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A Message from the Council President

Your Council met on May 15.  A highlight of the meeting was getting to know our three confirmands – Nathan, Matthew and Jakob.  A picture of Council and the confirmands appears below.  You can be proud of this group of confirmands who soundly defeated Council in a...

Our Ministry Story, 2018, prepared by our Synod

Seeking Unity [Effective partnerships] Thousands of people in the Synod attended Reformation commemoration services in local communities across the Synod in 2017. “I was astonished at all the work and efforts of the Ministry Area Leaders and other volunteers who...

How were your donations used?

While this report focuses on Grace’s financial aspects, we can’t understate the unrecorded value of contributions of time and energy from members who have led and/or participated in the church’s operations and its projects. Without these efforts, the finances have...

How we work together with other congregations

We combine our resources with other Lutheran churches to do more than one church could do.  Last year Grace contributed $ 17,650 (approximately 10% of operating fund income) to support this collaborative work of the Synod.

What is our Pastor’s role in administration

One of my least favourite tasks as a pastor is administration, however it is a necessary component of pastoral ministry.  For a congregation to fulfill its mission, there needs to be order and records.  At the end of the previous year, Grace’s long-time secretary,...

What it is like being Parish Administrator?

By Michelle Bassford The end of February brought on my one-year anniversary as Parish Administrator here at Grace and what a year it’s been. I’ve learned more than just day-to-day responsibilities but more-so about Lutheranism as a religion. How it differs slightly...

How does our Pastor reach out to others

Baptisms and Baptismal Counseling Baptisms are a joyous experience for the congregation, family, and pastors. The baptismal event is something that we all have experienced. Some are more memorable than others, depending on the activity level of the one who is being...

How our Pastor connects with the wider church?

Wider Church / Interfaith As a pastor in the ELCIC, I also must stay connected with what’s known as the “wider church”.  This connection usually happens through email and other mailed correspondence.  However, sometimes I attend meetings with other clergy.  From time...

Worshipping together

Our members have leadership roles in our services.  Over the year Dean Oswald, Tom Herauf, Lorna Haufschild, Wendy Ball, Leann Eberley, Stephanie Hartmann and Ilse Phoenix have been assisting ministers.  When Pastor has on vacation, Lorna Haufschild, Wendy Ball, and...

How does the Treasurer act as a good steward of your donations?

By Ray Henrickson 1 Timothy 6:10 reminds us that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil and no church should underestimate the lure and temptation that cash brings with it. We just need to “like” money enough to pay the bills and fund our church’s mission....

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