Our Checking account, as of July 31, 2021 went up to $5,327.51.
Our Income for the month of June was $3,093.00 and our expenses were $3,414.50 for a loss in income of $321.5. Compared to previous months, our income was down as well as expenses. Our Gas bill was under $100.00. This helped. We also only had church 3 Sundays. Our Water Bill will go up to$327.00 a month, an increase of $30.00/
Our Pulpit Supply got some relief as someone donated $2000.00 to the fund. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. With the deductions for the month of June, we have $1,960.00 in this fund. We will be able to see our way clear for August and September. The council has talked about taking the interest from our Mission Investment Fund, which amounts to $2,361.12. It will help, but it will only be a band aid for a time being.
If you have any ideas which will help, please let one of the council members know. We are still in a critical point and I am sure we all want to see our church stay open.
Thank you for everything you do to help Gift of Grace.
In God’s Name, we trust.
[Subject to change based on CDC and State guidelines]
September 11th - Pastor Mary Lou's Social Gathering and Dinner (see below)
September 19th - Congregational Meeting following Service
October 2nd - Fall Craft Fair. We need baked goods
December 4th - Holiday Craft Fair. We need baked goods
Aug 3 - Visit from the new Bishop
We would all like to thank Bishop Megan for the visit. If interested you can read the SPSELCA article about it here
The following inserts are from members of the congregation who attended the meeting with Bishop Megan and Catherine.
FROM MARCIE VALLEJO
I’m graceful for the opportunity that was presented to Gift of Grace Lutheran Church to meet Bishop Megan and Catherine on August 3rd.
When I learned that they (Bishop Megan) had only been serving as Bishop for only a month and wanted to visit and met every congregation in Northern Nevada that is part of the Sierra Pacific Synod I was impressed with the enthusiasm that Bishop Megan was bringing! To me this showed that Bishop Megan cared enough about us to come visit and get to know us and to see what our needs are and how the Synod and they (Bishop Megan) could help us! For 3 hours we shared snacks and drinks, gave tours of the church and center, talked about our needs as a church, community outreach, virtual Sunday School for children with other Synod congregations, virtual bible studies/services, youth gatherings/camp, weekend workshops with other churches in Northern Nevada, and getting to know Bishop Megan’s and Catherine’s background.
Bishop Megan will be coming back to bring our congregation some refillable candles from a congregation that is closing and will be leading the Sunday service!
I’m looking forward to see how Bishop Megan’s ideas of the future come together and what they (Bishop Megan) does as Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod!
FROM PASTOR MARY LOU
On August 2, Bishop Megan visited members of Gift of Grace. Thank you to the large number of people who showed up to welcome our new bishop to our church and to our synod.
The Sierra Pacific Synod made history when our delegates to the 2021 synod assembly elected the first transgender person to serve as bishop in a major denomination, and it was our honor to welcome bishop Megan to Gift of Grace.
Those of us, who attended on August 2, enjoyed three hours with Bishop Megan and Catherine Slaubaugh, the synod’s new Communications and Connections Coordinator. During those three hours we enjoyed giving them a tour of our worship space and the Lutheran Center, sharing snacks and drinks with them, talking and laughing with them while sharing many things about our ministry, our hopes and dreams for Gift of Grace, Sierra Pacific Synod and the wider ELCA and listening as Bishop Megan shared her plans, hopes and dreams for our synod.
Bishop Megan will be back before too long to bring us some refillable candles that are being given to us from a congregation that has closed. While Bishop Megan is here, they (Bishop Megan) will be preaching and leading service.
One more thing: Having a transgender bishop is a learning experience for all of us. The following may be helpful in learning to be respectful of who Bishop Megan is.
Pronouns: Why Do They Matter?
When you introduce yourself to a group, you probably share your name, but do you include your pronouns? Pronouns matter, and we use them all the time. Learning and using the correct pronouns is a meaningful way to be more inclusive and respectful of everyone in your community.
We use pronouns and names frequently in our everyday written and verbal communication. We use them almost without thinking. But pronouns and names are actually very personal and important because they represent key facets of our identity. Therefore, calling someone by the wrong name or “misgendering” them by using incorrect pronouns can feel disrespectful, harmful and even unsafe.
Did you know?
Merriam-Webster adds ‘they’ as a singular pronoun.
The use of gender-neutral pronouns has become more prevalent in recent years. Merriam-Webster has taken note. In September 2019, they added another definition of the word “they” to explain the word’s use as a singular pronoun. One of their definitions of ‘they’ now reads: “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is non-binary.”
The addition signals an important milestone in recognizing that gender does not have to conform to the rigid binary of male and female. Nonbinary people often use gender-neutral pronouns like they, them and theirs. Some use other gender-neutral pronouns.
How to Use It:
As a subject pronoun: Andy is in 11th grade. They live next door to me.
As an object pronoun: I walk with them to school most days.
As a possessive adjective: Andy carries their saxophone back and forth to school for band practice.
As a possessive pronoun: That blue house is theirs.
As a reflexive pronoun: Sometimes Andy plays with the band, and sometimes they play by themselves.
Why Gender Pronouns Matter?
From an early age, you may have been taught that pronouns should follow specific rules along the gender binary: “she, her and hers” for girls and women and “he, him and his” for boys and men. However, as our society has progressed in understanding gender identity, our language must also be updated. Our use of pronouns should be accurate and convey our understanding and respect for all people, especially for those who are transgender, gender non-conforming and nonbinary.
What happens if I make a mistake and mess up someone’s pronouns?
Using the incorrect pronouns (sometimes called misgendering) can happen by accident. Simply correct your mistake quickly and without bringing too much attention to the issue. Apologize, restate the sentence with the correct pronouns, and keep going.
If someone points out that you used the wrong pronouns, you might feel embarrassed or upset. It can be tempting to try to defend yourself! But doing so might make the person you misgendered feel like it’s their fault.
Think about it. If you accidentally said the wrong name and someone corrected you, what would you do? Would you say, “Oh, it’s so hard to remember, does it really matter”? Of course not! We know it’s important to get names right. It’s just as important to get pronouns right.
Sep 11 - Social Gathering and Dinner
The congregation is invited to a social gathering and dinner on 9-11-2021 at 3pm hosted by Pastor Mary Lou at her home in Sparks. Pastor Mary Lou will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. The congregation will bring side dishes and desserts - a sign up sheet will be available to write down what you are bringing. Please RSVP with Marcie if you are attending.
A bit of a break from the usual tips to discuss the T-Mobile hack. If you hadn't heard, over 50 million current, former and prospective customers of T-Mobile got their information stolen. This information included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver's licenses and other identification. Some account PINS were also stolen.
So basically all the information that someone would need to steal your identity. The question could be 'why on earth did they have all that info', but it seems some of it was postpaid accounts, requiring a credit check.
What could you do to have prevented this? Not much if you needed a postpaid account as you needed to give them the information. The only thing to stop it is to not have a phone!
Every affected gets free credit monitoring, which given all the other hacks means everyone should have about 100 years of monitoring now so that's probably a little pointless. Everyone should put credit freeze on their account if you don't have one already. See this FTC site about credit freezes, the different types, and what you need for each (nothing for some, police report for others). Also remember each credit agency lets you check your credit report once a year, so split them up so every four months check another one. The official site for that is https://www.annualcreditreport.com and please note there is another one with the word 'free' in it, which is not free. Check for any accounts you don't recognize and report them.
As always please let me know if you have questions about this or anything else.
Birthdays this Month
8th - Iain Leggate
11th - Wilson Stull
13th - Marcie Vallejo
26th - Morgan Nicholl
30th - Cooper Nicholl
30th - Kim Barney
Please contact to Verl-Lee Ely at 775-575-2933 or Sunni Leggate 775-835-3951, to have a prayer added to the Prayer Chain, or to provide an update about a person already on the list. You can also contact Verl-Lee or Sunni if you would like to join the prayer chain committee. This list will be updated monthly, and if a prayer you have submitted needs to remain a little longer, please let us know.
Please pray for healing and comfort for:
Mavis and Don Burgess
Ralph and Mary Chaney
Judy Crawford and her daughter
Pastor Mike Patterson
Carl Wilfrid and family
The family and friends of Norman Miller
The family and friends on Ronny Knight
The Sunshine Committee needs your assistance, to better serve the Church family. Our Committee is responsible to reaching out by issuing get well cards, and thinking of you cards (to those who we haven’t seen for a while)
Letting us know, we can be sure to reach out to our Church Community
Letting our community know that Gift of Grace Lutheran Church truly cares about our Congregation.
Monday Nights 6:30—8:00 at the home of Bob and Verl-Lee Ely