Teams & Activities

All are welcome! To learn more or to join a team, please call the church office at 345-4248 or contact us online.

Altar Guild
Members of the Altar Guild prepare our worship space with furnishings, paraments, and vessels to be used in the worship service. Individuals also assist the Pastor during the worship service in communion and baptism, and arrange flowers and decor in the sanctuary and narthex.

Archive Angels
The Archive Angels collect and organize material of historical value to the church; and may assist the Pastor and office with small projects relating to the history of our church. If you are researching statistics (birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, death) for genealogical purposes, or would like to donate an item of historical value to Grace Lutheran, please call the church office at 345-4248.

Book Club
Group meets once a month either at the church or in member homes. Book choices have been from the Gustavus Adolphus College Reading in Common program, the North Mankato Library Book Bag, and titles selected by members of the Book Club.

Bible Study
Women: Thursday, 1 p.m., member homes
Men: Tuesday, 7 a.m., Happy Chef, N. Mankato
Grace Lutheran Church Women’s circles meet monthly for Bible Study, fellowship and service.

Care Ministry
Team members welcome visitors who enter our doors and answer questions at the welcome desk each Sunday before and after worship. Care Ministers are also available, as requested, to pray with you in the Chapel on Sunday mornings.

Children’s Church
Children are always welcome to attend worship! Each Sunday during our worship service, Pastor Olson “shows off his socks” and shares a children’s message before children are ushered out to our Children’s Church room for activities. Adult leaders share a story pertaining to that Sunday’s lectionary, and help create something for our children to take home. Children are returned to the sanctuary after the Pastor’s adult message. On Wednesday during the school year, worship begins at 6:00 p.m. and the children are ushered out to the Chapel at 6:20 p.m. to gather for announcements and music before leaving for their faith formation classrooms (4 yrs – 6th Grade) or the supervised nursery with its own activities.

Church Council
Elected congregational members serve 2 or 3 year terms. Church Council members are elected at the Annual Meeting held on the last Sunday of January each year. For more information and to peruse a summary of meeting minutes, click here.

Eucharistic Ministers
Trained individuals who visit our home-bound members and are able to serve communion. If you would like a visit from Pastor Olson or a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the office at 345-4248.

Faith Formation Ministry
Team members work together in separate groups, but with integrated approaches. Family Ministry is comprised of children, youth, and adult groups for activities and faith education. To learn more about each ministry…
Childrens Ministry, 0 - 3 years and 4 years – 6th Grade
Youth Ministry, 7th – 12th Grade
Adult Ministry

Finance Team
Team members meet monthly to provide guidance and support to the Parish Administrator and Council Treasurer regarding all aspects of church financial operations.

Genesis
Group meets seven times a year in member homes for a light supper or dessert and a program planned by the host. Programs have featured a guest speaker or discussion topic, such as ‘Luther and Politics,’ hearing about Fair Trade efforts, a couples’ tour of Italy, and reflections on a Lutheran Missionaries career in Africa.

Grace Lutheran Church Women
The GLCW is comprised of four units, which meet for bible study, programs and fellowship each month. Activities include hosting with Grace events such as the St. Lucia Breakfast, Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner; and various community events, Pathstone Living supper club, birthday parties, gardening and other activities; Fair Trade involvement, quilting, sending greeting cards, delivering flowers and visiting homebound members.

Gifts & Memorials
Established in 1981, the primary focus of the Gifts and Memorials team has been to develop and administer a memorials policy for the congregation and to wisely invest and distribute funds entrusted to the teams oversight.

Highway 83 Clean Up Crew
Grace Lutheran Church has sponsored the Mn/DOT Adopt a Highway Program since September 1990. The stretch of Highway 83 we have adopted is two miles in length one way and is at the two to four mile markers. Congregation members are welcome to join the crew, which meets at least twice a year. Crew members are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring gardening or leather gloves. Generally the group will meet at Grace Lutheran in the afternoon at 1 p.m. The work crew is treated to homemade pie and ice-cream after the clean-up at the congregation leader's home.

