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The News of Grace

Volume 35, no. 11 November 2012

and many of our neighbors throughout the world have little or nothing. This is not about our need to clean our plates because there are children starving in Africa. This is about taking just a little from every plate and sharing it as a sanctified witness of our faith. I know that there are many demands for our charity and we need to be selective about who we can give to and who we cannot. I encourage you to think about who you give to and make a commitment that is a response to a commitment shown to you, not by coercion from me or anyone else. The same is true for your stewardship for the Lord’s kingdom work. You need to prayerfully consider the gifts you have been given and share from them proportionately. I recognize that many of you do that on a regular basis. The words recorded by the prophet Isaiah in the above Bible passage invite us to “Come.” This invitation “mimics the sounds of the market place of that day where the staples of life—water, bread, milk, wine—could be bought.” Indeed in the context of Isaiah the invitation to taste and see that the Lord is good comes by hearing the Word and recognizing that the eternal feast is ours free through the work of the Suffering Servant. Of course that was the promised Servant to come. We know that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that promise and Jesus invites us to drink of the waters that well up to eternal life, and Jesus changed water into wine as His first miracle, and Jesus miraculously fed a great multitude from a little boy’s lunch of loaves and fish. St. Peter in his first epistle urges us to “long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3) The food for the poor that we find in Holy Scripture points all of us to the very Word of God which is nourishment for our souls. That Word combined with water gives us forgiveness, life and salvation in our Baptisms. Those same gifts are given to us as we eat from the Holy Supper of the Lord’s body and blood given and shed for us. These Gospel gifts are for each one of us poor miserable sinners the food that we need for our souls. Thankfully for us this is without price, but at great price for our heavenly Father who gave His Son up for us all. What we are and what we do as Christians flows from that amazing and abundant grace. In this month that gives us Thanksgiving, we have opportunity to gives thanks to the Lord as we recognize that He has given food for the poor. Blessed Thanksgiving – Pastor Walter

“Food For The Poor”
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” (Isaiah 55:1-4) The response to our food pantry ingathering this past Sunday was great. Thanks to Elder David Graf for his efforts in reminding us that we need to bring in some canned goods from time to time to keep our food pantry stocked. That helps us supply the basic food needs of a few people who are having trouble making ends meet for whatever reason. I know that there are some folks who do not budget their income properly and so they can’t feed their children. I know that there are folks who spend their income on anything that is not wholesome and so they are left without food. I also know that some folks do not make enough to pay rent, utilities and cover transportation to and from work, much less have an adequate supply of food to feed themselves and their families. Unfortunately hunger is not just a third world problem. Yet we are also keenly aware that this malady exists in most underdeveloped nations. Every other year the Board of Elders allows for a Lutheran Pastor from our church body who is an ambassador for the organization, “Food For The Poor,” to come and share with us information on this food ministry to the destitute throughout Latin American and the Caribbean and its need for our support. This year the Rev. Gerald Kovac will share this message in light of the Gospel mandate to love one another. It is said that you cannot share the Good News with someone who is starving to death without first feeding him. Since we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month and taking time to indulge in the foods of that great tradition, it is appropriate that we remember how physically and materially blessed we are as a people

