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(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)

October 12, 2014

Lord Jesus Christ, my heavenly Bridegroom, You have loved me with an everlasting love,
giving Yourself into death so that I may have eternal life. You have prepared a heavenly feast for all
who trust in You and the salvation that You have freely provided for those who believe in You. Keep
me steadfast in my faith, trusting that You are the source of my righteousness and responding to Your
gracious invitation to come to the table that You have prepared. I pray this in Your holy name. Amen
Welcome to Grace! The appointed Psalm for today is the twenty-third Psalm, one of the
most widely known passages of Holy Scripture. Appropriate for todays readings we find these
words: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. For us who come to the
Lords Table to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we are given to know forgiveness of our
sins and eternal life which are freely given for the sake of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. In the
words of St. Paul in our Epistle reading we hear, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say,
Rejoice. It is good for you to be here this morning. May you taste and see that the Lord is good, that
His mercy endures forever. A special welcome to those visiting! If you have any questions about
Grace and what we believe, teach and confess as Lutheran Christians, please speak with our Pastor.
We ask that everyone here this morning fill out an attendance registration card found at each
pew and return it to an Usher as the Offering is collected. Children are welcome in our Service and
will be invited to come forward for a Childrens Message. Parents may accompany them. Restrooms
are located on the lower level of this building or across the bridge on this floor level before entering
the fellowship hall. A nursery for infants and toddlers is located downstairs for anyone who has need.
Holy Communion will be celebrated in the 8:15 Service today. In this sacrament we receive
Christs very body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Those who are not members of Grace are
asked to speak with our Pastor before partaking of this sacrament so that the unity of faith might be
established. Thank you for honoring this request.
Black tie optional. Jacket and tie required. No shirt, no shoes, no service. There are
certain standards of dress for different times and places as well as different occasions. When formal
attire is required, perhaps we wonder if the garments we have in our wardrobe are good enough.
There is usually a lot of time and expense involved in selecting proper attire for a wedding. But we
need not worry when it comes to what to wear at the wedding feast described in todays Gospel
reading. When our heavenly Father invites us to the wedding feast at which His Son is the
Bridegroom, he supplies us with the perfect attire: the righteousness of Jesus given at our Baptism.

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The Altar Flowers are given today to the glory of God and the beautification of
his House by Allen and Dorris Deislinger in loving memory of Dorris' parents, Milton
and Thelma Karcher, and in thanksgiving for blessings received.


Pastor: Rev. James C. Walter
Vicar: David Witte
Director of Parish Music: Nathan Beethe
Secretary: Pat Funk
Early Childhood Center Director: Colleen Moorman
Acolyte: (8:15) Mason Andrews
Communion Assistant: (8:15) Dave Graf
Cantor: (8:15) Randy Middaugh
Ushers: (8:15) Robert Jones, Robert Nichols
Robert Wilimzig
Greeters: (8:15) Debbie Craig, Bill and Mildred Wilkins
Altar Guild: (8:15) Janet Killough
Acolyte: (10:45) Annalia Buchanan
Cantor: (10:45) Jeff Ralston
Ushers: (10:45) Shaun Baker, Ron Krueger
Tim Sweeney, Greg Warren
Greeters: (10:45) David and Andrea Faulkner and
Lauren and Matthew
Altar Guild: (10:45) Russlynn Krueger
Choir: Adult Choir
Coffee Host: Thrivent Financial
Altar Guild: (Wed. evening) Suzanne Raddle and Wilma Richter
Nursery Attendant: Mary Ann Dyer

, The Nineteenth Sunday after
Pentecost, are: The Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 45:1-7, The Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians
1:1-10, and The Holy Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22.

Grace Lutheran Church
P. O. Box 250769, Little Rock, AR 72225
Telephone Number: 501-663-3631

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Pre-Service Music O God of God, O Light of Light - Carl Schalk

Lighting of the Chancel Candles

Prelude O God of God, O Light of Light - Charles W. Ore

Ringing of the Church Bell

Opening Hymn: O God of God, O Light of Light LSB 810

Confession and Absolution


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Invocation Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen

Exhortation 1 John 1:89

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have
sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

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we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not
loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal
punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us,
renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to
the glory of Your holy name. Amen

Absolution (8:15) John 20:1923

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives
you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I
therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the
Holy Spirit.
C Amen

Declaration of Grace (10:45) John 1:12; Philippians 1:6

P In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God
forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to
become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has
begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C Amen

Service of the Word

Psalm Psalm 23 (antiphon: v. 1)
Service Note: The choir will sing the Antiphon the first time, with the congregation
joining immediately thereafter.


