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Newsletter | Grace Lutheran Church


 Words of Grace

“I commend you to God and to the word of His grace which is able to build you up.”  Acts 20:32

 Volume 15, Issue 11                                                                                                                                                   November, 2017

Since the Fall season is upon us in full force, we turn our attention to harvesting, raking leaves, and switching summer clothes for winter clothes.  But with all of this comes one of the least commercialized holidays, Thanksgiving Day.  I know most of you are thinking that there is hardly a more commercial day than Black Friday.  And yes, the anticipation of getting the best deal of the year now creeps its way into the relative tranquility of Thanksgiving Day.   But none of that has to do with Thanksgiving Day.  It simply distracts us from  focusing on the Giver of all things.

When a certain man was 7 years of age, his family was forced out of their home, and he went to work.  When he was 9, his mother died.  He lost his job as a store clerk when he was 20.  He wanted to go to law school, but he didn’t have the education.  At age 23 he went into debt to be a partner in a small store.  Three years later the business partner died, and the resulting debt took years to repay.

When he was 28, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him, and she turned him down.  On his third try he was elected to Congress, at age 37, but then failed to be re-elected.  His son died at 4 years of age.  When this man was 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At age 47 he ran for the vice-presidency and lost.  But at age 51 he was elected president of the United States.

The man was Abraham Lincoln, a man who learned to face discouragement and move beyond it.  Did you know that it was Abraham Lincoln who, in the midst of the Civil War, in 1863, established the annual celebration of Thanksgiving?  Lincoln had learned how important it is to stop and thank God in the midst of great difficulties.

So whether in great difficulty or great abundance and prosperity, we should take the day our country has established as a day of Thanksgiving to bless the Giver of all good gifts and eternal life on top of everything else!

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.  Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever.   (Psalm 100:4; Revelation 7:12)


Mondays, November 6 and 27 – 1:30 p.m.

We are studying the Sermon on the Mount. Monday, November 6 please prepare Lesson 4: Matthew 5:21-30 and the 27th, Lesson 5: Matthew 5:31-48. Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson.



Thursday, November 16 – 1:30 p.m.

Please join us as we continue our DVD study UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF GENESIS, Episode 6: How Old is Earth. Understanding Earth’s approximate age is more than an intellectual curiosity. It’s a critical issue of faith. Scientific evidence reveals that basic assumptions used to date the earth may be flawed. This is an amazing series, filled with thought provoking insight and beautiful pictures of our world.  Everyone is welcome! Hostess: Barbara Heilmann


Community Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 21 – 7:00 p.m.

The Morris Ministerial Association is offering a Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM.  Living Water Church of the Nazarene will host the service. Pastor Jonathan Horsfall, New Life Church of Morris, will be the guest preacher.



Wednesday, December 6 – 7:00 p.m.

Our congregation will gather once during the Advent season on Wednesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. This service is available to give you a spiritual “break” from the hectic schedule December brings.  In Mark 6:31, Jesus invited His disciples to “come away” during a very hectic time of ministry.  Advent worship is a time to do just that – come away for a short time and focus on the Reason for the season.  God will be waiting for you.



Thursday, December 7 – 6:30 p.m.

Ladies, we hope you have Thursday, December 7, marked on your calendar for our Christmas Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Kitchen Committee: Mary Smith, Vickie Borchelt, Joyce Chapman, Sherryl Graham, Barb Starks, and Barb Wolfe

Program: Christian Youth Center of Morris

Decorating: Mary Smith

Clean-Up: Men of Grace



We will not serve the CYCM during November; however the box for cash donations will be on the table in the lower entryway should you wish to help towards the cost of pizza for December. Any questions, please ask Jan Torkelson. Thank you!



We are so thankful to each of you for your donations throughout the year for the shoe boxes going to children in underprivileged countries. And especially thankful to our Spirit Lifters, Duane and Barb Wolfe, and Naomi Parton who so generously gave of their time to fill and deliver these boxes to a collection center. We will start collecting again in January! Watch the newsletter and bulletin!



“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6

Let us pray for:

In Need of Healing: Katie Becker, Ruth Bright, Everett Brue, Beth Carlson, Bob Coop, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Betty Findlay, Jason Hecht, Diane Mitchell, Bob Williams,

Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard Reserves

PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.



Organist:  Norma Arnsdorff

Scripture Reader:  Debbie Steffes

Greeters:  Jan Torkelson

Ushers:  Rick Johnson & Howard Torkelson

Deacon: Craig Laudeman

Flowers:  Jan Torkelson



3 –       Grace Visser

5 –       Ed Smith

8 –       Don Edmondson

12 –     Barb Wolfe

13 –     Alice Edmondson

Tricia Smith

19 –     Mike Graham

20 –     Carrie Graham Hamilton

25 –     Bill Graham

26 –     Sherryl Graham



8 –       Dan & Carrie Hamilton

16 –     Tim & Virginia Urbanik

18 –     Kirk & Tecya Anderson

Curt & Diane Mitchell