September 14 - 21, 2021
For Worship services and Children's sermons please visit our YouTube channel.
WELCM Benefit Concert

Join us in the Sanctuary for a WELCM Benefit Concert featuring Dr. Olga-Maria Cruz, Dr. Jeremy Mims, Rev. Jesse Canniff-Kuhn, Prof. Craig Allen with WELCM students.

Click HERE for more information.

Donate in person or online at
Children's Choir is starting fresh!

THIS Sunday, September 19th, parents of kindergarten through 5th graders are invited to meet with Irene Pointon to discuss this year's new Children's Choir program. Come learn about the goals we have, the music we'll be learning, and the opportunities for growth in faith and music skills!

This meeting will be at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.

If you have questions before the meeting, please contact Irene Pointon (number below).
The Children's Choir is in need of a keyboard. If you have a keyboard to donate to the church, please text Irene Pointon at 704.517.5403.

Dear Grace Family,

We are saddened to inform you that two Grace members have died this week.

Tina Lau passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Steven Pastore passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021.

In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, we entrust Tina and Steve to God.

Our sympathy and prayers enfold their families,
especially Tina's husband, Rick, and Steve's wife, Linda,
in this time of grief.
We will share their obituaries next week; services are not yet planned.

we extend Christian love and sympathy to Greg and Kristy Austin and family at the death of Greg's sister, Laurie Foster. Click HERE for a link to the obituary.
Sunday School classes for Grade 7 - Adult Sundays at 10:00am
7th-12th Grade Sunday School - SALT

Pr. Gregg will lead "SALT" Sunday School for our 7th-12th graders this fall! Click HERE for more information about the class.
Women’s Sunday School Class for Fall 2021
The Women’s Sunday School Class (Women of the Word) is meeting in the White House Garden. They will use the Gather magazine's Fall 2021 study, The gift of the Holy Spirit: A divine wild goose chase, by Rev. Sara Olson-Smith.
Contact Ruth Wasserman with any questions HERE or 803-372-8820.

This fall the Adult’s Bible Study will focus on the Book of Galatians. This 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.

Contact Bob Wasserman at 803.415.4449 or with any questions.
Men's Bible Study

The Men's Bible Study group will continue to meet in Room 101 for fall Sunday School.

The current study focuses on Titus Kennedy's "Unearthing the Bible: 101 Archeological Discoveries that Bring the Bible to Life"
Worship Assistants Needed!
We are currently trying to re-establish a rotation of worship assistants for both services. Unfortunately, our lists of volunteers are a bit outdated, so we're starting fresh!

Click on the signups below to add your name to some of the rotations. Once we have volunteers for each category, we'll produce a schedule that rotates.
8:30 Service
11:00 Service
Schedule Conflicts:

Just like before, if you get scheduled for a Sunday when you'll be unavailable, we just need you to make a quick phone call to swap with another volunteer. Then, let somebody at the Church Office know about the change (so we can update the schedule). It's as easy as that!

A word about Training:

Please don't be put off because you have not received instruction for one or more of these roles. Each role is relatively simple with a little practice and we will be sure to provide instruction before you are called upon to serve.
Choir Rehearsals
Grace Alone meets on Monday evenings at 7:20pm; this group leads every week in the 8:30am service.

Parish Choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm; this ensemble sings in the 11:00am service.

If you enjoy singing, I hope you will consider joining us! Contact Jeremy for more information.
LIFT - Ladies In Faith Together
All women of Grace are invited to the LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together). We are a Christian group of women who encourage one another in spiritual growth and fellowship. We will be holding meetings throughout 2021-2022 studying the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-10). Meetings will be held at a member’s home, church, or field trip – date, time, and place for meeting will be decided at the end of the prior meeting. At our gatherings we share a meal or snack, friendship, support, laughter, and prayer.
For more information contact Carla Harrison or Karen Harris. 

