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Newsletter | Grace Lutheran Church


Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – September 2019

Spiritual Reflections

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name,  make known among the nations what He has done.”  Psalm 105:1

I started attending Hauge Lutheran Church, an AFLC in Kenyon, Minnesota in the spring of my sophomore year in high school.  That was in May of 1975.  At that time I attended some Tent Meetings in a nearby city park.  I didn’t know the exact purpose of the Tent Meetings but was interested in learning more about the Christian life.  I felt that something was missing from my life, but not sure how to explain it.  I had also been praying that God would reveal Himself to me in a more personal way.  I had grown up in the usual Lutheran Church traditions and activities, but I wanted to experience a closer walk with God than what I was experiencing at that time in my life.  I was trying to make sense out of life and started to pray that God would answer my questions.

Pastor David Molstre, the AFLC evangelist at the time, was leading the spiritual revival meetings.  As he preached from the Bible and spoke of the Christian life and the “end times,” I began to understand the Bible and the words of Jesus Christ in a new and clearer way.  This was the work of the Holy Spirit.  I knew that I was a Christian, but I wanted to learn more of God’s plan of salvation and what the “sign of the end times” were all about.  I dedicated my life to Christ in a deeper way.  It was not a dramatic or emotional experience.  It was more of a personal, quiet response to God’s leading.  I consciously and willingly committed myself to Jesus Christ and to grow in my faith in Him.

As I began attending the worship services and Sunday School classes at Hauge, the Scriptures were so powerful, so fresh and so clear!  I loved reading the Bible now because it all made sense to me.  I loved listening to Pastor Al Monson explain the Scripture text in his sermons.  I enjoyed the worship services and Sunday School classes.  The people at Hauge were, and still are, very loving and understanding.  They cared for me, and since I was attending Hauge by myself from 1975-1980, the Hauge people became my spiritual family.

I also enjoyed the friendship of the other high school students at Hauge.  Special memories for me focus on our times of prayer, Bible study and discovering our true purpose in life – to glorify God in all we do, whatever path in life we may seek.

As I reflect on what the people of Hauge Church have meant to me, I can honestly say that they have been very important in my spiritual growth and they laid the foundation for future successes in my life.  I know that many of the Hauge members were especially praying for me during my high school and college years.  They treated me as an important member of the congregation and allowed me to develop my leadership skills in some of the church ministries.  It was at Hauge that I first considered the possibility of becoming a pastor.  Pastor Monson was a great pastor and role model for me.  His love for Christ was evident and I vividly remember his sincerity in preaching the Word of God.  I am very thankful for each person who invested in my life, for teaching me the truths of God’s Word and for showing me the love of Christ in their words and deeds!

God has truly blessed me and my family through the people of Hauge congregation.  I pray for God’s blessing upon the people of Grace Lutheran Church as you seek to influence others for Christ.  May God continue to use you today and in the future, in great and small ways, for His heavenly kingdom!






Goold Park-West-Morris (across from the Morris High School parking lot)

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

Installation of Sunday School Teachers.



Spirit Lifters will meet for lunch on Sept. 9 at 12:30pm at Maria’s Restaurant in Morris. All are welcome to join. Please RSVP to Jan Torkelson at 815.685.6735 by Sept 7.



WMF-Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9:30a.m.

Please join us as we study lesson 11, Hope Realized: When Hope Becomes Sight.  Sally Varland is Hostess and leading Bible study.



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 Wednesday, the 18th. Please sign the sheet so Spirit Lifters will know, and then deliver your donation to the Christian Youth Center that Wednesday 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!


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:

Rolf Anderson, Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker,  Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht,  Steve & Diane Peterson,  Ron Vetter, Bob Williams


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


Serving our Country: Tracy Graham – US Coast Guard

                                                Kendall Wills – US Navy



Pastor: Craig Benson

Pianist:  Norma Arnsdorff

Scripture Reader:  Tyler Ranallo

Greeters:  The Ranallo Family

Ushers:  Michael Ranallo

Deacon: Craig Laudeman

Flowers:  The Ranallo Family


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS members and friends

7 –       Pastor Craig Benson

Zachary Chapman

18 –     Robert Tesdal

20 –     Connie Jenkins

26 –     Pastor Steve Heilmann


13 –     Lupé & Sue Salinas