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Abstract: Grace Lutheran throws a party and Houston takes note.
Following Pr. Groen's ordination, Grace Lutheran (Houston) hosted a celebratory gala at Houston's Briar Club. Approximately 100 guests attended.
Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were City of Houston Controller Annise Parker (pictured) and City Council member Sue Lovell. Ms. Parker read a proclamation from Houston mayor Bill White declaring July 26, 2008 to be Pastor Lura Groen Day in Houston. Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) Development Director Amalia Vagts presented a check for the first installment of an ELM grant to the congregation for its ministry, and Ms. Laura Bourdo, a member of the congregation, acknowledged the many calls and letters of support the congregation has received. She read a letter of "fist pumping, praise shouting" thanksgiving from Pr. Jen Rude of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago.