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Worship Schedule

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FEBRUARY 2019 Worship Schedule Saturday, 5:00 pm and Sunday, 8:00 & 10:00 am All are welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors. Mission Statement “Bringing the Spirit of Grace to all people” Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpiritOfGraceSCG/

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2 Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church 15820 W. Clearview Blvd. Surprise, AZ 85374 Phone:623-977-6000 Staff Rev. Harold Stromer Interim Pastor pastorharold@spiritofgrace.com Linda Stratman Director of Parish Life linda@spiritofgrace.com Gerry White Director of Finance & Administration gerry@spiritofgrace.com Glen Schultz Accountant Deborah Frusciano Faith Community Nurse deborah@spiritofgrace.com Sheila Marlow Secretary/Receptionist sheila@spiritofgrace.com Jerry Huston Facility Manager Norm Lindstrom Assistant Facility Manager In the of Sun City Grand www.spiritofgrace.com Worship Hours Saturday at 5:00 pm Sunday at 8:00 & 10:00 am Education Hour Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 am Office Hours 8:30 to 4:00 Monday—Thursday 8:30—12:00 Friday Submitted by John Chavez Staff—Continued Fred Bornhoeft Director of Music Ken Carnes Choir Director Georgette Harper Accompanist

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3 WALKING WITH THE MAGI As we continue in the Epiphany Season, celebrating the coming of the Wisemen, let me share two thought- provoking things that crossed my desk: FIRST, maybe these “Wise Ones” from the East were scientists, and God used their faith and knowledge to bring them to the Christ. God seems to do whatever it takes to reach out to and embrace all people! God’s radical grace is wondrously fright- ening-–to think of the implications of portraying the Magi as scientists. It pushes me to expand my understanding of the ways God reaches out to people to announce the Good News of Christ and what that means for the faithful today to be Church.

The Magi did not come looking for the Christ through the normal ways. They came seeking Christ after studying the night skies. God’s ways are always bigger than my understanding!

SECOND, “Dreams” serve an important function in the Matthew birth narrative. Joseph married Mary, left Bethlehem to go to Egypt, and returned to Nazareth (instead of Bethlehem) all on account of listening to “dreams!” Similarly, the Wise Men averted disaster by listening to their dream and returning “by another road.” How is it that we might discern the way forward, as a faith community, in following our dreams and hopes for Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church? Pastor Harold Stromer Some Epiphany Thoughts As of December 31, 2018: Income $860,827 Expenses $704,879 Fixed Asset Purchases $63,095 Mortgage Balance $899,017 Members: 824 Individuals 514 Households Gerry White, Director Finance & Administration

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4 Bible Study Continues – 10:00 Wednesdays “Follow Me”—Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark Dr. Carroll Osburn is conducting a study of the Gospel of Mark in January and February. For 30 years as a professor of New Testament, Carroll taught Mark’s gospel. He also assisted the translation of Mark into languages in Guatemala and most recently in Uganda. In six sessions, he will put us into the historical context of the first century by reading Mark on two levels—the decade of the thirties when the events actually happened, and a few decades later when certain events were selected and assembled as the gospel of Mark with a unique message for early churches.

February 6 Jesus’ predicts his death Mark 8:31-10:52 February 13 The last week in Jerusalem Mark 11-16 If you didn’t attend the first four sessions, you will still benefit by hearing Carroll for the last two sessions. Bring a friend or a neighbor. Everyone is welcome. Love and laughter go hand in hand! Q: What valentine did the French chef give his wife? A: A hug and a quiche Q: What did the paper clip say to the magnet? A: “I find you very attractive.” Q: What did the pencil say to the paper? A: “I dot my i’s on you!” Q: How did the phone propose to his girlfriend? A: He gave her a ring.

Q: What do you call a very small valentine? A: A valentiny

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5 It has been my pleasure to serve on the Spirit of Grace Congregational Council for the last four and a half years and as your President for the last 20 months. With the Congregational Annual Meeting on January 27th I will complete my term. Thank you all for the support— financial and personal—that you continue to provide for Spirit of Grace. A special thanks to the council members that also will be completing their Council service: Deborah Frusciano and Vince Barone. Spirit of Grace continues to be in a very good financial position. The contributions continue above budget and we are below budget in expenses.

