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Little Kitchen Food Shelf is hosting a free summer produce distribution this Saturday!! Please join us, all are welcome!! Rain or shine!!
When: This Saturday, June 20, 12-2pm
Free and open to the community, no pre-registration or ID/proofs needed! Masks required; social distancing enforced. For more information, please call 612-788-2444.
This event is the first in a series of free summer produce distributions taking place on the third Saturdays of June through September (July 18, August 15, and September 19).
My Very Own Bed
Saturday June 20, 10am – noon
5th Street Side of Grace Center
You may remember that we started a drive for My Very Own Bed back in March – collecting brand-new twin sheets, pillows, mattress pads, and stuffed animals for children moving out of homelessness. This drive was on pause during our at-home worship, but MVOB recently announced they are low on supplies! Barb Bower picked up and took over our current stock of donations today, AND this Saturday, we will also be taking drive-up donations!
Look for the pop-up tent on the curb on our 5th Street side! You can drive up, drop off, and head out!
You can bring NEW:
– twin size bedsheets
– twin size mattress pads
– twin size blankets or comforters
– small stuffed animals
At-Home Worship Schedule for April
Sunday, April 5, 10am – Palm Sunday Worship with Communion
Thursday, April 9, 6:30pm – Maundy Thursday Meditation with Communion
Friday, April 10, 6:30pm – Good Friday Meditation
Saturday, April 11, 4pm – Passion Walk
Saturday, April 11, 7pm – Easter Vigil with Communion
Sunday, April 12, 6:30am – Sunrise Meditation
Sunday, April 12, 10am – Easter Sunday Worship with Communion
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm – Shared Holden Evening Prayer
Sunday, April 19, 10am – Sunday Worship with Communion
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30pm – Shared Holden Evening Prayer
Sunday, April 26, 10am – Sunday Worship with Communion
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm – Shared Holden Evening Prayer
Joining Worship Online
If you are on Facebook, our church Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/gracenempls. If have a Facebook account and you “Like” our page, you will see a notification on Facebook when we go live for worship. But you do not need a Facebook account to watch the videos! Just go to facebook.com/gracenempls and watch.
You can watch previous worship videos on our Facebook page or by going to gracenempls.org/worshiponline.
Joining Worship by Phone
During any of the worship times, you can dial 312-626-6799. When asked, enter meeting code 908-357-395 and press #.
Preparing for At-Home Worship
When you prepare to watch the live stream or recorded videos, it is helpful to pay attention not only to what you can see and hear, but also your other senses. Some suggestions:
– Sit in a comfortable chair or on the couch.
– Put on slippers or grab a blanket for comfort and warmth.
– Light a candle, especially if it is a good smelling one!
– You are very much welcome to eat your breakfast or dinner, or drink coffee or cocoa or tea, during worship.
Communion At Home
In the beginning, the Christian church was not in a separate church building, but in individuals’ homes. The people prayed and sang together, read Scripture, listened to testimony, and shared their food.
The Lutheran church proclaims that Jesus is fully present for us in the bread and wine of communion. Luther wrote that it had nothing to do with whether a priest or pastor was “good enough” – in fact, he said that all baptized Christians, as members of what he called “the priesthood of all believers,” could baptize and could consecrate communion in an emergency! We are living in very unusual times, and we hunger for the promise of the presence of God. That is why we will continue to eat communion together, at our many kitchen tables, physically separate but still one body of Christ, and surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
You are invited to use whatever bread (loaves, crackers, even cookies!) you have available to you. You are welcome to add a small cup of wine to this practice if you like.
During the encouraged social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, we will be connecting and worshiping online.
You do not need a Facebook or Zoom account to watch videos or listen by phone.
You can also find past videos of worship on Facebook.
If during this time you find yourself in need – your employment is reduced, your isolation increases, or you’re simply wanting a new book recommendation – please feel free to contact Pastor Emmy directly. We will be reaching out to every family in the congregation and finding ways to keep in touch, but we don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks. We are here for you.