GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH &
Children of Grace
Childcare Education Center
4010 9th Ave. West, Hibbing, MN 55746
(218) 263-LOVE (5683)
I love Christmas. I love everything about it. The church services, the music, the TV specials, the decorations. I love hot cocoa, carols, Christmas trees, Christmas specials, candle light worships, family, togetherness, everything-- you name it, I love it. I remember as a kid looking forward to Christmas Eve and I did what every kid my age did, I waited up for Santa Claus. Even though I was told I had to go to bed before he got there or there wouldn’t be any presents the next morning, I loved to try and wait for him anyway. But as I grew up I also knew that Christmas was about far more than Santa and his elves. It was about Jesus. And so, I began to enjoy another kind of waiting. A more contemplative waiting for the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Christians, I was offended that so many people enjoy the holidays without any
reference to Jesus or Christianity. There are some terrible misconceptions
surrounding the true meaning of the season. To many it is all about money,
commercialism, and greed. Others see it as a time for parties, meals, and
Many children know Christmas only as a time for Santa, Frosty the snowman, and Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer As a result, many people have no idea what the true meaning of Christmas is all about and I wanted to remind people that without Christ, there would be no Christmas in the first place.
“Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” You’ve seen it on posters and billboards, cards and ads in the newspaper. You have no doubt heard that reminder during Christmas when everyone is focusing on presents and caroling and eggnog. People remind you Jesus is the reason for the season because they want you to know that Jesus is the reason for all the celebrating and joy; He is the reason for peace on earth, He is the reason for the festive Christmas season.
As I have grown in my faith, however, I have come to a different conclusion. Many say, and I know what they are saying when they do, that "Jesus is the reason for the season.” But in the Bible, God presents a different view of Christmas. The Bible sets the record straight where Christmas is concerned! God gives us, in no uncertain terms, the true “reason for the season”. And, while Jesus is the reason we celebrate the season, in a very real sense, “WE are the reason for the season!”
Before you brand me a heretic and lead me to the stake to be burned, let me explain. Christmas is a Christian holiday and Jesus is the reason for celebrating the season, but you have to remember that Jesus was not born for Himself or His own personal gain...He was born for you. All that He did on earth, His birth, His life death, and resurrection were for you, not for Himself or the angels or some animals somewhere, it was all for you. In the eyes of Jesus, He isn’t the reason for the season. You are. Don’t misunderstand; I’m not proclaiming you the center of the universe. I’m saying that it is our sin that made Christmas necessary. I’m saying if you were the only person on the face of this planet that needed saving, Jesus still would’ve come down to earth that first Christmas morning to redeem your soul.
Martin Luther would often say that the manger and the cross are made of the same wood. That is to say that they are both made by wood stained with the blood of the sin and disobedience of God’s creatures. They are also stained with the sweat and tears of a God who cares about His creation. His care is shown in His sending His Son, Jesus, to close the gap of distance and separation between Him and creatures
God gave us the greatest gift that any of us could ever have and that was His Son. God gave us the gift of forgiveness. Jesus was born and lived so that He could offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sin, the ultimate act of love. What a wonderful gift that we have been given. So celebrate this wonderful gift this season, it is the source of our joy, but as you celebrate remember you are the reason this gift was given and thank God that He loved you enough to give this gift to you.
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 December is John Hendrickson. The month of January is Darren Gietzen.
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 December is Russ Douville.
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.
All ladies are invited to the Guild Christmas Luncheon on Thurs., Dec. 7th beginning at 11:30 am at Grandma’s in the Hibbing Park Hotel. The cost of the lunch is $13 per person, this includes a drink, tax and tip. There will be a choice of 3 different meals. Please choose a meal and sign up ahead of time.
Those of you who use social media, please check out our Facebook page for updated information and postings. Search Grace Lutheran Church-Hibbing MN, or use @GLC55746.
The Memorial Committee gratefully acknowledges gifts in memory of:
11-12 Memorial given by Leah Haverkost in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-12 Memorial given by Marian Sonaglia. in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-19 Memorial given by Mike & Deb Jarvi in memory
of Marie Mayer.
11-19 Memorial given by Eolda Krumwiede designated to POBLO in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-22 Memorial given by Pat Krumwiede designated to POBLO in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-22 Memorial given by Mike & Deb Jarvi designated to the Mortgage Fund in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-22 Memorial given by Pat Mattson designated to Missions in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-22 Memorial given by Richard and Marie Skog designated to Missions in memory of Marie Mayer.
11-26 Memorial given by Judy Nelson designated to Sunday School in memory of Marie Mayer.
Come on down to Grace Lutheran on Monday, December 4th we will decorate the church and put the Christmas tree up beginning at 3:00 pm. All hands are needed
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 fro $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.
The Bazaar Committee would like to thank all of the church ladies for the baked goods, craft items, and other things they made & brought to the bazaar. Also, everyone who helped and worked at the bazaar.
