June 2017


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From Pastor Wattles...
Stories That Matter
-Using the Stories of the Old Testament to Evangelize

Evangelism is becoming increasingly difficult for Americans in the 21st century. We live in a world where things tend to become obsolete within 1 to 5 years. So how could we possibly expect someone to listen to us ramble on about a book that's thousands of years old? Even though the characters of the Old Testament didn't have smart phones, their stories are relatable. Even though we can't scroll through their social media posts, their journies are still impactful. If you can see the relevance of the Old Testament's stories for your life, you'll be much more likely to share it with someone else. Join Vicar Russ this summer to look at some of the Old Testament's most impacting stories and discuss how they can be used for outreach.
Food and childcare will be provided. Food will be served at 6:30PM. The Bible study will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end by 8:00 p.m. The Bible Study will be held on Wednesday evenings: June 21; July 12, 26; & August 2. Please RSVP by signing up on the sign-up sheet that is on the bulletin board in Information Hall. If you need childcare, please check the "Childcare Needed" box on the sign-up sheet.


In this Issue:
Grace News

Grace Christian Academy

Groups at Grace

Web Links:

Grace Event Calendar

Grace Announcements

Grace Audio Sermons

Please join Grace Christian Academy for our first annual Gala, which will be held at the Fairview Park Marriott on June 8th. The evening will include a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. featuring a silent auction filled with some really unique items, followed by a sit-down dinner, presentations by GCA scholars, keynote speaker Mark Jeske (Time of Grace Ministries), and a live auction with some amazing trips and other experiences. It's sure to be a great evening!

Why a gala? GCA provides a quality education to the children in our community. Thanks to generous congregational and community support of our tuition assistance program, families who would not ordinarily have a private, Christian education within their reach are able to send their children to Grace. However, tuition alone does not cover the cost to educate each scholar. The gala is a great opportunity to gather all our supporters together for a fun evening of fellowship and fundraising and to celebrate the Christ-centered education that we offer!

Tickets for the gala are $150 per person and can be purchased online:
http://gracechristianacademy.org/gala, or in-person. (Just leave your check with anyone in the Grace church or school office.)
If you've been holding off buying your Grace Christian
Academy Gala tickets now is the time!
There are only a limited number of seats remaining, they are are available until they sell out or until Friday, June 2, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions about the evening, please reach out to Julie Crain: jcrain@graceva.org; 703-909-2070. (You might also find what you're looking for on our FAQ page: http://gracechristianacademy.org/galaFAQs.)

We appreciate your continued prayers for the Grace Christian Academy family!
Come Learn About the
Coolest Book on the Planet!
June 26-30 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fun for ages 3-14, SBC will include Bible stories, music, crafts, games and more. Registration is available online at: www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc.

Helpers Needed! Last year, Summer Bible Camp brought over 200 children to Grace to learn about Jesus! A program of this size requires a lot of hands! We are in need of volunteers to teach, run activities, assist with preparations, mailings, and follow-up, decorate, host and feed our out-of-town teen volunteers and more. If you can donate your time and talents, please contact Julie Crain
camp@gracefallschurch.org 703-909-2070.
Support the
Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG)
this Memorial Day -

LMSG is a nonprofit, run by a board of WELS/ELS Veterans from all branches of service, in several states.
The group is designed to have national reach, but local impact as an auxiliary to WELS Military Services in their support of active duty service members, and an independent organization supporting the needs of our military veterans and our “military families” of both active duty members and veterans through programs and grants. More information can be found at
If you would like to consider supporting the goals of LMSG, please place your donation in the green contribution (ammo) box located in the Fellowship Room.
The WELS North Atlantic District Commission on Youth and Family Ministry is excited to once again offer a camping experience for the youth in our district: Camp Chi Rho. Chi and Rho (looks like an X and P) are the first two letters in the Greek word for CHRIST. This title for our camp communicates our main focus: Christ Jesus, our Savior.
WHO: Youth finishing grades 5-8 in 2017
WHO ELSE: Individuals grade 9 through adulthood are invited to be Junior or Senior Counselors.
WHERE: Elk Neck State Park, Northeast, MD
WHEN: July 24-28, 2017
WHAT: Hiking, Swimming, Devotions, Bible Studies, Sports, Games, Campfires, and more!

COST: On or before June 1: $150 for campers and junior counselors; $50 for senior counselors.
After June 1: $180 for campers and junior counselors; $90 for senior counselors.
Click here to begin your registration for Camp Chi Rho 2017!!!

Please contact Tricia Visscher at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-534-1719 with any questions.
Grace News
Father Daughter Dance

This year’s annual Father-Daughter Dance will be on Friday, June 2 at 6:00 pm. This year's theme is Sock Hop. This evening is a lot of fun - dancing, snacks, photos! All fathers (or uncles, grandfathers, etc.) and daughters are invited. Please contact the church with any questions.

Grace Golf Outing
Are you interested in a church golf outing? We are trying to plan an outing and would like to know who is interested. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Satorius.

Graduation and Confirmation Sunday

Sunday, June 4, is Graduation and Confirmation Sunday for Grace Lutheran Church and Grace Christian Academy. During the 8:00 a.m. service the 8th grade graduates of GCA will be recognized. At 9:30 a.m. will be the public examination of our Youth Confrimands.

Farewell Reception for Elissa Ellermann
Elissa Ellermann, Grace Christian Academy’s 3rd & 4th grade teacher, has accepted a call to teach in Wisconsin next school year. In appreciation for her 14 years of faithful service at Grace and to bid her and her family farewell, Grace will be holding a Farewell Reception on Sunday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. At that time a monetary farewell gift will be given to Elissa. If you would like to contribute to this gift, you may place your gift in the blue box in the Fellowship Room marked “Ellermann Farewell.”

