The Peacemaking Church

The Peacemaking  Church   The  Powerful Witness of Unity

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life  worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and  gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every  effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  4There is one body and one Spirit– just as you were called to one  hope when you were called–5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in  all.  Continue reading “The Peacemaking Church”

Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing was at Grace and a good time and good music was

had by all.  We hope they will want to come back and spend more

time with us.  They are a wonderful group.

Monroe-Crossing-2012Coming May 26th to Grace Lutheran 9am

Oh Christmas Tree

all the hats and mittens on this tree were hand knitted by our own Diane Hartjes.  The items were all given to the women’s shelter.  Thanks Diane!  What a talent!

Under that tree were present after present to be taken to the nursing home and to the women’s shelter.  We have very giving members at Grace Lutheran.

Pot Luck Sunday!

Come join us for Pot Luck Lunch Sunday Nov 19 immediately following worship.

Bring a dish if you can but if you can’t just bring your appetite!


Pastor Marvin Clausen

Reverend Marvin W. Clausen  

January 23, 1935 – September 8, 2011

Reverend Marvin Walter Clausen of Lakeview Arkansas passed away
on September 8th, 2011. He was 76 years old.

Born to Martin and Anna
Clausen in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 23, 1935, Reverend Clausen spent
his early years in Red Bud, Illinois. After graduating from the Seminary at
Concordia St. Louis with a Masters of Divinity degree, he was ordained by the
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1960. He was pastor of St. Marks Lutheran
Church in Garrison, Iowa from 1960-1965. He then served as Pastor in Wisconsin
from 1965-1976 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in White Clay Lake, and Zion Lutheran
Church in Zachow. His last fulltime post was at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in
Dundee, Illinois where he served from 1976-1997.

In retirement Reverend Clausen served as the vacancy pastor at several Lutheran Congregations in
Arkansas. He also served intermittently as pastor and teacher at the Themba schools in Dirkesdorp, South Africa from 1999-2008.

Reverend Clausen is
survived by his wife, Mary of Lakeview, AR; 1 brother, Vernon and his wife
Eleanor of San Antonio, TX ; 1 daughter, Julia Herrera and her husband Edward of
San Antonio, TX; 3 sons, Matthew Clausen and his wife Anna of Mundelein, IL, Tom
Clausen and his wife Nga of Honolulu, HI, and Ted Clausen of Honolulu, HI; 9
grandchildren, Tristan Clausen, Talon Clausen, Shane Clausen, Alex Herrera,
Jessica Herrera, Molly Herrera, Stacie Nguyen, Sandy Nguyen, and Selena Nguyen,
and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services conducted by Reverend John Easterling will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home on Friday,
September 16, at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in Mountain Home Cemetery.

Memorials should be sent to Themba Trust Scholarship fund in
South Africa :, or Lutheran World


It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we report a much loved part-time Pastor was killed in a one car accident in Missouri this past week.

According to the paper Pastor Clausen was driving and his wife, Mary was a passenger when he lost control and the car flipped down a steep embankment.  Both Marvin and Mary were taken to St. Johns in Springfield, Mo where Marvin died and Mary sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Mary at this terrible time.

Good bye dear friend. . .for now, for we will see you again.