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Grace is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Grace's 25-acre campus is handicapped accessible. We invite you to worship with us this weekend!


Advent & Christmas Worship Services
In December, we gather in worship to wait, watch, keep awake, and prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth during the season of Advent.  (On Saturday, December 23 we will gather for our 5 P.M. worship service.  On Sunday, December 24 we will not have morning services before the three Christmas Eve evening services.)  We look forward to seeing you in worship!

December 16 & 17    Advent Lessons & Carols, “The Great O Antiphons”
During all three weekend worship services we will share in a service of Advent lessons and carols, hearing God’s word, singing Advent hymns, and sharing Holy Communion.

Wednesday Evenings:  December 6, 13, 20; 7 P.M.          Holden Evening Prayer
In the midst of the winter we gather for a quiet prayer service where we sing of Jesus Christ, the light of the world; our prayers rise up like incense before God, and our souls proclaim God’s greatness.

Christmas Eve, December 24; 4:30, 7:30, 11:00 P.M.
Holy Communion and candle lighting at all worship services

At 4:30 P.M. we share in a joyous Christmas worship service led by our children’s choirs.  A children’s music recital begins at 4 P.M.

At 7:30 P.M. we share in a contemporary Christmas worship service led by Youthful Spirit, Laudate & friends, our middle school and high school choirs & alumni.

At 11:00 P.M. we gather for a traditional festival Christmas worship service led by Chancel Choir, including a sing-along of “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Christmas Day, December 25; 10:00 A.M.
Holy Communion and Christmas hymn sing
We gather on Christmas morning to hear the good news of Jesus’ birth, share Holy Communion, and sing favorite Christmas hymns.

Who We Are - At Grace Lutheran Church, we dedicate ourselves to Sharing God's Grace. Sharing God's Grace is more than a catchphrase for us--it is our mission, our way of life, our beginning and ending point. As members of the largest Lutheran denomination in North America--the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)--We join 4.9 million other Lutherans of the ELCA in believing that we are saved by Grace alone on account of Christ Alone! To learn more about what Lutherans believe, visit the ELCA Welcome Center or Grace's New Member Orientation information.

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In December, we gather in worship to wait, watch, keep awake, and prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth during the season of Advent. (On Saturday, December 23 we will gather for our 5 P.M. worship service. On Sunday, December 24 we will not have morning services before the three Christmas Eve evening services.) We look forward to seeing you in worship!

CHRISTMAS EVE YOUTH RECITAL RETURNS—You can sign up musically talented children to present a short (1 - 3 minute) sacred Christmas piece before the 4:30 pm service. Participation in the recital will be set up on a first come basis. We MUST have all of the following information: Person playing or singing; which instrument or voice, Title, composer, timed length of piece; phone contact. Sign up in the Activities Binder. Please have info in the binder by December 11.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Help provide decorations for our sanctuary this Christmas. Give a gift in “honor of someone” or in memory of a loved one” or “to the glory of God.” Forms are available in this week’s bulletin or at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. All forms and donations of $14.00 are due by December 17, 2017. Following our 10:00 a.m. service on December 25 poinsettias may be taken home or to our shut-ins.

 

 

Services at Grace

Advent & Christmas Worship Services

Wednesday Evenings
December 6, 13, 20; 7 P.M. Holden Evening Prayer

Christmas Eve, December 24
4:30, 7:30, 11:00 P.M.

Christmas Day, December 25
10:00 A.M.


Regular Weekly Service Schedule

Saturday Evening 5:00 PM
Casual Service
Sunday Morning 8:30AM
Traditional
Educational Hour
9:45 AM
Sunday Morning 10:45 AM Contemporary

Holy Communion is offered at all regular worship services at Grace. A staffed nursery is available on Sunday mornings.
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UNIFIED COMMITTEE NIGHT

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

PADS Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Senior Luncheon and Adult Bus Trips

Meals on Wheels Help Wanted

Monday Night Bible Study

Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study

Sunday by Sunday Book Club

The Prepare the Way Capital Campaign

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Grace Lutheran Preschool offers morning and afternoon 1 to 5-day classes for children ages 2 through 5,offering a caring, safe place for children to engage the world while supporting their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. Click here for details on our programs. You can reach our preschool director, Chris Learman at 815-338-0554 ext. 213
Church Closings and Event Cancellations due to severe weather
Grace Lutheran Church will follow D200 closing and cancellations. All weekday activities, including preschool, will be cancelled if D200 has cancelled classes. Please check the Emergency Closing Center website or any of the radio stations listed on the D200 website for any severe weather cancellations.

Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Illinois,is a welcoming community of faith rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ and dedicated to our mission of Sharing God’s Grace. We offer a variety of worship experiences each week, from traditional to informal and upbeat contemporary. Faith education and spiritual exploration classes will open your eyes to the Bible and God’s words for today’s world. We actively engage the Woodstock and McHenry County community, providing care for our neighbors in need and inviting others to learn about God. Through a wide range of activities for children, youth, adults and seniors we build deep friendships and share our faith. If you seek something more than just frantic daily routine, if you want help teaching values to your children, if you wish to be part of a group of people who are open to share experiences and opinions, and if you want a place where you can explore your faith and God’s plan for your life—Grace is here for you.

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