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Just some of the great stuff happening at Grace....
Whether you're looking for study, friendship, an opportunity to give back, or a place to worship, we have a place for you to plug in. Feel free to check out any of the opportunities below--or ask about starting something yourself! (Check out the calendar page for more details on each event.)
Faith Formation/ Study
Wednesday MorningWorship Texts Study at 7:30am
Adult Faith Formation at Grace - 9:15am Journey Together Faithfully: Sunday, February 5, Pastor Melody begins the classes in preparation for our conversation about becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Journey Together Faithfully is a three-part study prepared by the ELCA; Part 2 (consisting of four sessions) is “The Church and Homosexuality.” The class meets in the Great Room upstairs.
Monday Night Bible Study at 7pm Starting on Monday, April 17, 7:00 PM, the Monday evening Bible class will study Parables, Stories for Life in God's World from the Kerygma series. Jesus was a master storyteller. His stories are deceptively simple on the surface, but contain levels of meaning that come to the surface with careful study. They are based in the culture of the time and place in which they were told, but also have a timelessness due to deep reflection of human nature. We can learn to understand God better, as well as ourselves, and deepen the relationship. As we explore these stories, we also come to see the effects of our action or inaction in the world. This can be life-changing. Come and join us. If you have not participated in a Monday evening class before and would like to join us, contact Fred Warnke or Vince Hardt so that we can order a study guide for you. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Morning Summer Worship services begin May 28, 9amfollowed by coffee hour. Faith Formation and Choir do not meet over the summer.
Wednesday Evening Services will begin on June 7th thru July with a simple meal at 6:00pm and worship service at 6:30pm. Updated Hearing Assistance We have upgraded our Hearing Assistance system. We now have three receivers which will pick up the signal from the mics. You may use one of the earbuds we provide, or bring your own earbuds from home. If you have a hearing aid or cochlear implants, you can use one of the neck loops; simply plug the loop into the receiver and place the loop around your neck. (Note, your hearing aid must have a T-coil and be set to the “T” or “M/T” setting.)
There are still many open spots for “Serving God in Worship Today” in the coming weeks. Please go to our website at www.GraceGlenEllyn.org and sign-up under “Worship Assistants.” Worship can't happen without the contributions of people like you. Thanks for helping make worship at Grace a great experience!
Congratulations to Pr. Melody Eastman on the 30 year anniversary of her Ordination (June 14).
Grace Morning Playgroup Grace Playgroup will meet on Thursday, June 15 at Village Green Park from 9-10:30am. All future playgroups will meet at Village Green Park; we will not be rotating parks as previously announced in Grace to You.
Bright Lights Theatre will be using our Sanctuary on Fridays June 16, 23, and 30 for their Musical Summer Camp performances. Performances are free to anyone who would like to attend. June 16 will be Little Mermaid at 4:30pm; June 23 is Frozen at 1:00pm; and June 30 is Seussical at 4:30pm. www.bright-lights-theatre.com/mini-musical-camps
The Glen Ellyn Sr. Center will be showing the movie “The Founders” on Wednesday, June 28 at 10am in the Gr. Room.
Grace's Annual Church Picnic, Sun 8/27 Watch for more details!
DuPage County is hosting aLatex Paint Recycling Program at the County’s Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility starting June 1. Residents can drop off their usable, unwanted latex paint during designated summer collections free of charge. The County will accept latex-based paint that has not been frozen, is less than 10 years old and has not been mixed with other products. The paint will be filtered and re-blended into a variety of colors, types and finishes. The recycled paint will then be offered free to residents, businesses and non-profit organizations in 5-gallon containers. While commercial entities can pick up the recycled paint, drop off is limited to residents. Paint from businesses, contractors or commercial entities will not be accepted. Homeowners can drop off their latex paint at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7900 S. Route 53 in Woodridge, Monday to Saturday from June 1 through July 29 from 8am until 2pm. Recycled paint will be distributed during the same hours starting June 8. The site will be closed July 1 to 4. For more information, contact DuPage County at (630) 407-6700 or the Public Works Department at (630) 985-7400 or visit, www.dupageco.org/ recyclingprograms/.
Purchases from the Feed My Starving Children MarketPlace provide fair wages to hard-working artisans and life-saving FMSC MannaPack™ meals for starving children around the world. Check out their merchandise for sale at fmscmarketplace.org.
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Housed within our own building, there are plenty of volunteer opps available: Board of Directors; Food Recovery (sorting and packing of incoming food for clients); Client Relations; Inventory Control; NIFB Delivery (assisting in unloading weekly Northern IL Food Bank delivery); School Liaison (work with Pantry staff to help produce effective fundraising efforts in schools.) For more information, please call the Volunteer Hotline: 630.469.6988
PADS This interim overnight housing program offers men, women and children a safe environment. The spirit of hospitality is a priority, as well as respect for each person. Volunteers assist staff in providing dinner, breakfast, and a bag lunch; sleeping space; and support activities. Spend a couple of hours giving comfort and food to the homeless. Volunteer to help out. It will be an experience you will never forget. Grace is responsible for the first Thursday of each month, Oct. to May, starting at 6pm. PADS is held at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn.
Circle of Care Ministry Would you be willing to lend a helping hand during a difficult time by providing meals for those in need and their families? As a need arises, Pr. Melody would like to have a list of volunteers that she could call upon. Please contact Barbara in the Grace office to have your name and contact information included on the Circle of Care list. Thank you.
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The Pill Bottle Ministry In an effort to get the thousands of pill bottles we have out of our church and into the hands that truly need them, we have scheduled several evening sessions for everyone to come out and help prepare pill bottles for shipping. Pill bottles need to be sorted, labels removed, washed, and then packaged for shipping to remote areas around the globe. These bottles provide patients the opportunity to safely transport and store their medications. Please join us every Tuesday evening from 6-7:30pm in the gym foyer and gym kitchen.