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Divine Grace Lutheran Church News and Events

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Call Received:  Miss Charlotte Huebner has received a call, asking her to teach first grade at Holy Trinity Lutheran School in Des Moines, Washington.  She will take the next few weeks to give prayerful consideration between her call here to Divine Grace and the call there, determining where she can best use her God-given gifts.  Please keep her in your prayers, and feel free to share any thoughts or input with her that may prove helpful as she makes her decision.  We would certainly love to have her stay and serve here among us, and we are grateful for her wonderful, faithful, and valuable service to us here at DGLS.

Call Extended:  On January 3 we extended a call to Mr. Joel Lauber to come and serve as teacher and principal here at DGLS starting next school year.  Mr. Lauber is currently teaching and serving as principal at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Omaha, Nebraska.  He has 15 years of teaching experience, and has been also serving as principal for the last 4 years.  He is currently teaching grades 5-7 at Good Shepherd in Omaha.  Please keep Mr. Lauber in your prayers as he prayerfully deliberates the call that we have extended from him.  We should have an answer back in the next few weeks.

Quarterly Voters Meeting:  The voters of the congregation will meet Sunday, January 24, at 11:00 am, following Bible Study on Zoom.

Worship Services:  All of our worship services are available on the Divine Grace YouTube homepage https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQK-b10yBhiQuUyngdmsDA/videos.

Women’s Bible Study:  Starting on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm via Zoom, Women Serving Christ will be offering a weekly study based on the book “The Great House of God” by Max Lucado.  “The Great House of God” walks you through room-by-room, with each room corelating to a phrase in the Lord’s Prayer.  In uncertain times like these, it is good to go back to something solid and sound like the Lord’s Prayer.  This Bible Study will be entirely virtual.  I will be Zooming from home, so please don’t come to Divine Grace next Tuesday!  It is a recurring meeting, so this link will work for the whole study.  Zoom Meeting ID: 836 2730 5577;  Passcode: 918027.   –Deanna Pentis

Grow in Your Knowledge of God’s Word:  The new year is a great time to get in on one of our Bible studies here at church!  Sunday morning Bible Study is at 10:00am via Zoom, and will focus on the book of Ephesians.  Wednesday Bible Class is at 7:00pm via Zoom. Where They Walked is a study of six different prominent cities from Bible times, together with slide shows of how they looked then and now, and their significance for our life of faith.  

Schedule Change Starting February 21:  Please note that we will have a new Sunday schedule starting on February 21.  This is due to the fact that Sunday attendance has been increasing.  In order to offer consistent social distancing, we will be adding a second service on Sundays.  We will sanitize and use fans to exchange the air in-between services.  We will still have the Thursday evening service each week, and starting on February 17, will also have midweek Lenten services.  The Sunday Bible Study time will also be adjusted.  The new schedule will look like this, starting with Wednesday, February 17 :

                              Wednesday Lent Service – 7 pm (also live streamed), Feb 17 – Mar 24

                              Thursday Service – 7 pm (also live streamed)

                              Sunday Early Service – 8 am

                              Bible Study – 9:15-10:15 am (in-person and on Zoom)

                              Sunday Late Service – 10:30 am

School Registration:  During the month of February, current school families and also Divine Grace Church families whose children are not currently in our school, will have the chance to register for next year and reserve a spot.  Spots will fill up quickly, and registration will open to the general public on March 1. So, if your children are not currently enrolled at DGLS and you would like to get an application for next year, or if you have any questions about our school, please contact Pastor Voss as soon as possible. 

Forward in Christ and Meditations Available:  The new edition of our synod’s monthly magazine and the daily devotion books have arrived.  Pick yours up in the church lobby, or make use of curbside pickup from the plastic bin under the overhang outside of the church doors.  Use these valuable tools to grow in faith!

