You are invited to attend a women’s basketball game on Sunday, November 12 at 2pm. 20 tickets are covered, but please reach out to Kristin at email@example.com to have your name added to the list so we know who’s coming!
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, November 16
in the Grace Parking Lot
Please contact the American Red Cross for more information or to sign up
New Book Starts November 2
The Wisdom Seekers Book Group will be starting a new book on Thursday, November 2nd – The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, described as a fresh, deep, and new understanding of the nativity story, enabling us to better appreciate the powerful message of the Gospels.”
Meetings are at noon every Thursday via Zoom, covering about 30 pages each week.
Please join us for some fun discussions! If you would like to do so, please contact Mark Klopsch at firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can add you to the Zoom invitation.
New Morning Bakery
December 12 , 2023
Rivers of Mercy–Pub Theology
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
The Barn in Albany
As part of the young adult Gather network through the ELCA, we invite 18-35 year olds in the mid-Willamette valley to join us!
Growing Resilient Communities
Saturday, November 18
Programming for high school and college-aged students, focusing on healthy community. Contact email@example.com for more
Conversation in Spanish Returns Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 3 pm.
Do you already know Spanish and want to grow in your ability to Speak Spanish.
The purpose of the Conversation Group is to allow individuals who already speak some Spanish an opportunity to continue growing in their ability to become more fluent in the language. It is not a class to teach Spanish. Group meetings are held once a week for one hour at Grace Lutheran Church. For more information contact, in English, Juan Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Christ in Our Home Devotional
October – December 2023
Now Available in the Church Office and Church Entry
Thank you so much!
The Hospitality Team wants to applaud the Property Committee and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to renovate two storage rooms for us. These renovations will make our work more efficient and organized for our team. Prior to these renovations, we had to wrestle heavy bins of tablecloths and serving pieces within very cramped spaces. Now, we can hang our tablecloths up and have sufficient shelving for our many serving pieces.
We especially want to recognize Ron Larson who oversaw the project and did much of the retrofitting and building projects and Bob Keith did a fantastic paint job on both rooms. Everything is so bright and clean! I know there were many others involved in this project whose names I don’t have at this time. Everyone who helped we truly appreciate. Thank you again!
The GYM Team is looking to welcome new members! If you are interested in being part of the team that dreams up and plans youth and intergenerational events, please reach out to Kristin, Kendra Wollert, Mary Ann Matzke, or Sandie Williams!
Reminder: Bottle Drop Bags continue to be available in the church office.
Grace Lutheran Church continues to have blue bottle drop bags available for church members. All donations made through these special blue bottle drop bags and label will go directly towards the Ida Fund that assists with community members in need. Grace continues to hand out sack lunches on Monday and Thursdays. Emergency assistance for Gas, utility bills, and other needs continues to be available on Thursdays.
In 2022, Grace Lutheran Church has raised over$1,000 towards the Ida fund that helps community members with emergency assistance such as gas vouchers, paying a bill, or other assistance.
If you or a family mmeber, or if you know that a Grace member is in the hospital
Please contact Andrea in the church office.
Out-and-About Office Hours Kristin will be available for “office hours” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-1pm. Contact Kristin to set up a location or drop by Luther House.
Please contact the church office to have a printed copy of the November 2023 issue of Grace Gatherings mailed to you.
Copies of Grace Gatherings and The Foundation Newsletter are available in the church entry.
Deadline for Grace Gathering Articles is the 15th of each month. In order to ensure your articles get into the current issue, please get all articles to Andrea in the church office on time.
If you need a book from the Grace Lutheran Church Library, we will get it to you!! Have you checked out the new online catalog yet? Try https://www.librarycat.org/lib/GLC-Library
Or go to the Grace website, under Resources, click on Grace Library. Click on any book, then the button that says Ask About Becoming a Library Patron. Enter your name and email and/or phone and we will contact you.
Giving at a Glance Support the many ministries of Grace Lutheran
Contributions as of October 20, 2023
Contributions for the Month of October: $13,240;
October Budget: $23,500;
First 3 Weeks Giving: $13,240;
Weekly Budget: $4,700;
(5 weeks in October);
YTD contributions: $235,875;
YTD budget: $241,500