September 6 - 13, 2022
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Please note: the Celebration of Life Service for Bill Davis will be held at Grace tomorrow, September 7th, at 11am. We invite you to join Bill's family and friends for the service and a reception afterwards. More information can be found further down in this e-news.
This week's Grace Notes is jam-packed with great info on what's going on in our congregation and community! With fall programming starting up, there's a lot to share.
Be sure to check it all out so you don't miss anything!
Coming September 18th: Children's Word Time

Starting in two weeks, we will be introducing Children's Word Time (CWT) as part of our Sunday worship services!
CWT is an opportunity for our 8-and-under members to worship at their own developmental level, during the WORD portion of the service (leaving the Sanctuary after the prayer of the day and returning for the peace).

A pastor and a volunteer will lead the children in Scripture, prayer, music, theater, games, and/or crafts so that they can learn the day's Scripture lesson in ways most helpful to them. CWT will take place in the nursery, where worship from the Sanctuary will also be streaming. 

We need adult volunteers to help with CWT! The pastor will provide and direct the lesson; the volunteer helps the children connect and engage. In addition to providing safety and leadership, the adult volunteer shows our children that they are valued and that their faith is important - important enough that another adult would come worship in CWT with them. These connections make a lifelong difference in the faith of our children. If you'd like to volunteer with CWT, please click here.
Children and Youth Sunday School

This fall we are offering age-based Sunday School classes for our children and youth; we are excited to try some fun new curriculum with our younger kids!

The 2 year old through 8th grade classes will be led by a rotation of adult leaders, and we are excited to see you soon!

Our 2 year-olds through Kindergartners will be exploring God's Word through Whirl
Our 1st through 4th Graders will be diving into scripture with Holy Moly
Our 5th through 8th Graders will be growing in faith with CONNECT
Our 9th - 12th Graders will join Pr. Gregg on Sunday mornings for SALT - Scripture and Liturgical Tradition

Each Sunday, we’ll talk about current events & everyday issues, exploring how Scripture and our liturgical tradition shape the way in which we view life all around us.
Women's Bible Study - led by Ruth Wasserman
The Women’s Bible Study Class meets on Sunday morning between services in room 106, during the school year. This group of women have been using the GATHER magazine bible study to guide their adventures into God’s Word. This magazine is produced under the ELCA and the writers of the magazine include various ELCA Pastors and other contributors who are connected to the ELCA. The current bible study is “Crafted in Christ”. This study was released this past summer, but we are going to use it to start our fall study. Women of all ages are welcome to this class. Please feel free to join us when we start back up on Sept 18th or anytime you would like to drop in.
Adult Bible Study - led by Bob Wasserman
From Bob: I am excited to be your leader in the Adult’s Bible Study. Our bible study is part of the KERYGMA program.

The book that we are studying is Good News for All: The Gospel of Luke. We are set to begin the 6th session “Ministry in Galilee: Teaching”.

Luke’s Gospel speaks to all people. The good news is for the outcast and the establishment, for the faithful and those who are searching. Luke writes to deepen faith and inspire action. 
Men's Class - led by the group

The Men's Bible Study has just begun a new book, "Minor Prophets, Part 1" so now is a great time to join! The men's class runs all year.

The men of the class informally take turns leading discussion each week. Floyd Ritchie shares that they're really enjoying this new study, since the minor prophets are lesser-known scripture for many people.
Adult Conversation Class

The adult conversation class is a more informal gathering, centered on weekly conversation topics. This class uses the ELCA's weekly Faith Lens study to launch conversation each week, connecting the day's scripture readings with current events.

With a new topic each week, this class is great for those who aren't here each Sunday - it's easy to jump right into the conversation. That said, we'd love to see you each Sunday for a new conversation!
Sunday Morning Hospitality returns September 18th!

Sunday Morning Hospitality at Grace is coming back! Between services on Sundays, we will gather for light refreshments and fellowship. Hospitality hosts make this possible by providing refreshments, setting up, and cleaning up. We need your help in hosting!

You can sign up as a household, or consider joining with friends to serve. If you haven't hosted before, or it's been a while, we'd be glad to share a how-to to help - it's pretty simple! Thank you for being part of this Grace ministry of connection!

Please click here to sign up to host on a Sunday morning. If you have questions, please contact Pr. Rachel.
Children's Choir
Miss Irene is excited to announce ‘Ways to Praise’ as the theme for Grace Lutheran Children’s Choir this year. We rehearse in the Choir Room on Sundays weekly from 2:50-3:30. All children ages 5-10 are welcome. Questions: contact Irene at 704-517-5403.
Grace Music Ministry
New rehearsal times for

Grace Alone
Mondays at 7:00pm.

Grace Ringers
Wednesdays at 6:20 pm.

