Our Summer Worship times are:
5:00 pm SATURDAY
9:15 am SUNDAY
Following service every Sunday please join us for refreshments during our fellowship hour in the Fellowship hall
STEPHEN MINISTRY… Grace recently became involved in Stephen Ministry.
What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is a caring individual who can help others navigate their present situation. Stephen Ministers are trained to help when people encounter loss, grief, relationship challenges, and a myriad of things that can throw one's life into a tailspin. They are not counselors. They are not “know-it-alls.” They are not individuals who try to fix everyone’s troubles. They simply provide love, care, and support when it is needed the most.
How do you become a Stephen Minister?
For those who want to come alongside and support others in a more intentional way, our church will provide training to become Stephen Ministers. Through the 50 hours of training, trainees will receive practical, hands-on learning and resources to provide Christ-Centered care and meet the emotional and spiritual needs of others.
Those who complete the training will use the skills they learn not only in this caring ministry but also in relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Stephen Ministers will always be helped and supported in their ministry by our Stephen Leaders, who will help individuals grow as they help others. Being a Stephen Minister may be one of the most rewarding opportunities that those who participate in training will ever embrace.
Interested in becoming a part of the Stephen Ministry at Grace?
The first training session will be on Sunday, October 7 immediately following the worship service. Applications are in Fellowship Hall. Please fill one out and return it in a sealed envelope as soon as possible to Kim Gietl, our church secretary, or to one of the Stephen Leaders, Jim Hobbs, Cindy Anderson, or Sara Oehlert. Questions? Feel free to contact Jim, Cindy or Sara via the church office, 522-3965. We will be happy to get in touch and answer any questions that you have.
OPEN HOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL… Sunday, August 26 from 2:00-4:00pm What better way to beat the heat?? At our sister congregation Peace Lutheran, 2800 W Jefferson St., Springfield. In lieu of a free-will offering, they are asking for a non-perishable food donations for the Grace Food Pantry. http://peacelutheranspringfield.org/Home.aspx
SCHNIRRING FARM...ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPTEMBER 1 & 2; our Saturday worship at 5:00 p.m. and the Sunday 8:00 a.m. service will be held at Historic Grace. The 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday will be outside (weather permitting) at the Schnirring Farm, with a congregational picnic following the service. Bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs, and fishing gear. These worship services on Labor Day weekend, would be a great opportunity for everyone to invite your friends, relatives, neighbors or coworkers at the Schnirring Farm. Being out in a nature setting can be such a worshipful experience. This is a great time to worship together, enjoy wonderful music, and then gather afterwards to enjoy a meal together. We hope you will all ask some friends to worship with you!
WELCA LWR PROJECT PROMISE UPDATE:
Since many of the items that Lutheran World Relief is requesting for the Baby Care Kits are difficult to find, WELCA is accepting monetary donations to purchase the hard to find items. Of course, any donated items are welcome also. The Care Kits will be assembled at the Quarterly Meeting on October, therefore time is getting short to donate. Thanks to everyone who has already contributed! If you are still up for the challenge, WELCA will be collecting the following items for Baby Care Kits sponsored by Lutheran World Relief:
2 Lightweight cotton T-shirts (no Onesies)
2 Long sleeve gowns or sleepers
2 Receiving blankets, medium weight cotton or flannel, crocheted or knitted with lightweight yarn, up to 52” square
1 jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood or includes a cap
4 cloth diapers, flat folded preferred
2 pair of baby socks
2 or 3 bath size bars of gentle soap 8-9oz. In original wrapping;no mini or hotel soaps
2 diaper pins or large safety pins
1 hand towel, dark color recommended
We really need these items. All donated items can be brought to church and placed either in the back of the church in the basket or above the coat rack in the fellowship hall in the WELCA space provided. Thank you for your support!
Check out the ladies of Grace WELCA:
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ALL WOMEN of Grace are welcome at the Women’s Circle meetings and other WELCA events.
Coming soon... We would like to invite you to this year’s “City Wide Hymn Fest.” This interdenominational hymn sing is free to the public and open to everyone who enjoys singing along with, or listening to, traditional hymns. The Trinity Concert Band will provide musical interludes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday afternoon, September 23 with Carillon music beginning at 3:00 pm and the hymn sing at 3:30pm! For more information please go to: www.carillon-rees.org Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon the Springfield Park District or Grace Lutheran Church.