September Newsletter

 

Grace Lutheran Church

September

Pastor's Corner

There is a story told about a boy and an old man who were sitting on a dock in the late afternoon, fishing.  They talked about many things-why sunsets are red, why the rain falls, why the season changes, what life is like.  Finally, the young boy looked up at the old man, as the old man was baiting his hook for him, and asked, "Does anybody ever see

Son," said the old man, looking across the blue water, "it's getting so I hardly see anything else."  Such a spirit comes from a lifetime of commitment and trust.

Being close to God through daily devotions, Bible study, worship and Holy Communion are the ways that we grow in faith and  discipleship.  Those who have aged and matured in the faith over the years have a calmness and    secure hope in the midst of whatever comes in life.

In the New Testament book of Hebrews the  biblical writer  encourages his audience to run the race of life with their eyes fixed on "Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith" (12:1-2).

The Fall of the year is a good time to renew and refresh yourself in the Lord.  If you haven't been regular in worship or Bible Study, now is the time to come, to grow in your faith and Christian life, and to see the difference it can make in your faith and life over time.

Sunday School and Bible Class begins September 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class taught by Pastor Dennis meets in the Parish Hall.  We will begin with a 5 session video based study:  "Walk as Jesus Walked: Making Disciples".  Learn how the  culture and politics of the first century influenced the   imagery and stories of the Bible, and see the  Scriptures through the eyes of God's chosen people, the Jews.  Discover with Paul the apostle what walking like Jesus meant in the first century-and what it means today.  Afterwards we will  resume where we left off in the middle of the Gospel of John.

Men's Bible Study will resume on September 8th.  We try to meet every other Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for an hour and a half.

Monday Evening Bible Study will start again September 10th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at  Carole and John Lieberts', 9721 Terrace Ave. Blaine.  Drop in any time (it is easy to catch up on missed lessons).

Sarah Circle meets the third Tuesday of the month for Bible study and different service projects.  First meeting is September 18th.

Adult Inquirers' Class is a comprehensive study of the Christian faith and life.  Members are invited to review and non-members may choose to join the congregation upon completion of the class.  Classes begin on September 13th at 7:30 p.m.  If you would like to attend and/or bring a friend, please speak to Pastor Dennis.

Confirmation Class for 7th and 8th graders will begin on September 12th.  Classes go from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  For the first class, parents are asked to meet briefly with Pastor Dennis at 7:00 p.m.

The Early Communion Class is for 5th and 6th graders.  If your child    desires to commune, he or she should take the class.  Upon completion, if both parents and Pastor agree that the child is ready, he or she may begin to commune.  If there is interest, the classes will be scheduled in October.

Our Preschool begins classes this Fall on Wednesday, September 12th.  Miss Krista  Weatherby will not be returning this year, we are sad to see her go and offer God's     blessings and success with her future.       

Thank you to Krista for providing the children quality, Christian, early childhood education over the past six years.   Michelle Diamond will be returning as our helper again this year.

As this is being written, we are in the process of interviewing and will have someone hired soon.  We still have some openings for  students, mostly in the afternoon class.

            The Lord has a special place for those who teach little children. She arrives early; she leaves late.  The children love her; the parents think she's great! She cares for the children and tells them of Jesus' love.   She instills in their hearts a desire to know of our   Father above.  She teaches them the Bible; she teaches them to pray; sometimes she just teaches them to be still.  She is dedicated to serving the Lord in his way, and we praise her for being in his will.  The Lord has a  special place for those who teach little children.                                                -Diane Presley

Church Picnic

September 9th after worship.  On the church grounds.

Bring something to BBQ, a potluck side dish or dessert and your own table      service.

There will be games for all ages. Invite your friends and   family.  See you there!!  

Questions?  Call Rika Kent at 366-5830 or Marlene Martin at   366-5604

Thank You

Our thanks to the Summer Singers who provided us with special music through the summer.   Special thanks to Laura Nelson and Karen    Halldorson for organizing and selecting       

the music; to Martin Kuuskmann for his bassoon skills; and to      everyone who sang.     

Thanks also to those who presented the Children's Sermons        

Laura Nelson, Carolyn Higby, and Dan Persse.

Church Choir

The choir will be having its first practice on  Wednesday  evening, September 5th at 7:00 p.m.  We are always   excited about starting a new season; and we would be happy to have some new voices join us.

If you would like to make "A joyful noise unto the Lord", we look forward to   seeing you on the 5th.  If you have any questions call Gail at 371-7365.

Interfaith's Winter Coat Drive In Blaine

Join us for Interfaith Coalition's  annual winter coat drive.  This vital program brings warm coats to people in need throughout the county.  Coats are distributed by volunteers locally at St. Martin's Clothing Bank and the Blaine Food Bank to people who would have spent their limited incomes to purchase a coat or gone without one through the winter.

Please bring clean, good quality winter coats to the worship      services this month.  Children's coats are  especially needed.  Sunday,  October 7th  is the last Sunday to bring in items. 

Interfaith Coalition and the Peace Arch Ministerial Association   sponsor this program.

Mission News

Grace Lutheran Church  is linked to Kazakhstan. Missionaries David and Rachel Baker write,

"On June 19, two of our Kazakh small groups got  together to  celebrate the day they were baptized!  During the course of the feast, these  people shared how God had been working in their lives over the past year:  ‘My mother and I are more than family now-we're friends!  We  read the  Bible together and pray for  each other.' 

‘My whole family and all my neighbors know I am a Christian-and I am not ashamed!'  ‘I find that I talk to God all day long, telling him about my problems, asking about who I should  witness to, and giving him my concerns.' ‘I have learned how to  forgive, and not to judge.  My wife and I pray together about problems we have.'  ‘I don't hate anymore. My whole character has changed with God's help.  I give him the glory!'

 "We praise God for the faith he has given these new Christians, and we ask that he would continue to work in them daily, revealing himself to them, and through them to everyone they meet.  As we were in the process of planning this special feast to celebrate baptism, David and some of our local church leaders made a trip to another village about four hours outside of Almaty.  David was able to meet the new Christians in this previously churchless village, and celebrate with them the gift of new life, as three of them joined the body of Christ through baptism!  David was able to meet the new Christians in this  previously churchless village, and celebrate with them the gift of new life, as three of them joined the body of Christ through baptism!  How can we help but rejoice as we see what God is continuing to do in the lives of the people of  Kazakhstan!"

Grace Lutheran Church

is also linked to Guinea, where Donna Meyer serves as a      missionary with LCMS World  Mission.  She writes,  "My last day in Guinea was Sunday, May 7th.  Pastor Augustine led the service with Pastor Tim Heiney doing the teaching on ‘The Spirit of Man.'  In our western culture, that is an easy lesson to teach, but in an animistic culture, teaching that the spirit of a man leaves the earth upon the death of the man is very hard to accept.  The reason for this difficulty is that most of them have seen ‘the spirit of dead friends or relatives,' either in dreams or as flesh and blood  beings, doing things or speaking like a living  person.  I truly appreciate Tim's teachings and so does that little congregation.  Santiggi, my guard, and his wife, Aisha, had just joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Conakry (the church in the schoolhouse).  As they were walking with me back to my  compound after  attending the service,  Aisha was so excited about the teaching on the spirit of man. I had never heard her talk so much!  She kept saying,  ‘It is true! It is true!'  The fields are ripe for the harvest in Guinea!  The  people are longing to hear the Truth, and many churches are not teaching the whole of it."