The food gathering for January was 1082 lbs. Thanks to Vince Barone and Judy Albright for coordinating this program.

The Call Committee is waiting on the Synod office for candidate names to continue our search for a new Senior Pastor. Committee Chair Phil Nelson has been in contact with the Synod and has been informed that names are on the way. Continue to keep the Call Committee in your prayers. At the Annual Congregational meeting on January 27th, the following individuals were elected to the Congregational Council. Elected for a one-year term was Spence Videon and elected for three-year terms were Dave Sitzman, Sue Kopcha, and Richard Johnson. Congratulations!

Bruce Belanger, President Robin Aguilar, Vice President Deborah Frusciano, Secretary Vince Barone Phyllis Borchardt Dick Lyda Vicki McCarville Treedah Magee Dave Sitzman FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE The newest member of our staff is Deborah Frusciano, shown here being installed by Pastor Harold as our Faith Community Nurse.

See Deborah’s first Faith Community Nurse article on page 15. 5

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6 FOOD INGATHERING February 2 & 3 Always the first full weekend of the month MEN’S CHORUS - The group will rehearse on Tuesdays at 3:00 during February and will have their first performance at Worship on March 3. Men do not have to be in church choir to be members of this group. Ken Carnes, Choir Director LENNY KING & THE SWING KINGS — Present the “40’s Bob Hope Radio Show” featuring music from that fantastic decade with guest spots from Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, & Bob Hope impersonated by their special guest Lynn Roberts. Great music and lots of laughs . Sunday, February 17, 7:00. This show is expected to be a sellout! Don’t wait— invite your friends to attend with you.

Tickets are available now for $10 each on the Spirit of Grace website. Be sure to include your email address so that the receipt can be emailed to you. Bring that receipt the night of the performance for your admission. More HAPPENings on the following page

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7 Continued from preceding page PICTORIAL DIRECTORY - Last Chance! Monday, February 18th is the make-up date for anyone who was not able to make one of the earlier dates. Make your appointment by going to our website, www.spiritofgrace.com and scrolling down on our home page to the bottom right side.

Click on “Book Here.” For additional information, call Linda in the office. We thought we would have record attend- ance when 42 men signed up for the Men’s Breakfast in January. It was not to be as 37 men showed up for the fellowship, breakfast, and a devotional discussion based on Colossians 2:6-10. Great turnout--but not a record. Maybe the month of February will bring record attendance. Record or not, the next Men’s Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, February 19. These breakfast gatherings are a great opportunity to meet other men that call Spirit of Grace their church home this time of the year.

Besides the fellowship, it gives every man in attendance a great breakfast meal and the opportunity to get into a discussion on some part of God’s Holy Word. February will see the men looking at and discussing Romans 12:9-17.

Look for sign-up instruction in the worship bulletins on the weekends of February 9/10 and 16/17. If you sign-up, please make an effort to attend as food preparation is based of the number of men signing up to attend the breakfast. Remember that the Men’s Breakfast is always a good time to expose a friend to Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church. Bernie Ryan Men’s Breakfast Leader Our Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod, Bishop Deborah Hutterer, will be the guest preacher at all services at Spirit of Grace on the weekend of February 23-24. Let’s show her our best welcome!

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8 Continued from preceding page TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH (GADGET 101) Have you every wondered how you can remain healthy and safe in your home and on the go in this age of advanced technology? Many of us are dinosaurs when it comes to understanding available devices such as Alexa, medical alert systems, cell phone apps, fitness trackers, and smart watches. There are days I know my Apple Watch is smarter than I am!!! Join us on Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall to learn about this technology and the “gadgets” available to help keep us healthy and safe.

Deborah Frusciano, RN Faith Community Nurse The 20TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF OUTING, DINNER, AND AUCTION will be held March30th and 31st.

