We can’t go to church,
but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop being church.
The church exists for moments like this. In order to guard health for all people, we won’t be gathering in our building for a while. The promise of God’s presence and the persistence of God’s call to share good news and serve the world remain steadfast, no matter the distance. We are building foundation for ourselves and our community on three things: trust God, care for each other, and look out for neighbors. Every creative connection we build, every new way we worship, every pray we offer will be focused on these ways of being. Being church.
Below you will find everything you need to know about how we will be church together during this pandemic. Keep checking back on this page as we’ll regularly update it.
We are going to care for each other
We are deeply committed to keeping the family of Grace connected and cared for during this time. We do that in part through information, but more importantly through conversation in new and creative ways. Here is just the start:
video and audio conversations
Throughout this time, we will have opportunities to log into an audio and/or video conference space to continue conversations after worship, meet in small groups, gather leadership, and more. One of those times will happen Sunday mornings at 10:00 am when we will have a video/call-in worship chat about the day’s message. If someone you know doesn’t have computer access, this call in option is a great way to stay connected. Click the button below to join a scheduled conversation, or call in at 312-626-6799, and use meeting ID #4164783219.
news & updates
We will provide updates from our leaders at Grace and beyond, ideas for worship and faith formation at home, upcoming online gatherings, and more. We will send that information out in up to four ways: We plan to email and create posts on our website with all these news items. We will occasionally send one-way text messages with information. We will also continue to create content and conversations on our Facebook page. To ensure we can contact you quickly and accurately, please ensure your phone and email information are accurate in our database.
FACEBOOK GROUP FOR ALL THE FAMILY OF GRACE
We have created a new space on Facebook for the whole family of Grace to gather online. This group is designed less for information and more for conversation. Think of it like a cup of coffee around a table after worship, a chat in the parking lot, or a heart to heart with a pastor. You have access to ask questions, share ideas, post photos and videos, get recommendations, and more – and please do! We want every member with a Facebook account to join this group today!
Our pastors and executive team have created a plan for pastoral care during times of pandemic that seeks to honor the hopes and needs of individuals and guard the health of all at the same time. They will not go into homes, but through phone conversations and other ways will continue to provide this type of care. Use the buttons below to read the plan. You may email our pastors or call the office if you are in need of pastoral care.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry is Thriving
Our Children, Youth, and Family team is creating incredible ways for you to continue to form faith at home during this time. Grace Bible School, Confirmation, and gForce have all moved to online formats. Emails have been going to Grace families in those specific groups. If you haven’t received those emails, please email Karleigh for Children’s Ministry updates and Vanessa for Youth Ministry updates. We’d love to ensure we have your best contact information. Daily updates, reminders, faith forming home activities, engaging videos, and more can also be found in the CYF Facebook group.
The latest news & updates
The world needs hope in body and spirit right now. Every practice, policy, program, and prayer we embrace these weeks is focused on caring for our neighbors, as Jesus did.
As we trust God, care for each other and watch out for neighbors, Grace Lutheran Church will follow these guidelines to embody God’s presence and Christ’s love, and also guard health. Pastoral care will not be provided in people’s homes. At this time, pastors and...
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