Grace embraces a multigenerational approach to our congregational life. Adults and youth are encouraged to participate in all aspects of our worship life. We regularly schedule multigenerational events throughout the church year to strengthen the faith and community of our youth and adults alike.
Grace also recognizes the unique differences in the life experiences of our adults and youth. We offer programming geared towards adults and youth to serve the needs of each of these groups.
Adult Faith Formation & Fellowship
The Adult Forum is taught by Pastor Chris Repp and others in the Hoffmeister Room. It meets on Sunday mornings year-round. From the Sunday after Labor Day to the Sunday before Memorial Day, the start time is 9:15 a.m. From Memorial Day Sunday to Labor Day Sunday, the start time is 10:45 a.m., following the single service.
Politics and religion are the two things you’re not supposed to talk about at a dinner party, lest you give rise to a heated argument and spoil the occasion. And yet both religion and politics are among the most important things we have to talk about. They affect our lives in significant ways. We want to give you a chance to talk about religion at least, in an informal setting outside of Church. During Pub Theology, we gather at a local bar to talk about matters of faith over an adult beverage or two. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at a local establishment. Please contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-356-6232) for this month’s location.
On The Way
On The Way is an opportunity to deepen our faith and work on our discipleship. The model for On The Way traces its origins to the early church. The pattern for our time together will be threefold. We’ll start with a brief presentation on a topic related to the faith, followed by questions and discussion. We will then spend time with a biblical text. This will not be a traditional Bible study. No special knowledge about the Bible is needed. We will focus on listening, both to the text and to one another. We will not focus on the right answers, but on a process of discovery in conversation with one another, and sometimes with those who have gone before us in the faith through their writings. We will finish each session with a time of directed prayer that will include one-on-one conversation, silent prayer, and finishing with corporate prayer. The goal is to make time each week to focus on our relationship with God, to become more comfortable with the question Jesus asks his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”
This October and November, On The Way will incorporate new member orientation. We’ll be working through the classic booklet Baptized We Live by Daniel Erlander for the first half hour of each session, continue with focused reading of the gospel text for the coming Sunday, and finish with conversation and prayer. And of course there will be a Taizé chant thrown in for good measure.
Fall meeting are 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Hoffmeister Room on October 5, 12, & 26 and November 2 & 9.
Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
We strive to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.
Faith Circle is scheduled to meet on the third Tuesday evening of the month from September through May, with the November meeting shifted to avoid Thanksgiving. Meetings are held in the Narthex beginning with coffee and fellowship at 7:00 p.m. A brief business meeting at 7:30 p.m. precedes the Bible study, using materials from the monthly publication entitled “Gather for Faith and Action,” published by WELCA. Offerings we collect support selected GLC projects, local helping agencies, and the WELCA organization at the national level.
Anyone interested in subscribing to the “Gather” publication should go to GatherMagazine.org or call 844-409-0576. The cost of a subscription is $15 for ten issues per year.
Below is the schedule for hostesses and lesson leaders for the 2017-2018 year:
|September 18||Helen Repp||Laurinda Osterbur|
|October 16||Betty Wendland||Kathy Bowersox|
|November 27||Caitlyn Reinders||Nancy Reinertsen|
|December 18||Kathy Bowersox||All Share|
|April 16||Sue Kozlowski||Laurinda Osterbur|
|May 21||TBA||Kathy Bowersox|
Stitch ‘N’ Craft FOR ALL
This group began for knitters but now includes other crafters as well. We meet on all Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Narthex. This group is open to all women and girls who are interested in knitting and other crafts. All levels of experience are welcome. We learn lots by sharing our knowledge and skills.
Youth Faith Formation & Fellowship
PreK-12 Sunday School
Sunday School runs from September through May. Children from Pre-K to High School are welcome to attend. Pre-K through 5th grade children start with singing in the Polka Dot room then go to their classrooms for class. Middle School and High School students go directly to their rooms for class. Sunday School runs from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Our Sunday School mission is to teach our children about the wondrous, gracious God that we have! We strive to teach our children about God’s love in an exciting, relaxed atmosphere. The children show God’s love by learning the word of God, singing praises to him, and making arts and crafts that show the lessons of God.
Confirmation at Grace Lutheran Church is a three-year program designed to build group identity through a three-legged stool design of: (1) learning, (2) service, and (3) fellowship. The material that we use is called colaborate. Confirmation classes meet on most Wednesdays from September through May from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. as well as once a month on Fridays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The program is open to students Grades 6 – 8.
Youth at Grace
We participate in Illinois Lutheran youth retreats in at Carlinville and Rend lake, send youth to Leadership Lab at Augustana College, and also to the triennial ELCA National Youth Gathering. We also take at least one youth trip each summer. Children from sixth grade through high school are welcome to participate in our youth activities.
Upcoming Dates & Important Announcements
- Worship Notes for Confirmation Students can be filled out on-line here.