Announcements for the week of April 3, 2011

Today is the last Sunday to order your flowers for Easter. Order forms can be found on the glass case in the chapel.

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. The scheduled dates for photography are April 27 & 28 and May 18. Look for sign up sheets for sitting times coming soon!

The pitcher of water in the front of church is there to remind us how lucky we are to be able to turn on our taps and get fresh, clean water whenever we need it. In the countries served by “Food for the Poor”, water is most often obtained from the nearest stream–the same stream used for bathing, washing clothes, and disposing of wastes. Many people suffer with diseases carried in this contaminated water source. “Food for the Poor” is our Special Mission Envelope project for March and April. This agency digs fresh water wells, provides food, builds houses, cares for orphans, and provides medical care in the poorest countries of the world. Please keep this agency in your thoughts and prayers.

LOOSE CHANGE SUNDAY IS NEXT WEEK: Our Sunday School students are continuing to battle against the devil and his evil ways of poverty and homelessness, while competing against each other in this year’s PENNY WAR. We hope to raise $530 which will provide 200 Lutheran World Relief health kits with basic hygiene items for refugees around the world, including Haiti and Japan. Next Sunday we will encourage those in church to “lose” their pocket change (and purse change) onto the pew cushions before the end of the service. Our Sunday School students have been invited to gather this loose change after church as a donation toward our Penny War goal. All change is welcome–pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters!!

LWML will be collecting wrapped bars of soap for Lutheran World Relief. Look for the drop box in chapel area. We will be collecting up to Sunday, April 17.

A Spring Cleanup is planned for church on Saturday, April 16 from 8am to 1pm. We will work inside and out (weather permitting). Please plan on joining us getting the church ready for Easter.

A May Fest is planned for May 7. It will be similar to the Oktoberfest we had a few years ago. There is a sign up sheet on the glass case in the chapel.

What We Learned in Sunday School Today…Today in Sunday School the children learned about Jesus healing a blind man (John 9). Jesus came into this world to forgive us and grant us faith–spiritual sight. He gives sight to our souls by forgiving our sins. In your family faith discussions discuss how sin blinds us in our life of faith. What ways does sin do that? How do the Word and Sacraments give us “eyes of faith” so that we can believe?

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 a.m. SS/Adult Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Comm. Worship Service

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

TUESDAY
6:30 p.m. Elders’ Meeting

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
7:30 p.m. Choir Practice

THURSDAY
5:00 p.m. Herfurth Memorial
Service

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

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