2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany - the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. In honor of this anniversary our Lenten Wednesday worship services are designed around one of Luther’s most famous writings, Luther’s Small Catechism. This small booklet was designed to help parents teach their children the basic beliefs of our Christian faith with simple explanations of the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer and of our Lutheran sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
During Lent our 7:00 p.m. services, which will use the beautiful “Holden Evening Prayer”, will focus each week on one part of Luther’s Small Catechism and how it ties into the story of Jesus.
March 8 – The Ten Commandments – God’s laws on how to relate to him and to others are the basis of our lives. Jesus’ ministry was built around how he taught the Ten Commandments, and God’s other laws, in deeper, more meaningful ways. They guided Jesus’ ministry.
March 15 – The Apostles’ Creed – The Creed is nothing more than a brief summary of what we believe; an easy-to-remember Gospel in miniature. The Second Article of the Creed focuses on who Jesus is and what he has done for us which is at the heart of Lent.
March 22 – The Lord’s Prayer – Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples. It is the model of a perfect prayer as it calls upon us to focus, in prayer, on our relationship with our Heavenly Father, on our own faith, and on our relationships with others. Luther called upon Christians to know this prayer, to say it daily and let it guide us on our journey of faith.
March 29 – Holy Baptism – Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. John’s gospel tells us Jesus even baptized others. Baptism in Jesus’ name was the entry rite into the church for the first Christians and continues to be so today. Luther explains to us what the water and God’s holy Word mean for us as followers of Jesus Christ.
April 5 – Holy Communion – On the last night of his life Jesus changed the ancient Jewish Passover meal. He declared that the bread and wine shared at that meal were his body and blood. The power of the sacrament of Holy Communion ties us intimately to our Lord Jesus.
Ash Wednesday, March 1st, marks the beginning of Lent. Join together for food and Fellowship at 6PM Wednesdays before each Lenten Service.
Grace groups host by cooking and serving the meals. Menus are different each week with peanut butter and jelly also available.
The groups use the meals as a fund raising opportunity to support their organizations activities and other causes.
Watch for the donation cans and please give what you are able for their work.
Look for the sign-up sheets to donate beverages and desserts.
Any questions or want to help? Contact Laurie Gosselin (262)365-9355
With the new staff now set in place, it's a good time to let everyone know our normal schedules. Of course things can change, so it's always a good idea to make an appointment or call ahead, but these are generally when we are in the office with the exception of visits or other outside work duties.
The office is open Monday thru Friday from 9-12 and 1-4.
A pastor is always available in emergencies. Our cell phone numbers are always on the church voicemail recording- 377-4770. Please don't hesitate to call us if you need us. That is what we're here for.
The second session for those wishing to join our Grace Lutheran family will be held this Sunday, January 15th at 9:15 a.m. in the conference room off of the gathering area. Members of our staff and church council will share with those in the class some of the many ministries at Grace and how new members can get involved. If you wish to be part of this class just call the church office (377-4770).
On Sunday Dec 11th, Grace's Jubilation Choir and Handbell Choirs led us in a special service titled "And a Little Child Will Lead Them." There were readings, communion, and lots of beautiful music. This is a worship we hope you all enjoyed! To listed to the music from the service click here.
Please join us on Tuesday, December 20 for a Christmas Sing-Along! We will be meeting at the Milwaukee Ale House (1208 13th Ave., Grafton) & singing Christmas Carols from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
Take a break from the madness & enjoy some great food & fun! Be sure to come early to order your food & then meet us upstairs to warm up your wonderful singing voice. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Heidi at email@example.com or visit our facebook event page.
December brings Advent and Christmas, the seasons when Christians remember and give thanks for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This year we celebrate our first Advent and Christmas in our new church home. The holiday decorations should be beautiful!
We have many special worship services this Christmas to help us honor Christ and hear the Good News of his birth.
On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 there are three services.
All of the services will include the beautiful candle lighting during the singing of “Silent Night”. Glow sticks will be available for small children to use during the candle lighting.
Christmas Day worship is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 25. This is a service full of music and celebration. We will also receive Holy Communion.
There is one service on Sunday, January 1 at 10:00 a.m. This worship will also be filled with the beautiful music of the holidays.
Please note that since Christmas Eve is on Saturday we will not have a Thursday evening worship service on December 22.
Come and worship our Lord Jesus this holiday season!
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!