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In the Midst

By Pastor Chad Johnson
September 11, 2020

In the midst of terror, in the midst of tremendous pain and loss, a people were summoned to rise to pour out their lives.   They ran into the places of need.   They asked not the cost to themselves but rather what will happen to my fellow human beings if I do noth...

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Your Immune System and You

By Sybel Johnson, RN, FCN
September 04, 2020

How is everyone doing out there? Doing your best to adjust to the strangeness of life right now?  I hope you’re feeling well. And that would be because your immune system is working properly. Did you know your immunity is a system of the body? This system is a...

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The World I Want To Live In

By Rand Barnard
August 12, 2020

I was raised in a middle class all Caucasian neighborhood My father grew up in St Louis, Missouri and my mom grew up in Hope, North Dakota. My father’s racial views reflected more of a southern upraising. My mom’s and the rest of our family was a naïve ...

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Lift Someone Up

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 17, 2020

Encourage one another and build one another up.       I Thessalonians 5:11 Each day, the morning comes, and with it another opportunity to encourage one another and build one another up.  Rise up in the morning to greet the new day saying, “Th...

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People matter. Lives matter.

By Tessa Krippaehne, GLC Board Secretary
July 09, 2020

People matter. Lives matter. When people in our local communities couldn’t get enough to eat, how did we as a church respond? We worked with local food banks and offered community meals. Our church stood up and said people in poverty matter. When refugees impa...

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The Power of Words

By Lindsay O'Neal Lombardo
July 02, 2020

Test. Mask. Closed. Cancer. Racism. Infertility. Prayer. Pandemic. Family. Love. Lately I have been thinking about the power of words. Each of the words above has been spoken into my world in just the last few months. My guess is that each one of us has some type of emotio...

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Repentance Must Come First

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 01, 2020

In the flurry of overt racism that has been streaming before us, many are asking, “What am I to do?”  Some are living out of the belief that they had no idea how bad this systemic problem is.  Some just want to rush past the protest and hit the mute but...

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Waking Up White

By Lindsay O'Neal Lombardo, PhD, NBCT
July 01, 2020

One of the key aspects of white privilege is that, as a white person, I am not required to think about or consider my racial identity. I could navigate my world without giving my whiteness a second thought. But while I do not have to think about my race, it is important ...

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Jesus Gets Passionate

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 01, 2020

In 2015, I was blessed to hear Dr. Mark Allan Powell present on the driving concerns that determined Jesus life (and death).   Dr. Powell was one of my seminary professors and one who leaks the Jesus spirit wherever he goes! Dr. Powell addressed a han...

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The Perfect Storm

By Pastor John O'Neal
July 01, 2020

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Last week, as if one pandemic was not enough, another one collided with it creating feelings of anger, sadness, and despair for so many.  Two pandemics colliding creating the perfect storm.  What now? As many of us were...

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Dear Church

By Jenna Crodiskey-Wiebe
July 01, 2020

Like all of us at Grace, I was shocked and horrified by the slaughter of the Charleston Nine five years ago. I became even more grieved when I learned that the killer, Dylann Roof, had been raised in the ELCA. What went wrong? What did his parents and his pastor fail to do?...

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The Vision That God Has Given Us

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 01, 2020

Grace Lutheran Church has a vision.  Which is to say the people of God who are gathered as Grace and sent as Grace have a vision.  The vision drives us as a movement who live and serve out there in this great big world.  Did you catch that – “a m...

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A Plea for Black Lives Matter

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 01, 2020

Our hearts and minds have been gripped by the murder of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis.  A cry for justice has erupted throughout the streets of America.  What are we to do?  A pastor friend of mine, Pastor Kai Nilsen,  wrote these words and I f...

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Number the Days

By Debbie Trafton O'Neal
July 01, 2020

Numbering the Days 153. One hundred fifty-three.  That is the number of days on a little yellow post-it note by my front door.  Today. Tomorrow, that number will be rewritten – 152.  The day after that, it will be 151. I don’t know about you, ...

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A pastoral note in response to those upset with Black Lives Matter in our GLC media

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 01, 2020

Grace and peace to you from God our Father. To be clear, Black Lives Matter is not a political statement.  Black Lives Matter on our sign, website and in social media is not a vote of missional support for the Black Lives Matter organization.  While some may directl...

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Radical Relationships

By Pastor Chad Johnson
July 01, 2020

Jesus is radical in relationship - revolutionary in overturning systems of injustice - and reckless in grace.   This last weekend my family participated in the Timoun Trot for the Haitian Timoun Foundation.  The funds are helping to raise support for children and...

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