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  GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH                                                         U.S. POSTAGE
  301 E FOREST AVE                                                                   PAID
  MORA, MN 55051                                                              MORA, MINNESOTA
                                                                                 permit No. 88


                                                              CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED           Grace Lutheran Church ~ It works because of you!                                                   May 2010

                                                                                                       The deadline for the June 2010 newsletter is Thursday, May 20th at NOON.

                                                                                                                              MAY COFFEE AND COOKIE SERVERS
                                                                                                        May 2          Kathy Menze, Deb Schultz
                                                                                                        May 9          Channa Lennox, Shari Salmonson
                                                                                                        May 16         Ralph & Bea Blegen, Paul & Diane Blegen
                                                                                                        May 23         Shirley Ulstrom, Sheila Kubat
                                                                                                        May 30         Judy Radeke, Kathy Hovland

                                                                                                                                 JUNE COFFEE AND COOKIE SERVERS
                                                                                                        June 6         WELCA – Graduation
                                                                                                        June 13        Martha Gotfredson, Lynn Schultz
                                                                                                        June 20        Andrea Hams, Robyn Wallace
                                                                                                        June 27        Barb Orstad, Connie Danielson
  DATED MATERIAL – PLEASE EXPEDITE
                                                                                                                                  JULY COFFEE AND COOKIE SERVERS
                                                                                                        July 4         Jaci Boxrud, Leah Berry
                                                                                                        July 11        Judith Bergstadt, Judy Bergstadt
                                                                                                        July 18        Jean Hawkins, Kelly Kehr
                                                                                                        July 25        Sue Halsey, Jacki Peterson

                                                                                                                                AUGUST COFFEE AND COOKIE SERVERS
Staff: Senior Pastor Doug Larson                                                                        August 1       Barb O’Donovan, Jinx Greski
       Associate Pastor Brenda Wicklund                                                                 August 8       Barb Ennis, Anita Anderson
       Office Secretary & membership: Dianne Wachsmuth                                                  August 15      Renee Capra, Ruth Mattison
       Friday Secretary: Leah Hughes                                                                    August 22      Shirley Klepsa, Lee Moody
                                                                                                        August 29      Bonnie Boyer, Judy Roeschlein
       Volunteer Coordinator: Sue Halsey
       Family Life Ministry: Jessica Thomson                                                     Attention Servers: Please bring 8 dozen goodies each to share. Thanks for your help- it’s much
       Janitors: Ray & Bev Fore                                                                                                          appreciated!
                                                                                                 COFFEE SERVING TIME: Coffee will be served between the services and after the 9:15 service. Please be at
Officers: President: Laura Daher                                                                 the church by 8:15 to get the coffee started and things set up. Please keep this copy, we will list your name in
                                                                                                 the bulletin the week before you are to serve.
          Vice President: Mike Sampson
          Secretary: Jenny Berry                                                                   If you are unable to serve on the Sunday listed please change a Sunday with someone
         Treasurer: Kristin Nelson                                                                          else AND please let Dianne Larson know of the change at 679-2412.

Synod Delegates: Dave Ulstrom, Lucille Schultz, Alternate: Mary Nordenstrom                                                         MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS
                                                                                                                                  May 17-19 Bill & Lee Moody, Laird Mork
Council Members:
       Ernie Blaisdell, Bonnie Boyer, Matt Felger, Nicole Berry, Paul Ennis,
       Beatta Hillman, Mike Sampson, Laura Daher, Jenny Berry, Pat Weiss-Meyer
                                                                                                 301 E Forest Ave                                                                        phone 320-679-1062
                                                                                                 Mora, MN 55051                                                                             fax 320-679-5005
                                                                                                 Senior Pastor Douglas Larson (home 320-982-3932)                                 church@gracechurchmora.org
                                                                                                 Associate Pastor Brenda Wicklund (home 320-384-7865)                                www.gracechurchmora.org
                            GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE – May 2010
         GREETERS                          USHERS                         LECTORS           COMMUNION ASSISTANTS
                                                                   8:00
5/2      Vonnie Olson & Archer Schroeder   Nick & Kam Schroeder           Vonnie Olson      Mary Rowley
5/9      Robert & Bonnie Unger             Greg & Jane Myers              Greg Myers
5/16     Einar & Kathy Hovland             Ricke & Ruth Mattison          Kathy Hovland     Barb Ennis
5/23     Beatta Hillman                    Karl & Bev Deis                Beatta Hillman
5/30     Randy & Kris Johnson              …………..                         ………………
                                                                   9:15
5/2      Sharron Ahonen, Leah &            Ray & Diane Knutson                              Sharron Ahonen, Leah & Alexis Hughes
         Alexis Hughes                                                                               Don & Vicky Semelhack
5/9      Faye, Charlie, & Jack Kritzeck    Mark & Verona Gravich          Mary Olson
5/16     Adam, Sara, Benjamin,             Morris & Lorna Eastlund        Doyle Jelsing     Doyle & Vicki Jelsing, Mary Nordenstrom
         & Haley Nordenstrom                                                                Vikki Fore, Kris Pulford
5/23     Aaron, Kim, Landen,               Kyle & Andrea Hams             Vicky Semelhack
         Ava, Sophia Halvorson
5/30     Ron & Debbie Piescher             Hank & Edie Eggert             Diane Runquist


                           ACOLYTES
                  8:00                     9:15
May 2             Korisa Lindquist         Courtney Lindquist
                  Jocie Kientop            Hunter Baxley
May 9             Sara Kottke              Shawn McGrew
                  Jonathan Owens           Jake Anderson
May 16            Noelle Elvehjem          Aaron Tetnowski
                  Brooke Elvehjem          Tanner Basley
May 23            Cassidy Carlisle         Kailey Berry
                  Grace Marohn             Jacob Janousek
May 30            Derek Graves             Emma Anderson
                  Daniel Peterson          Austin Peterson


If you are unable to serve on your assigned Sunday, please exchange your Sunday with someone else on this list
and then let the church office know of the change as soon as possible (679-1062). Thank you for your willingness
to serve.

                              SUNDAY, May 2, 2010 – First Communion
                                   Fifth Sunday after Easter
                                   8:00 a.m. – Traditional Communion Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. - Contemporary Communion Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. – Sunday School
                              SUNDAY, May 9, 2010
                                   Sixth Sunday after Easter
                                   8:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. - Contemporary Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. – Sunday School

