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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 8                                                                                                                                                         August, 2017

Have you ever had anyone say to you, “Just do as you please”?  Those words never came from God; in fact, His explicit command is for us to live a life conforming to the image of His Son Jesus.  Only six chapters after the Old Testament begins we read of a people that simply did as they pleased with a complete disregard for the government of God over their lives. Genesis 6:2 says they married “whomever they chose.”  There was complete disregard for God in their choices; the only standard was their own pleasure.  They simply did as they pleased, and in so doing were swept from the face of the earth and its selfish pleasures.

We are a society of pleasure seekers, working longer hours to make more money so we can embark on greater adventures, craving a fulfillment that can never be found, no matter how scenic or how spectacular the latest and greatest vacation spot may be.  But pleasure is at once addictive and insatiable.  Read the stories of the people who have the resources to experience all the pleasure that money can buy.  Are these the happiest people in the world? They seem to be.  But sooner or later they discover that the thirst for pleasure can never be satisfied by more pleasure.

Leave a child alone with a candy bowl and no adult supervision, and ultimately you will have a child with a very upset stomach.  Left alone to do as they please, children do exactly that, and there is a severe price to be paid.  Fast food restaurant employees are trained to ask customers if they want to “supersize” their meal.  Psychologists tell us the pleasure part of our brain often answers for us in these situations.  Bigger must be better, so before we know it, we’ve cast a vote for what we think will be more pleasure.  Unfortunately, more pleasure generally leads to lots of pain.  The question should never be, “What do I want to do with my life?”  Instead, it should be “What does God want to do in and through my life?  How can I fit in to His plan?”

By all accounts, one of the most fulfilled lives in recent years was that of Mother Teresa.  Her life was not about pleasure, and in fact, quite often it was about pain.  But as she discovered God’s plan for her life, she found a passion that led her not to do as she pleased but as He pleased.  And she therein found true pleasure.


Thursday, August 17 – 1:30 p.m.

Please join us as we continue our DVD study UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF GENESIS, Episode 3: What is Man? One of the most controversial questions in all of science centers on where humans came from. This is an amazing series, filled with thought provoking insight and beautiful pictures of our world.  Everyone is welcome!

Hostess: Debbie Steffes



Saturday, August 26, 5-7pm

See flyer on bulletin board in lower entryway for more info or call them at 815-941-5012.


USHERS are needed for the months of August and September. Please let Deacons Lyle or Kris know if you are available one or all of those Sundays! Your help is greatly appreciated!

AND our church council wants to remind you that we are still in need of one TRUSTEE!



We thank those members who came forward to serve on the committee to look for a pastor to join us next July… Sally Varland, Sherryl Graham, Sue Salinas, Rick Johnson and Bob Johnson. God be with them as they prayerfully go about this process; and may we all keep them in our prayers!



Love gifts for August are: markers, crayons, pencils, small pads of paper, calculator and/or flash light with extra batteries. Remember these items need to be new and fit in a shoe box.



Organist: Katherine Matthews

Pianist:  Lisa Grevens

Scripture Reader:  Rick Johnson


Ushers:  Kris Houchin

Deacon: Craig Laudeman




“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.



2 –       Tyler Ranallo

5 –       Diane Mitchell

7 –       LeRoy Berkland

12 –     Kris Houchin

Neal Smith

Matt Wills

16 –     Tecya Anderson

20 –     Ruth Bright

22 –     Patty Houchin

26 –     Olivia Wills

30 –     Selena Visser



1 –       Howard & Jan Torkelson

3 –       Lyle & Kim Hecht