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Organ Rededication Recital

November 6, 2:00 p.m

Benton Blasingame is the guest organist. 

He is the Associate Organist at the Basilica of St. Louis.  He will perform a recital including music of Bach, Mozart, Duruflé and others, including some of his own compositions.  The recital will also include an official rededication of the 1972 Möller pipe organ, with upgrades and additions made over the years, most recently the significant additions made in 2015.  A reception will follow.

This is the next event in our yearlong series of concerts and special events celebrating Historic Grace's 175th anniversary.  


They are available in the Fellowship Hall after worship services or call 522-3965.  We will appreciate you picking up yours as soon as possible because storage space is limited.  The cookbook is only $15.00 and all proceeds go to Grace Food Pantry.  


Grace Lutheran Church accepting "175 Donations" to benefit schools, charities:   In celebration of its 175th anniversary, Historic Grace Lutheran Church has begun a year-long campaign to acquire 175 supplies each month to benefit local schools and charities. The campaign begins September 1 and will run through September 2017. Each month will have a theme and a named school or charity. Donated items can be dropped off at the church, 714 E. Capitol Ave. "Our goal is to have 175 donated 'things' but we would love to have more," said the Rev. Thomas Christell, Jr., senior pastor at the church. "We would appreciate any donations from the community." Supplies for January-September 2017 will be announced later this year.  For more information call 217-522-3965.

October 2016 we are collecting 175 cans of vegetables and 175 cans of fruit for the Grace Food Pantry.

  • November 2016 we will collect 175 undies and 175 pairs of socks for McClernand School.  There will be boxes and baskets in the Narthex for those.
  • December 2016 we will collect 175 hats, 175 pairs of mittens, and 175 scarfs for the mitten trees that will be given to various schools in District 186 and if possible in the Food Baskets at Christmas time.

Click HERE to download a pdf of Anniversary dates

Other anniversary activities at Grace include a monthly "175 donations" campaign, a cookbook, and musical events from September 2016-September 2017. 

January 22,2017, 2:00 pm Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble from Augustana Choir

May 14, 2017 Bach cantata with Matt Sheppard 


                                                         THANK OFFERINGS- Mark 12:41-44  The Widow’s Mite                                      

For more than 100 years, Lutheran women have given thanks to God and dollars to mission through Thank offerings.  Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thank offerings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA.  Together, we do more than we could ever do apart.  In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, Historic Grace Lutheran Church will collect their Thank offerings the weekend of November 19th and 20th.


On Sunday, November 20, 2016 we will gather at 2:00 pm to pack the Thanksgiving Holiday Baskets for McClernand Elementary, Black Hawk Elementary and Franklin Middle schools. If a few people come at 1:00 pm to      get everything set up, that would be most helpful. We will also need to deliver the baskets to McClernand, so a couple   of trucks to do that will also be needed. Thank you in advance for helping with this special ministry.


The Fellowship Committee would like to invite anyone that is interested in doing a craft project for Christmas.  Every individual will have the opportunity to make a festive front door hanger.  The date is still tentative, but we are looking to do this activity in early November. The price is approximately $25.  If you are interested, please see the sign-up in the Fellowship Hall. 


An order form for butter braids, cookie dough and pizzas is on the white board in the Fellowship Hall. The last day to order is November 13.  They will be available for pickup after worship services the weekend of November 19-20, 2016.  If anyone is willing to take orders from co-workers please contact Charlotte 546-5573 for an order form.

Do you know dutch?  The grandfather of a volunteer in the Food Pantry every week was a Lutheran pastor from Denmark. The volunteer has some things written in danish which she cannot read. If you know anyone who can read danish call Susan 217-793-8386. 

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