                              SUNDAY, May 16, 2010 - Friendship Sunday
                                   Seventh Sunday after Easter
                                   8:00 a.m. – Traditional Communion Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. - Contemporary Communion Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. – Sunday School
                              SUNDAY, May 23, 2010- Baptismal Anniversary
                                   Pentecost
                                   8:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. - Contemporary Worship
                              SUNDAY, May 30, 2010
                                   Holy Trinity
                                   8:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship
                                   9:15 a.m. - Contemporary Worship
  Fun Page                                                                                                      From Pastor Doug
                                                                           Word   Find
Fill in the grid so that every row, every column,
and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 thru 9.
                                                          J   V   B   W   T S O   C E T   N   E   P   G         Sometime, a couple weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, Peter and other disciples are by the Sea of Galilee.
                                                          W   S   Y   T   R I N   I T Y   R   J   R   T         This is where they used to work as fishermen. Peter says to the rest, ―I’m going fishing.‖ They respond
                                                          E   I   P   Y   L I M   A F A   E   Q   E   L         by saying they will go with him. Now, this story in John 21 may have been added to remind the early
                                                          M   S   B   R   E V O   R P C   H   W   T   L         church that all they do must be under the direction of Jesus. For Peter and the others fish all night with no
                                                          S   E   H   X   I K R   B M T   T   D   S   S         luck. As they come to shore, a figure on the beach tells them to cast their nets on the right side of the
                                                          T   N   C   L   K N Z   D A S   O   W   A   Y         boat. Instantly it is full! Jesus was there directing them!
                                                          U   O   B   U   A C G   J Y E   M   P   E   K
                                                          D   I   B   U   P X I   B A P   T   I   S   M         Was Peter’s remark about fishing about actual fishing or is it the word used to describe evangelization or
                                                          Y   N   S   I   Q N L   A I R   O   M   E   M
                                                                                                                bringing others to Christ? Does this story remind the church that all we do is in response to Jesus’
                                                          N   U   J   G   B X Q   U I L   T   E   R   S
                                                                                                                command and power, not ours? Psalm 127 begins, ―Unless the Lord builds the house, all who labor will
                                                          T   M   U   R   O L H   O L Y   D   X   S   C
                                                                                                                labor in vain.‖ Surely, our decision to go and share the Good News of Jesus isn’t bad. Yet, we are
                                                          M   M   P   T   E H E   V M J   E   S   U   S
                                                                                                                reminded that as we go, we go as people responding to Jesus’ command and we take time to ask for his
                                                          T   O   N   H   O J P   S A L   M   S   O   R
                                                                                                                guidance and power as we go. And the results are then, to His glory!
                                                          B   C   P   S   N A M   O R K   C   I   Z   J
                                                                                                                MAKE THE TABLE BIGGER!! There are more coming for supper! We have been discussing at
                                                                     Word list:
                                                                                                                Church Council and at parents meetings that were open to all in the congregation, whether we should open
                                                    May       Mother      Spring                  Quilters
                                                                                                                the Lord’s Supper to children as young as six or First Grade? Overwhelmingly, the thought was that we
                                                    Pentecost Holy        Trinity                 Easter
               Email Alert!                                                                                     should. Parents and Council members agreed that children can understand the essential meanings of Holy
                                                    Communion Bible       Study                   Baptism
The church office is looking to compile                                                                         Communion at ages younger than 10 or 11. Many of us grew up with Confirmation being the time of First
                                                    Acts      Psalms      John                    Romans
email addresses to use for church                                                                               Communion. Then in the 1970’s, many churches lowered the age to 10-11. That has been the practice
                                                    Proverbs  Family      Memorial                Jesus
communication only. Please email us at                                                                          here.
church@gracechurchmora.org. Thank you!
                                                                                                                In my years of ministry, I have come to believe that many children are interested in and can understand
                                                                                                                that Jesus is present in the Bread and Wine, for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of our life, at
                                                    Relay for Life                                              lower ages. In some instances, I have felt sad as I passed by them, giving them a blessing, but not Christ’s
 This years Relay for Life will be on June 18-19, at the Trailview Track (note change of location). There       presence in the Sacrament. So I have raised the question here with the Council and with parents. As of
 are several people already planning to participate once again this year, Praise the Lord for their continued   April 13th, at the Church Council meeting, the policy of Grace Lutheran Church is that children who are
 efforts, and I am sure there is still and a spot for you. Talk with Jeanne McGrew or Dar Wicklund to fill      six or in first grade can begin receiving Holy Communion. This will be accompanied by classes
 out your Registration Form.                                                                                    beforehand. Also, no child has to start taking Holy Communion; it is when they are ready and interested.
                                                                                                                The parents and the pastors also have to agree that the child is ready and prepared. In the years following,
 Relay Chair again this year is Brenda Halstead,, 320-679-2207, email kanabecrelay@gmail.com; there is          we will continually teach more about the Lord’s Supper, so there is continual learning on the appropriate
 also a Kanabec County website www.relayforlife.org/kanabecmn and a Facebook page Relay for Life                level.
 Kanabec County.
                                                                                                                On May 2nd, it will be a special day as about 20 children in Grades 1-4 come to the Lord’s Table to receive
 So remember to mark your calendars for a night out with family and friends, June 18-19, 6pm – 6am,             God’s love in Christ, given and shed for them in the bread and wine of the Sacrament of the Altar.
 Relay for Life. Once again, Pam will have The Potato wagon ready for everyone to enjoy a nice supper out.
                                                                                                                KEEP RUNNING THE RACE! It is already May, (well April as I write this) but it seems that spring
 Even if does not work out for you to be a registered team member, everyone is encouraged to come out and       came early—and it did. I was talking to my brother in North Dakota and he said they are ready to plant
 make a couple laps around the track. Each of your efforts do make a difference. Yes, just by walking the       corn, but despite the warm air temperature, the ground isn’t really warm enough. But the snow is gone
 track, purchasing a Luminary bag, helping plan activities, being a part of the cheering section, giving a      and that is glorious. A reminder as May turns into summer: Keep attending church and Sunday School;
 contribution you help make a difference. By being a part of Relay, we join a worldwide movement to help        keep saying prayers on a daily basis; keep looking for ways to serve Jesus in all you do; keep supporting
 defeat cancer for future generations. God Bless!                                                               the church financially as you are able; keep inviting people to worship and find a church home; keep
                                                                                                                hearing the Good News that Jesus died and rose for you---and that you have new life in Him.
 What Cancer Can Not Do ~

 CANCER CAN NOT . . . Cancer is so limited... It cannot cripple love.
 It cannot shatter hope….. It cannot corrode faith…..It cannot eat away peace.
 It cannot destroy confidence…. It cannot kill friendship….It cannot shut out memories.
 It cannot silence courage…..It cannot invade the soul….It cannot reduce eternal life.
 It cannot quench the spirit…. It cannot lessen the power of the RESURRECTION!
 IT CANNOT STEAL ETERNAL LIFE!
General Information from Grace Lutheran Church                                                                                                  Banner Ministry “Expressing the Faith”
 Prayer Chain                                                                                                                                   Contact: Barb Sjoberg
 If you have a prayer request, contact Barb Sjoberg 679-5373 or the church office, 679-1062. If you would like to be added                       January, February, March –Barbara Larson                                April, May, June –Lucille Schultz
 to the e-mail prayer chain, e-mail Barb Sjoberg at encourager4him@hotmail.com or the church office at                                           July, August, September – Martha Gotfredson, Lee Moody                  Oct., Nov., Dec. – Sharon Holmstrom, Barb Sjoberg
                                                                                                                                                          “We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.” Psalm 20:5
 church@gracechurchmora.org
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                                                                                                                                                                          AND                                  Ascension Day, the fortieth day of Easter, thus always a
                         YOU ARE NEEDED! IT’S NOT HARD! We need to have some new faces helping                                                   WHAT ARE THE LITURIGICAL COLORS FOR MAY?                      Thursday (5/13/10) sometimes celebrated on the Sunday
                                                                                                                                             We are currently in the Easter Season and white is the            after Ascension Day.
                         with coffee and cookies on Sunday mornings. You would only need to serve once per                                   liturgical color, which is used until the Day of Pentecost
                         year. We would like to have three people each Sunday morning as there are more and                                  when the color red is used for this special day.                  Day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day of Easter, thus always a
                         more people attending Sunday morning services. Please contact Dianne at 679-2412.                                                                                                     Sunday (5/23/10) Red is the liturgical color for Pentecost.
                                                                                                                                               Christ's triumph from the grave on Resurrection day is               SPECIAL DAYS DURING – TIME AFTER PENTECOST
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 GRACE LUTHERAN ARCHIVES COMMITTEE                                                                                                                                                                                             The Holy Trinity is the first Sunday
                                                                                                                                             White reinforces that message of joy. Because Jesus lives,                        after Pentecost, the celebration of the
                                                                                                                                             we can live well now and have eternal life after death.
 Dale and Jean Hawkins 320-679-2025                   Laird and Louise Mork      320-679-3491
                                                                                                                                             Red recalls the tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Holy Trinity. (5/30/10) White is the
 Eldora Pearson        320-679-2406                   Pearl Peterson             320-679-0470
 Irene Johnson         320-679-2743                                                                                                          descended on the first Pentecost. The color red also                              liturgical color used for this special day.
                                                                                                                                             reminds us of the blood of the martyrs. These are the
 ***************************************************************************************                                                     believers of every generation who by the power of the Holy
 Our Sympathy and Prayers go out to:                                                                                                         Spirit hold firm to the faith even at the cost of their lives.    We Celebrate God - Father, Son & Holy Spirit
 -  Martha & Bill Gotfredson and Bob & Donna Youngquist and their families on the death of Martha and Bob’s sister,                                                Alleluia. Christ is risen. ~ Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia
    Julie Frahm in Florida.                                                                                                                 50 DAYS OF EASTER –The celebration of Easter lasts for seven weeks - straight through to the Day of Pentecost,
                                                                                                                                            which is May 23. The paschal candle stays lighted and prominent in the worship space as a visible sign of the
 **********************************************************************************************                                             resurrection of Jesus Christ. The minister and assembly may greet one another with "Alleluia! Christ is Risen.
             The Mora Quilting Friends, a ―community‖ group of quilters, meet at the Kanabec History                                        Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia!" throughout the season including the Day of Pentecost. Worship may begin with
             Center in Mora on the third Monday of each month and is open to anyone with a quilt interest.                                  Thanksgiving for Baptism during the 50 days of Easter as a reminder that it is through Holy Baptism that we are
                                                                                                                                            connected to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
             For more information, call Bonnie Jobe at 679-5245. Please note the change of location.
                                                                                                                                            WHAT IS THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD? Ascension Day marks not only the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but his
 ***********************************************************************************************                                            exaltation from servanthood to Ruler and Lord as the fitting climax of Resurrection Day. Meaning: Ascension=Rising. We
                                                                                                                                            remember Jesus ascension into heaven and the promise to send the Spirit and be with us always.