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul; he guides me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are
with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the ouse
of the Lord forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Kyrie Mark 10:47

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Gloria in Excelsis Luke 2:14; John 1:29

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Salutation and Collect of the Day

P Let us pray.
Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the
severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ,
Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever.

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Anthem Rejoice in the Lord - John Behnke

Old Testament Reading I saiah 25:69

P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gradual Ps. 91:11; 103:1

He will command his angels con- | cerning you*
to guard you in | all your ways.
Bless the LORD, | O my soul,*
and all that is within me, bless his | holy name!

Epistle Philippians 4:413

P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.


Alleluia and Verse Rev. 22:17

P Alleluia. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. Let the one who hears say, Come. Let
the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

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Holy Gospel Matthew 22:114

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.

The reading of the Holy Gospel.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Children's Message

Sermon Hymn: At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing LSB 633
Service Note: St. 4 - Women, St. 5 - Men

Sermon Matthew 22:114
The Feast is Ready


Nicene Creed (8:15)

C I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,

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begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life T of the world to come. Amen

Reception of New Members by Adult Confirmation (8:15)

Apostles' Creed (10:45)

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

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I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life T everlasting. Amen

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to
their needs.

Each petition ends with the following:

P Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude with the following:

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy;
through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen


Offering At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing - Kevin Hildebrand


Offertory Psalm 116:12-13, 17-19

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10:45 Service continues on page 17

Service of the Sacrament (8:15)

Preface 2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1]; [Psalm 136]

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Proper Preface

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks
to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who
on this day overcame death and the grave and by His glorious resurrection opened to us
the way of everlasting life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the
company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You
and saying:

Sanctus Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You
created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior.
With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing
sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

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Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive,
renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body
and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray,
from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb
in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve
us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen

The Words of Our Lord Matthew 26:2628; Mark 14:2224
Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:2325
P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had
given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My T
body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He
gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T
blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of Me.

Proclamation of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20

P As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lords death until He
C Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

P O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and
to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your
blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension
into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom
and teach us to pray:

Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:913

C Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;

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and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen

Pax Domini John 20:19

Agnus Dei John 1:29


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Communion Instructions: The Pastor invites the communicants, those who are able, to kneel
and then distributes the host which may be received into the hand or the mouth. The Elder
distributes the individual cups. The communicants are asked to hold their cups until the Pastor
says, Take and drink.

Hymn: Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness LSB 636 sts. 14
Service Note: There will be an organ interlude between Stanzas 4 & 5
Hymn: Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness LSB 636 sts. 58
Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is LSB 709


Thank the Lord

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary
gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same
in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son,
our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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Benediction Numbers 6:2426

Closing Hymn: Spread the Reign of God the Lord LSB 830

Postlude Spread the Reign of God the Lord - Kermit Moldenhauer


Service Concludes (10:45)

Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:913

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen

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Closing Collect

P Blessed Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant
that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, by patience
and comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of
everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen


P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and T give you peace.
C Amen

Closing Hymn: Spread the Reign of God the Lord LSB 830

Postlude Spread the Reign of God the Lord - Kermit Moldenhauer


Psalm 23 by Richard Proulx. 1986 GIA Publicattions Inc. Used by permission of OneLicense A-724158. Unless
otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by
Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.Created by Lutheran
Service Builder 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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SUNDAY: 8:15 a.m. Divine Service with Holy Communion
Coffee and Fellowship in the Parlor
9:45 a.m. Sunday School downstairs in Parker Hall
9:45 a.m. Junior and Senior High classes downstairs in the church
9:45 a.m. Pastor Walters Bible Class upstairs in Parker Hall
10:45 a.m. Divine Service
MON - FRI: 7:30 a.m. Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)
MON WED: Mid-South District Fall Pastors Conference
Grade Confirmation
NO Handbell Choir
NO Adult Choir
WEDNESDAY: 6:30 a.m. Mens Bible Study (St. Vincents)
7:00 p.m. Mid-Week Service
THURSDAY: 5:00 p.m. Women of Grace will assemble LWR School Kits
5:15 p.m. 7
Grade Confirmation
SATURDAY: 8:30 a.m. LWML Fall Zone Rally at Hope Lutheran, Jacksonville