Knit & Chain
Gatherings are the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in member homes or at the church. The group creates and donates prayer shawls for community organizations as well as congregation members in the hospital and in need, and sharing devotions and prayers with each other. Currently the knitters are working on donating prayer shawls to CADA House in Mankato, and have recently donated scarves to the Salvation Army and shawls to VINE Faith in Action. Dish cloths for the church kitchen, small knitted lap blankets, and baby blankets for the Southeastern Minnesota Synod are also created. Anyone who has an interest in learning to knit or is a knitter is welcome to join.

Music Ministry
Voices of Grace Choir
All are welcome to join. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from September until May at 7 p.m. Members may also volunteer to serve as a soloist during worship, funerals or weddings.
Musicians
If you play an instrument and would like to lend your talents to music ministry, please contact gracemusic@hickorytech.net

Office Care
For example, assist the office by providing coverage during staff meetings and at other times throughout the year; help with the completion of holiday worship bulletins and congregational mailings; label, cut and sort materials which will be used in worship services and ministry programming; and assist with organization of historical material.

Personnel
Team works closely with the Pastor, Parish Administrator and Church Council to support all staff in the mission and growth of Grace Lutheran Church.

Property
Overseas the maintenance, care, and improvements of the building and church property. Team members work closely with the Parish Administrator, Church staff, Pastor, and Building and Grounds Supervisor. They also partner with the GLCW for spring and fall cleaning days.

Prayer Group / Prayer Chain
Prayer Group/Bible Study is held Thursdays at 1 p.m. The Prayer Chain is a group of interested congregation members who receive prayer requests. If you have a prayer request, please contact the church office at 345-4248.

Quilting
Quilters meet Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran, between October and April, to create queen size quilts for the congregations’ high school seniors, baby blankets for baptisms, and local organizations that Grace Lutheran supports. All are welcome to join, and no experience is necessary!

Social Ministry
Annual events such as the annual Chili Luncheon to support the South Central Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the March Food Drive for ECHO Food Shelf are held at Grace Lutheran. Members host a summer salad supper at Pathstone and encourage the congregation to participate in the November Gift Bows program at Pathstone. These and many more activities are coordinated by Social Ministry team members.

Sunday Noon Meal at the Salvation Army
Churches and organizations in the Mankato area sign up to volunteer at the Noon Meal program (also known as Food for Friends), preparing and serving a wonderful meal to those in need. Teams from Grace serve meals four times a year.

Sweet Connections
This hard-working group of individuals and couples join together once a month to prepare the monthly newsletter for mailing. If you would like to join the team - each month or as a sub - please call the office at 345-4248. We'd love to have you join us!

Stewardship
Team members consider the needs of the church and create a theme each year for congregational members to reflect on how God invites us on a continual journey of growing in gratitude and generosity. Two dates in the fall are reserved as ‘Commitment Sunday’ and ‘Commitment Wednesday’ for the congregation to consider their giving for the next year.

Technology Team
Each Sunday, team members assist in worship by projecting the service details on the screen for congregation members, videotaping the service for television, and recording the service for radio and online broadcasting. Team members also assist during Wednesday Faith Nights and special holiday worship services. To learn about our television and radio broadcasts, click here. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Media Coordinator at mediatech@hickorytech.net.

Wednesday Night Meal Team
Teams create a meal September-May for Wednesday Faith Night. Meals have been diverse and plentiful, and menus range from tacos and roast beef, potatoes and gravy, to hotdishes (we are a Lutheran congregation, after all!). A peanut butter and jelly sandwich bar, salad bar, beverages, and dessert are available each Wednesday, no matter what the menu.

Worship & Music
One leader from Altar Guild, Council, Technology, and Pastor Olson and a few congregation members meet once a month to discuss worship plans from liturgy to music and events held during and outside of worship times.

Worship Support
Worship support includes those who greet, usher, lector and assist the Pastor during worship, as well as those who prepare the sanctuary and narthex in various ways. Worship support is needed on Sunday and Wednesday before, during and after worship. To learn more, call the church office, 345-4248.