Three wonderful youth blessed us this past Sunday while praising the Lord with “Amazing Grace/Alleluia.” Thank you for sharing your musical gifts and being a vital part of worship, the body of Christ, and the world.
On Sunday, June 5, we will go to one summer worship service at 10:00 AM. We do realize that some may feel that attending at either a later or earlier time is inconvenient, but we do encourage everyone to bear with us for these summer months in order for all of our church family to reconnect with one another.
One feature of our summer worship schedule will be the addition of an hour of fellowship beginning at 9:00 AM. We have given this hour of fellowship the name, Grace Fest.
There will be food and beverages, special gathering tables in the narthex and on the front patio (with tents for inclement weather), special music by some of our talented members and guests, and a coloring and activity table for the children. The Celebrate and Connect Mission Teams are working together on this project. We hope that you will take advantage of this time of fellowship to get to know one another better.
Summer is normally a time when people will be away on vacation and attendance at worship is sometimes not possible. We hope that when you do travel that you travel well and come back to us safely. We are also mindful of the need to continue supporting the mission plan through the summer with our contributions, and we thank you for either mailing in your offerings or using the on-line contribution button on the Grace website when you are unable to be in worship.
My prayers are with those of you who will be traveling this summer. God’s peace be with you.
Yours in Christ,
May 1st falls on Sunday this year. By coincidence, it was on May 1st fifteen years ago that I began my ministry at Grace Lutheran Church as the Senior Pastor. I shared this story before, but I think it bears repeating. As I walked through the office door that morning, I was greeted cheerfully by our Administrative Assistant Jan Decker: Good morning. Mrs Russell just had her baby at Rex Hospital. So, I got quick directions to Rex Hospital and was on my way within minutes to greet our newest church member and his family. What a wonderful way to begin a new ministry!
Now, as I write this, I am confronted with recent news from Jan that she will be retiring at the end of June. Has it really been that long, Jan? And, you were here at Grace three and a half years prior to my arrival! I know that I speak for the entire congregation when I say Thank you, Jan, for your many years of faithful service at Grace. You have often gone above and beyond the call of duty, and we appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that you have put into each of the tasks that you have performed on our behalf. We are pleased to know that Jan will continue her membership here and Grace, so we will continue to see her in worship and at congregational functions.
We will have a time to celebrate and express our appreciation to Jan during the month of June. There will be more information about that celebration in the weeks to come. In the meantime, take advantage of the opportunities you have to express your personal appreciation to Jan for her years of service.