Enjoy friendship and support AS A COMMUNITY

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12)

High School Ministry

Youth Ministry takes place with youth as much as for youth, and invites kids to mature in their discipleship to follow Jesus.

"Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12)

Get connected: Ask a youth leader or the pastor to be invited to the Grace Youth Facebook group to find out about activities, share photos, and connect with one another. Give your cell number to the church office if you want to receive text messages about activities.

Come along: We go places to learn, serve or have fun. Please complete and return a Registration and Permission Form for special youth activities or events that are not part of an ongoing ministry and where you will be away from church without parental accompaniment.

  • The Sunday morning Pit-Stop meeting at 10:05am offers a way to gather in a relaxed atmosphere to talk about faith issues and life questions, enjoy treats, and share projects or plan activities.
  • Youth Nights: We gather about every other month on a Sunday night at 6-7:30pm for snacks, games, and friendship through discussion of topics, service and a faith celebration.
  • Outings to sports games, Christian concerts or volunteering for community organizations together encourages youth and their families to form friendships, grow spiritually, or put faith into action.
  • Service trips and summer camps provide opportunities for building a sense of community and discovering God’s purpose during intensive personal and spiritual experience.

>> Registration and Permission Form

College Student Ministry

Young people in college may not always be able to be physically part of the congregation but are still connected through caring relationships and regular communication.

"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders." (1 Tim 4:14)

Our congregation brings a sense of God’s support, guidance and purpose by accompanying college students through campus ministry, with financial help, and reminders that we are thinking of them.

  • ELCA Campus Ministries exist on many campuses across the country and provide a place where students get together for worship, fellowship and service.
  • Grace provides educational scholarships from two special endowment funds to college students who are members of the congregation and have shown active participation.
  • A few times a year, care packages with snacks are sent to college students from the congregation together with notes from the pastor.
  • Liking the Grace Facebook Page can be a way to stay in touch with happenings in the congregation or posting of comments to share experiences at school.

Don’t try to make it alone: Young people living and learning close to home or returning during school breaks are encouraged to visit for worship and activities in order to keep connected with Grace’s faith community.

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELCA)

The Women of the ELCA (WELCA) is an organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. All women of Grace are considered members of WELCA and are welcome to participate in all of their activities.

Under the mission to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ, the women of the ELCA at Grace invite every woman in our congregation to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

What we do at Grace:

  • A monthly WELCA Board meeting for fellowship and planning takes place the first Wednesday of the month, 1:00 to 2:30pm.
  • On Project Day we gather to sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief, assemble stuffed toys for needy children in the inner city, and share lunch together. Project Days are generally scheduled September through June for the second Tuesday of the month, 9:30am to 12:00pm.
  • An annual spiritual retreat, hosting concerts, assisting with funeral luncheons, or working at the rummage sale are some examples of other activities we share.

Circles

Circles are gatherings of Women of the ELCA at Grace combining spiritual enrichment and fellowship. Three different circles meet once a month between September and June to accommodate every member.

  • Sarah Circle: Meets the first Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 11:30am at church.
  • Mary Circle: Meets the first or second Tuesday of the month, 1:00 to 3:00pm.
  • Nightingale Circle: Meets the third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 to 9:30pm at church.

If you would like to learn more, or have a suggestion for another meeting time please contact the church office.

Book Group

Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to be able to share in a discussion about selected books and their topics with others? Then join our monthly Book Group. Anyone is welcome. We usually meet the last Monday of the month, 11-12:00am.

Current book titles are announced in the Weekly Announcements.

Friendship Group

The Grace Friendship Group offers fun and fellowship opportunities to people 55 or better. Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of the month from September through May. Activities include luncheons with entertainment, presentation speakers, trips to shows, or game days.

>> Contact Pam Walger about planned activities.

Stephen Ministry

In Stephen Ministry congregations like Grace, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge.

  • All Stephen Ministers are selected carefully, extensively trained, and participate in supervision.
  • Care is provided during weekly one-hour visits. Care relationships and conversations are confidential.
  • Seek out a compassionate listener, hear hope from God’s Word, and let prayer sustain you.

"Stephen Ministry really made a difference for me. I’d encourage anyone going through a tough time to consider a Stephen Minister." (Receiver of Stephen Ministry Care)

To inquire about receiving care from a Stephen Minister or about training contact one of the ministry leaders, pastor, or church office.

Communion Visitation

Lay Communion Visitation is a ministry of this congregation that extends the worship of the gathered assembly on Sundays to those members who are not able to attend on a regular basis. Lay persons who are instructed and recognized to serve communion by bringing elements used at church do so on behalf of the pastor.

To request visits or to volunteer, contact the pastor.

Funeral Luncheon Ministry

Our congregation offers the use of our community room in Charter Halls for meals folowing a funeral or memorial service. Through our congregation's hospitality, care and fellowship in Christ are extended to those who grieve and celebrate.

Our secretary can assist in arranging for providing a meal with different menu options prepared and served by volunteers from our Women's Ministry, or recommend local caterers.

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