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Grace Notes Newsletter- January 27, 2023
4212 South Croatan Highway,
PO Box 1356, Nags Head, NC 27959
Located - Bypass at MP 13.5 West-side 
The Sunday Worship Service is at 9:00 a.m. with communion.
Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m.
Midweek Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Worship Services are live-streamed on Facebook Live then posted on YouTube.
Call Process Update
We are grateful to God that President Harmon has sent a list to the Call Committee. There are 7 names on the list. Grace Members: Keep your eyes open for a separate email coming soon with more details on this part of Grace's journey in the call process.
“‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15
From the Call Committee: Thank God that we have received a call list. Ask God to give the Call Committee wisdom and guidance as they prayerfully consider all of the candidates.
From the Council: Thank God for our continued good financial state.
Thank God that Gayle has agreed to take over as Education Chair. Heidi’s term ends in October.
You can take some strings from the pile in the back of the church, then every time you pray for our prayer focus, tie a knot in a string.
Don't forget to drop your knotted strings into the designated basket in the back of the church. Take a new string whenever you run out.
At the end of the call process when we have a new pastor, the Prayer Team will put all of our knots together in a visible representation of our prayers to our loving and faithful God during this time of waiting for our new pastor.
To help us remember to pray, the Prayer Team recommends that wherever we are, we all pray at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. every day. Or you can choose another time in the morning and in the evening that is convenient for you.
"Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust.
Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul."
Psalm 143:8
This Week
A reminder this Sunday, January 29th, is ICO Sunday. This is Grace Lutheran's opportunity to support a local, faith-based organization. Bob Wentzel, a founding father of Grace, was also a founding father of an outreach faith-based community program that evolved into the Interfaith Community Organization. Our financial support will provide residents of our community with emergent needs. A basket will be available to collect your donation. Please make all checks payable to the ICO. Thank you for supporting this outreach mission.
Please bring in canned fruit of any kind for the families on the Outer Banks that the Beach Food Pantry assists. As soon as possible, all canned fruit can be brought to Grace and left on the table in the back, and Ann will take it to the Food Pantry. Thank you.
2022 Tax Receipts in Your Mailbox
If You Give Offerings...
Please continue your offering - pray and increase it if you can. Check your mailbox in the Narthex for offering envelopes for the new year. If we missed you, extras are on the table or please let Helen in the Church office know and we will get an envelope box to you. If you do not need envelopes please leave the box on the table for someone else to use. A reminder that we do not track the number, so you will need to include the amount and your name on the outside of the envelope to ensure proper credit.
2022 Tax Receipts are available now in your Narthex mailbox. If you do not have a mailbox or have moved, I will mail the receipt to you this week. If you did not get a tax receipt and need one, please contact the church office. Please contact your tax advisor on how you may deduct these donations (IRS rules change each year). We can only provide a receipt for donations in our possession on Dec 31.
Please drop photos, videos, and document files containing material that might be of use for our Grace Lutheran website by clicking the button that says "Upload Files".
If you are able, please put your name or initials and the event name as part of the name on each file. That way I will know the source if I have some questions. For example, 1022ladieslunchkhuddleston.jpg could be the name of a photo provided by Kathy Huddleston from a Ladies Lunch held in October 2022. Thanks!
Cathy Pescevich Kreplin, website designer
Special services will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, and continuing each Wednesday during Lent. On Maundy Thursday, April 6th, and Good Friday, April 7th, services will also be held at 7:00 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 9th, there will be a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., breakfast in between the services, and then the 9:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Service.
Attention Volunteers and Friends of VBS!
Please join us for an important VBS planning meeting on Sunday, February 26, 2023, in the Sanctuary immediately following the service.
The theme of this year's program is The Tree of Life, God's Promise of Salvation. Concordia Publishing House has changed the format of this year's program to include mostly digital materials. While this may seem a bit challenging, we feel this new format will be beneficial both in cost and application. Please plan on joining us on February 26th to learn about the new format, important information and details. In the meantime, you can preview The Tree of Life by going to: We look forward to seeing you soon!
Coming Attractions at Grace...
Discussion groups, great videos and popcorn (well, maybe some sweet treats instead). Excitement is brewing, the Holy Spirt is inspiring, and and in the right direction we are moving. 
Blanket Ministry
The next Blanket Ministry Dedication will be on March 26, 2023. It's never too early to begin working on those beautiful handmade blankets, or to keep your eyes open to find just the right blankets in the stores...
Mite Boxes
Look for the LWML Mite Boxes in the back of the church. They are for everyone to take and fill with change. The money collected will be used for LWML missions and the next collection will be in April.
Books for Inmates
Dear Grace Congregation:
We have contacted the Western Regional Tidewater Jail where Trevor is incarcerated at and they would gladly accept any books as a donation to the inmates for them to read. However, only paperback books are accepted, no hardbacks. So if you have any books you'd like to donate, please feel free to bring them to church, and Gary and I will deliver them to the jail. We know that Trevor would love to get some new books to read, and all of the inmates would appreciate having new reading material. Finally, we have ordered stickers to place in the front of each book which will read: "God is with you and loves you. Grace Lutheran Church."  
Thanks to you all.
Cher and Gary Funaiock
1st Sunday of Each Month
Manteo/Nags Head
2nd Sunday of Each Month
Birthdays and Anniversaries Celebration- Fellowship Committee
3rd Sunday of Each Month
4th Sunday of Each Month
Kitty Hawk/Southern Shores
5th Sundays
Fellowship Committee
You could be the Property Chairperson at Grace. Please pray about it. Gary Funaiock can answer any of your questions about what this position entails.
The following opportunities and more come with regular participation in our Grace Lutheran Music Team!
Improve your singing voice
Sing in harmony
Learn to play a rhythm instrument or the chimes
Participate in music selection for congregational singing during worship
The choir rehearses on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Special practices will be held as necessary on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Individuals ages 10 and up- reach out to Music Director Cathy Pescevich Kreplin today! 252-955-0706 Prior experience not needed.
This Sunday's Scripture Readings- Sunday, January 29, 2023
The Old Testament Reading is Micah 6:1-8.
The Psalm Reading is Psalm 15.
The Epistle Reading is 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
The Gospel Reading is Matthew 5:1-12.

The Sermon: Pastor Al Isler

The Sunday bulletin link will be sent in a separate email, if you would like to view it or print it before watching the service.
February Birthdays
 3- Sandy Cizék
24- Donna Stone Egan
25- Mike Adderholdt
February Anniversaries
3- Kirby & Janice Moore
24- Randall & Jeanette Grimes
25- Joel & Glenda Sproat
Please continue to pray that God guides Grace throughout our journey to calling a new pastor.
Zoom Bible Study is held on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. Email Pastor Al to be added to the Zoom invitation. You will need to have Zoom activated on your computer.
Midweek Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the church hall. Lunch will be provided.
Portals of Prayer devotional booklets are available with devotions through the end of March. If you would like one brought to you, please contact the church office and we will see that you get it.
Offerings can be mailed to
Grace Lutheran Church By-the-Sea
P. O. Box 1356,
Nags Head, NC 27959.
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