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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
Part 3 of the ELCA Study Journey Together Faithfully “Freed in Christ to Love and Serve the neighbor” meets at 9:15 in the Gr. Room with Pr. Melody. Workbooks are available in the Gr. Room. This is last part of the RIC (Reconciling in Christ) Discernment Process. Future session dates are 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19. All are welcome and encouraged to join us in this conversation. The vote to decide whether or not Grace becomes a Reconciling in Christ congregation takes place in January.
We are moving ahead with Foundations, a monthly Wednesday evening gathering where we’ll revisit Luther’s Small Catechism—but with adult questions and adult beverages! (Bring a libation of your choice, a dessert to share if you like, and a willingness to go ahead and ask the question you thought you shouldn’t ask.) The first session will be October 18 at 7:30pm. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex and if you’d like to order a book, there is also a pew envelope for that purpose. Books are $15 each if ordered on or before October 8th. It’s not necessary to have one, but it’s a beautiful book and a wonderful resource filled with all kinds of great info.
Monday Evening Bible Studynow meets on the lower level in the WoW Room, they no longer meet in the Fellowship Room. Coffee and snacks are provided; all are welcome to join us.
All-Ages Book Fair through November 12 Grace is hosting an All Ages Book Fair to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This is a great way to dive into Martin Luther's life, ministry, and teachings. All titles will offer free shipping and up to 50% off of the cover price. Order forms and books are available for viewing in the Narthex. Please contact Becky Ficarella with any questions regarding the sale.
For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, starting on Monday, September 11, the Monday 7:00pm Bible study group will look at St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, from beginning to end. Our Pastor's sermons have been from Romans this summer and the weekly Bible text and questions has followed the readings from Romans rather than the Gospel.
What's the connection? Romans is Paul's clearest statement of his theology, largely because he had not been to Rome before writing it. Unlike others of his letters, in which he often says "Remember what I said on this when I was with you," (and doesn't repeat it in full), Paul did not have that option. It is also the latest of the writings universally acknowledged to have come from Paul himself, and so states his most developed positions. Martin Luther found the kernel of his Reformation theology in Romans1:17, and then developed it further from the rest of the book. Romans is therefore an important tool in gaining a perspective on how and why Luther came to his radical position of God's grace.
The Monday evening group is friendly and cohesive, but still able to welcome newcomers. If you want more perspective on what we and Christians of all denominations will celebrate in November, join us! If you haven't been involved in the Monday group before, please contact Fred Warnke or Vince Hardt so that we can order a resource book for you.
Sunday Morning Worship services at 8 and 10:30am, Faith Formation 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!
Faith & Friendship Lunch Wed, Oct 18, 11:30am Time for fun, food and fellowship each month on the 3rd Wednesday, all are invited. We will be packing treats for our college students, so please bring five small treats i.e. gum, candy, cookies, granola bars, etc. to put in the boxes. Discussion continues on Grace's RIC process. Come join us!
All-Ages Family Barn Dance Sunday, Oct 22, 2:00-3:15pm No experience needed for easy-to-learn folk dances that kids and adults can enjoy together. Live fiddle music by Jonathan and Friends! Wear comfortable shoes and dress to move. Question? Email Meg, email@example.com
Women of Grace Wednesday, Oct 25, 7:30pm At Reserve 22. For women of all ages, come join the fun!
Fall Harvest Festival and Fundraiser for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Saturday, Oct 28, 11am-2pm This event will replace the Chili Supper as the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry fundraiser for 2017. There will be a free Barn Dance for the public, food for sale, games, and crafts for children. This event occurs at the same time as the Halloween Costume Event in Downtown Glen Ellyn. Come join the Halloween Fun! Contact Becky Ficarella if you are interested in volunteering! firstname.lastname@example.org, 630.469.1555
Reformation Party Sunday, Oct 29, 9:15am-10:15 Come celebrate The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! There will be refreshments and games to celebrate this historic occasion.
500th Anniversary of the Reformation Friday, Nov 3 We will be showing a Rick Steves Luther and the Reformation documentary. Dinner will be served followed by the program and discussion.