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL we will study God Calls Abram who was called by
God to move his family to a land far away from his birthplace. Gods promises Abram
that He would make Abrams family a great nation that would bring blessing to many
people. You can discuss, How do our blessings compare to those God gave Abram?

PASTOR WALTERS CLASS meets each Sunday morning upstairs in Parker Hall. Pastor
Walter is leading a study of the Letter to the Hebrews, and today he continues with
Lesson 10 The Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11).

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for children ages 3 years through 6
grade meet in the
lower level of the Family Life Center. JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
meet in classrooms downstairs in the church.

WELCOME This morning in our 8:15 Service, Rachel Messer and Nicole Nordyke will
be received into communicant membership in our Grace congregation by Adult
Confirmation. Rachel and Nikki are mother and daughter. Please welcome them to our
Grace Family.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kestin Schulz and John Christie who were married Tuesday
evening, October 7
, by Pastor Walter. Kestin is the daughter of Eldon and Margaret
Schulz. Congratulations and Gods blessings, Kestin and John!!

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OUR COFFEE FELLOWSHIP REFRESHMENTS are being served this morning
compliments of Thrivent Financial. Jenny Sichterman, Roland Dancy and Jay Stewart
will be greeting you during this time and providing information about some of the
Thrivent programs.

Oct. 12 Sarah and Bryan Gipson
Oct. 13 April and Tim Allaben
Oct. 16 Nancy and Terry Clawitter

Oct. 13 Ken Carle, Judy Fastenau
Oct. 14 Jenny Conrad, Sally McNabb
Oct. 15 Suzanne Lambert
Oct. 16 Sheila Wilimzig, Anna Kathryn Wallace, John Wilkins

LAST WEEKS STEWARDSHIP Attendance: Sunday 10/5: 189 (8:15 79 and 10:45
110). Mid-Week Service 10/8: 8. Offerings: Sunday 10/5: $12,639.00. Mid-Week
Service 10/1: $140.00. Missions: $25.00. Memorials: $20.00 Building Fund: $590.00.
Scholarship Fund: $125.00. Berner Endowment Fund: $500.00.

grade Confirmation this week.
Pastor Walter is attending the Mid-South District Fall Pastors Conference.

GRADE CONFIRMATION will meet Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the Parlor.

Robert Wilimzig is recovering from injuries following a bicycle accident.
Allen Deislinger continues his recovery following some heart issues.
Dennis Fastenau is continuing his treatments and recovery at home.
Rudy Bischof has completed treatments and praying for successful test results.
Grant Geuther is continuing his recovery at home.
Joan Ann Olsen is continuing her recovery at home.
Bill Wilkins is continuing his rehab at home.

PORTALS OF PRAYER Dont forget to pick up your copy of the Portals of Prayer for
October thru December. They are on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Please
recycle your old devotion books by placing them in the box in the breezeway.

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THE GRACE WOMEN IN MISSION will meet on Thursday October 16
at 5:00 p.m. in
the downstairs area outside of the nursery to assemble the LWR School Kits. Thank you
for supporting our Lutheran World Relief project. Contact Ginny Ralston, 425-1487, if
you can help or have questions.

ATTENTION Christ Lutheran School Alumni! - Tickets are on sale now for the
Christ Lutheran Annual Alumni Event! Both Student & Staff Alumni are invited to join
us for an evening of reminiscing & fun on Saturday, Nov. 8th at The Lafayette Square
Building in downtown Little Rock. Tickets are $45/person & $80 per couple. Age 21 and
over please. You may purchase your tickets online through the school website (click on the Christ Lutheran Alumni Button), by mailing your check to
the school office Attn: Alumni (315 S. Hughes, LR 72205), or by stopping by the school
office during the week. This event will be catered by Taziki's, feature live music and
more! You will not want to miss it! Any questions, send a message through FB or email
Heather Lamb ( or Heidi Jerry ( We hope to
see you there!