The golf tournament will take place on Saturday, March 30th at Cimarron with the dinner and auction on Sunday, March 31st at Spirit of Grace. All proceeds go to the Military Assistance Mission (MAM). Please join our efforts by signing up to play golf, en- joy a catered Italian dinner, and donate items for the silent auction. Donated items may left in the Fellow- ship Hall on the designated table beginning the first weekend in March. Last year we raised $13,175 plus an additional $2000 from the West Valley Lutheran Thrift Shop.

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Belvill at 623-302-5950 or Marv Mathews at 623-748-9895. SAVE THE DATE! More HAPPENings on the following page

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9 Continued from preceding page THE OBSERVANCE OF A SEDER SERVICE “LIGHTING OF THE FESTIVAL LIGHTS” The Fellowship Committee is planning an observance of the Seder Meal or “Festival of Lights,” which will transition into the “Last Supper.” Jesus told his disciples he wanted to eat the Passover with them before he suffered, for he would not eat or drink of the fruit of the vine again, until it was fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.

This event is a RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE that will be offered to the congregation on April 11 at 5:30, the week prior to Holy Week. You will be seated at tables of 6 for the candlelight dinner. Each table will have a designated “Mother & Father” to lead your table in the service. The observance will begin with the reading of the Passover Haggadah. Symbols of the Passover will be explained and partaken. This includes wine which is consumed 4 times throughout the evening but will be limited in amount. Grape juice will be offered as an alternative for those who wish. After the first half of the ritual, there will be a complete catered meal.

The Seder resumes with further readings transitioning into the Last Supper Observance with the introduction of communion by Christ. Mark your calendars for April 11. Tickets for the “Lighting of the Festival Lights” will be $22/person and will go on sale March 1 on the Spirit of Grace website.

SAVE THE DATE! MORE INFORMATION IN MARCH GRACE NOTES And in the March Bulletins

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10 DO YOU HAVE QUSTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER OF SPIRIT OF GRACE? Why not come on Thursday, February 21st at 10:00 and meet with Linda Stratman, Director of Parish Life, to get those questions answered. Attendance in no way obligates you to join. We’d just like to meet you and others like yourself who want to know more about the mission and vison of Spirit of Grace. Our next Welcome Session is Thursday, February 21st at 10:00. Call the church office at 977-6000 for more information or to indicate your interest in Spirit of Grace.

KITCHEN STEWARD - After approximately seven years of service as your Kitchen Steward, I felt it was time for someone else to handle this job. I turned over those duties to Robin Christianson and David Weeks effective January 1st . If you have questions about the kitchen you can contact them at robbie999@sbcglobal.net. Please give them a smile as they become acclimated to their new job. It has been my pleasure to serve in this capacity and I wish Robin and David the best as they commence their service to the church.

Brenda Parker The Altar Guild is looking for volunteers to join our group with set-up before Saturday and clean-up after Sunday Worship Services.

If you are willing to help serve our Lord with setting His table, please let us know. Singles and couples are invited to join. Please call Marianne White 623-466-3772 or Hazel Weed 623-975-7697.

11 WOMEN OF SPIRIT OF GRACE February 2019 SPRING TEA/ANNUAL MEETING FEBRUARY 14 1:30 Cyndy Warnier of the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center is offering a devotion on Love and the selected bible verse is Colossians 3:14. “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Musical selections by Stephen Coffman and Bill Lyes. Tea sandwiches and desserts will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite tea cup; a selection of regular and herbal teas will be available for you to choose from. Tickets are $12.00 each and available through February 10 before and after services and at the church office.

No refunds. At our annual meeting we will be electing our new secretary and treasurer as they join our board. We are delighted to announce Sue Wilterdink as secretary and Colleen Towe as treasurer, have accepted our invitation to join our board. Many thanks to Cheryl Nagler and Donna Kramber for their dedication and hard work which has contributed greatly to our success.

