The evening of Monday, June 17, 18 Grace “Soul Journeyers” will journey from Phoenix to Holden Village in central Washington State. In the process, we will take the following modes of transportation: lightrail, planes, cars, buses, and a boat. It will indeed be a journey!
Check out the June version of All CAPS, the newsletter of the Capital Conference congregations.
In our June edition we have news of a June 11 Game Night at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, volunteer and donation possibilities at Grace Lutheran’s Heat Respite program, a June 8 community conversation on race unity at Fair Trade Cafe, and Vacation Bible School at Grace from June 3-7. Enjoy!
Now that Grace has a county-certified commercial kitchen, anyone volunteering in the Grace kitchen is encouraged to secure a food handler’s card. To get the card, you must first complete a food service worker training program (this takes less than an hour), followed by a simple test ~ all of which can be done online. Cards are good for three years. The Outreach Team will gladly to cover the $8 fee for anyone who wants to take the test. Please contact the Outreach Team at Outreach@GraceInTheCity.com, talk to Solveig Muus, or call the church office and we will send you a link to our account at eFoodCard.com.
At Grace, we are called by God to be in the city for good! For those interested in volunteering this summer, we invite you to attend the orientation held in the North Room of Hope Hall on June 9th from 11:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Clottee Hammons at 602-817-8996 if you plan to attend. View PDF flyer.
Extra extra! Read all about it. The premiere issue of the Capital Conference newsletter is out. Get informed about our sister congregations in the the Capital Conference of the Grand Canyon Synod. View the newsletter in PDF.
On Sunday, May 26, we will move to our summer worship times. Traditional Worship Service will begin at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. Contemporary Service will still begin at 8:30 am in Hope Hall.
On Monday, May 27, Memorial Day will be observed. The church office will be closed and regularly scheduled Monday morning events will be cancelled for the day, including Grace Room & Native Elders.
Among the most familiar words of scripture, Psalm 23 wakes us up to God’s shepherding presence and provision in our lives. Our shepherd sets us down in green pastures, leads us beside still waters, restores our soul, sets our feet on a path that leads to life, walks with us even in valley of the shadow of death. The shepherd makes space for us at a table, a place of feasting and sharing, abundance and joy, even when we are surrounded by our enemies. And when we get up from the table, what it is that follows us is God’s goodness and mercy.
All CALL participants are welcome and encouraged to attend the year-end celebration on Sunday, May 19 at 12:45 pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 12th Street and Glendale.
During the month of May, Wilbur the pig welcomes monetary donations for Diaper Bags for foster families
licensed by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. Thank you for supporting the foster families in our community!
Of all the books in the Bible, the historical context and literary expectations of the book of Revelation are probably the least understood of all biblical books by the average Bible-reader. Revelation embodies the literary form of Apocalypse, a genre of 1st and 2nd century literature most closely mirrored in the 21st century genre of science fiction. In the world of science fiction, authors can freely critique or question or eliminate governments or institutions or cultural norms without fear of reprimand or marginalization. That is Revelation.
All during Lent, small groups gathered for Daily Lenten Prayer. In the sanctuary each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at noon for 20 to 30 minutes, we shared prayer, scripture, poetry, conversation, and God’s peace. When conversing about the good news for that day, good news about God’s abundant grace or love, forgiveness or goodness, usually, one among us would say: “Really? Is that really true?” An understandable question when grace or love, forgiveness or goodness seem absent in the world.
Throughout the Lenten season, we gathered on Wednesdays around the theme Walking the Valley of the Shadow of Death, each week considering a different biblical perspective on death. Death as a natural process, death as blessing, death as enemy, death as a community grief, death as loss. One perspective I had failed to see in scripture was death as teacher, death as something that informs how we live our lives.