Director of Parish Music
Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ! Happy New Year! Well, almost. November 25 is the Last Sunday of the Church Year (also called the Sunday of the Fulfillment or Christ the King Sunday), and while I’ve never heard of anyone staying up until midnight to drop a ball, blow noisemakers, and sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” before the First Sunday of Advent, we are indeed close to the start of a new Church Year. But we’re not quite there yet. One hymn typically associated with the end of the Church Year is “Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying” (LSB 516). This hymn, often called the King of Chorales, first appeared as one of two hymns in an appendix to a book of meditations published by Lutheran Pastor Philipp Nicolai entitled Joyful Mirror of Eternal Life in the late 1500s after many in his congregation died from the Plague. (The other hymn was “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright” [LSB 395]). The first stanza tells the story of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, from Matthew 25: “Wake, awake, for night is flying,” The watchmen on the heights are crying; “Awake, Jerusalem, arise!” Midnight hears the welcome voices And at the thrilling rejoices: “Oh, where are ye, ye virgins wise? The Bridegroom comes, awake! Your lamps with gladness take! Alleluia! With bridal care Yourselves prepare To meet the Bridegroom, who is near.” The Church is the Bride of Christ, and she waits in earnest expectation for His return. The End of the Church Year and the Season of Advent focus on both the first and second comings of Christ, for to remember that Christ came once as little child, born of the virgin Mary is also to remember that He said that He would come again soon. E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come! Stanza two: Zion hears the watchmen singing, And all her heart with joy is springing; She wakes, she rises from her gloom. For her Lord comes down all-glorious, The strong in grace, in truth victorious; Her star is ris’n, her light is come. Now come, Thou Blessed One, Lord Jesus,

God’s own Son, Hail! Hosanna! We enter all The wedding hall To eat the Supper at Thy call. Christ will indeed return in full glory at the Last Day, and this stanza speaks of that day and beyond, where we “look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” This stanza also applies to our life right now, here on earth. Each Sunday Christ comes to us through His Word and Sacraments. When we receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar, we are given a foretaste of the Feast to come, the eternal Wedding Feast of the Lamb. This is a paradox, and Lutheran theology is full of them. We are already, in the Sacrament, participating in that Eternal Feast, and yet we are still here on Earth, in this vale of tears, and do not live fully in the joys of the life to come. Stanza three: Now let all the heav’ns adore Thee, Let saints and angels sing before Thee With harp and cymbals’ clearest tone. Of one pearl each shining portal, Where, joining with the choir immortal, We gather round Thy radiant throne. No eye has seen the light, No ear has heard the might Of Thy glory; Therefore will we Eternally Sing hymns of praise and joy to Thee! Just as the Proper Preface says, in the Sanctus: “Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord…” This is the life which is to come. We already have a foretaste of it each Sunday through Word and Sacrament, and we wait with hopeful expectation for the day when Christ will return to take us from our sin-ravaged world and bring us into the new world where we will need no sun or moon, for the Lord God will be our light, eternally. Lord Jesus Christ, so govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of Your glorious return, we may persevere in both faith and holiness of living; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Collect of the Day for the Last Sunday of the Church Year)

Peace in Christ, Nathan Beethe, Director of Parish Music

30 Years of Grace
We love our church and just presume it will always be here. Did you know that since 1969, 1,500 churches in England have closed their doors. Today in England regular churchgoers of all denominations amount to 6.3% of the population. Could it happen here? I have recently finished reading a book entitled "Already Gone" by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer. They have looked at the future of the Church in American and makes for a very sobering read. One statistic they cite is: "A majority of twenty-somethings--61% of today's young adults-- had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged (i.e., not actively attending church, reading the Bible, or praying)." What the authors are saying is that the churches in America are losing 2/3 of their youth. It is not hard to see that we could follow England in only a few short generations. The authors looked closely at 1000 youth to learn the cause of this exodus. Of the 1000 studied 95% attended church regularly during elementary and middle school years, 55% attended church regularly during high school, and 11% were still going to church during their early college years. Of great importance the book looks at why the Church has lost its value and is now considered irrelevant to so many young adults. Finally, "Already Gone" looks at what can be done to reverse this trend. The answer, they believe, centers around Christian parents. Parents must be trained in basic Christian apologetics. Parents are primarily responsible for passing on our faith to the next generation. Do you confront the culture, defend the faith, and are you engaged in your church? Do you pray with your children and teach them the Bible? This is not to take anything away from our Pastor. Pastor does a great job but the most important people passing faith to the next generation are parents. Pastor is here to equip our parents to do this mighty work. "You shall teach them (Gods Word) to your children, talking of them (Gods Word) when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land…" Deuteronomy 11: 19-20. In his service, Randy Middaugh Chairman of Grace

