GRACE NOTES
July 27 - August 3, 2021
Ice Cream Social
Join us at Grace Lutheran Church for an Ice Cream Social on August 15 from 4:15 to 6:15pm. 

Jack's Treat Truck will be parked in our parking lot and it will be stocked with goodies to buy at about $5 each (you can see the menu here). The White House Garden will be an excellent place to sit so bring a chair or you may choose to play some games. No matter what, it will be a grand time.

To ensure Jack has lots of Treats, please sign up HERE by August 12th.

-Irene Pointon and your Parish Life Committee
Council Comments - Sharing Good News!
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This week, Adele Evans shares about Grace's Youth Programming

Hi, I’m Adele Evans and this is my third year on Council.
My takeaway is our Youth Programs.

Grace has two wonderful Youth programs.
We offer Young Youth (K-5th grade) and GYM (6th-12th grade).

Young Youth programs offer games, stories, activities, and service projects. They do joint activities with the older Youth.

GYM (Grace Youth Ministry) programs offer games, Bible studies, activities, service projects, and do joint activities with the younger youth. We also do Beach Trip and Mission Trips – which is so rewarding. Some of our Youth have created very strong bonds with each other during these trips.

Both programs are run by Pastor Rachel and volunteers (parents and members of Grace).

So if you are a Youth or would like to volunteer and have not had the opportunity, come and see how much fun we have!

-Adele Evans, Council Member
Thank you to Grace Tristan, Olga-Maria Cruz, Adele Evans, Mary Vettorel, and Aiden and Ava Stegall for removing the tape in the Fellowship Hall and hallways! These volunteers got on hands and knees to take up the tape used to keep us distanced in the height of COVID, and we are grateful for their work in moving us forward!
UPDATE: Good Samaritan Fund

Are you in need? How about someone you know? At the June meeting, Council voted to allocate the undesignated memorial funds from 2020 to the Good Samaritan Fund, with the intention that the funds might offer help to members of Grace who could use a little financial assistance. As one member of Council put it, "We need to help the helpers and not try to pour from an empty cup. Hopefully these resources can help with that."

To request assistance from this fund, please contact either of the pastors. All assistance is confidential.
Recently. Council approved another step forward in our Returning with Grace plan.

We are now receiving Communion at the altar rail.

We will all use hand sanitizer before coming up (the Health & Wellness Committee has provided numerous travel-size bottles if you need one!), and we will return to intinction as before.

The pastors will continue coming out into the congregation to offer Communion to those who are unable to come forward or who would prefer not to be on camera. Simply let the ushers or pastors know if you would prefer to receive Communion in your seat.

To read the full current Returning with Grace Plan, click here.


Click the video image for the
worship service for The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost -
Sunday, July 25.


Click here for the worship guide.
Click the video image for the Children's Sermon
Worship Assistants at Grace

If you are interested in leading us with
a reading, creed, prayers, serving as a Communion assistant, greeter, or usher,
please click here to signup. All slots refer to
in-person worship services at Grace.

Thank you for being a part of our worship experiences at Grace!

In their reports to Council each month, Pastor Gregg and Pastor Rachel conclude with some personal remarks that summarize the most recent period of their leadership here at Grace. Click here to read their July remarks.
Celebration of Life Service for
Larry Schwandt
Saturday, August 14, 2021
at 1:00pm

There will be a service celebrating the life of Larry Schwandt on Saturday, August 14 at 1:00pm. Members and friends of Grace are invited to attend the worship service.
Caught You Caring: July

The Stewardship Committee appreciates and recognizes people and groups that are Growing Grace and Planting Seeds in Faith!
 
Click on the image to read about some of the ways the Stewardship Committee has seen faith in action this month.
FALL ADULT BIBLE STUDY
I am excited to be your leader in the Adult’s Bible Study in the fall. Pastor Gregg graciously suggested several bible studies, from which I selected the Book of Galatians. I understand that it was one of Martin Luther’s favorite books of the Bible. The bible study comes from a company called Kerygma. To find more information about this study click here.
Right now, I would like to find out whether you will be joining my class? Review the introduction of Galatians by following the above link. Contact Bob Wasserman at 803.415.4449 or bobwass7@gmail.com about your decision to join this class. There will not be a charge for the book unless you desire to purchase your own copy and write notes in the book. We will discuss this in our first class. - Regards, Bob Wasserman
Congregation Connections
Click the image for
our current
Grace Prayer List
Click the image for
our current
Memorials & Honor Gifts
Click the image
for our
July Birthdays
Click the image
for our
August Birthdays
The Sanctuary Candle for the month of July is given by
Mary and Eddie Hinson in memory of Louise G. Mason.

The Sanctuary Candle for the month of August is given by
Nancy and Gus Koegler in loving memory of Grant Michael Bodle.

The Altar Flowers for Sunday, August 1 are given by
Nora and Bill Sliney in honor of Bill's 81st birthday.

If you would like to sponsor Altar Flowers please click here.
Taking Faith Home carries the previous Sunday's themes throughout the week. These devotions include daily Scripture readings, prayers, hymn suggestions, milestones, conversation starters, service opportunities, and at-home rituals.

Click here for the week of July 25
Click here for the week of August 1
Offering Our Gifts to God

Part of our worship is offering our gifts to God. You can give in several ways:

  • Give via the offering plate in the Sanctuary

  • Give online by clicking here (you have the option to offset the cost of giving online)

  • Set up giving though your bank

  • Mail your offering to the church office.

Thank you for continued faithful giving!
June Giving and Expenses

June Received $55,853
June Expenses $44,895
Budgeted to Spend $57,902

YTD Received $306,236
YTD Expenses $285,839
YTD Budgeted to Spend $347,412
Gifts of Record

Everyone with gifts of record and email accounts should have received an email with a link to their giving in the first half of this year (please check your spam or trash folders!). If you need a hard copy, please contact Financial Secretary Bob Stonebraker at stonebraker946@gmail.com or 803.908.1834.
Can We Help?

If you are in need of help (of any kind), or simply want to connect, please reach out to the pastors. We want to walk with you.
Please call or email us.
Stay connected! Click on the links below!
In-person activities at
Grace Lutheran Church are beginning again. All in-person activities need to be scheduled in advance at this time.

Please contact the church office if you need to schedule an activity.

We are praying for the health and well-being of our community and world.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730
803.324.5295 www.gracerockhill.com

(740) 312-5774 (Pastor Gregg’s cell)
(864) 230-3816 (Pastor Rachel’s cell)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm