May 2007 Newsletter

  MayNewsletterGrace Lutheran ChurchPastor Dennis WildermuthPhone: (360) 332-6589                                                             Ascension            Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus was with his disciples and told them to wait in Jerusalem until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them.  Then, they would be empowered to bear witness to Jesus everywhere.  Acts 1:9-11 describes the ascension of Jesus:"And when Jesus had said this, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."            The various Scripture passages dealing with the Ascension tell us several things.                        The risen Lord Jesus is King of the universe, having now assumed all                          power and authority over heaven and earth.                        We are assured that in his physical absence we are not alone.  He is                           present in Spirit with us, especially through his Word and                                         sacraments.                        We know that He will return:  "...will come in the same way as you saw                                     him go to heaven."                        We have a purpose and work to do in this life:  "...you shall be my                                            witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the                           end of the earth"   (Acts 1:8).            Ten days later was Pentecost Sunday and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples.  The disciples were not allowed to stand around looking up and neither are we.  Ascension Day reminds us that there is work to do before the Lord returns.  So many people around us and in the world need to hear of Jesus and to experience his love through us.  Ascension Day (Thursday, May 17) gives us comfort, strength, and purpose.Mother and Daughter Tea                                                Like two years ago, it will be the Saturday before Mother's Day, May 12, at 2:30 p.m.  Tables will be beautifully set and the men serving as waiters will pamper you with their elegant service.              All the ladies, young and old, including little girls, are invited.  There is plenty of room for all.  Please sign up at the church or phone the church office.A Mother's Patience           A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a 3-year-old girl in her basket.  As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her "No."                          The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss.  The mother said quietly, "Now, Mari, we just have a few more aisles to do; don't be upset.  It won't be long."                        The man passed the mother again in the candy aisle.  Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy.  When she was told she couldn't have any, she began to cry.            The mother said, "There, there, Mari, don't cry.  Only two more aisles to go, and then we'll be checking out."                        Later, the man happened to be behind the pair at the checkout, where the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today.  The mother patiently said, "Mari, we'll be through this check out stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap."                        The man decided to compliment the mother.  "I couldn't help noticing how patient you were with little Mari."                        "Mari?" said the mother, "I'm Mari.  My little girl's name is Amber!"