Thank you from Kevin and Allie
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Allie and I wished to express our appreciation to everyone at Grace Lutheran. The assistance we have received has been a true blessing for our family. Quite a bit has happened since we left in August. We enjoyed some time with Allie's parents in Osceola, Nebraska. Monica relished the time she was able to spend with her grandparents. We then moved down to St. Louis on August 24. We are living in the married housing on the seminary campus, and it is very nice. While I'm at school, Allie has been enjoying time at home watching children for some of the other seminary families. Monica is staying at home with her mother, which we think is beneficial for her in these early years of her life. My studies are challenging, but have helped me to grow in my understanding of God's Word and also how to better use that Word for the benefit of His people. We enjoy being part of the seminary community, but we look forward to our next opportunity to visit all of you. We miss our family at Grace and we hope all of you are well. God's blessings, and once more, thank you. In Christ, Kevin, Allie, and Monica

We will again be providing invitations for you to send to your family and friends. Look for more information in the Sunday bulletin or call the church office.

Thanksgiving Day Service
November 22nd 9:00 a.m.
Join us on Thanksgiving Day as we come together for worship and to give thanks for the many blessings the Lord has provided.

THOSE WHO SERVE in NOVEMBER
ACOLYTE/CRUCIFER ACOLYTE/CRUCIFER SCHEDULE 8:15 a.m. Worship Services – Lily Woodyard 10:45 a.m. Worship Services – Maxwell Baker Thanksgiving Day–Nov. 22nd – Acolyte – Anna Kate Manchester Crucifer – Jack Manchester COMMUNION ASSISTANTS November 4th – 10:45 Service – Ken Ross November 11th – 8:15 Service – Carter Stein November 18th – 10:45 Service – ________________ November 25th – 8:15 Service – Allen Deislinger USHERS’ SCHEDULE 8:15 a.m. Worship Services – Dennis Fastenau’s team 10:45 a.m. Worship Services – Chris Pils’ team CANTORS’ SCHEDULE 8:15 a.m. Worship Services – Joel Junkans 10:45 a.m. Worship Services – Suzanne Lambert

Invite your family and friends!!

GREETERS’ SCHEDULE 8:15 a.m. Worship Services – Paula Walter 10:45 a.m. Worship Services – Laine Krueger Thanksgiving Day – Nov. 22nd – Laine Krueger and Paula Walter SCHEDULE ALTAR GUILD SCHEDULE 8:15 a.m. Services – Janet Killough 10:45 a.m. Services – _________________
Wednesday Mid-Week Services – Suzanne Raddle & Wilma Richter

OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Julius Breckling who died on October 22nd in Hot Springs. His funeral was on Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Hot Springs. Julius was a former member of our Grace congregation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Breckling family. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Ruth Stelljes who died Friday, October 12th in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her funeral was Wednesday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Ruth is the grandmother of Gina Junkans. Our prayers are with the Stelljes and Junkans’ families. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Mrs. Doris Parker who died at her home on Tuesday evening, October 2nd. Her funeral service was held here at Grace on Friday with Pastor Walter officiating. Please remember the Parker family in your prayers. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Charlie Brown who died last week. Charlie is the brother of Betty Jacobs Wagoner and the uncle of Sarah Gipson. Our prayers are with Betty and Sarah and their families. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Ann Vaughn who died on Wednesday morning. Ann is the mother of Billy Ginocchio. Our prayers are with Billy and his family. OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of John McKoin who died this past week after suffering injuries from an automobile accident. His funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. John was a friend of some of our Grace family. BLESSINGS… CONGRATULATIONS and GOD’S BLESSINGS… Congratulations to Heather and Travis Starr on the birth of their daughter Madison Lane Starr on October 31st Congratulations and God’s Blessings.

If you are unable to serve please ask someone to fill in for you and then call the church office.

