GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH &

Children of Grace

Childcare Education Center

 

4010 9th Ave. West,  Hibbing, MN  55746

www.gracehibbing.com

office@gracehibbing.com

childrenofgracecec@gmail.com

 

(218) 263-LOVE (5683)

October 2017

 


            This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and we remember God’s work through Martin Luther. When Martin Luther rediscovered the Gospel, he sought to reform the Church—not overthrow it. He was not seeking to start a new church. He wanted simply to reform the existing Church, to draw it back to the pure Gospel of God’s grace in Christ. Luther sought to bring the church back to this basic principle that we are saved by grace through faith, not by works.   

            He invited church teachers and leaders to discuss these vital questions. From tiny Wittenberg grew a movement that has not stopped, a movement that seeks to underscore these truths of God’s Word: We are freed from all sins and guilt solely by the grace of God, which is in our Lord Jesus Christ. We receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation simply by believing this good news. Sola gratia! Sola fide! Sola Scriptura! Solus Christus! By grace alone! By faith alone! By Scripture alone! Because of Christ alone! 

            The reformation was all about returning to a salvation that was from God alone.  These statements embodied that understanding.  Our salvation is a gift of grace and of grace alone.  Nothing we do could ever begin to atone for our sins.  To even suggest that our works could was to undermine the work of Christ. Grace alone.  We gain access to this gift of grace through faith, and this faith is given to us by the working of the Holy Spirit.  Again, nothing we do earns this.  Faith alone.  We learn about this gift of grace and faith is worked in us as we hear the clear words of Scripture, and it is only Scripture that informs us about how we are to live as people who have received these wondrous gifts. Scripture alone.  Scripture present Jesus Christ as the only mediator between the holy God and sinful man. All through Christ.

            500 years later “It’s Still About Jesus!” Today we still look only to Christ. We know, as St. Paul teaches us, that no human being is justified by works of the law. Don’t look to the world; don’t look at the strength or weakness with which you believe; don’t look to the things you do—including your church attendance; don’t look to the good works you do for your neighbor; don’t even look in your heart. Looking to ourselves only shows us that we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, that we earned God’s displeasure, anger, and wrath. We will find no comfort there, no forgiveness there, only our sin.

            Look to Christ and Him alone. Christ is our comfort, hope, and joy.  He has done all things for you. He has earned God’s favor. He has kept the Law in your place.  He has earned heaven. Christ alone, by His suffering and death on the cross, appeased God’s anger and turned away His wrath. He does all this for you, in your place. By His work alone we are saved. Jesus, the Son of God, has set you free.

            And as all of this is given to us we find ourselves learning a fifth sola, soli deo gloria, glory to God alone.  For our salvation, for the gift of forgiveness, for all that these bring us, we give glory to God alone because He alone is the one who has worked our salvation, it is His grace that gives to us all that we have and turns from us the wrath our sins deserve. God used Luther to shine the light of the Gospel brightly into his day and, thankfully, into ours as well. It is good that we remember the reformation. It is even better that we remember and believe in the One to whom Luther always pointed: Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Luther would never have considered himself to be the great reformer.  The true Reformer was Jesus.  He reformed man, and He made our faith what it was, and through His Word He reformed the church, using men like Luther.  It was and is always about Jesus.

            Now more than ever, we need to remember that the Reformation was centered in the message of sins forgiven through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and that our work as the church is to proclaim the message the Gospel of Jesus Christ, crucified for the sins of the world to the people in our community, and throughout the world.

 

By grace alone! By faith alone! By Scripture alone! Because of Christ alone! To the Glory of God alone!

