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GRACE  PRESCHOOL The school year has begun!! Please call Bonnie Sears at the preschool office, 216-529-1081, or visit the preschool website, www.grace-preschool.net, for more information or to set up an appointment to visit the school.

BALLOON FOUND IN NEWFOUNDLAND!!  Just wanted to share some awesome news. We received this email and pictures on Monday morning, September 18th here at Grace. We’re guessing this balloon came from the Community Festival in Madison Park on September 9th.

Hello! Today (September 17th, 2017) my family and some friends were hiking at Cedar Cove near Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. My youngest son picked up a balloon on the beach from your church… I wonder if it came all the way from Ohio to us here in Newfoundland! We will never know, I guess! In any case, hello from The Colemans in Newfoundland!

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THE 95 THESES Every day now through the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on October 31st, we will be posting one of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Here is number 87.
87. Again, “What does the pope remit or grant to those who by perfect contrition already have a right to full remission and blessings?”

THE CHURCH OF THE LIGHTED CROSS For over 2000 years, the cross has been the quintessential symbol of the Christian Church.  Adorning altars, stained glass windows, and steeples in churches around the world, the cross has served as a reminder of the One who hung upon it as the Lamb of God that once and for all took away the sin of the world.  The cross forever brings to mind the person and work of Jesus Christ, and brings forgiveness, peace, and joy to those who trust in the crucified and risen Savior. For decades, a lighted cross shone at the top of the former Saints Peter & Paul Lutheran Church building, now Grace Lutheran Church, located right across the street from Madison Park in Lakewood.  But then, the light went out, and for about 10 to 15 years, the cross could not be seen during the nighttime hours.  However, thanks to a generous donation by a Lakewood resident who lives right by the church, as well as donations from the members of Grace Lutheran Church, the cross shines once again.  The neighbor told our church secretary that when she first moved to Lakewood, she knew she was home when she saw the lighted cross.   It can be seen from as far away as I-90 and from the neighborhoods along the Madison Avenue corridor.  Lakewood residents are invited to take note of the cross as it shines daily from approximately 8 PM to 8 AM. May the lighted cross be a source of hope and joy to you!

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SELC DISTRICT CONVENTION CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Grace Lutheran Church will be hosting the SELC District Convention April 26-29, 2018. Volunteers will be needed for a number of different responsibilities including Transportation, Refreshments and Registrations. If interested, please e-mail Pastor Hansell at grh61655@roadrunner.com or put a note in the Church Secretary’s mailbox. Thank-you.

Be watching the Graceline and the Bulletin throughout the year as calls for volunteers will be made to serve in other capacities. Thank you in advance for your consideration and your willingness to serve.  May God bless our efforts to be good hosts to our SELC brothers and sisters in Christ.

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH ANNUAL FALL ROLL SALE UPDATE!! The two remaining roll sales days will be on the Saturdays of October 28th and November 11th.  WE HAVE MET THE MAXIMUM FOR ORDERS FOR BOTH OF THESE BAKING DAYS!!  THEREFORE WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY NEW ORDERS.  WE ALSO CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT EVERY ORDER ALREADY PLACED WILL BE COMPLETELY  FILLED.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL ROLL MAKING Rolls will be made on the Saturdays of  October 28th and November 11th.  Dough is prepared on the Friday prior to baking.  Volunteers are needed for various duties.  In addition to rolling, there are opportunities for mixing, baking, cooling, wrapping, dish washing, setting up and taking down tables.  Our rolling machine makes the job much easier.  First time rollers are trained by experts.  Both men and women are needed to make this program a success.  FUN IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY!  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 216-221-4959.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY We will be continuing our study of Martin Luther with A Man Named Martin – Part 3: The Movement.  We will examine the effects of the Reformation – what consequences it had and how it continues to grow today.  The Reformation has had an enormous influence on every area of life – on religion, politics, education, family life and the world of work.  Most of this was unintentional, at least on a human level, and both good and evil came of it.  Yet God was doing His work, bringing thousands and, ultimately billions of people to the knowledge of their Savior Jesus Christ and to saving faith in Him.  By today this blessing stretches around the world.