News & Events
News & Events
All activities of Grace are included in the following new committees. These two committees would shape, plan, and oversee most of the functioning of the congregation.
Evangelism is “outreaching” in its overall focus and would involve four teams of people: Worship, LYF, Ministries, and Growth.
Stewardship seeks to care for the congregation’s assets and people with these four teams: Building/Grounds, Giving, Membership, and Administration.
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Facilities Use and Communications
In an effort to streamline the various communication processes at Grace and in the community, the Stewardship/Administration team has created a procedure that we think will be more effective and produce results that will be beneficial to everyone involved. Beginning July 1, 2016, all communication requests should go to Alissa Olson only.
Communication Requests. This consists of announcements in the bulletin, articles in the GLOW newsletter, etc. A new form has been created for this process. The form allows you to choose where you want your announcement to appear (newsletter, Web site, Facebook, etc.) and when it should appear. The form also has a place where you can handwrite your announcement, but you have other options—attach a printed page to the form, send the announcement by e-mail, etc.
Facility Use. The church maintains a facility use calendar. At this point, we would like to start with a clean slate. If you had something that was previously on the calendar, we are asking that you please complete a revised Facility Use Application form and submit the request again. This will help with addressing the liability issues, as well as updating the calendar and the contact information should a question arise.
The forms can be accessed from the Forms link on the navigation bar to the left of this announcement so they can be printed for submission. Copies are also in a bin on the wall located next to Alissa’s office door.
All completed forms can be placed into the mailbox located next to Alissa’s office door, or she can be reached via:
Office phone: 920-836-2382
Cell phone: 920-277-7619
Alissa will put the request into effect or coordinate with the appropriate people to have the request carried out.
If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact anyone on the Administration team: Rich Terio, Debbie Groff, Ellen Schneider, Ruth Ann Wisnefske, Mel Mathison, Cindy Krause, or Jean Thyssen.
Property Team. For the past several years, the Property Team has been working hard at maintaining and improving our church building and property. But the funds that were so plentiful at one time have run out.
When giving your weekly or monthly offering, please consider giving an extra $3 or $5 to go directly into the coffers for the Property Team to continue their good work at Grace.
Ruth’s Pantry. Ruth’s Pantry is always looking for volunteers—either at the morning session or at the late afternoon session. If you think you might be interested, stop in on Monday and see what it is all about. This is a good way to give back to the community.
Can YOU help?
Thrivent Choice. Attention Thrivent members: Inspiration theatre Inc. (www.inspirationtheatre.org) is now eligible for Thrivent Choice dollars! With Thrivent Choice®, you can recommend where some of Thrivent Financial’s charitable outreach funds go. You may want to direct some or all of your Choice Dollars® to our own local community theatre.
A few weeks ago, your newsletters contained a form asking for your membership information:
· phone number(s)
· email address
This information is for a church directory (without pictures). If you have already submitted that information, THANK YOU!
If you are a Grace member and have not recently submitted that information, pick up a form at church or email the above information to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald L. Mansholt, bishop of the ELCA, has sent a letter to all clergy and ELCA members with encouraging words about the health pandemic we are currently experiencing.
Click here to read Bishop Mansholt’s letter.
At this time when we may be feeling disconnected and apart from our friends and fellow worshippers at Grace, there are a number of ways you can continue to connect:
Facebook. The GraceofWinchester Facebook page contains a wealth of opportunities for you to stay in tune with what is happening at Grace Lutheran. These include:
· Beginning in August, prerecorded video of Pastor Connie’s message available after 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
· Wednesday Morning Zoom Coffee and Conversation meeting with Pastor Connie and others, and
· A Periodic Prayer
· A Grace Lutheran Church Facebook page for youth and family that contains Sunday School activities, games, and other fun youth and family resources. It is available at www.facebook.com/groups/gracefaithformation.
Many of these same features are available on the GLCW.ORG Web site.
Prayer Chain. A periodic prayer is sent to everyone on the Grace Lutheran prayer chain. The Prayer Chain is also used to distribute to subscribers the worship services as well as the Monday morning devotion.
Please note that while Pastor Connie and Alissa are primarily the ones that direct all of these activities, many others are involved—musicians, confirmation families, other Grace members, and miscellaneous contributors. We thank all who participate in our weekly events.