MLS Play:  The show must go on! Michigan Lutheran Seminary is proud to announce our “fall” play, In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot), is rescheduled for February 19-21, 2021. Desperate to hide out from the police, two small time crooks – Tony and Vinny – take the Douglas family hostage right as they’re sitting down to a Christmas dinner! But Tony is clearly flying by the seat of his pants and Vinny is too dimwitted to be much help. The two bumbling criminals have the tables turned on them, becoming hostages themselves at an uncomfortable, awkward family dinner! Will the crooks escape the awkwardness or will their gooses get cooked along with the Christmas ham?  All three shows will be live-streamed and there will be limited seating available for the shows on February 20 and 21. The February 19 show will be live-stream ONLY. You can reserve your tickets or your very own, free streaming pass at www.mlsem.org/fall-play starting on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. We hope you will be able to join us!

MLS Foundation Auction:  Due to the current gathering restrictions in Michigan, the events committee has made the difficult decision to postpone an in-person gathering for the 2021 auction.  The foundation staff and events committee are currently planning to offer supporters the opportunity to bid on items on an online platform. WE NEED YOUR HELP!  CAN YOU DONATE AN ITEM FOR THE AUCTION?  We appreciate your consideration of a donation to the MLS Foundation’s auction. Your support is needed more than ever, because many small businesses who would typically donate items to our auction have been severely impacted by the shutdowns in Michigan. You can call our office at 989-793-7511 to arrange to drop-off donations. You could also ship donations to the Foundation office (Please include your contact information, a phone number, an email address, and the value of the donated item).  Because it will take time to plan, photograph items, and build the online platform, we are asking that any donations arrive at the Foundation office no later than February 1, 2021. Our mailing address is:  2777 Hardin St., Ste. 4  Saginaw, MI 48602

Sign-Up for Altar Flowers:  You may sign up for altar flowers for 2021 by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page at DivineGrace.net and clicking on the button which will take you to an electronic sign-up sheet.  Please pay $20 for the flowers online by clicking the “Donate” button at the bottom of the home page and selecting the Flower Fund, or use the GivePlus app.

Offering Envelopes:  Offering envelopes are still available in the Fellowship Hall.  Please take the one with your name on it.  If you would like an extra box for your high school or college-age child that is not currently receiving one, please just ask either Pastor Voss.  May God bless our generous gifts and offerings!

Online Giving. You may, of course, mail your offerings in (3000 S. Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, MI  48359), but if you’d like to give online, it’s now easier than ever.  You can go to our website divinegrace.net and scroll down to the bottom of the home page and fill out the “Give Now” form.  If you prefer, you can use the GivePlus App by just following these few simple steps: 

  1. Download the GivePlus App. It is a secure app, and is connected to our Simply Giving online offering program. It is secure, and will link your offering to our contribution statements for your tax purposes.
  2. Search by zip code to select Divine Grace. Our zip code is 48359.
  3. Link to your bank account.
  4. You can select what fund you’d like to give to, just like your envelopes.
  5. You will have the option of just going in each time you want to give a single gift, or, if you’d rather, you can sign up for weekly giving.

Upcoming Birthdays:

1/23  Sarah Burnham,  Tessa Goergen

1/24  Michael Connolly,  Daniel Heckman,  Ava Kells,  Cody Kobs,  Nicholas Paselk 

1/28  John Buss  

1/29  Klayton Cartwright,  Gregg Gooch,  Ally Luedtke,  Michelle White

1/30  Jessica Goergen

2/1  Mya Moran

2/5  Cheyenne Lovelady

2/6  Monica Watson  

2/7  Sherry Pagels

2/9  Randi Kroll 

2/11  Brian Howell, Mike Paselk, Marie Sazy

2/12  Philip Martinico, Collin Schafer

2/13  Ayla McClain

2/14  Lori Voss

2/15  Cynthia Krueger 

2/17  Tris Coffin, Stephanie Pentis

2/18  Jeremiah Hunn

2/21  Josephine Roggenbuck

2/22  Felix Myziuk 

2/23  Seth Doble 

2/25  Braelyn Wendt 

2/28  Jacob Tartamella



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