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.
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:
- arrive about 15 minutes prior to worship.
- 2. Hand out bulletins which are located on the right side shelf going into the sanctuary. There will be several large print bulletins for those that need it.
- Close the sanctuary and office doors after announcements.
- Light the candle lighter for the acolyte (as of now the acolyte is the lay assistant until youth are back in attendance).
- Assist with managing Zoom service.
- Count members in attendance and if possible Zoom attendance and record it on attendance sheet on shelf where bulletins are located.
- The usher will pass the offering plate during the offering time and return it to the lay assistant who will receive it.
- During communion the usher will direct members to the communion table. The dates needed in June are: June 6, 13, 20, and 27.
- A separate sheet will be forthcoming to sign up on.
THE SERVANT OF YOUTH AWARD HONORS AMY ESKRIDGE
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!
Prayers for November 1, 2020
Prayer list changes-Names will remain on the list for up to 4 weeks unless email@example.com is contacted with an update for the list.
- Dolores Kumnick (Ken Thomas’ aunt) has been diagnosed with COVID. May God’s hand bring healing and peace to her.
- Don and Darlene Richards Following cancer treatments Don is at Brookdale Assisted Living. Darlene is anxious, and they are preparing to move. May God’s promise of peace and presence fill their lives.
- Allen and Hilde Warner (David’s parents) We pray for Allen who has been admitted to the hospital with low oxygen and positive with COVID. May his caregivers bring wisdom and compassion to him and for Hilde, as they are separated that God’s peace and comfort be with them.
- Sarah Spencer (Regina Webb’s friend’s granddaughter) has an incurable auto immune diagnosis. She is moving to be cared for by her mother. May God’s love fill their home and bring them peace.
- Tina and Ray (Kathy and Cynthia’s niece and partner) are recovering from COVID. Tina is returning to work. May their recoveries be strong, and their lives renewed.
- Emilio Soto (Cheryl McVay’s brother-in-law) diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer and continues to be in pain. May God who reaches into our lives with comfort surround him.
- Reese Strobel (Granddaughter of Cheryl M’s friend) two-year-old with lymphoblastic lymphoma. Reese has been admitted to the hospital. Her treatment is on hold because her blood counts are low, and she is very weak. May God strengthen her and comfort her family.
- Joyce Remmert recovering from cataract surgery. May her care be in God’s loving hands.
- Jim Wooster (Gary Wilson’s friend) having heart procedures done. Prayers for his safe care. May these procedures help strengthen his health.
- Helen Joseph (Bowman’s friend) She is on dialysis. May she be held in God’s strong and caring hands.
- Marty Heany (Sue M friend)- Receiving treatment for brain cancer. Tests reveal two more tumors. May Marty, his family, and Sue be held by God’s strong love.
- Adam Pfaff Cubital Tunnel Syndrome in both arms. Due to Fibromyalgia. Received steroid injection Prayers this injection will provide some relief. May God’s hand care for him.
- Misty (Cynthia Simon’s co-worker) – Just got her final Pet Scan report last week. She is finished with her chemo and the Pet Scan was negative. Will need 4 more weeks of oral chemotherapy but is doing great. We pray for comfort during this time and healing through chemo.
- Ralph Remmert- Recovery is slow going at home following a fall. May God’s powerful hand strengthen and heal him.
- Zac Petter (Sheila Moldenhauer’s nephew) traveling to Colorado to serve as an insurance adjustor. Please pray for safe travel and protection as he deals with the public during this COVID pandemic.
- Emily Canady, managing medications for depression. God of love be her light and strength.
- Kim, medical investigator and Kamal, bus driver (Sheila’s niece and neighbor) and all essential workers who continue their work in service others as their health is endangered. May God’s powerful strength and courage bless them and may they remain healthy through this pandemic.
- Don and Bonnie Sherman are friends of many Grace members. For Don, following chemo and small strokes. That God renews their strength and courage throughout these days.
- Jack Reinshuttle (Christina M’s grandpa) Decision to have no further treatment and has entered Hospice care. May God walk with him and bring him comfort.
- Families of the 225,000 dead of COVID19- Hear the cries of those who mourn and bring peace from heaven.
- Nursing Homes, Care Centers, Prisons and Detention Centers –that life and safety may be protected. May God reach out to bring courage and comfort.
GWOH All Ages Event – Zoom Event 9:15-10:15 AM:
Pastor Cindy Wolf celebrates her 35th anniversary of ordination this Sept. Thanks be to our God who breathes life in abundance and diversity.
Words matter. Words matter in our Scripture, in our hymns, in our governing documents, and beyond. Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1970, the Lutheran Church in America voted to change the word “man” to “person” in its bylaws and opened the door for the ordination of women. The American Lutheran Church achieved the same thing by resolution a few months later. The church was led by the Spirit to change. At the time it was scary for some. Fifty years later, it is now part of our heritage.
Fifty years later we celebrate the anniversary as a whole church. The influence of those decisions 50 years ago is not merely the impact on women. This is a celebration for the whole church, because the whole church has been strengthened by the gifts of ordained women in its leadership. We celebrate how these pastors have shared the Word, including with words of compassion, conviction, and curiosity. We also give thanks for the moments when there are no words, but they have offered their presence.
We also know that women who are pastors have struggled in ways men who are pastors have not. They deal with sexual harassment, disrespect, and often lower pay due to gender-based discrimination. The first women of color in our predecessor bodies weren’t ordained until 1979. And it wasn’t until 2009 that barriers to ordination were removed for LGBTQIA+ individuals in committed relationships. We know that racism and heterosexism complexify and intensify these problems. This discrimination is also part of our heritage, and something that we need to continue to work to eliminate.
In recognition of this 50th anniversary on June 29th, I invite you to express gratitude to a pastor who is a woman for how she has influenced your life. It could be by letter or email, or by other means. If you post on social media, please use the hashtag #thankyoupastor. If you would like more resources for celebrating this year, go to elca.org/50yearsofordainedwomen, which has an adult forum, Bible Study, video, and worship materials.
Fifty years after 1970, we also live in a world beset by change. I am grateful for the Spirit who continues to lead us and for the women God has called to minister to us.
I thank God for all of you who minister so faithfully.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus”
Message from Pastor Cindy Wolf Regarding COVID-19 Update HERE
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.
LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION and REFUGEE SERVICE
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.
In March we will be collecting cereal for the Round Rock Area Serving Center
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.
Friends of Grace has a balance of $73.17
New Statements Available
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.
Souper Bowl of Caring Update:
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!!!
Installation of 2020 Council during worship-January 12, 2020
We will be installing the 2020 church council members during the worship service.
Grace’s 40th Anniversary – December 8, 2019
Video footage links:
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
Grace Welcomes New Worship Accompanist – Ronald Acebuche
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 As Our New Music Minister
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.
Defining Grace’s Mission: “The Missional River”
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.
Contact Adam Reemts (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor (email@example.com)
New Members Welcome
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to join in!
Help! Short on Help!
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!
Grace Lutheran Church on Facebook
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.