February 11, Transfiguration of Our Lord

Adult Sunday School

Join us this week in the Hoffmeister Room for a look at the Transfiguration Gospel text this week, since it will not be the focus the sermon. We’ll also look at some of the Old Testament texts referenced in the Transfiguration story.

Next week, February 18, Pastor Jon Fry from St. Andrew’s will be with to talk about and show the plans for the new Campus Ministry building, for which work has just gotten underway. In case you missed it, check out the recent article on this in the News Gazette at this link.

Stay tuned for next weeks announcement on our program for the rest of the Sundays in Lent.

Lenten Devotionals

Lenten devotional books for all ages will be available in the narthex starting this Sunday. Look on the top of the cabinets in front of the sanctuary windows.

Readings and Psalm

2 Kings 2:1-12: Elijah taken up to heaven and succeeded by Elisha

Psalm 50:1-6: Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth in glory. (Ps. 50:2)

2 Corinthians 4:3-6: God’s light seen clearly in the face of Christ

Mark 9:2-9: Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son

The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.

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Worship Support

Assisting Minister: Jo Fleming

Reader: Chet Alwes

Deacon: Dan Lepp

Ushers: George and Bev Kieffer

Greeters: Jim and Jo Fleming

Sound Technician: Kevin Vail

Video Technician: Michael Miller

Flowers: Karen and Doug Krusa, in celebration of our wedding anniversary

For the upcoming Worship Support schedule, see the spreadsheet found here on Google Drive.

Ash Wednesday

The forty days of Lent begin on Wednesday, February 14. Join us for our service at 7 p.m.


Lenten Soup Suppers and Midweek Service

Lenten Soup Suppers will start on Wednesday, February 21, and continue throughout Lent on Wednesday evening. Soup supper will start at 6 p.m., followed by Lenten worship service at 7 p.m. Look for the sign-up in the narthex for volunteers to setup/clean up and to bring soup and bread.

Stitch and Craft


Stitch and Craft will be meeting at 7 p.m. on February 9 in the narthex to make our projects. You may work on whatever project you want. We also make hats for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and baby blankets for babies born to our congregation. If you are having a baby, please tell the office when you know you are pregnant so we will have time to knit or crochet a blanket.

Wood Carving Group

The Wood Carving Group continues to meet each Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the kitchenette (off the narthex). New carvers are welcome to join!

This was carved last December, and there will be things you can carve, even if you’re a beginner.

Social Ministry Lenten Project

Flowers are often a symbol of love or gratitude. This Lenten season, the Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring a project that reflects God's infinite love to those in need. We will partner with LSSI to help children in their foster care and adoption programs. These children often arrive at the LSSI office hungry and in soiled clothing and diapers.

We would like to assist to feed and clothe these children at this critical time.

Due to limited space, we are asked to provide gift cards to Walmart, Target and fast food restaurants. LSSI will then use our gifts to meet the basic needs of children in their care.

Please look for the Social Ministry "flower pots" in the narthex to "plant" your donations.

Thank you.

Contact Tina Fehrenbacher with any questions.

Combined ELCA Spring Concert

We are excited to continue our combined choral concert with St. Mark's and Good Shepherd Lutheran Churches this spring on Sunday, May 5. If you are interested in joining the choir for this performance, please complete the Google Form by clicking here.

Special Treat

Mark your calendars! The ISU Concert Choir will perform at Grace on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. There is no charge.

Updates from the Property Committee

The property committee met last week to select a cleaning service that will replace Walter, the former custodian. Three options were discussed. After the discussion, Ram Clean was selected to begin after approval by church officers and the council. It is likely that they will begin working cleaning our building on February 19. 

On behalf of the congregation and the property committee, thanks to Bruce Winter for all of the work that he has done to our building in tiptop shape.

The property committee discussed options for mowing this summer. Three lawn services have been contacted. However, during the discussion, it was suggested that we think about buying a mower to keep in the outside storage area and using volunteers for mowing. If you would be interested in occasionally being on a list of volunteers for mowing, please let Jim Anderson or Susan Monte know.

The property committee discussed their meeting time and decided to change it from the monthly schedule Monday evening to a monthly schedule of after Sunday services in the Narthex.

Community Event: Te Deum by Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner's Te Deum presented by The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and The University of Illinois Singers and Oratorio Society

with Stephen Alltop, conductor

At Krannert Performing Arts Center, Foellinger Great Hall

Saturday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m.

February 11 to 18

Sunday, February 11

9:30 a.m.: Worship Service (in-person/livestream)

11 a.m.: Adult Sunday School

12 p.m.: Women's AA (Hoffmeister Room)

Monday, February 12

10 a.m.: Food for Seniors (Fellowship Hall)

6:30 p.m.: Finance Committee Meeting (Hoffmeister Room)

6:30 p.m.: Wood Carving Group (Kitchenette)

7 p.m.: Bell Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Tuesday, February 13

6 a.m.: Food for Seniors (Fellowship Hall)

6:30 p.m.: Sweet Adelines (Fellowship Hall)

7 p.m.: Council Meeting (Hoffmeister Room)

Wednesday, February 14

7 p.m.: Ash Wednesday Service (Sanctuary)

Thursday, February 15

10 a.m.: Food Pantry (Fellowship Hall)

6 p.m.: Parish Life Committee Meeting (Zoom)

Sunday, February 18

9:30 a.m.: Worship Service (in-person/livestream)

12 p.m.: Women's AA (Hoffmeister Room)

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Prayer Requests

We have two formal ways of praying for one another at Grace. One is in the Sunday morning worship service, where we pray for people by name in the Prayers of Intercession. They will also be listed in the emailed and printed versions of GraceNotes, but not in the web version. Please send prayer requests for the Sunday-morning prayers to [email protected]. You may also submit prayer requests on our website at https://glccu.org/prayer-requests/.

Using GLC Facilities

Our facilities are available for use by members and by outside groups. If you would like to use any part of the facility, please fill out a Facilities Use Request, found on the web site, and contact Alex in the office to ensure that it is on the calendar, so that the space is ready for you and that you are aware of how to adjust the appropriate thermostat.

Facility Use