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175th ANNIVERSARY celebration continues


175 ITEMS FOR FEBRUARY... Heart healthy cans and/or pasta sauce for the Food Pantry.  Think red cans when you are out shopping and let’s meet this goal for February!!!


February 23—27 A NEW church directory.  Do you ever wonder who you are sitting by in church?  Are you new to our church and wish that you had something to help you put names with faces? Well, help is on the way!  We are producing a NEW pictorial directory for our church.  There is no cost to you or the church to have your photographs taken, and you will receive a complimentary 8x10 color portrait and directory for participating. You will be able to view your images electronically immediately after you are photographed.  At that time, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family and friends.  We look forward to “seeing you in pictures.  Sign up now in the Fellowship Hall or online at https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/9ek42cqx/   

To make our directory a success we need a few volunteers.  We are coordinating the volunteers for our new directory.  If you are interested in helping during our photography sign-ups, or serving as a host or hostess during the actual photography sessions, call the church office.  

May 14, 2017 (Mother’s Day) – 4:00 pm Bach Cantata that will include our choir, and guest chamber orchestra.

Matthew Sheppard, conductor

Please check back to our website as dates are finalized for a guest choir concert and a Hymn Festival to dedicate the new Steinway Grand Piano


They are available in the Fellowship Hall after worship services or call 522-3965.  The cookbook is only $15.00 and all proceeds go to Grace Food Pantry.  


  The Winter Warming Center is an overflow homeless shelter in Springfield for the winter months. They are in need of hot meals for dinner throughout the winter. Grace will be providing the evening meal for Saturday, February 25 and Saturday, March 25. We will meet at church in the afternoon on those dates to prepare the meals and will deliver them to the shelter at 6:30pm. If you are able to provide food and/or help to prepare and deliver the meals, please sign up on the white board in the fellowship hall. Please contact Katherine Galloway with questions--217-553-3958 or galloway.katherine@gmail.com 


On Saturday, Feb 25th, our custodian and his wife, John & Deej  Dambrauskas, together with their church, Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community, are hosting a blood drive, mini parish festival and silent auction, to raise money for Children’s Oncology Group.  The weekend of Feb 18/19, there will be a noisy offering taken up for Children’s Oncology Group.  More information is available in Grace Notes and  on Facebook.  Just search Richard’s Window Blood Drive.  Any questions,  please let me know.  Thank you for being part of my family. Chris Venaas, 299-4988


The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on all Bookstore titles.  Stop by the Fellowship Hall, March 4-18, between services to get fascinating books on the Reformation for you and your family.  

Our Bookstore is sponsored by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA. The books will include bestselling biographies like Luther the Reformer as well as an atlas of the European Reformations, a graphic novel for young readers, and primary sources from The Annotated Luther series.


                                                     Regularly scheduled classes are each week at 9:15 am.

February 5, 12, 19  "Whys of Worship: Mysteries of Music":” Three classes facilitated by JB and Pastor Tom.      Why on earth did we sing THAT song?  Why did we have to read THAT Bible passage in church?  What is really unique about a Lutheran church service, compared to other churches?  Why do certain elements in worship (such as the Kyrie or the word "Alleluia") disappear for certain seasons?  In what ways has a 1996 Lutheran World Federation conference in Kenya shape worship materials and music for the past 20 years?  Answers to these questions and others shall be attempted by your resident liturgy geeks.   Disclaimer: Some things that happen in worship are completely beyond our human understanding, so we shall explain, describe and enumerate only where possible.  


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