This is where you can see what is current and important news regarding what is happening at Grace Lutheran and within the community. Visit here often to see what you might be interested in participating in or just to stay aware.
The council needs to have at least two positions filled and hopefully more as Charlotte Reemts and Shirley Shay are going off council after two terms.
That only leaves Amy Eskridge and Sheila Moldenhauer who have already served two terms also.
Please prayerfully consider becoming a member of the council at this time. It will be a two year commitment. We need you to lead with Sheila and Amy.
Contact Amy, Sheila, Charlotte. or Shirley S if you feel this is something you would consider.
Grace Lutheran Church Council
As we have begun in person worship after 15 months of Zoom worship we are trying to get committees set up again.
I will be taking on the responsibility for Ushers as of now. We will begin in June. I’m hoping that you will be interested in being on this committee.
There are only a few responsibilities for the usher:
The Servant of Youth Adult Recognition is awarded by the National Lutheran Association on Scouting. It is given to acknowledge distinguished volunteer service by adults in ministry to young people through one or more civic youth agency programs. we honor Amy Eskridge. This National honor was awarded to Amy during worship on February 7th.
Sheila Moldenhauer writes in her recommendation “When Amy works with our teenagers, she does so with contagious enthusiasm and loving patience while holding them accountable for their commitments. Amy is a vital member of Grace Lutheran Church as she faithfully reminds us of the value of children and teenagers and their contributions to our lives. I submit this letter with a great deal of gratitude and respect for Amy Eskridge.”
We give thanks for Amy who has spent her time, talent and energy in serving your youth!
Pastor Cindy Wolf celebrates her 35th anniversary of ordination this Sept. Thanks be to our God who breathes life in abundance and diversity.
GRATEFUL Book Groups
Two groups have been formed to discuss the Lenten book, Grateful. The Thursday group begins this week, March 19 at 7p in the TEC. The Tuesday group will begin March 31st.
Please designate your offering to “Lenten Offering”. All Wednesday service offerings will be automatically designated.
A Ministry of the ELCA to Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) is strengthened by the ELCA Central American ministries and partners.
For 80 years LIRS has served, protected, embraced migrants and refugees. LIRS stands with and advocates for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.
You can drop off donations at the church office or bring them to worship service. We bless the donations every 4th week of the month before taking them to the serving center for distribution.
It has been brought to our attention that the end of year statements we distributed are probably incomplete. The missing entries would be related to contributions to special causes like the Border Ministry.
Thank you for your faithful giving. As you know, we no longer distribute offering envelopes. Some of us are still using leftover offering envelopes, which is fine. However, please be sure your name is also on the envelope. If you use regular blank envelopes, please put your name and not your previous number on the envelope.
Our offering record keeping no longer uses envelope numbers.
Thank you for helping this procedure to run more smoothly for Jim Czenkusch, our Financial Secretary.
Thank you to our Grace youth and children for joining young people across America in helping fight hunger. Thank you to everyone who donated soup and dollars. We collected $55 for the San Francisco 49ers and $111 for the Kansas City Chiefs for a total of $166 plus 18 cans of soup for the Round Rock Serving Center. Thank you!!!
We will be installing the 2020 church council members during the worship service.
Anniversary Video (7:58): https://youtu.be/jL0u4J3QKjY
Ralph Remmert Interview (8:45): https://youtu.be/_hawObAzFR8
Robert and Bonnie Kaderka Interview (3:09): https://youtu.be/CJ1xEguzydw
Milton and Joyce Koch Interview (2:28): https://youtu.be/1IujpaDWq10
Vicki Wall Interview (1:38): https://youtu.be/D82UkJOFo1M
Shannon Crippen Interview (10:27): https://youtu.be/-v2xKNw0Owg
Ronald Acebuche (Ah-say-boo-chey) began accompanying Grace worship and choir on August 18. He is very talented and enthusiastic with extensive experience in teaching music and playing the piano.
He and his wife moved to Central Texas from McAllen. He taught music in school, as a private instructor and as an accompanist at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McAllen.
Ronald’s references spoke of his positive influence wherever he participated. Everyone said they enjoyed being around Ronald.
Grace is blessed to have Ronald share his talent and faith with us.
Welcome him at our worship services at 10:30 AM every Sunday.
Grace welcomes Adam Reemts to lead the music ministry. He will lead the choir and chimes using his gifts of music and joy. We are grateful for his teaching and organizing skills that will bring blessings to the ministry. Adam with his wife Charlotte and children Ella and Vanessa are members of Grace. He has led the congregation as President and is currently on the Missional River Team. God Bless Adam’s ministry.
4-5 members are needed to participate in this yearlong Synod program. This Grace team will join our neighbor ELCA congregations for seminars and coaching that lead change and create a strategic plan for next 2-3 years.
Are you interested in joining the Grace mission of sharing God’s love
? A new member reception will be scheduled very soon. Please contact Pastor Cindy at email@example.com to join in!
We need more people to sign up to make Sunday mornings happen at Grace. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board, if you have trained to serve, please sign up! If you are interested in serving, please speak with Pastor Cindy about training, we need more people to help!
Have you checked our Facebook pages recently? Go to www.graceline.org, Click on “f “ above the “Home” button at the top of the page for a direct link to our Facebook account.
One of the outreach ideas that we have had in the Evangelism committee is the use of Facebook. It is 2018 after all and social media is extremely popular. I have a Facebook account and am “friends” with quite a few members of the congregation and there is probably quite a few more that I’m not connected to as of yet.
More importantly, think of the vast number of people we can reach by totaling up the connections of everyone in our congregation. Even I have around 250 friends on my list and no, I didn’t have to pay them. Also, it’s free! If we would “check-In” for church or any church related events or “share” the events the Grace page posts, we could reach hundreds of people.
In one of my Outreach readings this month, they stated that social media and texting is the best way to attract younger people. My goal is to help grow our church and I’m welcoming of any and all suggestions.