FAMILY GRACE FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES
WELCOME… Greg and Barb Warren and their baptized children Andrew and Matthew transferred to Grace on September 26th from Christ Lutheran Church in Little Rock. Please welcome the Warrens to our Grace Family. HOLY BAPTISM… On October 14th, Zachary Blake Johnson, son of Amanda Edwards and Paul Krueger, will be received into God’s Kingdom of Grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. His sponsor is Laine Krueger and his grandparents are Ron and Russlynn Krueger. CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY… OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the family of Virginia Proud who died on Saturday, October 20th, in Indiana. Virginia is the mother of Gary Proud. Our prayers continue to be with the Proud family.

Congratulations to Melanie Stillman and Wes Davis who were united in marriage Saturday afternoon at the Bauxite Historical Museum in Bauxite, Arkansas. Pastor Walter officiated at the wedding. Congratulations and God’s blessings to Melanie and Wes Davis! Congratulations to Kristin Wilkins and Phillip Roberts, Jr. who were united in marriage on Saturday, October 27th at the Perry Plantation in Mabelvale. Kristin is the daughter of Billy and Tina Wilkins and Linda and Gene Whitley and is the granddaughter of Bill and Mildred Wilkins. Pastor Walter officiated at the beautiful outdoor service. Congratulations to Clayton Wilkins as he represented the United States in his division at the Sprint World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand the week of October 14th. Clayton is the son of John and Kelley Wilkins and the grandson of Bill and Mildred Wilkins.

ACTS CHRISTMAS DINNER December 2nd
Red Lobster Markham and Rodney Parham, Little Rock
Watch for more details!!!

Daylight Savings Time Ends!! November 4th
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!!

CHURCH CLEANING December 1st Any time Saturday morning!
It is time again to do a thorough cleaning of the Sanctuary and other areas of the Church. Please come on December 1, 2012. Kim will be there by 8:00 a.m. for the early-to-bed-early-to-rise contingent, but please, come any time in the morning to help polish the pews and altar area, dust the light fixtures and all that really fun stuff. This will provide a stupendous arm-strengthening work-out and make the sanctuary smell wonderful for Advent, which begins on December 2, 2012. We need all willing hands--including some long arms on tall legs. If you have questions, call me at 425-6681. Kimberley Woodyard

KEEP IN TOUCH
Kevin and Allie Ray and Monica are in St. Louis where Kevin has begun his first year of study at Concordia Seminary. Their contact information is 14 Founders Way #C, Clayton, MO 63105 or call Kevin at 501-831-1994 and Allie at 402-366-3334. Email them at Kevin.ray@cune.org or allie.ray88@yahoo.com. They also have a blog kevinandalliefamily.blogspot.com. Please keep in touch with Kevin and Allie to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Keylon Wilbert, husband of Danielle Pils Wilbert, has recently been deployed to Kyrgyzstan. To keep in touch with Keylon his address is Keylon Wilbert, 376ESFS/S30A, APOAE09353. Danielle’s address at the base in Arizona is 1934 Souix, Glendale, AZ 85307. Please take time to drop them a note to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.

ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER
November 11th First Lutheran Church 314 E. 8th, Little Rock First Lutheran LWML will serve their annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, November 11th, following their 10:00 a.m. Worship Service. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Proceeds will be matched by a Thrivent for Lutherans grant and will benefit Arkansas Rice Depot. Tickets are available at the dinner or you can call First Lutheran Church, 372-1023.

Beginning with the Reformation Sunday New Member Potluck lunch today, Grace is asking that our members join us in restocking of Food Pantry with some of the following items: canned items (soup, vegetable, fruit etc.), grains (rice, barley etc.), dry beans or cereal. A table (with a corresponding sign) is set up in Parker Hall at the Potluck today for you to deposit your food item(s). We will continue to collect food through Thanksgiving and Christmas. After today, a table will be set up in the breezeway to collect these items for the Food Pantry. If you have any questions in this regard please do not hesitate to call Pat Funk or Dave Graf at 370-1540. Thank you in advance for your help! David Graf Elder – Christian Action Coordinator

NOON DEVOTIONS WITH PASTOR
Noon Devotions with Pastor is Thursday, November 8th, at 12:00 noon in Parker Hall. Bring a sandwich and join us for Bible study and fellowship. Drinks, chips, and dessert are provided. Bring a friend and join us …this is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship!!

