We have a special worship service planned for Sunday, February 7. It will hold up all the many people who work to organize and lead our meaningful worship services at Grace. This is not just our musicians and worship leaders. It also includes many others, from those who clean up our worship center during the week, who prepare Holy Communion, those who greet worshipers, our multimedia volunteers and many more. So much goes into planning for our worship services. We'll have the same service at both 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. that day with music from our many different groups at Grace. Make sure you're here for this special service.
Each year at Grace, we are given the opportunity to commit our time and talents to the work of the Lord. We are all needed to do ministry here at Grace, in our community and in our world. You'll receive a Time and Talents sheet to fill out and return to church. It's so important that we all pitch in to make the Body of Christ at Grace strong in service, faith, and sharing the love of Christ!
If you'd like some help discovering your spiritual gifts, you can take this survey. It takes about 5-10 minutes, and will help you see where your spiritual strengths are.
While every week is a good week to be in worship, this Sunday’s sermon ties directly into something we do in confirmation.
As part of our “FAITH 5” series this week I’m preaching on “Talk” – about how families can grow in faith by sharing “Highs and Lows” together and then tying them into God’s Word.
We do this in confirmation class and we also families to practice this at home.
There will be a lot of practical advice in the sermon, so please take the time to be here.
See you on Sunday,
October 10th & 11th we are going to need the congregations help!
Saturday, October 10th - We are going to be holding a rummage/tear down sale. If you are in need of any of the following items - come to Grace between 9-12.
Please note all items need to be taken away on Saturday.
We are suggesting a free will donation for items taken to help contribute to the building project.
We are also going to need a team of packers on Saturday. (Grace Packers not Green Bay Packers). If you are able to help, please be here between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to complete the boxing up of all the items going into storage.
Then on Sunday, October 11 - we are moving out! We need anyone with a truck &/or trailer or large vehicle to meet at church after the late service (approx. 11:30 a.m.) to make deliveries to the storage unit (by Family Sharing) & also drop off donations items. High School Students - There will be a lot of lifting, this is a great opportunity for you to help out! There more volunteers, the faster the work will go!
(It is ok to DVR the football game or listen to the 1st quarter on the radio)
**If you have any items stored at church that you want kept (Play Props, decorations, etc.) you have until Friday, October 9th to come & get them or they might be sold or thrown away.**
The preparations are all set for Sunday as Grace Lutheran Church celebrates not only its fiftieth anniversary but also the ceremonial ground breaking for our new building.
Worship will be at 10:00 a.m. on the south lawn, weather permitting.
Please bring lawn chairs with you to church. We will have additional chairs set up if you don't have lawn chairs.
Our guest preacher for the day is the Rev. Jeffrey Barrow, bishop of our Greater Milwaukee Synod. We are honored to have the bishop with us.
The ceremonial ground breaking will take place immediately following the worship service. Bishop Barrow, our Grace charter members, the pastors and congregational leaders will participate in it.
Little children will receive their own hard hats to commemorate the day!
After the ground breaking ceremony those of you who have paid for the pig and chicken roast meal will be invited to go to the covered portico where the caterers will serve your food.
If you didn't pay for the meal in advance, but would like to join in it, please talk to Lisa Bernd before worship or after the ground breaking. We have ordered a limited amount of extra food.
You may eat in either the fellowship hall or at the tables that will be set up outside.
Following the meal come into the worship center to view a special fiftieth anniversary video, created by John Conto, which will take you through an illustrated history of Grace.
Finally, there will be games outside for all ages. We're going to have a tug-of-war, a three-legged race and kick ball. There will also be hula-hoops and hop-scotch for the little ones.
This will be a great day! Come and join in the festivities for our special celebration!
Sunday is the day when about 120 volunteers from Grace are heading out into our communities to do all sorts of work to help individuals, groups and God's creation. We are thankful to all who have signed up so far to help.
There is still room for more volunteers in several of our projects. We have one new project helping in the memorial garden at the North Shore Academy of the Arts in Grafton that needs workers. You can sign up on Sunday if you want to get involved.
Remember that worship is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
After worship those who are involved in the "God's Work Our Hands" activities are invited to have lunch in the fellowship hall. When the meal is done our volunteers will head out for the many different work activities for the afternoon.
If you have signed up to donate some of the food items for the meal please have them here before worship on Sunday morning. You can drop them off in the kitchen.
We're looking forward to nice weather and a great day of serving as God's loving hands to others.
