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Newsletter | Grace Lutheran Church


 Words of Grace

September, 2018



Grace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

On August 1, 2018 I began my ministry at Grace Lutheran Church to serve as their next pastor. My wife, Deb, and I thank God for opening this new ministry to us and we look forward to the coming years of adventure, service and spiritual growth among the people at Grace Lutheran Church and the surrounding communities.

I enjoy helping others grow in their faith in Jesus Christ, spending time together studying God’s Word and in the ministry of prayer!

But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4, NASB)

I am also truly blessed to be married to Deb and we have 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren! Family is important to us and we enjoy spending time together whenever we can.

In my younger years my father was in the US Air Force so my family lived on or near air bases around the US. In my teen years we lived on a small farm near Kenyon, Minnesota. During my teenage years I have enjoyed the fellowship of other Christians my age. I wanted to know more about God, the Bible, living the Christian life and especially more about the savior of the world, Jesus Christ! After high school I attended Northwestern Bible College in St Paul and the Free Lutheran Bible School in Minneapolis for 1 year each.

While attending the Free Lutheran Bible School I claimed this Bible verse as my life verse: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8, NASB)

I then attended and graduated from Moorhead State University in Minnesota with a BA degree in history. After college I joined the US Air Force and served as a navigator and Electronic Warfare Officer flying in bomber aircraft for 8 years.

At this time in my life I discerned a call from God to become a pastor and left the military to train for the pastoral ministry at the Free Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis. After seminary I was blessed to serve 2 churches in Iowa for 10 years and 2 churches in South Dakota for 6 years.

I have also served as a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserves at 4 US air bases and overseas in the United Arab Emirates. I currently serve as the Reservist to Command Chaplain at the Headquarters for the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio and will be retiring from military duty in December of 2018.

Let’s stay focused on Jesus Christ! He is coming again soon! Are you ready to meet him?

Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42, NASB)




Lions Park on Michael Dr. in Morris

Outdoor Worship Service 9:30a.m. at the shelter, fellowship meal to follow, sign-up sheet is in the entryway for food and drink items.

Presentation of Bibles to Emily Ranallo, Izzy Salinas and Cade Laudeman / Installation of Sunday School Teachers and Staff.


Spirit Lifters Bible Study will resume with the study of Gideon on Monday, September 17, 2018. We’ll be meeting at 1:30p.m. at the church. Please prepare chapter 4, The Flip Side of God’s Power. Anyone is invited to join us; we meet every two weeks.

Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson, 685-6735.


WMF-Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 9:30a.m.

Please join us as we start a new Bible Study titled “A Study in Hope”. Contact Sally Varland for a study book. 815-416-1297

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick.


Devotionals for September, October, November are available on the table in the lower entryway of the church. Please pick one up!

CYCM (Christian Youth Center of Morris)

CYCM sign-up sheet in the lower entryway has food items and cash donations they are in need of by Tuesday, the 18th. Please sign the sheet so Spirit Lifters will know, and then deliver your donation to the Christian Youth Center that Tuesday afternoon around 5pm or place your cash in the box on the table in our lower entryway. Any questions please call Jan Torkelson or Debbie Steffes.


Love gifts for September: gum, NO CANDY, toothbrushes, NO TOOTHPASTE

Also: markers, crayons, pencils, small pads of paper, calculator – you can get some great deals on school supplies after school has started!

If you would like to put together your own shoe boxes, there are some available for you to take, on the desk in the fellowship hall.

To Pray for Our Church Family & Friends

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6

In Need of Healing:

Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Beth Carlson, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Betty Findlay, Jason Hecht, Ron Vetter, Bob Williams

Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, Kendall Wills – US Coast Guard Reserves

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


Pianist: Norma Arnsdorff (welcome back!!!)

Scripture Reader: Emily Ranallo

Greeters: The Ranallo Family

Ushers: Michael Ranallo

Deacon: Craig Laudeman


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS members and friends

7 – Pastor Craig Benson

Zachary Chapman

18 – Joyce Chapman

Robert Tesdal

20 – Connie Jenkins

26 – Pastor Heilmann


13 – Lupé & Sue Salinas