, November 29th, bring your contributions of food for the food pantry to the altar at the time of the offering.
In celebration of God’s blessings on our lives, let’s all bring something; we we are able, bring more. Remember: non-perishable foods and still within the date stamped on the product.
- Augsburg Fortress sent a letter asking if Grace wanted to mail The Lutheran to members at their home. A sign up will go in the Narthex for this; we have an anonymous donor that would pay for the first year for those that sign up.
- Motion was made and carried to replace all the rest of the pod lights in the sanctuary.
- A new weed trimmer was purchased and ready to go.
- The council will continue the discussion on pole barn agreement in November.
- The annual meeting date is set for Sunday, January 17th. All reports need to be into Katie by the end of November.
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