From the Pastor

September 2017

Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ

If you have been at church in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a few exciting changes! With the help of a newly formed decorating committee and the church council, we have been working hard to examine how to best use our building space and update it as well. The room that was the library and meeting room will now become a youth room. Grove Lake’s commitment to welcoming and encouraging young people and families is clearly important and having a space dedicated to the youth of our church is a wonderful way to show it. The couches that were in that area have been moved down to the narthex to provide a welcoming place for people to gather. The library materials received a needed sorting and the out dated materials were donated. The addition of a video screen in the sanctuary will be coming in the next few weeks, and we will have the installation of the new stained glass behind the altar sometime this fall.

Now that we have done some cleaning, re-organizing, and moving, we are ready to bring in some new materials and furnishings. We are looking for donations of the following items:

- Good condition used couches, loveseats, and chairs (Bean bag chairs and video rockers)
- Refrigerator or Pop machine
- Large TV
- DVD or Blu-ray player
- Wii and games
- Karaoke Machine
- Board Games
- Large Dry Erase Board
- Family friendly movies, books, and resources

(If you would like to donate an item or contribute to the purchase of these items, please contact the church office 863-4273 or talk to me.)

We also have some exciting changes happening with our schedule. Starting Labor Day weekend, we will begin worshipping at 9:30 am. The following Sunday, September 10th, we will join together again for worship at 9:30am. Following worship, we will take part in some great service projects at 10:30 am for God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, and we will finish out the morning with lunch and Rally Day festivities at 11:30am. It will be a great day of contemporary worship music, lending our hands and hearts to help others, and fun and games for all ages to kick off the church school year! Worship will continue to be at 9:30 the rest of the year, with church school for grades pre-k to 5th and 6th-7th following worship. All other activities (Choir, meetings, etc.) will take place following worship so we can start our Sunday with God front and center.

We will also be adding some fun new opportunities on Wednesday nights. Dinner will be available for a free will offering from 5:30-6:15pm, Confirmation and Adult Bible Study will take place from 6:15-7:00pm, and youth group for grades 7-12 will meet from 7:00-7:45pm. This will all start Wednesday September 20th.
With all this newness, there will undoubtedly be issues that arise. I ask you to be patient during the process and encourage you to come and talk to me if you have any questions or concerns. Grove Lake Lutheran church is an amazing community of faith and we are all called to be the love of God. Please think and pray about ways that you can support and be a part of these new opportunities.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Tessa Hansen