Ch-ch-ch-changes at Grace Center!

Door 3 has a new canopy!If you’ve been around Grace Center lately you’ve noticed a lot of construction activity!

Our doors have long been labeled with numbers (Door #3 for the food shelf and Door #2 for the church office — or is it the other way around?). In addition, whenever the sun shone brightly on Door #2 in the early morning (coincidentally when the office opened or about an hour before Sunday worship starts) the paint swelled and got sticky, making the unlocked door still difficult or even impossible to open.

 

This past fiscal year Grace Center budgeted funds to install door canopies, which will solve a number of problems! Now instead of giving a door number, we can give a door color, which is easier for visitors to remember. The canopy on Door #2 also means the sun isn’t glaring down on it. And it makes the whole building look updated and more colorful!

 

 

And an even bigger change — our playground is gone! The existing playground was carefully removed earlier this month by Bauer Bros (North Minneapolis salvage company), with assistance from Hutterite members (similar to Mennonites) from southern MN.  The playground will be reassembled (and repaired, as needed) by the Hutterites in their community in Gibbon, Minnesota.

But have no fear. Grace Center received $60,000 from the Northeast Lions Club last year, and since then Lorrie Stromme has been doing amazing work gathering grants and other available funds. She has raised $145,000 so that, at no rent or operating cost increases, we will have a brand-new inclusive playground by the end of August!  They are still working to raise the final $15,000.

The new playground is called “Fair Play,” because it features equipment that welcomes kids with special needs and all abilities to play together, side by side. There will be ramps for wheel-chair access, swings with support, sensory play equipment, softer surfaces, and stimulating learning areas. (There is no accessible playground for kids with sensory or physical disabilities on our side of the city.) It will provide smiles, fun, and fitness for families in the community, as well as students in the schools at Grace Center. Fair Play will be an asset for the Northeast community as a whole, but especially for those with special needs.

The new playground is scheduled to be installed on August 12 and 13 by volunteers, under the supervision of a professional playground installer.  Church members, local residents, neighborhood groups – all willing adults — are invited to help out.

The tasks on Saturday, August 12, involve digging some footings, setting up the main playground structure (with ramps for wheelchairs), the rotating pyramid, swings, edging, and the sandbox. We are hoping to have 40 to 50 volunteers helping out between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  We are recruiting a core group of 10-15 who will be able to stay all day.  Please bring work gloves.

The tasks on Sunday, August 13, involve continuing to install the play equipment, spread pea gravel, and install the “discover cave” structure after the pea gravel is in place.  We are seeking 30 adult volunteers that day, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Please bring work gloves.

Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, water, snacks/a meal.  Rest rooms and shade/AC are inside the building.

On August 26 and 27, we will need volunteers again to help spread the engineered wood fiber in the places where there is no poured-in-place rubberized surfacing. We would welcome 30 volunteers, and we are hoping that some will bring wheelbarrows and shovels.

Volunteers can sign up on the Grace Center Web site (http://gracectr.org — under the Fair Play Project tab) — or call or text Heidi Zaworski, 612-408-0242.

Donations are also welcome online (by credit card or PayPal) to support the final stages of Fair Play!

Advent and Christmas Worship Schedule

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ALL are welcome to come and join us! Bring your family, friends and out-of-town guests to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Youth Christmas Program
Sunday, December 11, 10 AM
Our Sunday School children will continue the beloved tradition of retelling the story of Jesus’ birth with singing and a lively sketch during the 10 AM Worship Service.

Service of Longest Night
Wednesday, December 21, 7pm
A space for those who are grieving or hurting during this Christmas season.  Hosted by Grace Lutheran along with Intertwine Northeast and Mill City Church.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (with Communion)
Saturday, December 24, 4:30 PM
We will gather together to hear the story of Christ’s birth and sing carols.

Christmas Day Worship Service (with Communion)
Sunday, December 25, 10 AM
Celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas morning!

Double Your Impact With Matching Grant

Year End Match GrantThree VERY generous donors (who wish to remain anonymous) have issued a match challenge for Grace Church members and friends from now through the end of December. They have designated a combined amount of $6,000 that they will match if we come up to that amount as well. That would generate a total of $12,000 to help Grace Lutheran to meet its year-end budget obligations.

If you would like to make an additional gift to help meet this goal, donors can make checks out to “Grace Lutheran Church” and mark envelopes and/or the memo line of checks with the word “Match.”  Your donation can be placed in the offering plate along with your weekly offering or mailed to us (1500 6th St NE, Minneapolis MN  55413), or you can donate online by clicking here.

November Community Dinner Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to scheduling issues, we are NOT able to host a community dinner this November. Our next community dinner will be December 17, 2016. (Note, December date is moved up to the Saturday BEFORE Christmas Eve.) Sorry for any inconvenience!

Church Garage Sale – July 7-9, 2016

 

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Come to Grace Lutheran Church’s annual Garage Sale Fundraiser! We have a HUGE SELECTION of items including kitchen ware, jewelry, toys, crafts, household decor, linens, sporting goods, electronics, clothing, shoes, books, CDs and much more!

July 7 & 8 (Thurs. & Fri.), 8 AM to 5 PM
July 9 (Sat.), 8 AM to noon

The sale is held in the gym at Grace Center, 1500 6th St. NE, Minneapolis, MN. Enter at door #2 on the 6th St. side of the building, SE corner (see building map below). Proceeds from the sale will be going to Grace Lutheran Church’s general fund. The general fund supports our Little Kitchen Food Shelf, low-cost summer camps, monthly community dinners, Golden Friends and women’s bible study.FirstFloor_GarageSaleEnter