SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL
Continues at 9:15am with our opening time at the end of the hall upstairs. We will not have Sunday School or Adult Forum November 29.
BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY
continues on Thursdays at 12:10. Grab a lunch and a Bible and join us. No Brown Bag on November 26.
Classes will continue on Sunday morning. We will have classes on Wednesday evening in December 2 and 16 from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Please come to mid-week Advent when possible.
ANNUAL SPRINGFIELD THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE
The Annual Springfield ELCA Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church (the new worshipping community that blended the former Atonement, Faith and Luther Memorial congregations). We will meet Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm with refreshments following. Pastor Larry Quanbeck will be preaching with Pastor Tom Christell presiding. The offering for the evening will be divided between World Hunger and Historic Grace Food Pantry. If you have any questions contact the church office.
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 UPDATEWe will have a cookbook available September 2016 for our 175th anniversary. Our goal is to have recipes from every Grace family in this anniversary book.
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 THIS WEEKEND. If you do not have a Thank Offering box, you may place your donation in a blue envelope and label it to WELCA. Also, please make your checks out to WELCA. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
408 COOKIES NEEDED FOR HOMEBOUND
WELCA has an annual custom of inviting members to bake cookies for WELCA to deliver to our homebound members for Christmas. Please have your cookies at church by Saturday, December 5, 2015. A free breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. and then we will pack cookies. Please sign on reservation sheet in Fellowship Hall if you plan to attend the breakfast. Refer questions to Charlotte Blumle 546-5573.
ADVENT IS ON THE WAY!
Mark your calendars now December 2, 9, 16 2015 - Advent Season Wednesday evening Suppers/Devotions 6:00 pm supper prior to 7:00 pm devotions. During advent the children and adults will be learning and growing with the help of the Jesse Tree. This special lesson focuses on the history of the Bible, Jesus’ lineage and how it relates to the Christ child at Christmas and the gift of Jesus to the world. As part of the evening we will be having members and families be a part of the devotional time at 7:00 pm and help with the Jesse Tree symbols and the prayers. We are very excited to get families involved and would like you to consider committing to one Wednesday evening.
This will also be our theme for the Children's Sunday School Worship on December 19th at 5:00 pm. Mark your calendars now and help make this a wonderful worship service. There will be a symbol and speaking part for all children, youth and their families in the service and special music. This is a completely youth-led worship. Dinner and our birthday party for Jesus will follow the worship service. A sign-up sheet for a dish to pass will be on the white board. Meat, drink and birthday cake will be provided.
WASHINGTON PLACE CHRISTMAS PARTY
December 12 at 2 pm. Our dear friends from Washington Place in Beardstown will be coming to Grace Lutheran Church of our annual Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 12. Washington Place is a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) operated by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the residents there are long-time friends of our congregation. Grace has hosted this charming group of people at Christmas time for the last six years. Games, Crafts and gifts along with a carefully planned snack menu are provided. Christmas wish lists are posted in the Fellowship Hall soon, if you would like to assist with the shopping for their gifts. Do try to fit this event into your Christmas Season. You’ll be glad you did!
Give and receive the gift of music for Christmas
First, come with us December 13, 2015 caroling to homebound members, then meet at the Carillon to lead caroling 4:30-5:00 pm with Fellowship to follow at the Wheaton’s.
Second, join the Christmas Choir (for the 10:30 Christmas Eve service) or the Chancel Choir (for the 4:30 service). We will rehearse Christmas music first during our regular rehearsals on Wednesdays evenings at 7:00pm, starting on November 18. Then, those only joining us for Christmas can be dismissed while the Chancel choir continues to rehearse music for Sundays. (On days we have Midweek services, the rehearsal begins immediately following the service.)
We are partnering with local schools and parishes to help us collect gently used or (new) coats, hats, gloves, boots for all ages, infant through adult to be distributed to those we serve during our distribution days which this year is to be held 12/12/15. Annually, we provide this ministry to those less fortunate and it is not unusual for us to provide different winter weather items for upwards of 1,000 persons during our Christmas Distribution. That being said, we need your help! We are receiving donations at our 11th St. Interim Salvation Army office, which is located behind the retail store on 11th and Jefferson. We are happy to pick up any donations that might be received at the church as well. Please consider helping us spread God's Love by keeping those in need get warm this winter. We also need Bell Ringing volunteers for the season. Questions? Email Kendal Hoselton or you are welcome to call 217-341-7893.
We will set up the Mitten/Hat Tree in Fellowship Hall by December 1st. Thank you in advance for bringing in warm hats and mittens for children in Springfield.
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