Grace News June 23, 2020

Click here for this week’s reflection on I Thessalonians and praying without ceasing.


Lutheran World Relief Ingathering

We are not sure at this time about the 2020 Ingathering. It is currently set for October 3-4. We will let you know at a later date if it needs to be postponed.

We have decided to do only Personal Care and Fabric Kits this year and not ask members to search stores for school supplies to make School Kits. A very generous member of Grace has donated money to buy the fabric and thread that is needed. Thank you! You can be on the lookout for the items needed to make the Personal Care Kits and make them at home as you are able.

· One light-weight bath size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color

· Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping*

· One adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping

· One sturdy comb, remove packaging

· One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

Here are the instructions:

Fold the towel in half width-wise. Place the rest of the items in the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out, and secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands.



Lutheran World Relief is no longer taking fleece blankets. We have given what we made locally and have a few more to make; but we will be continuing the Linus Project blankets for local children. Right now that is on stand-by.

If you want to help out by making masks for vulnerable countries overseas, LWR has a campaign to make 150,000. So far 106,075 have been made. If you are interested in joining in, look up LWR MASK CHALLENGE

June 28, 2020 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8)

Matthew 10:40 – “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” You don’t have to watch hours of Martha Stewart to master the art of hospitality. Just fling wide the door. Community forms and flourishes in the soil of wide welcome and presence (i.e. hospitality). How will a new reality reform both your hospitality and community?

Our Grace Family

To Members and Friends of Grace,
Many thanks for the prayers, thoughts, cards, phone calls, meals and virtual visits to all who made my recent surgery easier. I am up and around again and feeling so much better. Thanks for all of your efforts to make my recovery that much easier.
A special thanks to Pastor Verkouw for visiting our patio before the surgery to talk and to celebrate communion before the surgery. It was a good and calming feeling to know that the church was with us for the whole surgery and recovery  experience.
May the peace of God and church be with you all,   Jean Young