Family Gym Night October-May on the Second Friday of each month 6:00-8:00pm Our first Family Gym Night will be Oct. 6, then future dates will be the second Friday of each month. Come play bags, catch, basketball, or just run around! You are invited to bring an appetizer/snack to share with the group and bring your own beverage! We ask that a parent plan to attend with their children. Please feel free to bring friends along for the fun. We look forward to fellowship time together!
Grace Morning Playgroup Playgroupwill be meeting each Friday at Grace in the Narthex from 9-11am. Fellowship, coffee, fun!!!
Help Needed: Beginning Sunday September 10, Sunday morning Coffee Hour will resume with serving time from 8:00-after late service. Coffee, bagels/cream cheese and other treats will be served. We are always looking for more people to help out as we have two teams each morning to cover the early and late services. If you think you would be available to volunteer once every other month, please talk to a coffee hour volunteer or call the church office. We are looking for a few individuals willing to sew Martin Luther Hats for use during the Reformation celebrations in October and November. We have a pattern and will provide the material to create the hats. Please let Becky Ficarella know if you are interested and available.
Grace's Altar Guild is looking for more members. If you are looking for a way to help out at church, altar guild is a great place. The commitment is flexible and the task is interesting and meaningful. If you think you may be interested, talk to Cathy Milleville or Pastor Melody.
Ministry on the Margins, The Autism Ministry We are looking to meet with families impacted by Autism, having conversations about what a positive worship experience would look like for their family. All families impacted are welcome. Contact Sue Pagnoni at email@example.com or 630.878.4780. Also let us know if you are interested in this ministry.
People of Grace: Did you know that the Reformation began as a result of Martin Luther posting 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg? Now it’s your turn! As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we have made a replica of the castle doors at our main entrance. It is titled “95 Theses—What would you reform?”During the month of October, please stop by the door and post your own thoughts for reform in your life, community, the church, and world-wide! During the month of October, we will have our own Community Chest in the narthex on Sundays, with the goal being to fill the chest with monetary donations to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry reaching at least $500 for 500 years of Reformation! Please make checks payable to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Thank you in advance for joining in our Reformation celebration!
Thrivent Matching Funds for Hurricane Harvey Relief $500,000 match on personal donations Thrivent will match up to $500,000 in personal donations made online through Thrivent.com to specific disaster relief organizations responding to Hurricane Harvey. The dollar-for-dollar match is open to Thrivent members and will lead to a total combined impact of up to $1 million. For more details and to see the list of organizations included in the match, visit the Disaster Response page on Thrivent.com.
PADS 2017-2018 Can you help out once again with PADS? Site - 1st Presbyterian Church, Main St, Glen Ellyn. We will continue to support PADS Thurs/Fri the first week of the month. The shifts range from three to four hours but we are somewhat flexible within those shifts. We have 4 shifts: Setup/Dinner/Serving Overnight Shift 1 Overnight Shift 2 Cleanup/Breakfast Other needed tasks: Pickup Linens from CDH between 9 and 11:00 am Return of dirty Linens to CDH Deliver clean towels from Grace church to First Pres. Pickup and wash dirty towels and return to Grace church Please let me know if you can help out with PADS on any of the tasks listed above. If you want to change shifts or do a different task this year, we will try to accommodate your request. Also, if you know of someone that could be a volunteer candidate or needs community hours, have them contact me. I hope to see you all again this fall. *Donna Jacobo will be coordinating the food for PADS and will be reaching out to everybody soon. Joe Jacobo Jl1jacobo@yahoo.com 630-740-4527
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry will benefit from McDonald’s 6th Annual “Let’s Put the Freeze on Hunger” Campaign. If you are unfamiliar with this event, participating McDonald’s have agreed to donate a portion of the sale from every ice cream cone, sundae, McFlurrie, or other frosty treats to local pantries (of which the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is one) though the end of August!So grab a tasty cold treat at one of over EIGHTY McDonalds in the area and help put food on the table for a family in need. Please get the word out and share though Social Media. The Glen Ellyn McDonald’s is located at 445 W. Roosevelt Road.
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
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.