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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
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.
Choir!!! Practice: Thursdays,7-8:15pm and Sundays, 10-10:20am. Sing at 10:30am service Like to sing? All welcome, older kids too. Quality leadership with Bradford Thompson. Handbell choir opportunities for holidays. Fun, fellowship and worship enhancement, join us!!!
One Hope Book Club This collection of essays was written by six scholars and pastors, three Lutheran and three Catholic to prepare their congregation communities for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It is a wonderful book that reflects the unity that already exists within the tradition of these church traditions. The discussion questions will provide a great opportunity for reflection about our faith tradition and how we connect to it still today. Sunday, March 11th will be the first discussion in the Great Room, and the remainder of the Sunday Morning study will run through April 15th. The group will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. If you would like to order a copy of the book, please sign up in the Narthex by February 28th. Books will cost $14. Checks can be made to Grace Lutheran Church and be placed in the offering. Please notate that it is a book payment.
Foundations Wednesday Apr 25 and May 16, 7:30pm 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.)
Monday Evening Bible Study Starting Monday, January 8, the 7:00pm Monday evening Bible study group will view and discuss the series Shalom: A Study of the Biblical Concept of Peace, written by Donald E. Gowan. Shalom is a common greeting in Hebrew, and a linguistic cognate of the Arabic Salaam. It can also be translated health, wholeness, or harmony, and is presented as God’s answer to the illness, division and conflict of the world as we know it. This 14-week study traces the concept through the Old Testament and into the New, where peacemaking is a key value in the Ministry of Jesus. Dr. Gowan also wrote the course material on Exodus which we studied about four year ago. He is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA and Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Unlike other Kerygma studies, there is no study guide book. The material is presented orally from a CD with learning activities during the sessions. This makes the class even more open to those who can only come to some sessions but not all. Our group of Monday night regulars, who come together to enjoy decaf coffee, treats and conversation as well as Bible study, has become cohesive over the years, but we are also welcoming to newcomers. The Monday evening group is friendly and cohesive, but still able to welcome newcomers. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Learn More about Martin Luther with "Luther and the West," a Free Massive Open Online Course Many people found that last year’s 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was only a starting point for learning more about Martin Luther. To help with ongoing learning, Northwestern University Professor Christine Helmer, PhD, offers a free massive open online course, “Luther and the West,” about the impact that Martin Luther had on major ideas in the history of the west. It explores ideas such as freedom and slavery, biblical interpretation and anti-Judaism, and politics and economics. Participants can connect with other learners in discussing the course material. Learn more at https://vimeo.com/183541655 which features a video of Professor Helmer discussing the course as well as registration information.
Sunday Morning Worship services at 8 and 10:30am, Faith Formation at 9:15am.
Lenten Services Wednesdays, 7:00pm Feb 14-Mar 21
Lent Season Presentation of the Gifts As a special offering during Sunday morning services in Lent, we will invite couples, families, and/or friends to bring the offering as well as bread and wine gifts to the altar. Those who sign up will meet in the back of the Sanctuary during the Offering and will carry the offering trays and bread and wine forward. The bread and wine will be located on the back table in the Sanctuary. This is a wonderful way our Congregation can be involved in our services during this season. A sign up is available in the Narthex.
Youth Sunday Correction:Youth Sunday will take place April 29th during 10:30am service and not on February 25th as the calendar sent out in the February 2018 Grace To You stated. Thank you! 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!
Lenten Simple Suppers 6 Wednesdays in Lent Beginning Wed, 2/14 thru 3/21, 6:15pm A simple meal from 6:15-6:45pm followed by worship at 7pm.
Faith & Friendship Wed, March 21, 11:15am Join us for food and fellowship, all are welcome!
Women of Grace Thursday, March 22, 7:30pm Women of Grace will meet at Reserve 22 (Glen Ellyn Village Links). Come join us for a beverage, an appetizer and great conversation. All women are welcome to attend!
All-Ages Barn Dances Sundays, Mar 25, April 22 and May 20 2:00-3:15pm Come on out for an afternoon of fun, friendly community dances taught by caller Med Dedolph. You don't need any experience for these easy-to-learn folk dances that kids and adults can enjoy together. Live fiddle music by Jonathan and Friends. Wear comfortable shoes. Invite a friend! Questions? Email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Morning Reception Sunday, April 1, 9:15-10:15am Plan to come Easter morning for a reception in the Fellowship Room between services. Begin your Easter celebration with Grace friends!
Movie Night! Friday, April 6 Supper at 6:30 and movie (Lars and the Real Girl) at 7pm, more info to come. Mark your calendars!
Grace's Annual Progressive Dinner Saturday, April 21 Watch for more information to follow. Also we are looking for dinner houses. If you would like to host, please call Susi Nelson if you are interested (630)297-3620.
Grace Morning Playgroup Playgroupwill be meeting each Friday at Grace in the Narthex from 8:30-10:30am. Fellowship, coffee, fun!!!
Like Us on Facebook! Grace Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn has a Facebook page and we would like you to like us! Stay in touch with events, ministries, ELCA news and check out the pictures! 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.