GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044 U.S.POSTAGE PAID
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Mailed: September 5, 2014
SEPTEMBER GRACE NOTES
SEPTEMBER GRACE NOTES
Grace United Church of Christ
500 School Street, Kohler, WI: 53044
Thomas M. Schroeder, Pastor Volume 72—No. 7
Home Phone: 920-458-7087
Church Phone: 920-452-6795 September 2014
A Word from our Pastor—-
Before there was a Grace Church, there was a Sunday School for both adults and children that met in the old Village Hall. As time went by they incorporated and celebrated as a church, a body of Christ, a congregation of friends and relatives. We repeat that process 90 years later. On September 14th we gather for the school year with worship at 8 & 10 a.m. and Church School at 8:45 a.m.
On September 14th we will start our 8 o’clock service. It has become an important part of some people’s lives to get the day started early and on the right foot!
At 8:45 we begin our school year as the children gather for the beginning of Church School We will gather in the sanctuary and review the message in the windows before introducing teachers, showing children where their classes will meet and introducing the children to our new material. This year we will gather in 3 classes. We will have a younger non-reading class for children ages 4 through Grade 2. We will also have an upper elementary class for Grades 3-6. The third class will be geared toward our Confirmation students but will be of interest for adults as well. This class will meet from 9—9:30 in the upstairs classroom on all Sundays but the first Sunday of the month.
Once we get these classes going, we will turn our attention to our 90th celebration to be held on October 5th. This Sunday will be a celebration of where we have been and where we wish to go. Former pastor, Rev. Bob Hamilton, and the Rev. Paul Koepke, the only person ordained from Grace Church, will join us at worship at 10 a.m. We will celebrate with Holy Communion, lunch and a short program of remembrance. We will look toward the future as we see how we have been blessed to be a blessing.
Come and join us this year as we combine our Church School and our anniversary. Come and join us as we recount our blessings and the uniqueness of our Christian witness. Come and join us as we celebrate how e have been blessed to be a blessing!
Peace and joy! Rev. Tom Schroeder
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP
September 7th – 9:30 Worship
We gather in the name and in the presence of God to learn God’s ways, get inspiration for our days and courage to go forward. Join us on this last Sunday of the Summer Schedule.
September 14th – RALLY DAY
Join together in celebration and praise. We will hand out bibles to those entering third grade, welcome back the choir, and rejoice in the love of God and church family. Come and celebrate!
September Grace Notes – 2
September 21st—8 and 10 a.m. Worship
This Sunday we gather to celebrate God’s blessings. Blessings come in many shapes and sizes but are abundant to all. Let us learn to celebrate what God has given to us.
September 28th – 8 & 10 a.m. Worship
Celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ and get inspired
for you have been blessed to be a blessing.
October 5th—8 & 10 a.m. Worship
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at both service.
The 10 o’clock service will also find us celebrating our 90th anniversary with a luncheon to follow. Grace Church has much to celebrate for we have been blessed to be a blessing.
POTLUCK LUNCHEON TO FOLLOW AT 11:15– SIGN UP TODAY!!!!!
CHURCH SCHOOL STARTS ON September 14th
Children 4—13 are invited to join us for the beginning
of our Church School program. This year we will essentially
have 3 classes. The younger class will be for students in the
Junior Kindergarten (4 yrs. old)—Grade 2. This class will meet
in the children’s room at the base of the stairs.
The Upper Elementary class will be for students grades 3—6
and will meet in the classroom off the dining room.
The third class, actually starting Oct. 5th will be for our
Confirmation students and adults. It will begin by lifting up
the special people of faith. This class will meet from 9-9:30
in the upstairs classroom.
OCTOBER 5TH – OUR 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Join us at 10 a.m. for an uplifting worship service, sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, celebrating moments, events, learning about our special place and gathering around the fellowship table for a potluck luncheon. The Revs. Robert Hamilton and Paul Koepke will join us and share their memories and vision from Grace after the luncheon and we will hear from Marilyn Hanson and Mary Risseeuw about that they found in our windows. Come and celebrate as we move forward to be a continued blessing to this community and to one another.
Mission of the month—emmaus meal: We will be serving the Emmaus Meal at the Salvation Army on October 18th. To help purchase the needed entrée and other items, you are invited to contribute through our Mission of the Month envelopes. On the sign up sheet you will find that we also need people to set up, cook, serve, and clean up. Milk, cookies, and potato chips are other items we will need. Join us and help bring hope to the hungry people of Sheboygan County.
SEPTEMBER GRACE NOTES – 3
COATS COLLECTION: It is that time of year again. If you have any gently used coats that no longer are used in your home, bring them in. We will find a new home for them where they will bring warmth. Coats for all people are acceptable, but the largest need are coats for kids (any age), as they are often the ones outdoors in all kinds of weather. Coats can be brought in through October 3rd. Thank you!
STEWARDSHIP AT GRACE
Thank you one and all. Your support of Grace Church has been a blessing and has kept us current with our bills. Through July, the balance in our General Fund is at $–6,449. This is only about half of what it was last year when the deficit was over $10,000. Your support in August was also financially greater than last year. Because of your support, we were able to set up the choir with clean collars and newly tuned pianos, and the church school with a new curriculum.
“BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING” — 2015 FINANCIAL CAMPAIGN
As we look forward you will hear how we have helped to shape the religious community in which we live and how we have been equipped to carry out God’s Mission on Earth. As the chosen people of God, we find that we have not been chosen for leisure but called to service.
God has chosen us to carry God’s light of hope and love into the world as a church and individuals. Blessed to be a blessing continues the call as we accept the privilege to participate in God’s new creation. This year we will hand out the “Estimate of Giving” cards at worship after the October 5th service and ask you to bring them back by November 2nd. God bless and help us to continue our service on into the new year.
CVHOIR REHEARSALS — WEDNESDAYS AT 7:30 P.M.
START ON SEPTEMBER 3RD
Over the past few years, Grace has been blessed with many dedicated members willing to share their voices in worship through our choir. We thank all those who have and also those who continue to provide their voices to our choir.
A big thank you to all!
Now, however, and always, the choir invites anyone to join them.
The choir sings twice a month, at the convenience of its members, and practices every Wednesday for 1 hour. Anyone can join and everyone is welcome.
Come join them on Wednesday evenings.
PRAYER CIRCLE—Next Meeting, Thursday, September 11th at 10 a.m.
When I look over the membership list or in the eyes of members on Sunday, it become clear to most that everyone needs a prayer. From circumstances of life through the stresses of the day, all people can benefit by being prayed for. Thankfully, at Grace we have a group of women who do this. Every week they get a list of names to be prayed for and once a month they gather together to pray for Grace Church. If you would like to be a part of this prayer circle, come and join us on Thursday, September 11th at 10 a.m. or speak to Rev. Schroeder. The more people praying, the louder the message! Join us!
EVANGELISM AT GRACE — EVANGELISM COMMITTEE MEETING – Monday, September 15th at 7 p.m.
You may have seen new people enter your neighborhoods or new families walking past your homes. Studies have found that September and October are great times to invite people to your church. Take time to introduce yourself to your new neighbors and invite them to Grace.
Blessed to be a blessing means we pass on the Good News. Pass on the Good Word of Grace!
SEPTEMBER GRACE NOTES – 4
MEN’S STUDY GROUP — WEDNESDAYS AT 1:30 P.M. — STARTING OCTOBER 1ST
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Men’s Study Group will convene for the first time on Wednesday, October 1st at 1:30 p.m. All men are invited to join us as we go deeper into the devotions from our “Upper Room” booklet. Improve your devotional life, pick up a devotional guide, and, if possible, join us at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoons.
CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION — WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH AT 6:30 P.M.
The yearly confirmation orientation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 6:30 for all 7th and 8th graders and their families. At this meeting we had out the schedule, the expectations, and the books.
Classes will meet from 6:30-7:30 on Wednesdays starting October 1st.
ADULT ED/CONFIRMATION– SUNDAYS FROM 9:00-9:30 A.M.
This year, starting October 5th, we will begin a new learning opportunity for our confirmation class members and any adults of the congregation. This Fall we will look at inspiring examples of people of faith. Learn what motivated them to make a difference in their world.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN OCTOBER
USHERS: 7TH 9:30 A.M. Karen, Andrew and William Groth
14th 8 a.m. Mike Wandschneider 10 a.m. Kurt & Noah Becker, Nicole Leicht
21st Keith Valenstein Scott & Karen Hendricks, Fred Grube
28th Tom Widder Chuck, Sam & Deb Pfrang
LAY READERS: 7—Pat Forkner; 14—Phylis Preder; 21—Janet Carter; 28—TBA
CHILD CARE : tba
KITCHEN: Laurie Joa and Judy Kummer, co-chrs.
K. Peil, N. Leicht, L. Rolloff, S. Wandschneider, C. Knepfel, A. Kalmerton, S. Hoppert, K. Kammerer, M. Fenner, D. Mohr, P. Brethouwer, B. Musil, G. Inmann, C. Garnett, J. Matson, M. Boerner, A. Ebert, L. Billmann, R. Hohse, D. Horneck, S. Leonhard, D. Brendel, L. Lindow, S. Jaberg
FLOWERS: 7—OPEN; 14—Litts in celebration of their anniv.; 21- Mike & Lisa Rolloff in celebration of their anniv.; 28 — Orvill and Gloria Valenstein
BRIDGEWAY – Karen Hendricks
BULLETINS — Chuck and Ann Ebert
GRACE NOTES — Mike and Lisa Rolloff