GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH &
Children of Grace
Childcare Education Center
4010 9th Ave. West, Hibbing, MN 55746
(218) 263-LOVE (5683)
There is a point along the Continental Divide high in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado at which the waters of a small stream separate. It would not seem to matter much whether a drop of water goes to the left or to the right. But the outcome of those drops of water is totally different. One drop goes to the west and eventually flows into the Colorado River and empties into the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. Another drop goes east until it flows into the Mississippi River and dumps into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Two drops of water, two entirely different destinations, but one small turning point that determines the outcome.
Many choices in life are like that. At the time, they don’t seem significant. But those choices set in motion a series of events which shape your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren after you. The original choice wasn’t a big deal, but the outcome was life-changing. Sometimes people make unwise choices which aren’t momentous in themselves, but they lead to tragedies: A teenager chooses to ride with a friend who has been drinking, resulting in a serious accident and the loss of life. A girl decides to have a drink at a party, resulting in her letting down her inhibitions. She ends up pregnant or with a venereal disease. Since seemingly small decisions can have such momentous consequences, how can we protect ourselves from making wrong choices?
A. MAKE CHOICES WHICH VALUE RELATIONSHIPS OVER RIGHTS.
So much strife could be avoided in the family and in the church if we would put a premium on our relationships, set aside our rights, and let the Lord take care of us.
B. MAKE CHOICES WHICH VALUE GODLINESS OVER GREED.
If we find ourselves thinking more about the things of this world and how to get them than about God; or if the thought of having them brings us more pleasure than our thoughts about God; or if we are willing to violate our conscience or neglect spiritual duties to pursue those things, then we are governed by greed. If our joy rides on our possessions or if we are filled with anxiety and grief if we lose them, then we are more governed by greed than by God.
C. MAKE CHOICES WHICH VALUE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD OVER THE APPROVAL OF THE WORLD.
As Christians, we always face a tension: If we pull out of the world too far, we lose our witness because there is no contact. But if we blend in with the world, we lose both our fellowship with God and our witness to the world. Jesus was the friend of sinners, but He was never tainted by their sin because He put a premium on fellowship with the Father and He never sought the approval of the world. We must put fellowship with God above the approval of the world in all our decisions.
D. MAKE CHOICES WHICH VALUE GOD’S ETERNAL PROMISES OVER IMMEDIATE PLEASURE.
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33, emphasis mine). Most of us want to seek the other things first and add the kingdom of God later in our spare time.
As believers, we are to live by faith in the promises of God. When we face decisions, we take God into account and make those decisions in line with His promises and principles, not the immediate gratification of the flesh. We deny ungodliness and worldly desires in light of the hope of Christ’s return (Titus 2:11-13), trusting that His promises concerning eternity are true.
Someone has said that we tend to think of commitment to Christ like laying a $1,000 bill on the table: “Here’s my life, Lord. I’m giving it all.” But the reality is that God sends most of us to the bank and has us cash in the $1,000 for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there, in small deeds of faithfulness and obedience. But it’s right there, in those little 25 cent choices, that our lives take their direction.
Make your choices based on God’s principles: Relationships over rights; godliness over greed; fellowship with God over the world’s approval; and faith in God’s promises over immediate pleasure from the world. Because if you have God and His promises, you have everything. So seek Him first, and all else is yours.
We will have an Elder of the Month who is the person people should contact if they have a spiritual concern and aren't able to reach the Pastor. The Elder of the Month will be listed in the Bulletin and the Monthly Newsletter. The month of April we have Rick Swanson. The month of May will be John Hendrickson.
We have a Trustee of the Month who is the person to call if there are needs in the church building or the parsonage. The month of April we have Gordy Smith.
The April Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be held on the 4th Sunday of the month, April 22nd, beginning at 10:30 am. All are encouraged to stay after worship for the meeting.
ALL are invited to the delicious Easter Sunday Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Youth of Grace Lutheran. The breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 am. Cost for the breakfast is a free-will offering. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast and help support our youth. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy!!
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st, 2018. Save the dates have been sent out, so if you have not received one please contact the office. We will be creating a cookbook.
Cookbooks will be a padded 3-ring binder style cookbook comprised of member’s, family, and friend’s favorite recipes, past and present. A durable metal binding that easily snaps open to allow more pages to be added; divided by category w/tab dividers for ease of use. Cookbooks will also include pages of church history and images for your enjoyment and as a keepsake commemorating the 100th Celebration. The finished binder size is 7.0 inches wide and 9.25 inches tall, with a 1.5-inch spine. The cookbooks will be $15, window clings $5. and T-shirts for $10-14. depending on your size.
There will also be T-shirts and stickers for sale. More details will follow as we near the event. Please see our website www.gracehibbing.com for an order form.
The clean-up day in March was so successful we are having another on Saturday April 14th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, in preparation for the anniversary this summer. The contract cleaners will maintain areas as part of their duties. Members can sign up for specific jobs. Jobs include washing windows, dusting, vacuuming etc etc! Lunch will be served the day of clean up, please bring your own drinks. Contributions of general cleaning products, extra buckets, shop vacs, sponges, rags etc would help a lot! Thank you to all who have donated your time and energy!
We will be having a fundraiser brunch after service around 10:00 am, on Sunday April 22nd. Country sausage gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs and fruit will be served. The cost is a free will offering. All proceeds will go towards costs for our celebration this summer.
We are asking for volunteers to serve the meal the last Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. We need 2-4 people to serve and clean-up. Park in their parking lot and go through the double doors and you should find the kitchen. Please find a sign-up sheet on the table in the entryway. The month of April we have the 24th.
The Finnish Americans and Friends will hold their next meeting here at the church at 2:00 pm Tuesday April 3rd. Everyone is invited to this discussion, followed by coffee! Attendees are asked to bring treats to share. Please join!
Options for Women, a pregnancy resource center, is currently in need of volunteers to serve at our centers in Virginia and Hibbing. We are looking for individuals who have a heart for the families struggling in our community and are looking for a hands on way to help them. Volunteers are needed for three hour shifts weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. One shift can mean being open for the clients who need us most.
If you aren’t able to serve as a volunteer, you can still make a difference in the lives of families in need on the
Iron Range. Our centers are always in need of donations such as diapers, wipes, used or new baby furniture, and
monetary donations are always appreciated. Prayers are asked on behalf of the center, the volunteers, and the clients.
For more information on donations or to volunteer please call 262-5768 or visit www.hibbinglifecare.org
The Spring Rally will be held at Our Redeemer Church in Cohasset on Thursday April 19th. The speaker will be from New Beginnings pregnancy center. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Plan on meeting at the church at 8:30 am to ride together to Cohasset. Please let Dorothy A. know if you plan on attending.
Mesaba Range Women’s Connections normally meets at Grace the first Thursday of the month. They have changed their meetings to the fourth Thursday of the month, meeting at the church at 6:00 pm. This change will take effect this month until notified otherwise. The meeting in April will be on the 26th.
St. Louis County is actively recruiting new families to expand the numbers of foster homes we have in Northern St. Louis County. The goal is to make the best placements for the children, and they are in need of more options. There are currently over 700 children and youth in foster care in St. Louis County. The need is huge!
There will be two drop-in information sessions, both on Tuesday April 24th, the first is in Hibbing from 12-1:30 pm, at the Annex Building 1814 E 14th St. The second is from 4-5:30 pm at the Northland Office Center in Virginia, 307 South First Street. The third option would be for people to set up an individual time to meet by calling or texting 218-404-5330.
The Annual HOPE Springs 5k will be held on April 21st here in Hibbing. Grace Lutheran’s organ player Amy Jaynes will be walking with “TEAM SARA” in memory of her sister, Sara Brown. This will be TEAM SARA’s 4th year, they have raised over $7,000! The Hope Spring’s event helps raise important funds for the Hibbing Oncology Patient Emergency Fund (HOPE) through the Essentia Health Foundation. The proceeds from this race are used to help cover costs for oncology patients in Hibbing and the surrounding areas that are seeking medical treatment. The funds assist families with lodging, meals, travel expenses and much more.
You can donate cash or check payable to “Essentia Health Foundation”, please see Amy at the organ on Sunday mornings. Please help Amy raise her goal of $1,000 by contributing a gift today!
Thanks for your support of the HOPE Fund. For more information please visit www.hopecouragestrength.kintera.org or find them on Facebook.
We will be doing a thorough cleaning of the whole kitchen on Saturday April 21st starting at 9:00 AM. You can come at any time and write down what you have cleaned. We sure would appreciate help from each group who has used the kitchen.
A new book club will be meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday May 16th. The title of the book is “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. “In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.” Contact the office if you plan on coming, a light dinner will be served. If you would like to order the book you can do so through the office, or can also be purchased on your own. Get a jump start on reading prior to the book club meeting!
Ruby’s Pantry was founded in 2003 and serves over 440,000 people, distributing roughly 16,000,000 pounds of food each year. Currently there are 66 Pop-up pantry’s across Minnesota and Wisconsin, each hosted by a sponsoring church and run entirely by volunteers. The program is simple, they are not government funded, the majority of the operating costs are derived directly from those who participate in the program. Each guest donates $20 per food share. Of the $20, $18 goes directly to Ruby’s Pantry for operational costs such as trucking, gas, warehouse etc. The remaining $2.00 per share goes to the local community and Sponsoring Church.
Ruby’s Pantry delivers food to locations across Wisconsin and Minnesota once each month where guests donate $20 and receive an abundance of food. The Hibbing location will be held at the Abundant Life Church from 5:00-6:30 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month starting in April. ALC is also looking for anyone interested in volunteering on the days of their distribution. Volunteer time ranges anywhere from 1 to 3 hours – unloading the truck, setting up the distribution, handing out food, check in of guests, prayer support and clean up. Ruby’s Pantry could not exist without the hard work and dedication of volunteers. Most Pantry sites need an upwards of 50 volunteers. *We would like to get a group of volunteers to help on Thursday April 26th. Please contact the office at 263-3955
FYI If you are purchasing taxable items for the church (anything to do with the church), we do not pay sales tax. Please pick up a State Sales Tax form from the office to give to the vendor you are buying from.
"Who is that sitting over there?" Have you ever wondered that in church? The next time you find yourself wondering, act on it! Make it a point to walk over after church and introduce yourself. God is blessing us with a tremendous opportunity to make disciples. There is somebody in church every Sunday who you have not met yet. Let's be visitor conscious.
Children of Grace is collecting empty inkjet cartridges. The daycare is able to earn money for each empty inkjet cartridge. Please drop them off in the display box above the coat rack in the daycare entryway. Thank you to all those who helped us collect cartridges.
Please contact Pastor Tim when hospitalized or in an emergency 24/7 either at the Office-263-3955 or his cell phone 1-218-440-1029.
Essentia Health’s East Range Team is seeking volunteers within a 60 mile radius of Virginia. Are you looking for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Come make a difference in your community one family at a time. Volunteer opportunities are varied-visiting in home, office support, Veteran peer to peer support, 11th hour, Bereavement Follow-up. Volunteer training will be held Wednesday April 18th 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at McMillan C Auditorium Lower Level Essentia Health Hospital 901 9th St North Medical Arts Suite 225 Virginia, MN. Pre-registration is required. To register please contact Essenta Health St. Mary’s Hospice Volunteer Supervisor Katie Bird 218-749-7976 or katrina.bird@EssentiaHealth.org
Recover Health is a Medicare-certified home health care agency that provides a full range of care services. Once a month Recover health will be coming to Grace to speak about several different informational topics (such as options for in-home health care, transitioning to nursing home, seasonal depression, Medicare information, short term care after surgeries etc). We will hold these meetings on the 4th Monday of every month at 11:00 am. This month is April 23rd.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP – God’s great gift of blessing people with His Word and the sacred gifts of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. What great “word” does Jesus have for you? Come and join us at the foot of the cross where our Lord speaks His word of forgiveness and where he gives us direction and hope for life and eternity. Sunday morning at 9:00 am here at Grace Lutheran Church.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sundays at 10:30 am. Invite a friend! If you are interested in volunteering to teach or be a teacher’s helper, please see our schedule in the bulletin on Sundays or on table in entryway. The sign-up calendar is hanging in the office workroom.