CACTUS CONFERENCE GATHERING: “Ain’t No Collar Small Enough” Our theme is, “Ain’t No Collar Small Enough.” 2020 is the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination in the Lutheran Church. Pastor Kim Sterner from Lord of Life Lutheran Church and Intern Pastor Nanette Christofferson from Love of Christ Lutheran Church will have us all laughing at the challenges and thankful that God has opened doors for women’s ordination as we listen to their message based on Galatians 3:26-29. This symbol - with the cross, water and a white lily - identifies the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God: baptized, forgiven, adopted into God's family, full of grace and hope in eternal life.

It is a reminder of the growth, beauty and vitali- ty that rise out of that life-giving baptismal water. The symbol also reminds us of the mission of the Church to "Go, therefore, make dis- ciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19 Continued on following page

12 There will be workshops before and after lunch. Our outreach program at the gather- ing is the Grace Room at Grace Lutheran in central Phoenix, the “mother church of ELCA in Phoenix” and we are requesting donations of men’s and women’s underwear The $10 registration includes the program, a light continental breakfast and lunch. Forms are available online, in the Fellowship Hall, or on page 14of this issue of Grace Notes. Please make your check payable to Women of the ELCA – GCS. Deliver it to the church office Attn: Phyllis Borchardt, any questions please contact Phyllis Borchardt (623) 521-1790 or pdb12262012@gmail.com.

On January 12 Rev. Julie Kanarr presented an inspiring presentation her four-session study "The Gospel of John: Meetings with Jesus” at Shepherd of the Valley. Spirit of Grace participants were Jerry Philip, Barbara Stenberg, Phyllis Borchardt, and Donna Kramer. CIRCLE MEETINGS In this session, we meet John the Baptist, who bears witness to Jesus. As the circle of Jesus’ disciples grows, we share in the invitation to “come and see.” At the wedding in Cana and during the cleansing of the temple, we reflect on how the character of God is revealed in Jesus.

All women are invited to attend and/or join a circle.

The Bible study lessons are in Gather Magazine and copies are available for check out in the church library. Continued from previous page and/or personal care items for their program for the homeless in central Phoenix. We’ll hear from our outreach project speaker, bless our collected in-kind gifts and close with communion. Continued on following page

13 Bible Circles for Women meet the 2nd week of the month Rachel’s day is scheduled for the weekend of May 4-5. Details to follow next month. Blessings, Phyllis Borchardt Continued from previous page • Martha Circle - Monday, February 11, 9:30, Meets in Fellowship Hall • Mary Circle - Monday, February 11, Meets at Martie Hamro’s home • Rachel Circle – Tuesday, Feb 12 9:30, Meets in Fellowship Hall • Elizabeth Circle – Next meeting March; schedule conflicts with Spring Tea • Deborah Circle – Thursday, February 7, 9:45, Meets in Fellowship Hall Isn’t New Technology Great??

GOOD NEWS: You may now view Spirit of Grace Sermons by Pas- tor Harold and our Bible Study events on our Website with just a click of the mouse!! Go to: spiritofgrace.com Click on the YouTube icon in the upper far right corner and you will find the Sermons and Bible Studies of choice.

14 Ain’t No Collar Small Enough–Celebrating Women in Ministry Saturday, February 16 8:30 am – 2:30 pm $10.00 Registration, includes continental breakfast & catered buffet lunch American Lutheran Church 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85373 ( http://www.alcsuncity.org/ ) 2020 is the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination in the Lutheran Church. Pastor Kim Sterner from Lord of Life Lutheran Church and Intern Pastor Nanette Christofferson from Love of Christ Lutheran Church will have us all laughing at the challenges and thankful that God opens doors as we listen to their message based on Galatians 3:26-29.

We’ll also hear about the Grace Lutheran Church Grace Room, our outreach project. Please join us in bringing in-kind gifts (new underwear and socks for men and women, and personal care items). There will be classes without quizzes and “tons” of door prizes. We will close with communion. Questions: Geri gskogen@umn.edu or 651.645.0073.

