Good morning!

Weekly Reflection  John 12:21-22  Who are the people who have helped you to see Jesus? Whom have you helped see Jesus?

++  Palm Sunday is this Sunday. Both services will have a processional with palms. Choir will sing at both services.

++  Food on the 4th : this Sunday. Donations may be brought for the FISH Food Bank.

++  Would you like to share an Easter Lily for Easter Sunday services? We would like to make the sanctuary inviting and it would be nice to see several of them up at the altar!  –Dottie Gilbertson

++  Easter Services:  8am Traditional and 10:30 Celebration. Breakfast will be served in the FISH Community Room from 9am to 10:30 by the Men’s Fellowship Group.

++  Annual Sausage Making Day. This Saturday, March 24, at Morning Song Acres, home of Myrin and Audrey Bentz. Come mix and stuff Bratwurst for our church’s Easter breakfast.

You are able to also take up to 5# home as well. Needed: one volunteer to come on Friday to assist with meat grinding.  Call Myrin if interested: 509-365-3600.

Come 9 am on Saturday for coffee and apple fritters and conclude the morning with a hearty lunch.  Location: 6 Oda Knight Road, Lyle, WA (35 min from HR).

++  FISH volunteering   Spirit of Grace volunteer times: April 2 Mon,  April 4 Wed,  April 6 Fri.  Volunteers are needed for this week. Call Kathy Terry at 541-386-2308.

++ The April Newsletter will not be out until April 9th.

I will not be in the office next week.

Jennifer Fowler


Good morning!

Weekly Reflection for Jan 7th Isaiah 60:2   When is a time God gave you light in a time of darkness?

++           Congregational Meeting is this Sunday immediately after the 10:00am service.

++        Pastor David begins study leave next week: January 16 through March 15. The Rev. Dr. Rob Sachs will be filling in part time.

++ Celebrate the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15 at Riverside Community Church in Hood River.  Free of charge, open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support Somos Uno’s justice work in the Gorge.   For more information call 541-241-6771. The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries and Somos Uno, is “The Dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. Live On: Building a Community with Justice for All.” This year’s event will include:                                                                                                                                                                     • 4:15-5:30 p.m.: Workshop with attorneys primarily in Spanish.    • Stories of immigrant detainees held at NORCOR, presented (with identifying information changed) by clergy chaplains who visit detainees.     • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Celebration featuring music by Los Amigos de la Sierra and a Gospel Music ensemble convened by Evelyn Charity and Bill Weiler. This program will be in English and Spanish.     • 6:30 p.m.: Potluck community dinner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rev. Kelly Ryan, Somos Uno secretary: “Through sharing testimonies and connecting over great music and a meal shared together, we hope to build relationship and inspire courage that helps bend that arc a bit more towards justice for all.”

++           Church office is closed for Mlk Jr. Day Monday Jan 15th.

Jennifer Fowler


Good afternoon!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection Where do you see evidence of God’s presence? 

++    Reformation Sunday is Oct 29th  Wear red if you like!

We will gather to celebrate and reclaim the spirit of Reformation. There is a single worship service at 10 am, in which we will consider the key insights of Luther’s theology. We will then gather in the Community Room to share in a potluck meal and to explore the life, times, and faith of the father of the Reformation. Bring a hearty dish to share; drinks will be provided.

++        Special Giving on October 29

Give to UMCOR and/or Lutheran Disaster Response.. You can donate by making a check payable to Spirit of Grace. Put UMCOR or LDR Disaster Response on Memo Line. 100% of donations to both organizations support recovery and relief with no administrative overhead.

++       Women’s Retreat at the Astoria Crest Motel

Participants in the Nov 3-5 Women’s Retreat should by now have received detailed information from Jill McBee concerning costs, schedule, what to bring, and a little homework! We are setting out to find ways to bridge relationships across differing cultures of religions, politics, generations, social/economic levels, and sexes. We are also going to have fun with spiritual renewal, companionship, exploring Astoria, and will hopefully come home with new determination and energy.

++        Spirit of Grace is grateful for the many musicians who give time and talent in leading the Celebration Service, the Adult Church Choir, and accompanying worship on organ as well.  In addition to the two musical groups, we are adding a new “a cappella choir” for singers who would enjoy a little different musical challenge in praising God.

The three Thursday rehearsals will, for now, be meeting as follows:  Celebration musicians 5:00 pm, A cappella Choir 5:30 pm, and Adult Choir at 6 pm. We always welcome new singers in one or all three!

Jennifer Fowler

Garden Party Cancelled

The Garden Party scheduled for Sunday, September 10th is cancelled due to air quality concerns. There will be no 9:00 am service on Sunday. Worship at 10:30 am is still scheduled, but check for updates on Sunday morning.

+Pastor David


Good afternoon!


++           Choir practice has resumed on Thursday’s at 6pm at Spirit of Grace.

++           Women’s Spirituality meets this Saturday 9th in the church office.

++           One Service this Sunday 10th at 10:30.

++           Garden Party follows our 10:30 service. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Under Susan Randolph’s management and the many hours she and volunteers have put in, the garden has produced about 2400 pounds of food! Let us all celebrate together.

++           Newsletter info is due by tomorrow.

++           Coffee Hour sign-ups are needed for Sept 24th and for the month of October.

++           CROP walkers will meet Thursday, September 7, at 4:00pm at Hood River Valley Christian Church. CROP Walk materials for walkers and promotional information will be handed out. 2017 Columbia Gorge CROP Walk is Saturday, October 7 at 10:00am beginning and ending at Hood River Valley Christian Church. Spirit of Grace does not have anyone representing our church but if you want to do the walk, this info is for you!

To anyone who donated the much needed items requested by firefighters staying at the fairgrounds, thank you! “There were two cars full of items and it really lifted the Fire Fighters spirits  up a lot.  They were amazed at how generous our community is and how fast we responded.”

For those that didn’t get a chance yesterday and would like to help, there are still some items firefighters requested:
Body Soap Wash in Bottles – (No soap Bars)
small travel size Deodorant
small Foot Powder, small travel size Body Powder
Once again, bring items to the Print It  Shop on Cascade Ave today.  (Requests from firefighters have come through local Boy Scout Troop 282).

Jennifer Fowler


Good afternoon!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection  Matthew 15:24-27
Have you ever felt alienated from God or church? How? What brought you back?

++  This Sunday 27th is Food on the 4th. You can bring food donations to church for the FISH Food Bank.

++  Giving Statements will be available in the narthex for pick up.

++  Sept 3rd and 24th are open for Coffee Hour signers.

++  Women’s Spirituality will meet Sat Sept 9th , 9am in the church office.

Jennifer Fowler