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WELCA Summer Retreat – 2019


Our summer retreat is happening this Saturday, August 17th from 10am-2pm in the church Fellowship Hall. We’ll share a salad lunch and dessert bar.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 8/16 and let us know what you’ll be contributing for the lunch. Paper supplies, fruit, and drinks will be provided.

Report from the June NC WELCA Annual Gathering

I am excited to report back to all of you from the June NC WELCA Annual Gathering. There is so much going on in our state, Synodical National Women’s Organization, and in our NC Synod. I hope you are checking on-line posts from our NC WELCA President and our Synod Bishop, Tim Smith. Site addresses are www.ncwelca.org, www.nclutheran.org, www.womenoftheelca.org.

Program – Bible Study – The Book of Micah

We will study the book of Micah on Saturday. Micah is a short book but mighty book. This will be a continuation of the study we began at the Annual Conference. If you haven’t read this book in a while, you may want to do a refresher read prior to Saturday.

Save the Date – Fall Gathering – October 26

We have planning to do for the coming year and especially for the Fall Gathering which will be held on October 26.  

As we planned at our last meeting, I requested a check for $200 from our WELCA account and purchased LWR school supplies to stuff 50 more backpacks. We will fill and pack what we can complete now.

Thanks – Lin Gunnet

Annual Families Together School Supply Drive (2019)

Purple Crayon Award

Help us make sure kids experiencing homelessness have the supplies they need to succeed in the upcoming school year!

Items needed are:

  • Chapstick
  • Highlighters
  • Wide and College Ruled Filler Paper
  • Book Bags (Large and Small)
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Varying sizes of ZipLock bags
  • #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • 1, 3 and 5 Subject Notebooks
  • Blue and Black Pens
  • Markers
  • Compasses/Protractors
  • 1″ and 2″ 3-Ring Binders
  • Rulers
  • Kleenex
  • School Glue
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencil Bags
  • 8oz Glue Sticks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Crayons
  • Kid’s Scissors
  • Erasers

Our goal is to collect enough school supplies to fill 50 bags for children being assisted by Families Together.

Please bring in your donated supplies to Grace on July 6th, 13th, or 20th.

A Thrivent Financial For Lutherans team will also add $250 worth of school supplies!

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring

got breakfast?

The Souper Bowl of Caring is an annual event at Grace bringing together everything that makes a great event – food, fellowship and a great cause. We gather to enjoy breakfast cooked by our youth and support the North Raleigh Ministries Food Pantry with our donations. This year’s event was no exception!

Here are a few pictures from this recent event that raised $ 1080.00 to fight hunger in our community.

The 2019 event was held on Sunday, February 3rd . We’ll catch you again on Super Bowl Sunday next year to do it all again.

The History of the Souper Bowl of Caring

Visit the Souper Bowl of Caring website to read more about the history of this unique movement and its impact in our world since 1990.

Blue Christmas – A Service of Healing

Blue Christmas Service of Healing

A Service of Healing – Sunday December 23rd at 3 pm

For some of us, the holidays aren’t always the joyous times you would expect.

You are not alone.

Come celebrate with us, to help find the joy in the season.

Please join Pastor Tim on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 3:00pm for a special Blue Christmas service filled with carols and scriptures to help those feeling a little blue.

This service invites those grieving any kind of loss, who are depressed or feeling alone to come and experience the good news of Jesus.

All are welcome, tell your friends, share this post.

Come Celebrate Advent – Prepare the Way

Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of preparation. The word advent comes from Latin – ‘ad’ which mean ‘to’ and ‘venere’ which mean ‘come’. We are waiting and preparing for the coming of our Lord, for the birth of Jesus on Christmas.

Food, Fellowship and Worship – Wednesday evenings

Beginning Wednesday December 5th, join us for food, fellowship and worship. The meal is served from 6 to 6:45 pm, followed by a 30 minute worship service at 7pm.

There is a different menu each week, including plenty of homemade desserts.

Advent dinners and services will be held on Wednesday December 5, 12 and 19th.

Advent Resources

Stop by the Grace Narthex to pick up Advent resources for your family – advent activities for all ages.

Greenway Walkers & Bikers – Dec 2018 Recap

Greenway Walkers

December Walk Recap – Greenway Walkers and Bikers

Thanks to everyone that joined us for our December walk!

Join the next walk on Saturday January 5th.

Details of our December Walk

On Saturday, Dec. 1st at 9:00am we will walk part of Walnut Creek Trail towards the Neuse River. From Grace Lutheran take Millbrook which becomes New Hope Rd., continue through Poole Rd. intersection and then exit into the “Bluffs at Walnut Creek” on the right.

The parking area is on left at 1890 S. New Hope Rd.(#96 on map). Use your own judgment about any weather conditions that might not be comfortable or safe for you to walk.

Remember all ages are welcome to join us for this walk outing, and you can walk at your own pace.

Greenway Map

Greenway walkers/bikers:

WELCA News and Events – November 2018


Backpack Project Update – Lutheran World Relief

Grace WELCA members prepared 120 backpacks for Lutheran World Relief this year. All the fabric materials were donated. The school supplies were either donated or purchased. WELCA members thank all of you who so generously packed our bin with supplies.

Thanks to a Trivent grant and your donations we are well on our way. We need approximately $ 800 in additional donations to complete the project and ship the backpacks to their final destination.


Several people have asked if they can purchase a backpack, the answer is yes!. You can purchase a filled backpack for a donation of only $20. Contact Lin Gunnet or Helen Hauser to make a donation.

November Meeting – Tuesday November 13 – 7 pm

We have a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm in the church conference room. Hope to see you all there. Barb Rodberg is scheduled to present the Bible Study from our October, 2018, Gather magazine. We will do November’s study at our holiday party in December. We are seeking a volunteer to lead the December bible study.

Christmas Celebration – Dinner and Fruit Basket Preparation – December 14

WELCA will hold their annual Christmas Dinner and fruit basket preparations on Friday, December 14 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All women of Grace are invited to attend. Make your reservations by signing up on the WELCA bulletin board outside the church office or contacting Lin Gunnet. The cost for dinner is $10 per person.

Upcoming Schedule

There will not be a scheduled backpack sewing day or The Ladies Monday Lunch Bunch in November and December. These activities will resume in January 2019.

LIn Gunnet
WELCA President

Greenway Walkers & Bikers – Nov 2018 Recap

November Walk Recap – Greenway Walkers and Bikers

Everyone had a great time walking on such a beautiful November fall day!

Join the next walk on Saturday December 1st.

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We will meet Saturday, November 3rd at 9:00am at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve Park (#93 on map). Take 401N (Louisburg Rd), go left on Mitchell Mill Rd. at traffic light, then left on Horseshoe Farm Park Road until the parking lot. When assembled we will decide which direction we want to walk.

*There are restrooms at this park.

Remember all ages are welcome to join us for this walk outing, and you can walk at your own pace.

Greenway Map