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.

Golden Friends Christmas service project

This year the Golden Friends service project for Christmas will be gathering various items for the LSS Street Outreach Teams to support youth experiencing homelessness.

The Golden Friends will be gathering our donations over the next three Sundays, and assemble the kits at the Golden Friends meeting on November 16.

The items needed are:
– socks
– underwear
– blankets
– coats
– scarves
– winter hats and earmuffs
– gloves
– hand warmers
– face wash — sample size or small bottle
– body wash — sample size or small bottle
– deodorant — small container
– toothpaste — small tube
– toothbrushes
– feminine hygiene products, like tampons and pads

There will be a box at the back of the church for your donations.

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!