Grace Lutheran Church Monthly News

November and December 2020

 Please remember to register for communion with our usher so that your attendance          can be recorded!


     LETTER FROM PASTOR ROD PARKER: 

As we continue to hold services in person I want to let you know a couple of things about this week's service.
 
Please register with the usher at time of worship service.

Secondly, we will continue to mask while at church and during service so that we can participate in singing. Social distance between households and individuals will still be maintained.

Thirdly, the distribution of Holy Communion will continue to be at the end of service. Please take both individual cups, and the napkin with you once you are dismissed. These items can be placed in the garbage cans near the chancel area.

 Fourth, live-streams will continue to be available on Facebook, and recordings on YouTube.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

In Christ,
Pastor Rod
  

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             For Sunday Service please click on the link on Home page.
    • Advent services and Christmas services are coming! We are planning our Midweek Advent Services for December 2, 9 & 16th. This year’s theme is Advent with Jeremiah.

       

      The current plan is that there will be two Christmas Eve services one at 3:00 pm and  one at 7:00 pm. Christmas Day Service will be at 10am! Please keep an eye on the bulletin for more information as it becomes available.

    • The full playlist of Ask a Pastor is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXnNBeyR7GR6BnIpdxOJOQzP-6EG1Od7W      (copy and paste link)

    • The latest Monday night book study Heaven on Earth is here: (copy and paste)https://youtu.be/mGs4rN79iEg

    • I encourage you to join our Facebook group as I am having prayers and worship.

      Copy and paste the link to the group from below:  

    • https://www.facebook.com/groups/509934142353756/

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      Here is the link form that you can fill out if you would like a pastoral visit, phone call or individual communion. This will assist me in making sure I get in touch with you, especially as we draw nearer to the Advent and Christmas seasons.

                             https://forms.gle/Kizx25iibMSaK4jTA

      Please do not use this form for emergencies. In those cases please call 306-934-1011 or 306-649-2212.  

  • Offering by e-transfer is being used at Grace. Sign into your bank account online.  Click on the e-transfer link and add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Put in your offering amount and send.  You do not need to add a password, Grace will automatically be able to receive the offering.   

     

    Please continue to call and email your fellow church members. This can be a lonely time and we all need to support one another.

  • The Canadian Lutheran has arrived at church.  You may also read the online version at

        https://issuu.com/search?q=Canadian%20Lutheran
  • Please copy and paste the link.
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  • Search YouTube for the following Confessional Lutheran channels: Fighting for the Faith, Bryan Wolfmueller, and RevFiskJ! 

  • Parables has moved to 603-51st Street.

  • Lutheran Bible Translators Canada new address is

            275 Lawrence Ave., Kitchener ON  N2M 1Y3 

  • Lutheran Early Learning Center Preschool  which are usually held at Grace Tuesdays and Thursdays suspended until further notice. For more information email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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  • The Spiritual Care offices at RUH and City are now closed. If you need pastoral care while you are in the hospital please call the office or 306-649-2212 outside of office hours. Also, to assist Pastor Rod when you call please let him know which hospital you are in and your room number, and whether you desire a visit, and/or prayer. 
  • It is time to update our email roll call again. Please provide Donna with your most current email address and your permission to use it to contact you for special events such as Christmas, Easter and other special services or events.
  • This week's Evangelism Tip is prayer for yourself and others: Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, perseverance in sharing, and pray for receptive hearers.


  • Volunteers Needed!! Volunteers are needed for the tasks on our regular Sunday services. Readers, Greeters, Communion Assistants, and Ushers. Please see Terry Wirth. 
  • Suggested reading and podcasts for the summer:
    • Pastor Rod’s Recommended Book List

      Looking for something to read over the Christmas break? Here are a few recommendations!

       

    • Praise & Honor: Hymn – Inspired Devotions by Timothy Shoup

       

    • A Martyr’s Faith in a Faithless World by Bryan Wolfmueller

       

    • Has American Christianity Failed? by Bryan Wolfmueller

       

    • Why Am I Joyfully Lutheran? by Matthew Harrison

       

    • Thank, Praise, Serve & Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety by William Weedon

       

    • Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America by Robert H. Bennett

       

    • I am not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare by Robert H. Bennett

       

    • Crucifying Religion: How Jesus is the End of Religion by Donovan Riley

       

    • Broken: 7 “Christian” Rules that Every Christian Should Break as Often as Possible by Jonathon Fisk

       

    • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs by Matthew Richard

       

    • He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann

       

    • Mission at Nuremburg: An American Army Chaplain at the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend

       

    • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

       

    • The Hammer of God by Bo Giertz

       

    • Pontius Pilate: A Novel by Paul L. Maier

       

    • The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens

       

    • The Lutheran Difference edited by Edward A. Engelbrecht

       

    • Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in the Divine Service by Arthur A. Just Jr.

       

    • Reading the Psalms with Luther

       

    • The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel by Dr. C.F.W. Walther

       

    • The Language of God: A Scientist Present Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

    • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
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    • Suggested podcasts:
    •   http://issuesetc.org/archive/     has everything from Sunday School lessons to discussions on science, politics, and movie reviews
    • www.tabletalkradio.org       A semi-informal podcast that features 2 Lutheran pastors talking about a wide variety of topics.  
    •  http://lutheranpublicradio.org/        Sacred music for all times and seasons.  This one is part of the Issues, Etc app that you can download and enjoy.