             Pastor Tim

UPCOMING DATES

October

 

4 – Release Time begins every Wednesday – 12:45 pm

-4, 11, 18, 25 – Bible Study at 8am & 10 am

-5 – Mesaba Range Women’s Connections – 5:00 pm

-5, 12, 19, 26 – Bible Study – 6:00 pm  

-6 – Wedding Rehearsal – 5:00 pm

-7 – Wedding of Sara Wierimaa & Eric Rhein – 5:30 pm

-8 – LWML Sunday

-10 – Church Council Meeting – 7:00 pm

            Elders, & Trustees Meeting – 6:00 pm

-12– Children of Grace Board Mtg. – 5:30 pm

- 22 – Quarterly Voter’s Meeting – 10:30 am

-26 – Guild Meeting – 9:30 am

-29 – Sunday School Teachers Mtg. – 11:30 am

-31 – Volunteer at Soup Kitchen – 3:00 pm

 

 

ELDER OF THE MONTH

            We will have an Elder of the Month who is the person people should contact if they have a spiritual concern and aren't able to reach the Pastor.  The Elder of the Month will be listed in the Bulletin and the Monthly Newsletter.  The month of October is Cal Severson1. November is Rick Swanson.

 

RIDES TO CHURCH NEEDED

            We have a few members who no longer drive but would love to come to church on Sunday Morning or Wednesday evening.  If you would be willing to give a ride please contact the church office or Pastor Tim at 263-3955.

 

SALVATION ARMY SOUP KITCHEN

            We are asking for volunteers to serve the meal the last Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.  We need 2-4 people to serve and clean-up.  Park in their parking lot and go through the double doors and you should find the kitchen.  Please find a sign-up sheet on the table in the entryway.  The month of October we have the 31st.

 

HOSPITALIZED OR EMERGENCY

            Please contact Pastor Tim when hospitalized or in an emergency 24/7 either at the Office-263-3955 or his cell phone 1-218-440-1029. 

 

TRUSTEE OF THE MONTH

            We have a Trustee of the Month who is the person to call if there are needs in the church building or the parsonage.  The month of October is Dave Boettcher. 

 

 

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF GOD’S LOVE

            Our 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on  Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st, 2018. Save the dates have been sent out, so if you have not received one please contact the office. We will be creating a cookbook, please send your favorite recipes!  Mail or email to the church office. 

            Cookbooks will be a padded 3-ring binder style cookbook comprised of member’s, family, and friend’s favorite recipes, past and present. A durable metal binding that easily snaps open to allow more pages to be added; divided by category w/tab dividers for ease of use. Cookbooks will also include pages of church history and images for your enjoyment and as a keepsake commemorating the 100th Celebration. The finished binder size is 7.0 inches wide and 9.25 inches tall, with a 1.5-inch spine.   The cookbooks will be $15, window clings $5 and T-shirts from $10-14. depending on your size.

            There will also be T-shirts and window clings for sale. If you wish to submit a recipe or preorder any items please do so by Dec. 1st.  More details will follow as we near the event.  Please see our website www.gracehibbing.com for order form.

 

 

PEOPLE IN NEED

Prayers of the church:

 

We humbly bring before you for all people according to their needs:  Jim Christie, Gary Kuusisto, Ellie Niday, Officers Joe Casey, Rachel Shiek, Cody Lowen, Ryan Nelson, & Ron Dycuss.

 

Be patient and await His leisure

            In cheerful hope, with heart content.

To take what’er their Father’s pleasure

            And His discerning love hath sent

Nor doubt our inmost wants are known

            To Him who chose us for His own!   

 

 LADIES GUILD NEWS

                The October meeting will be held on Thurs., Oct. 26th beginning at 9:30 am.  Pastor Tim will lead the topic.  Hostesses are Maxine Corradi & Pat Mattson.  Opening Prayer will be led by Bev Bakken.  All ladies are welcome to join!

            The Guild is asking for names and addresses of members who are away at college.  We have decided to  send gift cards this year instead of boxes filled with items that students may not use.  Please call the church office with info before the next Guild meeting which is October 26th, thank you. 

            Mark your calendar for our annual “Grace Full Harvest Bazaar” which will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 11am-2:00 pm. 

            We will be featuring crafts and baked goods. If you would like to help by making something, you can bring your items to the kitchen by 1:00 pm on Friday November 10th.  For more information please call Bev Bakken or Leah Haverkost.

