Inviting Community in Christ
Weekly Announcements for February 23-29
Prepare for Worship on Sunday
Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem. We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter..
Readings: Exodus 24:8-18 | 2 Peter 1:16-21 | Matthew 17:1-9
Season of Lent Worship Services
We live our lives beneath the cross of Jesus, beneath God’s manifold love and grace that reach to us even from Calvary. Based on the hymn “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus” (LBW 107), this mid-week Lent series explores what it means for us to abide at the foot of the cross, to cling to the rock of our salvation, to dwell in the house of the Lord, and to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness.
- Ash Wednesday Service will be on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00pm. There will also be a short order of the Imposition of Ashes at 7:30am so you may wear your ashes throughout the day.
- Lenten Midweek Services will be on the following Wednesday evenings at 5:45pm (family service) and at 7:00pm (Lenten Vespers) with a meal in-between these services in the Fellowship Hall.
Watch Sunday Morning Worship
Feeling sick? Travelling? Stuck at work? No worries! Grace now provides live video online each week. You can find us on YouTube or streaming live on Facebook.
Scripture & Study
Sunday Morning Classes:
We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Hall during the Education Hour this week as we have a feast before we enter the season of fasting. Sunday School classes will begin again next week.
Confession and Absolution: the Lutheran Difference
- Tuesday Morning Men's Study - 6:30-7:30am in Pastor's Office
- Wednesday Morning Women's Study - 10:00-11:00am in the Upper Room
- Thursday Night Study - 6:30-7:30pm in the Upper Room
Altar calls. Absolution. Penance. Forgiveness. So many opinions. What do you believe? For Lutherans, Christian confession is not simply a historic practice of the church or a pious ritual; it is a profound summary of the whole Christian faith. Join us as we explore God's Word and discover why Confession and Absolution stands at the heart of Christian faith and life. Class will be starting next week, March 1, in the Fellowship Hall and continue on Sunday mornings at 11:00am.
Put it on your calendar to help save someone’s life! Grace will host a blood drive on Wednesday, February 26 in the Fellowship Hall from 2:00-6:00pm. To sign-up and to help save a life, sign-up here,
- Contact / Questions: Jackie Graser - (765) 414-0924 (email@example.com)
Matrix Lifecare Center Collection
The mission of Matrix Lifecare of Lafayette is to save lives and support mothers who have chosen life for their unborn children. If you would like an easy way to assist with this mission and to save lives, help fill the Pack-n-Play during the month of February with the following new items: onesies, wipes, bottles, blankets, diapers, diaper bags, pacifiers, and baby clothing. Monetary donations are also accepted.
- Contact / Questions: Ashley Pollert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2nd Annual Feast Before the Fast
Would you like to have one great big, yummy, free breakfast before the season of Lent? We invite you to attend Grace’s 2nd annual “Feast Before the Fast” pancake breakfast this Sunday at 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall.
- Contact / Questions: Jackie Graser at (765) 414-0924.
Grace Families Group Get-Togethers
Looking for some fun things to do with your kiddos this month? We invite you to join us for some ice skating on Saturday, February 22 at Riverside Skating Center, starting at 1:00pm. It will be $5/person and $3 for skating rental.
Then on Saturday, February 29, we will be meeting at 1:00pm at Northend Community Center for some fun play time! It will be $1/kid/hour. We hope to see you there!
- RSVP: Breanna Carlson (email@example.com) | Theresa Ledbetter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ministry Ideas at Grace?
Do you have a great idea for ministry but don't know where to start or who to ask? Contact Brian Pike and he would love to talk through this idea with you and help get it off the ground. Give him a call at (402) 641-3256 or send him an email (email@example.com).
Also, if you need to share something with the congregation or community, let him know and he'll get it in the announcements, or out to the community!
50 and Over Group
We will meet on February 24 at 4:30pm at Cracker Barrel.
- Contact / Questions: Ronald Logan - (765) 412-5310
Prayers for Health and Healing
Theresa Landis - upcoming surgery; Myrna Steiner - recovering; Sharon Merkel - recovering from fall and hip surgery; Carl Wollenburg - recovering; Peter Cook - recovering from stroke; Larry Royer - recovering; Matthew von Werder - recovering; Tom Schmidt - health issues; Sandy Freed; Rhonda Spangler
Prayers for those Battling Cancer
Ken McMindes; Norm Miller
Prayers for Comfort & Strength
Emily DeYoung - pregnancy
Prayers for Thanksgiving (Birthdays)
Kerri Bixler (2/24); Kennedy Reynolds (2/25); Brysen Morrow (2/26); Larry Royer (2/26)
Prayers for Thanksgiving (Anniversaries)
Rex & Lynn Cornell (2/28)
Prayers for Health and Healing - Family and Friends
David Gerrard (brother of Barb Maughmer) - recovering from fall; Norman Hillman (son-in-law of Kathy Sutton) - rare eye condition; Jami Hines (mother of Cole Williams) - recovering from surgery; Carl Holtman (father of Alan Holtman) - recovering from surgery; Rev. David French (St. James Pastor) - recovering from stroke; Sandy Schauer (sister of Bernie Graser) - pneumonia; Mary Lawler (mother of Dalene Royer) - hospitalized; Alex Holtman - recovering from surgery; Jack King (cousin of Ronnie Lee) - recovering; Eleanor Pershing (friend of Linda Bowlin) - health issues; Linda Cleveland (friend of Linda Bowlin) - health issues; Frank Dobyns (brother of Dawn Gross) - stroke; Jim Moyer & Connie Garrett (friends of Linda Bowlin) - health; Dustin Mayfield (brother of Rhonda Spangler) - health issues; Sarah Killian (mother of Angela Dimmick); Mitchell Yoder (friend of Theresa Ledbetter)
Prayers for those Battling Cancer - Family and Friends
Max Rodibaugh (friend of Phil Keck); Ray (friend of Steve Ulrich); John Widau (son-in-law of Jack and Sharon Merkel); Donna Rades (daughter-in-law of Bob & Barb Rades); Rev. Joel Brandt (friend of Marc Cohen); Josh Khonke (uncle of Shawn Farrington); Amon Hogue (father of Jerry Hogue); Stephen Shook (friend of Aimee Ness); Cheryl Cornell (sister of Rex Cornell); Dianne Wallace (mother-in-law of Duncan Smith); Linda (sister of Joyce Richter and Glen Luedtke); Rick Law (family friend of Jack & Sharon Merkel); Beth (friend of Debbie Luedtke); Bob (brother of Kare Winters); Austin Hewitt (a senior at Eastern High School and friend of Linda Bowlin); Kurt Lahrman (friend of Aimee Ness); Rich Whited (friend of Steve Tucker); Jay Rice (friend of Mellady family); Nita Taylor (friend of Janet Reynolds)
Prayers for Comfort & Strength for Family and Friends
Carol McMorris (grandmother of Katie McMorris) - died; Amy Abraham (former member) - pregnancy; Mark Brinson (son-in-law of Maughmers) - deployment; Wanda Krohe (mother of Michele Ulrich); Kaitlyn Spangler (daughter of Rhonda Spangler) - new mother; Wes Knapp (grandfather of Breann Knapp); Logan Hathaway (son-in-law of Todd & Trudy Guthrie) - deploying to the Middle East