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

Pet Loss Grief Group Tuesday, May 22 at 6pm

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. 

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.

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

Join Pastor Dean or Pastor Phil for Text Study

Time: Wednesdays at noon (bring a sack lunch)
Location: First floor lounge

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.

Crafters are getting Crafty!

THE CRAFTERS HAVE STARTED PREPARING FOR THEIR 2018 FALL CRAFT FAIR ON NOVEMBER 3rd
The Craft Group is not exclusive. Everyone is welcome.
We meet Wednesday’s 10 am to noon -- on the 3rd floor – straight off the elevator, (past the choir room) at the end of the hall. We’ll have the coffee on!
Are you doing some Spring Cleaning? We can use things that can be
repurposed:
● Silk fall leaves and/or flowers.
● Silk Christmas flowers and/or greenery.
● Christmas wreaths or wreath forms.
● Old jewelry that can be repurposed.
● Fabric, blanket binding and/or yarn.
● Old sweaters, especially wool.
● Partially completed projects (with instructions please)
We also need new ideas for items you could use or would like to see on the
market.
Note, anything you donate that cannot be repurposed or used by us will be
donated to the proper charitable organization.

LCA Women's Chippewa Valley Conference 2018 Retreat

LCA Women’s Chippewa Valley Conference 2018 Retreatuther Park -- August 15th- 16th, 2018
Theme: Change is Good
Presenter: Deb Gilbertson from Eau Claire
Music with Jeanette Tobiason & Jennifer Kinblom
Deb Gilbertson has been a lecturer for many years on various subjects. Her background is in nursing and has a BA Degree in Psychology. Deb taught on subjects at various facilities, to nurses, gave lectures directed at patient teaching and families dealing with recovery. She was a teacher at the National Rural Institute to Dr.'s, counselors, and even judges who attended the yearly training on topics dealing with addiction. Deb has taught anger management at the Juvenile Detention Center in Eau Claire and did Bible Study there also. Deb began giving lectures to Church Women groups and most recently was a lecturer at a Lutheran Women's State Convention. She offers information on how to deal with various life challenges through her own life experiences and training in a humorous style. Deb is a twin, cancer survivor, artist and a Lutheran.


Each person must fill out a form and prepay. All rooms are handicap accessible. A free will offering will be taken. Please return this form with your check by 8/01/2018. Retreat begins at 1:15 P.M. on Wed. 8/15/18 and concludes at 3 P.M. on Thurs. 8/16/18. One day rate is $35. Early Bird Registration $60 by 7/31/18. $65 after 8/1/18.Make check payable to W/ELCA

Registration: Wed. 12:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Chapel (lunch will be on your own) OR Thurs. 7:30 a.m. New member orientation will be at 12:45pm Wed in the Chapel.

Please bring: Swimsuit, personal items, towels, pillows, bedding or sleeping bag, flashlight, cushions for benches, or fold up chair, bible, pens, drinks, snacks.

Any questions call: Phyllis Grohn at 715-836-7055, or Jacki Johnson at 715-864-1489

Grief, Loss and New Beginnings: A Free Community Program

The death of a family member, significant other, relative or friend, changes who we are. It provides us with a new "window" to look through which we have never seen before. It reshapes us. Death and loss of any kind remind us that although we want predictability and control over our lives, neither is
guaranteed.
Join us for a free community program on Monday, June 18 th from 6:30-8:30pm with Ben Wolfe, a dynamic and positive grief and loss expert. Thisprogram will examine transitions and what brings them about, the wisdom that comes from exploring our “dark emotions,” relearning our world, and will
provide strategies to help families and friends who try to cope with the opportunities and struggles in the "journeys of transition." This conversation will offer helpful tools, reflection, and hope.
This program is presented by University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Continuing Education and hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System-Luther Campus. 1221 Whipple Street, Eau Claire. Register for free here:
https://ce.uwec.edu/programs/grief-loss-and-new-beginnings-relearning-family-mobile-free-community-program/ or by calling (715) 836-3636.