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Check out Grace at a Glance Newsletter for additional information on congregational and community events. 

Join Pastor Dean or Pastor Phil for Text Study

Time: Restarting after Holy Week, Wednesdays at noon (bring a sack lunch)
Location: First floor lounge

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

Pet Loss Grief Group March 27th at 6 pm

Meets every 4th Tuesday of the Month at 6:00pm 

Pastor Phil will be leading a grief group for those whose pets have died and would like to process their loss with others who share this particular kind of sadness. If you, or someone you know, might benefit from this group, we will be in the Memorial Assembly Lounge. 

"Change to Make Change" through Palm Sunday

Did you know that 45% of students in the Eau Claire Area School District qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. These students often struggle with adequate nutrition when school meals are not available. WEEKEND KID'S MEALS through Feed My People help fill this void. During this Lenten Season Church in Society/Mission Outreach is asking members to take a can, fill it with change/check (memo line Child Montessori WKM) and return it on Palm Sunday, March 25th. Together we CAN make a difference!

Care Ministry

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.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday--March 25 --10 am

Maundy Thursday -- March 29 -- 6:30 pm

Good Friday -- March 30 -- At First Congregational Church -- 12:10 pm

Easter Sunday -- April 1 --10 am -- 8:30 breakfast

Foundation Update 

Grace Lutheran Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Enchanted Evening, held on March 3rd is expected to net about $45,000, after all expenses are accounted for. This year the proceeds will establish a scholarship fund. The fund will make grants to employees to help with their education expenses. The fund will also assist parents needing help with the enrollment fees for our childcare program, especially the all day summer sessions. To make a donation to this fund please contact the Grace Lutheran Foundation corporate office by calling 715-832-3003 or PO Box 387 Eau Claire 54702. Make any contributions payable to Grace Lutheran Foundation, in the memo area write 2018 Scholarship Fund.

In other education news, ladies at the Syverson Lutheran Home made 50 afghan squares for Project Amigo. Project Amigo supports students from Colima, Mexico with education opportunities. The squares, along with funds from groups such as Rotary Clubs, are sent to Colima where locals are paid to assemble the squares into blankets to protect against the cool evenings. The incomes earned and additional donations help with the educational expenses of the children.

Holy Communion Instruction

It will take place in the Children’s Chapel from 11:15 to noon on March 18. A “first communion” celebration will happen on Palm Sunday, March 25. Contact Pastor Phil for more information.

Foundation Update

Meeting after the Service this Sunday, March 25th
There will be an informational meeting of Grace Lutheran Foundation about our mission as Grace Lutheran Communities following the service this Sunday, March 25th. The meeting is to provide the membership with a forum about our operations prior to the Annual meeting in April. We will meet in the
Sanctuary immediately after the service.

Thank you!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made our Lenten suppers run so smoothly. From set-up to clean-up, our kitchen crew knew exactly what to do. There were plenty of "What can I do next," or "What can I do to help," questions. Our all important bakers delivered the goods, literally! This was my first time coordinating the Lenten supper crew and you all made it pretty easy for me. Thanks! -- Anita Reid

“Golden Ladle” Award
The "Golden Ladle" award for this year goes to ... Tod Thorpe!
Congratulations Tod, your soups were excellent once again and the breads
were wonderful. The art of cooking for a large group of people is a difficult
one, you make it look easy. Thanks again for all the wonderful Lenten
suppers you created!

ADRC Program Schedule

These evidence-based prevention programs are offered through the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County Registrations are open for workshops starting in early 2018: • Strong Bones strength and balance training information sessions on January 4 • Stepping On falls prevention program starts January 16 • Living Well chronic disease self-management starts February 7 • Healthy Living with Diabetes starts March 26 • Powerful Tools for Caregivers starts April 3

Register online at www.adrcevents.org or contact us at 715-839-4735, 1-888-338-4636, tty: use Relay (711), or email adrc@co,eau-clarie.wi.us.

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 nick@fmpfoodbank.org.

Free Foot and Nail Care Clinic

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Continuing Education will offer Free Foot and nail care clinics for community members. During the clinic nurses will assess your foot and nail health and determine areas that need attention. Appointments range from 20 to 60 minutes depending on the level of care
required. Registered nurses will perform foot and nail care services as part of a certification program. The clinic will be supervised by nurse practitioners certified in foot and nail care.
Next sessions: April 9th-- 12th, 2018
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Grace Lutheran Church
Who should attend?
Individuals with diabetes or those with difficult foot and nail care issues are
encouraged to attend.
How to schedule an appointment:
The services are free. Appointments are required and will be accepted
beginning: Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. To schedule an
appointment or request accommodations for disabilities, call UW-Eau Claire
Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423

We have FUN in Sunday School!

Bring your little ones to Sunday School to learn stories, verses, songs and more using the One Room Sunday School curriculum. Sunday School is held every twice a month during service.
Scheduled dates for winter/spring include:
February 4, 11, 25
March 11, 25
April 8, 22
May 6, 13
All children are welcome to attend.
Children's Time is held during the service when Sunday School is not in session.