Complete the following and return with $10/person (payable to Women of the ELCA – GCS) to your church location or by Monday, February 11 to: Cactus Conf. W-ELCA Fin. Sec., Kandy Husbands, 14023 W. Via Tercero, Sun City West, AZ 85375 Printed Name(s): _ _ Printed E-mail(s): _ _ Phone(s): _ _ Church name(s) and town(s): _ _ Cactus Conference Women’s Spring 2019 Gathering Clerical collar with matching cat Looking forward to getting a clerical collar 14

15 The poster we displayed in the narthex showed the complete breakdown of contribu- tions up to January 7th.

All 14 projects were very important. The two projects which had the most participation were the ambulance at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania, with 105 people contributing $10,450, and the food for displaced people and refugees in South Sudan with 103 people contributing $2,060. On a personal note, this was my first year as chair. When I gave my temple talks at each service, I was astounded that the majority of you raised your hands when I asked who had either volunteered or donated to Gifts of Hope over the years. In all honesty, the first temple talk brought tears to my eyes.

I was also amazed and grateful for the time and talents given by our volunteers this year: Ruth Ballard, Steve and Penny Coffman, Hella and Chuck Kinney, Anne Miller, Dan Olson--who started Gifts of Hope 16 years ago, Carroll Osburn, Buzz and Judy Schmidtke, Carlyle Smith, Linda Stratman, and Cosette Swalheim. Our committee always welcomes others who may be interested in volunteering for Gifts of Hope! Thank you so very much for helping to make a difference in the lives of others. Kerstin Smith 2018 – 2019 Chair, Gifts of Hope “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 The Spirit of Grace congregation has once again shown its remarkable generosity! This past season Gifts of Hope was able to raise $35,505! This means in its 16-year history, our church has now raised $511,587! As always, every dollar donated has gone directly to projects in Africa.

What a caring congregation!

16 Faith Community Nurse Corner A lot has been written in the news recently about the shingles vaccine, Shingrix and the lack of its availability. Many of you have asked if it is even worth tying to get due to its scarcity. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has put out the following information regarding the shingles vaccine that I think is important to share with you. Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN is the most common com- plication of shingles. People with PHN have severe pain in the areas where they had the shingles rash, even after the rash clears up.

The pain may be severe and debilitating, but it usually resolves in a few weeks or months. About 10-13% of people who get shingles will experience PHN.

The CDC recommends healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix, separated by 2-6 months. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you Shingrix as a shot in your upper arm. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and PHN. Two doses of Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and PHN. Shingrix protection remains high (more than 85%) in people 70 years and older throughout the 4 years following vaccination. Since your risk of shingles increases as you get older, it is important to have strong protection against shingles in your older years.

Even if you had a different type of shingles vaccine in the past such as Zostavax, you should still get the Shingrix vaccine. If you had Zostavax in the recent past, you should wait at least eight weeks before getting Shingrix. There is no maximum age for getting Shingrix. If you had shingles in the past, you can get Shingrix to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no specific length of time that you need to wait after having shingles before you can receive Shingrix, but generally you should make sure the shingles rash has gone away before getting vaccinated. You can get Shingrix whether or not you remember having chickenpox in the past.

Studies show that more than 99% of Americans 40 years and older have had chicken pox, even though they don’t remember having the disease. Chickenpox and shingles are related because they are caused by the same virus, varicella zoster virus. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant or inactive in the body. It can reactivate years later and cause shingles.

Studies show that Shingrix is safe. The vaccine helps your body create a strong defense against shingles. As a result, you are likely to have some temporary side effects from getting the shots. The side effects may affect your ability to do normal daily activities for 2-3 days. Side effects were more common in younger people. 1 out Continued on following page

17 6 people experienced side effects that prevented them from doing regular activities. Symptoms went away on their own in about 2-3 days. The shingles vaccine does not contain Thimerosal (a preservative containing mercury).

You should make every effort to get the second dose of the Shingrix between 2-6 months after you got the first dose. If your doctor or pharmacist is out of Shingrix you can contact pharmacies in your area and request to be put on a waiting list if they do not have the vaccine in stock. If it’s been more than 6 months since you got the first dose, you should get the second dose as soon as possible; you don’t need to restart the series.