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LWML IRON RANGE FALL RALLY

                The Iron Range Fall Rally will be held on Tues., Oct. 24th here at Grace Lutheran beginning at 9:30 am with registration and coffee.  The meeting will begin at 10.  The topic is:  Guatemala “Serving God in the Mountains”,  Acts 1:8.  Speaker will be Deb Vinkemeier.  Registration cost is $3.00 and lunch will be served.  All ladies are invited to attend.

 

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

 

            Former Pastor Mark Palmer posts a daily Bible verse on his Facebook page.  You are invited to friend him and check out the Bible verse.

RELIGIOUS RELEASE TIME CLASS

 

Parents - enroll your children in Religious Release Time.  Why?  It’s a great opportunity every other week beginning in October for your 1st - 6th grade child to receive continued growth in Christian truths and values not taught in our public schools.  The Hibbing School Board has assured parents that their children will not miss out on new concepts or teachings if they attend “Release Time”.  Your child will bring home an information packet during the first week of school which contains the registration form for Release Time.  Please fill it out and return it to Grace Lutheran Church.

 

PRAYER REQUEST FOR PRAYER CHAIN

            ATTENTION ALL members new & old, if you would like to participate in the Prayer Chain, please let Leah Haverkost know.  It would involve receiving the prayer requests by phone, passing it on and praying until the prayer is answered.

            Prayer Chain participants:  Prayer requests must be passed on precisely without change.  The prayers need to be passed on as they were given, without adding to or taking away.

            Please call Leah Haverkost with any prayer requests

 

GRACE FULL HARVEST BAZAAR

NSFIO005                        It’s almost time for our Annual “Bazaar” coming up on  Sat., Nov. 11th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.   

            We will be serving a sandwich loaf luncheon along with pie & coffee.  We will be featuring crafts and baked goods.  We will be needing donations of baked goods -- pies, cookies and breads. 

If you are bringing things please have them at the church on Friday, Nov. 10th as we are setting up that afternoon at 1:00 pm.  We would like all ladies to participate.  Bring a friend & stop by.  Hope to see you there.  For more information please call Bev Bakken or Leah Haverkost.

                 

 

 

 

 

BRUNCH FUNDRAISER-Ellie Niday

            A Brunch Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 29th for Ellie Niday here at the church starting at 10:30 am.  Ellie has acute lymph blastic leukemia.  She is undergoing treatment.  Please plan to stay for a delicious brunch! 

 

2018 CALENDARS FOR SALE:

Calendars are $5, also magnetic notepads for $3 & regular notepads at $2 each.  Please see Connie on Sunday mornings if you would like to purchase.  All funds raised will go to the 100th Anniversary Committee and the Youth

 

BULLETIN DEADLINE

            If you have information you would like put into the Sunday bulletin, please submit it into the office by Wednesday afternoons. The bulletin will be printed on Thursdays for now. Thank you!

 

FUNERAL PLANNING FORM

            Pastor Tim has forms to help with funeral planning, if you are interested.  It will help you with all the things that need to be decided in planning a funeral. 

 

MEMORIALS – October

The Memorial Committee gratefully acknowledges gifts in memory of:

9-3       Memorial given by Bev Bakken, designated to the Mortgage Fund, in memory of Julius Koppala.    

9-24     Memorial given by Don and Helen Jacklen, designated to the Mortgage Fund, in memory of Julius Koppala.

 

YOUTH NEWS

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP – God’s great gift of blessing people with His Word and the sacred gifts of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  What great “word” does Jesus have for you?  Come and join us at the foot of the cross where our Lord speaks His word of forgiveness and where he gives us direction and hope for life and eternity.  Sunday morning at 9:00 am here at Grace Lutheran Church.

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Sundays at 10:30 am.  Invite a friend!  If you are interested in volunteering to teach or be a teacher’s helper, please see our schedule in the bulletin on Sundays or on table in entryway.  The sign-up calendar is hanging in the office workroom.  If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, contact the church office at 263-3955.

