School Supplies Drive!

It’s time for our yearly School Supplies Drive!

As always, any new school supplies will be welcome, and will be distributed to teachers, schools, and kids as needed. But this year we also have a request list! New City Charter School is moving in, and to welcome them to Grace Center, we’ve asked for a list of what will serve them best – along with of course some supplies for Sandy Kortebein and Sue Traxler’s classroom and office needs!

– Pocket folders
– #2 Pencils
– Composition notebooks
– Label stickers
– Headphones
– Dry erase markers
– Large erasers
– Tape (painter’s tape, masking tape, packing tape, duct tape)

Please bring your supplies to church any time before Monday, August 27.

Support our Seminarian!

Grace Alworth has been with us for many years and has served in many capacities, including teaching confirmation and supply preaching. Grace has a Master of Arts in theology from Luther Seminary, and has long felt a call to ordained ministry but was unable to pursue it…

…until now! Luther Seminary is currently offering “Jubilee scholarships” to Master of Divinity students, covering all tuition for those students. This has enabled Grace to re-start the candidacy process and pursue her ordination as a pastor.

However, that does not mean her whole seminary education is free. Grace will still have to pay for books and student life fees, along with lost income from returning to school full-time for two years.

Many congregations help their seminarians with school expenses, and our finance team and council have approved covering Grace’s tech fees, student life fee, and book costs. But especially as a small business partner (hooray for Studio 2 Ceramics!) we know that Grace is making a big sacrifice in finishing her degree. That’s why we’re making it possible to give to a special seminarian fund through Grace Lutheran Church, to help Grace meet any other financial needs she and Jim encounter during her time at seminary.

You can make a special gift to the seminarian support fund online here or by check in our Sunday morning offering. Checks can be made out to Grace Lutheran Church with “seminarian support” in the memo line.

Mobile Menders at July and August Community Dinner

❖ Do you have a pair of jeans that need hemming?
❖ Is a button missing on a pair of shorts?
❖ Is there a rip in your favorite shirt?

The Mobile Menders will be here on Saturday July 28th and Saturday August 25th from 4pm to 6:30pm, joining us for our community dinner. They are a group of volunteer sewers and menders that do basic clothing repair. If
you have something that needs fixing, bring the clean item(s) to Grace Center and they’ll see what can be done!

Church Rummage Sale

GarageSaleTreasuresOur church rummage sale is coming up!

Thursday July 19 – Saturday July 21
8am to 5pm each day
Grace Center Gym

Bring treasures and other donations on Sunday July 8 or 15. Donations also accepted July 17 and 18 from 8am to 7:30pm at 6th St door #2 (green awning). No clothes or furniture, please.

For more information or to sign up to help, please contact Kathy Schadendorf.

Racial Justice Conversations start June 10

Our Racial Justice Workgroup began with a small group of committed members attending a local conference on Race and Privilege in 2016. From there we continued to discuss how we understand race, privilege, and justice, and began to plan further educational opportunities for ourselves and for our whole congregation.

The Racial Justice Workgroup invites you to a monthly summer conversation series. Throughout the summer, we will explore three questions:

1. What is the history of race and racial justice?

2. How does that history affect us now?

3. How can we apply what we learn to love our neighbors better?

We will gather after worship during fellowship time, 11:15am-noon. Each event will include suggested readings or videos beforehand, and will have conversations and activities to help us engage with these ideas.

Come and learn with us!

 

June 10 Resources

Video: RACE: Are We So Different? produced by The American Anthropological Association (AAA) video introduction. Learn about RACE and unlearning racism: www.understandingRACE.org

Reading: “A Revealing Timeline of Race Relations In the U.S.” Oprah.com, www.oprah.com/inspiration/timeline-of-race-relations-in-america.

Video: What is Privilege? from Buzzfeed

Article: “A History: The Construction of Race and Racism” Dismantling Racism Project Western States Center from www.westernstatescenter.org.

 

Further Reading

Smith, V Chapman. “American Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights Timeline.” Ushistory.org, Independence Hall Association, www.ushistory.org/more/timeline.htm.