                         Just a Reminder to save your Nelson’s Receipts!                                                                    WHAT IS THE DAY OF PENTECOST? Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of
  There is a box on the shelf by the church office for your Nelson’s grocery store receipts. They need to be turned                         the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means "fiftieth day" and is celebrated fifty days after Easter. Accordingly, Christians celebrate
                                                                                                                                            Pentecost as the birthday of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is not the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy
  in to Nelson’s on a quarterly basis so please put your receipts in the box in a timely fashion. The next time they                        Spirit made His first appearance in Genesis 1:21 Rather, Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh to give birth
                              are added up and returned to Nelson’s is for the months of                                                    to the Church.
                              April, May and June ONLY will be turned in July 2010!                                                         Meaning: Pente=50. Red reminds us of the flames of fire seen on the disciples' heads when they received the Holy Spirit

    THE RECEIPT NEEDS TO LIST THE ITEMS PURCHASED AS THE CREDIT/DEBIT CARD RECEIPT                                                          WHAT IS THE HOLY TRINITY? The first Sunday after Pentecost is the Festival of the Holy Trinity. On this day, the church
                                    DOES NOT QUALIFY.                                                                                       rejoices in the impenetrable mystery that God is triune (three-in-one) -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How the Lord can be one
                                                                                                                                            God in three distinct persons is completely beyond the ability of any human to understand. By the power of the Holy Spirit,
                                                                                                                                            Christians accept this incomprehensible mystery as a fundamental article of faith.
                                                            Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                YEAR C, 2009-2010
                                                                                                                                                   The Easter Season
  . Greetings from Luther Point!                                              May 2009                                                             May 2, 2010               Fifth Sunday of Easter             Liturgical Color            The Holy Gospel
                                    Do You Campers: We Point Bible Camp wants
  Our Top Priority, Calling all Prospective Know ThatLutherAre On The Radio? you to come to camp this                                                                                                         White                   John 13:31-35
                                                                                                                                                   May 9, 2010               Sixth Sunday of Easter           White                   John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9
                     The 8:00 a.m. Worship Service is broadcast on KBEK 95.5 FM at 9:15 am everyWe would like toIt is at
  summer! We are hoping and praying for a windfall of registrations for camp this summer. Sunday morning. see                                      May 13, 2010              Ascension of Our Lord            White                   Luke 24:44-53
                     recorded by the station and then played back at this time. If you can’t make it to church, or have to work, but
                           sign to radio, you We have openings of worship our program offerings, especially the
  least 300 more campersaccess upafor camp. can tune in and be a partin many ofthat way.
                     have                                                                                                                          May 16, 2010              Seventh Sunday of Easter         White                   John 17:20-26
  following:                                                                                                                                       May 22, 2010              Vigil of Pentecost               Red                     John 7:37-39
                         A RADIO SPONSOR sign up 21-26
                    Jr. High-Confirmation (grades 7-9) June chart is posted by the FLOWER CHART, located by the elevator, if you are               May 23, 2010              Day of Pentecost                 Red                     John 14:8-17
                         interested in helping to 10-12) a radio broadcast in honor of a birthday, anniversary, wedding or other special
                    Sr. High Servant Camp (gradessponsorJuly 12-17                                                                                 Time after Pentecost
                         dates, or in memory 5-6) loved one. The cost of each 2-7.
                    5th-6th Grade Camp (grades of a July 19-24, July 26-31 and August Sunday is $115. Thanks to those of you who give to           May 30, 2010              The Holy Trinity                 White                   John 16:12-15
                   Beginning Horse Camp (grades 5-6) July 26-31 (3 more needed!!)
                          this important ministry of Grace!                                                                                                                  First Sunday after Pentecost
                   Trailblazers Outpost (grades 7-9) July 19-24, July 26-31 and August 9-14
                   50-60 Mile Canoe Trip (grades 7-9) June 28 – July 3
                   80-90 Mile Canoe Trip (grades 9-12) August 9-14
  Go to LutherPoint.org and check out the camp programs. Invite a friend and take advantage of our discounts. If
  you should need some assistance with camp, please inquire about our campership fund. A campership request
  form also available online.
  7th Annual Golf Scramble for Camperships: Monday, July 6 will be our day to gather at a new golf course for
Worship                                                                                                           Thoughts from Pastor Brenda
Council: Ernie Blaisdell, Jenny Berry
                                                                                                                  What a great month as we walked through Lent and experienced Holy Week. We welcomed the Risen
Worship, Music, & Arts Ministry
Members: Todd Sjoberg, Judy Radeke, Linda Parson, Jacki Peterson, Ethan & Krista Elvehjem                         Savior and sang our Alleluia’s! Christ has risen, He has risen indeed!
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Altar Guild                                                                                                       The Alleluias still ring as we celebrate what Jesus Christ has done for us - forgiveness of sins, life everlasting,
   Contact: Sharron Ahonen                                                                                        a new life. Much like the new life we see in our Creator God in and around us at all times. It is easy to
                                                                                                                  experience creation at this time of year with the fresh rain, the green grass, the frogs in the swamps, and the
        May 2010            Linda Johnson, Dorothy Fredrickson                                                    smell of spring. Just look around and nature is singing Alleluia’s!
        June 2010           Althea Danielson, Barbara O’Donovan
        July 2010           Lorna Eastlund, Judy Roeschlein
        August 2010         Evelyn Lobdell, Lois Nelson                                                           We see the Creator working as well here in all the new life we have at Grace Lutheran Church. We see Him
        September 2010      Dianne Wachsmuth, Mary Schwartz                                                       in the children as they sing and participate in Church and Sunday School, Release Time, Confirmation, Family
        October 2010        Althea Danielson, Ruth Mattison                                                       Fun Night and the 30 Hour Famine to name a few. Have you been close to any children or kids to greet
        November 2010       Sandy Broehl, Diane Blegen                                                            them, encourage them or to hear how things are going in their lives? There is much beauty in interacting
                                                                                                                  with any children. They will appreciate it as they experience someone that cares for them and you will be
                                                                                                                  enlightened with the gift of a great gift of a child.

                                                                                                                  How delighted we were to have sixteen children and their parents attend the First Communion Classes for
                                                                                                                  the first graders to grade four. We are discussing Holy Communion but we are also learning about the kind
 If you have an abundance of flowers that would make nice bouquets and would like to donate them for              of man that Jesus was. We are using the program, “A Place For You, My Holy Communion Book” written by
 our altar flowers, please let Kim Bankers or the church office know. Kim is graciously doing flower              Daniel Erlander. We are hearing that Jesus loved many different kinds of people and he even sat down and
 arrangements for us.                                                                                             had time with them. He ate with all kinds of people, the sinners, the good people and he even ate with the
                                                                                                                  crabby people! He eats with us as well at the table of Holy Communion. The kids are learning what it means
                                                                                                                  for them in their lives to have someone do such a great thing for them, to die, and to have their sins
                                                                                                                  forgiven.

                                                                                                                  This has been a great reminder to me as to what happens when we come to the Table. We have a meal with
                                                                                                                  Jesus; He gives us bread and wine, forgiveness and strength for the journey, just for me. Just for you. And
 Going green means a lot of things in this universe.                                                              now for some kids that are part of the family of God in their baptism’s and will join us in this family where
                                                                                                                  Jesus has so much room for us all.
 Could we be like the state of California? They lead the nation in doing things to save energy. Some of
 those things are solar panels to create energy from the sun. This is not a new invention, it just seems to       We welcome them to the table as we are all welcomed. There is room for all! See you at the table!
 be too expensive for most people to do even with the energy credits the government has available.

