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Mr. Lund Settles in at EvergreenTuesday, 13 August 2013 05:00
Ukrainian Students Visit GraceSunday, 11 August 2013 19:19
Early Childhood Learning Center UpdateFriday, 02 August 2013 19:19
2013 WELS ConventionThursday, 01 August 2013 19:19
LPS Guitar EnsembleThursday, 01 August 2013 19:19
Pastor Neumann's NotesFriday, 18 January 2013 20:19
Easter is two weeks away and one church in town is decorated for it with authentic Ukrainian easter eggs. The eggs are a gift of gratitude after Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, located near University Park, answered a call from a church located in Kiev, Ukraine.
Financial struggles in churches there prompted a call to ask churches in America for offerings of support, and the church in Oskaloosa responded.
"So we started that offering here at the church with that simple little box with the simple little sign on there and we've been doing that for four to five years now. And these were just gifts that they gave to us in thanks and appreciation for us supporting them in their work there," says Pastor Roger Neumann.
The gifts over the years include a hand carved cross, kitchen magnets, paintings of Ukrainian landscapes, and most recently Easter Eggs.
"The Babushka, the grannies, are the ones who make these eggs, and it's like four or five hours it takes to do just one. But it's the elderly ladies that are doing it and so the younger ones don't want to take the time. So for us these are priceless," says Neumann.
Roger says the easter eggs are real fragile egg shells. They are colored by a wax and dipping process.
"They put the wax on and they dip it into a color then they will bring it back up, put more lines and more wax on, and then dip it in again, and again, and again, and over the process of time then it is the finished product that you have there," says Neumann.
Neumann says he plans to have have the eggs on display through Easter Sunday
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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church & the Wild Rose Circuit of the LWMS welcomed three Martin Luther College students to Iowa the weekend of April 20-21. Leaving the April snows of New Ulm, Minnesota, they travelled to Des Moines, stopping at Lincoln Heights Lutheran Church to sing for the LWMS Rally on Saturday afternoon. Travelling on to Oskaloosa, Iowa, the students were part of a family Bible study at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Satruday evening where they each spoke about their path from grade school to Lutheran Area High Schools and on to MLC. MLC student Jessica Moore than accompanied the people in a hymn sing.
The next morning, the three MLC students supplemented the worship service with a ccapella music, joined the choir for the offeratory selection, and provided instrumental enhancements to the sermon hymn. Afterward, students and MLC recruiter & pastor Ross Stelljes helped with children's Sunday School and lead adult Bible study. We learned much more about the purpose and programs at MLC. We also learned about the new Early Childhood Learning Center and our guests answered many questions from the congregation.
Those students participating from Martin Luther College include from top to bottom. Jessica Moore (who arranged the a ccapella trio songs sung), Derek Rabbers (who played trumpet for the sermon hymn), and Claire Czaplewski (who student taught at NELHS with Grace member Perry Lund). All three MLC students are 5 year students who will be certified to teach elementary and secondary school in their chosen areas which include vocal and instrumental music (Claire & Jessica) and physical science (Derek). God's blessings to them as they graduate and accept their first calls into the public teaching ministry.
Pastor Joel Gaertner and Pastor Neumann's niece, Jackie Mayer will be with us on the weekend of January 25/26 to do a presentation on the Jesus' Cares ministry. Jackie is the mother of an autistic child. Through her efforts, and the guidance of the Lutheran Home organization, new support organizations are being offered for parents of special needs children. Her work has been richly blessed to this point. I'm sure you will enjoy meeting Jackie and hearing her story. For more information on the Jesus' Cares ministries click on the following link. Jesus' Cares ministries
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church has modified the floor of the balcony to contain 2 risers on which some of the back pews sit. The risers give an extra 8" of height to allow people sitting in those pews to gain a better view of the altar, lectern and pulpit. There is also a 4 ft wide space at the far back of the balcony which will be used for audio/visual equipment setup and monitoring.
Brian Crile did most of the work, with assistance from other congregational members. If you have the opportunity, please say a word of thanks to Brian for his work.
Grace Evangelical Lutheran has been working on a set of Lenten banners using a wide format printer to print on Tyvek canvas. The designs are done in Adobe Illustrator with vector artwork purchased from shutterstock.com. With the success of this series of banners, perhaps additional banner sets for various church seasons can be developed and printed in future years.
Mr. Perry Lund has received a call to serve as high school science and math teacher at Evergreen Lutheran High School near Tacoma, WA. in the Pacific Northwest District. The call came Saturday evening, August 3rd. The call is to teach Biology, Physics and Algebra initially. Evergreen Lutheran has been in exsistence for 35 years and has an enrollment of 120 student this coming year with 10 faculty members. The school is supported by an association of 19 congregations of the ELS and WELS. Evergreen has just moved into a new facility that was purchased from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and it excited about the potential for growth in the Tacoma - Seattle area.