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Inviting Community in Christ

Weekly Announcements for March 1-7

Worship | Scripture | Service | Sharing | Prayer


Calendar of Events


Prepare for Worship on Sunday
Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.
Readings: Genesis 3:1-21 | Romans 5:12-19 | Matthew 4:1-11

Season of Lent Worship Services
We live our lives beneath the cross of Jesus, beneath God’s manifold love and grace that reach to us even from Calvary. Based on the hymn “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus” (LBW 107), this mid-week Lent series explores what it means for us to abide at the foot of the cross, to cling to the rock of our salvation, to dwell in the house of the Lord, and to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness.

Lenten Midweek Services will be Wednesday evenings at 5:45pm (family service) and at 7:00pm (Lenten Vespers) with a meal in-between these services in the Fellowship Hall.

Town Hall Meeting
The members of Grace will have a town hall meeting after worship on Sunday, March 15. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the proposal to install two video screens in the Sanctuary for worship. Location of the meeting is TBA.

Watch Sunday Morning Worship
Feeling sick? Travelling? Stuck at work? No worries! Grace now provides live video online each week. You can find us on YouTube or streaming live on Facebook.

Scripture & Study

Sunday Morning Classes:

  • The nursery (Noah's Ark classroom) is available for families with children ages 0-2
  • Preschool will meet in the Little Blessings Room with Eric & Carole Hahm
  • Grades K-2 will meet in the Helping Hands Room with Dalene Royer & Linda Bowlin
  • Grades 3-5 will travel to Springboro Farms for God's Classroom
  • Jr High will meet with Brian Pike
  • Sr High will meet in the Youth Room with Cindy Gilles
  • Adult Class will meet in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Eggold
Weekly Studies:
  • Tuesday Morning Men's Study - 6:30-7:30am in Pastor's Office
  • Wednesday Morning Women's Study - 10:00-11:00am in the Upper Room
  • Thursday Night Study - 6:30-7:30pm in the Upper Room
Confession and Absolution: the Lutheran Difference
Altar calls. Absolution. Penance. Forgiveness. So many opinions. What do you believe? For Lutherans, Christian confession is not simply a historic practice of the church or a pious ritual; it is a profound summary of the whole Christian faith. Join us as we explore God's Word and discover why Confession and Absolution stands at the heart of Christian faith and life. Class will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings at 11:00am.


Blood Pressure Screening
The Health Ministry Team will be having a blood pressure screening after worship on Sunday, March 8 in the Warehouse. If you have any issues or concerns with blood pressure, we encourage you to stop in! 
- Contact / Questions: Jackie Graser - (765) 414-0924 (

Kids Kloset Collection
Is it time for spring cleaning? Would you like to help families in need? During the month of March, we are gathering gently used clothing for children and teens for the Kids Kloset ministry at Christ United Methodist Church. There will be a cart in the narthex during the month of March for your donations. 
- Contact / Questions: Nancy Clark (219)776-5350 (


Softball Team Starting Up
The Grace Recreation Club is looking for some players to join a softball team this summer! If you'd be interested in playing some ball, email James Krotz ( for more details. We look forward to playing with you even if this is your first time playing!

St. James Open House
Lutheran schools are an amazing resource to help your child grow in the way of Jesus. St. James, our local Lutheran school, will be hosting an open house on March 2 for grades K-8. Great, loving teachers and administrators can’t wait to meet you!

Website Update
If you head to our website (, you may notice some new changes! We will continue to work on it over the next few weeks, but we hope this will put our best foot forward as an Inviting Community in Christ.

50 and Over Group
We will meet on Monday, March 30 at 5:00pm at El Meson. Space is limited so please RSVP to Ron Logan (765) 412-9932 no later than Wednesday, March 25. Mark your calendars now and come join us for food, fun and fellowship.


Prayers for Health and Healing
Theresa Landis - upcoming surgery; Myrna Steiner - recovering; Sharon Merkel - recovering from fall and hip surgery; Carl Wollenburg - recovering; Peter Cook - recovering from stroke; Larry Royer - recovering; 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
Marilyn Hardesty - died; Emily DeYoung - pregnancy

Prayers for Thanksgiving (Birthdays)
Donovan Flynn (3/2); Elayna Carlson (3/5); Bradley Ayers (3/7); Carter Brinson (3/7); Michael Ness (3/7); Tom Schmidt (3/7); Rhonda Spangler (3/7); Myrna Steiner (3/7)

Prayers for Thanksgiving (Anniversaries)
Jerry & Kris Ripke (3/2)

Prayers for Health and Healing - Family and Friends
Virginia Wisler (mother of Lisa Wright) - hospitalized; Norman Hillman (son-in-law of Kathy Sutton) - rare eye condition; Jami Hines (mother of Cole Williams) - recovering from surgery; Carl Holtman (father of Alan Holtman) - recovering from surgery; Rev. David French (St. James Pastor) - recovering from stroke; Sandy Schauer (sister of Bernie Graser) - pneumonia; Mary Lawler (mother of Dalene Royer) - hospitalized; Alex Holtman - recovering from surgery; 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
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
Sarah Killian (mother of Angela Dimmick) - died; 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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