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE COFFEE HOST SIGN UP
Volunteers Needed to Serve - Please take a minute and sign up for the Sunday on which you wish to serve. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the Parlor.

FELLOWSHIP CLUB
Tuesday, November 20th Mark your calendar!! Watch the Sunday bulletin for more details.

The schedule for November, 2012 is:
November 4th November 11th Bill and Mildred Wilkins, Debbie Craig Ron and Russlynn Krueger & Zachary _____________________________ _____________________________

Grace Food Pantry
For those of you that are unaware of this fact, Grace has a Food Pantry that it offers to those who are in need. As Fall and Winter approach the Food Pantry appears to be severely under stocked to meet the needs of those that are in need.

November 18th November 25th

The schedule for December, 2012 is:

December 2nd December 9th December 16th December 23rd December 30th

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Booth rental fees and bake sale and book sale proceeds benefit Kevin Ray, first year seminary student. Matching funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Contact Riley Middaugh at 954-9281 or ram0220@aol.com for more information. email at

THE C.A.L.L.
Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime Through the Board of Evangelism, Grace continues to support the The C.A.L.L. Some of the items needed for The CALL Mall are boys and girls clothes, kaki or blue slacks, white polo type shirts, and school supplies. If you can help with any of these items, place them by the DCFS box in the breezeway.

Thanks!! We appreciate your help!

GRACE FALL CRAFT SHOW USED BOOK SALE November 3rd – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Parker Hall Craft Show in the upper level Used Book Sale in the lower level Begin your Christmas shopping here!
• • The Grace LWML will offer breakfast and lunch, for the convenience of vendors and shoppers. Back by popular demand- the Grace Bakers will have a booth selling German Chocolate Cake, Applekuchen and many more of your favorites. Tickets are now available for purchase to win an original handcrafted quilt made by Riley Middaugh. The proceeds will benefit Kevin and Allie Ray at Concordia Seminary.

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICE SERVICE - EAST OFFICE
Through the Board of Evangelism, Grace continues to support the foster care program in the East Office of DCFS. Some of the items they need for the children coming into their office include: Baby bottles Diapers hand sanitizer Baby wipes individual packaged snacks

If you can help provide any of these items, please bring them to the church and place them in the box for DCFS which is in the church breezeway. For more information, contact Abby Buchanan or Pat Funk.

LWML EVENING GUILD
LWML Evening Guild will send 54+ backpacks with school supplies to Lutheran World Relief on Nov. 9th. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project. Our Fall LWML Mid-Arkansas Zone Rally will be November 10th at Peace Lutheran Church in Conway. The Ingathering is for the Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas. Items include washcloths, hand and bath towels, bars of soap. Also they are collecting eyeglasses (reading or prescription) for Loma de Luz Hospital ministry, Honduras. If you would like to contribute some of these items, please leave them on the table in the breeze way. They will be taken to the Zone Rally on November 10th. We will meet on November 15th at 6:00 p.m. at Izzy's Restaurant for our "Giving Thanks Dinner". Families and friends are invited. Please call Judy Rivers for reservations.

time of economic uncertainty one of the best things you can do to help yourself and your family is get your financial house in order. Please help us get the word out to family, friends and neighbors who might be interested in attending. Many members of Grace have already been through this course and would be glad to speak to you about it. We have 10 sets of materials available for $89 each. Cost on the Ramsey website is currently $109. Riley and I look forward to hosting this course and seeing you there! Sign up in the church office. Randy Middaugh

