WORSHIP AT HISTORIC GRACE
Worship is the central focus of what we do at Historic Grace. Worship is what strengthens and feeds us for mission and ministry. The staff at Grace works very hard to make worship uplifting and meaningful to all people, young and old. Please take time out of your busy week to take advantage of the special times to gather with others as we worship the Lord.
With the Labor Day weekend our worship schedule changes. We will continue our Saturday worship at 5:00 pm and return to two services on Sunday morning at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. Christian Education time happens between the services.
On Labor Day weekend, September 5 & 6; our Saturday worship and the Sunday 8:00 am service will be held at Historic Grace. The 10:30 am 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 is a sign-up sheet on the white board in the Fellowship Hall. Maps are on the board as well.
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.
We are just about finished and we are putting the finishing touches on the Fellowship Hall, Offices and Main floor area. All the flooring has been just about completed, the furniture is in, the offices have been put back together and the windows have been treated! The Sunday School Rooms have also had a facelift along with new furniture, storage cabinets and lots of goodies.
GOD IS SO GOOD!!!
We still have a wish list that includes; refurbishing and upholstering the antique pastoral chairs, 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. The list is long and we could not be more grateful. We will celebrate the completion on Rally Day September 13, 2015. We hope to see everyone there!
Summer Worship Schedule ending this weekend
Our Summer Worship ends August 30,2015. Saturday 5:00 pm Worship with Communion and Sunday 9:15 am Worship with Communion. Fellowship time to follow on Sunday mornings.
Hosts and Hostesses are as follows:
Aug 30 Youth and all those not on committees
COMING UP.... September 6, 2015 - Labor Day Picnic/Schnirring Farm
Fellowship Opportunity…..LABOR DAY PICNIC – Following the 10:30 Sunday Service, Sept. 6, 2015.
A family picnic will immediately follow the service, which is traditionally held in the very serene setting of the “Schnirring Farm”. Sign-up available in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to share – Italian beef and buns, beverages and table service will be provided.
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.
WELCA Blanket Project WELCA's Lutheran World Relief Project this year is to assemble fleece blankets. Each blanket is costing about $20.00 to make. If you would like to offer up a contribution, in support of this project, make a check out to WELCA and write Blanket Project on the memo line or place cash in a sealed envelope clearly labeled with the name of the project. You may place your contributions in the offering plate at church or give it to Kim. WELCA will purchase the fleece and make the blankets. If you would like to make your own blanket, please contact Pat Ekle. She has the directions and will answer any questions that you might have. Our goal this year, with God's blessings, is provide lots of warmth and comfort to the less fortunate!
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