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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 beginning Sunday September 24


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SEPTEMBER 17TH… we will conclude the 175th anniversary year by welcoming Bishop Roth to preach and enjoy a potluck brunch following our one service that weekend at 9:15am only. There will not be Saturday 5:00 service. Come and help us celebrate this milestone at Historic Grace Lutheran Church!!        ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!


We would like to invite you to this year’s “City Wide Hymn Fest.”

In cooperation with Grace Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran and Word and Spirit Churches, and the “Project 501+” the City Wide Hymn Fest 2017 will take place accompanied by the Rees Carillon. 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 Summer Band will provide musical interludes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday afternoon, September 24 at 3:30pm! 

For more information please go to: www.carillon-rees.org Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Sunday school classes upstairs, Confirmation class in the basement and Adult Forum in Fellowship Hall         will resume on September 24, 2017 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.

Crop Walk:  October 1, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, 

321 S. 7th Street, Springfield

Register at 1:00 pm / Walk begins at 1:30 pm 

Each year, faith communities across the country put on their sneakers and join together to walk...they walk with the goal of ending hunger in our world- one step at a time.  The funds raised during the walk will help to provide people throughout the world with adequate nutrition and with clean, accessible water.  The Springfield Crop Hunger Walk returns 25% of the funds raised each year to local food pantries, including our pantry right here at Grace!  ALL YOUTH AND ADULTS of Grace Lutheran Church have a long tradition of participating in the Crop Walk each year.  Following the event, the walkers gather together for a pot luck fellowship. Please consider joining in on this year’s walk. 

To donate, please go online and donate with CROP WALK at  www.crophungerwalk.org/Donate Find the GRACE LUTHERAN GROUP  https://www.crophungerwalk.org/springfieldil

“We are a privileged people because we live to serve others, even as we are enriched by our symbolic walking with those near and far away who, like us, live as children of God, and strive for a world without hunger.” (Excerpt from CWS liturgy on the Crop Hunger Walk)


is collecting the following items for Personal Care Kits to be distributed through Project Promise to needy people around the globe:

  • Bath Towels, between 20"x 40" and 52" x 27", dark color recommended

  • Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand

  • One adult size toothbrush in its original packaging (NO LONGER NEEDED)

  • One sturdy comb, remove packaging

  • One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

You may leave your donations in the designated basket at the rear of the Sanctuary, or in the designated basket in the cabinet above the coat rack in the Fellowship Hall.  We are in particular need of large sturdy combs and two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand.  Cash donations are also welcome. Deadline is October 8th. Kits will be assembled at the WELCA quarterly meeting on October 14th. Thank you for the support! 

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.


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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