GRACE NOTES
July 6 - 13, 2021
VISIT HOPE WITH GRACE!

This Sunday, July 11, our new next door neighbors and Outreach partners, HOPE of Rock Hill, will be hosting an Open House for Grace after and in between both services (approximately 9:15-12:30).

Please walk over, meet Gordon Bell - Director of Operations, and enjoy some muffins, coffee, and juice while learning how HOPE helps so many people in our community.
INSPIRAR Presents - AFTER THE STORM
Join us on July 11 for the first performance of INSPIRAR, a new choir conducted by Dr. Jeremy Mims. The concert, at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Rock Hill at 7:00 pm on July 11, is limited to only 150 individuals. Please signup to attend the event. It will also be livestreamed on the ECOS website.
Click here to signup.
Council Comments - Sharing Good News!

At the end of every Council meeting, Council members share a 'takeaway' - something they're excited about that's happening at Grace, a place where God is working, which they hope to share with someone in the coming month. Recently, we decided we want to share this good news even more widely, and so, each week in the e-news, a different Council member will share a takeaway with us! Through these stories, we hope you'll see even more of what God is doing at Grace and through each of you!

This week, Lori Brown shares about the 2021 SC Synod Assembly, held on June 26th.

On Saturday, June 26, 2021 I had the pleasure of attending the virtual SC Synod assembly as one of Grace’s lay delegates. This year’s assembly theme was “To Boldly Go to Proclaim” drawn from Acts 4:29 “Lord… Grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness.” Along with the usual Synod business – budget approval ($2.6 million for 2022-2023), the election of new synod wide committee members (our very own Pr. Rachel served as Elections co-chair), and updates from many SC Synod ministries, we heard from four speakers who spoke to the various ways the Lutheran Church is boldly proclaiming God’s promise in today’s world....

To read the rest of Lori's story, click here!
Returning with Grace UPDATE

Last Sunday, the Council approved several updates to our Returning with Grace plan.

You can click HERE for the full updated protocols, which we encourage you to read thoroughly, especially numbers 2, 3, 5, and 10.

Two highlights from these updates:

+ Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated individuals (those who are two weeks past their final COVID-19 vaccination shot) except for the times noted in the worship service section (singing and passing the peace). In keeping with CDC guidelines, masks will continue to be required in the building for those who have not been fully vaccinated. 

Congregational singing will return. Everyone must wear a mask while singing, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of the worship leaders in the choir space. Those who do not wish to put their masks on may meditate silently while others sing on behalf of the congregation.

These updates are further steps forward, and we are glad to be making them together! If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office.


Click the video image for the
worship service for The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost -
Sunday, July 4.


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!
On July 3rd, we celebrated the Baptism of Strobe Ewing, son of Anna Gatlin and Jace Ewing. Grandparents in our congregation are Paula and Earl Gatlin. Sig and Judy Huitt served as congregational reps. We invite you to celebrate with us and welcome him into the family of faith and the ministry we share in Christ's name!
Worship Assistants at Grace

Worship Assistants return to in-person worship.
If you are interested in leading us with a reading, creed, prayers, serving as a 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!

The Stewardship Committee appreciates and recognizes people and groups that are Growing Grace and Planting Seeds in Faith!
 
Click on the image to read the latest recognitions from the Stewardship Committee.
Camera Operators Needed
for
Growing the Reach of the Gospel!

Now that we have achieved our goal of installing a great camera in the Sanctuary, we need camera operators! We are continuing to add back music and participation to our in-person worship services, and we want to be able to capture those pieces well for our recordings and eventual live-streaming.

Much like our sound panel operators, camera operators will be scheduled to help on Sunday mornings. You will be trained to use the software to guide the camera and computer (we promise it's easier than you may think - mainly clicking buttons!).

In participating in this ministry, you are helping Grow the Reach of the Gospel, sharing our service and God's word beyond our walls.

If you'd like to be part of this Gospel-sharing ministry, please contact Craig Allen here.
Camp is open this summer! If you're interested in going to one of our local ELCA camps this summer, click here to check out the programs and register.

We have scholarship funds available to help pay for camp as well! If you'd like a scholarship application, please contact Pr. Rachel.
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
The Sanctuary Candle for the month of July is given by
Mary and Eddie Hinson in memory of Louise G. Mason.

The Altar Flowers for Sunday, July 11 - both vases are available.

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 4
Click here for the week of July 11
Covid-19 Information and Updates

Click here for updated information regarding local sources for the Covid-19 vaccines.
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 (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 - 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.
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.
May Giving and Expenses

May Received $45,798
May Expenses $44,212
Budgeted to Spend $57,902

YTD Received $250,383
YTD Expenses $240,944
YTD Budgeted to Spend $289,510
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