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Monday, 05 November 2012

November 2012

Cultivating an Attitude of Thanksgiving

Do you find it difficult to be thankful?

I remember hearing a story about some men in the nursing home who were asked what they were thankful for. One man said he was thankful for his hearing aids. If he wanted to hear something he could just crank up the volume. But if he wanted to get some peaceful sleep he could just take them out. Another man said he was thankful for his false teeth. He didn't have to worry about any toothaches or cavities anymore. And if he was eating oatmeal for breakfast he didn't even have to put his teeth in. A third man said he was thankful for his wooden leg. He was finally able to keep his socks from falling down. He held them up with a thumb tack!

The Bible gives us many admonitions to be thankful, but the one that has challenged me the most is I Thessalonians 5:18. Paul says, "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." It isn't easy to give thanks, especially in everything. But if we believe that nothing happens in our lives unless it is allowed by God we can cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving.

Make a list of all that you are thankful for. Spend some time thanking God for those things. It will encourage your heart and you will see how good God has been to you.

Pastor Peter Franz

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Foundations of Apologetics:

More in Foundations of Apologetics Series

By: Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
in bandroom

Designed to introduce a comprehensive range of apologetic arguments and strategies, Foundations of Apologetics features lectures by RZIM's team of apologists including Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister, Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, L.T. Jeyachandran, and Joe Boot.

Students of this rigorous curriculum will become adept at recognizing the many worldviews influencing our culture and equipped to challenge the assumptions of these worldviews.
It is our prayer you will find the studies foster not only knowledge but also cultivate the skills to communicate that knowledge in a way that is winsome and effective.
Contains 12 teaching DVDs, runs 50 minutes.

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Sunday at Grace

Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Grace has classes for all ages.
(adults, children and youth)

All are welcome to Grace Free Lutheran Church for our Sunday School Bible instruction classes.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS DATES:

November
4 - Prayer for our Nation - Adult Classes - daylight saving time ends
11 - Youth Group at Crystal Care and Christmas Program Rehearsal during opening
18 - Christmas Program Rehearsal during opening
25 - Thanksgiving Weekend - No Sunday School
December
2 - WMF Mission Focus 10 a.m. Coffee Time and Christmas Program Rehearsal
9 - Christmas Program Rehearsal
16 - Sunday School Christmas Program during the Worship Service
23 - No Sunday School
30 - Christmas Break - No Sunday School
January
6 - Sunday School
13 - Sunday School
20 - Sunday School
27 - Teen Challenge Concert
February
3 - Sunday School - Youth Group at Crystal Care
10 - Sunday School
17 - Sunday School
24 - Sunday School
March
3 - Sunday School
10 - Sunday School - Youth Group at Crystal Care - daylight savings time begins
17 - Sunday School
24 - Sunday School - Palm Sunday - Sunday School Processional
31 - Easter Sunday - No Sunday School classes - Easter Breakfast Sponsored by our Youth Group- Easter Egg Hunt
April
7 - Sunday School
14 - Sunday School
21 - Sunday School -Youth Group at Crystal Care
28 - Sunday School
May
5 - Sunday School
12 - Sunday School - Mother's Day
19 - Celebration Sunday Program

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Thanksgiving Service

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever" Psalm 106:1

Sunday, November 18, 6:30 p.m.

Music and Testimony from AFLBS Gospel Teams

Join us as we give thanks and praise to our God!
Pie and refreshments will follow the service.

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That the World May Know

By Ray Vander Laan

Adult Bible Study - Sunday mornings

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord alone!" (Deut. 6:4).

Over 3,800 years ago, God spoke to Abraham: "Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you" (Gen. 13:17). From the outset, God's choice of a Hebrew nomad was linked to the selection of a specific land where God's redemptive work would take place. For us to better understand God's plan and purpose for his people, we must first understand the nature of the place he selected for them.

God's people settled in the land and developed customs and tradition and culture. And so when God's Word became human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus lived like a Jew, talked like a Jew, and worshipped like a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. Thus, Jesus' words, actions and teaching methods, for example, were in keeping with the customs, traditions and religions of the Semitic culture into which he was born.

One way for us to know Jesus?and thus God the Father and the Holy Spirit?more intimately, is to carefully assess our 21st-century culture and Western attitudes in relation to and in light of the 1st-century world of Jesus. Immersing ourselves in the culture of Scripture and Jesus of Nazareth often brings additional insights to our understanding of the text. It is helpful to learn to "think Hebrew" in the way that the original writers of the Text thought.

What does it mean to THINK Hebrew?

May your experience with the Jewish biblical culture capture your head, heart, hands and feet in total commitment to God. May the cultural message of the text encourage and equip you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.

JOIN US - Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Room 121.

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THANK YOU,

LORD

Thank You, Lord, for knowing me as no one has before, For all Your gifts, and even when I somethimes ask for more.

Thank You, Lord, for standing by though times be good or bad, For never throwing up to me, the chances I have had.

Thank You, Lord, for picking up the pieces when they fall. For always being near enough to hear me when I call.

Thank You, Lord, for holding on to me when I would go. For finding deep within my soul, the things that never show.

Thank You, Lord, for promises you never fail to keep.
For counting every heartbeat when I lay me down to sleep.

Thank You, Lord, for mercy and wisdom that you show, For sometimes saying "Yes" to me, and sometimes saying "No."

Thank You, Lord for patience when I feel like giving up. For adding honey to the dregs I taste within my cup,

Thank you, Lord for loving me as no one ever can,
For wishing me an Angel, but for seeing me as I am.
Grace E. Easley

"Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!" (Psalm 100:2)

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Kids of the Kingdom

Wednesdays

Dinner is served at 5:45 p.m.
in lunchroom 113 lower level

Join us for a great meal, music, Bible stories, activities, music, and more.

Join us as we study God's word together.

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For All the Saints

Text: William W. How, 1823-1897
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958

  1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!

  2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia, Alleluia!

  3. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor's crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!

  4. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!

  5. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!

  6. From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!.

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You Are invited to Join a Life Group

A Life Group is a group of families or individuals with common interests who want to fellowship in a comfortable relaxed setting. Your group can choose to meet whenever you like, wherever you like?we would recommend at least once a month. Get together for a meal, coffee, sporting event, game night, campfire, skiing...you get the idea! The idea is FUN, FELLOWSHIP and FAMILY!! Sign up today!!
I would like to be in a group with..
* Singles
* Families with children
* Young married couples
* Mature Couples with grown children
* Other
Call the church office to sign up today!

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Fall Women's Bible Studies

LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF

by Beth Moore
meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
at 6:30 p.m.

Through this study we will come to appreciate the super natural aspects of the fruit of the spirit that we cannot grow, learn, nor produce our own! We'll be challenged to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in Living - Beyond ourselves! Join us in this journey.

DIVINE DESIGN

By: Nancy Leigh Demoss and Mary A Kassian
Sundays 9:00 a.m.

This True Woman Bible Study is a response to the many requests we have recieved for further biblical teaching and practical resources. It contains essential, foundational teaching on what the Bible says womanhood is all about.
This eight week study is divided into five lessons, each lesson takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Divine Design focus points:
* To explore God's timeless design for womanhood straight from God's Word.
* Practical applications to apply God's design to your season of life.
* Equip you to pass on the message of True Womanhood to the next generation.

PEARLS FOR A PRINCESS

by Faylin Myhre
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.
*meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the WMF gathering for Grace.

We are the daughters of the King of Kings! We are called a princess! Let's explore the pearls of TRUTH concerning this together...in HIS WORD!

STRONG WOMEN, SOFT HEARTS

by Paula Rinehart
Thursdays 12 week study 9:00 am.
*meets at Sharon Borg's home

This study is combined with knitting for missions!
Life's disappointing realities may cause us to want to just survive in life and live it routinely, but God, through His WORD points us in a different direction. This book will be used as an encouragement to embrace a new passion for life not just survive it! Because God already knows your heart, your friends are His perfect gift to you.

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Grace Music Opportunities

Sing! Sing Your Praise to the Lord Everybody.

Grace Choir Rehearsals
Wednesday evenings 7:40 p.m
The choir will sing during the worship services Sundays, November 18
December 16

All are welcome to join choir, praise and worship team, instrument and vocal ensembles or...

Christmas Celebration Choir


Christmas Celebration and Program

Sunday, December 16 during the Worship Service.

Adults, children and youth are invited to participate.

Call the church office or see Andrew Hanson if interested.

Come find out more! All voices are welcome!

Children's Choir

"Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, Sing praises!" (Psalm 47:6).

Calling all children to join choir and share your musical talents for the glory of the Lord!

All Children 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to sing in the Grace Children's Choir.

Rehearsals are held in the choir room: Wednesday evenings, 6:15 - 6:45 p.m., and Sunday morning short rehearsals November 11 and 18 and December 2, 9, and 16, during the Sunday School opening time. The children will sing Sunday, December 16th, during the Christmas Celebration Service and Program.

All children are encouraged to join the Grace Children's Choir!

Hope to see you there!

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Deans' Luncheons

The AFLC Vision Office and the AFLC Schools extend to you an invitation to have lunch with the Deans. You will have an opportunity to meet AFLC staff, attend a seminary or Bible school class, participate in a chapel service, and have lunch with the deans. Campus is located at 3134 East Medicine Lake Blvd. in Plymouth.

AFLBS/TS Dean's Luncheons

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013

See you there!

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AFLC All Ministries

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Luke 10:2

It is . . . . A Venture of Faith

It is an attempt to build an effective and orderly Christian fellowship with a minimum of human organization. It is an experiment in extreme ecclesiastical democracy and decentralization. It is a searching test of faith in the power of the Spirit of God.

It is... A Fellowship of Independent Lutheran Congregations

It is congregations bound together by the bonds of loyalty to a common cause and common tasks. It is a specific and direct rejection of the superior authority of every ecclesiastical organization above the congregation. It is an attempt to test seriously the uniting power of Christian love and cooperation. It is a call to spiritual pilgrimage with no endeavor to organize the pilgrims into the rigid battalions of an army.

It is . . . .A Cooperative Venture

It is a venture in building Lutheran congregations by means of a dominant emphasis neither upon organization nor upon the intricacies of doctrine but upon a living and personal Christian experience. It is an attempt to carry out in everyday practice the Reformation principle of the universal priesthood of believers. It is a concrete expression of revolt against ritualism and formalism, and of the desire to nourish the spiritual life in utter simplicity upon the Word of God. It is an effort to provide orderly channels for the cultivation of the laity's personal witness for Christ, both in public and in private. Yet it cherishes the ordered ministry of consecrated and trained men, and the noble heritage of Christian worship, that its people may know themselves to be one with Christ of all the ages.

It is . . . .Not a Synod

It does not have the authority, save by consent of its congregations, to unite with Lutheran synods in an effort to bring about an organically unified Lutheran Church. It is one of the smaller Lutheran groups, standing deeply in need of the varied contributions of other and larger bodies if it is to do its work effectively in its various fields of endeavor. It is an effort to achieve not a specific form of Church organization but a high quality of Christian life, in the faith that true spiritual life will tend to mold for itself a fitting form of organization. It was conceived to be a kind of ecclesiastical and spiritual leaven in American Lutheranism.

An Organization Born in a Dream of Spiritual Power and Vitality

Yet it has been able to carry on even when its power and spiritual vitality seemed at lower ebb. It was launched under a great and inspiring leadership in a period of intense struggle; yet it has not perished when led through calmer seas and by spirits less flaming. It has been ridiculed as small, impractical, and visionary; yet those who know it best know that none of these words is a fatal indictment. It has been accused of 'separatism;' yet it has throughout all of its history been earnestly in favor of full spiritual cooperation. Its dissolution has long and often been foretold; but it still lives. The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations is an attempt to translate a high spiritual vision into reality, even at the cost of being suspected of turning reality into a dream.

The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations is sincerely grateful for the work of other Lutherans; yet it desires to have its own peculiar share in the mighty work and witness of the Lutheran Church. It does not seek to pass judgment on the relative contribution to Lutheranism of groups small or large; it earnestly seeks to be kept truly humble because of the imperfection of its achievements, and rightly proud because of the greatness of its heritage. Limited in numbers so that not even its name is known in many Lutheran circles of our country, and conscious that it will probably never be regarded as 'successful' in the eyes of the world, it still believes in the continuing urgency of its message. Willing if necessary to find its success in seeming failure, the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations is committed, together with others of like mind, to the struggle for true congregational life in the Lutheran Church, in America.

The above statements were both inspired by and partially taken from an article originally published under the title of "What is the Lutheran Free Church?" by Dr. B. M. Christensen in The Lutheran Messenger. All references to 'Lutheran Free Church' have been changed to 'Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.' The Lutheran Free Church was the predecessor of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, which is founded upon its Fundamental Principles.

More information can be found at aflc.org.

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AFLBS Christmas Concerts

The Association Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary Cordially Invites You to Attend the 2012
CHRISTMAS CONCERT

GOD'S GLORY REVEALED

Choirs and Sympoonic Wind Ensemble with congregation Carol Singing and Candle Light

Saturday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Coffee House from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall. Free will offering.

Sunday, December 9, 4:00 p.m.
A light supper in Heritage Hall following the concert. Free will offering

Plymouth Chapel - 3120 East Medicine Lake Blvd
www.aflbs.org or aflbs@aflc.org 763-544-9501

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Opportunities for All!

Church Office Clean-up Day: Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 7-8. Help is needed to move furniture, paint walls & wash the carpets. Workers are needed call: 763-463-2300.

HCAF Banquet and Auction: Saturday, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m. HCA Gymnasium Sponsored by HCA Foundation for all HCA families - please RSVP 763-463-2223.

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym into a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set - up teams.

Children's Church Teachers: Sundays during the Worship Service. If you are available to teach children's church please contact Lisa Leland at 612-965-8071.

HCA Scholarship Fundraiser: Sunday, November 4, all day at California Pizza Kitchen. This is a great way to earn money and a great time out for families!

Thanksgiving Gift Basket Service Project: Sunday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Grace Women's Ministry Team. Watch for more details coming soon.

Advent Services: Wednesdays, December 5, 12, 19, 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Elden Nelson, Pastor Robert Lee and Dr. Francis Monseth.

Prayer for our Nation: Sunday, November 4, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. During our Adult Sunday School Classes.

Daily prayer topics can be sent to your email box by signing up at: The Presidential Prayer Teams
Phone: (Toll Free) 866-433-PRAY or 866-433-7729 (Press 1 for Member Services) Fax: 480-946-3341
The Presidential Prayer Team, PO Box 15040, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-5040
Email Address: Info@PresidentialPrayerTeam .org

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You Belong to God

Think of it...You belong to a God who has no limitations. His provisions are endless, His blessings are measureless, and His generosity is boundless.
All that is in His heart (for you) flows out in waves of love.

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Advent Services at Grace

God's Heart for the people of the World

ADVENT SERVICES AT GRACE

Join us on Wednesday evening 6:30 p.m. for a special time of remembering Jesus life, death, resurrection, and gift of salvation. Each evening we will be challenged with a Biblical message that will encourage and inspire us to go and tell the world of the great hope we have in Jesus our blessed Messiah and King.

The Advent Service schedule is as follows:

December 5, Pastor Elden Nelson - "Bearing Witness of Christ during Advent" How we can use the Advent season to witness about Jesus.

December 12, Pastor Robert Lee - "Keeping Christ in Christmas" Practical ways to make sure Jesus is the focus of our celebration of Christmas.

December 19, Dr. Francis Monseth - "Living in Light of Jesus' Return" How the second coming impacts the way we live each day.

Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 24, 5:00 p.m. at the AFLC Chapel in Plymouth.

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Come to the Church in the Grove

Christ loved the church and gave himself for it....

Because the Word of God says:"Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).

Because the Word of God teaches: Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

Because the Word of God points to our need: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life" (1 John 1:1)

Sunday Worship and Praise Service - 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Bible Classes and Studies - 9:00 a.m.

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, November 11

Each year, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) gives us the privilege of joining together with more than half a million churches in 150 countries to pray for suffering believers. The day plays a vital role in encouraging and strengthening the persecuted Church through prayer and to bring awareness to their plight. As we hear of their overcoming courage in the face of arrest, imprisonment, torture and even death, our faith is also strengthened.

The Voice of the Martyrs actively partners with organizations such as the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Religious Liberty Commission and other VOM missions worldwide in promoting IDOP among Christians in Canada and around the world on the second Sunday of November.

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Monday, 08 October 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter October 2012

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October 2012

Does An Apologist Apologize?

As believers in Jesus we are called to be apologists. In I Peter 3:15 the apostle Peter puts it this way. ※But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.§

The word translated ※defense§ is the Greek word apologia. It does not mean to apologize for something. It refers to a verbal defense or a reasoned statement or argument. In other words, we are called to give a reasonable argument as to why we believe what we do.

If you want some help in becoming an effective apologist join us on Wednesday evenings as we view the Foundations of Apologetics series. Students of this rigorous curriculum will become adept at recognizing the many worldviews influencing our culture and will become equipped to challenge the assumptions of these worldviews.

Pastor Peter Franz

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Foundations of Apologetics:

More in Foundations of Apologetics Series

By: Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
in bandroom

Designed to introduce a comprehensive range of apologetic arguments and strategies, Foundations of Apologetics features lectures by RZIM's team of apologists including Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister, Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, L.T. Jeyachandran, and Joe Boot.

Students of this rigorous curriculum will become adept at recognizing the many worldviews influencing our culture and equipped to challenge the assumptions of these worldviews.
It is our prayer you will find the studies foster not only knowledge but also cultivate the skills to communicate that knowledge in a way that is winsome and effective.
Contains 12 teaching DVDs, runs 50 minutes.

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Sunday at Grace

Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Grace has classes for all ages.
(adults, children and youth)

All are welcome to Grace Free Lutheran Church for our Sunday School Bible instruction classes.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS DATES:

October
7
14 - Christmas Program Rehearsal during opening
21 - Christmas Program Rehearsal during opening
28 每 Mission Sunday with Nate and Rhoda Jore
November
4 - Prayer for our Nation - Adult Classes - daylight savings time ends
11 - Youth Group at Crystal Care and Christmas Program Rehearsal during opening
18 - Christmas Program Rehearsal during opening
25 每 Thanksgiving Weekend 每 No Sunday School
December
2 每 WMF Mission Focus 10 a.m. Coffee Time and Christmas Program Rehearsal
9 每 Christmas Program Rehearsal
16 每 Sunday School Christmas Program during the Worship Service
23 每 No Sunday School
30 每 Christmas Break 每 No Sunday School
January
6
13
20
27 每 Teen Challenge Concert
February
3 - Youth Group at Crystal Care
10
17
24
March
3
10 - Youth Group at Crystal Care - daylight savings time begins
17
24 每 Palm Sunday 每 Sunday School Processional
31 - Easter Sunday 每 No Sunday School 每 Easter Egg Hunt
April
7
14
21 - Youth Group at Crystal Care
28
May
5
12 每 Mother*s Day
19 每 Celebration Sunday

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Marie Sandvik Center Service Day

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
12:30 每 3:00 P.M..

※Whatever you did for one of the least of these#you did for me.§ (Matthew 25:40)

As a service project to the community the women of the GRACE are preparing a program and serving a meal at the Marie Sandvik Center 1112 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 in Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity for our church to reach out to the community. The center weekly clothes and feeds hundreds of needy families. During VBS week alone the center has had up to 300 children in attendance each day.

Along with this project we will be collecting Hygiene Items for the Marie Sandvik Center. The Marie Sandvik Center distributes many hygiene kits to the poor and homeless. The kits are desperately needed. Each kit contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, wash cloth, shampoo, comb, deodorant, and disposable razors. This will be an extra gift to the center and will be kept separate from our Love INC hygiene donations. Please mark your donation and drop off in the church office.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the program, music, food, and serving the food. Please let us know if you are able to bring sandwiches, carrots or cookies. A signup sheet will be available in the church office and on the back table.

Food donations should be marked and dropped off at the church or Seminary kitchen before the group leaves at 12:20 p.m. on October 11th. For more information call the church office @ 763-463-2300.

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That the World May Know

By Ray Vander Laan

Adult Bible Study - Sunday mornings
Beginning September 9th

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord alone!" (Deut. 6:4).

