Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mdnorthi/public_html/wp-content/themes/trinity-free/lib/functions/entry-views.php on line 61
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 6                                                                                                                                                              June, 2017

June 14 is Flag Day.  We’ve each said the Pledge of Allegiance hundreds of times.  Who started it?  Our country’s pledge was written especially for children in 1892 as part of a celebration for Columbus Day in public schools across our land.  The original verse first appeared in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892.   It then read, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”   The author, Francis Bellamy, was an assistant editor for the Companion.  It was intended to be used just for the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus’ discovery but its popularity led to an annual tradition.  The pledge later became a daily ritual in schoolrooms across the land.  In 1923, the first revision was made.  “My flag” was replaced by “the Flag of the United States of America.”   Then in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill that added the words, “under God.”

I was almost two years old when those words were added.  Most of you were in your teens at that time.  Some of you weren’t born yet.  But it could be argued that our nation had been “under God” long before the Pledge was revised to reflect that fact.

On January 21, 1781, Robert Aiken, a publisher of The Pennsylvania Magazine, petitioned Congress for permission to print Bibles, since there was a shortage of Bibles in America due to the Revolutionary War interrupting trade with England.   The Continental Congress, September 10, 1872, in response to this shortage of Bibles, approved his petition with the following resolution:

“Whereupon, Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled . . . recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize [Robert Aiken] to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.”  This first American Bible was to be “a neat edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of schools.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).  “How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust” (Psalm 40:4).   Pray with me that the Lord would turn our nation back to Him and once again be a nation “under God.”



Sunday, June 4 – Thursday, June 8 – 5:30 – 8pm

Theme: Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory Is Won!

In ONE week knights, princesses, and all the animals that would be present in a medieval castle will be filling our fellowship hall! With Mighty Fortress, kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them, they may not ace their test or make the team, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation – their fortress and sure defense! So raise your banner! In Jesus, the victory is won! See you Sunday, June 4!



Sunday, June 25 – 10:30 a.m.

Mark your calendar now. Your input is needed as decisions are made concerning and furthering the needs of our church family.



Spirit Lifters completed their “War Room” DVD Bible Study this spring. Based on Matthew 6:6 the ladies were encouraged that prayer is a powerful weapon. They finished their time together May 16 with fellowship at Letty Mae’s Tea House! The new Jen Wilkin study, “Sermon on the Mount” will begin late August. Watch the newsletter and bulletin for more info.



40 Ladies gathered Thursday evening, May 4, in the fellowship hall to enjoy a delightful meal catered by R Place and several of our own ladies! Sue Salinas welcomed us; Jan and Kristen Torkelson gave very heart-warming toasts to grandmothers, mothers, and daughters; Barb Heilmann led a devotion on what the prophet Ezekiel and the apostle Paul had to say about mothers; Debbie Steffes told an intriguing story about, and we all made,  “a cross in our pocket”; and our wonderful Men of Grace: Lyle, Dan and Joel served us with a joy that was appreciated by all! Next year’s program is already in the works! You won’t want to miss it! Make note of the first Thursday in May, 2018!



A big thank you to all who donated food and/or money this past school year for the kids who meet at the Christian Youth Center! We delivered every 3rd Tuesday, and the final meal in May we provided pizza and pop, always a favorite! We will pick up again when school starts in the fall. Thank you to our Spirit Lifters for serving the youth of our community!



June shoe box gifts: small toys, books, stuffed animals, flashlights, extra batteries, jacks, slinky, travel games, small puzzles, etch-a-sketch, matchbox cars…remember EVERYTHING needs to fit in a shoe box with other items!

Thanks to all who donated kid watches, sunglasses and jewelry in May!


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, 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.



Pianist: Katherine Matthews and Lisa Grevens

Scripture Reader:  Sy Salinas

Greeters:  Vickie Borchelt and Sherryl Graham

Ushers:  Dan Chapman

Flowers:  Sherryl Graham



1 –     Patty Chapman

6 –     Dan Hamilton

7 –     Andy Torkelson

8 –     Don Bright

12 –   Barbara Heilmann

17 –   Caleb Jenkins

19 –   Jason Hecht

24 –   Phyliss Dralle



12 –   Pastor & Barbara Heilmann

27 –   Dale & Barb Starks





(members and friends)

College and University:

  • Joshua Padovano (son of Joe & Amy Burien, grandson of Don Edmondson) – UIC Chicago – PhD in Oral Medicine and DDS
  • Austin Rose (son of Ron & Tina, grandson of Howard & Janet Torkelson) – IL State University. Austin will seek employment in his field of study: government and political science

High School:

  • Ryan Rose (son of Ron & Tina, grandson of Howard & Janet Torkelson) – Bloomington High School. Ryan will continue his studies at the University of Iowa
  • Keegan Slagle (son of Kristan Smolenski, grandson of Lana Phillips) – Morris Community High School. Keegan will continue his studies at Joliet Junior College

8th Grade:

  • Alex Jenkins (son of Patrick, grandson of Connie) – Minooka Middle School. Alex will attend Minooka Community High School
  • Weiland Torkelson (son of Andy & Starlette, grandson of Howard & Janet) – Pontiac Elementary School. Weiland will attend Pontiac High School


  • Kinsley Hamilton (daughter of Dan & Carrie, granddaughter of Mike & Sherryl Graham)


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5&6


Please let us know if we have missed anyone! It was not intentional!



Don’t forget our website! The address is shown above, please check it out. Listen to sermons, read the newsletter, view our calendar, daily Bible readings, request prayer, etc.