This Week at and away from Grace

Reformation Sunday Worship Service
Please watch for the Live Stream Worship Information for the Upcoming Reformation Sunday Service this Sunday, October 25, 2020

Reformation Day Global Prayer Service
Tune in to “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope” this Reformation Day (10/31.) LWF Youth from around the world will lead us in a liturgy that focuses on baptism, which reconciles us to God and all creation. Links here: 

Global Young Reformers Network
Check out the amazing work Lutheran youth and young adults are doing around the globe through Lutheran World Federation:

Luther and the Reformation Video 
Catch up with some Lutheran & world history through this popular Rick Steves TV Special. It’s now on YouTube for you to enjoy:

Keep an eye out for your Financial Statements which were mailed out on October 19th. Also included with that mailing was a request for your estimate of giving for 2021. A simple Google Form is available for you to use to enter your estimate of giving at this address:

We would like to receive all estimates of giving by November 1st prior to Consecration Sunday on November 8th.

If you have any questions, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Mary Stephens at 541-754-9841.

If you missed the Stewardship Video that aired during the October 18, 2020 Worship Service Click the link below to watch the video.

The Deadline for submissions to our All Saints List are due by Tuesday, October 27, 2020 to guarantee their addition onto the list.  To submit your saint, please call the office at 541-757-1600 or email the office at

A Drive-by Youth Nativity Event – Saturday evening, December 20

2020 Everything is different including the Nativity program. Instead of a youth nativity pageant during a Worship service, the Christian Education team will work with youth and families to create an outside drive-by Nativity experience with the story proclaimed in music, signs, lights, and a living creche scene with youth playing the character parts and a few real animals.  We will need help with art, tech, music, or promotions.  To volunteer, please contact Rebekah Hadlock or Shelly Lundahl.  Families should look for notes soon regarding details for youth parts or involvement.

“The Freedom of a Christian” Study

Now’s your chance to dive a little deeper into one of the ground-breaking works of Lutheran theology. The ELCA invites our whole church body to study and reflect on Martin Luther’s “The Freedom of a Christian” in 2020, its 500th anniversary year. You can download an annotated version of Luther’s writing and the ELCA’s study guide here:

This work is suitable for self-study – but if you’d value conversation with others and would like to tie Luther’s thought of 500 years ago with questions and issues rising up today, please consider joining our local study group. Contact Deaconess Donna King at by Reformation Day (10/31) if you’d like an invitation to the introductory zoom meeting!


Grace Global Book Club – November 5 at 12:00 pm

“House Made of Dawn” by Scott Momaday and led by Sharon Rosenketter.

If you are interested in joining the zoom Call for the Grace Global Book Club, please contact Mary Ann Matzke via email at to get the zoom link.

If you are interested in a printed copy of the October issues of Grace Gatherings, please contact the church office to have a copy mailed to you.

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
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.

In September a new book for the adult bible study will be started.  If you are interested in joining the adult bible study, please contact Frank and Sue Davis.

 Dear Luther House friends,

I have good news to report and a special request to go along with it.

The OSU campus no longer resembles a ghost town.  Students have returned after their long absence since the beginning of the pandemic last March.  University administrators claim that as many as one half of all who are registered have moved back to Corvallis, despite the fact that over 90% of classes are being offered remotely.

So, there is ministry to be done.

But it must be done differently.  At Luther House we are learning to minister “outside-the-box.”

•    Unable to gather students in-person, we have begun offering zoom discussions on faith and life amid COVID.
•    Sermons are being offered on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
•    In lieu of community meals, we are distributing grocery bags and hygiene products to students who are more economically insecure because of the loss of employment on campus and part-time work in Corvallis.

•    We are tabling on campus, presenting Luther House as a “community of compassion,” inviting engagement with students who are battling isolation and loneliness as never before.
There is ministry to be done.

But the funding needed to do it is running short.  COVID has taken its toll financially as well as relationally.  We received word this summer that our annual ELCA Churchwide grant will be reduced by $1,700 due to the decline in giving across the church.  You and other Luther House friends have been generous, but donations have taken a downturn.  Overall, giving has declined by 10%, while annual costs continue to rise by about the same amount.

We need your help if Luther House is to continue providing ministry on the OSU campus during this challenging season.

Would you consider making a special gift this fall?  The 10% figure may prove a useful guide, but we would be grateful for any additional amount you can contribute. Donations can be mailed to Luther House Campus Ministry, 211 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330.  If you prefer, secure online donations can be made at

We are ever so grateful for your partnership.  Your support is what makes Luther House possible.  We hope and pray we can count on you again.

Grace and peace be yours,

Pastor Mike
Michael Ostrom
Luther House Campus Ministry @OSU
211 NW 23rd Street
Corvallis, OR 97330

Face Covering Irritation

If you are suffering from face irritation from wearing a face mask or face covering, here is a new article on what you can do to prevent or minimize the irritation.

If you are still in need of face coverings, please contact the Corvallis Sewing Brigade to request a cloth face covering.

From Elizabeth Wyatt & the CorvallisSewingBrigade:
We can help get cloth masks or face shields to anyone free of charge.  Folks can email Elizabeth at  If you would like to volunteer to sew cloth face masks, the need is still very much alive! Info on how to volunteer can be found at 

The New Christ in Our Home Devotions are now available for October, November, and December.  

Please contact the office if you would like one to be mailed to you.  Please also designate if you would like standard print or large print.

Thanks to your generosity, over $5000 has been raised so far for the Oregon Synod Wildfire Relief Fund to support congregations and organizations working with congregations to provide aid with recovery and relief from the impacts of the wildfires. The people affected, the witnesses, FEMA, and the leaders of the Oregon Synod Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Team tell us it is going to take resources and time to recover from these catastrophic fires. If you would like to donate you can do so here or you can send a check to the Oregon Synod Bishop’s Office at 2800 N. Vancouver Ave. Portland, OR. 97227. Please note it for the Oregon Wildfires Relief Fund. 

The Reopening Committee has been working hard on creating protocols for small group gatherings happening at Grace.

For the safety of all individuals entering Grace Lutheran Church, we ask that all small groups who are meeting at Grace call and email the church office to get your meeting on the online calendar.  These protocols will be posted in multiple locations around the church, can be emailed to you, or can be found at:

Please call the church at 541-757-1600 and email us at to get your gathering put on the online calendar.

Attention all individuals entering Grace

As of July 1, 2020 all individuals entering Grace are required to wear a face covering.  If you do not have a face covering, individually wrapped masks are available at the sign in station.

Sign in forms have been placed at the entry/exit doors at Grace Lutheran Church.

Please fill out the form upon entering the building.  Writing utensils are provided, but personal writing utensils can be used.  To maintain the safety of all individuals entering Grace, please follow the posted instructions.

Thank you to everybody who has been returning the blue bottle drop bags.

Since June 1, 2020, members of Grace Lutheran Church have turned in over $200 dollars in cans and bottles.  This money will go towards our IDA Fund and will continue our mission in assisting members of our community who are in need.

Giving at a Glance
Support the many ministries of Grace Lutheran

Contributions as of October 17,  2020

Contributions for the Month of October: $ 15,888;
October’s Budget:  $ 29,900;
Last 2 Weeks of Giving: $ 5,280;
Weekly Budget: $ 7,475;
YTD contributions:  $247,635;
YTD budget:  $ 247,950