Audio Sermons from Grace are Available Online
Go to gracefallschurch.org and click on "Audio Sermons." You can also subscribe to sermon podcasts there or by going to the iTunes store and searching for "Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Podcasts."

Electronic Financial Giving
If you would like to contribute your thank offerings through electronic fund transfer (EFT), rather than through the collection plate, you may register to do so at gracefallschurch.org/giving.
Sandwiches for the Homeless in May
Please join us in making sandwiches for the homeless at 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of odd numbered months (May, July, September...). The next event is Saturday, May 27.
What is Sandwiches for the Homeless? It is a service opportunity for all ages. During the course of about an hour and a half, bread and bologna are transformed into 1500-1700 sandwiches. Sandwiches are bagged, boxed, and delivered to Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, where they are then distributed to those who need them. Make the time to come help! This is a great way for everyone in the family to help those in our community who are less fortunate. See you there!
God's Word for God's People Bible Study
God's Word for God's People is an adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in Classroom 6. We study God’s revealed word, because in Christ, “you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Reunion Bible Study
This Bible study for teens and adults meet Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in Classroom 4 and seeks to connect the weekly message to your daily life, and connect you to the other members of your Grace family. You're invited!
Sunday School/Summer Sunday School
Sunday School for children ages 3 years old through 8th grade meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome!
Regular Sunday School will continue through May 28 with age specific classes.
There will be no Sunday School on Sunday, June 4 (Graduation and Confirmation Sunday)
Summer Sunday School will begin on June 11. During the summer, all grades are combined.
Grace Christian Academy
Upcoming Events are detailed below,
and as always, more information on all these activities can be found at:

Glory Days Fundraiser Continues Through May

Do you dine at Glory Days Grill? From now until the end of May, 10% of qualified purchases at any Glory Days location will be donated to Grace Christian Academy. Save your itemized receipt and put it in the collection plate or on Penny Hoeting’s desk. Thank you for supporting GCA!

GCA Calendar of Events

The end of the year is always an extremely busy and rewarding time of year. We have many events on our calendar:

June 2 - Last day of school 12:00 p.m. dismissal
Father/Daughter Dance (time TBD)
June 4 - Recognition of GCA graduates during 8:00 a.m. worship (K4-8 scholars sing)
Public Examination of Youth Confirmands at 9:30 a.m.
June 8 - Grace Christian Academy Gala

We have been blessed in countless ways throughout the school year!
•Thank you to our scholars for their consistent growth - both academically and spiritually.
•Thank you to our faculty for your passion in sharing the Gospel each and every day, for your patience, and for your incredible hard work all year.
•Thank you GCA parents for your support and guidance.
•Thank you to our donors who help us share the Gospel with children in our community, especially those for whom a Christ-centered education would be out of reach.
God has been very good to Grace Christian Academy!
Groups at Grace
Grace Christian Soldiers
Ryan & Sarah Weber, Leaders
Grace Christian Soldiers is a group for boys and girls in 1st through 8th grades. Christian Soldiers meet one Sunday a month during the school year and participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Activities include service-oriented projects, educational offerings, and outdoor/nature events. Most events are free, though some destinations may require a fee. Children are always encouraged to bring a friend to any activity!
Upcoming Events:

May 28-29 - Camping and Hiking
(please note sign-up deadline)
Christian Soldiers' last event of the year will be Memorial Day Camping/Hiking. We will be camping Sunday night at Washington Monument State Park in Maryland. Monday we will be hiking and then returning to church. Families are invited/encouraged to attend.
The cost for this event will be $10 and you must be signed up 1 week in advance (May 21). For more info please
click here or go to goo.gl/mONxek
Please contact Sarah Weber at runzie413@gmail.com with any questions.

Info for PARENTS!!!
  • You must fill out a release form for the year prior to your child participating in his/her first event.
  • For events off Grace’s campus, we would like one parent volunteer for every five children participating.
  • Any adults that plan to help out in any way must first have a background check completed through the church office. Please see Ryan or Sarah Weber (contact info below) or Tricia Visscher (703.534-1719).
For more information please contact Ryan and Sarah Weber (571.274-9234).
Men’s Group
Men’s Group meets on a Saturday morning each month from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Room at Grace for the purpose of encouraging men to be the Godly men that God has called Christian men to be. Currently Men's Group is using a video-based discussion series called "The Great Adventure" to guide us in this encouragement.
All men at Grace: please join us!

Upcoming Event:

June 10, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Women of Grace
Dawn Bakazan, Leader
Find us on Facebook!
“Grace In Action”
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Grace Mingles
Amber Knutson & Hans Voss, Leaders

Grace Mingles is for those who are married, single, or somewhere in-between. Most members are in their twenties or thirties, but as long as you are 18 or older, and young at heart, you are welcome to join our group and activities!

For more information about the group or events email us at graceminglesgroup@gmail.com or contact Hans Voss or Amber Knutson.
Teen/High School Ministry
Grades 9-12
Amanda Jones, Leader

Upcoming Events:

Summer Bible Camp
June 26 -30

We help wherever we can during the week alongside teens from LPS and Green Bay who come here to help on a mission trip.

Youth Rally in Cincinnati, OH
July 17-20
Grace Ministries
There are several Bible study and ministry groups within the congregation. If you are interested in getting involved with one of these groups, please click on the appropriate age group below to see more about what Grace has to offer. These pages also include a way for you to contact group leaders.


Elementary School (Grades K5-5)

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School (Grades 9-12)