I know some of you have not been able to get your first shot or have had the first shot and are on a waiting list for the second and are approaching or past your 6-month mark. The shortage of Shin- grix appears to be due largely to an unprecedented demand for the vaccine. Produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and approved by the FDA in October 2017, Shingrix is a highly effective shingles vaccine and more protective than prior vaccines. According to data provided by GSK, roughly 7 million doses have been administered globally since November 2017. The shots are produced at a plant in Belgium and take 6-9 months to make.

GSK states (on its web site) it is shipping large volumes of vaccine twice a month and are planning on bringing significantly more doses to the United States for 2019 compared to 2018. However, I do not know what that means for our small little corner of the world here in Surprise, Arizona. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if the shingles shot is right for you. Get on the wait list at your doctor’s office if they offer immunizations or local pharmacy. The CDC, health department and healthcare providers recommend getting the shingles vaccine. They all think it is worth the wait. Deborah Frusciano, RN BSN ACRN CT Faith Community Nurse The above information is general in nature and not intended to replace medical information provided by your physician.

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18 NOTES FROM OUR LIBRARY FOR FEBRUARY February – Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Chinese New Year – all things to celebrate by reading more! We have a new work of fiction by Jodi Picoult, House Rules. Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at math, has a wicked sense of humor, is extraordinarily organized, but is hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger's. He is locked in his own world--aware of the world outside, and wanting to make a connection. Jacob tries to be like everyone else, but doesn't know how.

When his tutor is found dead, all the hallmark behaviors of Jacob's syndrome--not looking someone in the eye, odd movements, inappropriate actions--start looking a lot like guilt to the police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder? Our next book is compiled by Fern D. Cole, Forty Years of Lutheran Ministry Among Navajo People. There have been Lutheran missionaries to the Navajo people for over forty years, but the relationship has not always been an amicable one. First, the missionaries had to show the Navajo people that Christ died for them.

Then the missionaries had to adapt the “Anglo” Christian faith to fit the Navajo culture. This book talks about how 40 years of missionary presence has developed a deep Christian faith among the people. In Living with a Wild God, Ehrenreich reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. The result is both deeply personal and cosmically sweeping—a searing memoir and a profound reflection on science, religion, and the human condition. With her signature combination of intellectual rigor and uninhibited imagination, Ehrenreich offers a true literary achievement--a work that has the power not only to entertain but amaze.

Her work will change the way you see the world in an entertaining way.

LindaLu Miller, Team Lead 14 GRATITUDE EXPRESS…… How many times have we thought we would like to express appreciation for something or someone but never get to it? If you would like to ex- press gratitude, please share it with me at ahuston4@cox.net or on a note and I will post it on here. Annie Huston I would like to thank Judy Ryan for all her efforts providing the Fellowship Hall with 20 beautiful handmade Christmas tree centerpieces. It took 60 cards, endless hours of cutting and fabricating to achieve the beautiful and unique end product for everyone to enjoy. ~ Bev Aguilar To the Joyful Spirit Singers and Grace Chimes who share their beautiful music and talents with the Saturday night service, we thank you! All those who participate are so appreciated and would love to see more of you! ~ Annie Huston 17

19 A SPIRIT OF GRACE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING… For those you who haven’t met Treedah Magee, she is a member of our Spirit of Grace Church Council and recently honored as the Sun City Grand Resident of the Month! With so much negative news we see every day, it was such a pleasure to read some- thing so inspiring! After reading the article below, you will see why! ~ Annie Huston A TOAST TO TREEDAH MAGEE ~ by Ellie Brooks, photo by Bruce Lucas In another article in the monthly Grand Lifestyles, Sun City Grand Chartered Clubs were highlighted for their charitable contributions. There is an individual resident that should also be recognized for her annual contribution to charity.

