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.
CAN YOU HELP?
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.
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.
WELCA (Women of the ELCA members) stuffed 106 backpacks for Lutheran World Relief on Monday October 29th.
There is still time to help!
You can contribute a monetary donation to help pay for the school supplies to fill them and to cover the costs to ship the bags ($2.50/bag).
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him. – Mark 1:14-20
Bringing Hidden Talents into View
There was an animated show several year ago called “The Iron Giant,” In one scene the Giant robot and his human friend are running through the town trying to flee from those who are chasing them and they fall over a cliff, as they are heading to the ground below, the robot turns on jets and begins to fly. The shocked little boy says with wonder and amazement “You can fly? YOU CAN FLY!!!” Apparently, even though they had spent a lot of time together, he did not know that his robot friend had this ability.
Strengths and Gifts
We also spend a lot of time with one another and are not aware of some of the strengths and gifts that we each have. Did you know that Grace has a Walking Club, a supper club, 3 adult Bible study options, a quilting group, a weekly youth ministry meeting? Did you know that Grace supports the Crop walk, prayer shawl ministry, Joy of Discovery? There is so much potential here at Grace, and in some cases our strengths and gifts are our best kept secrets.
Jesus called the twelve from their nets and boats and said “I will make you fish for people.” As evangelist Christine Kane asked “Are we fishers of men, or are we keepers of the Aquarium?” Come out on REFORMATION SUNDAY, October 28, and learn about all of the mission and ministry opportunities that we have here at Grace. Find something that excites you, and you just might learn that we can fly.
Those of you who know me even marginally well, know that I love my boys. Luc is a 14 year old Bichon Frise, and Oscar is a 15 year old Maltese. For Christmas one year I received a new T-shirt from an animal rescue site called “Advice from a DOG”.
This advice includes the following:
Delight in the simple joys of a long walk
Unleash your talents
Hide your favorite snack
Make new friends
Learn new tricks, no matter your age
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
Now, I might suggest that we “share our favorite snack” instead, but the others are pretty good advice! We can learn a lot from our four-legged friends as this poem by Amy Dean reminds us:
Each day comes to your dog new and fresh and full of promise; your dog is not bounded by days of the week, business meetings, deadlines, and commitments that prevent you from looking forward to the day.
Perhaps it’s time to start today to adopt more of your canine’s outlook on life. Each morning can be a new beginning – a time for joy and play, a time for fresh air and sunshine, a time for bounding around, a time of canine delight!
Advice from Martin Luther – Remember Your Baptism
As we start this new ministry together, may our animals inspire us to start each day anew. Martin Luther emphasized that it is important to begin each day by remembering our baptism. When we awaken, we are to make the sign of the cross and remember that God has claimed and sealed us in baptism. Each day we are given a new start, a new beginning. The old is washed away. We are made new each day in Christ.
Advice From God
With a little adaptation, our T-shirt advice could easily shift from “Advice from a DOG” to “Advice from GOD”.
In other words:
Trust in me with all your heart and soul and mind.
Delight in My creation while strengthening your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Use the gifts and talents I have given you to benefit the common good.
Share your favorite snack and your cloak and your tunic.
Make room for everyone.
Welcome others as you have welcomed me.
Be creative for the sake of the Gospel because you all have the capacity for spiritual growth regardless of your chronological age.
Like the Father who ran to meet his prodigal son, run to greet those returning home.
Receive others with the grace with which I have received you.
So let’s together feel God’s unfailing presence, embrace the gift of each moment with joy and anticipation.
Peace and Joy,
Pastor Tim, Sharon, Luc, and Oscar
God’s Work – Our Hands – Sunday September 9th
Volunteers are needed to pack 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on Sunday September 9th after our worship service.
We need 65 + volunteers to pack those meals!
Lunch will be provided – beginning at 11:30 am
Meal packing – from 12 to 2 pm
Everyone can help – if you want to help we will find a task for you. Youth are invited to volunteer too!
We also need at least six strong folks able to unload 30-50 lb bags of rice and tubs of other grains. Arrive by 8:45-9:00 am if you can help with the unloading!
You’ve all seen the Green Bin in the Narthex, right. Grace Lutheran Church members do a great job each week – filling it up with donations for North Raleigh Ministries.
I bet you’ve seen the reminders too.
Those posts in the weekly Letter of Grace that you pick up on Sundays, on our Facebook page and in the weekly Grace Happenings email.
You’ve taken them to heart and added extra items to your shopping list or maybe even pulled things out of your own cabinet to donate.
But what happens next?
Each week, the contents of the bin, miraculously arrive at North Raleigh Ministries to meet the needs of our hungry community.
This special delivery happens every week, courtesy of some special volunteers.
Grace Lutheran members volunteer in many different areas of this vital ministry in many different areas. They serve as thrift shoppe, client choice market and crisis center volunteers. Our congregation also provides leadership on the organization’s Board of Directors.
History of North Raleigh Ministries
Grace Lutheran was one of the original five North Hills area congregations to provide support of the North Hills Crisis Center (now North Raleigh Ministries) when it opened its doors in 2004. The first location was right across the street from Grace, in a 1,200 square foot house.
The other churches founding churches include St. Timothy’s Episcopal, St. Mark’s Methodist, Trinity Baptist, and Hudson Memorial Presbyterian. Each member church provided initial donations and volunteers to support the ministry, as well as one member each for the Board of Directors.
Read more about the history of North Raleigh Ministries.
Our church council has designated the following special offering opportunities for 2018. While regular giving funds the work and ministries of our congregation, we offer special offerings throughout the year to highlight specific ministries and projects.
The appeal may come in the form of an extra envelope in your monthly envelope packet. Other times an event provides a way to join in fellowship with other members of Grace and our community while supporting an important cause.
2018 Anticipated Special Offering Appeals
February – Souper Bowl of Caring
This appeal comes in the form of a free will offering. Join us during the Sunday School to enjoy a meal prepared by our High School and Middle School youth. All donations benefit North Raleigh Ministries Food pantry which fights hunger in our community.
Visit SouperBowl.org to learn more about the history of this yearly event to fight hunger.
March — Lutheran Coalition Habitat House Build
Grace is a member of a group of area Lutheran Churches that works with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to build homes in our area. This project needs both volunteer power to build and donations to finance the project.
April — School of Grace Art Auction
Do you know what a purple crayon award is?
Creativity abounds at this yearly showcase of artwork from School of Grace students. You can support this cause by donations, purchasing artwork or bidding on silent auction items.
June — Vacation Bible School Ingathering for Local Charity
Each summer we choose to support a special cause during our Vacation Bible School event. Stay tuned for the details.
July/August — Rise Against Hunger
Special giving raises funds to cover the cost of the meal packaging supplies.
Visit Rise Against Hunger to learn more.
August/September — Youth Events & Scholarships
October — CROP Walk
Stay tuned and visit the Greater Triangle Area CROP Walk website for more information.
November/December — Families Together (PLM) Gifts for Children & Adults
Your donations help bring Christmas to family members in need who are part of the Families Together (PLM) program.
North Raleigh Ministries Food Pantry needs are highlighted in our weekly e-newsletter, Grace Happenings. Items in high demand are also listed in the Weekly Letter of Grace that is available on Sunday mornings.
The School of Grace has dine-out opportunities several times throughout the year. Watch Grace Happenings and special flyers attached to the Weekly Letter of Grace for details. Your family eats at the designated restaurant and The School of Grace receives a percentage of your total bill as a donation.
I hope you’ll be keeping an eye out for all the extra envelopes that may appear in your life in the coming year. Remember to share your time and talents with your church, community and world.
Thank you! THANK YOU so much Grace Members! Our Backpack Fundraiser Luncheon was a marvelous example of the generous spirit that is present at Grace Lutheran Church. We served a soup, salad, and dessert lunch to 45 guests with 5 meals to go added to that count. WE RAISED $412 and are over halfway to our $700 goal to send 100 backpacks (a 45 total increase from last year) to Lutheran World Relief. If you were not able to enjoy our Fundraiser lunch, contributions will still be accepted, just contact Helen Hauser or Lin Gunnet, or mail your check to Grace Lutheran with a note for WELCA LWR backpacks, or drop your check in the Sunday offering plate by August 1st.
WELCA will not be on hiatus this summer. We will not have our usual second Tuesday of the month meetings, but we are planning several special events throughout the summer. The June and July events are scheduled with an open invitation to all Grace membership.
Come learn what is happening and get new insight into the world of textiles. Monday, June 12th, we will meet in the Grace parking lot at 9:45am to carpool to the NCSU campus to take a tour led by our very own textile guru, Pete Hauser. Pete will lead a guided tour through the world of textiles, textile engineering, and nonwovens. “NC State’s Nonwovens Institute is home to the world’s first and only accredited academic program for interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics.” Check out the web link at www. textiles.ncsu.edu for more background information prior to our tour to learn about the fantastic new products we use everyday that are designed, developed, and created right here in Raleigh. We will then carpool to the State Farmers Market Restaurant for lunch. Bring a friend, a spouse, a child, or a grandchild for this fantastic learning experience.
In July we are scheduling a trip to New Hill, North Carolina for a ride on the New Hope Railway and a tour of the railway Museum. Check out their website at www.triangletrain.com. Please join us for some summer fun.
SAVE THIS DATE: August 12, 2017, WELCA will host a Women’s retreat from 10am-2pm in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran. Lunch will be included. Women of all ages are invited, so please join us and bring a friend. Details will be posted as soon as our program speakers are confirmed and agenda completed.
Blessings to you all,
Lin Gunnet, WELCA President
Tuesday, July 12th, special delivery day! Grace WELCA (Women of the ELCA) members gathered to finish our school supply project for PLM Families Together (PLM-FT). To complete the task we needed to sort, box, and pack the donated supplies in preparation for their trip to PLM-FT.
I have to share a story of the events that unfolded during our lunch stop at Big Ed’s restaurant. Our group sat down at a table and we were greeted by the waiter, a young man very near his teens. He took the orders, delivered the food and was preparing to leave to take care of other customers.
One of us remarked, “We need to bless our meal’” and the young man said “Okay!” and held out his hands. Everyone joined hands, and the young man proceeded to recite a blessing he probably heard and used at home. Then he said, “Enjoy your meal!” and left. What a wonderful way to enjoy a meal, a restaurant, and the community of our sisters in Christ! Bravo, young man! A very special incident on a very special day!