Council Seeks New Member

With Jen Schultz’s departure, we have an open spot on the church council. The new council member would join us for our November 14 and December 19 meetings, from 6:30 to 7:45pm.

The church council has general oversight of the life and activities of the congregation, including financial and property matters. Meetings usually include a brief devotion, a pastor’s and treasurer’s report, and a list of issues to discuss or projects to tackle.

Our current council members are Barb Bower, Bella Hanson, Janet McGuire (treasurer), Jon Hamlow, Nancy Brazil, and Penny Hinderaker.

If you have questions or are interested in filling this vacant seat, let a member of the council know, or call the church office at 612-788-2444 or Penny Hinderaker at 612-788-8751.

Any voting member of the congregation is eligible!

We’re Hiring!

With the departure of our church and Little Kitchen Food Shelf administrator Jen, we will be hiring to fill her position!

Jen brought an incredible array of gifts to her many years of service. To find the best qualified candidates, we’ve split the administrative position into two — one administrator for Grace Lutheran (who will handle finances, day-to-day office needs, coordinating with Grace Center, and working with volunteer teams) and one for the Little Kitchen Food Shelf (who will focus on food purchases, grant writing, training new volunteers, and continuing our community connections).  Candidates are welcome to apply for one or both!

The job descriptions can be found here:

Administrator for Grace Lutheran Church

Administrator for the Little Kitchen Food Shelf

We encourage any interested candidates to apply. Congregation members are welcome to spread the word!

Cover letters and resumes may be sent to Pastor Emmy at, or candidates can apply online through Indeed.

Saying Goodbye

It is with regret mixed with deep gratitude for her years of service that I share the resignation of our administrator Jennifer Schultz effective on September 9, 2018.

Jen has been a faithful servant of Grace Lutheran and of its predecessors Saint Paul’s and Emanuel for over thirteen years, and has been the coordinator of our Little Kitchen Food Shelf and developer and organizer of our many years of low-cost summer camps for kids. Her work has been invaluable and her commitment to the mission has strengthened and supported us in our call to love and serve the neighbor. There is no question that she will be deeply missed; we wish her good luck and godspeed in her new ventures.

Jen will be available to assist with managing the food shelf while we navigate the transition and enter the hiring process for a new administrator. We are fully committed to continuing the good work of the Little Kitchen Food Shelf, and we are excited to welcome a new person into its administration (whoever it turns out they may be!).

We will be celebrating Jen’s many years of service on Rally Sunday, September 16th, after morning worship. All those who have benefitted from Jen’s leadership, administration, and friendship are invited to join us at 11:15am that day.

– Pastor Emmy

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.