On Sunday, September 7th, the members of Grace Lutheran Church are getting out into our communities for a day of service and helping others. This is part of Operation Inasmuch, a Christian program that helps churches help others.
We have all kinds of activities planned for that day and are looking to get over 100 members of our church involved.
These are great activities for our middle school students, high school students and their families.
Among the projects for the day that would especially be worth your while are:
The Milwaukee River Clean Up – We are looking for thirty volunteers to clean up three stretches of the river in Grafton. You’ll need to want to get a bit wet as you wade through the river hauling out trash.
Free Car Wash at Grafton Elementary School – We’re going to be good neighbors by offering a free car wash to people driving by GES.
Talent Show and Meal at the Grafton Senior Citizens Center – Do you have a talent, sing, dance or play an instrument? We’re looking for people to help entertain area seniors.
You can sign up to be part of these are the other Operation Inasmuch projects for the day. The tables with all the information are in the gathering area at church.
So get involved, help your community and serve the Lord by serving others.
In my sermon on June 15, I talked about Grace's participation in "Operation Inasmuch". This powerful Christian program gets large numbers of church members out in their community for one day of service and caring for others.
You can learn more about the program at the "Operation Inasmuch" website: http://operationinasmuch.org/
We have chosen Sunday, September 7 as our "Inasmuch Day" here in Grafton, Cedarburg and Saukville.
We will have one worship service that day at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch at church. After lunch our Grace volunteers will head out and spend the afternoon on a variety of different projects.
Our goal is to get at least 150 Grace members working that day. We've already had 100 sign up that they are interested in participating.
What We Need from You
We want you to be part of our work on September 7. There will be projects for all ages and some can be done by families.
Our planning team is working to plan out a number of activities. Right now we are looking at:
Some of our activities will require funding to make them successful, so consider making a donation to Grace for "Operation Inasumch".
Your Ideas are Needed
We are looking for other ideas for other possible projects that day.
We especially would like to know if you have an elderly or disabled neighbor or friend who might need some light home repair work or have some painting done. Such activities make great "Operation Inasmuch" projects.
If you know of someone call the church office (377-4770) and let us know so we can start working to see if their needs can be met by our volunteers.
Keep Your Eyes Open
You will hear a lot more about "Operation Inasmuch" over the summer months.
Talk about this with your family and friends. Invite others to participate.
Let's make September 7 a great day of serving in Jesus' name!
"For inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me." (Jesus in Matthew 25:40)
A couple summers ago, we encouraged Grace members to take a Flat Jesus along with them on their summer adventures. Flat Jesus is based off the kids book, "Flat Stanley", about a boy who becomes flat. One of the benefits of being flat is that it's easy for him to go places.
Summer is a time when we do a lot of traveling, so we thought it would be fun to send you off with a Flat Jesus. You can start by getting a copy of Flat Jesus. We hope that you'll decorate him as you see fit and bring him with you on your trips.
Flat Jesus is a good reminder for all of us that Jesus is with us wherever we go. Psalm 139 tells us, "If I settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me and your right hand hold me fast." Before Jesus ascended to heaven he left his disciples with a reminder of his constant presence, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
As you play, as you visit, as you travel Christ is with you. As you enjoy the beauty of the summer, Christ is with you. We hope that you'll always remember that, and that you'll take pictures of yourself with your Flat Jesus and send them in to the office (email@example.com ). We'll share them during the announcement slideshow before the service, and on Facebook, too, if that's okay. We hope you have a safe summer that is filled with the love of Christ!
- Pastor Heidi
We refreshed the website to help you find things easier, as well as give it a more modern look and feel. Plus, we made the site look great on your smart phone too!. Just open the browser of your choice and go to http://gracegrafton.com. The website will be specially formatted for your mobile device!
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