Yard Sale Fundraiser For Little Kitchen

Yard Sale for Little Kitchen

A name-your-price yard sale to benefit the Little Kitchen Food shelf will be held at the corner of 27th and Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis (the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church parking garage). It’s a great time to SHOP, DONATE, or VOLUNTEER!

To Donate: bring gently used items to the sale on Friday, June 17, between 8 AM and 12 PM. The more we have to sell, the more money we can make for the food shelf! (No large furniture please. Contact Beth if you need to make arrangements to drop off donations early.)

To Shop: stop by, gather your treasures, and name your price on
Fri., June 17, 8 AM – 5 PM
Sat., June 18, 8 AM – 4 PM

To Volunteer: Contact Beth at bbreiter92@gmail.com or call 612-735-0625

Look for the colorful building shown below (the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church parking garage on 27th and Johnson St. NE) for the yard sale location.

Gustavus Adolphus Church Parking Lot 27th and Johnson St. NE

All proceeds benefit the Little Kitchen Food Shelf, a ministry of Grace Lutheran Church.

Note: this yard sale takes place during NEighbors Garage Sale Weekend Northeast Minneapolis, an annual, multi-location community garage sale event that makes for efficient shopping!

Pastor Emmy R. Kegler’s Ordination

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April 19 was an evening filled with love, joy, music and worship at our new Pastor’s Service of Ordination. The sanctuary was filled with the Holy Spirit and as the many people that have walked with Emmy in pursuit of her Call gathered together to worship.

Pastor Emmy will preach and lead her first worship service as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 24 at 10 AM. The service will include officially marking her Call with a Service of Installation. Pastor Deb Stehlin, from the Minneapolis Area ELCA Synod will be joining us. All are welcome!

Congregation Votes to Extend Call!

It is with great joy that we announce Grace Lutheran Church has voted to extend a call to Ms. Emmy Kegler to serve as our new pastor! The congregational meeting was held Sunday, April 3, 2016 after our 10 AM Worship service. The Call Committee presented an excerpt of one of Emmy’s sermon videos, her bio, highlights from her profile, impressions from interviews, and a summary on why the committee chose her. There was time for discussion and to ask questions of the Call Committee members before the vote. The result of the vote was 42 yes, 2 no and 2 blank ballots. Emmy is a Candidate for Ordained Ministry of the ELCA. Plans are underway for an April 19th ordination and for Emmy to preach and lead her first worship service as our pastor on April 24, 2016.

Church Council Votes “Yes” on ELCA Ministry Site Profile

The Church Council voted at its September meeting to check “Yes” on the ELCA Ministry Site Profile to the question of whether or not we would welcome a pastor who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Answering Yes does NOT mean we have asked specifically for an LGBT pastor. It simply means we have told the synod we want them to look at a larger roster of candidates when selecting a good fit for our congregation. If we interview candidates that are LGBT we are committed to being fair and interviewing in good faith that the time and effort spent is beneficial for both the candidate and Call Committee in working towards a new pastor.

The ELCA is considered the most welcoming and deliberately inclusive Lutheran Church toward LGBT members and has had an inclusion policy since 1991. However, the ELCA has only been ordaining LGBT ministers since 2009 and gives individual congregation autonomy in calling ministers to serve. Our congregation members had a chance to share their views on whether Grace Church would be accepting in interviewing a pastor that is LGBT, in a discussion that was held after the August 30 worship service. Respect was shown from both sides of the discussion and a written poll of members was taken, resulting with 34 voting yes, 9 no, and 2 abstaining.

God’s work. Our hands. Sunday

We celebrated God’s work. Our Hands. Sunday on September 13, 2015. We started worship with a brief prayer service and then dispersed to put our faith in action to serve others. Projects shown below include packaging dog food to feed the companion animals of those in need, landscaping projects to beautify the neighborhood, putting together packets of donated school supplies to distribute at the food shelf, and finishing up a quilt to donate to charity. Big thanks to all who participated!