Good morning!  Send in announcements and news now for our May Newsletter. I have gotten some pictures already; thank you!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection: John 20:21-22               Where is Jesus sending you, and how is the Spirit empowering you to go?


++           We will be celebrating January-February-March birthdays with a cake during fellowship hour. Someone please make the coffee!

++           Speaking of fellowship hour………..sign-ups will be coming around, so pick a date that works for you!

++        Special Giving 5th Sunday – April 30th: Today, women represent 70 percent of the world’s population living in poverty and are often underserved by a lack of access to education and training.  The ELCA believes the time has come for a strong, strategic emphasis on supporting and empowering international women leaders in the life and development of the church and society. In supporting International Women Leaders, we are boldly investing in established and emerging women leaders from our global companion churches. Your gifts will help support the education of 200 additional international women through educational seminars, south-to-south exchanges, in-country study programs, and degree programs at ELCA colleges and universities. Make checks to Spirit of Grace. Designate your special offering by checking the box on your giving envelope or writing so on your check.

            ++        Blessing of Quilts will take place during service this Sunday.


++        The backup for coordinating the Prayer Chain is Donna Fitch (thanks Donna!). If you make a request and don’t hear back from Carol K. in a day, please send the request to Donna at her email address, and she will get that request out to the group.

++        You are invited to celebrate the upcoming August wedding of Anna Stipe and Aaron Eckert at an all-church luncheon shower to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21 following worship at Spirit of Grace.  A single service will be held that day, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with lunch to follow in the FISH meeting room.

Anna and Aaron moved to Hood River last summer and have been attending Spirit of Grace since then. Anna teaches band at Hood River Middle School.   Aaron is an adjunct music teacher at the Columbia Community College and has substituted in various schools this year including a longer stint at Horizon Christian School. Anna plays bassoon and Aaron is a professional trombone player. Both are involved in local music groups .The couple met in 2009 while enrolled in a music class in college.

The wedding is to take place on August 5th at 4.00p.m at St. Paul‘s Lutheran Church in Peoria, Illinois. This is the church that “grandma attended” and is familiar to both Aaron and Anna’s families. Anna has chosen a lavender theme for her wedding decorations.

We will miss their presence this summer. Aaron will leave Hood River on May 29th and Anna will follow on July 18th – both have studies, family, and arrangements to attend to in the weeks before the wedding. They will be returning to Hood River at the end of the summer to resume teaching positions locally.

At the shower you are invited to contribute to a “Money Tree” which will carry our best wishes to them for long and happy life together. Please bring a card to clip to the tree, and either a plate of sandwiches or a salad to the luncheon. Punch and coffee will be served along with a splendid cake for dessert.

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager


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