RELIGIOUS RELEASE TIME REGISTRATION:

1st-6th grade children are released at 12:30 every other Wednesday, beginning October 4, 2017 (3-6 grade on the 4th, 1-2 grade on Oct. 11th) and meet for an hour for devotions, Christian songs, growth in Christian values and knowledge (often we use a captivating video), along with a Christian activity page or craft and a snack.  Your kids will love Release Time!

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR YOUTH : is at 10:30 am   What a great time to grow in God's Word and in relation to His people.   Contact the church office at 263-3955 if you have any questions.

The LCMS National Youth Gathering will be in Minneapolis, MN, July 11-15, 2019.  Hopefully there will be some youth interested in attending. 

 

THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY

Thursday night 6:00 pm Bible study on “Seamless Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story”.  All are welcome to join us at 6pm in the meeting room. Please contact Connie Stage.

 

FRIENDLY REMINDER

FYI   If you are purchasing taxable items for the church (anything to do with the church), we do not pay sales tax.  Please pick up a State Sales Tax form from the office to give to the vendor you are buying from.

 

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

September 19, 2017

Members Present:  Ron Niday, Dave Boettcher, Tim Erickson, Russ Douville, Doug Felten, John Hendrickson, John Matetich, Deb Jarvi and Chris Matetich.  Also present were Pastor Tim, Diane Meyer and Sarah Clark.  The meeting was called to order by Ron Niday and Pastor Tim opened with prayer.  
Secretary's Report:  The minutes of August 15 were read by Chris Matetich.  Doug F. made a motion to accept as read and seconded by Tim E.  All in favor.  MC  Motion was also made by Doug F. to accept Minutes of June 20 adding "Liaisons between the church and Silver Sneaker activities are Dave Boettcher and John Matetich" and seconded by Tim E.  All in favor. MC  
Treasurer's Report:  Deb Jarvi presented written report.  All bills have been paid through August.  Motion made by Dave B. to accept Report and Russ D. seconded.  All in favor. MC

Pastor's Report:  Maki/Wilhelm wedding.  Confirmation has 16 enrolled, as follows: 5 - 1st year 6th grade); 5 - 2nd year (7th grade); and 6 - 3rd year (8th grade and above.  The theme for Advent is "Wise Men Still Seek Him". Follow up letter has been sent to VBS parents that are non-members. 
Elder's Report:  Report by John Hendrickson.  Looking for more elders.  If anyone is interested, please let him know.
Trustee's Report:  The window in the entryway has been replaced. Getting bids for snow plowing.
Children of Grace:  Report by Diane Meyer. Enrollment is good.  Infant, toddler and School age class continue to have long waiting lists. The preschool classes are not as full as in the past. The director believes this is due to free public preschool.  There are many areas of the facilities that are beginning to need attention:  We need a new fridge in the main lunch room as the current one freezes the milk.  The playground fences are in need of attention.  Over Labor Day weekend many of the floors were stripped and waxed. Dave Petrich will be coming again New Year’s weekend to do the two remaining classrooms and the quilting rooms.  The gym floor needs to be cleaned.  We are looking for a school age teacher and an office administrator.  The board would like to hire someone to make decisions when the director is off site as well as being in charge of office responsibilities.

Youth Report:  Tim Erickson reported Bible Bowl will be on Genesis.  He would like to help out but will need some assistance.  It would be nice to have two teams with 2-3 youth on a team so trying to get them interested.  Competition will be at Concordia University in St. Paul on April 14, 2018, with registration due on April 2.  

Old Business:  2018 Budget meeting was held last month.  A proposed budget now needs to be reviewed and approved by the Council before presenting it to the congregation for approval at the Quarterly Voter’s Meeting on October 22.  
New Business:  Pastor made the recommendation to have the POBLO door offering in October be changed to "Faith Comes by Hearing", which supplies the New Testament to servicemen and their families.  Dave B. made a motion to change the door offering as recommended and Tim E. seconded.  All in favor.  MC  

-Save the date postcards have been sent out for the 100 year Celebration.  