Financial Peace University Begins Sunday, January 6 4:00-5:30 pm Cost: $89 /couple (or single) Registration deadline December 7 Childcare Available BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD'S BLESSINGS to November: Grace Family Members in the month of November: 1 - Sheri Rivers, Christopher Paulson 2 - Nora Olivia Robinson 3 - Harrison Taylor, Leah Sheridan, Barb Warren 4 - Maxine Biggers 6 - Chris Pils, Jeannie Worlund 7 - Tammy Hill, Courtney Sutterfield 8 - Lauren Faulkner, Margaret Schulz 9 - Erich Cline 10 - Richard Bemberg, Jeanette Keehn 11 - David Faulkner, Mary Kathryn Stein 12 - Janie Ginnochio, Greg Keppel 13 - Richard Haddock

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY Coming to Grace in 2013
Financial Peace University (FPU) is again coming to Grace. Dave Ramsey is a nationally syndicated personal money management expert who founded Financial Peace University and has written several New York Times best sellers on personal finances. The Board of Evangelism and the Board of Endowment are pleased to bring FPU to Grace in January as a mission outreach. This is a 9 week course which covers a wide range of financial topics such as “Cash Flow Planning” (creating a budget), “Dumping Debt”, “Understanding Insurance”, “Understanding Investments”, and many other personal money management topics. The messages are designed to teach you how to handle God’s money God’s way and the average family taking the course reduce debt by $5,300 and save $2,700 during the 9 week period. In this

14 - Penny Kalinowsky, Joyce Wilhelm 17 - Emily Junkans, Robert Guy Middaugh, Heather Rouse Starr 19 - Diane Bruce 20 - Debbie Penny 21 - Danita Eustice, Pam Welling Smith 22 - Jared Lamb 23 - Bill Allaben, Art Langlais, Nash Langlais, Florence Marvin 23 - Vera Rieve, Verna Rieve, Hope Wistrand 24 - Julia Malbrough 26 - David Jones 27 - Heather Rouse Starr 28 - Terry Clawitter 30 - Betty Wagoner, Mary Ellen McAllister HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to these couples in November: November: 4 - Diane and David Roberts 14 - Elwanda and Harold Wells 17 - Danielle and Keylon Wilbert 18 - Jennifer and Richard Haddock 26 - Judy and Warren Rivers
We apologize if we have missed your birthday or anniversary; please let us know in the church office so we can update our records. Thank you!!

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for children ages 3 years through 6th grade are held in the lower level of the Family Life Center. The parents are invited to join us for the opening service at 9:45 each Sunday. If you have questions contact Colleen Moorman or Nathan Beethe. LCEF K.I.D.S. Saving Stamps are available from Ame Andrews during Sunday School opening time. JUNIOR JUNIOR YOUTH class meets at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday in their classroom downstairs in the church. Joel Junkans leads the class. SENIOR YOUTH class meets each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in their classroom downstairs in the church. Dave Roberts leads the class. MEN’S BIBLE STUDY class meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at St. Vincent Hospital in the 4th floor conference room (off the main elevator). Pastor Walter leads this Bible Study. All men of Grace are encouraged to attend. TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS meets each Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the downstairs classroom in the church. On September 4th they are beginning the God’s Word for Today on LUKE To All Nations. Contact Joan Ann Olsen for more information.

BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES AT GRACE
Our nursery, downstairs in the church, is also available to take care of the infants and toddlers during Sunday School/Bible Class time.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS - Pastor Walter’s Bible Class meets each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in Parker Hall. Pastor is leading a study on the liturgy and worship. If you’ve ever wondered why we do what we do in worship or wanted to know where our liturgy comes from, this will be an opportunity for you to find out.