 Another thing to do is to preserve our water and our energy. Have you thought about a rain barrel or                                                    Peace, Pastor Brenda
 maybe two to save the water when the rain does come? They come in many different sizes, shapes and
 ways of saving. If you have a patio under which you can put a large plastic bubble which is attached to your     What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
 down spout on your rain gutters and this has a spiket which can be attached to a sprinkler hose.                 It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and the wine, instituted by Christ
 Another container idea is a 32 gallon (or larger) plastic garbage can. Close to the bottom drill a 6 inch hole   himself for Christians to eat and drink.
 to screw in a faucet. Place a porous fabric over the top and replace the cover after you have cut a hole to
 accommodate your drain spout. The fabric will keep the mosquitoes from using your rain barrel as a
 breeding place and the faucet will allow you to attach a garden hose. Should you want to have more than                                                              Pastoral Acts:
 one barrel, cut a small hole close to the top to accommodate an overflow pipe and do the same to another         Baptisms:
                                                                                                                  DATE           NAME                     DOB          CHILD OF                             SPONSORS
 garbage can. Attach the overflow pipe and viola, two to catch the rain water when if flows.
                                                                                                                  04/11/2010   Cohen Thomas Smedstad      11/24/09     Jason and Heather Smedstad           Carleen and Tim Doering
 There are many more kinds of water saving devices that cost a whole lot more. Now we have conserved              Transfers In:
 water and energy by not pumping it out of the ground and using nature to preserve what it gives us. Talk to      April 11, 2010:
 the people at Arthur Township and Ogilvie recycling and let them know you would like to take more items in       Sharon Zaar; Dale and Wendy Barnick Barnick; Darcy and Randy Qual and Karla Jo Qual; Corey and Samantha Anderson
 to be recycled. If you have any ideas talk to me, send me an email. Together we can accomplish great             Gayle and Dean Stassen and Robert, Ryan and Emma Anderson;
 things.                                                                                                          Nathan and Melissa Peterson and Tysonn, Tayven and Taliah Peterson

 So long for now, my garden is waiting for me to plant it.                                                        Transfer to other churches:
 Lucy Schultz                                                                                                     04/20/2010 Diane Peterson      to: First Lutheran Church   Battle Lake, MN.
                                                                                                                     WELCA
                                                          Festival on Faith and Writing                                                       Grace Lutheran Prayer Shawl Ministry – Exciting announcement!
   Helping Hands For
          May                     I spent the last week at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan attending         The GLC Prayer Shawl Ministry is off to a great start and will be meeting in the afternoon, the second Thursday
                                  the Festival on Faith and Writing. What a marvelous time we had, and it             of each month, starting in May, from 3-3:30 pm. 
                                  wasn't just the blaze of tulips, daffodils, and flowering pear trees that set us
                                  afire! We spent the week listening to and discussing ideas. I brought back          If you would like more information, please feel free to contact either Vicky Semelhack or Bonnie Lemke. There
                                  with me enough material for a year's worth of reading. I'll share with you          is also a brochure with instructions and prayers available at church. If you are not a knitter/crocheter, donations of
                                  some thoughts on the writers I heard.                                               yarn are welcome. Each shawl takes three skeins of either Home Spun or Bernat Soft Boucle. God Bless and Happy
Coordinators:                                                                                                         Stitching!
                                  Michael Perry was described as being Wisconsin's Garrison Keilor. He is a
Group Members:
Akkerman, John & Deanna
                                  gifted story teller, using material from his life on a small Wisconsin farm
All, Donald                       near a small town where he serves on the volunteer fire department.
Allman, Glen & Carol              Michael's faith life goes between a Unitarian and small independent church
Anderson, Cory & Samantha         that doesn't use musical instruments. He likes the acapella experience.
Bankers, Ted & Kim                Michael was a great entertaining speaker and loved as a humorist.
Blegen, Paul & Diane
Boyer, Bonnie
Brown, Jerry & Valerie            Mary Karr has written a trilogy of memoirs, Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit. In
Capra, Ernie & Renee              the most recent one, Lit, she describes her descent into alcoholism and drug                                         Grace Lutheran Church Spring Salad Luncheon
Crow, Adam & Marilyn              abuse. As she digs herself out, she becomes a member of AA and joins the                                                   Friday, May, 7 from 11 am to 1 pm
Danielson, Althea & John *        Catholic Church. Her works are extremely well-written. She has a                                                                  with an emphasis on
Deis, Karl & Beverly
Fore, Tracy
                                  Minnesota connection, having attended Macalester College.                                   Then the Lord                      Environmental Stewardship
                                                                                                                              God placed the                       $5 donation suggested
Fredrickson, Roland & Dorothy
                                  We heard Wally Lamb, probably the most famous author, whose most recent                       man in the        (donations will be given to the Refuge, a women and children’s shelter)
Funk, Daniel & Debra
                                                                                                                             Garden of Eden to
Girard, Keith & Stephanie         novel is The Hour I First Believed. Another speaker was Richard                             cultivate it and
Granlund, Richard & Jeanne        Rodriguez, who describes himself as a frequent talking head on PBS. His                                           Enjoy a presentation about environmental stewardship.
                                                                                                                                  guard it
Gravich, Mark & Verona
Hass, Stacy
                                  latest book is Brown. Thomas Lynch, a writer from Medford, Michigan, has
Hawkins, Mary                     an interesting first occupation, that of an undertaker. An acclaimed book of                ~Genesis 2:15                            View quilts on display.
Isom, Robert & Pam                his is The Undertaking.
Jacobson, Lynn & Mike*                                                                                                                                                       Can’t attend?
Janousek, Sherry & David*         There were perhaps 75 or so writers at the festival, so this is just a small
Jelsing, Doyle & Vicki
                                  sampling of the experience.                                                                                             Call and order a salad for delivery - 679-4090
Johnson, Linda & Christ *
Johnstone, David & Pam
Klein, Brian & Tamara             How did I become involved with attending this festival? The experience
Kleven, Kristie & Rusty *         grew out of the Grace Book Club. We've been meeting for about 8 years
Knutson, Ray & Diane              now, reading books from the East Central Library Book Club kits. I
Lemke, Randy & Bonnie
                                  organized this club because I love to read and I love to discuss what I've
Lindquist, Lester & Caroline
Lobdell, Glenn & Evelyn
Oelkers, Candy & Stephen*
                                  read. One of the members has been attending this conference which is held
                                  every two years. We've heard such great things about it that four of us
                                                                                                                                                 A Reminder to all Gardeners
Olen, Walton & Joanne             decided to attend. It exceeded our expectations! If you are interested in            Spring is here and it will soon be time to plant your garden. If you are a gardener and are anxious to start
Orstad, Curtis & Barbara          being part of our Book Club, we meet the fourth Monday of the month at
Parson, Terry & Linda                                                                                                  planting, please remember the GRACE COUNTRY HARVEST FALL BAZAAR when planning your garden
Peacock, Bob & Denise
                                  5:30 in the Grace Library. Contact me and I'll tell you how to get the book          this spring.
Peterson, Michael & Stacey        to read.
Petrin, June                                                                                                           Last fall the HARVEST SWEET SHOP had wonderful homemade jams, jellies, pickles and salsa. Do you
Radeke, Curt & Judith
Roeschlein, Tom & Judy
                                                                                                                       have room for a few extra cucumber or beet plants to make homemade pickles? Or perhaps you could plant a
Skillicorn, John & Joanne                                                                                              few extra tomatoes for making homemade salsa. If you have strawberries, raspberries, plums or apples, please
Skramstad, Jane & Gregory                                                                                              consider making homemade jams, jellies, or ice cream toppings. THE GARDEN OF GRACE sold bags of
Stark, Ron & Marian *                                                                                                  apples, potatoes, squash, pumpkins and gourds. Dried flowers and ―weeds‖ were also very sought after sale
Strickland, Charlie Jr. & Sheri                                                                                        items. The lefse makers will be looking for donations of white Idaho potatoes for making their popular lefse
Teich, Roger & Gerri
Wachsmuth, Bryan & Dianne
                                                                                                                       again this year.
Warner, John & Linda
Youngquist, Robert & Donna                                                                                             This year’s bazaar will be on Saturday, November 13. We need the help and cooperation of all of us here at
                                                                                                                       Grace to continue the success of our fall bazaar.
Evangelism – ‘Sharing the Faith’                                                                                             Stewardship – ‘Caring from the Faith’
Council liaisons: Ernie Blaisdell, Nicole Berry, Matt Felger                                                                 Council liaisons: Laura Daher, Bonnie Boyer , Jenny Berry, Mike Sampson, Beatta Hillman, Matt Felger, Pat Weiss Meyers