Parish Choir
Wednesdays at 7:15 pm.
We have space in all three of these ensembles for YOU! Contact Jeremy by clicking here for more details.
Children's Choir will begin soon as well. Stay tuned for more information!
WELCM Gatherings are starting up again and we would love your help to give our college students a home-cooked meal each Thursday night at the White House! The sign up sheet and ideas for menu options are posted in the Fellowship Hall! Reach out to Olga-Maria at 502-644-0176, or with any questions!
Members and friends,
we are saddened to inform you of the following deaths in our church family:
Bill Davis
1942 - 2022

Bill Davis passed away on September 1, 2022.
In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, we entrust Bill to God.
Our sympathy and prayers enfold his family, especially his wife, Barbara, daughter, Heather Litziner and their family in this time of grief.
Click HERE to read the obituary. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Grace tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7 at 11:00am.
John 'Jack' Lockwood
1941 - 2022
Members and friends, we are sad to inform you of the death of our brother, Jack Lockwood. Click HERE for the obituary.
We hold close in prayer Bea, their children, and all those who mourn this loss. We trust in the eternal promise of the resurrection and entrust Jack to the heavenly care of Jesus Christ.
Grace Craft Group
Join us on the first Tuesday of the month from 11 am to 1 pm in room 107! Sabrina Blanks is coordinating this group of crafters of any skill level and any craft, with the group’s purpose to craft items that will be donated to different organizations in need of those items (for example, knitted or crocheted winter hats and scarves). Grace Craft Group will meet the first Tuesday of each month, with an option to join via Zoom if you prefer. Bring any craft supplies you’d like to use, plus Sabrina will have some extra yarn, crochet hooks, and knitting needles. She is happy to teach beginners to crochet or knit! To email Sabrina with any questions or for more info click HERE.
Join the Rock Hill Afternoon of Poetry and Pose as our Grace member, Donna Wylie shares from her new book of poetry, Born to Be Me at The Mercantile HQ on September 11 at 2pm.
Click HERE for more information.
Main Street Theatre
September 23-24 at Grace Lutheran Church
Join Main Street Theatre in the Fellowship Hall on the weekend of September 23-24th to see good theatre (directed by Annie Laurie Wheat), live original music (by Steve Simpson), a photography exhibit with five local artists represented, and free light refreshments at intermission.

Grace members get a discount if they identify themselves at the ticket desk. Click HERE for more information or please contact Annie Laurie Wheat at 803-517-0626 (cell) or by email at
Bethel Men's Shelter has volunteer positions available for you to sign up for now! If you'd like to learn more about these positions, and/or would like to sign up, please click HERE.
Ongoing volunteer opportunities: assist with transportation, visit with the women, and serve a meal (click HERE for meal sign up). If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity or for further information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Lane at or 803.659.9885.
Volunteer at HOPE
Volunteers needed Monday through Thursday mornings
(or Tuesdays at 6:00 pm). Call Rachel Bell, Volunteer Coordinator at (803) 493-5840 or Grace’s HOPE liaison, Ron Hartman, at (330) 620-4711 for more information.
Biggest need this week:
+ Feminine Hygiene Products

Other needs for this week:
+ CEREAL + Pop Tarts + Grits & Oatmeal + Canned Beans, Baked Beans, Canned Corn + Jelly + Pancake Mix & Syrup
+ Spaghetti Sauce + Individual snack packs + Condiments + Coffee (Instant & Ground) + Dog food & Cat food + Body wash & Shampoo
+ Toothpaste & Toothbrushes + Feminine Hygiene Products + Toilet paper + Diapers / Pull-ups sizes: 4, 5, 6

You can drop items off in the bin located outside the church offices when you're in the building, and a volunteer will take them over to HOPE. Please only place non-perishable items in the bin!
Altar Flower Sponsor needed for September 25 (2 vases)

There are several dates available to sponsor Altar Flowers.The cost is $45.00 for one (1) or $90.00 for both (2) vases. Click HERE to sign up or contact the church office.
Worship Assistant Schedule

Click HERE for the September Worship Assistant Schedule.

Don't see your name? Want to join the rotation? Email the church office today!
Congregation Connections

The Sanctuary candle for the month of September is given by Louise and Eric Schmidt in memory of Eric's brother and sister-in-law, Hal and Norma Schmidt.

The Altar Flowers for September 11 are given by Stephanie and Brian Beer in honor of Emory Beer's 20th birthday.

The Altar Flowers for September 11 are given by Leslie Dunnett and your loving family in honor of Betty Sue Seigler's birthday.
Offering Our Gifts to God

Your gifts to Grace allow our ministry to happen! You can give in several ways:

  • Give via the offering plate in worship
  • 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!
Click HERE for the July Treasurer's Report
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!
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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

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