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Call Meeting Today, January 10—Grace is resuming the process for calling an associate pastor here at Grace, to fill the vacancy left by Pastor Bondow, with a call meeting today, Jan. 10, 2020 at 11:45 a.m., in the Grace Center Great Hall. Attendees may participate either in-person or via Zoom (check your weekend worship emails for the link), with voting being available through a secure online form. Questions, contact Jeff Hatzung or Pastor Huebner. Everyone is invited (and encouraged!) to either join in-person or remotely!
Divine Call for Pastor Strong—Pastor Strong has received a divine call to serve at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tulsa, OK. Please keep Pastor Strong and his family in your prayers as he deliberates both of his calls.
Offering Envelopes for 2021—Grace members, please pick up your 2021 offering envelopes in the Parish Center. If you are not currently attending in-person services, please contact Carolyn in the church office (414-271-3006, firstname.lastname@example.org) and arrange a time to pick them up at the office or to have them delivered. Thank you!
Sunday Morning Bible Class in January: Sing Songs of Confident Hope: The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt — Life isn’t easy. Amid a global pandemic, social unrest, political wrangling, and personal challenges and even tragedies, how can we sing? Why would we even want to? Whether your voice graces our church choir or you prefer only to hum to yourself, music and singing are a gift from God. We can learn from a pastor who lived through challenges and tragedies and yet wrote hymns which soar with the good news of God’s unending and enduring love. Join us, won’t you, for in-person or YouTube channel viewing of Sunday Bible class, January 10 through February 7, 2021:
Jan 10 Paul Gerhardt bio & CW40 – O Jesus Christ, Your Manger Is
Jan 17 CW105 – O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Jan 24 Open Forum – No Bible Study
Jan 31 CW156 – Awake, My Heart, with Gladness
Feb 7 CW419 – If God Himself Be for Me
Bible Information Class—Bible Information Class (BIC) begins again on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Whether you are considering becoming a member of Grace or want to refresh on what we believe as a church, this class is for all! Contact Pastor Brian Hackmann at email@example.com to attend.
Angel Tree Thanks—Maggie Binder from Children’s Hospital, has sent a card of thanks to those who participated in Angel Tree this year! It reads: “Thank you so much for helping our kiddos this holiday season! The amount of gifts and generosity was amazing! Please pass my deepest thanks to everyone involved!”
Flower Chart for 2021—Do you have an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion you’d like to commemorate? Consider giving altar flowers at Grace to celebrate! Sign-up on the chart in the narthex; 2021 dates are now available. Questions, call the church office at 414-271-3006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Place Coffee: Temporarily Closed—Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic and in an effort to best use the financial resources of Grace Lutheran Church, the church council has made the difficult decision to temporarily close Grace Place Coffee, starting this month. It is the goal of the council for this to be temporary, with hopes to reopen in Fall 2021 with an improved plan and purpose. Details about this decision will be in the next monthly newsletter. Thank you, Grace members for your years of patronage, and a special thanks to our many volunteers and managers over the years for your work in the coffee shop.
Most Certainly True Podcast New Home—Grace’s podcast, Most Certainly True, has a new home! You can now easily listen to the podcast using services like iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and many more. Search for ‘Most Certainly True’ in those players or bookmark our new website in your browser: mostcertainlytrue.buzzsprout.com. Links to this new hosting platform can still be found on the Most Certainly True page on the Grace website. Same great content, just now with room to grow!
What is Most Certainly True Podcast? You should check us out! We post an audio version of each Sunday sermon from Grace as well as content for you during the week. You’ll also find episodes discussing the recent Bible Reading Challenge, a special series about the history of Grace called God’s Grace at Grace (which will reappear in early 2021), and topical studies like our current series on the book Civil Government. Please consider joining us and giving us a listen—now playing anywhere podcasts can be found!
Are you a faithful listener? If you like what you hear, please consider talking our podcast up and sharing with others! Encourage a Grace member to listen, or help your friends outside learn what Grace is all about by sharing a sermon or an episode on your social media pages. Thank you for your support, and for spending your time with us!
Book Sale—Most Certainly True, Grace’s podcast, is going to be working through God’s Providence, and you are invited to purchase a book and follow along! The book, which is a part of the People’s Bible Teaching Series, is $13 to purchase, with copies available in the narthex. The podcast that will discuss this book will start on February 3. Contact Pastor Hackmann at email@example.com with any questions!