Book Collection for McClernand School

Community Ministry News Flash! Several people have asked us if we were going to be collecting gently used children’s books for McClernand school like we did two summers ago. The answer is yes!! We will have a collection box sitting in the back of the church during the months of June, July and the first part of August.        We appreciate your continued interest in this project. McClernand is always so appreciative of this support.


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.

Habitat for Humanity Kick-Off EventCome celebrate all that has been done and what will be done on Habitat for Humanity House #101. Soon the building will begin on a home for Sundae Johnson and her 12-year-old son, Darviel. The Kick-Off will take place Monday, July 13, at 5:30 at St. John’s Lutheran. There will be food and presentations about what has been done, and what will be coming up on the build.

Hill Prairie Winery Outing Redo!!!

Fellowship Opportunity: July 19, 2015 - the Fellowship Committee invites you to join them at Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford.  Meet any time after 1:30 - music begins at 2:00 and ends at 5:00.  Beer and wine are available for purchase and you are welcome to bring your own cheese and crackers, fruit, sandwiches, etc.  We were rained out last time, so we're trying one more time.

                      EVEREST  -  Vacation Bible School July 22-25 2015

Each day’s fun begin at 5:30pm with dinner Wednesday Thursday and Friday and Saturday at 12:00 noon with lunch.  The VBS day ends at 8:30pm Wednesday Thursday and Friday and with the Worship Celebration at 5:00pm Saturday night.  For more information or if you would like to volunteer your time please call Kim Gietl in the church office at 522-3965. We hope to see all of you there and friends are more than welcome!! Please fill out the registration form and mail back or bring it to church as soon as possible!!!

Summer Worship Schedule

Our Summer Worship schedule continues. Saturday 5:00 pm Worship with Communion and Sunday 9:15 am Worship with Communion.  Fellowship time to follow on Sunday mornings. We will host the Fellowship time in the basement because of the redecorating work going on in the fellowship hall.

Hosts and Hostesses are as follows:

June 21  Admin & Finance

June 28  Fellowship

July 5  Community Ministry

July 12  Property/ Stewardship

July 19  Worship & Music/Choir

July 26  Grace Trust (Could use a partner)

Aug 2  Public Relations (Could use a partner)

Aug 9  Christian Education

Aug 16  Parish Life

Aug 23  Staff

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.


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.

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June and July Grace Notes

Read June and July's Grace Notes here