First published in 2006, the "Evangelical Lutheran Worship" hymnal (ELW) was designed to replace the familiar green "Lutheran Book of Worship" which came out in 1978. Most ELCA congregations now use the ELW or "cranberry hymnal" as it is sometimes called.
Grace's worship leaders had been talking for some time about replacing our worn LBWs with the ELW and had been looking at ways to pay for them.
Thanks to a very generous gift from a family at Grace, a family who wishes to remain anonymous, we have been able to purchase all the copies of the ELW we need! They will be in the pews starting on September 13.
If you love the LBW don't think you are having something special taken away. Almost everything that is in the LBW is also in the ELW. The ELW also features a larger number of liturgical settings than the LBW, settings with different styles of music. It also has many more hymns and songs used by Christians in other parts of the world.
We are going to keep the blue "With One Voice" hymnals in the pews.
We have used parts of the ELW in worship the past several years, especially over the summer months, and the small worship booklets in our pews contain songs from the ELW, so you are already familiar with some of what is in it.
If you would like to have a copy of the green LBW you are welcome to take one home with you. We will have them available on September 13.
Once again, we are very thankful to the members who have made this possible and we look forward to many years of giving God praise using the ELW!
This September the people of Grace will participate in our second annual day of service to our community. Over 140 people were involved last year. We'd love to have even more out in service this year.
"God's Work Our Hands" is the designated national day of service for our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The people of Grace will join our fellow Lutherans all around the country giving our time to help others.
Our Schedule for the Day
Worship at 10:00 a.m. - We will have one service that day. The theme of the service will be "God's Work Our Hands". Come dressed for work.
Meal at 11:00 a.m. - Our volunteers are invited to eat at church before leaving for their work projects. There are a couple of groups that will need to leave right after worship, so bag lunches will be provided for them.
Off to Work around Noon - We'll head out after lunch for an afternoon of service. Some activities will take longer than others.
Get Involved!! - This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to get out in our community and help others. "God's Work Our Hands" is a good tool for parents to help teach their children about serving others in God's name.
Our Projects for the Day
We have a number of work projects all ready to go and are working on a some additional projects. This year they include:
We are working with the Grafton Habitat For Humanity project to see if we can send a work crew to the new building site behind Sendik's and we are looking to set up some small painting jobs at the homes of local senior citizens.
You can sign up now for any of these projects. The sign-up sheets are located on a table in the gathering area at church.
Aaron Rodgers will Understand
Yes, it's a Packers Sunday, but you can record the game and watch it later. This is Why God Invented DVRs! There are lots of Packers' games. This is our annual day of service. So help others and make Vince Lombardi proud!
Let's have a great day of helping others and serving our Lord Jesus Christ in our own community. It's God's Work that uses Our Hands.
Just a reminder that this Sunday, June 28 after the 10:00 a.m. outdoor worship service will be our annual church picnic.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP! There is a signup sheet in the Gathering Space for you to sign up your family or you can call the church office to let us know you are coming. Following lunch, there will be games for both adults & children to play.
If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Gosselin at email@example.com or 262-365-9355.
If you missed any of the Holy Week events, don't fret.
Palm Sunday (March 29) - Prepare your hearts and minds for Holy Week, by listening to the special music "The Power of the Cross", performed by Eryn Durlam, Zack Durlam, and Kelly Oslon.
Maundy Thursday (April 2) - We remember the last night of Jesus' life and the Last Supper he shared with his disciples. Listen to Pastor Heidi's message here.
Good Friday (April 3) - "Echoes of the Passion" Service. The story of Good Friday is filled with sounds, sounds that bring home the power & importance of this day. Our Good Friday worship service will center on a series of dramatic readings & those sounds; the crow of the rooster, the splash of the water Pontius Pilate used to wash his hands, the crack of the Roman whip that tore into Jesus' back, the metallic clink of the nails, the tumbling noise of the dice the soldiers played with, the ripping of the curtain in the temple & finally the silence of the tomb.
The readings will be surrounded by hymns, special music and prayer. This is a powerful & moving service that helps Christians focus on all Jesus suffered for our salvation.
Easter Sunday (April 5) - The greatest day of our Christian year celebrates the Good News of Jesus' resurrection and victory over death. Pastor Paul's sermon will center in on the power & truth of our proclamation of Jesus' resurrection.
Please visit this page, or use the links above, to listen to the different messages of this important week of our faith.