Stephen_Ministry.JPGNew Stephen Ministers will be commissioned on Sunday

Jeff Cribbs, Jean Kloth and Robert Charles Ransom will be commissioned as Stephen Ministers in services on Sunday morning, April 26. Please greet them at a reception in the atrium between services. A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation who has been trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life. Stephen Ministers listen, care, encourage, and pray. Receiving support from a Stephen Minister is confidential, free, and very helpful. Read more about Stephen Ministry here. If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, please speak with one of the pastors. 

Joyful Easter music at Sunday's Bach Cantata Vespers

Sunday’s Cantata Vespers service continues the Easter celebration with Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret (The heavens laugh! The earth rejoices, BWV 31), composed for Easter Day. Lorraine S. Brugh, University Organist at Valparaiso University is the homilist. Steven Wente of Concordia University Chicago plays the organ prelude at 3:45pm. There is a cantata preview lecture by Mark Bangert of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in the Seminar Room at 3pm, and Bach 4 Us, the program for children begins at 3:30 at the reception desk.

Make a Faith Promise this spring

In the spring of each year, members of Grace are asked to make a Faith Promise, a commitment of financial support for the church’s ministries. In the next few weeks, please take time to read the information sent to you this past week. Think and pray about the money you give to Grace, remembering the many ways God has blessed you. Then return your Faith Promise card, in the offering plate on May 10 or 17, or by mailing it to Grace. Read more.

When people give generously, thankful for the many ways in which God has blessed them, they find great joy in their giving!

Support our Slovak exchange students

Four exchange students from the Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia, will be joining Grace teens in attending the ELCA Youth Gathering, July 15-19 in Detroit. The crowd-funding project to raise money to cover their expenses has passed the $2700 mark. The goal is $4200, by May 8. Click here to donate.