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Handbell and Chancel Choir practice continuesWednesday evenings 

We are starting early to prepare for the Anniversary service on September 18.  Please join us for this very special event.  Handbells at 6:15-7:00.  Chancel Choir 7:00-8:15.


This labor of love that so many have worked so hard on is finally here.  They will be 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.

Youth Group “End of Summer” Gathering

As a preview to our outing, Saturday August 20, 2016 at the 5:00pm worship, members of the cast will be providing pre service music!

Sunday, Aug 28th, 2:00 p.m., Hoogland Center for the Arts presents GODSPELL!!  We would like to get a group of youth (those entering 6th through 12th grades) together to see this show as an end of the summer youth outing.  But of course all are welcome.

Labor Day weekend, September 3 & 4

Our Saturday worship at 5:00 p.m. and the Sunday 8:00 a.m. service will be held at Historic Grace. The 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday will be outside (weather permitting) at the Schnirring Farm, with a congregational picnic following the service.  Bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs, and fishing gear.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the white board in the Fellowship Hall.  Maps are available at the church.

Also beginning that week the Office Hours will be changng the NEW OFFICE HOURS WILL BE:  8:30am - 4:30pm


Grace Lutheran Church accepting "175 Donations" to benefit schools, charities:  September 2016 we will begin collecting 175 “things” each month for various charities, schools, activities, continuing this through September 2017 . 

 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.

  • September 2016 we will collect school supplies for 175 kits that the WELCA group will send out. Please bring these to church when you come for worship and place them in the area designated in the Fellowship Hall. The items are as follows but numbers are not limited to: 
    • Spiral Notebooks (70 page wide or college ruled)
    • Rulers
    •  #2 Pencils
    •  Pens (black or blue ball point)
    • Crayons (16 or 24 count)
    •  Lg Pink Erasers
    •  Pencil Sharpeners
    •  Blunt Safety scissors                                                                                                                                       

          If we have a large number of extra school supplies, we will take those to McClernand Elementary in Springfield.

  • October 2016 we will be 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

Bishop Eaton to Join 175th Anniversary Service at Grace Lutheran Church 

Historic walk, Concert at the Carillon, supply drive among events planned in September

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), will join the Rev. Thomas Christell, Jr. and members of Historic Grace Lutheran Church for their 175th anniversary service at 10:00 am, 

Sunday September 18. Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E. Capitol Avenue, held its first service on September 19, 1841. 


“Bishop Eton's presence will make our anniversary service even more special,”  said the Rev. Thomas Christell, Jr., pastor of Grace. "We are honored to have her attend." The anniversary service will include a special walk from the church to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum at Sixth and Madison streets preceeding the service. Grace Lutheran Church completed its first building at this location in 1859. Prior to 1859, services were held in homes, school buildings and the courthouse. Grace's current location was dedicated on March 19, 1893. 

September 18, 2016

9:15 a.m. – Gather at the corner of 6th and Madison by the Abraham Lincoln Museum.  This is the place of the first church building of Historic Grace Church.  Those who want and are able are encouraged to process from this spot to 7th and Capitol.  There will be banners, bells, other instruments, choir, brass, clergy vested and ready to lead worship.

10:00 a.m. - Festival Worship Celebrating 175 years of the Mission and Ministry of Historic Grace Lutheran Church. Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, preaching. This will be the only worship service during the Anniversary Weekend.

12:00 noon – Anniversary Reception and Luncheon at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

September 25, 2016  3:30 p.m. – City-Wide Hymn Fest at the Carillon in Washington Park.  This activity will be hosted jointly by Historic Grace and Trinity Lutheran Churches as they celebrate the 175th Anniversary of their congregations.  The entire community of Springfield will be invited to join in the celebration.

November 6, 2016 - 2:00pm Rededication of the Organ and Recital - Benton Blasingame, Organist
Reception will follow.

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

For more information, visit www.gracelutheran-springfield.com or call 217-522-3965.


Crop Hunger Walk

October 2, 2016 Registration at 1:00 walk begins at 1:30pm.  The Annual Springfield/Chatham Crop Hunger Walk is just around the corner.   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.  Please consider joining in the walk or supporting a walker from Grace!  You may make a donation online at: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/springfieldil  and then go to the “Grace Lutheran Youth Group” page to donate to our team.

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