Weekly Grace News - For the week of February 28 - March 6, 2021
THIS SUNDAY IS OUR NEXT COMMUNION SUNDAY so please have your bread and wine or grape juice ready at home this Sunday morning if you desire to partake. Pastor Mark's instructions for participating in Communion from home are found under the Worship tab/Covid-19 Response at gracedodgeville.org. (Please scroll down the page to find it. It is in an April message.
LENT MIDWEEK WORSHIP TO INCLUDE IN-PERSON OPTION STARTING FEB. 24TH: As part of a phased approach to reintroducing in-person worship in our Sanctuary, our five Wednesday evening services Feb. 24th - Mar. 24th are open for in-person attendees as well as livestreamed on our Facebook page. These contemplative style services last a half-hour and feature a mix of prayer, Scripture readings, silence, short songs offered by a song leader, and testimonies from Grace members on "What God has been teaching me during my Covid year."
Because we are capping these services at 50 in-person attendees, and for contact tracing purposes, those wishing to attend will need to make a reservation. Reservations open each week on the Thursday prior at 8am (e.g. Feb. 18th for the Feb. 24th service), and may be made using the Sign Up Genius link [https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054BA8A82CA5FF2- lent] or by calling the church office during office hours (Mon-Thurs, 8am- 4:30pm). Please note that about 20% of these slots will be pre-filled by confirmation students and worship leaders, so when making your reservation and you have a child that is attending confirmation classes, please do not include them in your reservation.
As always, if you make a reservation but have any symptoms of illness, please stay home for the sake of your neighbors. While we're excited for this chance to safely gather for a shorter, simple service, please know that you can also continue to be part of worship by attending "virtually" each Wednesday. If you would like to serve as an usher-host, we need two each week; please contact coordinator Brian Neil.
SAFERATHOME BOOK CLUB LENT-EASTER EDITION: Loving Jesus by Mark Allen Powell. It’s written in a very conversational style and is chock-full of stories, anecdotes, and biblical insights, great for those just beginning a faith relationship with Christ or those more seasoned who want to get back to basics. Two ways to participate: 1) read the book on your own; 2) join the discussion group over Zoom on Wednesday evenings during lent and a few weeks of Easter (nine sessions). Books cost $10 and will be arriving the week of Feb. 15. The discussion group will meet at 7:30pm (first week Feb. 17 for meet and greet at 7:45pm). Contact Pastor Mark if you would like to register for the group discussion. [email@example.com]
WOMEN OF THE ELCA SPRING GATHERING: All women of the Barneveld Conference are invited to the Spring Gathering, Saturday, March 20, 2021. This meeting will be held via Zoom and will begin at 10am. Our guest speaker, Sherri Hansen, MD, OlbSB, will be presenting "Overcoming Acedia: Finding meaning and purpose during Year 2 of the pandemic. Please contact the church office (Mon-Thurs, 8am - 4:30pm), for more details about joining the Spring Gathering via Zoom.
Please consider an offering, individually or as a women’s group, to support our Synodical Women’s Organization. On the memo line please note “Barneveld Conference offering”. Send that offering payable to South Central Wisconsin SWO. Address Bonnie Gilbertson, 5498 Windridge Rd, Oregon WI 53575.