-Elders to bring to the Quarterly meeting that it is time for our congregation to designate its delegates to attend the circuit form. 

-Reminder that the October Council meeting will be the second Tuesday, October 10, 2017, so that we have the Budget ready for the Quarterly Meeting.  

-Motion was made to hire Sarah Clark as church secretary paying $10.00 per hour.   All in favor.  MC  

-Grace Lutheran now has a Facebook page with Pastor Tim and Tasha Niemi being the administrators.  Pastor also has a group link for confirmation members and parents to keep them up to date on activities.


John M. made a motion to adjourn and seconded by Russ D.  All in favor. Motion carried.  Meeting closed with The Lord's Prayer.  

Respectfully submitted, Chris Matetich. 

NOTE OF THANKS

 

Dear Rev. Yearyean,

            A note of thanks for sharing your gym facilities with Silver Fitness.

            I am 82 years old and had back surgery a year ago.  I am grateful for this program as it has been a tremendous help with my balance, dexterity and social contact.  God Bless You.

 

Sincerely, Claire Pasch

 

VISITOR CONSCIOUSNESS

 

            "Who is that sitting over there?"  Have you ever wondered that in church?  The next time you find yourself wondering, act on it!  Make it a point to walk over after church and introduce yourself.  God is blessing us with a tremendous opportunity to make disciples.  There is somebody in church every Sunday who you have not met yet.  Let's be visitor conscious.

 

OPERATION CHIRSTMAS CHILD

Samaritan’s Purse

            We (GLC) are challenging all Lutheran Churches in the area to see who can pack the most boxes.  We are challenging all members to help us pack at least 100 boxes.  We packed 47 boxes (GLC & Children of Grace) last year.  Please start buying items for the boxes.  A list of items needed is on the bulletin board.  A Packing Party is planned for Mon., Nov. 13th at 4 pm.  Postage per box is $9.00.

 

Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy to millions of children around the world through shoeboxes lovingly and prayerfully packed with gifts that will bring delight to a child. In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ! After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program where children learn what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others. Please remember that the shoeboxes will be filled and sent in November.

 

 

List of Items for every box

 

Personal Care Items

·                     Comb

·                     Hairbrush

·                     Toothbrush 39/100

·                     Washcloth

·                     Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)

·                     Adhesive bandages (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.)

·                     Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils
(Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or washcloths to maximize the space.)

Clothing and Accessories

·                     Shirts

·                     Underwear

·                     socks

Crafts and Activities

·                     Pencils

·                     Small manual pencil sharpener

·                     Pencil case

·                     Crayons 29/100

·                     Pens

·                     Coloring books

·                     Notebooks

·                     Skipping rope/Jump rope

Toys

·                     Foam ball

·                     Kickball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated)

·                     Finger puppets

·                     Slinky

·                     Etch A Sketch

·                     Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries

A Personal Note

·                     You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

 

do not include Do Not Include

Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

 

 

 

 

Girl 2-4          A “Wow” Item

·                     Doll

·                     Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

·                     Stuffed animal

·                     An outfit of clothing to wear

·                     Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

Girl 5-9  A “Wow” Item

·                     Doll  (Consider including accessories such as doll clothes or a small doll bed.)

·                     Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

·                     Stuffed animal

·                     An outfit of clothing to wear

·                     Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

·                     Backpack

Girl 10-14      A “Wow” Item

·                     Doll    (Consider including accessories such as doll clothes or a small doll bed.)

·                     Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

·                     Stuffed animal

·                     An outfit of clothing to wear

·                     Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder.)

·                     Backpack

Boys 2-4          A “Wow” Item

·                     Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

·                     Stuffed animal

·                     An outfit of clothing to wear

·                     Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

Boy 5-9   A “Wow” Item

·                     Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

·                     Toy truck or boat

·                     Stuffed animal

·                     An outfit of clothing to wear

·                     Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

·                     Backpack

Boy 10-14       A “Wow” Item

·                     Soccer ball/football (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

·                     Toy truck or boat

·                     Stuffed animal

·                     An outfit of clothing to wear

·                     Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

·                     Backpack