Joining Grace's Family

Welcome to Grace

We are a family of God’s people with the mission to welcome all people into a community of God’s Grace, nurture disciples who live in faith, equip witnesses who share the Gospel, and send ministers who serve in love.

 

Read on and learn more about what it means to be a member at Grace.  We offer small group, New Member Classes and a number of resources to learn about the Evangelical Luther Church of America or ELCA as it's widely known. 

Becoming a Member at Grace Lutheran Church 

If you haven’t been baptized, the first step is to learn more about Baptism and the Christian faith. The Bible teaches us that God’s son Jesus loved all people -- and invited us all to follow him and his way of life. Baptism makes us God’s children and unites us with Jesus, which is why we say that one is baptized “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Baptism is a gift,and is our entrance into the Christian church.

New Member Classes are Scheduled Periodically  

These classes are scheduled by the Pastor two to three times a year in order to share in conversation and educate visitors and members about Grace Lutheran Church’s ministry.  The length of classes may vary according to the schedule and availability of its participants.  In general, the Pastor will meet three times to discuss the following topics:  

  1. Members of Christ’s Body 
  2. Saved by God’s Grace – Recovering the Gospel 
  3. How Lutherans Worship;  Our Congregation’s History - 94 Years of Ministry
  4. Grace’s Mission- Serving Jesus

 

During the New Member Classes, participants are invited to consider joining with the mission of Grace.  Participants may wish to simply explore and learn more about the church without joining.  If you so desire to join Grace’s family (to be received into membership), you will be asked to complete a simple family/household profile sheet and, if you have an existing membership in a church, a request of transfer of membership will be sent.  New Members are officially received in a Rite of Affirmation of Baptism or Transfer of Membership at an announced Sunday morning worship service, when members of the church can welcome you with caring open hearts as part of our spiritual family.     

 


What does it mean to belong.. at Grace

 


The ELCA - Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Want to know more about the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)?  Read more...

Look at the ELCA Family Tree
A one page “Family Tree of the ELCA” that helps to see at a glance the history of the origins of the bodies that make up what is today called the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). 

See how the ELCA got started [VIEW]
The Story of the ELCA -  Published on Dec 11, 2013; 28 minutes
An encore presentation of The Story of the ELCA. This program was produced in 2003 for MOSAIC, the video magazine of the ELCA. Find out the story of how the ELCA got started. This 30-minute video features rare footage and interviews with key leaders from the ELCA's three predecessor church bodies, the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches.

Want to know more about the ELCA?  Check out a variety of resources…  
A variety of downloadable resource docoments in a pinterest format for members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A good way to explore some of the different information documents available in learning about the church. 

 


Want to know more about Martin Luther and the Reformation

Watch Rick Steves' Luther and the Reformation
Published on Aug 23, 2017; 55 minutes

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe — Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life.

Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget.

 


Want to know more about how Grace's ministry is organized?

[VIEW] 2017 Grace Annual Report

 
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