Sunday Worship Service Assistants Schedules
Pastor Tara Magoon was elected as our new Pastor by the Grace members attending the Special Congregational Meeting held Sunday, July 19th. Plans are in the making with Pastor Magoon’s expected start date of . Look for more updates in August. We are so blessed at Grace, having a spirit led journey, Pastor Barbara’s loving leadership, and by our Call Committee’s comprehensive & diligent work.
Grace and all its participants are back safe and sound! Here's a nice recap of our time in Detroit! Thanks for all those who supported us in prayer, word, deed, giving, and action!
Reported by the Delaware-Maryland Synod:
"Last week, more than 30,000 Lutherans converged upon Detroit for the ELCA Youth Gathering. This Gathering, held once every three years, is not only the largest gathering of Lutheran youth in the United States, but the largest gathering of Lutheran adults in our country as well. For five days, groups dressed in brightly-colored t-shirts (called a "Skittles explosion" by one Detroit resident) immerse themselves in a city, learning about its history and culture, interacting with its residents, and engaging in acts of service alongside the city. They come together with the other participants from their synod to learn and worship, and make their way to a football stadium each night for mass gatherings where they dance, sing, and hear messages from powerful speakers. morning, that stadium becomes home to the largest Lutheran church in the world, where all 30,000 participants worship and receive communion together."
"Though official totals are still being tallied, early estimates say that this year, Gathering participants made an incredible difference by donating almost 600,000 diapers and more than 300,000 baby wipes for the Detroit diaper drive, raising more than $400,000 for ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water, and donating blood to the American Red Cross and hair to Children With Hair Loss. In the neighborhoods of Detroit, participants boarded up and beautified abandoned homes, tended to community gardens, picked up trash, and much more. On more than one occasion, residents of Detroit saw hordes of youth working in the neighborhood and stepped out of their homes to join in service to the community."
"Almost 500 youth and adults from our synod attended the Gathering. "It was an unforgettable experience because of the real connection with the people of Detroit," said Steven C. from Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore. Matthew D., also from Christ, reflected on how to move forward at home after the Gathering: "[It] was amazing because of how much fun it was and the impact on Detroit. Jesus gave us the larger drive to help Detroit. It makes Baltimore look like we could clean up areas as long as we have enough people who want to make a difference." And for Taylor M. from Christ, "[the Gathering] showed me that every beautiful thing has its flaws and that there are still kind people who not only want to help, but follow Jesus as well. It was a great and unforgettable time and I'm glad I spent it with y'all and 30,000 brothers and sisters! Jesus is good news!"
To learn more about the effect the Gathering had on the city of Detroit, check out some of the local news coverage we received last week:
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Join us on Saturday, August 15th for the service at 4:00pm
Rejoicing Spirits is now part of Mosaic Grace Contacts for more information: Bill Monaghan
There will be a Grace Women's Retreat in Rehoboth Beach this fall. Mark your calendar to save the dates, and stay tuned for more details.
This retreat will go from noon on Monday, September 21st through 2pm on Wednesday, September 23rd at the A. Felix duPont Memorial House run by the Episcopal Diocese. This is the large yellow house with the yellow picket fence at the corner of Oak Ave. and 2nd street. A gorgeous place, in a beautiful section of Rehoboth Beach, just a couple of blocks north of Rehoboth Ave. and 2 short blocks from the Ocean. Drive by sometime this summer if you get a chance. Questions: contact Janet Enslen.
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.