Book Collection for McClernand School
Community Ministry News Flash! Several people have asked us if we were going to be collecting gently used children’s books for McClernand school like we did two summers ago. The answer is yes!! We will have a collection box sitting in the back of the church during the months of June, July and the first part of August. We appreciate your continued interest in this project. McClernand is always so appreciative of this support.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD
Habitat for Humanity Lutheran Build! Sundae Johnson, a fellow Lutheran from Springfield, has been blessed with the opportunity to become a homeowner. Johnson said she applied because she has "...always wanted to be a homeowner." If you are interested in helping with this project, there are multiple ways you can serve! Whether it be helping at the end of the build or a financial donation, there's a way you can help out. We've raised $70,000 for this project thanks to generous donations from Thrivent Financial and people just like you! However, we still have $30,000 left to raise so spread the word. To learn more, contact Karen Fifer 971-1046 or Pastor Ladd Sonnenberg at St. John's (217)793-3933.
Augie's Front Burner
Please come join us for an opportunity for great food, fun, and fellowship at our annual summer dinner out at Augie's Front Burner. We will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015. If the weather permits, we will sit outside. The menu will include a Thrifty Thursday Special. There is a signup sheet on the Fellowship Board. This is always a fun and well attended dinner. Hope you can join us
EVEREST - Vacation Bible School
THANK YOU TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS THAT JOINED US FOR A FUN AND FAITH FILLED WEEK! A SPECAIL THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO TAUGHT OUR YOUNG ONES AND THOSE WHO LED GROUPS.
LADIES NITE OUT!
Monday August 10 at 6:00pm at Chesapeake Seafood House. Cost is $14.99 plus tax and tip. Please sign the reservation sheet on the white board in the fellowship hall. Refer any questions to Charlotte, 546-5573.
POLKA POLKA POLKA!!!! ANNUAL POLKA WORSHIP SERVICE
SATURDAY AUGUST 15,2015 5:00PM
GERMAN DINNER Mark your calendar, Saturday, August 15 after the Polka worship service. Tickets (on sale today) must be purchased in advance. Brats - $7, Hot dogs - $5 and children 5 and under eat FREE! Invite your neighbors and friends to hear the 'oompa', sing along and share in the worship service. A fun and popular event to bring your friends to while sharing your church home. This is a WELCA (women of the church) event and proceeds help us return our gifts back to the community. As always kitchen help is needed as well as cake bakers. If you can help please call Charlotte Blumle or Toni Klit, 494-7560.
As you may have observed, exciting changes are taking place in the fellowship hall area! The walls have been painted and the new flooring will be installed by the time you receive your Grace notes.
Kim has now moved into the front office and a new office window has been installed that opens up to the fellowship area. This window will allow Kim to have a better view of the fellowship hall and greet people as they come to the office. The secretary’s office and the workroom should be completed by mid August. Kim’s old office will now allow space for our parish nurse and provide a spot for our liquid copy machine. Desks have been shifted around for JB and David’s use and other pieces were donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Our kitchenette cabinets were rearranged to make room to recess our new refrigerator. This room should now function better for small meetings and when we serve receptions upstairs. The old refrigerator that was in the kitchenette was moved downstairs to the food pantry.
The two large closets in the fellowship hall have been cleaned out and can now serve as storage for the new tables and chairs. We should no longer have to haul tables and chairs up from the basement.
New flooring in both hallways should be installed by Labor Day. The walls have been painted and the banisters have been stripped and stained. New cabinets have been installed above the coat rack and on the wall as you enter the fellowship hall from the Capitol Street entrance.
Window treatments have been ordered and should arrive in three weeks.
Recent donations to this project have allowed us to purchase a new display case, a refrigerator for the kitchenette, a flat screen television and Blu-ray, and the electrical work. We still have a wish list that includes; refurbishing and upholstering the antique pastoral chairs, buying a coffee cart for the kitchenette, purchasing a light for the piano and possibly buying a couple of lamps to place on the end tables.
Teamwork has gotten us to this point! We have many people to thank for all of their help and will do so once this project is completed. Plans are to celebrate the completion on Rally Day in September.
Summer Worship Schedule
Our Summer Worship schedule continues. Saturday 5:00 pm Worship with Communion and Sunday 9:15 am Worship with Communion. Fellowship time to follow on Sunday mornings. We will host the Fellowship time in the basement because of the redecorating work going on in the fellowship hall.
Hosts and Hostesses are as follows:
June 21 Admin & Finance
June 28 Fellowship
July 5 Community Ministry
July 12 Property/ Stewardship
July 19 Worship & Music/Choir
July 26 Grace Trust (Could use a partner)
Aug 2 Public Relations (Could use a partner)
Aug 9 Christian Education
Aug 16 Parish Life
Aug 23 Staff
COMING UP.... September 6, 2015 - Labor Day Picnic/Schnirring Farm
12:00 noon – potluck immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service.
Did You Know?
Our Food Pantry can use plastic grocery bags and paper bags as well? When you have more than you need we will be glad to have them. We go through about 1,000 bags a month.
HISTORIC GRACE COOKBOOK
We want to publish a cookbook with recipes from Grace Church members. We would like to have this available when we celebrate our 175th anniversary in September 2016. Please contact Carol Morris 741-7827 or Charlotte Blumle 546-5573 if you are interested in helping.
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