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Archive for ◊ September, 2013 ◊

Table Talk on Sunday: Meet Pastor Amanda Simons

Table Talk:  Conversations on Faith and Life

Sundays, 10:10 am in the Fireside Room

 Sept. 29—Meet Pastor Amanda Simons

Hear about our new associate pastor’s life experiences and her outlook on beginning her call at Gustavus Adolphus.

Oct. 6—-Your Legacy: Family, Church, Charity

It doesn’t matter if you are a Midwestern farmer, retired factory worker or librarian. Learn how to enrich the futures of loved ones and unleash your generosity. Tim Van Rooy from Thrivent Financial is the presenter.

Oct. 13 — Estate Planning

How can I make sure my kids are cared for if something happens to me? What can I do to protect my estate from nursing home expenses? Andy Lowther, attorney and GA member, will answer these questions and more at this informational Estate Planning workshop.


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Stuff It! (The Food Shelf, that is)

–STUFF  -IT this week! Our confirmation youth will be collecting groceries from the neighborhoods around the church for Merrick Community Resources. If a flyer has not been left at your home, consider dropping off a donation of non-perishable groceries and personal hygiene or paper products at the church by 7:00 pm Wednesday!


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Bites, Bags, Parents Night Out!

Thank you!
We are packing up 400 school kits this afternoon for Lutheran World Relief; and
On Sunday, we raised $500 at Bites for Business for the SACCOS in Kiponzelo, Tanzania!
You may still help us fill the last 100 school bags!

PARENTS NIGHT OUT this Saturday, Sept. 21 from 6:00 to 9:30 pm.
Pre-registration is required by the end of the day TODAY! Call 651.289.9882

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God’s Work Our Hands Sunday



God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday is THIS Sunday! 

This Sunday we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our national church denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We mark this joyous occasion with a special service project to fill 500 school kits for Lutheran World Relief.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is an organization that provides assistance to children and families in developing countries. Their school kit program provides basic education supplies to children whose parents cannot afford them. For many children having access to these simple supplies can make the difference between receiving an education or not. The school kits have a huge impact in a developing country. 20 kits can support one classroom for a semester. 200 kits can supply a school in a refugee camp for an entire year. Can you imagine the impact of 500 school kits?

What can you do?

1) Show up this Sunday!  In between our worship services and after our 11:15 service we will be assembling the kits in the Fireside room. We need a lot of hands to gather the supplies and place the appropriate amount in each kit. Together we can fill all 500! What a perfect way to celebrate God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday – gathered in community, using our hands for service in God’s world.

2) Bring your filled school kit with you! If you’ve already purchased a schoolbag from the wall at church and have filled it with supplies, please remember to bring it with you this Sunday.

3) Bring school supplies to fill a bag!  If you’ve been waiting to purchase a bag and fill it with school supplies that you’ve already purchased – great! This is the Sunday! To meet our goal of filling 500 school kits we need a lot of supplies, so please consider donating some extra school supplies too. We still need more notebooks, pens, pencils, scissors, boxes of 16 or 24 crayons, pencil sharpeners and 30-centimeter rulers.

4) Donate $$$ to help us reach our goal of filling 500 school kits!  Donate $10 this Sunday to cover the cost of the bag, supplies and shipping for one school kit. If you donate $10 for a school kit you will receive a FREE copy of the famous GA cookbook as a special thank you.  Freewill donations gladly accepted.

5) Pray and give thanks! Take time this week and Sunday to pray for the families and children who will receive these kits from our congregation and remember to give thanks for this opportunity to share God’s love and bounty with our global sisters and brothers.


Challenge: How many bags can your family commit to filling and donating?


LWR urgently needs more school kits. Check out their blog to learn more:

To learn more about the school kits check out this link:


See you on Sunday!

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Worship – Labor Day Weekend

It is our last summer Sunday schedule!

Worship at 9:00 am or 10:30 am.

On September 8, the second service returns to its school-year time of 11:15 am!

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