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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 chat with Cindy or I after the service today.

If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this exciting ministry. If you think you might be interested, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Cindy Anderson, Jim Hobbs or Sara Oehlert.

Become a Stephen Minister and Make Our Mission Statement Come Alive!

As members of the body of Christ on earth, all God’s people have been called to love and care for one another.  Our mission statement reminds us that the role of our church is to equip God’s people for the work of ministry.  God has blessed us with gifts to be actively involved in meaningful ministry. Stephen Ministry provides an opportunity to do just that through opportunities to grow in caring for one another, to grow in discipleship, to grow in our lay ministry and to grow in outreach.

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 50 hours of training, trainees will receive practical, hands-on learning and resources to provide Christ-Centered care to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of others.


James tells us that the prayers of righteous people are powerful and effective (James 5:16). During the coming week, we continue to ask you to pray about our congregation’s Stephen Ministry. Specifically, please pray for those God is calling to serve as caregivers in this ministry.

WELCOME BACK FAMILIES and life long learners!

Sunday School classes beginning at 9:15 am. We meet in the room at the end of the hall on the second floor.  

We will have music and worship with JB then to our classes.  We hope to see you there! 

Adult Forum in the Fellowship hall beginning at 9:30 am.

Come and PRAY with us! Join us each week at 10:15 am Sunday in the Fellowship Hall and pray as a community.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Brown Bag Bible Study Thursdays at 12:10 p.m.  This continues to be a popular Bible Study group at Historic Grace, so grab your lunch and a friend and join us.  Questions? Contact Pastor Tom Christell.

The WELCA Quarterly Meeting will be held October 13, 2018 at 9:00 am in the church Fellowship Hall. Ruth Circle is hosting and a light breakfast will be served. The Baby Care Kits will be packed at that time also. All women of Grace are invited to attend. There will be a sign-up sheet on the white board in the Fellowship Hall. 

October 19 & 20 WELCA C/SIS will be having its Fall Retreat in Champaign/Urbana.   

The cost of the Retreat is $20 for both days and the Registration form has to be turned in by OCT 15.  The Registration form has lots of good information, including information for booking a room at the Hampton Inn for those wanting to spend the night on Friday (that cost is all yours). The hotel will only hold the block of rooms until SEPT 15. We are offering 6 scholarships, covering the meeting cost of $20 and $60 of your hotel expense, for first time attendees.  These will be awarded on a first come-first serve basis.  This Deadline is Oct 1.  There is a list of items you could bring for our service project, School Kits for Lutheran World Relief, or you can make a monetary donation to cover items we still need and postage.

Booking Link: http://group.hamptoninn.com/WELCA-FallRetreat
Hotel: Hampton Inn Champaign/Urbana
Group Name: WELCA Fall Retreat
Arrival Date: 19-Oct-2018         Departure Date: 20-Oct-2018
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Please share this link with anyone who needs to book WELCA Fall Retreat rates. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel!

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.

RSVP today for October 28, 4:30 to 8:30 pm at Chiara Center! "Re-Formed in Baptism" is Lutheran-Catholic dialogue event from Project 501+. Evening Prayer at 4:30, speakers then discussion at dinner.  Displays of local and historic baptismal fonts and your displays of family traditions or symbols of baptism are welcome. See the Project 501+ Facebook page for full details.

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