Classes: Sunday Church School, Adult Forum and Brown Bag Bible Study will take a break during the summer and return in the fall. Confirmation classes will resume in the fall. Enjoy the summer! We hope to see you all in the fall.
Young Swedish Singers to Perform at Grace Lutheran Church
Historic Church Celebrating 175th Anniversary this year
The Young Swedish Singers, a 34-member gospel singing group from Hassleholm, Skane, Sweden, will appear in concert at Historic Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E. Capitol Ave., in Springfield at 7 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.The Young Swedish Singers’ concert, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedish folk music. Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults. The concert is free and open to the public, with a free will offering. “Those who sing to the Lord pray twice,” said the Rev. Thomas Christell, Jr., pastor of Grace. The concert kicks off a series of concerts and events celebrating Grace Lutheran Church's 175th anniversary. The concert series begins in June and runs through June 2017, culminating in the 500th year of the Reformation.
The series includes:
Swedish Singers - June 22
Organ Rededication Recital - Nov. 6
Augustana College Bell Choir and Chamber Singers - 2017
Bach Cantata - 2017
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will join Grace members for the 175th anniversary service at 10 am on Sunday, Sept. 18. Grace Lutheran Church held its first service on September 19, 1841. A processional will be held from the church to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum after the service. The first site of Grace Lutheran Church was on Sixth and Madison streets, where the museum now stands.
Historic Grace Lutheran Church is situated one block from Abraham Lincoln’s Home. It was founded in 1841.
We will need more family hosts to house 2 or more singers and/or accompanying adults overnight, return them to the church in the morning after providing them with breakfast and a sack lunch to take with them when they depart. That's a total of about 45 individuals. A sign-up sheet is posted in the fellowship hall for those wishing to participate.
GRACE NURSERY UPDATE
We now have a paid staff for the nursery from approximately 9:00am—10:30am during SUMMER. Any questions please call the church office.
WELCA is collecting items for school kits again this year…
January we are still collecting 70 sheet Notebooks of wide or college ruled, approx. 8 X 10 ½ inches.
February we are collecting rulers with inches on one side and centimeters on the other (30 centimeter)
March we are collecting 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.
WINERY OUTING Sunday May 22 at Danenberger Winery in New Berlin 1:30 – 4:00pm. We hope you can join us for our first Winery Outing hosted by the Fellowship Committee. On Sundays the winery has a local chef catering food for purchase as well as possible live music. For more information visit www.danenbergerfamilyvineyards.com
Dueling pianos Come join us at the Hoogland Center for the Arts as they present Dual Piano on Saturday, June 18th at 8:00 pm. Springfield musicians Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan will perform. Sign-up is in the Fellowship Hall. All interested must sign up by May 31st. Advance payment is required. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for Seniors. Senior pricing is available to anyone 60 years old and up. Any questions, please contact Allison Klint at 217-299-6008. Text or call. It will be a great night. We hope you can join us for both these fun events!
Surf Shack VBS 2016
To further strengthen the relationship in Springfield of the ELCA Lutheran Churches we will be joining both St. Johns and the newly formed Peace Lutheran in Vacation Bible School. It will be held at St. John’s June 20-24. We'll be "Catching the Wave of God's Amazing Love" in our Summer Vacation Bible School and we'd love for you to join us! There will be great stories, activities, games, and music for everyone. There will also be a Bible Study for adults that uses the same scripture passages as the children's lessons. Want to volunteer?
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com/stjohnslutheran
Food Pantry Fundraiser through Chili’s Restaurant
Please see the Chili’s vouchers at the back of church. You can also just take a picture with your smart phone of the voucher and use it like that. Chili’s will donate 15% of all pretax sales with vouchers during the month of May. Last year we raised about $400. If you like Chili’s, make sure you eat there in May. If you have never tried Chili’s, this is a great time to check them out!
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.
Attention! The property committee rescheduled "Church Clean-Up Day” on June 4th 2016
We would appreciate all the volunteers we can get as many hands make short work. The hours are from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Any time you can donate in this time period would be appreciated. There is a sign-up sheet posted in the fellowship hall. Please indicate the times you can be there. Please call Art Carlson (546-1846) if you have any questions concerning this.
GALLERY of Pictures
Pastor Tom & JB making omlettes
GENE RUBLEY - HONOR FLIGHT