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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.
Holy Communion Instruction Following the 10:30 service on Sunday, April 30, all 2nd grade students and their families are invited to receive Holy Communion instruction. We will begin with lunch together, bake communion bread and study the hows and whys of Holy Communion. Plan to be at Grace until 2:00pm for this event. Holy Communion will take place during the 10:30am Service on the following Sunday, May 7. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Sunday Morning Worship services at 8am and 10:30am. Faith Formation for all ages at 9:15am. 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!
Annual Grounds Cleanup Saturday, May 13 9am-Noon Your Landscape Ministry team has scheduled their annual grounds cleanup for Grace. Clean-up will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 9am-Noon. Please join us as we spread mulch and spruce up the grounds to create a welcoming first impression for members and guests attending our Confirmation Sunday, summer worship services, and programs. If able, please bring your own gardening tools and a wheelbarrow if you have one. We have a long list of items we would like to accomplish so all hands are welcome. Thank you.
Grace Morning Playgroup Thursday mornings 8:30am-10:30am Open to all children and their parents to come and utilize the gym space for small scooters and tricycles, toys, and games. We will meet weekly throughout the school year, opting for the park again when weather permits. We will offer coffee for the adults and a small healthy snack for children. Please invite your friends to join us for this connection and fellowship.
Sunday morning Coffee Hour continues in the fellowship room from 9:00-10:00am. Feel free to help yourself before joining in your education hour activities. Proceeds are donated to different mission partners each month. See display at table for current mission.
Women of Grace Saturday, April 8 8-9:30am, Whole Foods Looking for deeper connections in your relationships at Grace? Come join the Women of Grace! This is just a casual moment in the month to sit and connect with women of all ages from Grace Lutheran Church. Wearing of yoga pants and no make up is not only OK but encouraged! We will keep in touch through a closed Facebook group and/or email to encourage and pray for each other. All women are welcomed to join. Contact Becky Ficarella with questions, firstname.lastname@example.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.