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by Barb Mazarakos


Those who have been around Christ Lutheran Church for a long time know that a favorite saying of +Pastor Walt+ was that we are “blessed to be a blessing”. So strong was his sense of outreach and helping our neighbors that it became a calling card of his in a way. It is with this thought in mind that I bring to your attention the needs of a young girl who is connected to the Christ Lutheran family and her current need.


9 year old Grace Dalla Costa is the daughter of Ken and Debi and the granddaughter of the sainted +Louis+ and +Gail+ Dalla Costa, formerly of Christ Lutheran Church. She has recently been diagnosed with MALS- Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. This has caused her tremendous pain in her abdomen, making it difficult for her to eat and resulting in a great amount of weight loss and related weakness. Fortunately there is a cure for MALS, but Grace and her parents will need to travel out of state in order for her to get the treatment that could help her. The related medical, travel, and hotel cost of the visit (which could last up to 3 weeks) will be extensive, so a fundraiser will be held to help alleviate the cost.


An Italian dinner and family fun night will be hosted by Momentum Church Crown Point (2200 North Main Street, Crown Point, IN) on Saturday March 9 from 3-9pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For those who can’t attend the event but would still like to help, you can make a donation to help Grace’s family by going to momentumindiana.com and going to the dropdown menu, then selecting Online Giving and finally Support for Grace. Any assistance you could give to Grace and her family would be most appreciated.


As she anticipates surgery on March 13, please keep Grace, her parents Ken and Debi, as well as the medical team that is treating her in your prayers. May our Lord, the Great Physician, watch over Grace and grant her healing, and thank you for being a blessing to her in her time of need.