Updated 10/17/2017

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Bible Readings, Psalm and Gospel for Oct. 22: Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9; I Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Reformation Worship, 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 29. One Service to celebrate 5 confirmands and 500 years since Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Reformation Potluck, After Service, Sunday, Oct. 29. Bring a dish to share. Sign up today!

Ministry Development Leadership Forum, 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 26

Facilitated by the Long Range Planning Team at Grace, the presentation and discussion will center on developing, documenting and tracking actions and activities by the various ministries and teams formed to implement over time the “Thrusts” from each of the Strategies to LOOK UP to God to KNOW his will, LOOK IN to GROW our people in the Way of Jesus, and to LOOK OUT to GO forth to spread the Gospel through Prayer, Word, and Deed. RSVP to Pastor Greg or Karen-Eve by Oct. 25.

Long Range Planning Launch Event, 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5. Stull Hall with light refreshments and great ideas. Join our plans to grow Grace!

Children & Family Ministry

Jill Wingard 828-693-4890 ext. 344 /

Sunday School: 9:45-11 a.m. Pre-K thru 5th grade in the Preschool area. Pre-K-2nd in Room #136, 3rd-5th in Room #135. Younger class follows the Bible reading for the day. Older class learns about the prophets.

Youthquake: 3rd-5th graders, Saturday Oct. 21. Travel to Hickory for a day to gather with Lutheran Youth from across WNC. Cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt, transportation, lunch and an end-of-day treat.

GYM – Grace Youth Ministry (6th-12th Grade)

Anne Monroe 704-604-3772 /

TODAY — High School Ministry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Grace Space night! Meet at church at 5:30 p.m. for homemade dinner, devotion and our 2nd Gathering meeting. We continue our “This Changes Everything” study and our topic this month: “Gathering for Reformation.” *This is a commitment requirement for our Gathering team — youth and guides. Pick up is 7:30 p.m.

For youth who will celebrate Affirmation of Baptism Milestone and be confirmed Oct. 29 Don’t forget required Confirmation rehearsal BEFORE Grace Space with your family, Oct. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. *Parents, bring your memory book gifts to the rehearsal.

Middle School Ministry – Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Join us Wednesday evening with a meal and our regular confirmation class. Tonight’s topic is “Ten Commandments—Honoring Others.” Meet in Youth Room from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for class and dinner at Oasis beforehand. Parents –  we invite you to class for the “Final 15” from 7:15-7:30 p.m. for prayer and “topic question” of the week.

GYP – Grace Young Professionals Ministry (20s-40s)

Anne Monroe 704-604-3772 /

Thursday, Oct. 26 — Fellowship Event at Melissa’s House, dinner TBD. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Melissa’s address: 531 1st Ave West, 28739.

Adult Ministry

Sue Filson 828-693-4890 ext. 304 /

Sunday Morning Opportunities for Adults

Adult Sunday school classes offered Sundays, 9:45 a.m. Drop-ins welcome!

  • Lectionary Adult Bible Study, Room 226
  • Wired Word, Room 221. Study based on current events.

Visit the Sign-up Station for more details and sign-up sheets on classes and activities except OWLs info and sign-ups located in Fellowship Hall.

OWLs – Thursday, Nov. 9. Trip to Biltmore Industries in Asheville. All adults invited.

Oasis Adult Study – 5:45-7 p.m., Oct. 18, “The Grief of Loss as Divine Judgment,” a pastor-led DVD discussion by Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament scholar and theologian. All adults welcome!

Hymns Ancient and Modern – 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 1. Three-part series facilitated by Burton Bumgarner looking at a variety of hymns in our “Evangelical Lutheran Worship” hymnal. No registration required.

Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry Cross+Cultural Disciple Faith Practices-Living our Baptism 9:30 a.m. beginning Sun., Nov, 5, Room #229. Weekly discussion of why and how disciples of Jesus at Grace operate as we encourage positive change by taking tangible actions. Contact Tim Snyder.

Preparing for Longevity with Thankfulness – 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 9.  Open to all.

Church Dynamics: Leadership and the Formation of the ELCA – 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 7 and 14 (revised dates), led by Pastor Bill Battermann. Information at the Sign-up Station.

Open Prayer – 6-7 p.m., each Tuesday in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Gifts Ministry – connecting VOLUNTEERS to meaningful ministries

Karen-Eve Pfotzer 828-693-4890 ext. 316 /

YOUnique Workshop – Oct. 21. Explore personality, spiritual gifts, passions and experiences for better relationships and matching volunteer roles.

Visit Sign-up Station in the lobby for more information!

  • NEW! 11:15 a.m. Host Coordinator. Training available. Requires 2 hours per month at home, on your schedule.
  • ATTIC Furniture Ministry – needs a driver & helper 3rd & 5th weeks of month.
  • GYM youth group meals – Provide dinner for 15-18 youth, 5:30 p.m., May 6.
  • Help Hospitality & Fellowship – Serve lunch on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29.
  • Feed The Kids servers and cooks – July-December at Boys & Girls Club.
  • IAM Needs: Winter coats, blankets, warm clothes, hats, gloves. October Pantry Focus: Canned pasta, cereal, powdered milk, tea, coffee, bar soap and disposable razors. November & December Pantry Focus: Ham, turkey breasts, turkeys, chickens, stuffing green beans, yams, potatoes, instant potatoes, peas, gravy, cranberry sauce, bread, pie crusts & filling, cake mix & icing. Or put a check in box at Sign-up Station to IAM, memo “Holiday Foods.” Take food & clothes to 310 Freeman Street. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

More Events & Announcements

The Prayer Shawl Ministry, Room #221, 10 a.m., Oct. 26

Guests are welcome. Come and see if you might be interested in being part of this meaningful ministry. We have supplies and members willing and able to help you learn to knit or crochet. Hope to see you there.

Do you have a Grace College Student or Student Studying Away from Home?
Complete form by Sunday, Oct. 29 to guarantee a care package from our Grace Youth: We enjoy surprising our students with ‘snail mail’ so we need your help with mailing information. Volunteer needed to label/box/mail completed care packages the week of Nov. 13. Postage costs and materials provided. Contact Anne to help.

All Saints Day, Nov. 5

During All Saints Sunday worship, we remember loved ones who have died since All Saints’ Day last year. If you have a loved one who died since October 2016, add the name at the Sign-Up Station or email the name(s) to Jolie Herman,, before Noon, Oct. 30.

Men of Grace Book Discussion, 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11

Following breakfast in Fellowship Hall, our own Ed Nielsen and co-author Lee Halverson lead a discussion of their recent book Cong Catchers. The book documents Lee’s service during the Vietnam War. Copies of Cong Catchers available for $22. Questions? Contact Pastor Ken Langsdorf, 828-693-4890

Annual Middle School Lutheridge Fall Retreat Registration, Nov. 17-18
6th-8th grade youth and small group guides must attend. Cost is $25 and Grace supplements $25. Place payments in ‘GYM’ box by Nov. 5. Depart Grace at 5 p.m. on Friday and return at 4 p.m. on Saturday. A service project with Manna Food Bank is included. Register

October is Grace’s Annual Soap Collection Month

Add extra bars of soap to your shopping list and bring to Grace for Lutheran World Relief. Place bars in box in lobby marked “Soap for LWR.” LWR will accept NEW BARS of any brand in original wrapping; bath-size preferred.