To God Be the Glory!
Check the Fellowship bulletin board for more details.
On Friday, October 20th we are having our first FAMILY FUN NIGHT of the season.
Come out for supper, games and fellowship.
Bring your neighbor too!
Watch for the POSTER on the Fellowship Board and please sign-up as to how many are coming.
This Community Meal program is held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. at 11004 - 96 Street.
Volunteers gather as early as 5:30 a.m. to prepare porridge, pancakes and coffee for those people unable to provide for themselves.
Our Sunday School children will collect offerings this year to purchase pancake mix, oatmeal, peanut butter, syrup, coffee, etc. to contribute to these breakfasts.
Please pray that this mission project will be meaningful for our children.
Maureen Tiedemann, S.S. Mission Coordinator
Sunday School Opens September 10, 2017 at 10:00 am Ages 3yrs. old to Grade 6
Later this fall the Sunday School with a volunteer team of 4 are planning for a Reformation Event. We already have one volunteer but are in need of three more. Please consider volunteering to help out the Sunday School with this project. (There are special materials provided for the Reformation Event that came with the VBS Kits). - submitted by Linda Grohn
September, and another year is beginning for our Seminary students. With this in mind, I would like to encourage the members of Grace Lutheran congregation to become "Friends of the Seminary Guild".
Through your donation, the Seminary Guild provides assistance to the students as they study and with God's guidance become "Servants for Christ".
The Guild provides food vouchers, books, computer enhancements for their studies, and groceries for the kitchen. It also supports the "Take Wing Project" for our second year students and in general provides assistance to the students.
I will be conducting this drive in September between Sunday Church services and after the 11:00 AM services on September 10th and on September 17th. Looking forward to seeing you.
A Rewarding Opportunity
Although we live in a time where we are probably the most connected of all people when we think of the internet and how easy it is to stay in touch, we are also probably the most isolated. We are connected with people across the world, but not with those who live around us. This problem is not only contained to the culture but is found within the Church as well, and in our own congregation! One of the places we see this most is in the connections and relationships between generations. In order to serve age-specific needs we often segregate, making it difficult to have connection between groups. This wasn’t always the case.
In the first century, in the Jewish community which Jesus grew up in, there was lots of contact between generations and families. When Jesus and His family went to Jerusalem to worship when He was a boy, He remained there in order to study with and dispute (!) the teachers (Luke 2:41-52). This was also the case in the early Church. St. Paul, in his first letter to Timothy encourages members of congregations to treat those older than them as parents and those younger as brothers and sisters (1 Timothy 5:1-2). All of this reinforces the idea that as members of the Body of Christ we are all family, not by the blood in our veins but by the Blood which redeemed us.
We have a great opportunity in our own congregation to show this love and respect to one another that many of you may not know about! We have in our congregation, members who you may not know very well as they can’t attend very often. These are our shut-ins. And we as a congregation are always looking for more of our members to visit with them - especially youth and young adults!
Both secular and church studies have shown the benefit to both parties when there is interaction between generations. Younger people get to learn from those who have had more life experience and have seen, done, and know more. At the same time older adults learn new perspectives by seeing how the younger generation sees and interacts with the world. From a faith based perspective, younger people get to see examples of the faith and be edified by witnessing this. Older adults get to be encouraged by seeing younger adults engaged with their faith.
Are you’re worried you won’t know what to do or how to do this? The good news is that it’s easy! Just be there, just listen. You can start by visiting just one person, maybe once a week. Over time it all becomes easier. If you contact one of the members of our Caring Ministry team, they will be able to suggest someone for you to visit with if you need! We all have room to learn and grow and a visit and a prayer can go a long way in that. I’ll end with these words of St. Paul that I referenced earlier, “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father. Treat younger men like brothers, older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.”
If you are interested in this, please contact any member of the Care Ministry team or get in touch with the church office or Pastor Curtis for more information.
On June 11th, I had the honour and privilege to be the organist at St. Joseph’s Basilica for an ecumenical concert marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The concert was co-sponsored by The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and Lutheran Church – Canada. This was a most blessed opportunity and experience for me to not only represent the Lutheran community of Edmonton and area but to also represent our congregation. Many people from Grace were at the concert as well as many other Lutherans from the Edmonton area. There was also a large Catholic representation. Proceeds of $1000 were received in donations and they will be shared with CLWR and Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The choir of the Basilica so beautifully sang the “songs” of worship from 500 years ago. I played the prelude, postlude and led the four hymns that dated back to the reformation era.
The organ is a 3 manual Casavant pipe organ with a wonderful sound that filled the sanctuary in such an uplifting way. The cathedral music director commented that that was some of the best congregational singing he’s heard in the Basilica. Dr. John Hellwege from the seminary along with Julien Hammond from the Catholic Archdiocese gave commentary to the songs and hymns. Thanks be to God for this great collaboration!
- Martha Feculak
At Grace Lutheran Church we value …
Accessible and engaging worship through God’s Word, sacrament and song.
Teaching and empowering individuals to grow in faith in Jesus Christ, in love and in compassion.
Building relationships and hospitable communities.
Extending the love of Christ through service to our neighbours.
On Saturday, May 27 several members of Grace Lutheran Church gathered at the Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton to help shape the vision for our ministry at Grace. Our day then began with fellowship, singing and prayer, followed by a brief Bible study. We were assigned to groups and each group was given a different Bible passage to reflect upon and discuss. Specifically we were asked to ponder the following questions:
How does this passage bring us comfort?
How does it challenge our faith?
What does it have to do with a vision of the future as we lead at Grace Lutheran church?
The passages, which spoke of God guiding and urging us to use the gifts given to us to build up the body of Christ, set the tone for the day and served to guide us as we engaged in the activities that followed.
Following the Bible study, each group was tasked with reviewing a different time period during the history of our congregation. We were asked to note the prominent activities that occurred in our church during a particular timeframe, as well as identify what was happening in society at that moment. Each group then shared their findings with the bigger group. It was interesting to note the similar activities that occurred during different time periods and the societal influences that shaped our ministry.
After breaking for lunch, we turned our attentions from the past and present toward the future. We were asked to think about our church in 7 years time and consider the following:
What will the membership of Grace look like?
What will worship at Grace look like?
What programs will we have at Grace?
After jotting down all of our ideas, we were tasked with developing 3-4 value statements. For many, this was perhaps the most challenging part of the day (our group came up with only 2 statements!) which involved a lot of discussion, writing and revisions. We were then further challenged to join with another group, compare our value statements and further pare down our list. For the final exercise of the day everyone worked together to find commonalities between all of the value statements and determine what would define our vision for Grace. The value statements listed in the first paragraph of this article are the end product of that exercise.
This day-long retreat was skillfully facilitated by Pastor Curtis and Andrea Boehm. In addition to all of the planning work, we were provided with breaks throughout the day during which we could enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Blessed with a warm summer day, many of us embraced the opportunity to wander the grounds and do a walking Bible study that had been prepared by Pastor Curtis. The day was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fellowship with one another while developing a vision for Grace.