Announcements for the week of March 13, 2011

Everyone is welcome to stay after the worship service today for the baptism of Lyla Adelynn Marie Hauser. Lyla is the daughter of Brooke Markel and Michael Hauser. Her sponsors Sarah Markel and Nathan Markel.

Join us on Wednesdays for a Simple Supper at 6:00pm before the 7:00pm Lenten worship service. We are in need of groups and/or individuals to host a supper. If you would like to help out, contact Pastor or the church office.

This Lenten season The Light Shines in the Darkness and The Journey Continues are Lutheran Hour Ministries’ 2011 devotional offerings. Each message conveys the powerful message of this church season-but in different ways. The Light Shines in the Darkness follows the beloved words of John’s Gospel as he details the life of Jesus the Victorious Savior, who defeats the forces of darkness to rise from the tomb on the third day. In The Journey Continues the video blog (vlog) format begun in Over the Static is again used. This time it’s Jordan’s sister Kate and his best friend Jack who share their observations about life, death, relationships and a love that goes beyond the grave. The Light Shines in the Darkness will be available at www.lentendevotions.net as a daily readable, downloadable, printable and customizable offering. An audio version will be available beginning March 9. The Light Shines in the Darkness is also available as an e-mail subscription. The Journey Continues is available online at www.lentendevotions.net where it can be read, printed, downloaded and customized. The Journey Continues can be accessed as video blog (vlog) by going to www.overthestatic.com.

We are excited to announce that we are going to create a new pictorial directory of our church family. The directory will help us connect names with faces. Please participate! The scheduled dates for photography are April 27 & 28 and May 18. Look for sign up sheets for sitting times coming soon!

MARCH & APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for the Christian charity “Food for the Poor”. This is an organization that feeds over 2 million hungry children and adults in Central America and the Caribbean every day. In addition, they build shelters, fund orphanages, aid educational efforts, dig water wells, and help in many other areas in countries where poverty is a way of life. Our former minister, Rev. Daniel Otto works with this charity, and we were priviledged to have Pastor Hanson at our church last week to tell us about this mission. Please keep this project in your prayers over the next couple of months.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS Deadline For 2010 Is March 31, 2011. If you have not yet instructed Thrivent Financial who you would like your choice dollars sent to, you have until March 31, 2011 to do so. There are postcards on the table in the narthex instructing you how to do this either by telephone or online. If you need further help you may contact Sharon Rosebrock or Les Fuerch at 695-2200. If you qualify for the Choice Dollars program, Thrivent has between $25 and $500 waiting for your instructions.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK the book nook in the chapel each week for greeting cards to sign. We send cards on a regular basis to help brighten a day or celebrate a special event among our members and friends. The more signatures, the better! If you know of someone who could use a card, mention it to Carl or Helene Reisig or leave a note in their mailbox.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. SS/Adult Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Sunday School Staff Meeting

MONDAY
6:30 p.m. Community AA Meeting
7:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

WEDNESDAY
9:30 a.m. Bible Study
10:30 a.m. Craft Group
6:00 p.m. Simple Supper
7:00 p.m. Lenten Worship Service
7:30 p.m. Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. SS/Adult Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Communion Worship Service

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