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Guiding Documents

Our congregation’s activities are guided by an official constitution, and bylaws describing the purpose and work of committees and groups of Grace’s. Other statement and documents provide further explanation of our congregation’s purpose and operations.

>> Mission and Vision Statements

Grace has a Safe Haven child protection policy in place with training for leaders and guidelines that are designed to keep children and youth participating in our ministry from harm.

Church Council and Committees

Our congregation is led spiritually by our pastor and administratively by a council of elected lay leaders. A number of committees support the ministry of all members in a variety of areas through planning, training, organization and support.

>> Church Council

The Congregational church council usually meets on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00pm.

Celebrating Life Events

As people of faith we trust in God’s presence in all aspects of our lives. God is with us all the time. And yet there are times when we seek to mark special events in life with the joyful hope of our faith. God joins us in all our celebrations. To plan baptisms, weddings and funerals, as well as first communion, confirmation, or joining the church a conversation with the pastor will provide spiritual care, offer information about common practices and possible options, and hopefully help you celebrate God’s amazing grace.

Baptisms

The assurance of God’s live, adoption, forgiveness of sins, call to new life, and hope of everlasting salvation is celebrated as a sacramental rite within the worship of the congregation. Contact the pastor anytime before or after the birth of a child, for older children, or for adults who have not been baptized and wish to explore the Christian faith and join the family of God.

>> Our Understanding of Baptism
>> Simple Steps to Preparing for Baptism

Weddings

Marriage is a life-long commitment between two people who promise their love and faithfulness to each other and ask for God’s help and guidance in their relationship during a wedding ceremony. Contact the pastor after your engagement and before making arrangements with other professionals to clear availability for your intended wedding date.

>> Wedding Guidelines
>> Wedding Quick Start Guide
>> Marriage Preparation Questions

Funerals

The church celebrates the end of a person’s life on earth and their continued life in God’s eternal paradise with a funeral or a later memorial service during which the promises of baptism are re-affirmed and our brother or sister in Christ is entrusted to God’s never-ending care.

If the pastor has not been made aware of impending death and asked to offer spiritual support, closure and commendation, contact should be made as soon as possible so that pastoral care can be provided and plans can be coordinated between relatives, church and funeral home.

>> Celebration of Life Preparation Information
>> Funeral Planning Quick Start Check List
>> Funeral Scripture and Hymn List

Forms

Looking for a frequently used form? You may find it here. If not contact the church office to provide it or make it available here online.

>> Sunday School Registration
>> Confirmation Registration
>> Scheduling & Communication Form

Grace News

>> You can find both the current and archived issues here.

Links to Ministry Partners

Connect to the resources and opportunities for support of our partners, and learn about the impact our work for the good news of Jesus makes beyond Grace.

>> ELCA
>> Women of the ELCA
>> Metropolitan Chicago Synod (ELCA)
>> Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
>> Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
>> Living Lutheran (online magazine)
>> The Lutheran Magazine
>> Grace Matters Radio Program
>> Lutheran World Relief
>> Refugee One
>> Stephen Ministries
>> Life Innovations Marriage Preparation
>> Journeys The Road Home
>> Feed My Starving Children
>> Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center
>> Lutherdale Bible Camp
>> Thrivant Financial for Lutherans

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