envelopes are provided annually for each communicant member of the
Church. The envelopes provide an easy way for you to prepare your
offering to the Lord. Offering envelopes for the coming year will
be delivered to your Church mailbox towards the end of the calendar
year. Statements are provided at the end of the year.
Grace Lutheran Parish Hall is maintained primarily for the use of
the congregation for dinners, special meetings and various celebrations.
In addition, when there is no conflict with congregational events,
individuals may use the hall for private events. Requests of such
use should be made to the Board of Trustees.
Scripture teaches that Christians should come to the aid of the
needy. Until the advent of the modern welfare state, the Christian
Church was the largest dispenser of charity in the Western world.
At Grace Lutheran we provide assistance to people in the form of
food, clothing, gasoline, prescription medicines, and utilities
assistance. A special fund is maintained for this purpose. It is
administered by our pastor. Individuals make donations to this fund,
and it also receives money from the General Fund of the congregation.
While this fund is used to aid both members and non-members, we
are especially concerned to help those who are part of our Grace
family. All requests for aid should be made to Pastor or an elder.
Such requests are kept confidential.
Pastor is in his study from about 9:00 am until Noon and often in
the afternoon. On Fridays, Pastor writes his sermon and is usually
not in his study. While you do not need an appointment to see the
pastor, he is better able to meet your needs and his other scheduled
duties if he can know in advance that you are coming. Pastor is,
of course, on call for emergencies at any time.
secretary is in the office Monday through Friday from 9:15 am until
1:15 pm. An answering machine will pickup your calls if she is not
pews in back of the Church are reserved for families with young
children, for ease of exiting and returning with minimal distraction.
one may feel the need to request a prayer for a friend, loved one
or oneself to be led by the Pastor during the worship service. If
you wish to include someone or yourself in the prayer during worship
you may speak with pastor, although a written request is preferred.
each Christian may and should confess his sins to God in the sure
confidence that He will forgive for Christ's sake, it is also true
that the Pastor, in the stead and by the command of Christ, forgives
sins both in the Divine Service and privately. If you desire the
comfort of Private Confession and Absolution, schedule a time with
pastor for your confession. Pastor is bound by oath to keep your
confession strictly confidential.
sermons from each worship service are audio taped and copies are
made available at a nominal cost. To request a copy of a sermon
tape you may speak with the contact person listed in the Church
bulletin or call the Church and leave a message with the secretary.
"publication" is very useful to members and visitors. Besides the
order of service for the day, it gives a warm welcome and it clearly
states the communion policy. Finally, it has news from Grace's organizations
and inserts about missions and activities of the church. You'll
be given one as you enter the service. Please feel free to take
Lutheran Sunday School provides Christian education through fellowship
and Bible study for all ages.
time to time members of Grace desire to borrow property which belongs
to the congregation. Such requests should be made to the Board of
Trustees. It is expected that all property will be returned in the
condition which it was when borrowed. There may be certain items
which the Trustees will not grant permission to borrow. Please respect
are men of the congregation who perform various worship related
duties before, during and after the divine service. They distribute
bulletins before the service, collect the offering during the service,
and dismiss worshippers after the service. If you wish to serve
the church as an usher contact the head usher.
summer, during July, the congregation sponsors a week-long Vacation
Bible School for children from kindergarten age through grade 6.
The children work hard, play hard and learn about their Savior during
Scripture clearly teaches that men are to be the heads of their
families and the leaders in the Christian congregation. For this
reason, the Voter's assembly consists of all males age 18 and over
who wish to attend the meetings and who are communicant members
of the congregation. The bible is the highest authority in all matters
of faith and life about which it speaks. In all other matters the
majority decides by discussion and voting.
official Elgin Grace Lutheran Church web site is located at www.graceelgin.org.
only members of Grace Lutheran Church will be married in the church.
Occasionally an exception may be made at the discretion of the Pastor
and Board of Elders. The Pastor of Grace Lutheran will officiate
at all weddings held in our church. Another pastor of the Lutheran
Church-Missouri synod may join him in such service, if the bride
and groom request.
about . . ." Booklets:
in the Office of the Synodical President, some of these 5"x7" leaflets
discuss the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's position on basic
doctrines of the church. Others state Synod's position on a number
of issues of the day. New topics are added periodically. The rack
for these is at the south church entrance. Choose the titles that
interest you, or ask how you can order the whole set from the Synodical
office at no cost.
is a future feature of the church.
are encouraged to join the "Winds of Grace" for occasional performance,
especially during the Festival Seasons. Instrumental performances
can vary from soloists to full ensemble. All skill levels are welcome.
each month is set aside for volunteers to help the Trustees with
maintenance and special projects. These are announced 2-3 weeks