Make a Difference Through LOVING SERVICE

"Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor." (John 12.26)

Sharing Your Time

In our lives, so much demands our attention and there are many ways to spend our time. As people of faith we consider ways to use our time wisely and in service for God.

  • Volunteering your time is a meaningful way to contribute to God’s plan to bless the world, no matter where or how.
  • When we contribute our time to the efforts of an area of ministry in our congregation we are able to carry out our mission through worship, education, support, service and invitation.

We are able to work for God’s kingdom as individual disciples and as a community of faith. Some times we are the church spread out, and other times called together.

>> Discover your spiritual gifts and match them to needs in an online survey.

Sharing Your Talent

Each of us has received gifts from God in the form of passions, spiritual gifts, and practical skills. Allowing God to use these makes our life rewarding, builds up community, and serves the ultimate purpose of God’s plan.

  • Everything done in the name of God, no matter how mundane or ordinary, is a way to serve God. Through your everyday activities you fulfill your Christian vocation.
  • As a followers of Jesus you can multiply the impact of God’s gifts on the world by putting them to work and investing them in the mission of the church.

We are brought together to care for God’s creation, fulfill our purpose, and partner in Jesus’ mission. Together we accomplish more than we could by ourselves, it’s also more fun, and provides a greater witness of God’s love to others.

Sharing Your Treasure

Your offering during worship provides the financial support for our congregation’s ministries to carry out Christ’s mission for the church.

A set of Offering Envelopes is provided to all members or anyone requesting it for the convenience of giving regularly and receiving a quarterly giving statement. Remember to share your offering when you are away to help our congregation in its commitments. Families will want to talk to children about their offering and involve them in giving.

Automated Giving is available upon request from your checking account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). You are able to determine the amount and frequency. You may place an envelope marked “EFT” in the collection plate during worship. The service can be put on hold or canceled any time.

Worship Servers

Worship is an activity of the entire congregation. Many people are needed to help everyone experience God’s grace and to enable us to offer our grateful response. All people of Grace are called to be ministers. Some are serving in leadership, others assist, while some work behind the scenes, and everyone is encouraged to contribute their gifts.

  • Altar Guild: A group of people who care about hospitality at worship prepares the altar area for our weekly and special services. As part of a team, volunteers assist with maintenance of worship items and supplies, weekly set-up of communion, seasonal changing of altar linens, clean-up and storage. Individuals take turns changing water and cleaning the baptismal font.
  • Assisting Ministers: Assisting Ministers help lead the assembled congregation in its worship alongside the pastor. Main responsibilities are include offering intercessory prayers and distributing communion.
  • Acolytes: Young people in confirmation and others assist the pastor and the assembled congregation lead worship. Acolytes light candles, carry the processional cross, provide and receive the offering plates, collect communion cups, and assist with other special celebrations like baptisms.
  • Communion Assistants: One or two Communion Assistants help with the distribution of communion elements together with the pastor and the Assisting Minister.
  • Reader: A reader helps us hear God’s Word from Bible passages that are appointed or chosen for a given Sunday or festival celebration. Usually the reader will share one or two readings from either Old Testament, Psalms, or New Testament scriptures. The gospel is usually read by the pastor.
  • Greeters: God’s gracious welcome is shared by greeters at our church’s main entryways. Long-time members and first time guests are greeted with the same enthusiasm and regard. Greeting can be done by everyone and is a great way to get to know others. It’s an important way we help visitors feel comfortable and included.
  • Ushers: In addition to being welcomed by a greeter, ushers ensure that worshippers find their way and receive a service bulletin before the service. During the service ushers assist by gathering the offering or directing people during communion. Ushers also are available if someone has a question or needs special assistance, or to adjust lighting or temperature.
  • Gift Presenters: Families or a group of individuals brings the gifts of bread, wine and juice used for communion to the altar during the offertory song.

The Worship and Music Committee coordinates the planning, scheduling and support for worship servers. Pastor Munker is available for training and orientation. To add your name to the schedule of any of these worship ministries contact the church office.

Social Ministry

There are many ways our hands are doing God’s work through our congregation, partnerships with organizations, or through the daily service of individual members. By caring for those in need of comfort, providing basic necessities like food and shelter, or advocating for those who long for justice and peace, our congregation shares the good news of Jesus and touches people with his love.

Congregational Projects

Much of what makes a difference is accomplished by the collaboration of many individuals who are moved to contribute their time, talent and monetary resources to help others in need.



