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Pastor Lueking celebrates the 60th anniversary
of his ordination on April 6

The Grace Church and School community is invited to join Pastor Emeritus Dean Lueking, his wife, Bev, and their children and grandchildren in giving thanks to God in a celebration of the 60th anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Grace’s sanctuary. The program includes music, hymn-singing, and a concluding word from Dean’s lifelong friend Martin Marty. A reception follows in Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Lueking served Grace as assistant pastor from 1954-1962 and was called to be Senior Pastor in 1963, following the death of longtime Pastor Otto Geiseman. He led the congregation through the civil rights and Vietnam era of the 1960s and the conflicts that led Grace to withdraw from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1977. Since his retirement in 1998 he has traveled widely and written several books, including “Through Their Eyes: A People’s View of the Global Church” (2010).

 

Concerts at Grace Church in March

Many Chicago musical groups and traveling choirs present concerts at Grace Church--some for free! Here's a list for March.

Augustana College Choir Concert, Sat., March. 1, 7:30 p.m. (Freewill offering)
The choir of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., presents a tour concert at Grace.

Chicago Choral Artists. Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. (Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10)
Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello is the guest conductor for a Chicago Choral Artists program titled “Music for Mourning, Music for Hope” on Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at Grace. The program includes works by Schütz, Monteverdi, Barber, Mendelssohn and Carl Schalk.

Organ recital. Saturday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. (Free)
Jonathan Gregoire will play his Chicago-area debut recital at Grace on Saturday evening, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Jonathan, a native of Naperville, is a doctoral student in organ at Arizona State University. The recital is sponsored by Berghaus Organs.

Bedlam. Friday, March 21, 7 p.m. (Free)
The early music duo Bedlam, featuring soprano Kayleen Sanchez and lutenist Laudon Schuett, will present a free concert of rarely performed 16th century Scottish lute songs, from ballads to catchy dance tunes.

Bella Voce, Saturday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. (Premium $38, Adults $30. Students $15)
Bella Voce's chamber ensemble sings Lang’s Pulitzer Prize Winning “Little Match Girl Passion” and Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri”