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What's Coming Up at Grace?
Jan 24 8:45am In-person Worship begins again
Jan 24 9:45am In-person Annual Congregational Meeting
Feb 7 10:00am In-person Sunday School kick off
(ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
This site was updated on January 17, 2021.
Yes, Grace Lutheran Church is gathering to worship in this time of physical distancing, BUT
Here are some important things to know about in-person worship in this initial stage:
- Unfortunately, it won’t feel like “regular” worship.
- Worshipers will be asked to enter the sanctuary, sit in designated pews spread far apart from other worshipers, and refrain from conversation.
- Worshipers will be asked to wear masks.
- Worshipers will be asked to listen silently and not participate in communal singing or recitation, which can be a uniquely dangerous vector of viral spread.
- There will be no Fellowship time before or after services.
- At this time, we have pre-ordered pre-packaged communion kits containing a small cup of grace juice and a wafer. You will consume them during the communion liturgy and will not come forward for communion. Everyone will remain in pews throughout the service.
A huge thank you to Council leadership for volunteering to help with special cleaning each week as well as volunteering to help us follow these important guidelines as we welcome a small number of folks back to in-person worship.
As you can see, in-person worship right now will not be the in-person worship so many of us cherish, miss dearly, and know and love. We all have reason to continue to grieve in this moment what we have lost, and also to pray for continued vigilance against Covid so that this suspension of our beloved church traditions will not last forever.
Many of you may wish to continue live streaming after reading this note. This is why we have purchased equipment to improve our live stream and want to prioritize providing worship to you in this way, with a big thanks to our musical leadership and volunteer soloists.
Join Us for an online Sunday worship experience which is timely in these unprecedented times.
Click on the link below to watch live streamed services:
Know that Pastor Angela is available for you by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 320-328-5533, please, leave a message.
You also may call Church Council President Keith at 320-260-1726.
Meet Rev. Angela Denker
Pastor Angela is thrilled to serve as Grace Brownton's new Pastor, continuing on a tradition of rural Midwestern Lutheran pastors on her mother's side, that tends to skip a generation. Pastor Angela comes to Grace after serving as interim teaching pastor at Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan, Minn., a call she took while writing her first book, Red State Christians, which was published by Fortress Press in August 2019. Prior to moving back home to Minnesota, Pastor Angela served as Pastor of Community Life and Discipleship at Messiah Lutheran Church in Orange County, CA, and as the solo pastor at St. Philip Lutheran Church outside Chicago. She served her pastoral internship in Las Vegas at Community Lutheran Church.
In addition to her work at Grace, Pastor Angela is a frequent contributor to Christian websites and magazines, as well as occasional writing for national newspapers and magazines. She blogs at A Good Christian Woman ... Not that One. Pastor Angela is a sought-after speaker and podcast guest and is currently working on a proposal for her second book, about hope in America. Prior to attending Luther Seminary and becoming a Pastor, Angela was a sportswriter based in Naples, Fla., so look out for those sports analogies in her sermons! She covered the Super Bowl in 2009 and the NCAA Final Four in 2005. When she's not writing or serving the church - or teaching courses at Luther Seminary - you can find Angela wrangling her two small boys: Jacob, (7) and Joshua (4); or trying not to get clobbered on the tennis court by her husband, Ben, a mechanical engineer who she met playing basketball at the University of Missouri.
Pastor Angela grew up in nearby Maple Grove, Minn., where she attended Lord of Life Lutheran Church. She serves Grace 3/4 time and is available in the office on Wednesdays(during Physical Distancing), and other days by appointment. Reach her anytime via phone, text or email. Her days off are Thursdays and Fridays.