SAINTS OF GRACE
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Library Notes

Since the last All Saints Day, the following Memorials have been placed in the Grace Library: Elmer Henry Grever Nov. 18, 1918 – Jan 26, 2012 The NIV Harmony of the Gospels Wanda Christine Graham Amo June 14, 2012 Ann Bradstreet By D.B. Kellogg (Christian Encounter Series) Vera Faye Rieve Nov. 23, 1934 -- June 13, 2012 My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers America’s Best Recipes: State Fair Blue Ribbon Winners Honey the Hospital Dog by Hazel Edwards Gertrude Bowen Sharp December 25, 1925 -- July 25, 2012 John Bunyan by Kevin Belmonte (Christian Encounter Series) Dorothy McCullough Brands 1921 – September 15, 2012 Through a Lens Darkly: Grief, Loss and C.S. Lewis (DVD) Doris Lorraine Parker January 2, 1923 – October 2, 1912 Auto-B-Good: Out of the Wilderness Auto-B-Good: Hometown Heroes Two DVD’s for Children Kimberley Woodyard, Librarian

CELEBRATING BAPTISMS
For Zachary Johnson: Otis For Benjamin Riley Hardman: When God Made the Animals: A Fun Googly Eyes Book For Heather Lynn Rouse Starr: Jesus of Nazareth (DVD)

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
For Adults: Worth the Fighting For by John McCain; The Bookmaker’s Daughter, by Shirley Abbott (an Arkansas biography); The Rose Guide to the Tabernacle; many new in the CPH People’s Bible series, including, Angels and Demons: Have Wings—Will Travel; Conversion: Not by my own Choosing; Creation: God Made all Things.. A new pocket book: God’s Promises for the American Patriot. For Children: Several new Berenstain Bears in the Living Light and I-Can-Read Series; new Arch Books – Abraham, Isaac, Esther, John, and a parable and a miracle; Princess Petunia’s Sweet Apple Pie (I can Read!, level 1). DVD’s: Auto-B-Good; VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables: A Lesson in Handling Fear; Moon Menace on Planet Tell-A-Lie (VeggieTales Penguins! series). For Youth: Dating Mr. Darcy: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Sensible Romance; Dirty Faith: Becoming the Hands and Feet of Jesus.

ECDC News & Notes
Whoa! Can you believe it’s November? This year has really flown! October was a great month at ECDC. The Juniors and Seniors went to the Pumpkin Patch in Mayflower – we went on a beautiful Fall day and went on a hay ride, picked out pumpkins, had a picnic and spent a lot of time running and playing in the sunshine! The Sophomores and Freshman stayed at school and had a special pumpkin patch day all their very own – finding mini-pumpkins hiding on the playground! Halloween we had a Pajama Party, enjoyed some spooky treats and activities, and Riley even made us real cotton candy! Now that November is here it’s almost time to dust off the our special stone th and enjoy our annual Thanksgiving celebration – the 16 Annual Stone Soup Feast – complete with kid prepared soup, cornbread and pumpkin pies! It is such a fun meaningful way to learn about giving, sharing, and saying thanks. Consider having lunch with us – there is always plenty and we love sharing and showing off our Thanksgiving attire! Please mark you calendars for Tuesday, th November 20 – we start serving around 11:30 a.m. In class we will be learning about the food groups, nutrition, manners, and community helpers. The Senior Class is going to the fire station to see community helpers at work and then to Buffalo Grill to practice our meal ordering and math skills (ie paying for lunch). Jesus Time will find us learning about saying “thank you” for all God’s many blessings, and praising God through our music, prayers, and actiions. We’ll learn about the one man that told Jesus thank you while nine went on their way – where do we find ourselves in this group? And, Parent/Teacher Conferences – a great time for parents and staff to interact and hear how each of God’s little lambs are learning and growing! Thanks to everyone who has registered their KrogerPlus Card with ECDC! We pray this program is as beneficial as the last! If you are having trouble or need more detail give me a call. And please consider starting your Christmas picture ops by scheduling a photo session with je Stover – Connie will be th at Grace on November 13 beginning at 2:00p.m. All your efforts supporting ECDC are very much appreciated! Until next month—God’s continued blessings to each of you —

Colleen