Gift of Grace Newsletter for October 2020
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October 2020
Death of a Pastor - Rev. Carlton Monroe

In Memoriam The Rev. Carlton Monroe

March 1, 1954 – September 18, 2020


The family of Carlton Monroe wishes to share the very sad news with you that Carlton passed away on Friday September 18th, surrounded by family near and far: son Carlton “JC” Monroe (Liz), daughter Carla Boyd (Raphael), brothers Mark Monroe (Sherri) and James Monroe (Rasalon), grandchildren Megan Amaro (Samuel), Carlton Monroe III, Brianna Boyd, Cassandra Monroe, Carrington Boyd, great grandchildren Liam Amaro and Mila Amaro, The Jackson Family, and the Boyd Family.


Carlton graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2011 and served two congregations as pastor in the Pacifica Synod before becoming the Director of Evangelical Mission in the Sierra Pacific Synod. He retired a few years ago and made his way back home to Cleveland, Ohio where he passed.


Anybody who knew Carlton remembers his big, bold, sweet spirit. He loved his family and friends, his cars, and music. His true love was for his beloved wife, Margaret, who passed in 2008. To say that Carlton suffered from a broken heart would be an understatement. May we give thanks to God that they are reunited and at peace together in the arms of Jesus. Carlton was also preceded in death by his father Benjamin Monroe, mother Laverne Monroe, and brother Reginald Monroe.


Plans are being made for a small memorial service to be held in a few weeks in Cleveland, Ohio. Pastor Jeremy Fuerst, one of Carlton’s best friends, will be officiating. Carlton served in the U.S. Marines and will receive military honors. Due to COVID and family wishes, this gathering will be small and by invitation from the family.

Condolences may be sent to:

Carlton “JC” Monroe

5305 Blue Cove Court

Las Vegas, NV 89131


Carla Boyd

533 Mount Gerizim Road SE

Mableton, GA 30126

Donations may be made to a GoFundMe account set up by Pr. Carlton’s family to assist the family with expenses. Gifts of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Donate Here

Gift of Grace will be sending a $100 donation, but you can send additional money if you want.

May the God of hope bless and keep him in perpetual light and eternal peace.

A Message from Bishop Mark

Please join me in offering prayers of thanksgiving for the life and ministry of Pr. Carlton Monroe, and prayers of condolence for his family as they grieve his loss. Pr. Carlton had, as his family has shared, a “big, sweet, bold spirit.” It was a joy to be his colleague and to see the difference his ministry offered our synod as the Director for Evangelical Mission. There are legacies of his work among many of our ministries, and in the lives of his classmates and friends. May God grant Carlton and Margaret rest eternal, and may light perpetual shine upon them.


Blessed be the memory of this servant of God!

Go Fund Me
Welcome Pastor Petitjean

We welcomed Pastor Mary Lou Petitjean as an official member of our congregation on the 27th of September although she has been a member of our family for much longer.  We are thrilled it is official and we are grateful to have her continued help and guidance.



Worship Schedule


  • 4th - Pastor Marylou Petitjean
  • 11th - Pastor Marylou Petitjean
  • 18th - Pastor Marylou Petitjean
  • 25th - Pastor Marylou Petitjean
Recorded Sermons

All the sermons are still recorded but we are changing how to access them.  You can click the link to see every sermon we have recorded (newest first).  Double click on the sermon to listen.

If you are looking for a specific Pastor, you can filter and look for their sermons.

Click here for the Sermons
Birthdays this Month
  • 9th - Barbara Fish

  • 12th - Bob Ely

  • 26th - Verl-Lee Ely

  • 28th - Georgette Barney

  • 31st - Lance Barney

Prayer Chain

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:

Steve Carr
John Handrich
Damian Wilson
Beth Hall
Sandy Bell
Mavis and Don Burgess
Melanie Brown
Rick Jones
Gwen Krause
Virginia Krause
Jeanie Borden
Charlene Ross
Mike Mantha
Mavis Jensen
Clara Groves-Waldron
Ralph and Mary Chaney
Billy Simmons
Aubrey Yocum
Judy Crawford and her daughter
Matty Monday
Lloyd Dool
Jeff Edwards
Pastor Mike Patterson
Marvin and Joann Miller
Earl Schlenker
The family and friends of Rev. Carlton Monroe

Sunshine Committee

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.

Phone 575-7109


Virginia Krause


Bible Studies

Monday Nights 6:30—8:00 at the home of Bob and Verl-Lee Ely

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