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First Sunday in Lent, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Lent 1, Invocabit – Matthew 4:1-11 (Pastor Maggard):

 

500th Reformation Celebration!

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500th Anniversary

Joint Circuit Reformation Celebration

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rialto

Saturday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00 P.M.

Please join us in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We want to celebrate with full joy and delight the beauty of our Savior and His Amazing Grace. The Grace Congregation will be hosting the 500th Anniversary Joint Circuit Reformation Service on Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 P.M. We invited you and as many of your saints to join us to lift high the cross and to receive His gifts as we celebrate Christ for us. This joyous celebration will truly lift the hearts and spirits of all who participate as His faithful followers. Following the service, there will be a celebration dinner in our church hall. Please let us know if you can attend. If you have any questions, please fell free to call our church office at (909) 875-3161.

Please click on the following link for a letter about the reformation from our Senior Pastor and President. Thank you and God’s Blessings! 500th Anniversary Celebration Letter & Sign Up Sheet

Rialto Relay for Life

Rialto Relay for Life

Saturday, August 26, 2017

9:00 AM – 11 PM

Rialto Middle School

1262 W Rialto Avenue, Rialto, CA, 92376

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Please join us in supporting our team Grace Crusaders Against Cancer at the annual Rialto Relay for Life. You can sign up for laps, manage our booth, cheer on walkers, or enjoy all the festivities.

Please help us reach our goal by donating to our page at Relay for Life: Grace Crusaders Against Cancer. Thank you and God’s Blessings!

Calling all Superheroes! Join us for VBS at Grace!

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Please join us for a super supper at 5:30pm each evening of June 19, 20, 21, 22nd and ending at 8:30pm.
Each meal will be followed by adventures beginning and ending with the Bible. All the Bible Stories, music, crafts, games, and science activities will inspire participants to:
1) discover their strength in God
2) explore God’s mission for their lives
3) encounter epic adventures alongside Biblical heroes
4) realize that their greatest hero is Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Redeemer!

Register on-line at http://2017.cokesburyvbs.com/gracelutheranrialto

Please let Kathy Holm know if you would like to help! You can email her at kathleeniholm@gmail.com.

 

Easter Sunday

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Sunrise Service – 7:00 A.M.,  Pastor Eric Kaelberer Preaching

Easter Breakfast – 8:00 A.M.

Easter Festival Worship – 9:00 A.M., Pastor Daniel Holm Preaching

Easter Egg Hunt for children after 9:00 A.M. Divine Service

Corporate Confession & Individual Absolution

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Please join on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 for Corporate Confession and Individual Absolution at 7:00 P.M. to prepare for the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday.

Please click on the link from http://www.lcms.org to read more about Confession and Absolution

Confession and Absolution – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Third Article Hosted by Southern California Catechism Convocation

Pastor Eric will be the liturgist for the opening worship. The topic of “The Word of Truth vs. the Word of Falsity” is a fascinating look at the 3rd Article of the Creed. The men who are lecturing and then leading discussion are truly blessed, as you will be.

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Please click on the link for more information on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1652620341708239/

Easter Egg Hunt & Donations

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The church youth group is asking for Easter donations for our annual Egg Hunt. There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex for items such as plastic Easter eggs, candy, small novelty toys, etc. We appreciate all the donations and are so thankful to our generous congregation.

Also, please let us know how many children will be attending our Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Please check out our event page on Facebook and RSVP. We will have the hunt immediately after church service. Please bring your Easter basket to gather eggs. Thank you and God’s Blessings!

The Common Cup & Thank you!

 

A note from Pastor Daniel…

Isaiah 62:6-9

6On your walls, O Jerusalem,  I have set watchmen;  all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest,7 and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: “I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies,

and foreigners shall not drink your wine for which you have labored;9 but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather it shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”[e]

Grace family I am now a watchman.  I will not be silent and will continue to proclaim the Gospel to all.  I am so thankful for this Grace family.  You all have provided for me and my family throughout these four years.  Specifically, you all showered on my family me an abundant amount of gifts and I am grateful for all of them.  

I am still not finished, I have still two more classes to go, but I look forward to them and I believe they will greatly help this church.  I know I have much more still to learn and I will still very much rely on the guidance of Pastor Kaelberer, but I look to the future with enthusiasm and hope that only the Lord can provide.  I will be meeting with Pastor Kaelberer shortly to set up the new duties I will start taking on as well as setting up schedules and roles that I will now be doing.

Pr. Kaelberer will have me do the Lord’s Supper constantly for about a month so I can become more familiar with it.  I also enjoyed having the chalice at the ordination and will continue to use it during communion.  The reason behind the common cup in simple terms is that Christ passed one cup and also this is what brings communion, oneness in Christ that we share the same cup for we are all the Lord’s children.  This does not mean we are getting rid of the individual cups, but I believe the common cup is much more clearly in line with the Word of God.  If anyone is concerned about germs please do some research about it and you will see that even getting those terrible diseases are more apt to happen just by being around the person than sharing the common cup.  Also, for those not partial to alcohol or are afraid that it may set you back by drinking it may just raise it to wet their lips.  Most importantly of all we must remember that what we receive is our Savior’s actual body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine.  Our faith must be in the Lord that He gives us Himself not to harm us, but to redeem us and give benefit to us both in spirit and in body.  One article link from the L.A. Times is posted below for a good starter.  

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/01/local/me-beliefs1

I saved the best for Last, I as a new shepherd of this church am truly humbled that the Lord would pick me for this role.  He has called me and I know that it is only by His will and His strength that I will do a good and right job in this position.  All honor and glory go to Him, who is the Good Shepherd, who tends and cares for all of His sheep.  I just want to thank Him for using me as His instrument to give His Word and Sacraments.  Only I understand how great a feat that is, but nevertheless I am super appreciative that He still wants a poor miserable sinner such as myself.  If He can make me a pastor then I know the impossible can happen.  This church will be fine for it is He that has this family in His hands.  Glory be to God!  Amen!

Ash Wednesday & Lent

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Prepare your hearts — knowing that He is faithful and just to forgive all your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
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Lent Service will be every Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.
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