Worship on Sundays is a time to be renewed for the week ahead and be supported by God’s presence and people in the journeys of daily life. Worship at Grace Lutheran Church is a time to be the community of God’s people worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ, to be fed by Christ in Word and Sacrament and bring needs and concerns to be offered to God. The congregation then is sent to go and live as Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ that make a difference in the world.
There are two formal worship times. The first is at 8:00 am in the Sanctuary, the beautiful place of worship that dates back to 1938 and invites worshipers into a meditative and reflective atmosphere. This worship uses traditional liturgies that have been helpful to Christians for hundreds of years.
The second worship takes place at 9:30 am in the Family Life Center. Here, a worship team leads music that covers a range of tastes and backgrounds. Worship is more informal but retains an atmosphere of God’s presence and love. This service has tables and chairs set up to accommodate families with children.
Both services feature Children’s Sermonettes, believing that the Good News of Jesus should be tailored to children in worship. In the 9:30 am Family Life Center worship, children begin their Sunday School time. Grace Lutheran Church strongly believes that children need the powerful time of worship. After the Children’s Sermonette, the children go to the second part of Sunday School where they are involved in lessons that explore a monthly Bible lesson through various activities.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month at both services. Children from the age of six and upwards are welcome to share in Holy Communion after instruction in the history and meaning of this sacrament by which Jesus Christ comes to us.
The Sanctuary service is broadcast on KBEK radio, 95.5 FM at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings.
STEPHEN MINISTRY AND TOUCH OF GRACE
Grace Lutheran Church has a long history of caring for people in need. Two ways that members are trained to reach out to members and non-members are through the Stephen Ministry and Touch of Grace programs.
Stephen Ministry provides opportunities for supportive and caring “ministers” to help individuals walk through difficult times in their lives. These “ministers” have undergone an extensive training program in various areas of need. People in need or who know of someone in need can discuss with the pastors how Stephen Ministry can help them.
The Touch of Grace ministry provides a touch of Grace Lutheran Church to come monthly to those who are not able to get out to church and other activities. Touch of Grace “ministers” are assigned to one or two individuals or families and will meet with them over an unlimited time period.
Both programs bring caring and supportive members into the lives of people, offering a listening ear, interest in their life and prayer for their needs and concerns. Both groups are also able to bring Holy Communion to people.
Stewardship has been defined as “everything you do after you say, I believe.” A steward is a manager of what has been placed in their hands. The Stewardship Ministry of Grace Lutheran Church seeks to help members realize the gifts, privileges and responsibility that God has given to people. Stewardship is seen as a joyful response to what God has done in the lives of people.
As the grace and love of Jesus Christ touches our hearts and minds, we are called to use our “talents” as the Parable of the Talents story in Matthew 25 describes. Stewardship then becomes a responsibility to use our actual talents, our time, and our treasure for the sake of Christ’s mission in all aspects of our life.
There is a Consecration Sunday event in November that helps members respond to God’s call with Estimates of Giving. Offering envelopes are mailed to members quarterly with added envelopes for a World Hunger Appeal opportunity. In addition, “Ministry For Tomorrow” envelopes are provided in the packet to enable those who wish to make additional offerings to draw down the mortgage. This reduction of the mortgage enables money to be freed up for other ministry activities in the church.
GRACE LUTHERAN VALUABLE STATEMENT—-A DRAFT
Grace Lutheran Church is a vibrant collection of people seeking to follow Jesus Christ in the world. Grace is an evenly represented congregation both in terms of ages and backgrounds. Grace can be described as a church that wants to do ministry. This means that the members of Grace want to be involved in living and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through worship, education, mission and ministry. Grace Lutheran Church is proud of its Lutheran heritage and seeks to make faith active in love.