THY STRONG WORD --- on your Lutheran Radio Station Worldwide KFUO Radio.
This week we will examine the Book of Hebrews:
Monday, Oct 13 Hebrews 9 The Earthly Holy Place
Tues, Oct 14 Hebrews 10 Christs Sacrifice Once for All
Wed, Oct 15 Hebrews 11 By Faith
Thurs, Oct 16 Hebrews 12 Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
Fri, Oct 17 Hebrews 13 Sacrifices Pleasing to God
Join host Rev. Will Weedon and explore Gods Word together. 11am-Noon CDT ---
Find us at and follow us at .

By Dora Bratton

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October 26

10:00 a.m.

with Holy Communion
Sunday School and Bible Classes at 8:45 a.m.

A Potluck Dinner will follow immediately after the Sunday morning Worship Service.
Everyone is asked to bring a large dish (a dish and a half) of your choice to share. Meat
and drinks will be provided.

Following the meal, we will recognize all of our new members who have joined since
Reformation Sunday 2013. Mark this date on your calendar. Lets join together in
worship, fellowship and celebration of our church heritage.

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Grace Food Pantry

For those of you that are unaware of this fact, Grace has a Food Pantry that it offers to those who are
in need. As Fall and Winter approach the Food Pantry appears to be severely under stocked to meet
the needs of those that are in need.

In conjunction with the upcoming Reformation Sunday New Member Potluck lunch to be held in
Parker Hall after the 10:00 a.m. Service on October 26, 2014, Grace is asking that each individual bring
non-perishable food items such as the following: canned items (hearty soups, meat, vegetables, fruit,
pudding cups, etc.), grain (rice, barley etc.), dry beans or cereal items with them to donate to the Food
Pantry. (Please do not bring broths or cream soups!) When donating items please remember that
some of the people we provide food for are homeless and do not have the means to prepare food but
need to be able to just open and eat the food items.

A table (with a corresponding sign) will be set up on the bridge on Sunday, October 19
and in Parker
Hall at the Sunday, October 26
, Potluck for you to deposit your food item(s). In response to this
request when you are checking your pantry and/or when you are at the store buying the ingredients to
make your pot luck dish please remember the Food Pantry.

If you have any questions in this regard please do not hesitate to call Pat Funk or Dave Graf at 370-
1540. Thank you in advance for your help!

David Graf
Elder Christian Action Coordinator

Festival of the Reformation

First Lutheran Church, Little Rock
Sunday, October 26

3:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, Little Rock, will host the annual Central Arkansas Festival of
the Reformation Service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26
. This year's guest
preacher is The Rev. Gregory Seltz, Lutheran Hour Speaker, and will be assisted by
Lutheran Pastors from the Central Arkansas area. Following the service, a German meal
will be served which is prepared by First Lutheran Mens Network funded by Thrivent
Financial. So come on down and join us for some great music, preaching, and food as we
celebrate our Lutheran heritage! Make your plans to attend!!!

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LWML Mission Grant
Preparing Leaders for a Diverse World
Concordia College, Selma, Alabama

Concordia College Alabama has a strong teacher education program and deep
Lutheran roots in the African-American community of Alabama. It is uniquely
positioned to raise up needed African-American leaders for The Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod. A mission grant of $50,000 is providing endowed scholarships and
aid in national and international recruitment. For more information on this and other
2013-2015 Mission Grants go to and scroll down to Mission Grants.
Contact Judy Rivers for more information.

Grace Fall Craft Fair and Used Book Sale
Saturday, November 1
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Needed: Volunteers to help with the Book Sale and Craft Show

Please sign up on the volunteer list in the bridgeway if you can help with set up on
Friday, October 31 or with the show on Saturday, November 1. Contact Riley Middaugh
(954-9281) if you have any questions.

Have you seen the Raffle Quilt on display in the bridgeway? Tickets are $1 and sales
benefit our Seminary student Kevin Ray. The winning ticket will be drawn during the
craft show on November 1. You do not have to be present to win.