Join us THIS Saturday, September 18 - 11:00am
(bring side dishes to share for lunch)
at the Stockley residence.
Contact Karen Harris at for more information.
meets THIS Saturday, Sept. 18

The Property Committee will meet for breakfast at Eggs Up Grill next to Harris Teeter on Celanese Rd prior to the meeting at church. Contact Walker Stockley with any questions or if you are interested in joining the Property Committee.
Growing Across All Generations - Join Us!

Having made considerable progress on two of our 2021 Goals - Growing the Gospel and Ministry Excellence - we're now ready to work on the third!

Need a refresher on what we'll be doing? Watch Heather Litzinger tell us all about our projects for the Narthex, the Nursery, and the Youth Room:
We need your support to get this goal accomplished!
Each project has specific talents needed:

Narthex: electrical/ lighting knowledge

Nursery: Painting, organizing, cleaning, decorating, shopping

Youth Room: Painting, organizing, cleaning, decorating, furniture building

If you'd like to be part of making this goal a reality, please click the button below for the project(s) you'd like to work on!

Questions? Contact Pr. Rachel
WELCM Gathering Dinners - Still Needed!
On Tuesday evenings during the school year, our campus ministry, WELCM, offers free, home-cooked dinners for students at the White House behind Grace Lutheran.
Please join us in creating community for and with Winthrop students and demonstrating the warm hospitality of Grace by providing dinner! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Olga-Maria with any questions. 
Our partner, HOPE, has changing needs each week based on what is and isn't delivered to their food pantry. If you'd like to help with food donations, you can check this list each week to see what they need most!
Needs for this week:

+ Toilet paper
+ Paper towels
+ Cleaning supplies
+ Menstrual products
+ Shampoo - men & women
+ Conditioner - men & women
+ Deodorant - men & women
*bold is especial need
Please take your donations to HOPE. Click HERE for drop-off times.
Blood Drive - Thank You!

Yesterday, Sept 13, we partnered with Oakland Avenue Presbyterian (our neighbors across the street) to host a Blood Drive.

It was a successful drive, and the volunteers from OAPC expressed their gratitude that we were partnering together for this ministry!

Thanks to those who volunteered and gave blood, as you provided a ministry of life to our wider community!
Race & Reconciliation of Rock Hill
Join us for the next community event on Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 7pm via Zoom. 

We will learn about the progress being made with establishing the Rock Hill Citizens Review Board. Dr. Norma Gray, Ms. Twana Burris-Alcide, Esq and Wes Burton will provide an update and answer your questions.
Click HERE to be added to the email list.
Flu Shot Clinic at Grace!

We will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Saturday, October 9th, from 9am- 1pm in the Fellowship Hall. Shots are available for people 3 years and older.


With insurance, your shot will be free. If you do not have insurance and need cost information, please email Pr. Rachel.

Thanks to Robyn and Justin Anderson for connecting us to this great opportunity!
Sept. 8, 2021

Dear Grace Lutheran Church,

It was exactly 3 years ago today that we held a memorial service for my father, Rev. David Timothy Robinson at Grace Lutheran Church. Seven years ago on March 8, the same service was held for my mother Gwendolyn Witt Robinson.
We cannot say enough how kind the staff and members who visited Mom and Dad were to them. When our families came together for each service, the Care Team who hosted the receptions after the services were so kind and gracious.
Grace Lutheran will always have a special place in our hearts. With sincere appreciation, Mary Robinson Walker and family
Congregation Connections
Click the image for
our current
Grace Prayer List
Click the image for
our September Birthdays
Click the image for
our Memorials & Honor Gifts
The Sanctuary Candle for the month of September are given by Lynne and John Siegel in memory of Ruth Riggott Sliney.

The Altar Flowers for Sunday, September 19 are given by Stephanie and Brian Beer in honor of Glen Beer's 13th birthday and Dr. Bert Bobb in memory of my mother, Della Bobb.

If you would like to sponsor Altar Flowers please click HERE.
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.
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 Sept. 12
Click HERE for the week of Sept. 19
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!
August Giving and Expenses
August Received $45,018
August Expenses $48,763
Budgeted to Spend $57,902
YTD Received $385,468
YTD Expenses $383,302
YTD Budgeted to Spend $463,216
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.
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