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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 10                                                                                                                                                   October, 2017

Matthew 4:4  He answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”   Martin Luther wrote of this passage:

The soul can live without all things except the Word of God.  Without the Word of God nothing can help us.  But when we have the Word we need nothing else, for in the Word we have enough food, joy, peace, light, art, justice, truth, wisdom, and all good things in abundance.

What, then, is this Word of God that bestows such high grace, and how shall I use it?  It is nothing other than the Word of Christ as it is contained in the Gospel.  The purpose of preaching is that you should hear your God speaking to you, telling you how all your life and works are nothing before God, and how you and all that is in you would perish eternally.  If you truly believe how sinful you are, you will despair of yourself entirely.  But in order that you might be saved from yourself and out of yourself – that is, out of ruin – God presents to you His dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and bids you, through His living and comforting Word, to yield yourself to Him with a cheerful heart.  For the sake of such faith all your sins will be forgiven, your ruin overcome, and you will be just and true, content, fulfilling all His commandments, and set free from all things.

This Reformation Day we mark 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517.  The world has changed in almost immeasurable ways since then.  While today’s world mocks and even rejects outright God’s Word, it stands resolute and as true as ever.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).  You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth (Psalm 119:151).  The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting (Psalm 119:160).  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

God’s Word is our great heritage, and shall be ours forever.  Through life it guides our way, in death it is our stay.  Lord grant while worlds endure, we keep its teachings pure, throughout all generations.



Thursday, October 19 – 1:30 p.m.

Please join us as we continue our DVD study UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF GENESIS, Episode 5: Flood or Fiction.  Most scientists agree that Earth’s climate and geology have been drastically altered by water since the beginning of time, but they puzzle over how and when this occurred.  Does gradual erosion over eons of time explain natural wonders like the Grand Canyon?  Or was it the result of the great worldwide Flood described in Genesis?  This is an amazing series, filled with thought provoking insight and beautiful pictures of our world.  Everyone is welcome! Hostess: Sally Varland



Mondays October 16 and 30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ladies, we continue our Bible study: Jen Wilkin’s “Sermon on the Mount”.  All are welcome!  Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson.


CYCM (Christian Youth Center of Morris)

Tuesday, October 17

Your help is appreciated with furnishing food on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for the youth in our community. There will be a sign up sheet in the lower entryway if you can donate.  Please bring your food to the CYCM the 3rd Tuesday around 5pm!  The boys and girls very much appreciate what we do for them!  Thank you Spirit Lifters for organizing this each month!  Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson.



Love gifts for October: Please write a note or color a picture, include a photo of yourself and/or take a shoebox from the table and fill it!  We have shoeboxes in the lower entryway with flyers to help you with what to purchase and how to pack!  Please bring your shoeboxes to the church any Sunday this month!  Sundays November 6 and 12 we will take a love offering to help with the cost of transporting the shoe boxes overseas.  Samaritan’s Purse says the cost is $9 per shoe box.  Thank you!

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed over 146 million shoebox gifts to children around the world in Jesus’ Name.


Remembering 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:

Katie Becker, Ruth Bright, Everett Brue, Beth Carlson, Bob Coop, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Betty Findlay, Jason Hecht, Ron Lenninger, Diane Mitchell, Don Neushwander, 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.


Sunday, October 8 – 3:15 p.m.

Join us Sunday, October 8 from 3:15-4:30pm at Living Water Church, 118 E Jefferson St, Morris.  Participants of Life Chain join together one day each year, from churches all across the nation, to pray to end abortion in the U.S. and help bring awareness by holding approved signs.  This is not a demonstration, but rather a peaceful, visual statement to the community that we believe abortion is wrong and we are concerned about the lives of unborn babies.  Join fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we stand in unity along Route 47 and join our hearts in prayer for one hour on the issue of abortion.  Questions, call Annie Rasmusson 214-608-7446.



5 –    Virginia Olson

12 –  Sarah Deck

14 –  Joshua Scott Visser

Rachel Marie Visser

17 –  Tracy Graham

18 –  Mary Smith

23 –  Cathy Williams



11 –  Kris & Patty Houchin



Pianist:  Lisa Grevens and Norma Arnsdorff

Scripture Reader:  Kris Houchin

Greeters:  Patty Houchin and Mary Smith

Ushers:  Joel Heilmann and Kris Houchin

Altar Flowers:  Barb Heilmann


500 years later it’s STILL all about Jesus!

Do you know that familiar story of the preschool Sunday School teacher?  Week after week, she asks her young students questions about God’s Word.  And without fail, a child shouts “Jesus!” at every opportunity.  We may roll our eyes, but really, is that answer such a bad thing?

Sure, it may just be youthful ignorance – but it’s also convicting!  From the mouths of these little learners, we’re reminded that Jesus is the true and only heartbeat of faith.


Celebrate the 500TH anniversary of the Reformation of the Lutheran church Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m.