                                                                                                                             Finance Ministry                                         Social Concerns Ministry,
Stephen Ministry:                                                                                                            Members: Doyle Jelsing, Roger Peterson, Bonnie           Deb Schultz, Nicole Berry, Alyssa Wallace, Barb Orstad, Pam Hallauer,
Stephen Ministers: Jim Oxberry, Barb Sjoberg, Dave Ulstrom, Shirley Ulstrom, Sharron Ahonen, Kim Bankers,                    Boyer, Kristin Nelson, Betty Smith, Sara Kopka           Mary Brelie, Kris Pulford, Bonnie Lemke, Jessica Olen
                   Richard Larson, Jeanne Granlund, Sandy Broehl                                                              Checkbook information:                                  “Accept one another as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to
                                                                                                                                 Beginning balance           (1,119.35)               God.” Romans 15:7
                      STEPHEN MINISTRY IS CHRIST CARING FOR PEOPLE THROUGH PEOPLE                                                Donations                   28,304.49                FISH
                                            Listen, Listen, Listen                                                               Expenses                   (33,651.31)                    Redefining program initiatives and
                                                                                                                                 Ending balance              (6,466.17)
If you would like a Stephen Minister to help you or know of someone who might enjoy and need a Stephen                       Dedicated Account Balance:
                                                                                                                                                                                      looking into possible fund raisers in the
Minister, call Pastor Doug or Jim Oxberry.                                                                                       Undesignated General - $10,000                       future. Will continue Kids First-backpacks
                                                                                                                                 Renovation - $322.40                                 and school supplies in the fall and Toys
                                                                                                                                 Banner - $5.92                                       for Kids, Food Pantry and Soup for the Soul
                                                                                                                                 Youth Mission trip - $2,162.66
Touch of Grace                                                                                                                                                                        emphasis.
                                                                                                                                 Stained glass - $3,232.42
         This ministry is a way to more fully meet the needs of some of our home-bound and elderly members. There are            Nelson’s receipts – $264.45
lay members of the church that have been trained to visit the same person or persons on a monthly basis, providing a             Dividends – 352.14                                   World Hunger
listening ear, prayer, support and care. This fills a need between the Coffee with a Friend and Stephen Ministry.                Library $500.00                                           Reminder to keep filling the little
                                                                                                                             Stained Glass Window Information:                        World Hunger boxes and envelopes.
A driver is needed to transport a client with some memory loss to and from “The Gathering” meetings                              Available for next windows: 8,653.42
here at Grace on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday; and they are looking for someone to be able to get groceries                         Cost is approx $3,800 per window
                                                                                                                             Mortgage Information:                                    Food Shelf
for clients. If you could help with this please call Val Palmer at 1-877-321-7100.
                                                                                                                                      First of month balance            420,569.41         The Woodbury Concert raised $5,794,
                                                                                                                                      monthly payment                    (2,221.82)   Mora Food Shelf gets 2/3, Ogilvie, 1/3 of
 Fellowship – ‘Celebrating the Faith’                                                                                                 additional principal pmt           (2,115.00)   the total. Empty Bowls brought in $3,150
                                                                                                                                      End of month balance              416,623.59
 Council liaisons: Pat weiss-Meyers, Laura Daher                                                                                                                                      and $750 in supplemental funds from
 Contacts: Kathy Hovland, Mary Rowley, Shirley Klepsa, Marlys Overson, Dianne Larson                                                                                                  Thrivent. Again, special thanks to WELCA
               Celebrate the faith by gathering people together in fellowship through activities and support.                Property Ministry
                                                                                                                             Dick Larson - chair, Ron Stark, Galen Brelie,
                                                                                                                                                                                      and all those from Grace who helped make
                                                                                                                             Russ Callander, Bill Moody, Vern Nordeen,                this event a success. In March,323
                                                                                                                             Don Overson, Don VanDriel, Larry Simonich                households were served at the Food Shelf
                                                     You are Needed!                                                                                                                  (1924 individuals.) 19,053 pounds of food
                                                                                                                             Mutual Ministry:                                         were donated.
If you can count money, we have the perfect easy volunteer position for you! For about two hours each Monday                 Pam Johnstone (679-3311), Karen Rasmusson
the offerings are counted at church. This is always done in pairs so you are never alone. Guidance is provided               (679-5636), Walt Olen (679-1570)                         Soup for the Soul
and new money counters are paired with an experienced counter. You are needed to only count once or twice per                    If you have a spiritual concern or                        Kris reported that cooks are needed
month or whatever is convenient for you. If a month doesn't work, that is fine too. If this is something you                     comment, let one of these people know.
                                                                                                                                                                                      from Grace and will get a group together
would like to try, give Dianne in the church office a call at 679-1062 or Kristin at 679-5183 or 679-5708.                       They are there for you!
                                                                                                                                                                                      for another meal date. Attendance averages
                                                                                                                             Stewardship Ministry
                                                                                                                             Members: Bill Daher, Rollie Fredrickson,                 between 80-100.
                                                                                                                             Pastor Doug
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Refuge
                                                                                                                             Personnel:                                                     Salad Luncheon profits will go to the
                                                                                                                             Members: Rich Rasmusson, Sharron Ahonen,                 Refuge,a shelter for women and children
                                                                                                                             John Sandy
                                                                                                                                                                                      touched by viloence. Socks, underwear and
                                                                                                                                                                                      pajamas in all sizes will be collected for
                                                                                                                             Nominating Committee:                                    boys and girls, and mothers. Gift cards to
                                                                                                                             Members: Dolores Blaisdell, Ruth Mattison,
                                                                                                                             Kathy Hovland, Vonnie Olson, Greg Myers,                 Cub for the Refuge would be welcome as
                                                                                                                             Jodi Schultz, Bev Deis                                   well.

