The special congregational meeting information is online!
If you were not here on March 22 for the special congregational meeting where the plans for our building project were shared we have put the meeting information on a special page of the Grace Lutheran website (video, audio, and presentation. Also, the March 29th meeting presentation and audio are also posted.
If you have any questions please talk to John Walch, the president of the Church Council, Janet Sladky from the Building Committee, Jim Mulholland, our Property Committee chair or one of the pastors. As we move forward please remember that short prayer that was at the heart of our "Grow in Grace" campaign last year:
Dear Lord, what would you do through me to accomplish your vision for Grace Lutheran Church?
The Quest for the Lost Treasure of the Heart
Sunday, March 8th at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a fun, light-hearted and enlightening play that uses Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount (The Gospel of Matthew chapters 5-7) as the “map” to find the Lost Treasure of the Heart.
Follow our hero, Wisconsin Smith and his trusty sidekick, Monterey Jack on their adventures to find the Lost Treasure. They have many adventures on their journey as they do battle with their enemies, the evil Professor Provolone and Herr Muenster, visit the town of Wenedowitheawabef (Say what??) and face the Two-Faced Phonies, Judgmental Monsters, Fears…not to mention those Bees.
You’ll have a good time and you may also learn something about Jesus’ teachings on what’s really important in life.
Grace Lutheran Church
715 Sixth Avenue, Grafton
Call 262-377-4770 for more information
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Jesus, Matthew 6:21)
Ash Wednesday, February 18th, marks the beginning of Lent and once again, our Lenten meals at Grace. Come join us for food and fellowship at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall before the Lenten Service each Wednesday. The menu is different every week (with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches available as well) and the delicious, home-cooked meals are sponsored and served by different groups within the church. These groups use this as a fundraising opportunity to help support their work and activities. Please contribute what you are able to in the donation jars that will be set up at the meals.
Look for the poster with weekly sign-up sheets on the bulletin board to mark your attendance and if you will be bringing a gallon of milk or dessert to share.
February 18th - Ash Wednesday
Our annual Christmas caroling party at the Lasata Care Center is this Saturday afternoon. We need lots of smiling faces and cheerful voices as we sing to the residents there.
This is a great family activity and a fun way to bring Christmas joy to others. Please plan to join us.
We're meeting at church at 1:00 p.m.
A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes as we move forward with our building program at Grace. Here is a summary of some of what's been done.
Meetings with Groth Design - Two weeks ago architects from Groth Design, the firm we have hired to work with us on our building program, met with our church staff and leaders from many different groups at Grace to hear from us about our thoughts, needs and wants for the building program. They will use the input they received to guide them as they begin to work on possible designs for our building.
St. Luke in Slinger - Last Tuesday the pastors, along Aimee Lempke, our church council treasurer and Mike Cibulka and Ralph Jeletz from our Finance Committee, met with Pastor Matthew Short from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Slinger. St. Luke, which is a bit smaller than Grace, recently completed a capital fund campaign and a building program. They raised about $750,000 in pledges for a $1.9 million project.
We have pledges of just under one million dollars for our "Grow In Grace" program.
Pastor Short gave us helpful advice from working with the architect (they used Groth Design as well) to ideas on how to fund our project. We are deeply appreciative to him for his insights and guidance.
Mission Investment Fund- Last week a member of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Mission Investment Fund met with the church council. As a ministry of the ELCA the fund helps churches finance projects using money invested by fellow members of the ELCA. We are looking at the Mission Investment Fund as a possible source for financing our building program.
You can read more about the Mission Investment Fund here: ELCA Mission Investment Fund
Please keep our building program in your prayers as we work hard to be good stewards of our financial gifts and build our ministry at Grace.
If you were not in worship on Oct. 12th to hear the second of our stewardship messages, please take the time to listen to the podcast of the sermon.
Pastor Paul preached on the importance of living out Jesus' words, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35) and Church Council President Mara Schwartz shared some of the central aspects and goals of this year's stewardship program with the congregation.
We made the commitment packages for 2015 available after the worship services. If you were not here you can stop in and get yours during the week or this weekend.
If you were not in worship last weekend and didn't hear Pastor Paul's first stewardship sermon on "Grace-Filled Hearts" please take a few minutes to listen to the podcast here.
This message has a lot of important information on what the Bible teaches in 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 about learning to be generous givers. It also lists some areas of our Grace ministry that will be central to our 2015 budget.
If you have any questions or comments about the message, feel free to contact Pastor Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-377-4770.
Bring your change to church this weekend and come up to dump it in the bucket to help Missionary Meg.
We’re having a “Noisy Offering” to support Meg Boren, Grace’s very own medical missionary in Nicaragua.
Meg does such great work improving both the health and education of the people in her community in Central America. Our offering of our change is one small way in which we can help her with all she does.
Parents, have your kids bring some of their loose change (bills are fine, too!) to add to this offering.
Let’s all rally around Meg and the work of Jesus Christ she does as a part of our Grace family!
Pastor Paul Pastor Heidi AIM Ruth
We're all set for Operation Inasmuch on Sunday. We have about 140 Grace members who have signed up to help with one of our many projects that day.
The weather forecast is great and it should be a very productive and worthwhile afternoon of work and service in our communities.
A Couple More Volunteers are Needed - All of our projects are filled but one. We still need two more volunteers to help do some yard work involving weeding and trimming some plants at the home of a local senior citizen. This job begins at 1:30 p.m. Please call the church office (377-4770) if you can help with this.
Here's our schedule for the day.
Worship for everyone at Grace is at 10:00 a.m.
If you are volunteering you're welcome to wear your work clothes to church. It will be great to see so many people in worship ready for work.
You can also change at church after worship.
The meal for all of our volunteers will be served after worship.
Once we're done eating the various work groups will get organized and then head out to their projects.
When your group is done with your project you can head home. You don't need to come back to church.
Photos: Make sure to take lots of photos of your work projects! We'd like to share what we did with the whole congregation.
September 7th is approaching fast. This is the day when the people of Grace are getting out into our communities to serve others as part of Operation Inasmuch.
We've had a great response so far with 120 Grace members volunteering to be involved.
There are still some projects that need volunteers to make them happen. We need:
In addition we also need . . . (you can do these even if you're not here on September 7th):
Our Schedule for Sunday, September 7th
10:00 a.m. - Sunday morning worship service for all Grace members
11:00 a.m. - Lunch for all the Operation Inasmuch volunteers
12:00 noon - The various work groups head out to do their jobs
Let's all do our part to make Operation Inasmuch a big success!