In the midst of pandemic, with rites and traditions interrupted by social distancing restrictions, we seek alternative ways to recognize to honor achievements and milestones. Such was the case when a few of us in my neighborhood realized we needed to find a way to honor three high school graduates in our community who would not be having the traditional graduation ceremony this year because of the Coronavirus. Neighbors turned out in force to host a parade of cars and some walkers to each graduate’s home, honking horns, blaring “Pomp and Circumstance” from car audio-systems, clapping and other noisemakers, and presenting each graduate with a bouquet of balloons. It was a joy for the neighbors who participated as well.
Posted By: Dean Schultheiss6/17/2020 12:57:59 PM

Gale Black3/8/2021 2:52:55 PM
It was suggested during Coffee Hour that we propose themes for discussion. In reading today’s devotional, I read Matthew 6:33 and Psalm 36: 7-9. Perhaps, these would be good conversation starters: Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Psalm 36: 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

Dean Schultheiss1/8/2021 3:10:02 PM
As the Christmas season was approaching, I was making plans to be with family, albeit with some additional orchestration such as ensuring we got Covid tests prior to gathering. But it occurred to me that many would be alone over Christmas, unable to travel or have loved ones travel to them. In particular, the elderly. Taking inspiration from Grace's custom of delivering remembrances to its shut-in members, I suggested we assemble a little box of treats and deliver them to elderly friends of my mom. Everyone was on board, so mom and her children went to the homes of her friends to deliver the treats and at each stop we sang a few Christmas carols from the sidewalk while her friends stood safely distant in their front doorway. What a simple thing to do, but so meaningful for those who were otherwise not going to have much of a Christmas. Did anyone else adapt their holiday traditions this year because of the pandemic? I'd love to hear your stories.

Dean Schultheiss8/23/2020 4:10:46 PM
Every gray cloud has a silver lining, so the expression goes. As Grace says farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Wendy Moen, we are thankful for all that we've been able to accomplish in the three years since we called her. We have expanded outreach to our neighborhood and bolstered our education programs. With her departure we have the opportunity to determine what the next chapter in Grace's story might look like. What role will Grace play in our neighborhood in these times? What calling does God have in mind for his people next? It will be exciting to see.

O. Loretta Walker7/22/2020 2:43:51 PM
We celebrate 50 years of womens ordinations and give thanks to those who have ministered here at Grace. Pr. Beth Platz, the first woman ordained into the ELCA Lutheran church has served here as our minister, Amy Sevimli, Assistant to the Bishop, Lisa Hufford, Karis Graham and Kathy Hlatshwayo. Blessing to our current pastor Wendy Moen. Now there are two ELCA Bishops, National Bishop Elisabeth Eaton and Bishop Leilah Ortiz of Metro DC. These ministers have been and are the part of our lives here at Grace. I share memories and love of my husband Tony Walker as I recall his service as a member of the ordination of the women's study committee. Scriptures were studied and there was much discussion pros, cons, sometimes heated and directed towards those who expressed the Lords word, "We are all children of God in the image of God". Tony believed and strongly professed this. Bishop Ortiz says, "let us reach out and reminds our beloved women that the work God does through their actions and words is important to bringing about the kingdom". Amen.

Marquoi Subah6/22/2020 10:04:41 PM
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a different experience for a lot of people, including me. There were activities that I enjoyed which came to an end due to the mass quarantine in the United States. However, this quarantine helped me realize that I should learn to humble myself and be grateful for the things I do have rather than the things I don’t have. Recently I partnered up with my mother and her church to help with a project they felt was needed during this time. My mother's church runs an event called “Feeding the Homeless”, where they travel to DC and give out food, clothing, toiletries, etc. Due to quarantine, it was impossible to do another one without violating the health regulations of the CDC. So for the month of June they decided to give back to members of a local school nearby. The church plans to help out 10 families (10 students) who attend a public school in Upper Marlboro. This past Saturday, both me and my mother went to Restaurant Depot where we bought hot dogs and other frozen meats that would be able to suffice 10 families for the next few months. Today was the first day of visiting one of the ten families to drop off their portion of meat, on behalf of my mother's church. It was great to see the reaction of the family once we came to their house with the large variety of meat. Participating in this event showed me that life has so much to offer and to not worry about the little things. There will always be others who are in a worse situation than you, so being humble and thankful for what you have is the best thing we can all do during this time. Thank you.

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