Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 1 of Lent. In this service we re-member that Christ calls us to be salt and light in this world of sin. We who have tasted and seen his great love for us on the cross can spend our Lent savoring his salvation and shining with his glory and grace in the places where he has put us.
Please plan to join us next Sunday, March 17th at 5:00 PM as Lyle Heggemeier with NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT will be presenting results of our church development survey. This is an important first step of the Natural Church Development process.
Save the date: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is set for Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 PM for ages 3 (potty-trained) through entering 6th grade.
LAST CHANCE: This Wednesday is the deadline for signing up for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V, scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case. This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life, with an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization. If you have signed up but your plans to attend have changed, PLEASE cross off your name so Young Life is not burdened with the cost of your dinner.
MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES will support our annual Penny War. This year we are supporting FogQuest, a charity working in third world countries to provide clean water to remote rural areas. This group builds special nets which condense the water droplets found in fog. Each net produces 50 or more gallons of water each day. FogQuest is an all volunteer organization. Donations they receive are used to pay for the nets, and for travel expenses of their volunteer leaders. If you would like to help us raise money for FogQuest, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plates during the month of March.
THANK YOU is expressed to Grace members Brian Miller, Luann Pyska, Elaine Timm, Sue Loss and John Loss for providing their time and talents to prepare and serve lunch to those at the Magdalene Project on Saturday, March 2nd. This is an open opportunity for any Grace member to participate in. We will be preparing and serving lunch the first Saturday of each month there. Sign-up sheet is on the glass case in the fellowship hall. Our next date to serve is Saturday, April 6th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
LOOSE CHANGE SUNDAY: This annual event in support of our Penny War will be held on March 24th. Those wishing to support the Penny War are invited to “lose” their change or paper money donations onto the pews after worship. Our Sunday School students will hunt for your donations and add what they find to their team banks. Thank you for your support of FogQuest, as we raise funds to support this charity’s efforts to provide clean water for rural areas in developing countries.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERVICE SUNDAY: On March 24th, our Sunday School students will serve during worship as acolytes, ushers, readers, and singers. We encourage all of our Sunday School students to join us that day and remind them that our Penny War Loose Change event follows the service.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: March 31st is the deadline to designate your 2018 Thrivent Choice Dollars. This is money provided to all Thrivent members that can be designated to a charity of your choice, including Grace. Money not designated disappears after March 31. Simply go online to your account and click Choice Dollars and the charity you wish to support, and the money will be sent directly to them by Thrivent.
THANK YOU for supporting our Lutheran missionary in Belize, Pastor Duane Meissner, with your February mission envelopes. With Social Ministries matching funds, we were able to send $675 to support his work in this Central American country.