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Fall is Back! Our Worship times return to 5:00pm Saturday  8:00am Sunday and 10:30am Sunday  

Education Hour begins at 9:15am each week

Sunday school classes upstairs, Confirmation class in the basement and Adult Forum in Fellowship Hall   continues each week beginning at 9:15 am. 

Brown Bag Bible Study has resumed Thursdays at 12:10 p.m.  So grab your lunch and a friend and join us.  Questions? Contact Pastor Tom Christell.

The third quarterly WELCA meeting will be held October 14…We will be packing, sorting and compiling the kits together at 9:00 am.  Please join us for a light continental breakfast and short meeting and the packing of the kits.  Come for fellowship, light refreshments and service to the Lord.

WELCA BIENNIAL CONVENTION IS COMING UP OCTOBER 20/21... We want to encourage people to attend, it will be fun at Lake Williamson and it has the great facilities with the giant pool, basketball courts, etc.  The price is great with $60 for Friday night and all day Saturday including room and 3 meals or $35 for Friday night with the hay ride, s’mores and “Katie Luther” or just Saturday for $35 with 2 meals, “Katie Luther”, bible study, etc.  We have 6 scholarships for 1st time attendees and we want to use them! Questions? Ask Jean Scherer or Sara Oehlert.


If your youth (coming out of 8th grade through graduating Seniors) would like to join us in this once in a lifetime experience we are asking that families commit by October 15. Please see Kim Gietl or Jessica Thannen for more details.  You can also get a lot of information on the ELCA website under gathering.  It’s going to be amazing!


is a local program who provides clothing, food, tutoring, mentoring and life skills classes to District 186 homeless children.  The Matthew Project is a not-for-profit afterschool program available to identified/referred homeless children in District 186.

We would like to give: 

Boys’ and Girls’ Underwear size 5-16

Boys’ and Girls’ T-Shirts size 5-16

Boys’ and Girls’ Jeans size 5-16

Granola Bars or 8 oz. Bottled Water

REFORMATION WEEKEND Oct 28/29… Why do we wear RED clothing on Reformation Sunday? We invite everyone to wear the liturgical color RED, on October 28th and 29th, because RED represents the Holy Spirit. Luther believed that the Reformation was a direct result of the Holy Spirit moving him and others to action. This day is a celebration of the Holy Spirit that continues to move us toward the grace and mercy of God, even today. 

ALL SAINTS… We will have a Window of Remembrance again for All Saints weekend November 4/5.  Begin thinking about a picture of those loved ones to be placed in church. More details will follow in the bulletins.

ONE GOD; TWO SANCTUARIES…an architectural tour of Historic Grace Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish November 5, 2017  Open House from 1:00 to 3:00pmGuests are invited to visit both churches during that 2 hour period. Docents at each church will point out interesting aspects of the worship space. Guests will then be invited to make and take an art piece at each church.  


NOVEMBER 19th at 5:00pm at


We will join with the Catholic Diocese of Springfield to join in a remembrance of the Reformation and have a prayer service together. Project 501+ has coordinated this special coming together which will include both prayer and music.  Both ELCA Bishop Roth and Catholic Bishop Paprocki will be leading prayer. Dinner will follow. More information will be coming soon!



All of the costs for the cookbook have been paid, so now the entire $15.00 goes to the Grace Food Pantry.  The cookbooks make great gifts for birthdays, bridal showers, wedding gifts, thank you gifts, Christmas gifts, customer or client gifts, gifts for teachers, etc. 

Please let your Facebook friends know they may purchase one as a fundraiser for Grace Food Pantry.  When you use the recipes from the book, let your friends know where they can get the recipe. 

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