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  • 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." 

    September: School supplies for McClernand Elementary School 

    October: Vegetables and Fruit - for the Grace Food Pantry

    November: underwear and sock for McClernand Elementary School

    December: hats, mittens and scarfs for District 186 schools

    December: food items for holiday food baskets

    Supplies for January-September 2017 will be announced later this year.

    For more information call 217-522-3975.

  • September 2016 we will collect 175 school supplies for kits that the WELCA group sends 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: 
    • 25 Spiral Notebooks (70 page wide or college ruled)
    • 25 Rulers
    • 25 #2 Pencils
    • 25 Pens (black or blue ball point)
    • 25 Crayons (16 or 24 count)
    • 25 Lg Pink Erasers
    • 25 Pencil Sharpeners
    • 25 Blunt Safety scissors
  • September 18, 2016 - Anniversary Celebration Day
  • September 25, 2016 - 3:00 pm – Hymn Sing 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.
  • October 2016 we will be collecting 175 cans of vegetables and 175 cans of fruit for the Grace Food Pantry.
  • November we will collect 175 undies and 175 pairs of socks for McClernand School.  There will be boxes and baskets in the Narthex for those.
  • November 6, 2016 - 2:00pm Rededication of the Organ and Recital - Benton Blasingame, Organist
    Reception will follow.
  • 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 Eton 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. Eton, 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 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 following 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. 

A reception will follow the service at Hoogland Center for the Arts.

The anniversary service kicks off a year of activities at Grace Lutheran Church to mark its 175th anniversary.

 A "Hymn Sing" will be held at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park in Springfield at 3 pm, Sunday, September 25. This event will be held jointly with Trinity Lutheran Church, and the public is invited to attend. 

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 217-522-3975.


Welcome John Dambrauskas… if you haven’t already, please say hello to John our new custodian. He will be in the building Sunday through Friday from 7:00am – 11:00am each week.  We welcome John to the Grace family.


As in years past, each committee and/or groups at church takes a Sunday to host a fellowship time of great food following our 9:15 am Sunday worship. Come and join us! To help with the Summer Fellowship time, we are also including a weekly sign up to those who are not on committees, but would like to bring something. This is similar to our Midweek Wednesday night meals. Check out the white board for the weeks to sign up.

WELCA is collecting items for school kits

We are collecting:  70 sheet Notebooks of wide or college ruled, approx.  8 X 10 ½ inches , rulers with inches on one side and centimeters on the other (30 centimeter), unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers, black or blue ball point pens (no gel ink), box of 16 or 24 crayons, 2 ½  inch erasers, pencil sharpeners and blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades)These items can be placed in the cabinets over the coat rack in the Fellowship Hall.

Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Experience

We will go July 22—29. This will be an adult backcountry experience involving canoeing, portaging, exploring. Please include these gentlemen in your prayers as they prepare and travel.


The first week of August.  Meals will be delivered Monday through Thursday because of recent budget cuts. If you are interested in volunteering your time to deliver food to some hungry folks, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  Meals are picked up at 11:00am at Memorial each day. Details and maps will be given to every driver. Thank you in advance for your help!  Questions... contact Sara Oehlert.

Memorial for Jerry from Washington Place

In May of this year, one of our dear friends from Washington Place passed away.  Jerry was the first resident to move into Washington Place, he had a great sense of humor and he always had a story to tell.  Jerry was a man of faith, attending to his lengthy nightly prayers and weekly church services.  His loss is felt deeply by the residents, family and friends.

Becky Moore, formerly employed by LSSI, has been a good friend to Washington Place for many years- long after she left her role at LSSI.  Becky wishes to honor Jerry by doing some landscaping at Washington Place in his memory.   Jerry enjoyed sitting outside and would have been pleased with this idea. If there is anyone at Grace that would like to assist with this project, please call Robin Mahnken at (217) 638-1779.  Volunteers for labor, donations of plants,  mulch… all would be welcome.

For those who might be unfamiliar with Washington Place, it is a community integrated living arrangement administered by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) for individuals who have been diagnosed with a genetic condition known as Prader Willi Syndrome.  Prader Willi Syndrome is a neurological genetic disorder that causes a chronic feeling of hunger and an extremely low metabolism that can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity and in most individuals, developmental delay. 

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