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Spirit of Grace

January 23, 2013
Website  |  Worship with us this Sunday - 10:33am @ 413 West Ave, Holdrege.
Consulting Weekend
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Dear {FIRST_NAME|friend of Spirit of Grace},

This weekend is a major opportunity to shape the future of Spirit of Grace.  Bill Tenny-Brittian, a church consultant, Mary Frances, the Assistant Program Director for New Congregations for the ELCA, and Juliet Hampton, the director for evangelical mission for the Nebraska Synod will be visiting our congregation to observe, learn, and share recommendations on our future ministry together.  This is an incredibly important chapter in the life of Spirit of Grace.

Please plan to attend both of our gatherings this weekend.  Friday at 7:00pm will see an initial presentation about Church and Culture, and Sunday at 7:00pm will be a presentation of recommendations and a Q&A session.  Refreshments will be served at both events.

Please also make sure to attend the Braden Badertscher benefit on Sunday at 5:00pm.  Please give generously and enjoy the dinner, but make sure you make it to Spirit of Grace so we can start promptly at 7:00pm.

Thanks for helping us plan and dream our future together.

/s/ Pastor Ted
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Consultant Visiting this Weekend

On Friday, January 25 at 7:00pm and Sunday, January 27 at 7:00pm, there will be gatherings of the entire congregation.  Bill Tenny-Brittian will be here to consult with us on the future of our ministry together.  It is CRUCIAL that you attend both gatherings, especially the one on Sunday night at 7:00pm. 

On Saturday, January 26, from 9:00am - 3:00pm, there will be a "Boot Camp" for selected leaders in Leadership roles.  Your participation in these events is crucial as we receive recommendations that will guide us into 2013 and beyond!

Reclaiming the "L" word

Starting February 3, the Sunday night forum will begin studying the book Reclaiming the "L" word.  We're hoping for broad congregational participation as we examine what it means to be Lutheran and look ahead to becoming an organized Lutheran congregation in June.

If you've not been a part of a community group in a while, consider investing time in this Sunday night 7:00pm group.

Library News

One of the books on our "Featured Books" shelf is "What Does the Lord Require?" by James C. Howell.  This book makes the verse from Micah 6:8 come alive and can serve as a guide for us today.  This is the week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and the theme is "What does God Require of Us?"  Many of us are not familiar with the book of Micah in the Old Testament.  Lynn Embury donated this book to our library.

CASA Volunteer Training

Do you have a heart for the abused and the neglected children?  Would you like to advocate through the court system for the best interest of children? Training will be given at the Phelps County Court House training room during evenings and weekends (30 hrs.)  308-995-2102x333 or for more info.

Third Annual Spiritual Guided Retreat

"Untie Life's Knots Through FORGIVENESS" Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church 1515 S. Harrison, Grand Island, NE (Snow date: Feb 23).  Hosted by Seeking the Spirit Within The Nebraska Synod Institute for Spiritual Direction Formation.

Registration forms are at the church office.  Cost: $30/individual before Feb1, $40/individual after Jan. 31

For more information:

Apostle/Imposter Lay Leadership Academy

Do you ever wonder if you're qualified to lead in the church?  Maybe you're just an imposter?!  This conference can help you see your vocation to lead.  Feb 23-24, Sullivan Hills Camp in Lodgepole.  $73/person before Jan. 19, $88 after.  More info from Synod office at 402-896-5311.
Get Plugged In
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  • Worship binder assembler
  • ProPresenter tech (prepare our weekly graphics for the screens)
  • Worship servants (read scripture, bake bread, serve communion, host fellowship coffee, be a greeter or an usher)
  • Furniture pantry (pick up and deliver donations)


  • Food Pantry: non-perishable food and money
  • Christian Charity Fund: laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, toilet paper, hand soap & sanitizer, bath soap, shampoo, disposable diapers, toothpaste
  • Hospital: sweat shirts and pants, coats, or money to purchase these for ER patients who need them
Bring your donations to worship, we'll take care of the rest.


Individuals:  Dennis Holen, Nicole Aldrich, Ruth Wassinger, Jacquelynn Sorensen, Ramona Deitemeyer, Michelle Peterson, Addison Samuelson, Danielle Jacobson, Tom Renken, Roy Brand, Tiffany Schroeder, Bonnie Perkins, Hanna Buettner and Joshua, Evelyn Derickson, Roger and Sarah Derickson, Gary Mueller, Chester Quincy, Karen Larson, Grayson Popple & his parents, Briana Mendez, Alicia Elliott, Geneva Wheeler, Klaranda Behrens, Vern Lieb, Killion Schwarz, Robert Miller, Pastor Judy Giffford, Braden Badertscher, family and friends of Doris Von Seggern, Joan Stratman, Linda Cason, Maria Cooley, Rajakkani, Henriette Billard, JayDee Flohr, and Jan Coen.
Groups:  The students, staff, and teachers of Grace Place, Bishop Maas and the Nebraska Synod staff, our Community Group leaders, Spirit of Grace, our sister congregation - Kiruweni Parish of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Add your prayer request online or call 308-995-8019.

Get Help

stephen ministry logoIn the hospital? Going through a tough time spiritually or emotionally? In need of financial assistance?  Pastor Ted can put you in touch with resources at Spirit of Grace and through the community that can help.
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Wednesday, 1/23
Office Hours 9:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Grace Place Food Team meeting at St. Elizabeth's
5:45pm - 6:30pm

Grace Place! at St. Elizabeth's
Community Meal
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Children's Program
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Confirmation Class
7:00pm - 8:00pm
High School Youth Group meets at Spirit of Grace

Thursday, 1/24
Office Hours 9:00am - 11am, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Stephen Ministry mtg. in the Conference room

Friday, 1/25
Office Hours 9:00am - noon, 1-4:00pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
All-Church Presentation: Church & Culture

Saturday, 1/26
9:00am - 3:00pm
"Boot Camp" for identified leaders in the PMH basement conference room.
6:30pm - 8:30pm
YMCA Snowflake Ball at the Tassel Performing Arts Center

Sunday, 1/27
8:30am - 9:00am 
Prayer Team
9:15am - 10:10am Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church
Coffee & Fellowship
Grace Notes family choir practice - all ages welcome to sing ("Wonderful Words Of Life")
Sunday Worship
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Braden Badertscher benefit dinner
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Bill Tenny-Brittain Recommendations & Q & A
No Sunday night Bible Study tonight

Monday, 1/28
Office Hours 9:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Beer & Theology at the East Avenue Pub

Tuesday, 1/29
Office Hours 9:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Musicians Rehearsal

Wednesday, 1/30
Office Hours 9:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
5:45pm - 6:30pm
Grace Place
! at St. Elizabeth's
Community Meal:
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Children's Program
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Confirmation Class
7:00pm - 8:00pm
High School Youth Group at Spirit of Grace

Sunday Texts
Psalm 19
Lesson: 1Corinthians  12:12-31a
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:14-21

Spirit of Grace
413 West Ave
Holdrege, NE 68949

Pastor Ted Carnahan



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Holdrege, Nebraska 68949

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