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All Aboard the Youth Train

Cody Jerles has been hired by Planning Council to be the “new conductor” of our Grace Youth Train. This comes after a most positive recommendation from Stewardship Development Ministries and an interview with Pastor Rice. Cody began his duties as our new Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries August 4.

Cody Jerles is a life-long member of Grace Lutheran. He is graduate of Dover High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Akron University. He is currently employed by the Garaway Local Schools as an Intervention Specialist for grades K-3.

Cody steps up to his new responsibilities and opportunities after years of experience with Grace youth activities as both a participant and a leader. Cody has ventured forth on twelve Grace Youth Mission Trips, six as a youth participant and six as a youth leader and chaperone. This next summer the Youth Train will travel to Benton Harbor, Michigan to serve our up-north neighbors in the name of Jesus. Cody already has plans and arrangements in the works.

We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to Rhonda Fisher for serving as our Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries for the past five years. She stepped up into this osition in a time of great need and has done an excellent job in every way. She has served our youth and congregation ably and well and is committed to be a valuable and continuing resource for our youth and family activities. Thank you, Rhonda! We appreciate you so very much!


2024 ELCA Youth Gathering

The youth will be traveling to New Orleans, LA next summer to attend the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering! We are offering the congregation to be a part of this once in a lifetime event by sponsoring our youth. Sponsorships are split into tiers: Silver is $1-100, Purple is $101-300 and Gold is $301-500. Sponsorships include a handwritten postcard as well as a special dinner after the trip to talk with the youth about their experience! Forms will be offered in the Narthex starting October 29th if you are interested. Please consider helping our youth!


Kids Choir

Fall 2023 The kids began rehearsing on Sunday, Oct.. 22. We meet at the beginning of Sunday school. Singing for the worship service is TBD. If your child would like to join us, please be sure that I have their name so that if I have enough copies of music for each of them.

Also, I am planning on the kids singing Christmas Eve at the 7pm service.

Please mark your calendars. If unavailable to sing that evening, please let me know.

Jeff Beshore
Director of Music




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