August 18 - 25, 2020
Granting Grace to One Another

We continue to be church together, deployed in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit continues to be at work in us and through us, and we continue to share God's grace with the world.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information by visiting our COVID-19 page:
While we are physically apart in the coming weeks, there are still many ways for us to be church together. We invite you to connect with one another by phone and make use of the resources in this publication, too!
Sundays with Grace

Our Sunday morning worship and fellowship opportunities are going strong!

We have been enjoying worshiping together via Facebook Premiere at 10am (and we know many others are also worshiping with us on Facebook and YouTube throughout the day). Our Facebook Live Coffee Hours at 11am continue to provide thought-provoking conversation as well as fun insights and connections with one another. Many friends, family members, and visitors also join us, and we are so glad to have these opportunities to be together while apart!

We look forward to being with you online again this Sunday!

Click the video image for the
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Service Video
from August 16th.

Click here for the worship guide.
Click the video image for the
Children's Sermon.
We invite you to "like", comment on, and share these videos!
Each Sunday we continue to worship together online.
These services are posted on the Grace Facebook page and on our website.
We know everybody misses singing hymns in a group - we are Lutherans, after all!

Since we are still unable to sing corporately in our worship, the music team is in the process of putting together our first virtual hymn sing program. This program will highlight some of the work we have done this summer in our music program with virtual choir anthems interspersed with several of the singers' favorite hymns.

THURSDAY AT 7PM - We will be posting the video on our YouTube and Facebook pages and we will send an email. We invite you to join us at that time, and the video will be accessible on our pages afterwards for access at any time.

WE WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE! Young or old, if you can carry a tune and love hymns as much as we do, send us an email ( so we can send you more information about how to rehearse with us and add your voice to our sound for the next one!

We have been blessed to see one another in worship through our online worship assistants!

If you are interested in providing a worship assistant video, please click here to sign up for this Sunday, August 23, and Pr. Gregg will contact you with the details you'll need.

Thanks to all who have helped lead us in worship so far and all those who will be leading us in the weeks to come!
Equipping Ourselves for Hospitality
We miss being in the Grace building - it's a special place! We know the building offers us an opportunity to welcome others into our community and to share the love of God with them, as well as a place for our own faith and fellowship to grow. Hospitality - welcoming all who come through the doors - is one of Grace's strongest values.

This month, we will resume work on our 2020 goal of "Equipping Ourselves for Hospitality." We have several projects designed to increase the warm welcome we share at Grace, by upgrading spaces throughout our building. These spaces include the Conference Room, the men's Bible study room, classrooms throughout our Sunday School hallway, and the Fellowship Hall.

We will work in modified, socially-distant ways to accomplish these projects. Then, once we are all able to be back in the building together, these freshened and improved spaces will provide even more excitement!

We invite you to join us in accomplishing these projects! If you have a passion for conference room chairs, expertise in painting, or are simply excited about expanding the hospitality at Grace, please click here to let Pr. Rachel know. Some of these projects would be great for families! More specifics will be coming soon.

Thank you to everyone who has continued in their generosity this year. Because of your steady giving, we are able to move forward with these projects confidently, remaining faithful to the work we heard God calling us to do in 2020!
Youth and Family Programming Updates
Young Youth and GYM have had a great time on Zoom this spring and summer!

We will be taking a break during August and the first part of September, while everyone finishes off vacation time and gets ready to start school.

We will start our new program year mid-September. This will include welcoming our rising Kindergartners to Young Youth and our rising 6th graders to GYM!

More information about this upcoming year will be available later in August.
Please email Pr. Rachel with any questions.

On August 18th AND 20th, there will be:

+Young Youth Parents (rising k-6th) Zoom at 7pm,

+GYM Parents (rising 6th-12th)
 Zoom at 8pm.

You can attend either or both of the dates!

The pastors are hosting 2 virtual opportunities for parents/caregivers of our Young Youth and GYM kids to connect with one another, to talk about faith, school decisions, how things are going, etc. The pastors will join in and hear how we can be supporting you, too, including the possibility of more connection options.

Pr. Rachel has sent these Zoom links DIRECTLY to you in email. If you did not get them, please email her here.

Click here to read the pastors' remarks for the month of August.

Click on the video image to see an invitation from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton regarding this year's "God's Work. Our Hands."
on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Offering Our Gifts to God - Monetary Offering

Part of our worship is offering our gifts to God. While we are apart, it is still faithful to offer our gifts. You can give in several ways:
  • Give online by clicking here (and 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!
Gifts & Talents Pictures
Our worship has been enhanced by your photos of projects, experiences, and joys these last few months - thank you for sharing! We would love to see more of what you're doing - please send photos to our Video Editor, Craig Allen by clicking 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 August 16
Click here for the week of August 23
Congregation Connections
Click the image for
our current
Grace Prayer List
Click the image for
Memorials and Gifts
Click the image for our
August Birthdays
Billy needs a new home!

Donna Wylie has shared a need: her dog, Billy, finds himself in need of a new home with a fence, where he can go on walks, share lots of love, and make some new friends. If you know of someone who might have a good home for Billy, please contact Donna Wylie directly, or call the Church Office.

Committee Meetings can be held on Zoom! If your Committee would like to use Zoom, the pastors can help. Please click here to email the pastors if you'd like to set up a Zoom meeting.
June Giving and Expenses

June Received $66,883
June Expenses $48,640
Budgeted to Spend $50,852

YTD Received $277,989
YTD Expenses $234,882
YTD Budgeted to Spend $254,260
Can We Help?
This pandemic has affected each of us, but may have affected us in different ways.
If you are in need of help (of any kind), please reach out to the pastors.
We can find connections to resources and/or support together.
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 suspended until further notice.
At this time, please do not come
to the church building.
We are praying for the health and well-being of our community and world.
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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

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