Over 3,800 years ago, God spoke to Abraham: "Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you" (Gen. 13:17). From the outset, God's choice of a Hebrew nomad was linked to the selection of a specific land where God's redemptive work would take place. For us to better understand God's plan and purpose for his people, we must first understand the nature of the place he selected for them.

God's people settled in the land and developed customs and tradition and culture. And so when God's Word became human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus lived like a Jew, talked like a Jew, and worshipped like a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. Thus, Jesus' words, actions and teaching methods, for example, were in keeping with the customs, traditions and religions of the Semitic culture into which he was born.

One way for us to know Jesus〞and thus God the Father and the Holy Spirit〞more intimately, is to carefully assess our 21st-century culture and Western attitudes in relation to and in light of the 1st-century world of Jesus. Immersing ourselves in the culture of Scripture and Jesus of Nazareth often brings additional insights to our understanding of the text. It is helpful to learn to "think Hebrew" in the way that the original writers of the Text thought.

What does it mean to THINK Hebrew?

May your experience with the Jewish biblical culture capture your head, heart, hands and feet in total commitment to God. May the cultural message of the text encourage and equip you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.

JOIN US - Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Room 121.

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Serving Committees

Grace Serving Committees serve our Sunday fellowship time during the year. Each committee is responsible for serving at the morning refreshment time on the Sundays of the designated month. Committees will be contacted to serve at special events that may be scheduled during their month to serve. The committee members are responsible providing the food. Refreshments are served at the bottom of the stairs.
We trust each member is willing and happy to serve one month out of the year. CHAIRPERSONS, are in place to contact committee members and to set up a serving schedule. Thank you for your participation and cooperation. If you are not on a serving committee and would like help in this area please call the church office.

※Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!§ (Psalm 100:2)

Healthy Snack Ideas

#rye crisp bread, cottage cheese, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, wholegrain bread, toasted, multi grain crackers, cheese, grapes, mixed seeds, apple slices, raisins, oatcakes, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, cucumbers, yogurt, frozen berries, raw nuts, rice cakes, granola, popcorn, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, kiwi sliced, hard-boiled eggs, fruit slices peanut butter, mini muffins wholewheat carrot and cinnamon, or wholewheat zucchini muffins, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and wholegrain cereals, wholegrain crackers cheese, toasted pita bread with salsa, berries, or bananas, celery sticks, raisins, applesauce, cheese, granola, popcorn, rice cakes, pretzels, apricots, cranberries, cherries.

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Kids of the Kingdom

Wednesdays

Pizza served at 5:45 p.m.
in lunchroom 113 lower level

(we are starting 15 minutes earlier)

Join us for pizza, music, Bible stories,
activities, music, and more.

Sound interesting?

Join us as we study God's word together.

Special Event:
Halloween Game and Activity Night
Wednesday, October 31, 6-8:00 p.m.
All kids and youth are invited.
Watch for more details.

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Lifetouch

Join us as we CONNECT with our families to create a new Grace Pictorial Directory.

Plans are underway for a new updated photo directory. We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for a professional family portrait book.

Appointments for Portraits will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, 2:30-9:00 p.m. at the church building.

Let's put names with faces as we connect our members and tell our story.

Each family will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a church directory for participating. Watch for more information about the opportunity to schedule your family portrait session.

Alternate dates and times are available at a variety of locations in the twin cities areas if you are not able to schedule on October 18-19.

Visit our website at www.gracefreelutheran.org to schedule your own appointment (use the Lifetouch link on the Grace home page) or call the church office at 763-463-2300 so that we can assist you in scheduling your appointment.

Blessings to you and your family.

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You Are invited to Join a Life Group

A Life Group is a group of families or individuals with common interests who want to fellowship in a comfortable relaxed setting. Your group can choose to meet whenever you like, wherever you like〞we would recommend at least once a month. Get together for a meal, coffee, sporting event, game night, campfire, skiing#..you get the idea! The idea is FUN,
FELLOWSHIP and FAMILY!! Sign up today!!
I would like to be in a group with#.
* Singles
* Families with children
* Young married couples
* Mature Couples with grown children
* Other
Call the church office to sign up today!

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Fall Women's Bible Studies

LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF

by Beth Moore
meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
at 6:30 p.m.

Through this study we will come to appreciate the super natural aspects of the fruit of the spirit that we cannot grow, learn, nor produce our own! We*ll be challenged to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in Living 每 Beyond ourselves! Join us in this journey.

DIVINE DESIGN

By: Nancy Leigh Demoss and Mary A Kassian
Sundays 9:00 a.m.

This True Woman Bible Study is a response to the many requests we have recieved for further biblical teaching and practical resources. It contains essential, foundational teaching on what the Bible says womanhood is all about.
This eight week study is divided into five lessons, each lesson takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Divine Design focus points:
* To explore God's timeless design for womanhood straight from God's Word.
* Practical applications to apply God's design to your season of life.
* Equip you to pass on the message of True Womanhood to the next generation.

PEARLS FOR A PRINCESS

by Faylin Myhre
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.
*meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the WMF gathering for Grace.

We are the daughters of the King of Kings! We are called a princess! Let*s explore the pearls of TRUTH concerning this together...in HIS WORD!

STRONG WOMEN, SOFT HEARTS

by Paula Rinehart
Thursdays 12 week study 9:00 am.
*meets at Sharon Borg's home

This study is combined with knitting for missions!
Life*s disappointing realities may cause us to want to just survive in life and live it routinely, but God, through His WORD points us in a different direction. This book will be used as an encouragement to embrace a new passion for life not just survive it! Because God already knows your heart, your friends are His perfect gift to you.

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Grace Music Opportunities

Sing! Sing Your Praise to the Lord Everybody#

Grace Choir Rehearsals
Begin October 3, 7:40 p.m
The choir will sing during the worship services Sundays, October 21
November 18
December 16

All are welcome to join choir, praise and worship team, instrument and vocal ensembles or...

Christmas Celebration Choir


Plans are underway for our

Christmas Celebration and Program

Sunday, December 16
during the Worship Service.
(Programs, music, words to the songs, and a learning CD are available in the church office.)
Adults, children and youth are invited to participate.

Call the church office or see Andrew Hanson if interested.

Come find out more!

All voices are welcome!

Children's Choir

※Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, Sing praises!§ (Psalm 47:6).

Calling all children to join choir and share your musical talents for the glory of the Lord!

Grace Children's Choir is making a fall comeback. Grace is blessed to have a wonderful group of children who are musically gifted. Our children have been an encouragement and blessing to all as they have sung in our Sunday School programs and during the "special music time" in our worship services.

Here is another opportunity for the children of Grace to join together to praise the Lord.

Consider the great benefits of training our children through music:

  Improves vocal music skills.

  Improves children*s coordination.

  Teaches children to follow directions.

  Encourages the memorization of scripture.

  Provides an opportunity to take part in the Worship service.

  Hymns and spiritual songs help children remember, apply, and express biblical truth.

  Benefits the children and the church in the areas of discipleship, worship, evangelism, missions, building relationships and fellowship.

 

All Children 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to sing in the Grace Children*s Choir.

Rehearsals are held in the choir room: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 每 7:00 p.m., and Sunday morning short rehearsals October 14 and 21, November 11 and 18 and December 2, 9, and 16, during the Sunday School opening time. The children will sing Sunday, December 16th, during the Christmas Celebration Service and Program.

All children are encouraged to join the Grace Children's Choir!

Hope to see you there!

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Deans' Luncheons

The AFLC Vision Office and the AFLC Schools extend to you an invitation to have lunch with the Deans. You will have an opportunity to meet AFLC staff, attend a seminary or Bible school class, participate in a chapel service, and have lunch with the deans. Campus is located at 3134 East Medicine Lake Blvd. in Plymouth.

AFLBS/TS Dean's Luncheons

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013

See you there!

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October AFLC Promotion

AFLC Legacy Society

An Invitation to Join Our Legacy Society

Members of Our Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to Association of Free Lutheran Congregations through a very special and important form of financial support.

These donors have named AFLC as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, appreciated securities, gifts of real estate, gifts of life insurance and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts.

Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in Our Legacy Society.

Your membership in the AFLC Legacy Society involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations. Rather, it allows us to thank you and recognize you for the gift you have arranged.

The most important benefit you will receive from joining Our Legacy Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success.
More information can be found at aflc.org.

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AFLBS Campus Days and Fall Preview

Campus Days at Association Free Lutheran Bible School is coming quickly! You are invited to come and join the AFLBS staff and students this fall on the AFLBS Campus. They are excited to host prospective students in grades 9-12 at either one of two visit events this fall: Campus Days or the Fall Preview event!

The Fall Preview Event will be held on October 28-29. This event was added in response to the great number of students that have been attending our bi-annual Campus Days. The Preview day is an abbreviated schedule that is intended for parents and 9th -12th grade prospective students to experience AFLBS in more of a personal setting. Students will be able to spend Sunday evening at a student led vespers service and one night in the dorms. They will also spend Monday morning attending a regular schedule of classes with current AFLBS students.

Campus Days will be held October 19-21 and follows the traditional weekend format. It is a great opportunity for parents, youth groups, and churches to send 9th- 12th grade prospective students to learn about AFLBS. Pastor Jason Gudim from Faith Free Lutheran in Minneapolis will be the main speaker this fall! The schedule also includes a full weekend of activities and a ※skate night§ at a local roller rink.

The mission of AFLBS is to

  Bring students into and establish them in the assurance of personal salvation in Christ Jesus through the study of God*s Word.

  Prepare students to face a secular society by grounding them in the Word of God.

  Help students embrace the truth as found in the Bible, and reject the theological errors so prevalent today.

  Challenge students to seek God*s will in all personal and vocational choices. To pursue the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as given in Matthew 28:19, ※Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.§

  Equip students to serve in free and living Lutheran congregations.

 

We hope many will be able to attend one of the two events this year. Both events allow students to experience the AFLBS atmosphere in unique ways! Register now. The cost is only $40 for Campus Days OR $20 for Fall Preview. Registrations are due October 11th for Campus Days and October 18th for the Fall Preview.

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Opportunities for All!

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym into a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set - up teams.

Children*s Church Teachers: Sundays during the Worship Service. If you are available to teach children*s church please contact Lisa Leland at 612-965-8071.

HCA Scholarship Fundraiser: Sunday, October 7, 12-3 p.m. at Culver's of Plymouth. Visit Culver's and they will donate 10% of net sales to our HCA Scholarship Fund. This is a great way to earn money and a great time out for families!

Couples Wedding Shower: All are invited to celebrate the marriages of Ben and Esther Kumpula and Gideon and Erin Johnson on Sunday, October 21 following the Worship Service. Both couples are registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target.

Leaf Raking Fundraiser: Members of our Youth Group will be raking yards on October 13 and 27, if you would like this service please contact Jon Langness.

Thanksgiving Gift Basket Service Project: Sunday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Grace Women's Ministry Team. Watch for more details coming soon.

Mission Focus Sunday: Sunday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. with Pastor Nate and Rhoda Jore, missionaries to Uganda.

Prayer for our Nation: Sunday, November 4, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. During our Adult Sunday School Classes.

Daily prayer topics can be sent to your email box by signing up at: The Presidential Prayer Teams
Phone: (Toll Free) 866-433-PRAY or 866-433-7729 (Press 1 for Member Services) Fax: 480-946-3341
The Presidential Prayer Team, PO Box 15040, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-5040
Email Address: Info@PresidentialPrayerTeam .org

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Leave the past to the mercy of God, the present to the love of God, the future to the providence of God.

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Perspectives

God*s Heart for the people of the World

Learn how to use your skills and passions to glorify God in all the earth 每 no matter your location or vocation. The Perspectives course will provide you with greater perspective to live your life with eternal significance and purpose.

Content:
In 15 lessons, you*ll engage with 15 different speakers. Discussions and weekly readings will help you dig even deeper.

We will study the following four perspectives on the world Christian movement?

Biblical 每 Does the Old Testament talk about evangelism?
Historical 每 What about the book of Acts until the present?
Cultural 每 What do others really believe? Why?
Strategic 每 How can we reach the people around us?

Course Information:

Sundays, September 9 每 December 16 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Association Free Lutheran Bible School Campus
3140 E. Medicine Lake Blvd., Plymouth, MN

Coordinator: Kevin Olson
kevino@aflc.org or call 763-412-2029
Cost: $235

For more information or to register for a class: W W W . P E R S P E C T I V E S . O R G

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Guidance

"I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12).

How faithful is Your guidance, Lord!
How certainly you lead.
When we await Your perfect will,
You fill our every need.

I came to You with questionings,
I asked You for a sign;
There were no flashy lights or sounds
To show your will divine.

Instead, You gently led my thoughts
And helped me think it through,
Then placed a peace within my heart
To show it was from You.

How faithful is Your Guidance, Lord!
How clearly You can speak.
You always give an answer when
Your perfect will we seek.
Author Unknown

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Come to the Church in the Grove

Christ loved the church and gave himself for it....

Because the Word of God says:"Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).

Because the Word of God teaches: Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

Because the Word of God points to our need: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life" (1 John 1:1)

Sunday Worship and Praise Service - 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Bible Classes and Studies - 9:00 a.m.

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Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter September 2012

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September 2012

Get In On The ACTION!

A little boy was up in his room one day when his mother told him to come downstairs. He said, "I can't come right now. I am watching Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead." He had become so wrapped up in his reading that it was as if he was there watching it happen.

As we journey through the Gospel of Mark in the months to come we will be watching Jesus perform many miracles. Though Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels, it is filled with action. The distinctive word of this book is the Greek word euthus, translated "immediately" or "straightway." This word is found more often in Mark than in the rest of the New Testament books combined!

I hope you are ready for some action. Join us on Sunday morning as we study the Gospel of Mark and get in on the ACTION!

Pastor Peter Franz

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Sunday School Opening Day at Grace

Sunday, September 9,

9:00 a.m.

Grace has classes for all ages.
(adults, children and youth)

All are welcome to Grace Free Lutheran Church as we RALLY TOGETHER for our opening session of Sunday School. Join us for a special time of singing, sharing of scripture, and introduction of our teachers.

There will be a brief time for the students to meet their teachers and get acquainted with their class. Following the opening program refreshments will be served in the lower level outside the sanctuary.

Please pray for our Sunday School Classes as they study the truth about God and a true faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray the Holy Spirit will lead each one to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and that they would always want to live for Him.

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"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me." - JESUS


Confirmation Class

Youth who are in 7th and 8th grade are invited to begin Confirmation Class.

The first class of confirmation will be Sunday, September 9, 9:00 a.m. On that day the students will be given an outline of the material to be covered for the year. Confirmation Classes will be held during the Sunday school hour.

The Junior Confirmation Book by Jacob Tanner will be used for our class instruction. In this course we will look at the Biblical account of God's dealings with man and a review of the Catechism.

Confirmation Students will be responsible for lesson material and are required to take sermon notes during the Worship Services. Parents are encouraged to assist their child as needed with their required assignments.

If you do not have family devotions, begin now. You cannot have a truly Christian home without God's Word and prayer. A Christian home is a part of the children's preparation for confirming their faith in Jesus Christ and standing firm in the faith as they journey through life.

Remember to pray for our class as they study the truth of our God and Father in Jesus Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit will lead them to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and that they would always want to live for Him. May this time of confirmation be used to the glory of His name and the coming of His kingdom.

Thank you for your love and support of our Confirmation Class instruction. God bless each one of you. Let us all be found faithful to the Lord and in our worship of Him in the weeks and months ahead.

The church is looking for additional confirmation books by Jacob Tanner, if you are willing to donate either or both Jr./Sr. confirmation book please contact the church office.

 

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That the World May Know

By Ray Vander Laan

Adult Bible Study - Sunday mornings
Beginning September 9th

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord alone!"(Deut. 6:4).

Over 3,800 years ago, God spoke to Abraham: "Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you" (Gen. 13:17). From the outset, God's choice of a Hebrew nomad was linked to the selection of a specific land where God's redemptive work would take place. For us to better understand God's plan and purpose for his people, we must first understand the nature of the place he selected for them.

God's people settled in the land and developed customs and tradition and culture. And so when God's Word became human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus lived like a Jew, talked like a Jew, and worshipped like a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. Thus, Jesus' words, actions and teaching methods, for example, were in keeping with the customs, traditions and religions of the Semitic culture into which he was born.

One way for us to know Jesus?and thus God the Father and the Holy Spirit?more intimately, is to carefully assess our 21st-century culture and Western attitudes in relation to and in light of the 1st-century world of Jesus. Immersing ourselves in the culture of Scripture and Jesus of Nazareth often brings additional insights to our understanding of the text. It is helpful to learn to "think Hebrew" in the way that the original writers of the Text thought.

What does it mean to THINK Hebrew?

May your experience with the Jewish biblical culture capture your head, heart, hands and feet in total commitment to God. May the cultural message of the Text encourage and equip you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.

JOIN US - Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Room 121.

 

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Welcome Eben James Friestad

Please welcome Eben James Friestad! Eben was born on August 24, at 1:53pm. He weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. at birth, at the Friestad home with the assistance of a wonderful midwife. Christie and Chad are so thankful for the safe arrival of this precious little boy. Let us as a congregation continue to pray for the Friestad's as they seek to raise their son in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

All are welcome to attend the Baptism for Eben on Saturday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the AFLC Campus Chapel. Cake reception following the baptism.

A Baby Shower will be held on Friday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. for Eben Friestad at Debbie Buck's home in New Hope. The baby registry is at Target and Amazon.com. Suggested gifts are diapers and clothes 3-12 months.

 

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Mid-Week Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

The Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Considered both a theological and literary masterpiece, the book of Job is an honest discussion of why God allows good people to suffer. The test of Job's faith, allowed by God in response to a challenge from Satan, revealed God's loving sovereignty and the supremacy of divine wisdom over human wisdom. Believing that God is good despite the apparent evidence to the contrary, Job rested in faith alone. In the depths of agony he could still proclaim, "I know that my Redeemer lives...(Job 19:25). In the end God silenced all discussion with the truth that he alone is wise. Yet he vindicated Job's trust in him proving that genuine faith cannot be destroyed.

Sound interesting?

Join us as we study God's word together.

 

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Lifetouch

Join us as we CONNECT with our families to create a new Grace Pictorial Directory.

Plans are underway for a new updated photo directory. We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for a professional family portrait book.

Appointments for Portraits will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, 2:30-9:00 p.m. at the church building. An online scheduling link will be available soon at our web site.

Let's put names with faces as we connect our members and tell our story.

Each family will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a church directory for participating. Watch for more information about the opportunity to schedule your family portrait session.

 

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Classics Retreat at the ARC

September 14-16, 2012

For Ages 55+

Featured guests are:

Rev. Thomas V. Parrish who attended the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He has served several churches and currently serves as Sr. Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He is also a featured speaker on "Real Hope" KKMS Radio. He was President of the Great Commission Network from 1989-1995. He is also the founder & director of Stepping Into Eternity Publishing & Ministry. He has 2 published books and has developed and lead seminars in: Building Christ-like Character in Children; Getting others to ask you to tell them about Jesus; Leadership Development; Ministering to the Dying. He and his wife, Janet were married in 1972 and now reside in St. Paul, MN. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Pastor Roger and Rose David, are the Praise & Worship Leaders, they started making music together (figuratively) at a date to the 7th grade prom. In high school they sang together as a couple in a specialty chorus group. When Roger visited at Rose's house, he played guitar with her musical family?sitting by Rose, of course, and singing with her. After marriage, they began singing together publicly as a duet, then as half of a 4-member country & gospel group. There was a gradual movement to mostly gospel music. Later?and for a while?their three kids joined them as a family group (the kids now have their own families). Roger & Rose still sing occasionally to others, but usually find it more fulfilling when they can also sing with others, providing the music and song leading for traditional hymns, gospel songs and a few praise chorus songs.

 

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September AFLC Promotion

Youth Ministries


AFLC YOUTH MINISTRIES: TOOLS FOR EQUIPPING THE LOCAL CONGREGATION

Local Congregation
* Listing resources to help you lead your youth group
* Connecting congregations with youth workers
* Training youth workers
* Advising your youth outreach, discipleship, and ministry teams; also ministry to college students and families.

Districts
* District-wide coaching for new and established youth workers
* Partnering through planning and speaking
* Providing resources for rallies or retreats

National
* Extending events for the benefit of the local congregation's efforts (FLY Convention, FLY Boot Camp, Youth Workers Retreat, teaching at AFLBS / MTI on Youth Ministry)
* Networking for local/regional encouragement and support of youth workers

International
* Offering opportunities through Student Missions for global ministry exposure and impact
* Strategizing efforts to release maturing teen followers of Jesus into all corners of the world

AFLC Youth Ministries exists to encourage local congregations to WIN teens to Christ, to BUILD teen believers in God's truth and love, to EQUIP teen workers to share their faith, and to MULTIPLY maturing disciples in Jesus Christ.

 

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Fall Women's Bible Studies

LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF

by Beth Moore
meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
Begins September 10, 6:30 p.m.

Through this study we will come to appreciate the super natural aspects of the fruit of the spirit that we cannot grow, learn, nor produce our own! We'll be challenged to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in Living -Beyond ourselves! Join us in this journey.

DIVINE DESIGN

By: Nancy Leigh Demoss and Mary A Kassian
Women's Bible Study begins September 9, 9:00 a.m.

This True Woman Bible Study is a response to the many requests we have recieved for further biblical teaching and practical resources. It contains essential, foundational teaching on what the Bible says womanhood is all about.
This eight week study is divided into five lessons, each lesson takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Divine Design focus points:
* To explore God's timeless design for womanhood straight from God's Word.
* Practical applications to apply God's design to your season of life.
* Equip you to pass on the message of True Womanhood to the next generation.

PEARLS FOR A PRINCESS

by Faylin Myhre
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.
*meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the WMF gathering for Grace
We are the daughters of the King of Kings! We are called a princess! Let's explore the pearls of TRUTH concerning this together...in HIS WORD!

STRONG WOMEN, SOFT HEARTS

by Paula Rinehart
Thursdays 12 week study 9:00 am.
*meets at Sharon Borg's home
This study is combined with knitting for missions!
Life's disappointing realities may cause us to want to just survive in life and live it routinely, but God, through His WORD points us in a different direction. This book will be used as an encouragement to embrace a new passion for life not just survive it! Because God already knows your heart, your friends are His perfect gift to you.

Other Women's Ministry Opportunities

"Come for Tea" Saturday, September 8, 6:30 -8:00 p.m. with speaker Pam Olson.

Living Proof Live Simulcast: September 15, 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

Baby Shower: Friday, Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m. for Christie Friestad at Debbie Buck's home. Registry is at Target and Amazon.com. helpful gifts are diapers & clothes 3-12 months.

 

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Welcome Service and Picnic

sponsored by Grace Congregation

Sunday, September 16

Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Pastor Franz will have a time of prayer and thanks for all HCA staff and teachers and will welcome our Bible School and Seminary Students and families.

Picnic - 11:45 a.m. following the Worship Service in the back by the playground.

Join us for a time of fun and fellowship with HCA Teachers and staff and AFLBS/TS students and families. The council members will serve a delicious barbeque and we will set up FunJumps inflatables for the children.

Meet and greet the faithful staff at HCA and students of the AFLC Schools.

The church council will serve and provide the grilled meat, salad, buns, chips, pickles, plates, silverware, and water.

Please bring a large dessert to share.

See you there!

 

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Grace Music Opportunities

Welcome! You are invited.

Music Kick-Off Potluck

Saturday, September 22, 5:00 p.m.

Cindy Beck's home
425-2nd Ave NE
Osseo

We would love to have you be part of the music ministry at Grace Free Lutheran Church

Join the Praise Team, Choir, instrument and vocal ensembles and celebrate with us in the Christmas Celebration Choir.

Come find out more!

Please see Mr. Andrew Hanson with questions or if a ride is needed, or if you are interested in the music ministries at Grace, but cannot make it to the kick-off.

Grace Choir Rehearsals Begin October 3, 7:40 p.m.: The choir will sing during the worship services Sunday, October 21, November 18 and December 16-Christmas Celebration. All are welcome to join choir.

Angela D. Hanson invites you to The Mill City String Quartet's event:

Quartets Inspired by Hymns!

Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hans Nielson Hauge Memorial Chapel
3120 E. Medicine Lake Blvd Plymouth, MN 55441

All are welcome!

 

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

A regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and are considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

 

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Opportunities to Serve

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym into a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Children's Church Teachers: Sundays during the Worship Service. If you are available to teach children's church please contact Lisa Leland at 612-965-8071.

Fall Events

Staff and Council Members Gathering: Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served. RSVP to the church office.

HCA Scholarship Fundraiser: Monday, September 24, 4-7 p.m. at CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar, located right in Maple Grove off Elm Creek Blvd and Fountains Drive. Visit CherryBerry and they will donate 10% of each dollar they take in that day and it will go to our HCA Scholarship Fund. This is a great way to earn money and a great night out for families!

Revival Conference: Sept 23-27-AFLC Campus. Evening Speaker: Pastor D Richman.

Grace Softball Team: Games Tuesdays 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Maple Grove Junior High.

 

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There is always room for one more servant. The small area in the spotlight can get a bit crowded, but there is always room in the shadows for the person eager to serve.

 

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Come to the Church in the Grove

Christ loved the church and gave himself for it....

Because the Word of God says:"Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25)

Because the Word of God teaches: Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

Because the Word of God points to our need: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life" (1 John 1:1)

 

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Perspectives

God's Heart for the people of the World

Learn how to use your skills and passions to glorify God in all the earth - no matter your location or vocation. The Perspectives course will provide you with greater perspective to live your life with eternal significance and purpose.

Content:
In 15 lessons, you'll engage with 15 different speakers. Discussions and weekly readings will help you dig even deeper.

We will study the following four perspectives on the world Christian movement?

Biblical - Does the Old Testament talk about evangelism?
Historical - What about the book of Acts until the present?
Cultural - What do others really believe? Why?
Strategic - How can we reach the people around us?

Course Information:

Sundays, September 9 - December 16 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Association Free Lutheran Bible School Campus
3140 E. Medicine Lake Blvd., Plymouth, MN

Coordinator: Kevin Olson
kevino@aflc.org or call 763-412-2029
Cost: $235

For more information or to register for a class: W W W . P E R S P E C T I V E S . O R G

 

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Faith

Faith is the eye by which we look to Jesus. A dim-sighted eye is still an eye: a weeping eye is still an eye. Faith is the hand with which we lay hold of Jesus. A trembling hand is still a hand. Faith is the tongue by which we taste how good the Lord is. A feverish tongue is nevertheless a tongue. Faith is the foot by which we come to Jesus. A lame foot is still a foot. He who comes slowly nevertheless comes. - George Mueller

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter August 2012

August 2012

Passing the Torch

The Olympic flame arrived in the United Kingdom on May 18 and began its 70-day journey at Land's End on the morning of May 19. The Olympic torch bearers diligently ran through country roads and every region of the UK on its 8,000 mile journey, it stopped off at landmarks including Durdle Door, Dorset, and Blackpool Tower before entering the Olympic Park in London for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27. A number of these torch bearers were former Olympic athletes who have experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from their own past journey to the Olympics. 
The congregation at Grace has experienced a variety of changes in leadership and location in its nearly 49 years of ministry. We have been blessed over these past years with a number of godly people who have been faithful to the Lord by sharing their testimony, teaching Sunday school, preaching the Word and praying with and for us. Some of these saints are now with the Lord. We will always remember their faithful walk with the Lord their God and the example of the Christian life they lived.

Recently a young man told of a conversation he had following the Worship Service with a former Pastor at Grace. The elderly Pastor greeted him and looked at him directly in the eye and asked, "How is your relationship with the Lord today?" The young man's heart was heavy and the two men sat down and talked and prayed. This conversation was a turning point for this man's life and he dedicated his life to the Lord's work as a Pastor and teacher.

We are a blessed generation with access to many teaching opportunities, seminars, Sunday School classes, Wednesday night programs and Bible Studies. We have awesome opportunities to learn and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Word of God. We have been given much.much is now required.

The torch (the word of God and our testimony) is now in our hands. Will we be faithful and pass it on to our family, church members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors?

"Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).

Let us be found faithful in the journey ahead and pass the torch to the next generation.

MJ Dyrud

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EACH ONE OF US CARRIES THE KEY THAT CAN OPEN THE DOOR OF SALVATION FOR OTHERS.

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Youth Group Mission Trip

The Grace Youth Group left on Monday, July 23 to travel down to Springfield, Missouri where they planned to serve the home mission church Immanuel Lutheran. The youth were excited to be together and get to know each other better on the trip. When they arrived at Immanuel they were met by Pastor Rich, his wife Kay, and seminarian George Winston and his family. The Winston girls, Kim and Kirsten, joined them for the week and will be joining us in our youth group this fall when they get back to Minnesota. It was great to have more girls in youth group!

The work started on Tuesday morning. The guys and girls were split up to do a variety of different tasks. The guys were put to work outside doing some yard work for the church. and some landscaping by the church sign, brush removal, lawn mowing, clearing out an overgrown garden, and removing garbage from the property. The girls were busy inside painting the fellowship hall. They weren't limited to the church but also did some serving off of the property. The girls went to a elderly member's house to wash windows ("warsh windas"), cleared out a flower bed, and picked up sticks. The guys went to a man's house to pick up sticks as he wasn't able to, they also went canvassing for the Sunday service. On Thursday all went to the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield and were able to get to know and play with some kids for the day. This was a highlight for the group! On Friday they went to experience a little bit of Springfield culture at Silver Dollar City in Branson. Sunday morning they led a praise and worship time, did special music, read Scripture, shared testimonies, and helped out with the offering. They were served a delicious ham dinner to thank them for the work they did that week and one last chance to get to know the congregation before they headed home to Minnesota.

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Sunday School Opening Day at Grace

Sunday, September 9,

9:00 a.m.

Grace has classes for all ages. 
(adults, children and youth)

All are welcome to Grace Free Lutheran Church as we rally together for our opening session of Sunday School. Join us for a special time of singing, sharing of scripture, and introduction of our teachers.

There will be a brief time for the students to meet their teachers and get acquainted with their class. Following the opening program refreshments will be served in the lower level outside the sanctuary.

Please pray for our Sunday School Classes as they study the truth about God and a true faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray the Holy Spirit will lead each one to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and that they would always want to live for Him.

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That the World May Know

By Ray Vander Laan

Adult Bible Study - Sunday mornings 
Beginning September 9th

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord alone!"(Deut. 6:4).

Over 3,800 years ago, God spoke to Abraham: "Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you" (Gen. 13:17). From the outset, God's choice of a Hebrew nomad was linked to the selection of a specific land where God's redemptive work would take place. For us to better understand God's plan and purpose for his people, we must first understand the nature of the place he selected for them.

God's people settled in the land and developed customs and tradition and culture. And so when God's Word became human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus lived like a Jew, talked like a Jew, and worshipped like a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. Thus, Jesus' words, actions and teaching methods, for example, were in keeping with the customs, traditions and religions of the Semitic culture into which he was born.

One way for us to know Jesus?and thus God the Father and the Holy Spirit?more intimately, is to carefully assess our 21st-century culture and Western attitudes in relation to and in light of the 1st-century world of Jesus. Immersing ourselves in the culture of Scripture and Jesus of Nazareth often brings additional insights to our understanding of the text. It is helpful to learn to "think Hebrew" in the way that the original writers of the Text thought.

What does it mean to Think Hebrew?

May your experience with the Jewish biblical culture capture your head, heart, hands and feet in total commitment to God. May the cultural message of the Text encourage and equip you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.

JOIN US - Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Room 121.

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Mid-Week Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

The Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Considered both a theological and literary masterpiece, the book of Job is an honest discussion of why God allows good people to suffer. The test of Job's faith, allowed by God in response to a challenge from Satan, revealed God's loving sovereignty and the supremacy of divine wisdom over human wisdom. Believing that God is good despite the apparent evidence to the contrary, Job rested in faith alone. In the depths of agony he could still proclaim, "I know that my Redeemer lives...(Job 19:25). In the end God silenced all discussion with the truth that he alone is wise. Yet he vindicated Job's trust in him proving that genuine faith cannot be destroyed.

Sound interesting?

Join us as we study God's word together.

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Lifetouch

Join us as we CONNECT with our families to create a new Grace Pictorial Directory.

Plans are underway for a new updated photo directory. We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for a professional family portrait book.

Let's put names with faces and we connect our members and tell our story.

Each family will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a church directory for participating. Watch for more information about the opportunity to schedule your portrait session.

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Classics Retreat at the ARC

September 14-16, 2012

For Ages 55+

Featured guests are:

Rev. Thomas V. Parrish who attended the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He has served several churches and currently serves as Sr. Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He is also a featured speaker on "Real Hope" KKMS Radio. He was President of the Great Commission Network from 1989-1995. He is also the founder & director of Stepping Into Eternity Publishing & Ministry. He has 2 published books and has developed and lead seminars in: Building Christ-like Character in Children; Getting others to ask you to tell them about Jesus; Leadership Development; Ministering to the Dying. He and his wife, Janet were married in 1972 and now reside in St. Paul, MN. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Pastor Roger and Rose David, are the Praise & Worship Leaders, they started making music together (figuratively) at a date to the 7th grade prom. In high school they sang together as a couple in a specialty chorus group. When Roger visited at Rose's house, he played guitar with her musical family?sitting by Rose, of course, and singing with her. After marriage, they began singing together publicly as a duet, then as half of a 4-member country & gospel group. There was a gradual movement to mostly gospel music. Later?and for a while?their three kids joined them as a family group (the kids now have their own families). Roger & Rose still sing occasionally to others, but usually find it more fulfilling when they can also sing with others, providing the music and song leading for traditional hymns, gospel songs and a few praise chorus songs.

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August AFLC Promotion

ARC

Our History 
The ARC is owned and operated by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). The Association Retreat Center (ARC) operated as a United States Air Force Radar Base and was purchased by the AFLC in 1979. They have operated as a Christian retreat center and Bible Camp since that time. The ARC is utilized by scholastic groups, as well as a variety of Christian youth and adult groups.

Mission Statement 
The ARC seeks to glorify God by partnering with the local congregation to lift up, change and strengthen individuals by presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ, winning people to Christ, and building individual faith to further equip them for their ministry.

The ARC also seeks to provide a positive, safe, enriching environment for leadership building, project completion and fellowship where guests can develop character and positive life skills.

Vision 
The ARC is a holy sanctuary; A place of refuge for restoration, energizing and equipping individuals to serve God. A place where people can play, study and grow spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. All tended to by competent, responsive, loving, God honoring staff.

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Summer Women's Bible Study

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break - 
By: Kelly Minter

  • Bible study for women by Kelly Minter who looks at the prophet Nehemiah.

  • Thursdays, August 16 and 23, 9:00 a.m. - GFLC Room 209 - upper level conference room. (Childcare provided.)

Nehemiah's heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Like Kelly's other studies in the Living Room Series, you'll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes 7 video sessions and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

Author: Kelly Minter is an author, speaker, songwriter, and singer. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. So whether it's through a song, study, or spoken word, Kelly's desire is to authentically express Christ to the women of this generation. In a culture where so many are hurting and broken, she loves to share about the healing and strength of Christ through the Bible's truth. Kelly writes extensively and speaks and leads worship at women's conferences, retreats, and events.

Women's Fall Study

Divine Design

By: Nancy Leigh Demoss and Mary A Kassian 
Women's Bible Study begins September 9, 9:00 a.m.

This True Woman Bible Study is a response to the many requests we have recieved for further biblical teaching and practical resources. It contains essential, foundational teaching on what the Bible says womanhood is all about. 
This eight week study is divided into five lessons, each lesson takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Divine Design focus points: 
* To explore God's timeless design for womanhood straight from God's Word. 
* Practical applications to apply God's design to your season of life. 
* Equip you to pass on the message of True Womanhood to the next generation.

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Confirmation Class

Youth who are in 7th and 8th grade are invited to begin Confirmation Class.

The first class of confirmation will be Sunday, September 9, 9:00 a.m. On that day the students will be given an outline of the material to be covered for the year. Confirmation Classes will be held during the Sunday school hour.

The Junior Confirmation Book by Jacob Tanner will be used for our class instruction. In this course we will look at the Biblical account of God's dealings with man and a review of the Catechism.

Confirmation Students will be responsible for lesson material and are required to take sermon notes during the Worship Services. Parents are encouraged to assist their child as needed with their required assignments.

If you do not have family devotions, begin now. You cannot have a truly Christian home without God's Word and prayer. A Christian home is a part of the children's preparation for confirming their faith in Jesus Christ and standing firm in the faith as they journey through life.

Remember to pray for our class as they study the truth of our God and Father in Jesus Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit will lead them to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and that they would always want to live for Him. May this time of confirmation be used to the glory of His name and the coming of His kingdom.

Thank you for your love and support of our Confirmation Class instruction. God bless each one of you. Let us all be found faithful to the Lord and in our worship of Him in the weeks and months ahead.

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GFLC/HCA Welcome Service and Picnic

sponsored by Grace Congregation

Sunday, September 16

Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Pastor Franz will have a time of prayer and thanks for all HCA staff and teachers during the morning worship.

Picnic - 11:45 a.m. following the Worship Service in the back by the playground.

Join us for a time of fun and fellowship with HCA Teachers and staff. The council members will serve a delicious barbeque and we will set up FunJumps inflatables for the children.

Meet and greet the faithful staff at HCA.

The church council will serve and provide the grilled meat, salad, buns, chips, pickles, plates, silverware, and water.

Please bring a large dessert to share.

See you there!

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Scholarship Fundraiser

Applebee's

DINING TO DONATE

Thursday, August 16, 11:00 a.m - 11:00 p.m.

Grace Scholarship Fund needs your support so come and dine and Applebee's in Maple Grove will donate 15% of your check total to the Scholarship Fund.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

A regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and are considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Opportunities to Serve

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym into a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

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Anything that makes you pray, is a blessing.

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The LOVE of CHRIST

Who shall separate us from THE LOVE OF CHRIST?"

Shall TRIBULATION (When we lose someone we dearly love to death.), or DISTRESS (When momentary problems compound into one day), PERSECUTION (When we are overlooked for a promotion at work because of our faith), or FAMINE (When all the bills are paid, and there's nothing left over), or NAKEDNESS (When a person fails us by not keeping a promise), PERIL, (When we have five minutes to get somewhere and traffic is at a dead stop), or SWORD (When our bodies fail us and our energy is gone). Can these separate us from THE LOVE OF CHRIST? NO....."For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"(Romans 8:38-39).

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Perspectives

God's Heart for the people of the World

Learn how to use your skills and passions to glorify God in all the earth - no matter your location or vocation. The Perspectives course will provide you with greater perspective to live your life with eternal significance and purpose.

Content: 
In 15 lessons, you'll engage with 15 different speakers. Discussions and weekly readings will help you dig even deeper.

We will study the following four perspectives on the world Christian movement?

Biblical - Does the Old Testament talk about evangelism? 
Historical - What about the book of Acts until the present? 
Cultural - What do others really believe? Why? 
Strategic - How can we reach the people around us?

Course Information:

Sundays, September 9th - December 16th 
5:30 to 8:30 pm 
Association Free Lutheran Bible School Campus 
3140 E. Medicine Lake Blvd., Plymouth, MN

Coordinator: Kevin Olson 
kevino@aflc.org or call 763-412-2029 
Cost: $235

For more information or to register for a class, visit W W W . P E R S P E C T I V E S . O R G

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Ten Ways to Build a Relationship

  1. LISTEN without interruption. (Proverbs 18)
  2. SPEAK without accusing. (James 1:19)
  3. GIVE without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
  4. PRAY without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
  5. ANSWER without arguing. (Proverbs 17:10
  6. SHARE without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
  7. ENJOY without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
  8. TRUST without wavering. (I Corinthians 13:7)
  9. FORGIVE without punishing. (Colossians 3:13).
  10. PROMISE without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
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How could we pray for you? How can we "Praise God" with you this week?

Learn more about Grace by visiting our web site: www.gracefreelutheran.org.

"Words of Grace" are words that both come from Grace, your church, and words that give grace to you or encourage you as you walk with the Lord. In these regular emails you will find a variety of things that we hope will be helpful to you.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter July 2012

Pastor Peter Franz

July 2012

Don't Cool Off This Summer!

Summer is a time when the temperature can get pretty high in the Twin Cities. When you couple that with high humidity it can be pretty uncomfortable. Sometimes it can even be dangerous.

But when summer comes around some people really cool off spiritually. Some of the normal routines change with vacations and a different schedule at church. And as a result their commitment to spiritual things begins to diminish.

In Romans 12:11 the apostle Paul admonishes us to remain spiritually fervent. He says that we should not be "lagging behind in diligence" but be "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,"

The word fervent means to be hot. It was used to describe the boiling of a liquid or the glowing of a metal when heated. And it pictures what ought to be normal Christian living.

Are you cooling off this summer? It's OK to get out of the heat and into the air conditioning. But don't cool off spiritually. Be "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."

Pastor Peter Franz

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VBS 2012

Amazing Desert Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

VBS....a Success

Approximately 94 children attended each day on our "AMAZING DESERT JOURNEY." It was a wonderful week.

Daily truths we learned.... 
Day 1: God promises to save us from sin. 
Day 2: God provides all we need. 
Day 3: God gives us strength to resist temptation. 
Day 4: God's Son rescues us. 
Day 5: God's Son leads us home to heaven.

Thank you to our wonderul staff and teachers and the amazing Joshua Team!!

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS CONTINUE AT GRACE

Kids of the Kingdom - Summer Children's Program (5 years ? 6th grade) & Youth Group (7th-12th graders) Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m. Join us for Bible Stories, Pizza Supper, Recreation, Activities and More...

Sunday School, Children's Church, Kid's Club, and Rubies will start up in September. Check out our web site: www.gracefreelutheran.org. for more details. The Teen Girls program will continue to meet during the summer.

God Bless and Have a Great Summer,

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Congratulations and Welcome!

Jacob Albin Holmquist

Jacob was born Saturday, June 16, 2012. His birth weight: 7lb 8 oz. Congratulations to the Holmquist family: Nathan, Laura, Alaina and Elise.

Praise God, From Whom all Blessings Flow!

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Many Thanks

To Pastor Peter Franz and the Congregation at Grace Free Lutheran Church,

I write you this note today thanking you for your love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Our time spent with you is filled with fond memories and gratitude for your unselfish care that you have provided Andrew, Hannah, Christine, and me. Your love and willingness to stand the gap alongside us is a wonderful testimony pointing tp the love of Jesus Christ that lives within you all. Not only does Jesus love live in you, it pours out of you in your actions and lives. Your blessings fill our hearts with joy as we recall your financial and housing provisions. The truth is that people do not open their hearts like you are opened unless Jesus stands at the center of your lives. 
The truth that Jesus does manifest himself through you is a testimony to the pastoral care and shepherding that you receive through your Pastor, Peter Franz. You are blessed to be led by such a man. Thank you Pastor Franz for your compassionate care.

I solicit your constant prayer support as we live to serve the congregation at Abiding Word located in Deshler, NE. I offer to you an open invitation to visit and worship with us anytime that you may find yourself in the land of the "Cornhuskers." It will be my pleasure to serve you as you may find yourself in our new state.

My prayer for you all is this that Jesus continues to work in you His sanctifying grace, that you as you are strengthened will always be looking forward to His soon return, that your lamps will be filled with the oil of God's Word as He prepares your heart for living with Him eternally. I pray that the grace of God will allow you the pleasure of the peace that you may only find in the presence of our King. God's blessings my friends as we are separated by distance but remain connected by the love of our Savior. Trust is the truth of the gospel and be moved by the presence of the Holy Spirit as He dwells in your hearts.

"The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22-23).

Thank you for being the manifestation of God's loving kindness. You are all very special to my family and me.

With the love of Jesus Christ we remain respectfully bound to you.

The George Lautner Family

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Mid-Week Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

The Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Considered both a theological and literary masterpiece, the book of Job is an honest discussion of why God allows good people to suffer. The test of Job's faith, allowed by God in response to a challenge from Satan, revealed God's loving sovereignty and the supremacy of divine wisdom over human wisdom. Believing that God is good despite the apparent evidence to the contrary, Job rested in faith alone. In the depths of agony he could still proclaim, "I know that my Redeemer lives...(Job 19:25). In the end God silenced all discussion with the truth that he alone is wise. Yet he vindicated Job's trust in him proving that genuine faith cannot be destroyed.

Sound interesting?

Join us as we study God's word together.

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Mission Focus for the Month

AFLC Uganda Missions

Dear friends,

We made it!

Thank you for your prayers during our intense week of packing up and traveling. Everything went very well. We were able to pick up the boys' passports at the Immigration Department on our way to the airport. The paperwork needed was literally being stamped when Nate walked in the office. We are so thankful. The kids traveled very well, and we had a lot of help along the way. There were so many gracious people that stopped to give a hand when we needed it. We almost felt like a reality show as we traipsed through airports and got settled on our flights. It seems that not many people travel with 5 little kids!

These past weeks have been refreshing and encouraging to all of us. It has been wonderful to reconnect with family and friends, and to just be still a bit. The kids have transitioned easily. We hear "I love America!" frequently. They are loving all of the time spent with their cousins and grandparents, as well as the many perks of life here (i.e. mac & cheese in abundance, driving fast, non-malaria-inflicting mosquitoes, riding bikes, playing at parks). Amidst all of the fun of living here, we are being intentional about reminding them of where they have come from. We don't want to forget those we have left for this season.

In June we attended the AFLC Annual Conference in Thief River Falls. We walked away with deep gratitude and joy in our hearts. It is incredible to be surrounded, supported, loved and prayed for by such an amazing group of people. To hear many of you say, "Our family prays for your family every night," surprised and humbled us. Thank you. Those words cannot begin to communicate how deeply grateful we are. God has sustained us and will continue to sustain us with the help of your prayers. We need you. You truly hold us up.

We are so grateful for you, intercessors.

Because of His grace, 
Nate and Rhoda Jore

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Family Camp at the ARC

July 29-August 4, 2012

Morning Bible Study Leader 
Pastor Micah Hjermstad, Instructor: 
"Here Am I: Answering God's Call in the Old Testament." Micah is originally from South Dakota. He graduated from AFLBS in 2002 and from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2006. In the spring of 2010, he graduated from our AFLC Seminary and accepted a call to Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, where he is currently serving. This will be his third year attending Family Camp, and he's looking forward to another wonderful week of time spent in God's Word with Christian brothers and sisters.

Praise & Worship Leader Stephen Hooper will be leading the Praise & Worship for the youth as well as working with small student groups. Stephen is a student at Northern Michigan University, working on a Biology Education Degree. He leads the middle school youth group at Hope Free Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, Michigan. He loves playing guitar and writing music. His favorite animal is the duck-billed platypus.

Youth Program Leader 
Pastor Joe Faldet will be our leader for the youth program for ages 13-19. Joe was born and raised on a farm 8 miles north of McIntosh, MN. He graduated from Win-E-Mac High school in 2001. He attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School for 2 years & graduated with a certificate in Bible. Joe attended North Hennepin Community College for one year where he became connected with Campus Crusade for Christ where he was a Bible Study leader. He continued volunteering with Campus Crusade at NHCC, leading Bible studies and training students to spread the Gospel. In 2005 he graduated from Northwestern College with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Free Lutheran Seminary in Plymouth, MN and graduated with a Masters in Divinity. While attending seminary, Joe met his wife Kirsten. They were married October 18th 2008, while he was interning at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Pastor Faldet currently serves Hosanna Free Lutheran Church of St. James, Minnesota.

VBS Program 
The AFLBS Summer Team ?Foundation' will lead the VBS program. Team members are: Naomi Olson, Emily Kregel, Andrew Strand and David Niemela.

Silent Auction 
We invite you to bring an item or 2 for this event. We are looking for new, antique or handcrafted items. Please bring the item(s) with you to camp. At the auction you'll find a variety of ?treasures' to bid on.

Evening Praise & Worship 
JEREMY DAY will lead the evening Praise & Worship team from Solid Rock. He lives in Champlin, MN, with his wife, Julie (Haug) Day and their four boys: Austin (11); Alex (10); Adam (8); and Parker (4). He is a District Sales Manager for Grainger, where he has been working for the past 14 years. Jeremy is involved in various activities and ministries, including leading worship at his home church, Solid Rock Free Lutheran in Anoka, MN.

TABITHA & BETHANY buildings now have a full or queen bed as well as 2 sets of bunk beds in each room. The handicap rooms (3A & 4C) remain the same with 2 sets of bunks and 1 single bed.

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Youth Mission Trip

Summer 2012

This summer our youth have exciting opportunities to minister to others and grow in their walk with the Lord. It is a blessing to offer a variety of opportunities for our youth to attend camps, retreats and mission trips.

Currently our youth group is planning to go to Springfield, Missouri, July 23-30, to do outreach and special projects for the church and community in Missouri.

Our youth leaders Jon and Hannah Langness and Joel and Chris Rasmussen are working with Pastor Rich Ramsbacher, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, to put together a trip that will be meaningful and that would encourage our youth to grow and be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus.

Pray for our youth that this summer's Mission Trip to Springfield, Missouri would draw them toward Jesus, and each one individually would discover a deeper and greater purpose for their life, and they would grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Pray that we in the body of Christ will love and encourage our youth and support them, with opportunities to help them grow into the person God intends them to be.

Youth Group Mission Trip Itinerary - July 23-29, 2012

? Monday, July 23 - Leave Heritage AM (TBD)

? Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Work and Ministry Days.

? Thursday - Fun Day - Silver Dollar City.

? Sunday - Depart Early Afternoon for MN.

Prayer Requests

? Safety 
? We would be a blessing to Pastor Rich and the

Springfield Congregation. 
? We would individually grow in our walk with the

Lord. 
? We would grow closer as a youth group.

Parent and Student Mission Trip Meeting - Sunday, July 15 after the service.

The Association Retreat Center has additional summer youth and family gatherings in 2012.

  • FLY Beyond Youth Camp - July 16-20.
  • Family Camp - July 29-August 4.

Information can be found at www.arc-aflc.org.

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July AFLC Promotion

Home Missions

Our Mission Statement 
Out of a desire to honor Scripture, we seek to equip laity and pastors for Kingdom work and establish free and living congregations.

What is Home Missions? 
AFLC Home Missions is the church planting movement of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations within the United States. It is built upon the Word God transforming the lives of ordinary men and women, children, teenagers, young families, and retirees. AFLC Home Missions, like World Missions, is intent on making Disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ. Home Missions' unique focus, however, is on establishing brand new congregations within the 50 United States.

Home Missions is active in the training and equipping of pastors and laity for new ministry works, providing direction, counsel, training, support personnel, and most importantly-prayer covering. We find our example in the Apostle Paul's New Testament church planting model.

The Challenge 
We face a mind boggling challenge?we could put a pastor and his team into just about any community in the United States and find people who need Jesus... if we had the men and the resources. "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest" (John 4:35).


Summer Women's Bible Study

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break - 
By:Kelly Minter

  • 7-session Bible study for women by Kelly Minter looks at the prophet Nehemiah.

  • Begins: Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. - GFLC Room 132 - lower level lounge. (Childcare provided.)

Nehemiah's heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Like Kelly's other studies in the Living Room Series, you'll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes 7 video sessions and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

Author: Kelly Minter is an author, speaker, songwriter, and singer. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. So whether it's through a song, study, or spoken word, Kelly's desire is to authentically express Christ to the women of this generation. In a culture where so many are hurting and broken, she loves to share about the healing and strength of Christ through the Bible's truth. Kelly writes extensively and speaks and leads worship at women's conferences, retreats, and events.

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FLY Beyond Camp

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

Why FLY Beyond? It has been called Leadership Conference and FLY Boot Camp, but the core has always been training. FLY is our national youth gathering. This national conference moves teens forward in a mature faith!

FLY Beyond will train you in looking at life in a way which impacts you by:

  • A Christ-centered, Biblical Worldview

  • An Approach to Personal Evangelism

  • A Set of Skills for Maturity in Christ

Dates: July 16-20, 2012

  • Cost: Teens?$260 (Current 7-12 graders)
  • Adults?$220
  • Children?$140 (11 & under with parent/guardian)
  • Leaders?$0 Deposit: $50
  • Location: Association Retreat Center, Osceola, WI

Late registration fee is $50 for Teens and Adults.

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Grace Summer Picnic

Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m. 
At Grace by the playground.

Pastor Nate Jore will be sharing on the ministry in Uganda.

Please bring a main dish to share and a dessert.

Plates, silverware, and water will be provided.

Plan to play.soccer, softball, Frisbee, 
basketball, playground, etc.

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2012 AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

"This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:23-24).

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, hosted the celebration the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations in June 2012. 
Under the theme: "Jubliee." Several individuals in their 90's who attended the 1st conference in 1962 were present for the 50th celebration.

The AFLC accepted seven new congregations, including its first predominantly African-American church - from Louisiana. Also, President Elden Nelson announced he would not seek another term at the next year's conference that will be held ARC in Wisconsin. The result of the Vice President election was decided on the 10th ballot, with Pastor Peter Franz being elected as the Vice President of the AFLC.

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Scholarships for Christian Education

Dear Grace Church Members,

The congregation at Grace Free Lutheran Church is very blessed to have members from our own fellowship attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School. We praise God for the Christian Education that our students receive at HCA and AFLBS.

As you pray about your plans for your child/ren's education we want you to be aware that there is scholarship money available for Grace Free Lutheran Church members attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School.

Scholarship forms are available in the church office for the 2012/2013 school year.

May God bless you and give you much wisdom as you plan for your child's education.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

A regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and are considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Opportunities to Serve

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym into a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

A Sunday School Superintendent needed for 2012/2013 school year: Please contact Alicia Bohm if you are interested the Sunday School Superintendent position.

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The Faithfulness of God

Behold the faithfulness of God 
Who cares when tiny sparrows fall, 
Who knows His children's every need, 
And hearkens to us when we call.

Behold God's never-failing love 
To those the apple of His eye. 
In wisdom he will grant what's best, 
And no good thing will He deny.

Behold the faithfulness of God. 
Trust in His love. Rest in His calm. 
God will for us provide a way... 
He holds our world within His palm.

B. Anderson

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The Prayer That Is Always Answered

Also known as "The Sinner's Prayer"

Heavenly Faither, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in You and believe that Your Word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the Cross so that I may recieve forgiveness for my sins.

I believe that You, Lord God, raised Your Son from the dead to pay the price for my sins and know that I cannot save myself. I place my trust in His work of grace for me. I ask You now to forgive my sins and adopt me as Your child.

Thank you for the gift of eternal life and for sending Your Spirit to indwell me now. I pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Summer Institute of Theology

August 6-10 - AFLC Campus

The Summer Institute of Theology is an extension of the regular seminary program. It is conducted each summer during the first full week of August. The institute provides an opportunity for continuing education for pastors and lay-people under the guidance of the regular faculty as well as guest lecturers who are recognized as leaders in specialized areas of theological study. It also serves "licensed pastors" in the AFLC who are required to successfully complete eight credits annually in order to maintain their clergy license.

A full range of theological courses in the Old and New Testaments, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Pastoral Work are offered in a twelve year cycle. Participants registering for credit at the institute are given research projects which are due on November 1 of the same year. A certificate of Pastoral Studies (C.P.S.) is awarded to those who successfully complete 96 credit hours. Credits earned in the Institute are not transferable into the regular seminary program due to the altered expectations in course fulfillment as well as the compacted structure of the courses.

Courses Offered 2012

  • Studies in Thessalonians - Pastor Jerry Moan
  • Studies in Genesis - Pastor Peter Franz
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics - Dr. Francis Monseth
  • Ministry to Youth - Pastor Jason Holt
  • History and Aims of the AFLC - Pastor Robert Lee

HISTORY & AIMS OF THE AFLC - 
This is a study of the historical background of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations with its roots in evangelical Lutheran pietism and the former Lutheran Free Church in America. Special emphasis is given to the Fundamental Principles of the AFLC with their emphasis on the nature, structure, and mission of the New Testament congregation in application today. Among the primary Biblical aspects of that mission is working and praying for "free and l iving" congregations. R. Lee, Instructor 7-8:45 p.m.

More information can be found at: aflc.org

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America

God built Him a continent of glory and filled it with treasures untold; 
He studded it with sweet-flowing fountains and traced it with long winding streams; 
He carpeted it with soft rolling prairies and columned it with thundering mountains; 
He graced it with deep shadowed forests and filled them with song. 
Then He called unto a thousand peoples and summoned the bravest among them. 
They came from the ends of the earth, each bearing a gift and a hope. 
The glow of adventure was in their eyes, and in their hearts the glory of hope. 
And out of the bounty of the earth and the labor of men, 
Out of the longing of hearts and the prayer of souls, 
Out of the memory of ages and hopes of the world, 
God fashioned a nation in love, 
blessed it with purpose sublime, 
and called it AMERICA.

The Constitution of the United States is the result of the colllected wisdom of our country. Thomas Jefferson

It does not require a lawyer to interpret the provisions of the Bill of Rights. They are as clear as the Ten Commandments. Herbert Hoover

The Bill of Rights, contained in the first amendments to the Constitution, is every American's guarantee of freedom. Harry S. Truman

We here highly resolve that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish form the earth. Abraham Lincoln

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

June 2012

Step Up to the Plate

A survey by the International Bible Society indicates that 83% of all Christians make their commitment to Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14. That ought to tell us the importance of ministry to children and why it is vital that we have vibrant, Bible-based opportunities for children.

One of those ministries to children is Vacation Bible School. Our VBS here at Grace is just around the corner. Will you pray that the Lord will do a great work in the hearts of our children? Will you be involved in some way? There are still some open slots to fill. Why not step up the plate and let God use you to reach children for Him?

Pastor Peter Franz

Amazing Desert Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

June 18-22, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Students entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade at Grace Free Lutheran Church

This summer, your kids will sing, pray, and play as they learn how Jesus walks with them and leads them on a journey to their eternal home in heaven. A REAL theme right out of the Bible allows kids to connect our real Jesus with real life. Lessons focus on spending time connecting with VBS children and sharing Jesus' love.

Faith, Fun, and Fellowship for all presents Jesus to VBS kids every day in every way.

Join us for VBS with a purpose!

Register your child/ren today!

Volunteers are needed to assist the Bible school team members in the craft and snack rooms and to help with set up Friday, June 15, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Decorations Needed: Indian/Moroccan themed pillows, blankets, rugs, lanterns, brown jugs, jars, fake fruit and seeds, and candle holders. Also palm trees, palms (real or fake), baskets, sheets or long pieces of cloth that are tan or green or brown and canopy styled tents.

Meals for the Bible School Team: Call the church office or sign up on the back table if you would like to have the team over to your house for a meal or if you would like to give a gift card or money toward meals for the week.

All are welcome!


Meet the Joshua Team

The 2012 Joshua team members are: Michael Johnson (Cloquet, Minnesota), Jared Nash (Wahpeton, North Dakota), Ruth Peterson (Thief river Falls, Minnesota) and Annette Kyllo (Byron, Minnesota)

Our AFLBS students are excited to serve with Grace this summer at our Vacation Bible School.

For 38 years, AFLBS has sent out summer ministry teams to reach people for Jesus Christ. Starting with one team in 1973, summer teams have made countless visits to our 280 AFLC churches. Teams have served as counselors at Bible camps and FLY Conventions, given concerts, shared music and testimonies, participated in door-to-door and personal evangelism, and assisted churches with Vacation Bible School programs. Over the years, our students have led many youth and children to the Lord and have influenced many students to attend Bible School.

Currently, AFLBS along with AFLC HOME MISSIONS, sends several teams to carry out the ministry of encouraging congregations, reaching young people for the Lord, and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

All are welcome to stop by during the VBS week and introduce yourself to the team. The team will also be present at the Worship Service on Sunday, June 17th.


Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

The Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face." And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." ... (Job 1:1-22)

This is just the 1st chapter.....

Sound interesting? Join us as we study God's word together.


AFLC Promotion for June - Home Missions

Mission Statement

Out of a desire to honor Scripture, we seek to equip laity and pastors for Kingdom work and establish free and living congregations.

What is Home Missions?

AFLC Home Missions is the church planting movement of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations within the United States. It is built upon the Word God transforming the lives of ordinary men and women, children, teenagers, young families, and retirees. AFLC Home Missions, like World Missions, is intent on making Disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ. Home Missions' unique focus, however, is on establishing brand new congregations within the 50 United States.

Home Missions is active in the training and equipping of pastors and laity for new ministry works, providing direction, counsel, training, support personnel, and most importantly-prayer covering. We find our example in the Apostle Paul's New Testament church planting model.

The Challenge

We face a mind boggling challenge?we could put a pastor and his team into just about any community in the United States and find people who need Jesus... if we had the men and the resources. "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." John 4:35

Family Camp at the ARC

July 29-August 4, 2012

Morning Bible Study Leader
Pastor Micah Hjermstad, Instructor:
"Here Am I: Answering God's Call in the Old Testament." Micah is originally from South Dakota. He graduated from AFLBS in 2002 and from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2006. In the spring of 2010, he graduated from our AFLC Seminary and accepted a call to Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, where he is currently serving. This will be his third year attending Family Camp, and he's looking forward to another wonderful week of time spent in God's Word with Christian brothers and sisters.

Praise & Worship Leader
Stephen Hooper will be leading the Praise & Worship for the youth as well as working with small student groups. Stephen is a student at Northern Michigan University, working on a Biology Education Degree. He leads the middle school youth group at Hope Free Lutheran Church in Ishpeming, Michigan. He loves playing guitar and writing music. His favorite animal is the duck-billed platypus.

Youth Program Leader

Pastor Joe Faldet will be our leader for the youth program for ages 13-19. Joe was born and raised on a farm 8 miles north of McIntosh, MN. He graduated from Win-E-Mac High school in 2001. He attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School for 2 years & graduated with a certificate in Bible. Joe attended North Hennepin Community College for one year where he became connected with Campus Crusade for Christ where he was a Bible Study leader. He continued volunteering with Campus Crusade at NHCC, leading Bible studies and training students to spread the Gospel. In 2005 he graduated from Northwestern College with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Free Lutheran Seminary in Plymouth, MN and graduated with a Masters in Divinity. While attending seminary, Joe met his wife Kirsten. They were married October 18th 2008, while he was interning at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Pastor Faldet currently serves Hosanna Free Lutheran Church of St. James, Minnesota.

VBS Program
The AFLBS Summer Team ?Foundation' will lead the VBS program. Team members are: Naomi Olson, Emily Kregel, Andrew Strand and David Niemela.

Silent Auction
We invite you to bring an item or 2 for this event. We are looking for new, antique or handcrafted items. Please bring the item(s) with you to camp. At the auction you'll find a variety of ?treasures' to bid on.

Evening Praise & Worship
JEREMY DAY will lead the evening Praise & Worship team from Solid Rock. He lives in Champlin, MN, with his wife, Julie (Haug) Day and their four boys: Austin (11); Alex (10); Adam (8); and Parker (4). He is a District Sales Manager for Grainger, where he has been working for the past 14 years. Jeremy is involved in various activities and ministries, including leading worship at his home church, Solid Rock Free Lutheran in Anoka, MN.

TABITHA & BETHANY buildings now have a full or queen bed as well as 2 sets of bunk beds in each room. The handicap rooms (3A & 4C) remain the same with 2 sets of bunks and 1 single bed.

Youth Mission Trip

Summer 2012

This summer our youth have exciting opportunities to minister to others and grow in their walk with the Lord. It is a blessing to offer a variety of opportunities for our youth to attend camps, retreats and mission trips.

Currently our youth group is planning to go to Springfield, Missouri to do outreach and special projects for the church and community in Missouri.

Our youth leaders Jon and Hannah Langness and Joel and Chris Rasmussen are working with Pastor Rich Ramsbacher, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, to put together a trip that will be meaningful and that would encourage our youth to grow and be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus.

Pray for our youth that this summer's Mission Trip to Springfield, Missouri would draw them toward Jesus, and each one individually would discover a deeper and greater purpose for their life, and they would grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Pray that we in the body of Christ will love and encourage our youth and support them, with opportunities to help them grow into the person God intends them to be.

The Association Retreat Center has additional summer youth and family gatherings in 2012.
 ■Youth Camp - June 24-29.
 ■Kids Camp - June 29 - July 1.
 ■FLY Beyond Youth Camp - July 16-20.
 ■Family Camp - July 29-August 4.
 
Information can be found at www.arc-aflc.org.

June Mission Focus: AFLC Brazil

AFLC outreach to Brazil has a wide range of ministries. They include care for the infants, camps for the youth, training for young adults and churches to minister to all. Below you will find a brief description of each.

Miriam Infant Home

The Miriam Infant Home was started in 1990 with one little boy, who's Mother died from a heart attack in her early 20's. Social Services from Campo Mour緌 had come up to see if we could take this child. So little Ricardo came to us and the Miriam Infant Home was born. Since Ricardo, hundreds of children have passed through our doors - some being adopted to other families, others returning to their recuperated family.

ARCA Retreat Center and Bible Camp

The ARCA is a Christian Camp and Retreat Center located in a rural area about 20 miles from Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Thousands of lives are touched through this ministry every year as people get away from the distractions and busyness of everyday life and are immersed in the beauty of God's creation and in the teaching of His Word.

Bible Camp

Bible camp ministry takes place just outside of Campo Mourao. Young and old take the opportunity to spend uninterrupted time in God's Word. The fellowship with God and other believers refreshes, renews and changes lives.

Training

In Camopo Mourao a Bible school serves to ground lives in the Word of God. Our seminary on the same site prepares pastors to be conservative Lutheran shepherds of congregations.

Church Planting

As people come to faith in Christ churches are planted to reach the community for Jesus.

Primavera Church Project

As churches are planted they desire a place to worship. The AFLC in the United States partners with the Brazilian national church to provide a building. The national church provides a piece of land and AFLC churches and individuals raise $15,000.00 to help build a simple building. This project is called the Premavera Program.


Invest in HCA

Children and youth are a treasure from the Lord. They deserve a solid base for life and eternity.

Heritage Christian Academy was established in 1981 on the unshakable foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. A rich tradition of classic academic and spiritual training combined with outstanding physical and social education to provide complete instruction for life.

"...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:17).

Your investment in HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY is an investment in the future of our nation, our world, and the kingdom of God.

You are welcome to join us in supporting HCA by attending the upcoming Grace Sponsored Events:

HCA Sunday, June 3, 9:30 a.m.
An HCA Informational Sunday.

HCA Scholarship Fundraiser @ Culver's of Plymouth.

Dine While You Donate

Sunday, June 24th
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Culver's of Plymouth
(494/Bass Lake Rd)
Culver's will Donate 10%
of our Sales to GRACE/HCA Scholarship Fund
6175 Quinwood Lane Plymouth 763-694-8980
All are welcome!


FLY Beyond Camp

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

Why FLY Beyond? It has been called Leadership Conference and FLY Boot Camp, but the core has always been training. FLY is our national youth gathering. This national conference moves teens forward in a mature faith!

FLY Beyond will train you in looking at life in a way which impacts you by:
■ A Christ-centered, Biblical Worldview

■ An Approach to Personal Evangelism

■ A Set of Skills for Maturity in Christ

 
Dates: July 16-20, 2012
 ■Cost: Teens?$260 (Current 7-12 graders)
 ■Adults?$220
 ■Children?$140 (11 & under with parent/guardian)
 ■Leaders?$0 Deposit: $50
 ■Location: Association Retreat Center, Osceola, WI
 
Late registration fee is $50 for Teens and Adults.


Picnic

Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.
At Grace by the playground.

Pastor Nate Jore will be sharing on the ministry in Uganda.

Please bring a main dish to share and a dessert.

Plates, silverware, and water will be provided.

Plan to play.soccer, softball, Frisbee,
basketball, playground, etc.

AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

"This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:23-24).

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations at the 2012 AFLC Conference, June 12-15. Make plans now to attend! More information can be found at www.aflc.org.

The conference opening service will be Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. A special effort is being made to have a conference choir to sing at the opening service. The choir will be directed by Andrew Hanson, music director at the AFLC Schools. Music is available ahead of time to be sent to those interested, and a practice session will be held on Tuesday before the evening service. If you are interested contact Andrew Hanson at ahanson@aflc.org

Christian Education

Dear Grace Church Members,

The congregation at Grace Free Lutheran Church is very blessed to have members from our own fellowship attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School. We praise God for the Christian Education that our students receive at HCA and AFLBS.

As you pray about your plans for your child/ren's education we want you to be aware that there is scholarship money available for Grace Free Lutheran Church members attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School.

Scholarship forms are available in the church office for the 2012/2013 school year.

May God bless you and give you much wisdom as you plan for your child's education.


AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

A regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and are considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org


Communities to Serve

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym into a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Vacation Bible School: June 18-22, 9-12 noon. "Amazing Desert Journey" Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of areas. The "Joshua Team" from AFLBS will be leading VBS this summer.

A Sunday School Superintendent needed for 2012/2013 school year: Please contact Alicia Bohm if you are interested the Sunday School Superintendent position.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Father's Day June 17th, 2012

Ideas for Father's Day

The Gift of a Hug
Look your father in the eye and tell him you love him and hug him like you mean it.

The Gift of an Art Project
Make a painting or draw a picture for your dad and write a note to tell him that he is special.

Photo Album
A photo album or calendar is a great gift that keeps on giving year round.

Father's Day Tribute
Write a tribute to your father and write down special memories you have spent together and what he means to you.

Memory Quilt
Collect a few old T-shirts or sports jerseys from everyone in the family and turn them into a personal T-shirt quilt. Pick shirts that are meaningful or represent memorable life experiences, including vacations, colleges and community events.

Homemade Thank you Card
Make your own card and thank him for everything he did to make you who you are today. Using words like 'thank you' and 'love' and having real meaning behind them means a lot.

The History of Father's Day
The first Father's Day happened June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, thanks to the efforts of Sonona Dodd, who wanted to honor her Civil War veteran dad.

In 1972 Father's Day became a permanent holiday after being signed into law by President Richard Nixon.

There are 70.1 million estimated number of fathers across the nation.


Summer Institute of Theology

August 6-10 - AFLC Campus

The Summer Institute of Theology is an extension of the regular seminary program. It is conducted each summer during the first full week of August. The institute provides an opportunity for continuing education for pastors and lay-people under the guidance of the regular faculty as well as guest lecturers who are recognized as leaders in specialized areas of theological study. It aslo serves "licensed pastors" in the AFLC who are required to successfully complete eight credits annually in order to maintain their clergy license.

A full range of theological courses in the Old and New Testaments, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Pastoral Work are offered in a twelve year cycle. Participants registering for credit at the institute are given research projects which are due on November 1 of the same year. A certificate of Pastoral Studies (C.P.S.) is awarded to those who successfully complete 96 credit hours. Credits earned in the Institute are not transferable into the regular seminary program due to the altered expectations in course fulfillment as well as the compacted structure of the courses.

Courses Offered 2012
 ■Studies in Thessalonians - Pastor Jerry Moan
 ■Studies in Genesis - Pastor Peter Franz
 ■Introduction to Christian Ethics - Dr. Francis Monseth
 ■Ministry to Youth - Pastor Jason Holt
 ■History and Aims of the AFLC - Pastor Robert Lee
 
More information can be found at: aflc.org


INVEST IN THE LIVES OF YOUR CHILDREN
 ■ Teach Your Children to Read the Bible

■ Lead Your Children in Family Devotions

■ Establish Family Chores

■ Make Your Family Your Number One Ministry

■ Spend Time with and Date Your Children

■ Pray for and Encourage Your Children with Words Every Day

■ Attend as Many of Your Children's Activities as Possible

■ Eat Dinner Together

■ Expose Your Children to Ministry

 ■ Attend Church Together

 How could we pray for you? How can we "Praise God" with you this week?

Learn more about Grace by visiting our web site: www.gracefreelutheran.org.

"Words of Grace" are words that both come from Grace, your church, and words that give grace to you or encourage you as you walk with the Lord. In these regular emails you will find a variety of things that we hope will be helpful to you.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter

Pastor Peter Franz

May 2012

The Bread of Life

Haddon Robinson tells how he and his wife took their children to an amusement park in Texas. By day's end, Vicki and Torrey were tired and hungry. As they were leaving, they passed a concession stand and Vicki asked for some cotton candy. He told her they would get some real food in a few minutes, but she wouldn't hear of it. So he decided to invest $1.50 to teach her a lesson. Vicki got the cotton candy she begged for. But as she bit into it, she discovered there was nothing to it. Finally she handed it back to her father and said, "Daddy, it's not real!" She knew she was hungry, and she learned that cotton candy promises something it can't deliver.

Many people in this world are looking for satisfaction in things that can't deliver. They think that money or things or pleasure or sports or popularity will fill the empty void in their lives. But it's just like cotton candy. It's like eating something that isn't real.

Are you falling for this lie of the evil one?

Jesus makes it clear that He is the only one that can satisfy our souls. Take to heart His invitation."Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst" (John 6:25).

Now that's a promise from the One who can deliver.

Pastor Peter Franz

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Mid-Week Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

I Corinthians 13, The Love Chapter.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).

LOVE THAT KNOWS THE SAVIOR NEVER GIVES UP

Join us as we study God's word together.

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Getting to Know the Forsberg's

We have been members of Grace since November 2010. After prayer and searching, Grace became the right choice for us. We have appreciated the strong teaching and challenging from Pastor Franz and the other pastors in the church. To be in fellowship with so many welcoming and inspiring people has been a blessing to us. As we continue to learn and grow, we have been able to enjoy life group, set up team members, serving as a trustee and usher for Dwight and a member of the Christian Education committee for Linda.

We were both raised in the faith and continued that with our children. We have lived in Maple Grove and attended church close to home while raising our family. Our son, two daughters and their husbands keep life interesting and provide many new venues for learning from them. They all live in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Dwight's self employment in a small business out of our house for 30 years has given him time to have a large part in raising our children. Linda has worked as a teacher for supplemental reading and math programs for elementary in several different schools in the Anoka district. It has been a good fit with family through the years and continues to be fulfilling.

Summer fishing seems to be a new interest and this year it's for walleyes. We also enjoy doing projects together. We traveled many miles in the U. S. as our family grew and enjoyed the adventure of learning together. We took two trips to Guatemala in three years to visit our grown children while they served in the Peace Corps. That travel enlightened us to a different culture and we were able to meet many special people who enriched our lives with gracious hospitality.

Thank you for the opportunity to get to know you.

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AFLC Promotion for May - Parish Education

Ambassador Publications is the Parish Education Department of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. Ambassador Publications exists for the purpose of serving the local congregation by providing Biblical educational and devotional resources to encourage diligent and faithful teaching of the Word of God in homes and churches. The AFLC believes the Lutheran Confessions to be the correct summary of Biblical teaching. We believe the faithful application of Lutheran theology will result in biblical, personal, living Christianity. The Ambassador Sunday School Series provides a systematic nurturing in the Lutheran faith. Check out the list of material that can be purchased at the AFLC Parish Ed. Dept. http://www.ambassadorpublications.org

  • Sunday School Curriculum
  • Confirmation Materials
  • Teen & Adult Studies
  • Books
  • Bibles & Bible Reference Books
  • Bible Commentaries
  • Devotional Books & Prayer
  • Music
  • History & Geography
  • Maps & Charts
  • Luther's Catechism Illustrated
  • Flannelgraph Stories
  • Missions for Children
  • Children's Books
  • Sunday School
  • Seasons of the Church Year
  • Pamphlets & Tracts
  • Baptism
  • Cults & World Religions DVDs
  • Church Supplies & Certificates
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HCA Baccalaureate Service

Sunday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.

The HCA Class of 2012 will be present during our Worship Service on Sunday, May 20. Pastor Peter Franz will bring the Baccalaureate Message. Join us as we praise God for the love and nurturing that has taken place in the lives of our Heritage graduates. To God be the Glory. All are welcome to attend the picnic following the Worship Service.

Class Bible Verse: "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" (Colossians 3:23).

Class Hymn: "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand"

Class Motto: "We'll be His hands; He'll be our strength."

HCA's Class of 2012

Philip Alberts 
Ann Benicke 
Hayden Booms 
Garrett Butler 
Elizabeth Carlson 
Kaitlin Crane 
Ryan Dart 
Jason Dempsey 
Lindsay Edeen 
Adam Engstrom 
Anna Franz 
Jacob Haack 
Allie Hobbs 
Abraham Humnick 
Matthew Jacobson 
Kelly Kociuba 
Moriah Kuehl 
Kate Laird 
Daniel Leidall 
Kayla McDermott 
Ashley McDonald 
Charles Nicholson, Jr. 
Taylor Paluck 
Gavin Peterson 
Jessica Roberts 
Benjamin Stultz 
Emma Volbrecht 
Rebecca Vold

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Youth Mission Trip

Summer 2012

This summer our youth have exciting opportunities to minister to others and grow in their walk with the Lord. It is a blessing to offer a variety of opportunities for our youth to attend camps, retreats and mission trips.

Currently our youth group is planning to go to Springfield, Missouri to do outreach and special projects for the church and community in Missouri.

Our youth leaders Jon and Hannah Langness and Joel and Chris Rasmussen are working with Pastor Rich Ramsbacher, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, to put together a trip that will be meaningful and that would encourage our youth to grow and be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus.

Pray for our youth that this summer's Mission Trip to Springfield, Missouri would draw them toward Jesus, and each one individually would discover a deeper and greater purpose for their life, and they would grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Pray that we in the body of Christ will love and encourage our youth and support them, with opportunities to help them grow into the person God intends them to be.

The Association Retreat Center has additional summer youth and family gatherings in 2012.

  • ARC Family Weekend - May 25-27.
  • Youth Camp - June 24-29.
  • Kids Camp - June 29 - July 1.
  • FLY Beyond Youth Camp - July 16-20.
  • Family Camp - July 29-August 4.

Information can be found at www.arc-aflc.org.

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News from the Jore Family

Congratulations Nate and Rhoda Jore on the birth of Julia Hope Jore

On April 19th, the Jores were blessed with another daughter. They are grateful to God for this gift He has entrusted to them as well as for the gift of your prayers.

The Jores will begin their trip back to the U.S. for a 6-month furlough on May 21. It will take about 65 hours from the time they drive out of their gate in Jinja, Uganda until they pull into Grandpa and Grandma Monseth's driveway in Rogers, Minnesota.

They would appreciate our prayers as they travel... for safety, smooth connections, content and healthy kids, calm and creative parents, and opportunities to reflect Him to all of those they will interact with along the way.

The Jores look forward to seeing many of you while they are back in the States. An itinerary will soon be available of their travels and programs. Nate and Rhoda and children will join us at our summer church picnic on Wednesday, July 18. We look forward to this fellowship and Pastor Nate sharing about the ministry in Uganda.

The Jore kids are extremely excited about reuniting with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, and especially about living at Grandpa & Grandma Monseth's house again. They have been talking about it for months... "Soon we'll get to eat Grandma's gingersnaps! Soon we'll get to help Grandpa in the barn! Soon we'll get to ride their pony! Soon we'll get to pick strawberries!"

With all of the excitement to return and reunite with family and friends, pray that they would take the necessary time to say good bye's well, which is so important in the Ugandan culture.

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Invest in HCA

Children and youth are a treasure from the Lord. They deserve a solid base for life and eternity.

Heritage Christian Academy was established in 1981 on the unshakable foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. A rich tradition of classic academic and spiritual training combined with outstanding physical and social education to provide complete instruction for life.

"...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:17).

Your investment in HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY is an investment in the future of our nation, our world, and the kingdom of God.

On Thursday, May 3 we had a great turnout for our CPK fundraiser. It was a fun, friendly gathering, as families greeted each other going from table-to-table saying hello and catching up on news. We raised $159.55!

Thanks to all who attended the California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser.

You are welcome to join us in supporting HCA by attending the upcoming Heritage Christian Academy Events:

HCA Sunday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. 
An HCA Informational Sunday.

Next Scholarship Fundraiser Culver's of Plymouth.

Dine While You Donate

Sunday, June 24th 
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
 
Culver's of Plymouth 
(494/Bass Lake Rd) 
Culver's will Donate 10% 
of our Sales to GRACE/HCA Scholarship Fund 
6175 Quinwood Lane Plymouth 763-694-8980 
All are welcome!

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FLY Beyond Camp

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

Why FLY Beyond? It has been called Leadership Conference and FLY Boot Camp, but the core has always been training. FLY is our national youth gathering. This national conference moves teens forward in a mature faith!

FLY Beyond will train you in looking at life in a way which impacts you by:

  • A Christ-centered, Biblical Worldview

  • An Approach to Personal Evangelism

  • A Set of Skills for Maturity in Christ

Dates: July 16-20, 2012

Registration Deadline is May 25, 2012. Registration cost received after May 25 will be increased by $50 for Teens and Adults.

  • Cost: Teens?$260 (Current 7-12 graders)
  • Adults?$220
  • Children?$140 (11 & under with parent/guardian)
  • Leaders?$0 Deposit: $50
  • Location: Association Retreat Center, Osceola, WI
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Mother's Day Corsages

Mother's Day Corsages $5.00 Sunday, May 13th.

Suggested Donation $5.00

Proceeds will go toward Minnesota Citizens 
Concerned for Life.
 Thanks Grace Rubies for helping with this event.

A Mother's Heart

What awesome toil of love to womankind is given; 
To point small souls to God, 
To guide young feet toward Heaven. 
God sent His only Begotten Son in human form one day. 
A warm and tiny bundle in Mary's arms to lay.

T'was God's purpose and His plan that 
Mother-love should comfort man; 
That every child on earth might know. 
God's love and guidance here below; 
That Jesus died to save from sin, 
That little hearts be pure within. 
By spoken word and gentle touch, 
By loving arms that mean so much; 
A glimpse of God's own tender love should cause 
Each mother heart to move.

Tho' some are mothers, some are not 
Each woman has her given spot 
Guardian, counselor, teacher, friend 
That mother love should know no end. 
O mother hearts reach out today 
Turn to Christ, have faith and pray. 
- M. Arbon

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! - MAY 13

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Save the Date for VBS 2012

Amazing Desert Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

June 18-22, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Students entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade at Grace Free Lutheran Church

This summer, your kids will sing, pray, and play as they learn how Jesus walks with them and leads them on a journey to their eternal home in heaven. A REAL theme right out of the Bible allows kids to connect our real Jesus with real life. Lessons focus on spending time connecting with VBS children and sharing Jesus' love.

Faith, Fun, and Fellowship for all presents Jesus to VBS kids every day in every way.

Join us for VBS with a purpose!

Host families are needed to house the AFLBS Students who will be leading VBS. If you are interested in housing an AFLBS team member please call the church office.

Registration Forms available in the church office.

Teachers and Staff Openings for VBS 2012

  • Nursery
  • 5's & Kindergarten
  • 1st & 2nd
  • 3rd & 4th
  • 5th & 6th
  • Crafts Director
  • Recreation
  • Decorations
  • Publicity
  • Nurse
  • Snacks
  • Decorations
  • Set-Up
  • Decorations Take Down
  • Host Families to house the Bible School Group

VBS Flyer Distribution Night - Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.. Volunteers are needed to deliver flyers to our neighbors.

All are welcome!

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2012 AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

"This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it"(Psalm 118:23-24).

"This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations at the 2012 AFLC Conference, June 12-15. Make plans now to attend! More information can be found at www.aflc.org.

The conference opening service will be Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. A special effort is being made to have a conference choir to sing at the opening service. The choir will be directed by Andrew Hanson, music director at the AFLC Schools. Music is available ahead of time to be sent to those interested, and a practice session will be held on Tuesday before the evening service. If you are interested contact Andrew Hanson at ahanson@aflc.org

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Masters of Music Concert

Friday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.

AFLBS Chapel

The AFLBS Concert Choir and some of the Gospel Teams will be performing a ConcertHallelujah! A History of Praise! During this concert, Andrew will be sharing on the history of the word Hallelujah, how it is used within scripture and the church, as well as sharing a bit about many of the pieces they performed on choir tour. A light reception will be held after the concert.

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Scholarships for Christian Education

Dear Grace Church Members,

The congregation at Grace Free Lutheran Church is very blessed to have members from our own fellowship attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School. We praise God for the Christian Education that our students receive at HCA and AFLBS.

As you pray about your plans for your child/ren's education we want you to be aware that there is scholarship money available for Grace Free Lutheran Church members attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School.

Scholarship forms are available in the church office for the 2012/2013 school year.

May God bless you and give you much wisdom as you plan for your child's education.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

The regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and are considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Opportunities to Serve

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym in to a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Vacation Bible School: June 18-22, 2012. "Amazing Desert Journey" Volunteers are needed to assist the AFLBS team who will be with us this summer and to host an AFLBS student.

ARC Family Weekend May 25-27, 2012 
Become an A.A.V! (Awesome ARC Volunteer) Enjoy the ARC grounds & help us get ready for our busy summer season or just hang out and enjoy the weather. Either way, the lodging and food is on us. It's a great weekend away.

A Sunday School Superintendent needed for 2012/2013 school year: Please contact Alicia Bohm if you are interested the Sunday School Superintendent position.

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How could we pray for you? How can we "Praise God" with you this week?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter

Pastor Peter Franz

April 2012

Love One Another

Someone once said, "Whoever gets in my way is going to get loved." That's quite a contrast to the way the world thinks. In our self-centered culture we step on those who get in our way. We lash out against those who get in our way. But, love others? That is so unusual.

The Bible makes it clear that we are commanded to love one another. And there is no better description of what love is all about than I Corinthians 13.

You will find these verses read most often at a wedding. But they apply to more than just married couples. They apply to all of us in every relationship that we have - even with our enemies.

Join us for the next 6 weeks in our Wednesday evening Bible Study as we examine what many have called "The Love Chapter." It just may change your life.

Pastor Peter Franz

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Mid-Week Adult Bible Study

Begins, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.

Six-week study on I Corinthians 13, The Love Chapter.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).

Marriage is not a federation of two sovereign states. It is a union: domestic, social, spiritual, and physical. It is a fusion of two hearts, the union of two lives, the coming together of two tributaries, which after being joined in marriage, will flow in the same channel, in the same direction....carrying the same burdens of responsibility and obligation.~P. Marshall

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Getting to Know You.....

George and Mary started attending GFLC in 2008 where Mary's parents, Norm and Jeanne Backstrom were already members. Jeanne grew up on a farm in the Swedish community of Kennedy, MN and married Norm, a farm boy from Maddock, ND after their graduation from Missionary Health Institute in Canada in 1947. Jeanne and Norm raised six children, including Mary in Golden Valley. Jeanne was saved at Bible Camp in Viking, MN in 1932. Her interest in and support for missions, church activities and personal reading and prayer has remained strong throughout her life. Though unable to attend church physically, she stays involved through the prayer chain, bulletins, and friends that call or visit.

Norm died in 2009 and Jeanne lives with the Studors on Twin Lake in Brooklyn Center where she is near her doctors and can experience a beautiful natural surroundings. George is being permitted to work remotely for NASA Johnson Space Center located in Houston, TX so they can care for Jeanne here. George, a former Air Force pilot and engineer, and Mary, a surgical nurse were married in Bozeman, Montana but lived in Houston, Texas until moving to Minnesota to care for Norm and Jeanne in 2007.

Mary was saved at a Lutheran Evangelistic Movement camp meeting in 1964 and mainly attended Calvary Lutheran and Crystal Free Church. She served with Youth With a Mission in Asia for 4 years in the 1980s and was active in Right-to-Life for many years. Mary is involved with prayer for missionaries, conservative interests in government and developing neighborhood relationships. Mary's hobbies include walking, reading and meeting with friends. Mary's care for Jeanne, George and their home is a full time job.

George has 5 children, 4 boys and a girl, ages 19 to 32, from a previous marriage, but none living nearby permanently and all need prayers for salvation. George was raised near Syracuse, New York in a United Methodist Church, attended college at the Air Force Academy and was saved during pilot training at a United Methodist Church in Enid, Oklahoma in 1977. He is involved with missions, singing and men's ministries at GFLC and has been involved with divorce education and recovery ministries in the past. He enjoys most activities inside and outdoors and WWII history of his dad's infantry outfit. George's work for NASA involves development and application of many new technologies.

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AFLC Short Term Assistants

AFLC has a number of Short Term Assistants. These workers are volunteers who go out on their own to serve on the mission field.

Hans Tanner and Micah Berger, recent AFLBS graduates, have been serving in Uganda. They help out with the work and gain practical experience in missions. Their partnership in the work has been a great encouragement and the Jores have really been refreshed by their fellowship.

They have been dividing their time between Jinja and the village. While in the village, they are immersed in village life as they live alongside the locals. They have been learning the local language, agriculture, and culture while building relationships. They also are involved in the Butagaya class and have been mentoring the Ugandan teacher of the class. While in town, they have been assisting Nate with teaching the Jinja class and building relationships with the students, as well as getting caught up on personal correspondence, and giving Rhoda and Nate the chance to go out on dates by baby sitting the kids.

They've even found the time to make the Jore family a few delicious meals, build the kids a tree fort and step in as the boys' science teacher. The Jore's are blessed to have them around!

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Spring Children's Choir

"Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!" (Psalm 47:6).

Calling all children to join choir and share your musical talents for the glory of the Lord!

Grace Children's Choir is making a spring comeback. Grace congregation is blessed to have a wonderful group of children who are musically gifted. Our children have been an encouragement and blessing to all as they have sung in our Sunday School programs and during the "special music time" in our worship services.

Here is another opportunity for the children of Grace to join together to praise the Lord.

Consider the great benefits of training our children through music:

  • Improves vocal music skills.
  • Improves children's coordination.
  • Teaches children to follow directions.
  • Encourages the memorization of scripture.
  • Provides an opportunity to take part in the Worship service.
  • Hymns and spiritual songs help children remember, apply, and express biblical
    truth.
  • Benefits the children and the church in the areas of discipleship, worship,
    evangelism, missions, building relationships and fellowship.

All Children 4 years old through 6th grade are invited to sing in the Grace Spring Children's Choir.

Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings, April 18, 25 and May 2, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., 
in the choir room. The children will sing Sunday, May 6.

Grace children are encouraged to join the Grace Children's Spring Choir!

Hope to see you there!

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Youth Mission Trip

Summer 2012

This summer our youth have exciting opportunities to minister to others and grow in their walk with the Lord. It is a blesssing to offer a variety of opportunities for our youth to attend camps, retreats and mission trips.

Currently our youth group is planning to go to Springfield, Missouri to do outreach and special projects for the church and community in Missouri.

Our youth leaders Jon and Hannah Langness and Joel and Chris Rasmussen are working with Pastor Rich Ramsbacher, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, to put together a trip that will be meaningful and that would encourage our youth to grow and be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus.

Pray for our youth that this summer's Mission Trip to Springfield, Missouri would draw them toward Jesus, and each one individually would discover a deeper and greater purpose for their life, and they would grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Pray that we in the body of Christ will love and encourage our youth and support them, with opportunities to help them grow into the person God intends them to be.

The Association Retreat Center has additional summer youth and family gatherings in 2012

  • ARC Family Weekend - May 25-27.
  • Youth Camp - June 24-29.
  • Kids Camp - June 29 - July 1.
  • FLY Beyond Youth Camp - July 16-20.
  • Family Camp - July 29-August 4.

Information can be found at www.arc-aflc.org.

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*Men's Retreat at the ARC

Association Retreat Center?Osceola, WI 
April 20-21 (22)*, 2012

Cost $85

A guy's weekend grounded in God's Word

Enjoy: 
* Basketball 
* Archery 
* Golf 
* Volleyball 
* Trap Shooting 
* Horseshoe & more...

Speaker, Pastor Michael Brandt, is a native of South Dakota. He was raised in a committed Christian home where the joy & love of Christ prevailed. He is most thankful for the saving, transforming grace of Jesus Christ that enabled him to be born anew to a living hope. Pastor Brandt presently serves as Director of Shepherding the Shepherds. He and his wife, Colleen, live in Rapid City, SD.

Men's Retreat Registration 
April 20-22 $85.00 
Optional Saturday lodging with *Sunday breakfast for $20.

Things to bring: 
* Bible 
* Personal items 
* Linens - pillow, bedding and 
towels.

*Linens are available for $7 (includes bedding, towels & pillow).

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FLY Beyond Camp

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

Why FLY Beyond? It has been called Leadership Conference and FLY Boot Camp, but the core has always been training. FLY is our national youth gathering. This national conference moves teens forward in a mature faith!

FLY Beyond will train you in looking at life in a way which impacts you by:

  • A Christ-centered, Biblical Worldview

  • An Approach to Personal Evangelism

  • A Set of Skills for Maturity in Christ

Dates: July 16-20, 2012

Registration Deadline is May 25, 2012. Registration cost received after May 25 will be increased by $50 for Teens and Adults.

  • Cost: Teens?$260 (Current 7-12 graders)
  • Adults?$220
  • Children?$140 (11 & under with parent/guardian)
  • Leaders?$0 Deposit: $50
  • Location: Association Retreat Center, Osceola, WI
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Mother's Day Corsages

Mother's Day Corsages will be availble for purchase on Mother's Day Sunday, May 13th. Suggested Donation $5.00

Proceeds will go toward Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) is a non-profit organization comprised of thousands of citizens of every faith and creed, bound by the common belief that each individual is "endowed by their creator" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," as stated so aptly by our nation's founders. We hold that unless the fundamental right to life is first secured, all other rights are meaningless.

In 1973 the United States Supreme Court ruled that the lives of unborn children were not protected by the U.S. Constitution, and legalized abortion in every state across the country, through all nine months of pregnancy, and for any reason. Since the Court's decisions in 1973, more than a million unborn children have been killed each year from abortion, and their mothers left to suffer in silence.

It is our mission to restore protections for unborn children and their mothers while supporting alternatives to abortion. We also strive to protect the disabled and aged from discrimination in health care and from euthanasia. We oppose the cloning of humans for experimentation and support ethical research such as the use of adult stem cells that already provide treatments for illnesses. MCCL will also support or oppose legislation that relates directly to the right of pro-life citizens to seek redress from their government.

We believe that our effectiveness is rooted in our educational, legislative and political activity, all three of which are absolutely necessary to restore protections for all innocent human life.

Life Facts and Stats: The average age of new moms is 25, vs. 21 in 1970; Modern moms average 2 kids (1950s: 3.5 kids; 1700s: 7-10 kids).

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Save the Date for VBS 2012

Amazing Desert Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

June 18-22, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Students entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade at Grace Free Lutheran Church

This summer, your kids will sing, pray, and play as they learn how Jesus walks with them and leads them on a journey to their eternal home in heaven.

A REAL theme right out of the Bible allows kids to connect our real Jesus with real life. Lessons focus on spending time connecting with VBS children and sharing Jesus' love.

Faith, Fun, and Fellowship for all presents Jesus to VBS kids every day in every way.

Join us for VBS with a purpose!

Host families are needed to house the AFLBS Students who will be leading VBS. If you are interested in taking in an AFLBS team member please call the church office.

Registration Forms available in the church office.

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Broken Heart Ministries

"The Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3).

Broken Heart Ministries, started in 1994 is a 501 C3 non-profit, Christ-centered faith ministry whose primary purpose is to be Christ's hands and feet - bringing God's love, compassion, and hope to people in nursing homes, homeless shelters, prisions, and chemical dependency centers. Broken Heart Ministries will use God's precious Word and His faithful promises along with Gospel music to mend broken people. "Jesus Christ is our reason for being" and is the theme of our message and song.

God has called us:

  • To be Christ-like and to follow Jesus in His ministry of compassion.
  • To be Jesus in the flesh to hurting, broken, and dying people who so desperately need God's love, peace, hope, and forgiveness.
  • To take the truth of God's Word and the light of salvation into this dark world and to touch people with the Gospel of Peace.
  • To share life with the lost, to bind those who are bruised and broken and to show people the love of God in Jesus Christ.

God's will for each one of us is to "Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength," (Mark 12:30). Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, (Matthew 6:33). Fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) and practice the presence of Jesus by keeping the Lord before us continually. Jesus has saved us for holiness. Live for Jesus everyday!

Chaplain Paul Anderson, Director of Broken Heart Ministries

For more information, current schedule or to be involved call 763-424-6590 or see brokenheartministries.org.

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2012 AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

"This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes." (Psalm 118:23-24).

"This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations at the 2012 AFLC Conference, June 12-15. Make plans now to attend! More information is at www.aflc.org.

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Bible School Concert

The AFLBS Concert Choir will be in Concert at Grace Sunday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.Presenting Hallelujah! What a Savior! 
A potluck meal will be served following the concert. Please bring 2 items to share: a main dish and a side dish. Also help is needed setting up and cleaning up. Contact Brenda Erickson if you are available to help.

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Scholarships for Christian Education

Dear Grace Church Members,

The congregation at Grace Free Lutheran Church is very blessed to have members from our own fellowship attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School. We praise God for the Christian Education that our students receive at HCA and AFLBS.

As you pray about your plans for your child/ren's education we want you to be aware that there is scholarship money available for Grace Free Lutheran Church members attending Heritage Christian Academy and the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School.

Scholarship forms are available in the church office for the 2012/2013 school year.

May God bless you and give you much wisdom as you plan for your child's education.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

The regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and is considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Opportunities to Serve

Children's Church Volunteers are needed for the remainder of the year: April 29, May 6 and 20. Contact Lisa Leland. at lisa@digicomp.us.

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym in to a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Vacation Bible School: June 18-22, 2012. "Amazing Desert Journey" Volunteers are needed to assist the AFLBS team who will be with us this summer and to host a AFLBS student.

ARC Family Weekend May 25-27, 2012 
Become an A.A.V! (Awesome ARC Volunteer) Enjoy the ARC grounds & help us get ready for our busy summer season or just hang out and enjoy the weather. Either way, the lodging and food is on us. It's a great weekend away.

A Sunday School Superintendent needed for 2012/2013 school year: Please contact Alicia Bohm if you are interested the Sunday School Superintendent position.

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter

Pastor Peter Franz

March 2012

Strong in Grace

The verse that my father gave me the day that I was confirmed was II Timothy 2:1. "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." It was a fitting verse for me because my dad was both my biological and my spiritual father. More than anyone else he was the one whom God used to help me see my need for Jesus as my Savior.

As I have read this verse over the years I have come to appreciate two things in particular. First of all, I appreciate the fact that it was my father's greatest desire that I be spiritually "strong." He not only wanted me to be a believer in Jesus. He wanted me to be growing in my faith and committed to follow Jesus. He never took for granted that I was walking close to Jesus.

Secondly, I appreciate the fact that my strength comes from "the grace that is in Christ Jesus." It is His power that makes me strong, and the more that I recognize just how weak I am the more that His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are weak because that is what you are! And that is the first step in experiencing the strength that comes from "the grace that is in Christ Jesus."

Pastor Peter Franz

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A Christian Vision Statement

Do you have a meaningful Christian Vision Statement or Life Verse for you as an individual or for your family?

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

Creating a personal vision statement can provide focus and direction for your life. A Christian personal vision statement considers God's will as part of the vision and is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Creating the statement requires examination of the attitute of your heart and personal honesty, and can help define goals and clarify the purpose of your life.

The Word of God gives direction as we read and study. We are blessed to have such clear direction as found in scripture....

  • "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."Joshua 24:15

  • "It is not by might or by power, but by my strength, says the Lord" (Zech. 4:6).

  • "The joy of the Lord is my strength" (Neh. 8:10).

  • Jesus invites us, "Come unto me all you who labour, take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matt. 11:28 - 30).

Also, as we read in the 3rd Article of the Creed: "I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and preserved me in the one true faith."

Approach writing your vision statement or life verse with a prayerful heart. Ask God to guide your thoughts as you meditate about the direction of your life. Use a variety of questions to help focus your vision statement.

  • Do I feel God has a purpose for my life?
  • In what ways has God's direction been revealed in my life?
  • What brings me joy or satisfaction?
  • What are my greatest strengths?
  • Are there any negative habits I need to break?
  • How do I spend my free time?
  • Where do I spend my money?
  • If my life ended now, would I have any regrets?
  • Am I deepening my relationship with Christ through Bible study and prayer?
  • Am I experiencing the joy of drawing others to Christ through love?

Answer each question as completely and honestly as possible. Add other questions and answers if they come to mind. Using your answers, write about the core values and recurring themes they reveal in the following areas: spiritual growth, family relationships, financial security, physical health, social development and personal enrichment.

Write statements that are based on your core values.

Read your personal vision statement often. Use it to guide your daily actions and decisions.

Share it with others.....

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Life Verse: John 10:10

". . . I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (ESV)

". . . I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance- to the full, till it overflows." (Amplified)

". . . I have come that men may have life, and may have it in all its fullness." (The New English)

". . . I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." (The Message)

Just as there are many interpretations of this verse, so there have been for me as I have learned to comprehend what the abundant life really is. Along life's journey, the Lord has used this verse to soothe the disappointment of dreams unfulfilled and has reminded me of what the true meaning of the abundant life is.

As a young woman, I assumed the abundant life would include a husband, children and a house that I could make a home. Instead God gave me a career, children to nurture and travel. Even before the career, I found myself in New York for a summer as a governess taking care of Michael and David. Thirty-four years as a speech therapist allowed me countless opportunities to minister to the needs of children and the staff often just by listening, praying or comforting with words. Four nephews became like sons.

The abundant life in my mind certainly didn't include traveling the world, but God's idea included a work camp in Finland, ten trips to Poland in the course of twenty years, witnessing to two young women for one month in Sweden, teaching Vacation Bible School in Switzerland, going to France to visit the missionary who lived in my home for nine months and now maintaining many of these relationships made over the years.

As time has passed, a clearer understanding of the abundant life has enveloped me. I see that it doesn't necessarily mean that I get whatever I want. No, in fact, it is being satisfied and often overjoyed with what God has filled my life up with. He gives more than I can usually imagine, but often in different ways than I expect. He is the reason for my joy and contentment in the midst of this changing world. His promises are good and He constantly gives me purpose. This is the abundant life, full and overflowing, Jesus in my heart and the power of the Holy Spirit within me.

Peggy Weihrauch

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Meet The Eurman Family

The Eurman family of 4 moved to Maple Grove, MN from Detroit, Michigan, 12 years ago for Dan to begin a new job. Both girls began at Heritage Christian Academy soon thereafter, Carolyn in the first grade and Kathryn in the fourth. Moving to Minnesota was a real leap of faith because we knew NO ONE at the start. It didn't take long, however, before it started to feel like home. Twelve years later, we can see, so clearly, God's loving hand in bringing to this place we call home.

Kathryn is now a Sophomore at Bethel University studying Nursing and Film Studies. After having been in competitive gymnastics throughout middle and high school, she decided to "hang up her leotard" and not continue the sport in college. For physical activity, she enjoys group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness, where she happens to be employed as well.

Carolyn, now a Junior at Heritage Christian Academy, enjoys playing volleyball for the Heritage Eagles. Off season, she works at Lifetime Fitness Center in the Child Care Center and has many stories of the darling children she cares for. Carolyn is looking forward to spending 2 1/2 weeks of her 2012 summer on a missions trip to Panama.

For the most part, Jennie has been a stay at home mom, but has kept her MN RN license current in case that "perfect job" appears. In the meantime, she is pursuing her RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) so that she may be equipped to do medical missions work with Radiologist Dan where ever and whenever the Lord may lead. After working 11 years at the job that brought us to Minnesota, Dan began a new adventure with Virtual Radiology in Jan 2012. He now works completely from home and is basking in that new luxury.

The longer we worship and serve at Grace Free Lutheran Church, the more we feel like you (GFLC) are our family. We are so thankful to God for placing us there.

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AFLC Ecuador

Justo and Patricia Pillman were called by the World Missions Committee and commissioned at the 2011 Annual Conference. Justo has served as an AFLC Short Term Missions Assistant in Ecuador for several years while pursuing the call to be an AFLC missionary. Justo was serving, Paz de Dios Lutheran Church (Peace of God). The church requested that he be assigned to work with them. After evaluating the violence in Mexico the World Missions Committee sensed it to be God's will to seek placement of the Pillmans in Ecuador. At the present time we are in the process of developing a working agreement with the Paz de Dios church before the placement of the Pillmans in Ecuador. Justo and Patricia were married in March of 2011 and recently experienced the joy of becoming parents to their first child Nathanael.

Birthdays and Interests:
Justo: (March 18)
Patricia: (Sept. 5)

Justo and Tricia love to spend time outdoors doing just about anything. They also enjoy the company of fellow Christians, reading, and photography. Justo has a great penchant for computer programming and electronics, while Tricia loves to write . . . so both find themselves spending a lot of time on the computer.

Prayer Concerns:
* A renter for our house when we go overseas
* Wisdom as we make many decisions and future plans
* That God would continue to bind us together as a couple
* That God would continue to prepare us and the Ecuadorian church for the work ahead
* Safety during deputation with travel
* That God would work out the details of our visa

Contact Information:
Address in USA:
2718 County Road E
Woodville, WI 54028
Email Address:
jpillman@gmail.com

Join us Sunday, March 11 as the Pillmans will present the new work in Ecuador during the Sunday School hour and Justo will bring a message during the Worship Service.

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Faith Search Discovery

Please come on a journey as we dive into the questions regarding our Faith in Jesus Christ! We will be using Don Bierle's Faith Search materiallooking at questions like:

  • Why Am I Here?
  • Can I Believe the Bible?
  • Is Jesus Really God?
  • Can Faith Be Reasonable?
  • And How Can I Know God?

Along with this we will look closely at evidence for the Resurrection and consider the question...

  • What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Come with an open heart, with all the questions your mind can muster, and with a desire to search for truth by looking at the evidence! Sunday mornings 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Todd Erickson

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Make a Joyful Noise

Join choir and share your musical talents for the glory of the Lord!

Grace choir continues to meet under the direction of Andrew Hanson, with accompanist Cindy Beck. We welcome any of you to join.

The choir at Grace gives you the opportunity to sing in a very talented group without too much commitment. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights from 7:40-8:30 a few weeks prior to the service we sing at.

Grace Choir Spring Rehearsals
* March 14, 21, 28
* April 4 * May 9

The Grace Choir Spring Sing Schedule
* March 4, 18
* April 8
* May 13

If you are interested in serving the Lord through choir or special music, please contact Andrew Hanson.

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Youth Mission Trip

Summer 2012

This summer our youth have exciting opportunities to minister to others and grow in their walk with the Lord.
It is a blesssing to offer a variety of opportunities for our youth to attend camps, retreats and mission trips.

This summer our youth group is planning to go to Springfield, Missouri to do outreach and special projects for the church and community in Missouri.

Our youth leaders Jon and Hannah Langness and Joel and Chris Rasmussen are working with Pastor Rich Ramsbacher, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, to put together a trip that will be meaningful and that would encourage our youth to grow and be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus.

Pray for our youth that this summers Mission Trip to Springfield, Missouri would draw them toward Jesus, and each one individually would discover a deeper and greater purpose for their life, and they would grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Pray that we in the body of Christ will love and encourage our youth and support them, with opportunities to help them grow into the person God intends them to be. The offering taken during our Lent services will go toward the mission trip to Springfield, Missouri.

The Association Retreat Center has additional summer youth and family gatherings in 2012....www.arc-aflc.org.

  • ARC Family Weekend - May 25-27.
  • Youth Camp - June 24-29.
  • Kids Camp - June 29 - July 1.
  • FLY Beyond Youth Camp - July 16-20.
  • Family Camp - July 29-August 4.
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Campus Days at Bible School

March 16-18 and April 1-2

Campus Days at Association Free Lutheran Bible School is coming quickly! Students grades 9-12 are invited to come and visit the Campus. This spring AFLBS offers two options for prospective students: Campus Days or our Spring Preview event!

Campus Days will be held March 16-18 and follows our traditional weekend format. It is a great opportunity for parents, youth groups, and churches to send 9th-12th grade prospective students to learn about AFLBS. Pastor Eric Westlake, from Zumbrota, MN will be the main speaker this spring! The schedule also includes a full weekend of activities and a "skate night" at a local roller rink. Also, they have reserved 40 spots to help at "Feed My Starving Children" on Saturday afternoon for youth and youth groups who would like to participate as space allows.

The Spring Preview Event will be held on April 1-2. This Preview day is an abbreviated schedule that is intended for 9th -12th grade prospective students to experience AFLBS in more of a personal setting. Students will be able to spend Sunday evening at a student led vespers service and one night in the dorms. They will also spend Monday morning attending a regular schedule of classes with current AFLBS students.

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FLY Beyond Camp

Youth FLY Boot Camp at the ARC

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

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180 Movie

180 DVD's are available in the church office. This DVD will change your heart toward the least and the lost, giving you the compassion and confidence to speak to others about the value of life. You'll learn important principles to change the hearts of the lost toward abortion and toward God.

Pick up your complimentary copy today. Extra copies are $1.

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Save the Date for VBS 2012

Amazing Desert Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

June 18-22, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Students entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Grace Free Lutheran Church.

Join us for VBS with a purpose!

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2012 AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

**Psalm 118:23-24: "This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

"This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church inThief River Falls, Minnesota, invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations at the 2012 AFLC Conference, June 12-15. Make plans now to attend! More information is at www.aflc.org.

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GRACE GREETERS

Greeting people as they come to church is a wonderful ministry. A warm smile, an encouraging hand shake and a sincere welcome is a wonderful way to begin our fellowship together each Sunday. The list below are some ideas to remember when you are assigned to greet on a Sunday morning.

Appearance:
~ Look neat
~ Have a real Jesus smile on your face.

Promptness:
~ Begin at 10:15 a.m.

Awareness:
~ Greet everybody with a firm handshake.
~ Watch the people around you and outside.
~ Someone may need help getting out of the car
~ Someone may need a restroom, garbage can, etc.
~ Connect the new people with other members so they can help them during the Worship service.
~ Inform ushers when a person has a need.
~ Know the layout of the building and where everything is.
~ Be mindful of new people that seem in spiritual need.

Ask Questions:
~ What is Your Name?
~ How long have you been attending Grace Free Lutheran Church?
~ Is there anything in your life you need prayer for?

If you would like to minister at Grace by greeting on a Sunday morning contact the church office.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

The regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and is considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Grace Lent Schedule 2012

"A Witness of Christ's Suffering" I Peter 5:1

A view of the cross through the eyes of Peter

Wednesday evenings, Feb. 22 - March 28, 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. Passover Service at Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church

February 22, I Peter 1:10-21 - Dr. Francis Monseth

February 29, I Peter 2:13-25 - Pastor Todd Erickson

March 7, I Peter 3:13-22 - Pastor Joel Rolf

March 14, I Peter 4:1-6 - Seminarian Ben Jore

March 21, I Peter 4:12-19 - Pastor Connely Dyrud

March 28, I Peter 5:1-11 - Pastor Jim Rasmussen

April 5, Pastor Joel Baker - Passover Service
Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church
11015 County Road 15, Plymouth, MN 55441

Note: We will need a count of those planning to attend the Passover service. Please sign up on the sheet on the back table of church of call the office.

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Summer Tour to Norway

"Roots of Faith"

Tour to Norway

Gather fellow believers from your congregation to enjoy the travel experience together.

July 6-17, 2012

Travel with former AFLC President Pastor Robert Lee, who will provide ongoing commentary about the people and places significant to our Lutheran heritage.

This is an outstanding opportunity to see the beautiful fjords, mountains and lakes of Norway between Oslo and Bergen. The trip will also include visits to a local farm, stave churches, and museums.

For further information email
Tours@BrekkeTours.com or call 800-437-5302 or contact Pastor Lee at rlee@aflc.org.

Reserve your spot today!

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Opportunities to Serve

Children's Church Volunteers are needed for the remainder of the year: Contact Lisa Leland. home (763) 494-5002, cell (612) 965-8071 or lisa@digicomp.us.

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Wednesday Night Lent Meals: Individuals are needed to help prepare, serve, and clean up on Wednesdays during Lent.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym in to a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Vacation Bible School: June 18-22, 2012. "Amazing Desert Journey" Volunteers are needed to assist the AFLBS team who will be with us this summer.

ARC Family Weekend May 25-27, 2012
Become an A.A.V! (Awesome ARC Volunteer) Enjoy the ARC grounds & help us get ready for our busy summer season or just hang out and enjoy the weather. Either way, the lodging and food is on us. It's a great weekend away.

 

 

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter

Pastor Peter Franz

February 2012

From Generation to Generation

The favorite psalm of my grandpa Franz in the later years of his life was Psalm 71. As I have read this psalm over the years I have wondered why this psalm was precious to him. I think I know why.

First of all, the psalmist is looking back in this psalm, recounting how good the Lord had been to him from the time he was born. God had been there all along, and now as he faces the challenges of old age he is trusting that God will continue to be with him. There is something about looking back at what God has done that gives you hope for today.

A second reason I think this psalm was precious to my grandpa is because he had a great concern for his children and the generations to come. In v.18 the psalmist says,

"And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to all who are to come."

I am grateful to God that my grandpa was faithful to declare the power of God to his children because that is a big part of the reason why I am a believer in Jesus today. I have seen the faithfulness of God from generation to generation.

As parents and grandparents we have the great privilege and responsibility to declare the Lord to the next generation. Are you passing on a heritage of faith?

May God help us to declare his power to all who are to come.

Pastor Peter Franz


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Life Changing Message

The Holiness of God , R.C. Sproul

Adult Bible Study Wednesday evenings - 6:30 p.m.

"When people ask me to name the Ligonier teaching material they should use to help them grow; I tell them, ?You should start with The Holiness of God.'""This series is a game-changer! Everything in our lives and ministries begins and ends with a soul-gripping awareness of God's infinite holiness. This dramatic series, is a high-impact presentation that reveals what the holiness of God is and how it should revolutionize our lives." ?R.C. Sproul

This classic can help you better understand the biblical picture of God's awesome holiness and why it is so foundational to God-centered, God-honoring theology and Christian living. In The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul demonstrates that encountering God's holy presence is a terrifying experience. Dr. Sproul argues that this struggle is nonetheless necessary because it is the only way to cure our propensity to trust in ourselves and our own righteousness for salvation. Praise be to God for this insightful ministry.

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Meet Ovidie Dyrud

Ovidie Marie Evenson (Dyrud) was born February 26, 1918, on a farm north of Colfax, Wisconsin. She was named after her grandfather Ole Langberg. There was not feminine form of "Ole" and "Olive" had already been used in her family. As a result she was named "Ovidie" which came from the Norwegian name "Ovidia" since, both of her parents were of Norwegian descent.

Ovidie grew up during the Great Depression, her family never worried about food since they lived on a dairy farm. Beside the livestock they raised for milk and meat, they had apple and plum trees and a large vegetable garden. They ground their own wheat for flour as well as other grains for cereal.

After graduation from eighth grade, Ovidie and her sister Ellen moved into Colfax for high school, since they did not have a bus system in rural America in 1931.

When she graduated in 1935, she ranked fourth in a class of 54 students. She earned an American Legion Award for courage, character, service, companionship and scholarship.

Ovidie earned her teachers certificate at Dunn County Normal School and and taught for three years in a one-room rural school in Twin Valley, WI. She went on to further schooling at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis. Ovidie used her nurses training at Lincoln Air Force Hospital and also was stationed in the Phillippines in World War II.

Ovidie married Amos Dyrud in 1948 and in 1949 they were called to service on the mission field. Together they served in Madagascar 1950-1969. Ovidie and Amos were married for 61 years. Ovidie is the mother to: Peter, Naomi, Rebecca and Samuel. She has 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Ovidie will celebrate her 94th birthday on February 26th.

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Faith Search Discovery

Please come on a journey as we dive into the questions regarding our Faith in Jesus Christ! We will be using Don Bierle's Faith Search material looking at questions like:

  • Why Am I Here?
  • Can I Believe the Bible?
  • Is Jesus Really God?
  • Can Faith Be Reasonable?
  • And How Can I Know God?

Along with this we will look closely at evidence for the Resurrection and consider the question...

  • What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Come with an open heart, with all the questions your mind can muster, and with a desire to search for truth by looking at the evidence!

Pastor Todd Erickson

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Love INC Open House

Love INC Open House: Sunday, Feb. 12, 1-3 p.m. at the Clearinghouse.

All are welcome to come join us at the Love INC New Clearinghouse as we join together to thank our volunteers.

The Love INC staff, board and volunteers press on toward the goal to mobilize churches in our area to provide for the poor and needy who live in our communities. Our goal as a Love In the Name of Christ affiliate is to enable churches to pool their resources and ministries so that those with legitimate needs will be helped. Also, to positively impact the lives of those who are being helped through developing ongoing relationships and sharing the Gospel of Christ."

Prayer is Integral to our Mission

Our mission, "to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ," we are exhorted to feed our spiritual lives, individually and corporately, so that God can work through us to achieve that goal. Therefore, prayer is an integral part of who we are and what we do. 
Through humble intercession to our Almighty God, we are reminded why Love INC is so unique. We don't aim to just meet the physical need, as do so many other non-profit organizations; our goal is to avail ourselves to our Lord so that His power is released to establish genuine, ongoing relationships with people in our community who come looking for assistance. Doing this allows us to Love in the Name of Christ.

We must never forget that the foundation for everything we do and say in this ministry must flow from the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must never forget that or attempt to follow our own agenda of how to meet peoples' needs.

Every Board meeting begins with prayer. Prayers of thanks and praise are lifted as we look to God for the future of Love INC.

May we always be mindful of that...the ministry belongs to and is driven by God. This Love INC affiliate is eager to work, serve and pray for individuals in our community. To God Be the Glory!

Catch the vision...join the volunteer team at Love INC.

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Make a Joyful Noise

If you are looking to use (or find!) your musical talents for the glory of the Lord, we would love to have you be part of the praise team, choir, and special music at Grace Free Lutheran Church.

The praise team leads a time of worship every Sunday at Grace. We try to blend new and old worship songs, along with hymns. Teams are put together to lead worship once a month. We welcome all instruments, and new voices. The Worship teams rehearsal schedule is Sunday mornings before the service, as well as meeting twice a quarter on a Thursday night as an entire group with all vocalists and instrumentalists. This has been a great opportunity to learn new music and praise the Lord together.

Grace choir continues to meet under the direction of Andrew Hanson, with accompanist Cindy Beck. We welcome any of you to join.

The choir at Grace gives you the opportunity to sing in a very talented group without too much commitment. Our choir sings for church once or twice a month; however, we rehearse in blocks. This means that we only rehearse the pieces that are immediately coming up. We usually rehearse on Wednesday nights from 7:40-8:30 for a few weeks prior to the service we sing at. This way, you may commit to just one block or just the blocks that work out best for you!

Grace Choir Rehearsals

  • Feb. 22, 29
  • March 14, 21, 28
  • April 4
  • May 9

The choir sing schedule

  • March 4, 18
  • April 8
  • May 13

We hope to continue to use the gifts that God has given to many people here at Grace. We are continually looking for ways to best utilize these gifts to the Glory of God. If you are not currently involved in any of the musical avenues our church provides, please consider becoming involved. We would love to have you join us! If you have any ideas on ways to use these gifts or you would like to become more involved, please see any member of the Music Committee or our Music and Worship Director, Andrew Hanson.

If you are interested in serving the Lord through music, please contact Andrew Hanson.

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Invite your special someone to the annual..

Valentine Banquet

Sunday, February 19,

6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by our Youth Group 
All are welcome.

Tickets: $10.00/per person 
Valentine Banquet: Sunday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. 
You and your sweetheart will enjoy a great meal and program.

The Youth Group will stay after church on the 19th to prepare for the banquet, a lunch will be provided.

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180 Course

Adult Sunday School Hour

Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m.

This powerful DVD will change your heart toward the least and the lost, giving you the compassion and confidence to speak to others about the value of life. You'll then learn effective principles to change the hearts of the lost toward abortion and toward God.

"This should be in the hands of every Christian!" Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries International.

As Christians we are called to rescue the perishing, and the "180 Course" will teach you how to help not only save lives of the unborn, but save lives for eternity.