  • Food Pantry: Donations of food or money benefit the hungry who come to our door or seek help from three local area pantries. Specific food needs are listed in the weekly worship bulletin. Donations are always welcome and may be left in the shopping basket by the East Entrance.
  • Special Needs Transportation: Rides are provided by volunteers to those members or individuals in the community who do not have a way to get to doctors appointments or go shopping.
  • Quilts and Stuffed Animals: Quilts made by during WELCA project days throughout the year are displayed and blessed each fall before they are sent through Lutheran World Relief to people around the globe who experienced natural disasters or suffer the consequences of violence. Stuffed animals are given to area police for children who come to stations.
  • Prayer Shawls and other Items: The Hearts and Hands group makes shawls for people in special circumstances as tangible signs that we envelop them in our prayers, and other items for donations to show that we care because God cares.
  • College Care Packages: For Halloween and Valentine’s Day, packages with treats and messages are sent from collections of the congregation to those at college.
  • Meals on Wheels: Volunteers from Grace deliver meals to seniors in the Mount Prospect area for a month.
  • Pool Passes: Fundraisers help provide a monetary gift from Grace for families who are unable to afford to make use of the pool or participate in other Park District programs during the summer.
  • School Supplies: Before the start of school, supplies are collected from donations and given to children in underprivileged neighborhoods of Chicago, and a school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
  • Thanksgiving Turkeys: Before the Thanksgiving holiday, donations of turkeys or money are collected and delivered to our Hispanic sister congregation La Trinidad in Chicago.
  • Christmas Gifts: During Advent, members of Grace shop for gifts for children in need at local schools and our sister congregation La Trinidad in Chicago.
  • Mall-ternative Gifts: As an alternative to shopping for gifts at stores at the mall, donations to ELCA ministries provide self-sustaining development for people in areas of the world suffering from economic, social or natural challenges.
  • Soda Can Tops: Collect flip tabs for Ronald McDonald House which helps house parents and siblings of hospitalized and leave them in the container by the North Entrance.
  • Campbell’s Soup Labels: Labels for Education collected from Campbell’s brands may be left on the counter outside the church office to benefit local schools.

Churchwide Partnerships

We expand our service through cooperation with local community organizations, and support of global partnerships.

Local

  • Metro Chicago Synod: We partner with other ELCA congregations in the Chicago area to proclaim the gospel, make disciples, do justice.
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI): Provides services for health, counseling, foster care, adoption, prison, and advocacy ministries through statewide organization.
  • Lutheran Job search network: Publishes job listings in the Chicago area and its suburbs, provides network support with other job-seekers, and offers workshops for training.
  • Journeys – the Road Home: Serves individuals in northwest suburban Cook County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers prepare and serve meals or staff shifts at local emergency shelters during the winter months.
  • Feed my Starving Children: At the Schaumburg location, groups of volunteers pack food supplies for children affected by hunger in poor countries.
  • Lutheran Theological School at Chicago: As one of six seminaries of the ELCA, this institution of higher learning prepares future leaders for the church at its Hyde Park location in Chicago.
  • Church Camps: Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in Oregon IL and Lutherdale in Elkhart WI invite young and old to discover God's presence and experience recreation through spiritual retreats available year-round in beautiful settings.

National

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA): We unite with more than 10,000 congregations nationwide through shared ministries that help us do God's work through our hands.
  • ELCA Campus Ministry: Provides a presence of the church for young adults at many colleges and universities nationwide.
  • Souper Bowl of Caring: Each year, youth across the country and participate in the national Souper Bowl movement of caring and serving for the hungry. Grace collects nonperishable food or monetary donations following worship services and during our annual meeting on Super Bowl weekend.

Global

  • Partner Synod in South Africa: By sharing experiences, resources and prayer concerns we encourage one another in faith and action.
  • ELCA Global Mission: Doing God's work through the hands of missionaries, companion churches, and partner agencies worldwide. Grace provides financial support for Pastor Kevin Jacobson and the Lutheran Church’s ministry in Suriname (South America).
  • ELCA World Hunger: A ministry with many national and international ties to aid those hungry in the U.S. and around the globe.
  • ELCA Disaster Response: Assists those affected by domestic or international disasters with immediate response and long-term commitment.
  • Lutheran World Relief: Promotes well-being of global communities through education, development and advocacy.
  • World Vision: Works for a better future for children through around the world through sponsorship donations, relief work, education and development projects. Youth at Grace are challenged to fast, learn and raise funds during an annual 30 Hour Famine event.

Hearts and Hands

If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, this is a group for you. If you would like to learn the craft we will teach you. We use our hands to share God’s love from our hearts. Our group makes prayer shawls and other items which are distributed as tangible signs that God cares and reminders of our congregation’s support.

We usually work on our projects together at our meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 9:30-11:30am.

Mission Interpreters

Mission Interpreters from Grace tell the story of how our offerings and gifts are transformed into effective ministries. They offer thanks and remind us of how we make a difference in Christ’s mission and the work of our congregation, with others in our synod or across the ELCA. You can check various bulletin boards at the church, read articles in the Grace Notes newsletter, or hear occasional mission moment reports in worship from our Mission Interpreters at Grace.

