July 7, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Special Vocal Offerings

This Sunday, a special vocal prelude and offertory piece will be provided by Emily Venturella, a U of I student.

Readings and Psalm

Ezekiel 2:1-5: The call of Ezekiel

Psalm 123: Our eyes look to you, O God, until you show us your mercy. (Ps. 123:2)

2 Corinthians 12:2-10: God’s power made perfect in weakness

Mark 6:1-13: Sending of the Twelve to preach and heal

Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the “between”: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.

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Worship Support

Assisting Minister: Claire Vail

Reader: Chet Alwes

Deacon: Van Bowersox

Ushers: Dave and Carol Larson

Greeters: Jeff and Tina Fehrenbacher

Livestreamer: Jim Anderson

Sound: Kevin Vail

For the upcoming Worship Support schedule, see the spreadsheet found here on Google Drive.

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School will be on summer break for the month of July. See you in August!

Stitch and Craft

Stitch and Craft meets at 7 p.m. on July 12 and 26 in the narthex to make our projects. You may work on whatever project you want.

Emergency Pastoral Care

If emergency pastoral care is needed during Pastor’s Repp’s vacation, please contact Kathy Bowersox, who is our initial contact person for this purpose. She will be the one who know who to call on. Her e-mail and phone number are in the church directory.

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief was founded in the United States after World War II. LWR tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to challenges that threaten their livelihood and wellbeing. LWR works with people based on need, regardless of race, religion or nationality, and they do not evangelize.

LWR provides aid in emergencies and helps families restore their lives using decades of experience and partnering with local communities. The mission of LWR is to affirm God's love for all people, working with other Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.

You may know LWR as the agency that hands out the school and health kits. LWR kits offer a tangible way to offer comfort and support when a natural disaster strikes or war drives families from their homes. These kits are designed to help people coping with poverty, disaster conflict, and more. Whether helping someone to maintain basic hygiene or keep education going during a crisis, LWR kits provide dignity and hope in the direst of situations.

God's Work; Our Hands

For many years, members of our congregation have supplied materials and assembled school and health kits for LWR. Because of people fleeing the war in Ukraine and Sudan, LWR has been in need of more health kits. This fall, the Social Ministry Committee aims to assemble and ship 50 personal care kits and 50 school kits. The committee asks for donations to help us purchase the supplies for these kits. Right now, school supplies are plentiful and we can often buy items in bulk.

Please make your check out to Grace Lutheran Church with a memo: LWR Kits. If you would prefer to purchase an item for these kits yourself, we would be happy to accept donations of bath-size bars of soap in original wrapping or adult-size toothbrushes in original wrapping. These donations can be placed in the plastic tub by the main church entrance, marked "LWR Kit Supplies."

Donations can be made now through September 2. After collecting the needed supplies, the Social Ministry committee will ask for your help in assembling the kits on September 8 for "God's Work; Our Hands" Sunday.

July 7 to 14

Sunday, July 7

9:30 a.m.: Worship Service (in-person/livestream)

12 p.m.: Women's AA (Hoffmeister Room)

Monday, July 8

10 a.m.: Food for Seniors (Fellowship Hall)

6:30 p.m.: Finance Committee Meeting (Hoffmeister Room)

Tuesday, July 9

6 a.m.: Food for Seniors (Fellowship Hall)

6 p.m.: Adult Children of Alcoholics (Chapel)

6:30 p.m.: Sweet Adelines (Fellowship Hall)

Thursday, July 11

10 a.m.: Food Pantry (Fellowship Hall)

Friday, July 12

7 p.m.: Stitch and Craft (Narthex)

Sunday, July 14

9:30 a.m.: Worship Service (in-person/livestream)

12 p.m.: Women's AA (Hoffmeister Room)

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Prayer Requests

We have two formal ways of praying for one another at Grace. One is in the Sunday morning worship service, where we pray for people by name in the Prayers of Intercession. They will also be listed in the emailed and printed versions of GraceNotes, but not in the web version. Please send prayer requests for the Sunday-morning prayers to office@glccu.org. You may also submit prayer requests on our website at https://glccu.org/prayer-requests/.

Pastor's Discretionary Fund

The Pastor's Discretionary Fund allows the church to offer financial assistance to people in our community. The office receives requests for help with rent, utilities, and other needs, and your donations make this important work possible!

To donate to this fund, you can give online at https://glccu.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to the church office with "Pastor's Discretionary Fund" in the memo line.

Using GLC Facilities

Our facilities are available for use by members and by outside groups. If you would like to use any part of the facility, please fill out a Facilities Use Request, found on the web site, and contact Alex in the office to ensure that it is on the calendar, so that the space is ready for you and that you are aware of how to adjust the appropriate thermostat.

Facility Use