                                        WANTED FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF                                                                                                               Relay for Life
                                                                                                                             Memorial Ministry
                                                                                                                             Members: Kris Johnson, Mary Nordenstrom                       Jeanne Mc Grew has assumed a
    Old blankets to be used as fillers for quilts. Also old, washed jeans to be used for quilt backs. We will use the good
    pieces to make sturdy backs. If you can donate these items please bring them to the church office. Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                                                      leadership role for the Grace team and is
                                                                                                                             Foundation Ministry                                      getting luminaries and the team members
                                                                                                                             Members: Doyle Jelsing, Deb Schultz, Laura Strand,       organized.
                                                                                                                             Jeff Bangma
Education – ‘Passing on the Faith’                                                                                 Milestone Ministry
Council liaisons: Beatta Hillman, Mike Sampson, Jenny Berry, Ernie Blaisdell, Nicole Berry, Pat Weiss-Meyers       The Milestones Ministry seeks to RECOGNIZE, RESPOND, and REACH OUT in celebration of the
                                                                                                                                                    milestones of our Faith Journeys
                                                                                                                   God comes into our world and graciously claims us for the Kingdom of God. This great event is often under-used in
Living Grace Library Ministry                                                                                      our life. On May 23rd those baptized into new life by God’s Word and water will be invited to gather around the
                                                                                                                   Baptismal font to celebrate this great gift of God. Following is a list of members that were baptized in May:
                  Members: Sarah Berry, Penny Casavant, Lynnae Christianson, Jeanne Granlund, Sue Halsey, Mary
                                                                                                                   Baptismal Anniversaries
                  Lykins, Char Mayer, Ruth Mills, Jane Myers, Karin Simonich, Laura Strand, Jackie Thompson,
                  Brianna Winters                                                                                  Ahlness, Steve            Felger, Amanda               Kerr, Jay               Peterson, Tayven          Tetnowski, Nicole
                                                                                                                                                                          Larson, Dianne          Petrin, June              Thompson, Olivia
                       ―And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.‖ John 1:14          Akkerman, Deanna          Fisher, Marlys
                                                                                                                                                                          Larson, Laura           Pierson, Xander           Thomson, Jason
                                                                                                                   Allman, Glen              Fladebo, Kelly
                                                                                                                   Anderson, Kate            Fladebo, Rebecca             Mann, Jennifer          Pulford, Kristen          Tipp, Marlis
                                             Mission Statement                                                     Bankers, Kim              Fore, Jesse                  McGovern, Andrew        Roche-Ennis, Nicholas     Tipp, Wesley
The Grace Lutheran Library Mission will support all the members of Grace using the library resources to help       Bergstadt, Don            Fredrickson, Roland          McGovern, Nevaeh        Salmonson, Shari          Wachsmuth, Dianne
                                                                                                                   Bergstadt, Robert         Goude-Ringler, Tucker        Nielsen, Terry          Sarault, Robert           Wicklund, Brenda
     them interpret what they read, hear, see and experience within the context of the Christian Gospel.           Berry, Tanner             Graves, Derek                Nordenstrom, Adam       Schritz, Addison          Winters, Shari
                                                                                                                   Blegen, Bea               Graves, Dylan                Oxberry, Sandra         Schritz, Brycen           Youngquist, Robert
May is the month to celebrate and honor mothers and women. Women sometimes have a tendency to ―do it all‖          Blegen, Ralph             Hanson, Dorothy              Paulson, Jenna
                                                                                                                                                                          Pearson, Eldora
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Schritz, Ellian
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Schroeder, Nick
                                                                                                                   Boebel, Rikie Ley         Hovland, Katherine
and to try to take care of everyone and everything. Sometimes it may be more important to pause and think          DeJong, Amber             Johnson, Irene               Peterson, Alan          Semelhack, Dan
about what is most important - to sit at the feet of Jesus.                                                        Donaghue, Jason           Johnstone, Lacey             Peterson, Austin        Skramstad, Jane
                                                                                                                   Ennis, Avery              Johnstone, Michael           Peterson, Jacki         Stark, Ron
                                                                                                                   Ennis, Greg               Kapinos, Sandra              Peterson, Stacey        Teich, Gerri
Part of the discussion at the Women’s Retreat held here at Grace Lutheran in April dealt with the story of Mary
& Martha. Two new books in our library by Joanna Weaver may lead to some further reflection on some of the
                                                                                                                   Birthdays and Anniversaries…
topics covered that day: ―Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World‖ and ―Having a Mary Spirit‖. These two
                                                                                                                   Felger, Jakob        2        Nelson, Barbara     12             Isom, Robert        20          WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
books also include companion Bible Studies.                                                                        Orstad, Barbara      2        Nichols, Robert     12             Kapinos, Keith      20          Larson, Douglas and Barbara    MAY 1 1971
                                                                                                                   Kapinos, Kelsey      3        Lennox, Jackson     13             Menk, JoAnn         20          Roeschlein, Dale and Sheri     MAY 1 1976
                                                                                                                   Olen, Julie          3        Danielson, Althea   14             Kubat, Sheila       21
Another new non fiction addition to the library is a book titled ―Mistaken Identity, Two Families, One Survivor,   McDermeit, Joshua 4           Graves, Kristin     14             Nikodym, Matthew    21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Broehl, Randy and Karen        MAY 2 1981
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kleven, Kristie and Rusty *    MAY 3 2003
Unwavering Hope‖ by Don & Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak with Mark Tabb. Five                   Piescher, Debra      4        Gregor, Sharyn      14             Strand, Laura       21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Daher, Bill and Laura          MAY 6 1978
                                                                                                                   Jelsing, Jason       6        Hughes, Leah        14             Thompson, Olivia    21
lives were lost in a tragic accident. One survivor was severely injured and comatose. Five funerals were held,     Lindquist, Loren     6        Hamme, Kathleen     15             Myers, Jane         22          Salmonson, Gary and Lorna      MAY 6 1967
including one for Whitney Cerak. After five weeks in the hospital, it was discovered that the surviving young      Overson, Don         6        Berry, Richard      16             Youngquist, Donna   22          Donaghue, Jason and Amber      MAY 8 2004
                                                                                                                   Anderson, Kate       7        Larson, Marri       16             Schley, Elissa      23          Hovland, Einar and Katherine   MAY 12 1962
woman, thought to be Laura Van Ryn was in reality Whitney Cerak. This is the story of those two families and       Berry, Nolan         7        Felger, Zackary     17             Schley, Justin      25          Kapinos, Keith and Sandra      MAY 13 1967
God’s awesome power in their lives.                                                                                Rome, Maurna         7        Stromberg, Vernon 17               Unger, Bonnie       25          Lobdell, Gordon and Rita       MAY 14 1988
                                                                                                                   Johnson, Merlin      8        Douglas, Darren     18             Brandt, Kendall     26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lippo, Kari and Kris*          MAY 17 2008
                                                                                                                   Nordenstrom, Haley 8          Douglas, Derek      18             Knutson, Diane      26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rome, Pat and Maurna           MAY 17 1986
The library team has been adding new books of every kind to the shelves. The newest books are often displayed      Hovland, Katherine 9          Fore, Tracy         18             Goude, Celeste      27
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Granlund, Richard and Jeanne   MAY 19 1951
                                                                                                                   Ludowese, Janet      9        Hughes, Alexis      18             Harms, Amber        27
on top of the books shelves. Please come in and browse.                                                            Nikodym, Kevin       9        Kerr, Jay           18             Peacock, Bob        27          Beckman, Art and Joyce         MAY 22 1954
                                                                                                                   Haggenmiller, Sharon 10       Menze, Larry        18             Peterson, Taliah    27          Nichols, Ryan and Sandra*      MAY 23 2009
                                                                                                                   McGovern, Debee      10       Olen, Joanne        18             Klepsa, Shirley     29          Wicklund, Mark and Darlene     MAY 25 1968
                 Living Grace Library is open whenever the church is open. Come in any time.                       Wren, Lisa           10       Smith-Unger, Brendan18             Sogn, Alice         29          Halsey, Dan and Sue            MAY 29 1971
                                                                                                                   Joy, Erin            11       Tokle, Roy          18             Funk, Gerald        30          Akkerman, John and Deanna      MAY 30 1959
                                                                                                                   Larson, Dan          11       Wicklund, Dan       18             Kent, Paul          30
 Please remember to return your finished library books. The book you may have forgotten to return may be just      Anderson, Luke       12       Johnson, Linda      19             Klein, Maxwell      30
                        the book someone else is patiently waiting to read. Thank you.                             Haggenmiller, Bella 12        Adams, Dyllan       20             Turner, Resa        30
                                                                                                                   Haggenmiller, Joshua 12       Grunke, Amy         20




              Invite a friend to worship on Sunday or any event at church!
                                                                                                                                                                     Via de Cristo 2010 Weekend Dates
                                                                                                                     April 22-25 & April 29-May 2 Rejoice Lutheran Church 1155 County Road 75, Clearwater, MN 55320
                                                                                                                     June 17-20 & June 24-27 Lord of Life Lutheran Church 18500 County Road 101, Maple Grove, MN 55311
                                                                                                                     October 7-10 & October 14-17 St. Stephen’s Lutheran 1575 Charlton St.W. St. Paul, MN
                                                                                                                     October 21-24 & October 28-31 Faith Lutheran Church 127 2nd Ave. E, West Fargo, ND 58078
                            Vacation Bible School - June 14-18, 2010                                                 November 11-14 & November 18-21 To be determined
                            Coordinators for 2010: Lisa Wren 679- 8178