Each year, Treedah Magee, a Grand resident and a local real estate agent with Re/Max Professionals, opens her home on the first Saturday of December for a wine and cheese party for friends, church friends, neighbors, clients, and others she has befriended. The invitation comes with a responsibility: to attend the event, you must bring a child's toy or gift. She loves to support children in need!

Before the four-hour open house comes to a close, Treedah's guest bedroom is filled to the ceiling with toys to be delivered to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Not just toys for Christmas, but toys for the children's shopping room—a storeroom where children hospitalized with cancer can shop, be excited by, and find that special toy or cuddly animal that will give them comfort in their time of cancer challenge or recovery. It's a labor of love, and since her neighbors are invited they don't mind the extra traffic and parking that happens on their streets this one time each year.

Throughout the year, Treedah supports SCG through many generous events: sponsorship of the Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament, sponsorship of Hole In One Challenges for various golf tournaments, purchasing advertising space on the outfield of the Softball field, serving as a council member for Spirit of Grace Church in the Heart of SCG, and many other charitable opportunities.

Thank you, Treedah Magee, for your kind and giving heart and a toast to your success in the New Year!

20 25 YEARS GIVING TIME, TALENTS, TREASURE (Plus a lot of good quality used furniture) After another strong year at the shop, we’ve now settled in to 2019. It’s always fun to look back at some of the accomplishments of the past year to add to those of the last 25. It’s hard to believe that we started with one suite in the Sun Bowl Plaza. Now we occupy more than 30,000 sq. ft. and have moved across the street. We’ve come a long way since 1994! In 2018, our net sales allowed us to grant over $420,000 to deserving organizations, versus $78,000 on 1994. Our total cash donations over the 25 years is $9,300,000.

But some things don't change; we are still totally reliant on volunteers to receive, pick up and deliver, clean, sort, and stock the furniture, clothing and household goods we receive. We always need more cashiers and truckers. We need, and can accommodate, more customers than ever. And we need saleable donations of all kinds. Sadly, 2018 saw several of our volunteers leave this world to be with our Lord. We will miss them! We honor & celebrate their memory and feel blessed to have so many young, vibrant youth volunteering regularly from Young Life. Come by and visit soon. Check out our large selection of Valentine’s Day items.

If you think you would like to be a part of the Lutheran Thrift Shop, ask for a tour and a volunteer application. We look forward to seeing you.

Keep up with the WVLTS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ westvalleylutheranthriftshop/ please “Like” us today! 10615 W. Peoria Avenue, Sun City 623-815-7061 sww.wvlutheranthrift.com

Page 21 MIKE & CAROL BLACKBURN – are both from Missouri but have lived in several places moving with Mike’s job. Mike was a national director of sales and marketing for Continental Products which serves the newspaper industry and Carol was the owner/manager/ beauty advisor for Merle Norman Cosmetics. After retirement to Arizona, Carol was a manager for Draper & Damon. The Blackburns were invited to Spirit of Grace by Rich & Deb Frusciano.

Music is big in their lives, and they both perform with the Dry Heat Band. In addition, Carol likes to read and walk.

DWIGHT & MARGARET OLSON – are from Fargo, North Dakota where Dwight retired from the USAF Air National Guard and Margaret retired from North Dakota State University. They are both life-long Lutherans and although they still go back to the cold country for several months each year, they have decided to make Arizona their permanent residence. They both enjoy golf and walking, and Margaret also likes bike riding and playing Hand & Foot. SHIRLEY PEEBLES – is a California girl who is retired from United Airlines which enabled her to travel widely. In retirement she has the time enjoy walking. She came to Spirit of Grace through the invitation of her neighbors Gerry & Marianne White and friends Rich & Deb Frusciano.

22 WOMEN’S RETREAT AT SPIRIT IN THE DESERT JANUARY 28-29 We All belong in God’s Incredible Puzzle Left: Retreat facilitator Cyndy Warnier Right: Carlita Beltz & Betty Snyder lighting candles and leaving prayer requests Left: Cheryl Nagler Below: Intently working on very hard puzzles 44 - A record crowd! Left: Hella Kinney proudly showing her finished puzzle

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