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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
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.) Next session is Dec 20, 7:30pm.
Faith Formation for Youth Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:15, all ages thru high school.
Faith Formation for Adults Sundays, 9:15-10:15am, various topics of discussion.
Monday Evening Bible Study now 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.
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.
Christmas Worship Services There will be two worship services on Christmas Eve -- a 4:00pm Family Service and a 10:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service. **There will be NO Sunday morning services on Christmas Eve.
New Years Eve Worship There will be two services on Sunday, Dec 31 -- 8:00am and 10:30am. There will be NO Faith Formation classes that day.
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!
We are accepting orders for Poinsettia plants. Poinsettias will be $15 each and the last day to order will be Dec. 10. The order form is in Sunday’s bulletin.
Faith & Friendship Christmas Party Wednesday, Dec 20, 11:30am All are welcome to join in the festive event of food, fellowship and holiday fun. Devotions followed by lunch and gift exchange. Bring a wrapped "white elephant" gift to share. Come share in holiday cheer with Grace friends!!!
Family Gym Night October-May on the Second Friday of each month, 6:00-8:00pm The next Family Gym Night will be Dec 8, 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!
#ME TOO MONDAYS Monday, Jan 8, 7-8:30pm Over the last few years there has been an increasing level of awareness and conversation about sexual abuse and harassment in our country. While the willingness to acknowledge the issue has been a welcome change for many women, it has also surfaced a lot of painful memories and emotions. Many women are feeling like they don't have a good place to process and work through that stress. Pr. Melody and Becky Ficarella invite women of Grace to the first #Me Too Monday to gather in a quiet, safe space to talk about how they've been feeling in this current environment. We'll meet downstairs in the Youth Room for hot tea, cocoa and supportive and encouraging conversation. (This isn't designed to be a therapy session, but simply an opportunity for women to be able to talk about their experiences and feelings, and hopefully lay aside some of the stress.) If you have questions, contact Pr. Melody or Becky. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Sunday Morning Coffee Hour, from 8:00 until after the late service. Coffee, bagels/cream cheese and other treats will be served. This is a great time for a little fellowship before moving on to your education hour activity!
Grace Morning Playgroup Playgroupwill be meeting each Friday at Grace in the Narthex from 8:30-10:30am. Fellowship, coffee, fun!!! (On break between 12/29-1/5, returning 1/12.)
Final Week for Christmas Love donations! Please support the Christmas Love program. We have adopted two local families to help bring them Christmas this year. We are selling Prayer Journals that you can customize for $5 each or you can contribute to our "Shaking the Cans" at the end of services this Sunday, 12/10. We will be purchasing the gifts Monday night 12/11 and will deliver the gifts on 12/14. Thank you to all who have supported this ministry effort.
The Holiday Food Pantry Drive is in full swing and all of our donations will go to good use in making sure our neighbors in need get a little extra help. Please make checks payable to Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Also, if you would be interested in manning a donation table at the Glen Ellyn Jewel for a couple of hours on any weekend during November or December please contact Carol Asselmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reverse Advent Calendars Grace will be participating in the Reverse Advent Project again this year. Grab a grocery bag from the Narthex and fill it with a new item from the list each day. All of the donations will be shared with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and DuPage PADS Return your bag to either of the Christmas Eve Services for a blessing at the Altar or at any service after Christmas.
ESSE in December December is Grace's month to volunteer for ESSE at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. If you have a hobby, a pet, pictures from a trip you could share with clients, or would like to play games with clients please sign-up in the Fellowship Room. The clients also appreciate homemade treats. If you have some holiday cookies, sweets, or healthy snacks please also sign-up to drop them off at ESSE. Thank you, Doris Nelson.
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.
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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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 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.
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
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.
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.