Family Faith on Sept 24 & Oct 1: Prayer Book Making

On September 24 & October 1, during our regular education time, we’ll have the opportunity to come together as one “family” made up of many families (parents and kids, grandparents and great-aunts and grandsons, single folks, couples, and every other shade of family) to explore our faith together.  Faith lived out can look very different from family to family; let’s explore that beautiful diversity of Christian life!

For the next two Sundays, we’ll be making prayer books together! Jennifer Schultz will teach us how to pull our own paper sheets and assemble them into books, while Pastor Emmy will teach about writing prayers and using fancy handwritten fonts.

Join us on Sunday, 11:15am-noon!

Beautiful Bodies: LGBTQ Worship on September 24

Beautiful Bodies is our third worship service grounded in the experiences of the LGBTQ community and led by its members from throughout the Twin Cities.

As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, we have often become isolated from our own bodies. How can we learn to reconnect with our physical selves and with our word-in-flesh God?

Worship will open with band-led music. Our preacher will be Austen Hartke, vlogger of the Trans and Christian series on YouTube . There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome to join us.

Mobile Menders at September Community Dinner

❖ Do you have a pair of jeans that need hemming?
❖ Is a button missing on a pair of shorts?
❖ Is there a rip in your favorite shirt?

The Mobile Menders will be here on Saturday, September 23rd from 4pm to 7pm, joining us for our community dinner. They are a group of volunteer sewers and menders that do basic clothing repair. If
you have something that needs repair, bring the clean item(s) to Grace Center on Saturday the 23rd from 4 to 7pm.

Questions? Contact Jennifer.

Whom Shall I Say Sent Me? LGBTQ Worship

Whom Shall I Say Sent Me is a worship service designed for and led by members of the LGBTQ community throughout the Twin Cities.

This worship service will be formed around the many metaphors for God as found in Scripture — including metaphors that are female or even totally ungendered. As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, we can often feel “unnamed” or unseen by images of God that rely on patriarchy, masculinity, and judgment. Our images and names for God can come from the Bible AND they can be enriched by our own experience and knowledge of the world. What does it mean to be named by God, and then in turn, what do our names for God say about the way we value ourselves and one another?

Worship will open with band-led music. Pastor Emmy will be preaching. There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome.

Backpack Blessing & School Supplies Collection

For the next two weeks (August 20 & 27), we will be adding to our regular offering with school supplies. The next time you’re at Target, pick up some kid-safe scissors, a box of markers, or an extra box of Ziplock bags. If you’ve been saving paper or pencils for “someday,” it might be today!  Your generosity can change a child’s — or a whole classroom’s! — opportunity for success this year.

If you’re worrying about how to afford the school supplies your child needs, please see Pastor Emmy for how we can help.

As our own kids, teachers, and staff head back to school, we want them to know how supported and beloved they all are. On Sunday August 27, we invite all those headed back to school to bring in their bags of all shapes and sizes.  We’ll bless your backpacks and briefcases — and you! — and add a keychain to your zipper to remind you that God (and Grace Lutheran!) is with you in both sorrows and joys this school year.