RELIGIOUS RELEASE TIME REGISTRATION:
1st-6th grade children are released at 12:30 every other Wednesday, and meet for an hour for devotions, Christian songs, growth in Christian values and knowledge (often we use a captivating video), along with a Christian activity page or craft and a snack. Your kids will love Release Time, pick up a registration form in the office!
CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR YOUTH: is at 10:30 am on Sundays. What a great time to grow in God's Word and in relation to His people. Contact the church office at 263-3955 if you have any questions.
The LCMS National Youth Gathering will be in Minneapolis, MN, July 11-15, 2019. If your child will be 14 or going into 9th grade and is interested in attending please contact the church!
March 22nd, 2018
Leah Haverkost opened with prayer at 9:30 am. Meeting minutes were read and a motion to accept by Mary Douville. Seconded by Chris Matetich. MC
Treasurer’s Report was read and Chris M. moved to accept. Deb Jarvi seconded. MC.
Ladies Guild will pay for the First Communion cake. A motion was made by Bev Bakken to donate $200.00 for confirmation. Seconded by Leah Haverkost, MC. Things included in confirmation costs are flowers, certificates, cake, robes and other miscellaneous items.
LWML convention is June 18-20th. The Rally is April 19th in Cohasset at 9:30 am. We will be meeting at the church. If anyone is wanting to go to the convention please let Dorothy A. know.
Kitchen cleaning will be April 21st. Some kitchen items have been donated.
Chris Matetich led our Quarterly topic “Living a God-sized Dream”.
Maxine Corradi and Chris Matetich served. The meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Submitted by Ardis Forer.
MEMBERS PRESENT: John Matetich, Dave Boettcher, Russ Douville, Tim Erickson, Roger Kivela, Nick Niemi, John Hendrickson, Deb Jarvi and Chris Matetich. Also present were Pastor Tim, Kayla Jensen and Wanda Boettcher.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: Minutes of February 20, 2018, were read. Motion to accept was made by Roger Kivela and seconded by Russ Douville. All in favor. Motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Deb Jarvi presented written report. Motion to accept was made by Tim Erickson and seconded by John Hendrickson. All in favor. Motion carried.
PASTOR’S REPORT: There were 10 kids for early communion. We are on schedule to have 10 kids confirmed. Adult education class will be completed April 28th. Confirmation will be May 6th. On April 8th we will be bringing in new members through affirmation of faith, adult confirmation and transfers, There will be 8 baptisms.
ELDER’S REPORT: Report by Roger Kivela.
· Lent services going well and just need two slots filled for the prayer vigil. (These were filled by two council members).
· The youth will be doing Easter breakfast.
TRUSTEE’S REPORT: Report by Dave Boettcher.
· There were 26 volunteers that came to help with the church cleaning and everything got done on the list. April 14th is the next cleaning date.
· Roof valley work on the purlins to begin after Easter to be followed by insulating.
· The Range Center cleaning contract was discussed and noted that it can be changed or cancelled by giving 30 days’ notice.
CHILDREN OF GRACE: No Report.
YOUTH REPORT: Report by Kayla Jensen.
· The Youth will be doing the Easter Breakfast with the help of Roger Kivela.
· They will be having a meeting to plan a lock in and to kick start the activities and fundraisers.
· Registrations for the National Youth Gathering need to be in soon. More information will be available in the next few weeks and Kayla will be getting that out to youth and their families.
· If anyone is willing to help out with activities or fundraisers, let Kayla or Pastor know.
OLD BUSINESS: No Old Business.
· Insurance for the Silver Sneakers is in place and has been paid for by Essential Health per John Matetich.
· Discussion was had regarding the purchase of a new shampooer since we have been waiting for a few months for parts to fix the old one. This will be discussed next month with hopes that the parts have been received.
· Paint has been purchased.
· Roger Kivela has offered to fix the bell cable.
Roger Kivela made a motion to adjourn. John Hendrickson seconded. All in favor. Motion carried. Meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Submitted by Chris Matetich, Secretary