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Inviting Community in Christ

Weekly Announcements for June 28-July 4

Worship | Scripture | Service | Sharing | Prayer


Calendar of Events | COVID-19 Updates


Prepare for Worship on Sunday
The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In today’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.
Readings: Jeremiah 28:5-9 | Romans 7:1-13 | Matthew 10:34-42

Worship Services
Due to safety concerns, Grace is now offering two worship times: Sunday at 9:30 am and Wednesday at 6:00 pm. Both will use the same readings and sermon. However, Wednesday night will take more safety precautions: e.g., facemasks will be required and there will be no congregational singing. Please note that we will observe social distancing at both services. Therefore, we will continue to invite 25 households per service to allow for our capacity plan.
The Sunday worship service will be live-streamed on our webpage, on Facebook and YouTube. Join us on any of those platforms Sunday at 9:30 am. The Wednesday evening service will not be broadcast.

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.

Screen Proposal
The congregation is considering a proposal for replacing the one projection screen in the chancel with two LCD screens outside the chancel. We have recorded a brief video detailing the Screen proposal. This video is available at We want to make every effort to keep you informed and answer any questions that you might have about the proposal. As questions or comments arise, feel free to contact Pastor Eggold at

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 +1 617-675-4444 and enter this PIN: ‪268 257 100 2854‬#
  • 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 +1 617-675-4444 and enter this PIN: 436 673 914 1658‬#
How to Read the Bible: Law and Gospel
In this class, we will examine two essential teachings of the Bible: Law and Gospel. We will explore how the Spirit works through both Law and Gospel to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and helps us read and apply Scripture to daily life. Join us on Sunday at 11 am and be enriched as the Spirit works through God's word of Law and His proclamation of the Gospel! Use the information above to join the class on Sundays.
Contact / Questions: Pastor Eggold -


Giving Garden
The Giving Garden has been planted and the first harvest has been delivered to St. James and to the LUM Protein Pantry. We are in need of a few individuals/families interested in helping harvest and deliver. If you are interested in this opportunity to serve those in the Lafayette community who experience food insecurity, contact Cindy Gilles; A schedule will be developed that would fit your availability.

Emergency Shelter Meals for Lafayette Urban Ministry
Do you have a heart for serving? How about for making food to share? We would love if you could share your talents with Lafayette Urban Ministry! Each 1st Thursday of the month, we prepare and serve a meal for about 40 people that night. We would love it if you could prepare food or serve it; both jobs are needed!
To sign-up / Questions / Contact: Nina Morgan - (765) 491-5724 |

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

Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is looking different this year! We would love to have YOU sponsor ONE shoebox – ONE opportunity to share God’s love to a child in this world – for $25. To donate, write a check to Grace and put “OCC” in the memo line.
Questions / Contact: Kim Reneau - (765) 250-5870 |


Grace Church Picnic Save-the-Date
We are tentatively planning on having a Grace church picnic on Saturday, July 18 at Prophetstown State Park. We will make a final determination mid-June and publicize it in the announcements if it will be held. So keep your eyes open in this space for more details.

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.

Thank You
I would like to say thank you to my Grace family for making the last few weeks of isolation a little more bearable. I appreciated knowing that if I were to need any of the essentials of life I could count on the people at Grace to carry me through another day. - Candace Walters


Prayers for Health and Healing
Theresa Landis - recovering from surgery; Myrna Steiner - hospice; Sharon Merkel - recovering from 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
Emily DeYoung - pregnancy

Prayers for Thanksgiving (Birthdays)
Heidi Ply (6/28);  Marlena Edmondson (6/30); Nevyn Misch (6/30); Mark Sattgast (6/30); Drew Linder (7/3); Dylan Linder (7/3)

Prayers for Thanksgiving (Anniversaries)
Aaron & Aimee Ness (6/28); Tom & Betsy Mitchell (7/3); Mike & Marie Switzer (7/4)

Prayers for Health and Healing - Family and Friends
Thomas Eggold (father of Pastor Eggold) - recovering from surgery; Carol Haak (sister of Grace Gillespie & aunt of Amanda Goodspeed) - ALS; Carl Holtman (father of Alan Holtman) - hospitalized; Roy (coach of Karlie Potempa) - recovering; