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
- Worship at Arbor Green, led by Pam Long, will be on Thursday (4/30) at 10 a.m.
- The Bereaved Parents group meets in the Fellowship Hall at 11 am on Saturday May 2.
- Sunday, May 3, 2015, Kelly Ylitalo, from First, will preach and preside.
- Plus – Lutheran Church Women’s dinner will be at 6:30 on Monday, May 11, at Quincy’s in Dollar Bay. Please call the office to sign up. This dinner is for all the women of the church. If you’d like to carpool, meet in the Grace parking lot at 6 p.m.
- Church Music Sunday will be held on Mother’s Day, May 10 at the 11:00 am worship service. The Juggler of God will also be performing during the children’s story time in the service.
Long Range Plan: Renewing Our Church, 2015-2020:
Dear People on the Way,
One of the best things about the Northern Great Lakes Synod (NGLS) Assembly was the presence of the Rev. Kevin Strickland, ELCA Director of Worship. Pastor Strickland brought a message from Church-wide, led several workshop sessions, and preached at the closing worship. The theme of this year’s Assembly was “Worship,” so it was especially meaningful that he was with us.
In Bishop Skrennes’ sermon during opening worship, he talked about the importance of worship from the time God’s Church began. Citing worshipping communities throughout the NGLS, he talked about the amazing ministry that is going on in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, and then made it very clear that, without worship, those ministries would not happen. It is as we come together as a worshipping community that we deepen our relationship with God and with one another. We worship God in a variety of places and in a variety of ways, but the bottom line is that we are gathered, and through the Holy Spirit, the living Christ is with us, calling us, strengthening us, encouraging us; healing, redeeming and loving us. You will find an article about the NGLS Assembly written by Alice and Chris from their perspective inside this newsletter. So let me move on from the Assembly and continue discussing worship.
Whether or not it snows again, this is the time of year we all start to think of vacations, camping, traveling, backyard gatherings, and sometimes worship gets lost. The old mantra, “God doesn’t vacation from us, so we shouldn’t vacation from God,” isn’t especially encouraging or helpful to us as we think about our lives on Sundays this summer. I’ve lived through three winters now and I know how much the outdoors pulls at us in the few non-winter months we have. We even say – “it’s the only way we survive the winters; by spending as much time as possible outdoors.” We will offer some outdoor activities (VBS, S’more Worship, etc.) so you can enjoy both fellowship with God and God’s people, as well as God’s creativity in the outdoors. Yet, worship on Sunday mornings remains important. The only way we survive as Christians is by meeting together, hearing the Word together, praying and singing together, and being sent out into the world together.
Please include Sunday worship in your plans this summer. If you want an earlier start, join us at First in Dollar Bay at 9:00 a.m. If sleeping in is important, get up in time to make our 11 a.m. service. There is also a 5pm worship at Winona on Saturday nights. If those times and places don’t work for you, find another place of worship that you might be encouraged and strengthened by gathering with other people of God and worship with them. You are welcome to arrive at the last minute and to race out the minute the dismissal is given. God will be just fine whether you participate in worship or not. But will you? You don’t owe this to God. You owe it to yourself.
With God’s love,
Jesus EVERY DAY!
Son Rock Kids Camp is for the Entire Family of Faith and our Community.
Join us for a Wilderness Tour, stopping at a new marker each day, as we join Peter in following Jesus.
Marker One: Accepted by Jesus
The fun begins on Sunday, June 14 at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Watch as Jesus calls Peter away from his work as a fisherman and discover what it means to be accepted by Jesus.
Marker Two: Protected by Jesus
The fun continues at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. Watch as Jesus invites Peter to step out of a boat and onto a churning sea and discover what it means to be protected by Jesus.
Marker Three: Saved by Jesus
On Monday, June 15, at 5 p.m., listen to Peter’s confession of Jesus as Messiah and discover what it means to be saved by Jesus.
Marker Four: Forgiven by Jesus
Tuesday evening, June 16th we watch Peter as he denies knowing Jesus and Jesus’ forgiveness and discover that no sin is too big to be forgiven by Jesus.
Marker Five: Living with Jesus
The final marker on Wednesday June, 17th our wilderness tour leads us to discover how Peter’s faith in Jesus healed a man so he could walk, As we leave SonRock Kids Camp after a worship celebration, we will discover our own markers as we live with Jesus.
With the exception of the first session (held during worship the morning of June 14), all sessions will begin with a light supper at 5 p.m and will conclude by 7:30 p.m.
Games, Crafts, Stories, Songs, Skits, Scripture – Fun for everyone!