Unique Opportunities At Grace
One way that Grace is unique and different from some other churches is that we value the involvement of our members. Anyone can be involved in the ministries of Grace; it is not kept to a select group. We enjoy working together to accomplish the mission of Grace. This may mean we see each other at times other than a Sunday morning. We might share a meal, get together to practice some music or meet to plan an activity. This is the way we get to know the people we worship with each week.
We would like to give you information to introduce you to some of the different growth and service opportunities we have available.
Adult Forum – meets at 9:00 on Sunday mornings in the narthex (front entry). There is a new topic each week, so you can drop in any Sunday you can make it.
Book Study Groups – another way for adults to gather at 9:00 on Sunday mornings and at alternative times. Reading is done on your own, study guide questions are provided as we gather to discuss ideas and learn from each other. Video series have also been offered.
Coffee House Mondays– the kitchen is the location of this book study group which meets on Mondays at noon. The coffee is made, or bring your lunch and munch as we discuss a variety of different books during the year. (Some folks even use their lunch hour to sneak over and join in.)
SNAG (Sunday Nights At Grace) A time to hang out with other kids from Grace and their friends. Different activities each week from games, to conversations to service projects. And of course don’t forget about the FOOD!
Adventures in Confirmation – students in grades 5-8 meet from 6:30-7:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings to prepare for confirmation in 9th grade. It begins with a large group presentation followed by small group discussions. (breaks are taken during the Advent and Lenten seasons when families are encouraged to attend worship together.)
Sunday School – there are Sunday school classes that meet at 9:00 on Sunday mornings for kids from age three to 8th grade. Kindergarten-Fourth graders are part of our Rotation Sunday School program which focuses on one Bible story for six weeks by rotating through stations like art, theater, missions, games, cooking or science. The kids say it’s a fun way to learn. Preschoolers – combine with the Rotation Sunday School for music time and then move into their own classroom. 5th/6th and 7th/8th Graders – participate in active discussion groups of their own.
Cradle Roll – we send out monthly newsletters to families of our little ones from birth to age three with ideas for playtime and developmental information.
Vacation Bible School – is a chance for kids in kindergarten – 5th grade to enjoy three days full of action packed Bible fun during the summer. We use lots of older kids as helpers and they have a great time too.
Youth Groups – get the kids involved in fun activities. We have groups for the 5th-8th grade students (TLC-The Lutheran Club) and another group for the High School (Luther League). The bulletin, newsletter and mailings keep the kids up to date on what’s happening next.
Music and Drama – there are lots of ways to use or try out your musical or dramatic talents. The Grace Choir practices on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and provides special music on a rotating schedule at both the 8:00 and 10:30 services. Celebrate Singers are small groups of singers who help lead songs at one of our services. Musicians can play an instrument on a regular basis or offer some special music one Sunday. Youth Band members are talented young folks who are ready to share their voices or instruments with us. If you have a flare for the dramatic, you may perform in a skit during worship or tryout for our Grace Dinner Theater cast. The Grace Dinner Theater is an opportunity you won't want to miss whether you are in the cast or the audience!
Serving Others Changes Us - Grace offers many opportunities to be involved in our community. We help with SWEPS (South Wood County Emergency Pantry Shelf) in two ways. We collect food donations several times during the year, and we supply workers at the Pantry one-week every three months. We invite members to support the Neighborhood Table by cooking, serving or donating groceries for a meal when it is Grace’s week to provide one. Confirmation service hours – families with 5-8th graders are encouraged to find ways to serve together to discover how helping others is a part of their faith. Other opportunities for reaching out to the poor include volunteering for Stuff the Desk (a day devoted to giving out school supplies to kids) and Community Care Day helping families take navigate through a variety of services that benefit them.
Prayer Partners – is a group for the women of Grace. You receive the name of another women from Grace to pray for during the coming year, and someone else will get your name and pray for you. This is kept secret during the year, but occasionally it’s nice to send a note or small gift to that person to let them know you are praying for them. They also gather for coffee 2-3 times during the year.
Bread Patrol – our Grace bread patrol checks the welcome books each Sunday looking for first time visitors. Following the service they take a loaf of fresh bread to their home and let them know that we were glad they could come and break bread with us today.
Fellowship – a variety of activities are offered through our board of fellowship each year. They might include: a mother/daughter or father/son dinner, a scavenger hunt, a chili/soup cook off, children’s Easter egg hunt, women’s weekend retreats and the Grace Dining Club. The Dining Club runs from January – April. Groups of about eight meet at each other’s house for a dinner where everyone brings a dish. Each month you dine with a different group of people and maybe get to know someone new.
Whew! This is just a sample of what’s happening at Grace. The good news is you are invited to be a part of it. If you have questions or want to know how to get involved; talk with the person who does your new member interview, or Joanne Wayne our volunteer coordinator, or call the church office and we’ll be glad to help.