Grace Lutheran Church

To become part of any of the opportunities listed here, please call or e-mail the church office: (402) 474-1505 or office@egrace.org.

Christian Education

Sunday School

Weekly hour-long Sunday School classes are offered for nursery through fifth grade during the school year. The curriculum focuses on familiarity with the Bible in preparation for confirmation classes and youth forum. Students can be registered online.

Confirmation Classes

The Rite of Confirmation in the Lutheran Church is a public profession of one's faith in affirmation of one's baptism. Our confirmation classes, organized around Luther's Small Catechism, explore Lutheran theology in depth so that students can decide whether they wish to claim these beliefs. Classes are held weekly during the school year.

Youth Forum

Youth Forum is a weekly discussion group for middle and high school students with a focus on critical theological thinking. The group works to explore hard questions, acknowledge the limits of our understating of God, and still find ways to live out the Gospel amid these uncertainties. Students can be registered online.

Adult Study Forum

Adult Study Forum is a combination of biblical studies and topical forums that meets at 10:30 AM on Sundays in Lesher Lounge. Studies and topics are short—one to five weeks—to give people the opportunity to choose what interests them. The presenters are members of the congregation and occasionally visiting speakers.

Lay Worship Leadership

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild prepares bread and wine for communion and sets and clears the altar.

Acolytes

Acolytes assist in worship by lighting and extinguishing candles, helping with communion, carrying items during processions, and—in some cases like baptisms—holding texts for the presiding and assisting minsters.

Communion Assistants

Communion assistants help the presiding and assisting minsters distribute bread and wine during communion.

Readers

Readers read one of the Bible passages appointed for the day of the worship.

Assisting Ministers

Assisting ministers help the presiding minister, who is usually the pastor, to lead the congregation through worship. Usually this includes reading a Bible passage, saying the prayers of the people, helping to distribute communion, giving the dismissal, and greeting worshipers as they leave the sanctuary.

Cantors

Cantors sing certain parts of the liturgy, also to lead the congregation through the worship service.

Music

We value the musical contributions of everyone in the congregation, whether they are sitting in the pews or in the balcony with one of the choirs. We offer the following choirs in a regular schedule and others occasionally. Our choirs typically rehearse September through May. If you are interested in participating at a choir at Grace, please contact our Director of Music, who will be happy to answer your questions and give you more details.

Cherub Choir

Right now, this choir rehearses with the Children's Choir. This group is for preschoolers and kindergartners. They sing for worship when they are ready. The focus is on learning music basics as well as hymns and liturgical music.

Children's Choir

For elementary students, this group practices at 6:15 PM on Wednesdays and sings for worship about once a month.

Adult Choir

Open to anyone high school age or older, this choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 and sings for worship two to three times per month.

Grace Notes

Our beginning handbell choir rehearses on Sundays at 11:30 AM. They play a piece at the annual Christmas concert and also play for worship whenever they have something ready.

Bells of Grace

Our advanced handbell choir meets on Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. They play for worship about once a month and prepare a major concert for Christmas—and often again in the spring.

Other Organizations

Jesus's Awesome Youth (JAYs)

The JAYs, consisting of middle- and high-school-aged youth, participate in service projects, raise funds to combat world hunger, put on events for younger grades, attend synodwide events, and occasionally also gather just to socialize.

Yesterday's Youth

A group for those 55 or older, Yesterday's Youth gathers on the second Wednesday of each non-summer month. Meetings include a pot luck, a pastoral report on the congregation's shut-ins, devotions, short presentations, and time for conversation.

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

WELCA is a group of women who support the community—by collecting gifts for Prescott elementary students and fundraising for local charities—the congregation—via a prayer chain, holiday gifts for shut-ins, and food and meals for funerals—and faith formation among women—through Bible studies, Women's Sunday, and hosting and attending various assemblies for faith-based women's groups.

Quilting and Sewing

The quilting and sewing group meets weekly to prepare quilts, school kits, baby kits, and health kits for Lutheran World Relief.

Men's Bible Study

The men's Bible study is a year-round study that gathers at [Bagels and Joe, 4701 Old Cheney Rd.] every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 AM.

Global Dining Group

The Global Dining Group chooses three types of cuisine at the start of the year and divides into subgroups. Subgroups research, plan, and eat a meal of each type over the course of a year, both as a way to learn about the world and for members to get to know each other.