 Confirmation
        Coordinator: Krista Elvehjem          Recorder: Kelly Erickson                                               -7
                                                                                                                     March 11-14 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 301 N Lincoln St, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
                                                                                                                     (Map) 542, 543 South April 15-18
                                                                                                                     April 22-25 Calvary Lutheran Church 2508 Washington Ave SE,
Sunday School Ministry: Members – Coordinator: Barb Sjoberg, Co – Coordinator: Marlene Marohn,                                 Family Life Ministry
Gathering and Music Leader: Jacki Peterson, Kindergarten & Preschool Teachers: Kristin Nelson, Marlene Marohn,                 Submitted by: Jessica Thomson 679-9099 home 612-998-8082 cell
Becci Steffen, Julie Mulford and Kelly Kehr, Preschool Assistant: Kailey Berry
"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."     Chat and Chow is going great now we are averaging between 115 and 120! Thanks to everyone who has
SUNDAY SCHOOLVOLUNTEERS ARE GREATLY NEEDED FOR THE MONTH OF MAY                                                                provided pop and treats and to all the new help we have gotten this year!
Two presenters are still needed for May. We will also need many wonderful volunteers for our year-end
celebration. Pease sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex (by the Family Life table) Thank You! If you have any
questions, please call Barb Sjoberg 679-5373 or Marlene Marohn 679-1076                                                        Family Fun Night: We had 16 families and 28 kids participate in April’s Go Green FFN! It was a lot of fun
                                                                                                                               recycling pop bottles and learning new ways we can BE GREEN! Thank you to Lucy Schultz for her help in
APRIL NEWS – We just finished our Workshop Rotation on, Jesus’ Resurrection, according to John.                                planning our Go Green night. May 19th will be our final FFN for the year. Please sign up on the FLM table
The students have really enjoyed learning all about Jesus‘ resurrection and hearing the Good News! Jesus Christ has            in the Narthex. We will have a couple of events this summer but not as Family Fun Nights.
defeated death and offers eternal life to all who believe. Whoo-Hoo!!

“Moving from Easter Story to Easter Faith" We also discovered that the season of Easter is above all a season of               Crash Baskets: We have a few extra crash baskets we can send if you did not get your address in. Please
life: resurrection life, eternal life, or, as the end of this passage says, just plan 'life'—'that through believing you may   contact Jessica or the church office.
have life in his name' (John 20 verse 31).                                         “Believe + Receive = Peace + Life ”
Special Thanks To The Workshop Rotational Team For April:                                                                      Attention Seniors!!! We will be sending out a letter shortly that we would like to have you fill out an
Workshop Shepherds: Dar Wicklund, Mary Olson and Val Brown                                                                     return to church for our Senior Recognition Sunday. Please be looking for letters the first part of May!
Workshop Presenters:
   Storytelling & Game: Jerry Brown
   Create & Design: Penny & Kayla Casavant                                                                                    Greetings from Luther Point!!
   Video: Leah Hughes
                                                                                                                               Still Have Openings for Summer Camp! We still have openings in many program offerings for the summer. Simply go to
                                                                                                                               www.LutherPoint.org and either register online or download a registration form and send it ASAP. Brochures should be available
MAY NEWS: This month we will look at Paul and Silas are Imprisoned– Prison Praises ♥ Faith in Philippi                         at your church office as well. Please continue to promote and encourage youth and families to attend Bible camp this summer at
         For Paul and Silas the situation must have looked like it was uncontrollable. They were beaten for their faith and    Luther Point.
         thrown into prison. Despite their terrible surroundings, Paul and Silas praised God in faith. God had everything
         under control. He caused an earthquake, released them from prison and even saved the jailer and his family.           Camperships Available: Campership request forms are available online at www.LutherPoint.org on the front page, lower middle
                                                                                                                               section. We want to see every child who has a desire to attend camp, to have the ability to do so. We want to see those happy
              BIBLE STORY FOR MAY – PAUL & SILAS IN PRISON, A Jailer Believes                                                  camper smiles at camp. Between the financial assistance that is available at your local congregation and what Luther Point can
                                                                                                                               provide, we will make it happen.
Main Point: We can sometimes encounter things that are difficult trials. It is an important lesson to
remember that no matter how bad things get – God is still in control. And the good news is that He                             Pancake Breakfast / Break in the Lake-May 15th, 8 AM – Noon : Mark your calendars and come spend your morning at your
causes all things to work together for good for His children.                                                                  Bible Camp on Saturday, May 15th. Enjoy some fresh hot pancakes, bacon and / or sausage, coffee, juice, etc. Free will donation
Romans 8:28 - ―And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are                      to support those who can’t afford camp. If you come and register for camp you will receive a discount of $15 for week long
                                                                                                                               programs. This is a GREAT opportunity for first time campers to come with their parents and see the camp before summer.
the called according to His purpose.‖                                                                                          Camp tours will be available. ALL ARE WELCOME!! Help us “Break in the Lake”. Jump in the chilly waters of Big Wood
                                                                                                                               Lake and receive a free T-Shirt.

