Special Ask for Little Kitchen Food Shelf

The current government shutdown has wide-reaching effects, some of which we are seeing already in our clients at the Little Kitchen Food Shelf. SNAP, WIC, and other food stamp benefits which were in danger have been extended, but only through February, which means by mid-February we are likely to see a rise in clients who are in need of emergency food assistance as their federal and local support dries up.

You can help families in need during this time by supporting the Little Kitchen Food Shelf with financial donations. Give online at gracenempls.org/donate.

Community Dinner, Mobile Menders, & Christmas Carols!

Our FREE monthly community dinner in December is hosted by the Northeast Lions!

The Mobile Menders will be with us fixing zippers, buttons, and other small clothing repairs. Feel free to bring clothing in need of mending!

Our December dinner also features Christmas carol singing!

Saturday, December 15
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Mobile Menders
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Dinner Served
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Christmas Carols

Sharing Peace, Not Germs

As we head into cold & flu season, remember that it’s always fine to stay home from worship if you aren’t feeling well. If you feel you might be contagious and can’t pass the peace by shaking hands as usual, feel free to share peace through sign language!

Here is Pastor Emmy signing “Peace be with you.”


All Saints Sunday Remembrance

Sunday November 4 is the day we celebrate All Saints, remembering our faithful and beloved who have gone before us.

You are invited to bring a photo or item that reminds you of your loved one. We will display them during worship and have space for story sharing and conversation during fellowship time.

Celebration of Life for Paul Bower

Paul James Bower, age 62, died in his Minneapolis home surrounded by his family on October 19th, 2018. He was a kind, gentle soul who deeply loved his family, friends and life. Paul was born October 25th, 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin to the late David and Phyllis Bower. He was one of seven children and falls right in the middle of the Bower line-up. Paul worked hard all his life supporting his family, and had an interesting variety of jobs. Opening Tower Real Estate fulfilled his dream of owning and managing his own business. He sold real estate in the Brainerd area for over 20 years and earned a reputation for his integrity and willingness to go the extra mile to help people find homes. Ready for a new adventure, Paul sold his business and spent time serving in the Reading Corps where the kids called him “Mr. B.” He later took an opportunity to pursue his passion for renewable energy by taking courses in solar power, and working/volunteering for the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES).

Paul married the love of his life Barb in 1982 after proposing with a fortune cookie. He was a committed and adventurous father who loved his family dearly. He was always there for countless fishing trips, practicing jump shots, hours cheering in the bleachers, late night airport pickups, and treks from coast to coast and up the Alaska Highway. Paul was immensely proud of both his children. He sang, whistled, and playfully teased to keep everyone smiling.

Paul was diagnosed with cancer in June 2017. He faced this disease exactly how he approached all of life: with incredible steadiness, selflessness, and a good sense of humor. Paul is survived by his wife, Barb; children, Matthew (Melanie Lombard), Halen; brothers, Gary (Connie), Brian (Diane), Mark (Dianna); sisters, Connie Fausett (Carl), Diane Twiton (John), Jean Bower, many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Sugar. He is dearly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1500 6th St NE, Minneapolis at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Emmy Kegler officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), a cause near and dear to Paul’s heart.