Holy Week Worship Service Schedule
Your Help is Needed
There are yellow volunteer sheets on the counter in the narthex. We need refreshments for Easter , help with set up and clean up on Easter and people willing to help decorate the church on . Please let us know where you can help!
News From Church Council
1. Church Council approved costs for replacing the tile flooring in the social hall, kitchen and quilters closet . Our contractor plans to begin work on . Your help will be needed to clear the rooms out , April, 12th.
2. The 2015 GLC workshop scheduled for this is being rescheduled due to the limited number of ministry team members who were able to participate.
Strong participation from our ministry team members, council, staff, and leaders in a collaborative workshop is critical to brainstorm together and determine 2015 key objectives, program direction, and new initiatives for Grace.
Our new workshop schedule is set for your convenience the following 2 dates – where your participation at one(1) of these sessions is desired, needed & requested. Each event will be the same meeting format/content in a 3 hr workshop. Hopefully this approach & schedule will fit for most of us and enable powerful & engaging participation!
RSVP to Penny Matchen by Sun April 5,2015
3. Capital Project Update: We are now on the NCC sewer line!
Our new sewer connection "tie-in" with the Cooke Elementary School County /county sewer system has entered the final stage. Sewer line construction and connections are complete & operational thanks to Mike Goyda (with the shovel,) Bob Howle and Art Perella (a.k.a the "Tie-in Team.") We are now on the NCC sewer line! The last step involved ground work & closing the septic tanks now completed.
Thank you for supporting this project!
4. The planned driveway access to the Cooke School parking lot is now under constrution. This will enable Grace to use the school parking lot for overflow parking.
Blessings to all,
Angel Tree and Zoe Day Camp are both prison fellowship programs sponsored for many years by Grace's Saturday Morning Bible Study Group. Each year in August, the Bible Study Group prepares 60 lunches from food donated by Grace members for the Zoe Bible day camp for children and their incarcerated mothers. In December, they sponsor the Angel Tree project which provides Christmas gifts delivered by Grace members to children of incarcerated parents. Sue Eriksen writes about her experience delivering gifts for Christmas this year to one such family in Wilmington.
" I delivered Grace's Angel Tree gifts to the C.... family and it was a moving experience. The little girls, 8 and 9, were waiting anxiously, peeking out from the blinds in their humble inner city row house, and with great exuberance, flung the door open. With each present, they joyously read aloud in Spanish the message from their incarcerated father, bringing smiles to their faces and tears to their grandmother.They knew the family rule meant gifts had to wait under their small, still undecorated tree, but that did not diminish their enthusiasm. The grandparents and I chatted in Spanish while the girls watched and waited patiently. One finally asked if I had also brought cookies and they jumped for joy when I handed them the bucket full. I asked the grandparents if we could say the Lord's Prayer first in Spanish and then I would say it in English, which seemed to please everyone. We talked about everyday things and these dear people felt like old friends whose difficult time touched my heart. My husband was waiting outside in our car, making sure it was safe in one of Wilmington's roughest neighborhoods. When I felt I needed to leave, they asked if I would please come back. They would make coffee, real coffee, and we could have another good talk. I delivered gifts sent with God's love, the grandparents made me feel like family, the girls made us all laugh, and we hugged warmly at the door. Such a wonderful Christmas memory! Thank you, Angel Tree and God, for that."
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood CenterHilltop operates year round providing programs for infant/toddlers through youth. These included preschool programs, before and after school care, tutoring and study sessions and social activities. Grace members provide Thanksgiving baskets Christmas gifts for children, tutoring and participation in the Superstars fundraising event. Grace volunteers serve on the board of the organization.
Sunday Breakfast Mission is in need of toiletries for their homeless shelters- please drop your sample size soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs in the bin marked with SBM in the coat closet just off the narthex.
Our Own Graceful Quilters, started in 2001 at Grace, has made more than 4,000 quilts to support Lutheran World Relief. Quilts are made with donated materials by volunteers donating their time and skills. They truly make a “lot with a little.” The Lord has blessed Grace with dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to accomplish the quilting tasks of love and sharing meeting at 9:00am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The finished quilts are transported to the Port of Baltimore, Maryland and from there shipped for distribution to the poor in Africa and South America.