SUMMARY OF MAY WORKSHOPS: (1st – 6th GRADE STUDENTS)                                                                           Volunteers Needed: Come help out with the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 15th. Please RSVP and let us know you are
                                                                                                                               coming to help with the event. Cooks, dishwashers, table cleaners, greeters, and camp tour guides all are needed to make this a
STORYTELLING & WRITING: The students will hear the Bible story of Paul and Silas‘s missionary journey and
                                                                                                                               fun event. Please contact Becky@lutherpoint.org to let us know you will be coming to help out with the event.
respond by writing a letter to Paul concerning his experiences in Philippi.
CREATE & DESIGN: The students will create & design a simple paper chain to symbolize the handcuffs and chains                  Camp Clean Up: It’s not too early to start thinking about helping with camp clean up for summer. The first two weekends in May
Paul and Silas wore in prison. The truth is this: Paul and Silas were in physical chains, but the jail keeper was in           (1 & 8) will be our traditional clean up days. Always plenty of raking, cleaning, some chain saw work and minor repairs to cabins to
spiritual chains, because he was a sinner. God did not cause the miraculous earthquake to set Paul and Silas free -            be done. Put these days on your calendar or for that matter, consider volunteering anytime of the year. Lunch will be provided!!
He did it to set the jailer free!
                                                                                                                               Contact Becky at (715)689-2347 or Becky@LutherPoint.org to let us know when you will be coming. Thanks!
G’DAY, MATES! WE’RE GONNA BE ‘JUMPING FOR JESUS’, AT THE SS YEAR-END CELEBRATION
May 16th, 2010 is the last Sunday of Sunday school, for the school year. The overall theme for our                                                             SERRV - Fair Trade - The Gift That Gives Twice
year-end celebration is an Aussie – Down Under theme. ‗Oy, Kidaroos‘ – this will be a fun way to end                             We have our glass cabinet by the office filled with items for sale. Just ask for assistance during the week from
the Sunday school year and a great way to start the summer. It‘ll be a ―no worries‖ celebration with                                                            Dianne or on Sundays from Barbara or Mary.
games, crafts, snacks and more as we discover the vastness of God's love, and learn that no matter                                                     Check out the SALES on-line@ http://www.serrv.org/Sale.aspx
where you go or what you do in life—it all comes back to Jesus.
SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION - Sunday, May 16th is also Sunday School Volunteer
Appreciation Sunday, in honor of everyone who has helped throughout the past year. A huge thank you to all our
                                                                                                                                                Attention:              All Fair Trade Coffee is now being sold at cost.
wonderful Sunday School Volunteers who have given much hard work, love and dedication this year! You are                                   Please support this mission that supports The Coffee Farmers and their families.
appreciated more than you‘ll ever know! Thank you for helping, to shape the children to know God, love God and                                                                 Thank you.
serve God more throughout this year! Thanks for being someone who makes a difference in the life of a child!                                       If you have any questions or suggestions, please call Barb 679-3523.
                             “Well done good and faithful servant!”  Matthew 25:21
                                    In April we welcomed the following new members.                                                        Approved Council Minutes – March 9, 2010
                   Cory and Samantha Anderson have been married for 3 years. Cory came from Isle and                                       Members Present: Nicole Berry, Laura Daher, Matt Felger, Beatta Hillman, Pastor Doug Larson, Mike Sampson, Pat Weiss-Meyer,
                   Samantha is originally from Mora. They currently live in Mora. The Andersons have 2 dogs,                               Pastor Brenda Wicklund. Members Absent: Jenny Berry, Ernie Blaisdell, Bonnie Boyer.
                   Keydan, a Lab; and Vinnie, a Boston Terrier. Cory grew up on a dairy farm and still crop farms
                   with his dad. Samantha likes to stay active with softball, skiing, etc. They both like to garden                        The meeting was called to order by Council President Laura Daher, who led in devotions from passages in Haggai 2:8 and Luke 12:34.
                   and work outside.                                                                                                       The Agenda was approved with the addition of a discussion item regarding ―Church Council Goals for 2010‖ under ―Old Business‖.
                                                                                                                                           Motion was made by Mike Sampson, seconded by Matt Felger, to approve the minutes of the Council Meeting of February 9, 2010.
Sharon Zaar was born in Altona, Manitoba, Canada on Nov. 5, 1959. She lived with her real parents                                          Motion Carried.
until she was 10 1/2 years old and then picked her adoptive parents from Duluth. Sharon came to live
in Duluth in June of 1970, her adoptive parents and she was very happy. It was then she found out                                          There was no President’s Report.
that she had C.P. and a reading problem. She grew up in Duluth and graduated from Duluth Central
High School. This June Sharon would have lived there for 40 years, moving to Brook Park is the first                                       Pastors’ Reports were provided, with emphasis on the following topics:
time she moved away from Duluth. Her hobbies are riding horses, knitting and crocheting.
                                                                                                                                           Pastor Brenda discussed the ongoing services being planned for Lent and, also, Easter. She noted that the ecumenical Good Friday
                                          Randy and Darcy Qual are originally from Mahnomen, MN. Both attended Bemidji State               Service will be held at Grace this year, and the Service will begin at 7:30 p.m., rather than 9:00 p.m., as in the past. She stated that a
                                          and received degrees in Elementary Education. After college, Randy and Darcy worked in           Women’s Retreat for all women in the congregation is being planned for April 10, 2010, with a complimentary luncheon, Bible
                                          Houston, TX for two years. In 2000, they moved to Mora. Randy has taught 5th grade for 8         Study, Workshops, and Singing. The Retreat will end with the observance of Holy Communion. Bible Studies emphasizing the
                                          years and has taught computers for the past 2 years (all at Trailview). Darcy taught in          ―Forty Days of Lent‖ have had good responses. A Parent Class consisting of eight sessions offered over a period of two months, will
                                          Hinckley for three years and has taught 1st/2nd grade at Fairview the last 7 years. Both enjoy   be held for interested inmates at the Kanabec County Jail, lead by Pastor Doug, Pastor Brenda and others in the community. They will
                                          sports. Darcy has coached GBB and Volleyvall in Mora and Randy has been the head FB              also be involved in a Sheriff’s Chaplaincy program to provide pastoral care and counsel to individuals with special concerns.
                                          coach for the past 7 years. Both enjoy being with their daughter, Karla, who is 4 years old.     Pastor Brenda also participated in the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Service, March 5, 2010, held at Calvary Lutheran Church.
                                          Karla loves to read books and is looking forward to Preschool in the fall.
                                                                                                                                           Pastor Doug discussed meetings with the upcoming New Member Class. He is, also, planning a meeting this month for parents
Dean & Gayle Stassen live 8 miles south of Mora in the Brunswick area and                                                                  regarding Holy Communion being offered for younger children. He noted there has been attendance of approximately 65-80 people
have been married for 2 ½ years. Dean has two children, Darin and Kris.                                                                    at the mid-week Lenten Services, and discussed special plans being made by participating pastors for the ecumenical Good Friday
Gayle has three children, Robert, Ryan and Emma. They have 4 grandsons,                                                                    Tenebrae Service which will be held at Grace Lutheran Church this year. He will be meeting with the Stewardship and Fellowship
Tyler and Riley are Darin's and Kris has Dominic and Isaiah. Robert is in                                                                  Ministries to begin summer activities planning, and, also, announced that Dedication Sunday has been set for April 11, 2010, to
college at SCSU. Ryan is a junior at Mora and Emma is in 7 th grade at                                                                     commemorate a number of gifts to our church, including stained glass windows, Communion ware, the Pastor’s Bench in the Family
Mora. Dean grew up in Ogilvie, MN where he graduated from High School.                                                                     Life Center, the outdoor sign on the south lawn, etc.
He is employed with Mora Public Schools as the Head Mechanic. Gayle grew
up in McGrath, MN and graduated from McGregor High School. She also is                                                                     Ministry Reports were submitted by the Worship Committee, Social Concerns Committee, and the Family Life Ministry Committee.
employed with Mora Public Schools as a Bus Driver. Together, they enjoy                                                                    There was no Volunteer Coordinator’s Report.
spending time on their hobby farm with all of their animals: 2 Llamas, 2
horses, 4 donkeys (soon to be 5!), 5 goats, 6 potbellied pigs, 2 ducks, lots of chickens and 2 very special dogs, Snickers and             The Financial Report and Statement of Activities of Grace Lutheran Church as of February 28, 2010, was submitted, and included
Annie. When not with the animals, Dean and Gayle enjoy riding their motorcycles and horses, spending time with family and going to         itemization of the February Budget Balances as well as the February Actual Expenses. Pastor Doug noted that congregational bills are
football games, GO MUSTANGS! They are very excited about finding their new church home at Grace Lutheran.                                  current at this time. Motion was made by Matt Felger and seconded by Pat Weiss-Meyer, to approve the Financial Report as
                                                                                                                                           submitted. Motion Carried.
                         Dale and Wendy Barnick were married August 8, 2009. They live on a farm north of Mora where
                                                                                                                                           The Grace Lutheran Church Women’s Treasurer’s Report as of February 28, 2010, was submitted for information.
                         they raise grass fed meats, including beef, pork, lamb, chickens, turkeys, stewing hens and rabbits,
                         and direct market to consumers. This keeps them very busy all summer. Dale enjoys shooting                        Old Business included a reminder concerning the Lay Leader Extravaganza on Saturday, March 27, in Duluth. There was interest
                         sports, fishing, cross-country skiing and reading. Wendy enjoys archery, cross-country skiing,                    among Grace Council members, and they will invite their respective Ministry Leaders to attend as well. The cost of the day’s
                         snowshoeing, crocheting and reading. Wendy recently retired from 29 years of banking. Dale is                     activities will be $20 per person, $15 per person if more than four congregational leaders attend. Motion was made by Mike Sampson
                         actively involved in 4-H.Dale has 2 sons: Neil, 21 and Alec, 15, both living at home. Wendy has 3                  and seconded by Matt Felger, to pay the registration fees for those attending the Lay Leaders Conference. Motion Carried.
                         married sons; Mike in Indiana, Jerry and David at Ogilvie and 8 grandchildren.
                                                                                                                                           The Council resumed discussion concerning its GOALS for 2010. On or before the next meeting, members will refine specific goals
                                                                                                                                           that, in their opinion, will represent the congregation’s mission statement and ensure guidelines that will provide continuity and
Nathan and Melissa Peterson and Tysonn, Tayven and Taliah Peterson live in                                                                 progress for the work of the Church.
Brook Park on a little farm. They really enjoy living in the country. Nate works as a
                                                                                                                                           New Business included a motion by Mike Sampson, seconded by Matt Felger, to approve new members listed as follows: Cory and
Journeyman Bricklayer and has his own side business. Melissa work at Kanabec                                                               Samantha Anderson; Dale and Wendy Barnick and Alec; Rachel Nowling, Jacob and Tyler; Nate and Melissa Peterson; Randy,
Hospital fulltime in Materials Management. Nate and Melissa both love what they                                                            Darcy and Karla Qual; Maureen Schultz; Sharon Zaar. Motion Carried.
do. They have three beautiful children, Tysonn (8), Tayven (5), and Taliah (10 mo.)
They also have two family pets a German Wirehair "Tess" and a Chocolate Lab                                                                The Council discussed additional ―GO GREEN‖ activities: Recycling receptacles will be provided not only for all appropriate Church
"Trixie". They enjoy spending a lot of our time outside. Some of their hobbies and                                                         functions, but, also, for the use of our members who live in rural areas where recycling is not available to them; the cost of
interests are camping, fourwheeling, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, etc. They like                                                        biodegradable coffee cups will be researched; WELCA is presently absorbing the cost of coffee for use at all church events which
to get together with family and have BBQ's and play some family kickball, volleyball                                                       amounts to approximately $30 per month. The coffee is being purchased from the Equal Exchange.
or baseball. Family time is very important to them.
                                                                                                                                           There being no further business to come before the Council, a motion to adjourn was made at 7:45 p.m., by Nicole Berry, seconded by
                                                                                                                                           Mike Sampson, and carried.

                                                                                                                                           Submitted by Beatta Hillman, Recorder for Jenny Berry, Secretary

								
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