FP_graphic_March_2015.jpgFaith Perspectives program discusses healing after rape and trauma

Sunday's Faith Perspectives program on Violence Against Women and Girls focuses on caring for the victims of gender-based violence. What helps them heal as individuals? What would make our culture a safer, more supportive place for trauma survivors? What is the role of the church and the Christian community?

Speakers at the session include rape survivor Ruth Schmidt and her mother, Gick Schmidt; Mary Streufert, Director of Justice for Women for the ELCA, and Hillary Wildt and Alissa Catiis, counselors who work with trauma victims. There will be time for questions and discussion. Read more about the program on the Grace web site. Please join us, and invite others to a challenging conversation about an important topic.

Mass in B Minor will-call tickets

Will-call tickets for the Bach Mass in B Minor performance next Sunday, March 22, can be picked up at Grace's reception desk beginning this Sunday. There is a waiting list for tickets. If you have tickets that you will not be using, please contact Grace and let us know, so that we can offer them to someone else. If you would like to hear the music but do not have tickets for the Sunday performance, consider attending the open dress rehearsal on Saturday, March 21, at 1pm in the sanctuary. 

Save the date for a farewell to Pastor Faulstich

The Elders are hosting the send-off for Pastor Kelly Faulstich on Sunday, April 12. It will be an old-fashioned church potluck and open house, from noon to 2pm. Details here on the Grace News page (scroll down). Mark your calendar!

LIveAndGiveLogo.jpgLive and Give Survey

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is sponsoring an anonymous survey to better understand the philanthropic giving patterns and priorities of the Oak Park-River Forest Community.  The Foundation supports local nonprofits, including several Grace benevolences. Click here to take the survey. It closes on March 22.