A HUGE THANK YOU to those who helped set up and take down the tables for the Bazaar. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to do it. Our bazaar this year was a great success! Thanks to you!!
Meeting November 16th, 2017:
The meeting was called to order at 9:30am and prayer was read by Dorothy Abrahamson. 10 members were present.
The secretary’s report was read, Mary D. moved to accept, Leah H. seconded, MC. The treasurer’s report was read, the Bazaar luncheon brought in $1612.05, Quilters 929.50, and Deli $782.55. Some money is still coming in, full report will be in January. Mission donations of $1200 will go to eight different organizations from the bazaar.
Girl Scouts and Children of Grace helped pack 129 shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. All expenses were paid for by donations. Next year we will need more adult helpers at the packing party.
Meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayers.
Submitted by Ardis Forer
Advent is a family affair in several ways. Most important of all, Advent reminds us that we are in God’s family. As we wait for Christmas we remember how God the Father promised to send His son to be our Brother. God kept that promise. By joining our human family, Jesus made it possible for us to be in God’s family.
Let’s join together as our church family for our Soup and Sandwich dinners during this Advent Season. Come and have fellowship time with members of your Church Family. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm, with the worship service at 6:30 pm
Wed. Advent Worship - Dec. 6 – 6:30 pm
Soup n’ Sandwich – 5:30 pm
Wed. Advent Worship – Dec. 13 – 6:30 pm
Soup n’ Sandwich – 5:30 pm
Wed. Advent Worship – Dec. 20 – 6:30 pm
Soup n’ Sandwich – 5:30 pm
We want to celebrate Advent and Christmas in a family way. So as our church family please come and join us for Advent Service’s at 6:30 pm and supper at 5:30 pm.
Groups Serving Dinner will be:
Wed. December 6 Group 2 Serve
Wed. December 13 Group 3 Serve
Wed. December 20 Group 1 Serve
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 December we have the 26th.
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.
This year’s packing party was a success! Last year we packed 47 boxes (GLC & Children of Grace). This year we surpassed our goal of 100 and collectively packed 129 boxes.
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.
A huge “Thank You” to all of those who helped. Your time and monetary contributions mean so much to so many children.
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.
The kids are practicing for the Christmas program during Sunday School time. We have been learning the songs. Please have your children attend Sunday School during this time. We have set Sunday, December 10th for the program during worship service starting at 9:00 am. Saturday, Dec. 9th we will practice from 9am-12noon.
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.
RELIGIOUS RELEASE TIME REGISTRATION:
1st-6th grade children are released at 12:30 every other Wednesday, 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, pick up a registration form in the office!
CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR YOUTH: is at 10:30 am on Sundays. 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.
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.
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.
"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.
The Foster Grandparent Program of NE MN is recruiting new volunteers in our area. They are looking for men and women ages 55 and older who are available to volunteer 15-40 hours a week in schools & child care centers working with children with special and exceptional needs. Volunteers help tutor students in reading & math, healp learn basic skills, and form meaningful and lasting relationships. In exchange for the volunteer service, the volunteers receive a tax-free, non-reportable stipend, mileage reimbursement, monthly training and recognition. It is easy to apply! If interested please call 715-394-5384 or 1-888-338-6492
Funeral: 11-27 Andrea Gustafson
If you are interested in Christmas Caroling this year please contact Connie Stage. We will be caroling to various locations (to be decided), on Sunday December 17th. Please meet at the church by 1:00 pm.
The annual Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign is well underway. We depend greatly upon volunteers from the Hibbing community to keep the “bells” ringing throughout the Christmas season.
The goal this year for the Christmas campaign is $158,000. Volunteers are needed each day Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. You may choose the number of hours you are available. Volunteers ring bells at Super One, L&M, Jubilee (Chisholm), Walgreens & Walmart.
To register to ring bells you can call the Hibbing Salvation office at 263-5096 or visit HibbingSA.org.
All Funds collected by The Salvation Army benefit the local Salvation Army programs that reach out to those in need in the Hibbing Area.
Other volunteer opportunities are available during the Christmas Season and throughout the year. Please call for more information.
Options for Women, a pregnancy resource center, is currently in need of volunteers to serve at our centers in Virginia and Hibbing. We are looking for individuals who have a heart for the families struggling in our community and are looking for a hands on way to help them. Volunteers are needed for three hour shifts weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. One shift can mean being open for the clients who need us most.
If you aren’t able to serve as a volunteer, you can still make a difference in the lives of families in need on the
Iron Range. Our centers are always in need of donations such as diapers, wipes, used or new baby furniture, and of course monetary donations are always appreciated. Prayers are asked on behalf of the center, the volunteers, and the clients.
For more information on donations or to volunteer please call 262-5768 or visit www.hibbinglifecare.org
Invites you to a Christmas Celebration here at Grace, on Thu. Dec. 7th at 6pm. Featuring guest speaker Pam Magawa and “Christmas Expectations”. Music: Sing along to “A Christmas with Kate Gribble and EV Faust Newby.” Dinner, coffee & dessert for $8.
Hi it’s Lamb Bert,
Wanted to tell you about a couple of changes at Children of Grace. We have a new School age teacher, Max Scott. Max joins his beautiful wife Cathy on our team. He is looking forward to sharing Jesus I conversation with the children.
Our other change is Beth Tiburzi is trying on the Assistant Director’s coat. She has been at the childcare for many years and will be continuing as food manager.
We are looking forward to Advent, the Christmas program, snow play and sparkling lights.
Jesus loves you, Lamb Bert
The Annual Report will be put together during the first week of January. We are asking all committees and organizations of Grace to submit a report of their activities for the past year. Please make note of this!! You may leave articles marked "Annual Report" in the office as soon as you are done with them, thank you.
Members Present: John Matetich, Tim Erickson, Gary Kuusisto,
Russ Douville, John Hendrickson, Roger Kivela, Deb Jarvi and Chris Matetich.
Also present was Pastor Tim. The meeting was called to order by John Matetich.
Pastor Tim opened with prayer.
Secretary's Report: The minutes of October 10th, 2017, were read by Chris Matetich. Russ Douville made a motion to accept as read and seconded by Tim Erickson. All in favor. MC
Treasurer's Report: Deb Jarvi presented written report. All bills have been paid through October. John Hendrickson made a motion to accept the report, and Tim Erickson seconded. All in favor. MC
Pastor's Report: Joint Reformation service with Trinity Chisholm and
Hibbing with approximately 50 people in attendance. Jamie Drevlow was
transferred in. Andrea Gustafson passed away on 11/21/17. Marie Mayer funeral
was held on 10/23/17. 129 boxes were packed for Operation Christmas Child. We
had a successful fundraiser for Ellie Niday with Grace Chisholm and Trinity
Church of Virginia also participating in raising monies. Wednesday Advent
Services will be on Dec 6th, 13th, and 20th at
6:30 pm. Christmas Eve service will be at 4pm, and Christmas Day will be at
9am. We would like to have a blood drive for the American Red Cross on 1/29/18.
Elder's Report: Report by Roger Kivela. Confirmation is a larger class this year. A thank you was extended to Cal Severson for all his years of service as an Elder.
Trustee's Report: Report by Russ Douville. General maintenance has continued to be done and reported that the pillars are fixed.
Children of Grace: Report by Diane Meyer. Children of Grace has hired Beth Tiburzi as assistant director. There is a new school age teacher- Max Scott. We are still looking for an early morning staff person and an afternoon teacher. We would like to thank Vince Meyer and Doug Felten for assembling our permanent shade structure for the school age playground.
Youth Report: There will be one team for Bible Bowl. Pastor Felix might have a few interested in participating as part of the Grace Lutheran team.
Old Business: Roger Kivela spoke to George Miller regarding
refinancing, and was advised that the interest on our loan is 5.5%. The current
rate is 5.25% so it would not be feasible to refinance at this time. If we were
to get a loan for new carpeting, there would be no interest and we would have 2
years to pay it off.
New Business: Pastor Tim reported that we have $100 surplus received for Samaritan’s Purse and asked if we could keep it in Desingnated Funds to be used for postage and/or items for Operation Christmas Child boxes next year. Roger Kivela made a motion for the extra monies to stay in Designated Funds. Tim Erickson seconded. All in favor. MC Deb Jarvi noted that with the change noted that with the change in presidency, the Signature Authorizations on the bank accounts need to be updated. Motion made by Roger Kivela that the Signature Authorizations on accounts at Security State bank and Lutheran Extension Fund be changed, removing Ron Niday, Russ Douville, and Deb Jarvi, and replaceing them with John Matetich(President), Russ Douville(Trustee), and Deb Jarvi (Treasurer). Those accounts would include SSB General Fund, SSB Mortgage Fund, SSB Memorials/Designated Funds, LCEF Pastor Scholarship Fund, and LCEF Maintenance Fund. Tim Erickson seconded. All in favor. MC Church decorating will be Dec 4th at 3 pm Christmas tree is provided by the Cal Severson family.
Roger Kivela made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Tim Erickson seconded. All in favor. MC. The meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer. Respectfully submitted by Chris Matetich.
Hello, my name is Sarah Clark, I was recently hired as Office Administrator for the church. I wanted to introduce myself to those of you I have not met. I grew up in Anoka, MN, and moved to the Iron Range in 1999. My husband Matt and I live in Hibbing and have been together for 13 years. We have two children, our son Cooper is 6 years old, and our daughter Makenzie is 4. For the past 5 years I did daycare out of my home, this allowed me to be home with my own kids. I feel so blessed to have had that special time with them. This has been a pretty big transition for me as my youngest started school and I am back to work away from my kids! (The noise from the daycare makes me feel right at home!!) I thank you all for being so welcoming and patient with me as I learn about your church home. I have really enjoyed getting to know some of you, and look forward to meeting the rest!