Inviting Community in Christ
Weekly Announcements for March 8-14
Prepare for Worship on Sunday
During Lent we journey with all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today’s gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we are sent forth to proclaim God’s love for all the world.
Readings: Genesis 12:1-9 | Romans 4:1-8, 13-17 | John 3:1-17
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.
Lenten Midweek Services will be Wednesday evenings at 5:45pm (family service) and at 7:00pm (Lenten Vespers) with a meal in-between these services in the Fellowship Hall.
Easter lilies can be ordered at the table in the narthex on Sunday March 8 & 15th. Lilies are $8.00 each. Checks can be made to Grace Lutheran Church. Orders and money are due by Sunday, March 15.
- Contact / Questions: Kristin Ply in the church office - (765) 474-1887 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a reminder to set your clock ahead an hour on Saturday!
Town Hall Meeting
The members of Grace will have a town hall meeting after worship on Sunday, March 15. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the proposal to install two video screens in the Sanctuary for worship. Location of the meeting is TBA.
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:
- The nursery (Noah's Ark classroom) is available for families with children ages 0-2
- Preschool will meet in the Little Blessings Room with Eric & Carole Hahm
- Grades K-2 will meet in the Helping Hands Room with Dalene Royer & Linda Bowlin
- Grades 3-5 will meet in the Upper Room with Ashley Immke & Stephanie Berryman
- Jr High will meet with Brian Pike
- Sr High will meet in the Youth Room with Cindy Gilles
- Adult Class will meet in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Eggold
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 in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings at 11:00am.
Blood Pressure Screening
The Health Ministry Team will be having a blood pressure screening after worship on Sunday, March 8 in the Warehouse. If you have any issues or concerns with blood pressure, we encourage you to stop in!
- Contact / Questions: Jackie Graser - (765) 414-0924 | email@example.com
Kids Kloset Collection
Is it time for spring cleaning? Would you like to help families in need? During the month of March, we are gathering gently used clothing for children and teens for the Kids Kloset ministry at Christ United Methodist Church. There will be a cart in the narthex during the month of March for your donations.
- Contact / Questions: Nancy Clark - (219) 776-5350 | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you enjoy being outdoors, we would love your help in sprucing up the grounds of Grace! We’re holding our spring clean-up on April 4 from 9:00am-noon. If you’d like to help, let Nathan Carlson know or sign-up on the bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall.
- Contact / Questions: Nathan Carlson - (765) 418-1956 | email@example.com
Softball Team Starting Up
The Grace Recreation Club is looking for some players to join a softball team this summer! If you'd be interested in playing some ball, email James Krotz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details. We look forward to playing with you even if this is your first time playing!
Thrivent Movie Outing
Thrivent is hosting a movie event at the Eastside 10 on Sunday, March 22, at 12:00pm. They will have a private screening of "I Still Believe" a movie about the life of Jeremy Camp (a Christian musician from Lafayette) and losing his wife to cancer. Seating is limited and reservations are first-come, first-serve.
- RSVP/Questions: Mary Prill - (765) 449-8888 | email@example.com
If you head to our website (www.gracelaf.org), you may notice some new changes! We will continue to work on it over the next few weeks, but we hope this will put our best foot forward as an Inviting Community in Christ.
Youth Roller Skating
Attention Youth of Grace! On Sunday, March 15 we are planning to get together for roller skating at Great United Skates after Sunday School from 12:30-2:30. Bring $9 for entry and skates as well as some other money for lunch. Hope to see you there!.
- RSVP/Questions: Brian Pike - (402) 641-3256 | firstname.lastname@example.org
50 and Over Group
We will meet on Monday, March 30 at 5:00pm at El Meson. Space is limited so please RSVP no later than Wednesday, March 25. Mark your calendars now and come join us for food, fun and fellowship.
- RSVP/Questions: Ron Logan - (765) 412-9932
Prayers for Health and Healing
Theresa Landis - recovering from 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)
Shannon May (3/8); Stephanie Berryman (3/9); Audra High (3/9); Abbie Hobson (3/9); Dale Kingdollar (3/9); Karen Leaman (3/9); Leighton Pollert (3/9); Jeff Berryman (3/10); Andy Cox (3/10); Ryan Dierking (3/11); Kasper Eggold (3/12); Bill Maughmer (3/12); Becci Rasmussen (3/12); Pam Jenkins (3/13); William Young (3/13); Kristen O’Connor (3/14)
Prayers for Thanksgiving (Anniversaries)
Jerry & Isabel Hogue (3/12)
Prayers for Health and Healing - Family and Friends
Virginia Wisler (mother of Lisa Wright) - recovering; 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; 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; 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
Tim Sullivan (brother-in-law of Breann Knapp) - deployment; Amy Abraham (former member) - pregnancy; Mark Brinson (son-in-law of Maughmers) - deployment; Wanda Krohe (mother of Michele Ulrich); Wes Knapp (grandfather of Breann Knapp); Logan Hathaway (son-in-law of Todd & Trudy Guthrie) - deploying to the Middle East