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I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the LUTHERAN STUDENT CENTER at UTA to thank all the churches and volunteers that partnered with GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH and HOPE FOR THE NATIONS LUTHERAN CHURCH in this Thanksgiving event. With your help we brought a memorable evening of entertainment, dining, sharing and fellowship to many of the international students of UTA. This event was successful in bringing together many students to gather, celebrate, reflect on and bring glory to God for what they are thankful. By count of the plates we served 202 people, slightly more than last year. This could not have been done without the help of YOU, the volunteers who prayed to God for His help, set up the rooms, brought and prepared the food, interrelated with the students and stayed to clean up. May God bless you all. These students, many of whom have never heard of Jesus Christ, are starting to learn about Christianity. This Thanksgiving event is a wonderful opportunity to bring the Word to these students of many and diverse religions. I hope you will continue to partner with us in this endeavor. With sincere appreciation, On behalf of the LSC and for the Glory of God, Don Alloy
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If you were at the 2017 Festival of Tables last night, you heard the Director of Arlington Master Chorale mention a couple of times when they were performing all of "Messiah"...
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Outreach News Check out Outreach News each month for ways to get involved in Outreach Ministry at Grace and to receive updates on outreach initiatives. Speak to Nick about how you can get involved with these events through phone, text, social media or email at nrittgers(at)grace.lc. --> Newman Christmas Program: We are joining with Newman International Academy at Grace this year to help host their annual Christmas program on Tuesday, December 12th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Volunteers are needed this day to help serve hot cocoa and cookies to Newman families following the Christmas program. Help is also needed in the afternoon preparing five gallons of hot cocoa. --> ATTENTION MEN! We are in need male mentors for Brooke of Life’s “Men of Valor” enrichment class on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45. This class is primarily students in kindergarten and first grade. If you’re interested in helping to train these young men how to be Godly men, please contact me right away. We are using a medieval theme where these boys are training for knighthood and are currently pages. --> Prayer for Outreach Ministry: As 2018 approaches, several new outreach opportunities are being presented for Grace to be a part of. Please pray for guidance in the planning and preparation for these potential opportunities and be on the lookout for information coming on how you can get involved.
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Nick's Notes It’s Christmas time once again! Children are close to being out of school for the holiday, those with fireplaces are gathering wood to enjoy some heat and ambiance, and out in the world are even more people who are not taking any time to have themselves a little Christmas. No cookies or carols, no lights or tree and no reason to celebrate. Does this sound like someone you know? Gone are the days of watching the puppet style Christmas cartoons in the evenings over peppermint hot chocolate and adding to the Mickey Mouse style advent calendar. They have now been replaced by nights with families eating around the TV on top of TV trays with their phones and tablets out. Someone’s working on homework, someone’s taking pictures on Snapchat exploring all the new filters, someone’s calling into work to check in on things and someone is turning on something to watch on Netflix. Together but separated. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and togetherness but it seems that every year “Christmas” comes earlier and earlier that by the time we get to actual Christmas, we’re just burned out. Stores start selling their Christmas items before the start of Halloween, radio stations flip the switch to Christmas music in early November and commercials start advertising Christmas as soon as they know their Black Friday deals. The business side of Christmas has beaten down the joyful side to the point that the meaning of Christmas comes across as “what’s the best deal I can get out there” versus the true meaning; the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Maybe that person I mentioned up top is you. Maybe yours is the family that physically has come together but is separated by their individual screens. Or maybe you haven’t forgotten the reason for the season. No matter what is going on in your life, take some time to have yourself a merry little Christmas this year. Nick Rittgers – DCE - Outreach Ministries
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Some thoughts from Serena: As the year draws to an end, we can reflect on the opportunities we have had as members of the body of Christ to touch and be touched by others in the name of Jesus, that He would be made known. This past month, the Senior Saints, Pastor Joe, Nick and I had an opportunity to share the love of Grace Lutheran Church with two families through gifts of food. I believe our "appointments" with these people were indeed God-ordained. While one person brought one food item, and it may have seemed like a small token of kindness, the joint effort of collecting food from many filled the backs of two cars! As I consider the special moment that only a few of us were able to witness in the delivery of the food, I see the joy of what the greater body can do together. The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi sums it up nicely: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.” May you be blessed to be a blessing to others this Advent and Christmas season. May we, as the body of believers, seek to continue living out our faith daily, spreading peace and joy, sowing love, granting forgiveness and hope, being light, consoling, understanding and loving others in the name of Jesus, who brings us all these things and the best gift of all… reconnection to God and everlasting life! May the joy of the Lord be yours! Serena (Dr. Serena Pace, DCE - Family & Student Minister)
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Traditional Service: 8:30 Sundays Contemporary Service: 11:00 Sundays Sunday School: 9:45 Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-37 The Message this Sunday (Dec 3, 17): Watch for the Stop!
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Pastor Ardy's Monthly Message for December 2017: Dear Sisters and Brothers of Grace, “But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” Acts 17:5-7 Turning the world upside down indeed! The world tells us one thing, the church tells us another. We are in the season of Advent looking to the 2nd Coming of the Son of Man, while the world is celebrating the 1st Coming - the Babe of Bethlehem. Or not anything religious at all but only the season of giving, good will, Santa Claus (who started as a religious figure) and, in Texas, buying lights that project snowflakes on a house because we aren’t expecting the real thing. While we don’t have snow on our roofs, we do have the real thing, the reason for the season - Jesus. Jesus is the Babe of the manger, the Man of Sorrows, the Crucified one because of our sin, who was buried in a borrowed tomb, Resurrected and Ascended so that we would have a realistic hope, or better, a confident expectation, of the Spirit’s involvement in our daily lives plus eternal life with the saints, angels, prophets, apostles and the Trinity in perfect peace and joy. Wow, Jesus does turn the world upside down, or really right-side up, because all those things are promised by the Almighty, unlike the fleeting moments of good we can experience this side of the pearly gates that we have to work hard to get. This season is about God’s love for us, shown beyond a shadow of a doubt, by His sending Jesus to be our Savior. So, no matter what the world thinks, our ‘right-side up’ view is God’s plan - Emmanuel - God with us. He desires for all to believe in His Son so that all people can be with Him forever. This is the time to celebrate God’s gift to us, and tell others about Jesus as the Reason for the Season. May God bless us as we do that in a wide variety of ways. Pastor Joe Ardy, Just the Vacancy Pastor
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Outreach News by Nick Rittgers (DCE - Outreach Ministries) Check out Outreach News each month for ways to get involved in Outreach Ministry at Grace and to receive updates on outreach initiatives. Speak to Nick about how you can get involved with these events through phone, text, social media or email at nrittgers(at)grace.lc. • YMCA sports will sadly not be happening for the foreseeable future. Please keep the YMCA in your prayers as they work on restructuring internally. • Newman will be having their Christmas program on Tuesday, December 12 in the evening. Time TBA. Help us be good neighbors to Newman Academy this night by serving cookies and cocoa to the families following the program. • Brooke of Life will be doing a program during Christmas in addition to Newman’s as well. Be on the lookout for details about this program coming soon. • ATTENTION MEN! We are in need male mentors for Brooke of Life’s “Men of Valor” enrichment class on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45. This class is primarily students in kindergarten and first grade. If you’re interested in helping to train these young men how to be Godly men, please contact Nick right away. We are using a medieval theme where these boys are training for knighthood and are currently pages.
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