Thanksgiving is not a Christian holiday, but giving thanks to God is a big part of being a Christian! Come to church at 7pm on Wednesday, November 23 for our annual Thanksgiving Eve service, followed by a pie social. Before you gather with your families around your tables at home, gather with your church family to be fed at the Lord's Table. It will be a special night as some of our young people will be receiving communion for the first time at this special service. Special music will be provided by our Jubilation Choir.
Please bring non-perishable food for a special offering. The food will be donated to Family Sharing in Grafton.
Giving thanks and having pie? It's going to be a great night!
This Saturday, November 12, from 8-2 is Grace's Craft Fair. We have over 20 vendors signed up to offer their handmade crafts and items with you!
Each vendor is donating an item for a silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee, a mission of our congregation.
Used books will be for sale, with the proceeds benefitting the Adult Literacy Center as well.
There will also be food sold to benefit our Grace Youth trips (donuts and coffee in the morning, hot dogs or BBQ chicken and chips at lunchtime).
This is an exciting new opportunity that we are able to do as a service to our community and to help support our missions. It's one concrete example of how our new building is enhancing Grace's ministry and service. It's also an excellent chance to invite people to come and see what Grace is like, and to get a glimpse into how we work and what's important to us. So make sure to spread the word among your family, friends, and co-workers!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Sunday October 9th is a very special day in the life of Grace Lutheran Church!
At both our services, we will have a special service of dedication. We will celebrate our incredible, ministry-changing new building as we place it in God's hands. We will pray for God's blessing and guidance. We'll share yummy food in between the services- so please come early or stay late!
It's been an amazing transformation! Make sure to be here to celebrate, to thank our awesome building committee, and to give thanks to God for this new day for Grace!
We will be back to our regular Sunday worship service times of 8:00 (traditional service) and 10:30 (celebration service) on Sunday Morning. Please join us!
Sunday School, JYG and HYPE all begin this week during Education Hour (9:15-10:15). JYG (6th-8th Grade) and HYPE (9th-12th Grade) students should meet in their NEW youth rooms. 3K-5th Grade students AND their families should meet in the Gathering Area to begin their scavenger hunt. Registration for Education Hour will take place during Rally Sunday.
Adult forum will resume during Education Hour the following week, September 25.
All Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders: Join in the fun at our annual Indoors Olympics, our next Junior Youth Group event, which will be held on Sunday, September 25th from 4-6pm at church.
We will hold a series of “competitions” in our Olympics, none of which require much athletic skill, but all of which are fun. They will range from team skateboard races, balloon javelin throw, straw shooting, a limbo contest . . . . all the way to our newest event, “speed texting”.
Medals will be awarded to our winners. The evening will also feature ice cream sundaes for everyone and a short discussion time on working to give God our best.
Friends are welcome to attend all JYG events.
"God's Work Our Hands" national day of service for ELCA congregations is coming up on Sunday, September 11th. Last year over 120 Grace members gave their afternoons helping our communities and those who live in them.
We need your help to make "God's Work Our Hands" a success again this year.
Sign Up at Church to Get Involved!
We have a number of activities and projects ready for volunteers. These include:
We Need Your Help!
Do you have a friend or neighbor who is elderly or disabled and could use some yard work, painting or minor home repairs done? If so, talk to them, get the details and let us know so we can get some Grace volunteers to help them.
Please let us know how we can help with this or if you have other ideas for projects Grace volunteers can do that day.
We're having a great time at Grace's Vacation Bible School Surf Shack! Nearly 120 kids and over 60 volunteers Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love each day. Join us on Sunday for our special VBS worship service at 9:00am to watch the kids shine bright and share that our Lord is great and awesome! Whether your kids were at VBS or not, all school age students are invited to bring their school backpacks to worship for a special "Blessing of the Backpacks."
We thank you for your interest in the Grace Lutheran Craft Fair. The craft fair will be held at Grace Lutheran Church (715 6 th Ave Grafton, WI 53024) on Saturday November 12th 2016 from 8am to 2pm. We will take applications on a first come first serve basis. To keep the spirit of a craft fair we ask that all items be hand-made. The cost of one booth (10x10 foot) is $25. This includes 2 chairs. There are a few number of tables available on a limited basis. If a vendor needs additional space they can reserve multiple booths. The fee for the booth will go to support Circle of Empowerment, a health care and education non-profit organization in rural Nicaragua. We are also have a silent auction benefiting the Adult Literacy Center in Ozaukee County. We are encouraging vendors to donate an item to the auction. Vendor set up will be on Friday November 11th from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday November 12th from 6am to 8am. We ask the all vendors are set up by 8am and stay until the fair is over at 2pm.
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We are starting to prepare for September 11th when we go out, along with tens of thousands of ELCA members all around the country, to serve our communities on "God's Work Our Hands" Sunday.
We had over 120 Grace members give their afternoon last year and want to increase that number this year.
The planning team has started its work, but there are a lot of needs and duties we have to fill. Here is a list of some of the things we are working on now. If you want to get involved or can help us out please call the church office (377-4770) and let us know.
Please see where you can help. We especially are looking for local residents who could benefit from yard work or small repair projects. These fit perfectly at the heart of "God's Work Our Hands".
Sign-up sheets for our projects will be out starting on Sunday, July 24.
Make sure you get involved and help out. It's a lot of fun and a great way to serve others!
Help Us Move on Saturday, May 14!
We are saying farewell to our office trailer and moving everything out of it and into the new offices on Saturday, May 14. Meet at 8 am in the Gathering Space.
Help us Move out of Storage on Saturday, May 21!
Bring your big trucks, and your big muscles to help clean out the storage unit. We'll meet at church at 8 am and caravan over to the storage unit.