eGrace 3/9/2017

Hey, Grace’rs,

If you’ve ever worried before, you won’t want to miss this weekend. As we continue our series on The Prodigal’s Prayer (The Lord’s Prayer) we’re going to look at what it means to pray: Give us this day our daily bread. More than a prayer, that phrase is a worry-busting promise from God. Families with last names starting with G-K have the food table this weekend.

Throughout the month of March our Kids’ “Noisy Offering” will go to Feed My Starving Children. (See Sunday’s FAITH5 for more on this!)

Associate Pastor Call Update:
Last Saturday the call committee met for the first time for a three hour orientation on how the call process works. Their next meeting will be with Bishop Steve Talmage to firm up all the details and to get the process rolling. In addition to launching the call committee we’ve done the following to prepare for this process:

  • Clarified, through an 8 month process last year, the mission, values, strategy, and measures of Community of Grace
  • Created an Associate Pastor Profile
  • Filled out the Ministry Profile required by the ELCA to get the process started

We are looking to partner with a local Recruiting organization to help coach us on interviews, vetting, etc. Once we reach the point of looking at candidates, the Grand Canyon Synod of the ELCA will screen them through the needs of Grace, I will then screen them, and then pass on to the committee those we feel are in line with our vision and mission. It may not be until early summer that the call committee actually begins interviews. The process can take anywhere from 4-12 months on average. Please keep in prayers your call committee: Brent Dubberstein (Committee chair), Stephani Williams, Amy Kubo, Mark DeBoer, Gordon Everson, Brandon Schultz, and Julia Quinones.

Coming Up:
YOLO (active adults): February 15 YOLO Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Grace Lobby – Catered Breakfast. Speaker: “Marathon Man”
Ran Marathon in every state over 10 yr period (and no, it’s not Pastor Tim!) Sign up in the lobby this weekend.

Feed My Starving Children Food Pack: March 24/25 at Grace. We’ll be packing 100,000 meals in 2 hour shifts. You can sign up for your shift at and hit the FMSC registration tile. Alycia will be sending an email this week on new packing opportunities.

Easter Worship Services
Good Friday Service of the Cross, Friday, April 14@6:30
Easter Saturday (2 services): 3 pm and 5 pm. (Easter Egg Hunt/BBQ between services from 4-5)
Easter Sunday (2 services): 8:45 and 10:15.

Summer Schedule begins April 22/23: Saturday@5. Sunday@8:45 and 10:15.

Understanding the Complex Worlds of Men and Women with Best-Selling Author Shaunti Feldhahn, Sunday, April 29 from 3-5 pm. A fun, deep, research-based look at how men and women think and relate. More info to come.

Stats and Stuff
Attendance: 801
Offerings: General $21,115 + $6,888.75 online/text + $1,006 Thrivent Choice = $29,009.75. Refresh the Campus $25. Hunger $95 online/text. Missions $108.75 online/text. Youth $145 online/text. Pastoral Care $25. Noise Youth Choir $630. FMSC $137 + $100 online/text = $237. Noisy Offering (March Noisy Offering going toward FMSC) $84.05

A reminder of the once in a lifetime trip to Germany in September to tour the Luther/Reformation sites. More information in the lobby or at

See you this weekend! Saturday@5. Sunday@8:10, 9:15, 10:30