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Weekly Announcements for April 26-May 2

Worship | Scripture | Service | Sharing | Prayer


Calendar of Events | COVID-19 Updates


Prepare for Worship on Sunday
Today’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.
Readings: Acts 2:14a...36-41 | 1 Peter 1:17-25 | Luke 24:13-35

Update on Worship Services
As long as the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) of avoiding gatherings of 10 or more is in place, we will be suspending in-person attendance of worship. However, we will continue to stream our worship services live on our webpage, on Facebook and on YouTube. We would love to have you join us on any of those platforms Sunday Mornings at 9:30am.

Also, please know that there will be someone to lend a listening ear at the church, and should you require a quiet space for reflection and private prayer, our door is open. If you’d like to talk with Pastor Eggold or schedule individual (or family communion), contact him at or (765) 337-1480.

Taking Faith Home Meditations
Each week, we want to send you a list of daily Scripture readings, devotional thoughts, prayers, and things to try at home. It's called Taking Faith Home and you can find this week's sheet here.

Scripture & Study

Online Classes and Studies
To attend our online classes at these times, please either click the link for each class or use the phone number to dial into the conversation.

  • Sunday Morning Bible Class - 11:00am-12:00pm
    To join the video meeting, click this link:
    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 510-766-1801 and enter this PIN: 423 620 684#
  • Sunday Confirmation Class (6th-8th Graders) - 11:00am-12:00pm
    To join the video meeting, click this link:
    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 484-816-5207 and enter this PIN: 158 003 655#
  • Sunday Washed & Welcome Class - 12:15pm-1:15pm
    To join the video meeting, click this link:
    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial + 1 475-522-0331 and enter this PIN: 952 990 390#
  • Wednesday Women's Bible Class - 10:00am-11:15am
    To join the video meeting, click this link:
    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 513-427-5143 and enter this PIN: 888 264 239#
  • Thursday Night Bible Class - 6:30pm-7:45pm
    To join the video meeting, click this link:
    Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 570-427-3282 and enter this PIN: 959 079 572#
Sunday Morning Adult Class - The Christian's Ultimate Hope
"Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! Alleluia!" So what? What does it mean for us that Christ rose from the dead? What does it mean for us when we die? 

We would like to invite you to a new Bible study opportunity during this Easter season as we explore the ultimate Christian hope: the resurrection and the life of the world to come. You can join us Sunday mornings at 11:00am by following the above information. Bring your questions and we'll see you soon!


Online Giving
We invite you to continue to support our ministries here at Grace by giving online

Protective Mask Sewing
Do you know how to sew? Would you like to show your love and support for our Lafayette neighbors during this COVID-19 crisis by joining Grace in a short-term, community service project? Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is in need of masks for their clients who use the Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry programs. There are many available patterns/instructions/tutorials online. However, the following specifications are requested:

  • Either a 3-layer Mask or a Pocket Mask
  • 100% Cotton for the masks
  • For a 3-layer mask, use cotton flannel for the middle layer.
  • For safety reasons, the mask wearer should be able to easily identify the front and back quickly. Therefore, use either patterned fabric or two distinct colors.
  • If using patterned fabric: the finished mask will have the “wrong” side layer of mask facing toward the wearer and the right side layer of mask toward the public.
  • If using solid fabrics, the two sides should be clearly different colors.

Possible sites to visit: “” or “”
Donations of material are also appreciated.
Questions: Contact Cindy Gilles,, 765-490-7571 or Nina Morgan,, 765-491-5724. We will arrange to pick up material or completed masks at your home or at church.

Volunteer Efforts
We know not having church on a weekend is hard. But when we started to think about how we would still have church while our building is closed, we started to think about how we could be the Church in this difficult time. Please consider:

  • Serving. We are in conversation with our community partners in order to help with distribution of food, donating resources, or serving in other ways. During this time, local food pantries and relief organizations are being heavily used. If you are interested in serving or donating items to the food pantry, it will go a long way to serve our community. If you are interested in helping, please fill out this form to let us know.
  • Praying. We are working to provide you with devotions, prayers and scripture to use at home. If you have gotten out of the habit of daily prayer or family devotions, there is no better time to start! We would like to add our encouragement to pray for the health of the whole world, for those who are suffering and dying, for governments and health authorities and medical researchers, doctors and nurses at this time. Here is a great litany that we hope helps you during this time.
  • Caring. This is a great time to check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other. If you are interested in helping care for fellow members of Grace, please fill out this form to let us know.  
  • Giving. Also, we know that many of you may want to continue your giving even if we are not able to meet in-person. Click here to access online giving.



