Volunteer Needed at Prairie Pointe & River Pines
The gift shop is now open for limited hours. We could use a volunteer on Tuesdays from 1-3:00 pm and one on Wednesdays from 1-3:00 pm. Contact Katie Zierden, Asst Administrator, at 715-598-7807.
- A volunteer is needed to pick up library books for our residents from the Altoona Public Library; there is a library card for Prairie Pointe/River Pines to use.
- For those who have a pet (with up to date shots and well socialized), many residents love pet visits!
- Card and Cribbage players are needed to play and to assist with these games.
- Residents enjoy social interaction, come in just to visit.
For the non-gift shop volunteering, Contact Karen Park, Activity Director, at 715-598-7807
Join Pastor Dean or Pastor Phil for Text Study
Time: Wednesdays at noon (bring a sack lunch)
Location: First floor lounge
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized, homebound, or in need of a pastoral visit, you are invited to call the church office at 715-832-9713 for Pastor Phill or you may call Pastor Simpson at 715-222-3797 at any time if you wish to make an appointment for a visit.
Crafters are getting Crafty!
THE CRAFTERS HAVE STARTED PREPARING FOR THEIR 2018 FALL CRAFT FAIR ON NOVEMBER 3rd
The Craft Group is not exclusive. Everyone is welcome.
We meet Wednesday’s 10 am to noon -- on the 3rd floor – straight off the elevator, (past the choir room) at the end of the hall. We’ll have the coffee on!
Are you doing some Spring Cleaning? We can use things that can be
● Silk fall leaves and/or flowers.
● Silk Christmas flowers and/or greenery.
● Christmas wreaths or wreath forms.
● Old jewelry that can be repurposed.
● Fabric, blanket binding and/or yarn.
● Old sweaters, especially wool.
● Partially completed projects (with instructions please)
We also need new ideas for items you could use or would like to see on the
Note, anything you donate that cannot be repurposed or used by us will be
donated to the proper charitable organization.
LCA Women's Chippewa Valley Conference 2018 Retreat
LCA Women’s Chippewa Valley Conference 2018 Retreatuther Park -- August 15th- 16th, 2018
Theme: Change is Good
Presenter: Deb Gilbertson from Eau Claire
Music with Jeanette Tobiason & Jennifer Kinblom
Deb Gilbertson has been a lecturer for many years on various subjects. Her background is in nursing and has a BA Degree in Psychology. Deb taught on subjects at various facilities, to nurses, gave lectures directed at patient teaching and families dealing with recovery. She was a teacher at the National Rural Institute to Dr.'s, counselors, and even judges who attended the yearly training on topics dealing with addiction. Deb has taught anger management at the Juvenile Detention Center in Eau Claire and did Bible Study there also. Deb began giving lectures to Church Women groups and most recently was a lecturer at a Lutheran Women's State Convention. She offers information on how to deal with various life challenges through her own life experiences and training in a humorous style. Deb is a twin, cancer survivor, artist and a Lutheran.
Each person must fill out a form and prepay. All rooms are handicap accessible. A free will offering will be taken. Please return this form with your check by 8/01/2018. Retreat begins at 1:15 P.M. on Wed. 8/15/18 and concludes at 3 P.M. on Thurs. 8/16/18. One day rate is $35. Early Bird Registration $60 by 7/31/18. $65 after 8/1/18.Make check payable to W/ELCA
Registration: Wed. 12:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Chapel (lunch will be on your own) OR Thurs. 7:30 a.m. New member orientation will be at 12:45pm Wed in the Chapel.
Please bring: Swimsuit, personal items, towels, pillows, bedding or sleeping bag, flashlight, cushions for benches, or fold up chair, bible, pens, drinks, snacks.
Any questions call: Phyllis Grohn at 715-836-7055, or Jacki Johnson at 715-864-1489
Ushers and Painters Needed
We are in need of a few more ushers. Please contact Roger Shepler if you would like to help out with this important task.
The board of property and management is looking for volunteers! The black railings around the outside of the church need to be scraped and painted. We are also looking for someone to sand, stain and varnish the outside of the 2 wood doors on Second Avenue. The blue wall by the parking lot on the west side of the church also needs to be cleaned and painted. If anyone is willing to help, please contact Roger Pomplun.
Nine to Dine is Returning!
Meet and Eat with Pastors Phil and Lori Ruge-Jones as they will be present at each gathering.
Sign up begins Sunday! Dates are July 6, 10, 16, 19, August 9, 14. Look for signage in the Narthex
Lunch with Grace Friends
Meet at 11:30 am. every 2nd Tuesday of the month at CANA BISTRO,Prairie Pointe’s café, for a tasty and reasonably-priced lunch. Salads, Soups, Sandwiches and Flatbread Pizza from which to choose. Coffee is
Feed My People Needs
Feed My People has an urgent need for people to assist with picking orders in our warehouse for our partner food pantries. Shifts are flexible Monday – Friday during normal business hours. If you have a few extra hours please consider helping us out. For questions or to set up a time to come in, please contact Nick at 715-835-9415, ext 101 or email email@example.com.
Beer and Hymns, Sunday, July 22 4pm - 5:30pm
Join us at the Lazy Monk, 97 W Madison St.
ADRC Programs at Grace
One of the great partnerships we have formed is with our neighbors at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC). They use our space for two programs offered to the community. I love when our members attend, benefit from the excellent programming, and become a personal presence showing Grace’s hospitality to other participants. You take good care of yourself and serve our larger mission as a congregation. Call 715-839-4735 to reserve your space.
Stepping On: Building confidence, reducing falls (Wednesdays)
Learn strength & balance exercises, and how medications, vision, footwear, and home adjustments affect your risk of falling.
July 25 -September 5, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 am in Grace Lutheran Memorial Lounge. Class size is limited.
Strong Bones: Lifting Women and Men to Better Health
An appropriate exercise class including warm-up, strength building, balance training, cool down, and nutrition tips. Required orientation: Monday, July 16
Twice-a-week classes, Monday/Wednesday at either 10:00am or 11:30
July 23-October 1 held in Grace Lutheran Parlor
Serve at The Community Table
Let's Field a Team of 12! Volunteers are needed to:
Prep & Serve 1 pm - 3 pm; Serve & clean-up 3 pm - 5 pm on Sunday, August 5th. Sign up in the narthex.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We are looking for ways to open our Grace Community to our neighborhood. A creative conversation about reaching out to our neighbors - both university students and families - will be happening on Sunday August 19th , following the worship service, in Memorial Assembly. Please join us!
Light snacks provided. Sponsored by Life & Growth Board
The Board of Directors has granted a 30 day extension to the Commonweal, Market & Johnson, and Pablo Properties partnership on their offer to purchase the Syverson Home. The extension was requested to give the partnership additional time to evaluate the feasibility of converting Syverson to an apartment building. We should hear if this is going forward in early August
The Foundation received a bequest from the estate of Corrine (Connie) Ulrich. No decision has been made on how the funds will be used. Possibly in the future, this bequest could help fund the next undertaking by Grace Lutheran Foundation.
Karen Park, the Activities Director at River Pines has secured grants to fund the purchase of a trishaw as part of the “Cycling without Age Program. The trishaw is a cycle with room for two passengers and a pilot (cyclist). Residents of our skilled care programs will be the primary passengers of this cycle. Volunteer cyclists will provide the power, along with a battery assisted motor. This will give residents another access to experience the out of doors. This program started in Copenhagen Denmark and has spread to 1100 chapters in 38 countries.
River Pines was one of 20 recipients to receive a State of Wisconsin grant for a poetry program. This interactive program is another avenue to use the arts to increase resident involvement and to push back against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Serving at Beacon House
It is our turn, (Grace Lutheran and Peace Lutheran Churches) to provide the dinners and overnight supervision for the Eau Claire homeless shelter for families. There are parents with very young children living at the shelter right now – 8 children with 4 of them under age 3, Sign-up sheets are posted on the Lighthouse in the Narthex.
Grace members will be responsible for the following dates:
Thursday thru Saturday, Aug. 16, 17, 18, Please consider extending a helping hand. (call Barb Radke for more information - 715-835-3440)
Findin Our Place at Grace
On Sunday, August 26th, we have a NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION class. For those who would like to become official members of Grace Lutheran on September 9, we will have a meal and meet from 11:30 am to 2pm. We will discuss why Lutherans read the bible and worship the way we do and how God’s grace promises to shape the whole of our life! Please talk to one of the pastors if you are interested in attending. Long time members are also invited to come and remember what we believe.
Foundation Offers CPR Class
A CPR class is being offered at the Foundation on Nov 19 at 9 am and 1 pm for our ushers. There are several additional spots open for others who would like to take this class. Please contact the church office or Roger Shepler if you would like to be on the list.
Altar flowers are always welcome to honor a significant life event, to memorialize the life of someone, or to simply beautify our sanctuary.
Options are providing flowers from your garden, from the farmers market on Saturday, or from a local florist and arranging them in your vase or one available at the church.
Each Friday, between 3:00 and 6:00pm, cut flowers are available for buy one and get one free at Mays Floral and Greenhouse or $5.00 per generous bouquet all day Friday at Chippewa Valley Florist.
Floral arrangements can be ordered and delivered to the church by 4 Seasons Floral.
Please sign up for weekly altar flowers in the entry to the church or call the office to confirm which Sunday you are furnishing flowers and if they are in honor or in memory of someone or an event.