>> Contact Grace’s Mission Interpreter Greg Hammond or the pastor if you want to share your interest for mission work and gifts for inspiring others. Congregational Mission Interpreters are connected through our synod.

Property Committee Work Day

Once a month the members of this committee and all who enjoy contributing handy work gather for a brief planning meeting and then tackle various projects in and around the church building. Somehow there is always something to fix or improve to keep our beautiful church looking good and make sure everything works for our ministries.

If you want to help out come on the first Saturday of the month, 8:30-10am.

Green Thumbs Ministry

In spring, individuals, families or groups are asked to sign up for an outside area around the church to plant and tend flowers during the summer months. If you have a green thumb this is a wonderful way to help beautify our church grounds and enjoy the glory of God’s creation.

Community Support Groups

Grace is a safe and caring place for support and healing. We make our building available to self help groups in the community.

An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets in our church weekly on every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.

Special Appeals or Bequests

At times, we will identify a greater need or project that warrants challenging ourselves as a congregation to give above our regular commitment. You may want to inquire with your financial and tax advisor about possibilities for sharing proceeds from sale of a home, life insurance, stock options and other assets before and after your death.

Memorial Gifts

Our congregation provides an opportunity for family and friends to make special gifts in the memory of a deceased loved one.

  • Special memorial cards and envelopes are made available for visitations and funeral or memorial services. Gifts may also be submitted to the church office in person or by mail.
  • Unless the family designates a special purpose in conference with the needs of the congregation, memorials are transferred in the perpetual Mission Endowment Fund.

Mission Endowment Fund

The purpose of this fund is to enhance the mission outreach of Grace above and beyond the general operation of the congregation. A gift to the fund is invested and never spent so that your gift continues to work perpetually. Income generated is distributed for support of causes in the community, mission of the wider church, capital improvements, and other needs determined by council.

Estate Planning

Consider including Grace and its ministries in your will as you plan for leaving a legacy through your estate.

To receive offering envelopes or to discuss the variety of giving possibilities for you, contact the church office or request to speak with someone from our Finance Committee.

Why and how much should I give?

  • People give of themselves and their possessions for a variety of reasons. They may have been brought up to be generous, or they want to make a contribution to a cause close to their heart. Believers may perhaps give most likely because they are forever grateful for God’s gracious gifts.
  • In the Bible, God challenges us to give only 10% of what we receive as a "Tithe", in order to experience trust in God’s generosity, gratitude for God’s abundance, and joy in partnering with God. What portion and how much to give is a decision each believer makes on their own. You may want to consider an incremental increase toward tithing.
  • The giving of a percentage of one’s income is a good way to share equally while taking into account individual circumstances. Grace’s fall emphasis for annual Stewardship Commitment provides an opportunity to remember God’s blessings, assess your commitment to mission and current level of giving, and to set a new goal.

"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Human Services Assistance

Our pastor will direct persons seeking financial assistance to human services or refer them to other institutions, and if desired and appropriate strive to offer encouragement through understanding and assurance of God’s promises.

Food items may be available from our donations at Grace. Other pantries we support are going to be more readily of assistance.

  • Mount Prospect Village, Social Services: 50 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, 847-870-5680.
  • Community Economic Development Association (CEDA), Northwest Self-Help Center: 1300 W Northwest Hwy, Mount Prospect, 847-392-2332.
  • Lutheran Church of the Cross, Food Pantry: 2025 South Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights, 847-437-5141.

Please contact Human Services at the Mount Prospect village or other community organizations for assistance. Social workers are best able to assess individual needs and provide appropriate resources or arrange referrals.

Village of Mount Prospect

Human Services: Assistance for personal or family crisis, health care, financial need, job search, housing, food, and information about referrals or help with applications.

50 South Emerson Street, Mount Prospect
Phone: 847-870-5680
Monday–Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm

Community Connections Center

Social services, police community officer, village departments, community education, township health clinic, library branch.

1711 West Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect
Phone: 847-506-4930
Monday–Friday, 11:00am–7:30pm
Friday before second Saturday and second Saturday, 11:00am-3:00pm

Journeys – The Road Home

Mental health counseling, vocational rehabilitation, housing assistance, and emergency shelter with hot meals (October–April).

1140 East Northwest Highway, Palatine
Phone: 847-963-9163
Monday–Friday, 9:00am–4:00pm

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, family support, prison ministry, senior services, rehab, nursing and retirement facilities.

Phone: 847-635-4600

Wheeling Township

Emergency food pantry, meals-on-wheels, transportation assistance, public aid, health and social services for seniors, referrals and financial assistance for qualifying residents.

1616 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
Phone: 847-259-7730
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm

"My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:2)

ecla
Current Events
Grace Notes

Home  |  About Us  |  Worship  |  Learning  |  Community  |  Service  |  Resources  |  Contact  |  Pre-school
© Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. All rights reserved.
Website Developed by Beth Firsching Design