Ways to Connect
Since all of our social groups have been suspended for the time being, we are looking into some other ways that we can communicate and interact with each other in various other settings. We want to continue to encourage you to check in with, support, and encourage one another!

Text Messaging
Would you like to receive important information via text message? Now you can! You may sign-up in 1 of 2 ways:
1) Text GRACELAF to 84576    OR
2) Sign-up here.


Prayer Requests
If you have a prayer request, we invite you to share it with us via our Prayer Request form that is on our website.

Prayers for Health and Healing
Myrna Steiner - recovering; Sharon Merkel - recovering from fall and hip surgery; Carl Wollenburg - recovering; Peter Cook - recovering from stroke; Larry Royer - recovery; Matthew von Werder - recovering; Tom Schmidt - health issues; Sandy Freed; Rhonda Spangler

Prayers for those Battling Cancer
Ken McMindes; Norm Miller

Prayers for Comfort & Strength
Emily DeYoung - pregnancy

Prayers for Thanksgiving (Birthdays)
Chuck Reynolds (4/26); Emmett Tourney (4/28); Jerry Hogue (4/30); Haley Rhine (4/30); Kerri Ladeburg (5/2)

Prayers for Thanksgiving (Anniversaries)
Rich & Jean Hines (5/1); Jeff & Stephanie Berryman (5/2)

Prayers for Health and Healing - Family and Friends
Tim Stephens - recovering from heart attack; Paul Matzat (cousin of Kristin Ply) - ALS; Rylan Julian (friend of Donna Lee) - suffered serious burns; Kathie Schmitt - recovering from surgery; Miles Logan (great-grandson of Ronald & Sue Logan) health issues; Norman Hillman (son-in-law of Kathy Sutton) - rare eye condition; Rev. David French (St. James Pastor) - recovering from stroke; Jack King (cousin of Ronnie Lee) - recovering; Eleanor Pershing (friend of Linda Bowlin) - health issues; Linda Cleveland (friend of Linda Bowlin) - health issues; Frank Dobyns (brother of Dawn Gross) - stroke; Jim Moyer & Connie Garrett (friends of Linda Bowlin) - health; Dustin Mayfield (brother of Rhonda Spangler) - health issues; Mitchell Yoder (friend of Theresa Ledbetter)

Prayers for those Battling Cancer - Family and Friends
Mary Prill (friend of Jack & Sharon Merkel); Jillian Scott (friend of Emily DeYoung); Mary Lawler (mother of Dalene Royer); Max Rodibaugh (friend of Phil Keck); Ray (friend of Steve Ulrich); John Widau (son-in-law of Jack and Sharon Merkel); Donna Rades (daughter-in-law of Bob & Barb Rades); Rev. Joel Brandt (friend of Marc Cohen); Josh Khonke (uncle of Shawn Farrington); Amon Hogue (father of Jerry Hogue); Stephen Shook (friend of Aimee Ness); Cheryl Cornell (sister of Rex Cornell); Dianne Wallace (mother-in-law of Duncan Smith); Linda (sister of Joyce Richter and Glen Luedtke); Rick Law (family friend of Jack & Sharon Merkel); Beth (friend of Debbie Luedtke); Bob (brother of Kare Winters); Austin Hewitt (a senior at Eastern High School and friend of Linda Bowlin); Kurt Lahrman (friend of Aimee Ness); Rich Whited (friend of Steve Tucker); Jay Rice (friend of Mellady family); Nita Taylor (friend of Janet Reynolds)

Prayers for Comfort & Strength for Family and Friends
Chloe Sutton Mackey (granddaughter of Kathy Sutton) - pregnancy; Ron Schmitt (son of Bill Schmitt) - hospice; Tim Sullivan (brother-in-law of Breann Knapp) - deployment; Amy Abraham (former member) - pregnancy; Mark Brinson (son-in-law of Maughmers) - deployment; Wanda Krohe (mother of Michele Ulrich); Wes Knapp (grandfather of Breann Knapp); Logan Hathaway (son-in-law of Todd & Trudy Guthrie) - deploying to the Middle East

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