With the simple principles shown in the "180 Course," you can have a tremendous impact in changing the hearts of our nation.

Join us!!

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Grace Free Lutheran Church

Vacation Bible School

June 18-22, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Students entering Kindergarten through 6th Grace

More details will be coming.

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2012 AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

**Psalm 118:23-24: "This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

"This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations at the 2012 AFLC Conference, June 12-15. Make plans now to attend!

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FLY Beyond Camp

Youth FLY Boot Camp at the ARC

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

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Couples' Retreat: ARC

February 17-18, (19)

Association Retreat Center - Osceola, WI 
Cost: 130.00. www.arc-aflc. 
Leaders: Pastor Jerry & Kristi Nelson

Jerry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently the Director of Psychological Health for the Army Reserve, 88th RSC. He works with Commanders, Service and family members on issues pertaining to psychological health as they go through the mobilizing and reintegration cycle. He also maintains a small private practice with his wife, Kristi, in La Crosse, WI. He specializes in marital relationships, male sexual addiction, as well as with individuals.

Kristi is a License Professional Counselor. She works with families on parenting and co-parenting issues, couples with marital difficulties, as well as with individuals. She has been involved in women's ministry for over thirty years. Kristi also consults for the Department of Defense, helping military personnel and their families as they go through the mobilizing and reintegration cycle.

Together, Jerry & Kristi have been presenting evidence based marriage and relationship seminars for a number of years. Their presentation will be centered around the work of Gary Thomas, author of "Sacred Marriage: What if God designed marriage to make us Holy more than to make us happy?"

The retreat begins Friday at 7:00 pm and concludes following the banquet on Saturday evening. Saturday lodging w/Sunday breakfast is available for an additional $30.00. Skiing is available nearby along with several activities here at the ARC.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

The regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers 
To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Campus Days at Bible School

March 16-18 and April 1-2

Campus Days at Association Free Lutheran Bible School is coming quickly! Students grades 9-12 are invited to come and visit the Campus. This spring AFLBS offers two options for prospective students: Campus Days or our Spring Preview event!

Campus Days will be held March 16-18 and follows our traditional weekend format. It is a great opportunity for parents, youth groups, and churches to send 9th- 12th grade prospective students to learn about AFLBS. Pastor Eric Westlake, from Zumbrota, MN will be the main speaker this spring! The schedule also includes a full weekend of activities and a "skate night" at a local roller rink. Also, they have reserved 40 spots to help at "Feed My Starving Children" on Saturday afternoon for youth and youth groups who would like to participate as space allows.

The Spring Preview Event will be held on April 1-2. This Preview day is an abbreviated schedule that is intended for 9th -12th grade prospective students to experience AFLBS in more of a personal setting. Students will be able to spend Sunday evening at a student led vespers service and one night in the dorms. They will also spend Monday morning attending a regular schedule of classes with current AFLBS students.

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Grace Lent Schedule 2012

"A Witness of Christ's Suffering" I Peter 5:1

A view of the cross through the eyes of Peter

Wednesday evenings, Feb. 22 - March 28, 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. Passover Service at Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church

February 22, I Peter 1:10-21 - Dr. Francis Monseth

February 29, I Peter 2:13-25 - Pastor Todd Erickson

March 7, I Peter 3:13-22 - Pastor Joel Rolf

March 14, I Peter 4:1-6 - Seminarian Ben Jore

March 21, I Peter 4:12-19 - Pastor Connely Dyrud

March 28, I Peter 5:1-11 - Pastor Jim Rasmussen

April 5, Pastor Joel Baker - Passover Service 
Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church 
11015 County Road 15, Plymouth, MN 55441

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Summer Tour to Norway

"Roots of Faith"

Tour to Norway

July 6-17

Lead by Pastor Robert Lee. 
For further information email 
Tours@BrekkeTours.com 
or contact Pastor Lee at rlee@aflc.org. 
Reserve your spot today!

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Opportunities to Serve

Children's Church Volunteers are needed for the coming new year: Contact Lisa Leland. home (763) 494-5002, cell (612) 965-8071 or lisa@digicomp.us.

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Wednesday Night Lent Meals: Individuals are needed to help prepare, serve, and clean up on Wednesdays during Lent.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym in to a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Vacation Bible School: June 18-22, 2012. Volunteers needed.

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Grace Free Lutheran Church Newsletter

Pastor Peter Franz

March 2012

Strong in Grace

The verse that my father gave me the day that I was confirmed was II Timothy 2:1. "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." It was a fitting verse for me because my dad was both my biological and my spiritual father. More than anyone else he was the one whom God used to help me see my need for Jesus as my Savior.

As I have read this verse over the years I have come to appreciate two things in particular. First of all, I appreciate the fact that it was my father's greatest desire that I be spiritually "strong." He not only wanted me to be a believer in Jesus. He wanted me to be growing in my faith and committed to follow Jesus. He never took for granted that I was walking close to Jesus.

Secondly, I appreciate the fact that my strength comes from "the grace that is in Christ Jesus." It is His power that makes me strong, and the more that I recognize just how weak I am the more that His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are weak because that is what you are! And that is the first step in experiencing the strength that comes from "the grace that is in Christ Jesus."

Pastor Peter Franz

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A Christian Vision Statement

Do you have a meaningful Christian Vision Statement or Life Verse for you as an individual or for your family?

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

Creating a personal vision statement can provide focus and direction for your life. A Christian personal vision statement considers God's will as part of the vision and is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Creating the statement requires examination of the attitute of your heart and personal honesty, and can help define goals and clarify the purpose of your life.

The Word of God gives direction as we read and study. We are blessed to have such clear direction as found in scripture....

  • "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."Joshua 24:15

  • "It is not by might or by power, but by my strength, says the Lord" (Zech. 4:6).

  • "The joy of the Lord is my strength" (Neh. 8:10).

  • Jesus invites us, "Come unto me all you who labour, take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matt. 11:28 - 30).

Also, as we read in the 3rd Article of the Creed: "I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and preserved me in the one true faith."

Approach writing your vision statement or life verse with a prayerful heart. Ask God to guide your thoughts as you meditate about the direction of your life. Use a variety of questions to help focus your vision statement.

  • Do I feel God has a purpose for my life?
  • In what ways has God's direction been revealed in my life?
  • What brings me joy or satisfaction?
  • What are my greatest strengths?
  • Are there any negative habits I need to break?
  • How do I spend my free time?
  • Where do I spend my money?
  • If my life ended now, would I have any regrets?
  • Am I deepening my relationship with Christ through Bible study and prayer?
  • Am I experiencing the joy of drawing others to Christ through love?

Answer each question as completely and honestly as possible. Add other questions and answers if they come to mind. Using your answers, write about the core values and recurring themes they reveal in the following areas: spiritual growth, family relationships, financial security, physical health, social development and personal enrichment.

Write statements that are based on your core values.

Read your personal vision statement often. Use it to guide your daily actions and decisions.

Share it with others.....

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Life Verse: John 10:10

". . . I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (ESV)

". . . I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance- to the full, till it overflows." (Amplified)

". . . I have come that men may have life, and may have it in all its fullness." (The New English)

". . . I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." (The Message)

Just as there are many interpretations of this verse, so there have been for me as I have learned to comprehend what the abundant life really is. Along life's journey, the Lord has used this verse to soothe the disappointment of dreams unfulfilled and has reminded me of what the true meaning of the abundant life is.

As a young woman, I assumed the abundant life would include a husband, children and a house that I could make a home. Instead God gave me a career, children to nurture and travel. Even before the career, I found myself in New York for a summer as a governess taking care of Michael and David. Thirty-four years as a speech therapist allowed me countless opportunities to minister to the needs of children and the staff often just by listening, praying or comforting with words. Four nephews became like sons.

The abundant life in my mind certainly didn't include traveling the world, but God's idea included a work camp in Finland, ten trips to Poland in the course of twenty years, witnessing to two young women for one month in Sweden, teaching Vacation Bible School in Switzerland, going to France to visit the missionary who lived in my home for nine months and now maintaining many of these relationships made over the years.

As time has passed, a clearer understanding of the abundant life has enveloped me. I see that it doesn't necessarily mean that I get whatever I want. No, in fact, it is being satisfied and often overjoyed with what God has filled my life up with. He gives more than I can usually imagine, but often in different ways than I expect. He is the reason for my joy and contentment in the midst of this changing world. His promises are good and He constantly gives me purpose. This is the abundant life, full and overflowing, Jesus in my heart and the power of the Holy Spirit within me.

Peggy Weihrauch

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Meet The Eurman Family

The Eurman family of 4 moved to Maple Grove, MN from Detroit, Michigan, 12 years ago for Dan to begin a new job. Both girls began at Heritage Christian Academy soon thereafter, Carolyn in the first grade and Kathryn in the fourth. Moving to Minnesota was a real leap of faith because we knew NO ONE at the start. It didn't take long, however, before it started to feel like home. Twelve years later, we can see, so clearly, God's loving hand in bringing to this place we call home.

Kathryn is now a Sophomore at Bethel University studying Nursing and Film Studies. After having been in competitive gymnastics throughout middle and high school, she decided to "hang up her leotard" and not continue the sport in college. For physical activity, she enjoys group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness, where she happens to be employed as well.

Carolyn, now a Junior at Heritage Christian Academy, enjoys playing volleyball for the Heritage Eagles. Off season, she works at Lifetime Fitness Center in the Child Care Center and has many stories of the darling children she cares for. Carolyn is looking forward to spending 2 1/2 weeks of her 2012 summer on a missions trip to Panama.

For the most part, Jennie has been a stay at home mom, but has kept her MN RN license current in case that "perfect job" appears. In the meantime, she is pursuing her RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) so that she may be equipped to do medical missions work with Radiologist Dan where ever and whenever the Lord may lead. After working 11 years at the job that brought us to Minnesota, Dan began a new adventure with Virtual Radiology in Jan 2012. He now works completely from home and is basking in that new luxury.

The longer we worship and serve at Grace Free Lutheran Church, the more we feel like you (GFLC) are our family. We are so thankful to God for placing us there.

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AFLC Ecuador

Justo and Patricia Pillman were called by the World Missions Committee and commissioned at the 2011 Annual Conference. Justo has served as an AFLC Short Term Missions Assistant in Ecuador for several years while pursuing the call to be an AFLC missionary. Justo was serving, Paz de Dios Lutheran Church (Peace of God). The church requested that he be assigned to work with them. After evaluating the violence in Mexico the World Missions Committee sensed it to be God's will to seek placement of the Pillmans in Ecuador. At the present time we are in the process of developing a working agreement with the Paz de Dios church before the placement of the Pillmans in Ecuador. Justo and Patricia were married in March of 2011 and recently experienced the joy of becoming parents to their first child Nathanael.

Birthdays and Interests: 
Justo: (March 18) 
Patricia: (Sept. 5)

Justo and Tricia love to spend time outdoors doing just about anything. They also enjoy the company of fellow Christians, reading, and photography. Justo has a great penchant for computer programming and electronics, while Tricia loves to write . . . so both find themselves spending a lot of time on the computer.

Prayer Concerns: 
* A renter for our house when we go overseas 
* Wisdom as we make many decisions and future plans 
* That God would continue to bind us together as a couple 
* That God would continue to prepare us and the Ecuadorian church for the work ahead 
* Safety during deputation with travel 
* That God would work out the details of our visa

Contact Information: 
Address in USA: 
2718 County Road E 
Woodville, WI 54028 
Email Address: 
jpillman@gmail.com

Join us Sunday, March 11 as the Pillmans will present the new work in Ecuador during the Sunday School hour and Justo will bring a message during the Worship Service.

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Faith Search Discovery

Please come on a journey as we dive into the questions regarding our Faith in Jesus Christ! We will be using Don Bierle's Faith Search materiallooking at questions like:

  • Why Am I Here?
  • Can I Believe the Bible?
  • Is Jesus Really God?
  • Can Faith Be Reasonable?
  • And How Can I Know God?

Along with this we will look closely at evidence for the Resurrection and consider the question...

  • What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Come with an open heart, with all the questions your mind can muster, and with a desire to search for truth by looking at the evidence! Sunday mornings 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Todd Erickson

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Make a Joyful Noise

Join choir and share your musical talents for the glory of the Lord!

Grace choir continues to meet under the direction of Andrew Hanson, with accompanist Cindy Beck. We welcome any of you to join.

The choir at Grace gives you the opportunity to sing in a very talented group without too much commitment. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights from 7:40-8:30 a few weeks prior to the service we sing at.

Grace Choir Spring Rehearsals 
* March 14, 21, 28 
* April 4 * May 9

The Grace Choir Spring Sing Schedule 
* March 4, 18 
* April 8 
* May 13

If you are interested in serving the Lord through choir or special music, please contact Andrew Hanson.

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Youth Mission Trip

Summer 2012

This summer our youth have exciting opportunities to minister to others and grow in their walk with the Lord. 
It is a blesssing to offer a variety of opportunities for our youth to attend camps, retreats and mission trips.

This summer our youth group is planning to go to Springfield, Missouri to do outreach and special projects for the church and community in Missouri.

Our youth leaders Jon and Hannah Langness and Joel and Chris Rasmussen are working with Pastor Rich Ramsbacher, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, to put together a trip that will be meaningful and that would encourage our youth to grow and be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus.

Pray for our youth that this summers Mission Trip to Springfield, Missouri would draw them toward Jesus, and each one individually would discover a deeper and greater purpose for their life, and they would grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Pray that we in the body of Christ will love and encourage our youth and support them, with opportunities to help them grow into the person God intends them to be. The offering taken during our Lent services will go toward the mission trip to Springfield, Missouri.

The Association Retreat Center has additional summer youth and family gatherings in 2012....www.arc-aflc.org.

  • ARC Family Weekend - May 25-27.
  • Youth Camp - June 24-29.
  • Kids Camp - June 29 - July 1.
  • FLY Beyond Youth Camp - July 16-20.
  • Family Camp - July 29-August 4.
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Campus Days at Bible School

March 16-18 and April 1-2

Campus Days at Association Free Lutheran Bible School is coming quickly! Students grades 9-12 are invited to come and visit the Campus. This spring AFLBS offers two options for prospective students: Campus Days or our Spring Preview event!

Campus Days will be held March 16-18 and follows our traditional weekend format. It is a great opportunity for parents, youth groups, and churches to send 9th-12th grade prospective students to learn about AFLBS. Pastor Eric Westlake, from Zumbrota, MN will be the main speaker this spring! The schedule also includes a full weekend of activities and a "skate night" at a local roller rink. Also, they have reserved 40 spots to help at "Feed My Starving Children" on Saturday afternoon for youth and youth groups who would like to participate as space allows.

The Spring Preview Event will be held on April 1-2. This Preview day is an abbreviated schedule that is intended for 9th -12th grade prospective students to experience AFLBS in more of a personal setting. Students will be able to spend Sunday evening at a student led vespers service and one night in the dorms. They will also spend Monday morning attending a regular schedule of classes with current AFLBS students.

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FLY Beyond Camp

Youth FLY Boot Camp at the ARC

July 16-20, 2012

The FLY Beyond Camp is open to teens and adults who desire to deepen their faith and grow in the Word.

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180 Movie

180 DVD's are available in the church office. This DVD will change your heart toward the least and the lost, giving you the compassion and confidence to speak to others about the value of life. You'll learn important principles to change the hearts of the lost toward abortion and toward God.

Pick up your complimentary copy today. Extra copies are $1.

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Save the Date for VBS 2012

Amazing Desert Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

June 18-22, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Students entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Grace Free Lutheran Church.

Join us for VBS with a purpose!

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2012 AFLC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Celebrating 50 Years

1962-2012

**Psalm 118:23-24: "This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

"This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church inThief River Falls, Minnesota, invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations at the 2012 AFLC Conference, June 12-15. Make plans now to attend! More information is at www.aflc.org.

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GRACE GREETERS

Greeting people as they come to church is a wonderful ministry. A warm smile, an encouraging hand shake and a sincere welcome is a wonderful way to begin our fellowship together each Sunday. The list below are some ideas to remember when you are assigned to greet on a Sunday morning.

Appearance: 
~ Look neat 
~ Have a real Jesus smile on your face.

Promptness: 
~ Begin at 10:15 a.m.

Awareness: 
~ Greet everybody with a firm handshake. 
~ Watch the people around you and outside. 
~ Someone may need help getting out of the car 
~ Someone may need a restroom, garbage can, etc. 
~ Connect the new people with other members so they can help them during the Worship service. 
~ Inform ushers when a person has a need. 
~ Know the layout of the building and where everything is. 
~ Be mindful of new people that seem in spiritual need.

Ask Questions: 
~ What is Your Name? 
~ How long have you been attending Grace Free Lutheran Church? 
~ Is there anything in your life you need prayer for?

If you would like to minister at Grace by greeting on a Sunday morning contact the church office.

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AFLC Lutheran Ambassador

The Lutheran Ambassador is the magazine of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). Published monthly, its purpose is to encourage and equip Christians, evangelize non-christians, and educate people about the work of congregations and departments of the AFLC.

The regular subscription to The Lutheran Ambassador costs $19 a year when done as part of a group. $20 when as an individual, and $22 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Grace church renews our group subscription in May of each year.

2012 Promotion for New Lutheran Ambassador Subscriptions

$10 year for new subscribers

Sample copies are in the church office for anyone to read and is considering a new subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador.

To order contact luthamb@aflc.org

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Grace Lent Schedule 2012

"A Witness of Christ's Suffering" I Peter 5:1

A view of the cross through the eyes of Peter

Wednesday evenings, Feb. 22 - March 28, 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. Passover Service at Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church

February 22, I Peter 1:10-21 - Dr. Francis Monseth

February 29, I Peter 2:13-25 - Pastor Todd Erickson

March 7, I Peter 3:13-22 - Pastor Joel Rolf

March 14, I Peter 4:1-6 - Seminarian Ben Jore

March 21, I Peter 4:12-19 - Pastor Connely Dyrud

March 28, I Peter 5:1-11 - Pastor Jim Rasmussen

April 5, Pastor Joel Baker - Passover Service 
Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church 
11015 County Road 15, Plymouth, MN 55441

Note: We will need a count of those planning to attend the Passover service. Please sign up on the sheet on the back table of church of call the office.

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Summer Tour to Norway

"Roots of Faith"

Tour to Norway

Gather fellow believers from your congregation to enjoy the travel experience together.

July 6-17, 2012

Travel with former AFLC President Pastor Robert Lee, who will provide ongoing commentary about the people and places significant to our Lutheran heritage.

This is an outstanding opportunity to see the beautiful fjords, mountains and lakes of Norway between Oslo and Bergen. The trip will also include visits to a local farm, stave churches, and museums.

For further information email 
Tours@BrekkeTours.com or call 800-437-5302 or contact Pastor Lee at rlee@aflc.org.

Reserve your spot today!

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Opportunities to Serve

Children's Church Volunteers are needed for the remainder of the year: Contact Lisa Leland. home (763) 494-5002, cell (612) 965-8071 or lisa@digicomp.us.

Nursing Home Weekly Service: Volunteers are needed to bring a message and provide music to the residents at Crystal Care Center.

Wednesday Night Lent Meals: Individuals are needed to help prepare, serve, and clean up on Wednesdays during Lent.

Grace Meal Ministry: Contact gracechurchmeals@yahoo.com. Provide meals for families who have need.

Love INC: Clearinghouse volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Clearinghouse - 5701 Kentucky Ave. Call the Love INC office if interested: 763-561-1410.

Greeters: Greeters are needed on Sunday mornings before the worship service to welcome our members and visitors.

Serving Committees: Serving Committees serve coffee before the Worship Service and at special events throughout the school year. Individuals are welcome to help on a monthly Serving Committee.

Set-up Teams: Set up teams transform the gym in to a Worship Area each week. Join one of our 5 set -up teams.

Vacation Bible School: June 18-22, 2012. "Amazing Desert Journey" Volunteers are needed to assist the AFLBS team who will be with us this summer.

ARC Family Weekend May 25-27, 2012 
Become an A.A.V! (Awesome ARC Volunteer) Enjoy the ARC grounds & help us get ready for our busy summer season or just hang out and enjoy the weather. Either way, the lodging and food is on us. It's a great weekend away.

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