We Welcome Pastor Barbara Melosh as Our New Interim Pastor!
Town Hall Meeting Minutes We covered several important subjects at our own Hall Meeting on Auguust 3rd. READ MORE
Thank you and God Bless,
Diane Frederick, Council President
Emily P. Bissell Hospital (EPBH) is located on Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, Delaware, just down the road from Grace. Grace takes part in Worship Services every fifth Sunday throughout the year. During the year, Grace assists the patients at Emily Bissell with collections of needed supplies.Right now, there is a need for new clothing for the clothes closet for patients: Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and t-shirts (all colors, with and without pockets) in mens sizes L to 5X and womens sizes M to 3X are needed. Donation bins are located in the Narthex.
A DOOR of HOPE Pregnancy Center is asking for diapers (all sizes) for babies and wipes. A donation bin is located in the Narthex.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center Hilltop 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 (25 this year), 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.
Family Promise Nancy Goyda is recognized by Governor and Mrs. Jack Markell on October 25th, 2012 for Nancy's outstanding volunteer contributions in the Catagory of Human Needs especially her work in launching Family Promise (Photo by Jeff Batt).
Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry which reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends and other supportive community members. This is done by offering a meaningful, inclusive worship and fellowship community which shares God's word and delivers His message of love. The worship service is adapted to be more welcoming to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Join us on Saturday, September 20th, at 4:00pm for Grace's wonderful Worship Service and on the third Saturday of each month thereafter at 4:00pm.
Rejoicing Spirits is now part of Mosaic
Grace Contacts for more information: Bill Monaghan
Love One Another
Recently I was reading about Jesus three times asking, "Peter do you love me?" When Peter declares his love Jesus says, "Feed my lambs...tend my sheep...feed my lambs."
How do we, as Christian individuals and members of Grace, nurture our love for Jesus and one another?
We have taken many steps as to be a welcoming congregation at Grace, yet it is inevitable that we are often invited to take new steps.... None of us knows exactly what the next new steps will be or where the Lord will lead us through the next steps. But they are all exciting and wonderful.
Today, I would like to suggest the idea of Intentional Christian fellowship: Just consider for a moment how we can intentionally “love one another” with a purpose as we enjoy fellowship time.
Consider the many opportunities and possibilities that are present during the fellowship time after worship.
Life is full of routines, plans, opportunities, as well as some trips and unexpected surprises. Being an Intentional Christian can open new doors for many of us. As we periodically stumble and fall on our butts, let’s laugh with glee because God is going to teach us new steps and send us boldly off in a new direction.
Have a Blessed & Intentional Day! And remember to wear your name tags!
Yours in Christ,
The new William E. Cooke Elementary School next to Grace is under construction. Scheduled completion is Fall 2015. Please send your pledged sewer connection contribution. Work will soon begin on this important phase for Grace