A Year Like No Other

My  “Pastor’s Message” for this week,  is my  “Pastor’s Report to the  Congregation”  for the year 2020.   It is included in the “Congregational Annual Report” but I share it here as well. Blessings to each and all of you as we move into the new...
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A Message from Stephen Ministry

Last year brought on a world of pain, anguish, hurt, fear, frustration, and loneliness for most of us. We didn’t know what to do, who to turn to or what would happen next. Who would have predicted that we would have been struck with a pandemic so great that it would shut...
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When Words Fall Short

There are times when we need the words that others have given us. Times when our words fall short;  when human words fall short;  when my words fall short. My words don’t always come out well.  They can come out in all kinds of sideways directions. So let us turn...
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Living and Leading Through Change

As the months roll on, living through this pandemic, the amount of change that we all face is both amazing and intense.  Things we never before imagined, have now become second nature. The workplace, church, school – no longer operate as they once did. Rhythms of social...
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Message from Pastor John – I Love Pink

On the third Sunday in Advent we light the 3rd candle – the “pink” candle. Why is it pink? The keyword for Advent III is “Joy”.  A tone of light-heartedness in the darkening  nights. Pink sets it apart.  I love the joy of Advent – especially Advent III. ...
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Message from Pastor John – “You did it again!”

“You did it again!” Last Sunday, November 29, 2020, by all indications, was set to be a typical day marking the First Sunday in Advent – the beginning of a new Church Year – with an added emphasis of dedicating a live tree, planted earlier in November to mark the...
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An Invitation from the Director of Traditional Music​

Happy New Year!  No, I’m not a month early; last Sunday we marked the beginning of a new church year with Advent. And what a strange church year it has been in 2020! At Grace, we have kept the music going despite COVID-19. We started humbly on March 15th with a 9 minute song...
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Message from Pastor John 11/20

There’s just one word for the week:   “WOW”!   “Wow”   and   “Thank you”. Ok, that’s two words!   The WOW-factor of last Sunday was amazing: “A celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grace Lutheran at Carrollwood”.  It...
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Communion is back!

Good evening, as some of you may already know we will be offering communion beginning this Sunday, November 22 after our 10 AM worship service. Many conversations have taken place within Grace and in our faith community regarding the best way to safely offer Communion during this...
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Grace is turning 50-this Sunday, November 15th – A Message from Pastor John

“Did You Know?”… That in 1970, November 12th was a Thursday? 50 years ago the dates, days and numbers of the calendar were exactly the same as they are this year, 2020? 44 families/households were buzzing in 1970, assembling all the necessary forms, documents,...
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