  • v The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

-Honore de Balzac Thrivent Builds                and so do we!           Grace Lutheran along with sixteen other Lutheran Churches have partnered with Habitat For Humanity and are building a "Habitat Home" in Peaceful Valley up close to Kendall this spring and summer.            Our support comes in many and various capacities.  Our first active way is in the Habitat For Humanity Auction to be held at the Semiahmoo Inn on May 19th.  It would be great if we could have at least two tables of Grace Lutheran members.  Cost for this annual event is $50 per person.  Please contact Carole or John Liebert at 332-8981 if you can attend.            Also during a portion of the auction we are having a "dessert dish".  We are trying to provide ten unique desserts that tables bid on.  Jacquie Robbins is helping organize this fun and entertaining part of the auction.            Later on, when the actual building begins, we will need volunteers to help work, provide supervision, and help provide lunches and treats for the workers.            Realizing that the building site is about one hour travel time from Blaine means we will need to be organized and prepared when that time comes.  Please let John know if there are certain aspects to the building part that you can help with.            Thanks a lot for your continued prayers as we help provide for this family and their new home.                                                                                                            John Liebert                                    Consider this Ministry            Since its inception in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 200,000 houses around the world for the poor and homeless.  More than one million people now have their own decent, affordable homes because of this Christian enterprise.            Habitat homes are not "given" freely.  To preserve their dignity, people expecting a home must participate in the building of the house.  Homeowners-to-be must make a down payment and be able to pay a monthly mortgage.  But low-income families chosen for a Habitat home pay no interest on loans received.            The organization is ecumenical and nondiscriminatory with more than 2,100 Habitat affiliates throughout the world, including 92 countries and all 50 states of the United States.            Home-building volunteers are always needed. To learn more, go to                                                      www.Habitat.org.World Mission NewsGood news from the Lutheran Deaf Mission Society and their service in India.                        "Pastor Dennis Konkel and I (Pastor Bud Palmer) have had a blast teaching the deaf in Ambur, India.  The deaf are really hungry for God's Word.  We have been teaching about the "Gospel" Bracelet-the multicolored wrist band that is like a mini-Bible:  Black is for sin; Red is for the blood of Jesus that covers your sin; Blue is for faith in the blood that brings eternal life; White is for Jesus washing us and making our sins as white as snow; Green is for growing or learning more of the Bible; and Yellow is for heaven when Jesus returns and brings us to our mansion or as I say our ‘Taj-Mahals.'            "We have been training the Deaf Institute of Theology (DIT) students of the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) to reach out to their fellow deaf countrymen with the bracelet.  They have been doing an excellent job!  We have visited many schools and there is no doubt the deaf can teach the deaf.  It is a beautiful sight to behold.  There are more than 400 deaf schools in India!  What a harvest field!"Friendly Visitors Program                      The Interfaith Coalition program offers trained volunteers the opportunity to work one-on-one with individuals in need of caring human connection.  The program matches compassionate volunteers with older members of the community whose health and well-being may improve with increased social contact.                If a senior you know may benefit from the program, call 756-5179. Lutherwood is looking for Summer Staff            Lutherwood is gearing up for another great summer of sharing the love of Christ with campers.  However, we are still looking for energetic Christian people to do just that.  We have had many wonderful applicants; however, other plans have taken some away from us.  We are specifically looking for Male Counselors, Kitchen Staff and Lifeguards.  If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Brandon "Goat" Scheer for an application and to set up an interview.  More information about camp can be found at http://www.camplutherwood.org/, by calling 360.734.7652, or emailing adventure@camplutherwood.orgOur Stewardship For May                                  Attendance averaged 121 with 201 on Easter.  We communed 502 in five services.  Attendance for four months is 111.  The six Wednesday Lenten services and two Holy Week services averaged 55.  The financial report for the month is incomplete at this writing and will be reported next month.               + Remember to include the Lord's work in your will. +New Pew Bibles             Through a generous donation, we were able to purchase new bibles for the pews.  The translation is the NRSV which is the one used on our bulletins.New Roof:           We needed $13,000 to bring us up to the $33,000 needed for the new roof.  As of April 22nd, $12,293.50 has been contributed.  Way to go!              As noted at the congregational meeting, if we over-subscribe the roof, we will use the extra funds for other projects, like fixing up the restrooms.Thank you        Lent and Easter were busy times here at Grace and many people gave of their time and talents to make these meaningful seasons for all of us.            Our thanks to those who participated in the Lenten service dialogues.  Carl Chiko was the prosecutor each week and others served as witnesses.              The Altar Committee had lots of extra work each week and the Easter Cross was beautiful.  Hazel Sibillia made a beautiful Easter banner and matching stole for Pastor Dennis.              The Board of Parish Fellowship provided Soup Suppers during Lent with good food and fellowship.  Many people brought food and helped.  Dick Johnson and Steve Galbraith organized the Easter Breakfast which went well with a larger crowd this year.              Mike Galbraith and Jim Martin have done a lot of mowing and yard work assisted by other volunteers.  It all makes the grounds look good and honors God.  Many of you have worked in various ways and have blessed the life and ministry of Grace.  Thank you!Preschool News                April flew by with lots of fun and activity.  We held our annual Trike-A-Thon to raise money for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  We spent a week learning about bicycle safety and at the end of the week, the children all brought their bikes or trikes to school to practice what they had learned.  All together the children worked very hard to raise $1,386.00 for childhood cancer research.             We tried a new unit this month on fruits and vegetables.  We tried tasting all kinds of different vegetables and voted on if we liked them or disliked them.  We had fun using broccoli, carrots, oranges, and apples - all to paint with!  They made neat designs on our paper.  Most of all we enjoyed making a Friendship Fruit Salad. Everyone brought a fruit to school and when they were all chopped up, they made an enormous and delicious salad that we all got to try.  We also taste tested some different citrus fruits.  Stop by our bulletin board by the windows to see what we said about them.            Have a joyous spring!                                            Blessings, Miss KristaPreschool Registration for             2007 - 2008            We are now receiving registrations for the new school year beginning in September.  Please mention our preschool to your friends and neighbors.  We run two sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week.                        Children should be 3½ years old by September.  People may call the church office at 332-6589 or call Gail at home, 371-7365.Love Loaves                         Thanks to all who have participated and returned your Love Loaf.   If you still have yours please bring it back soon so that the funds can be counted and forwarded to World Vision and Lutheran World Relief.              If you never received a Love Loaf, you may simply put a check in the offering and note it for Love Loaf. Farewell and GodspeedRuth and Joe Gordon have moved to Prosser, Washington and membership has been transferred to Messiah Lutheran Church in Prosser. May the Lord bless the Gordons in a new community and church home.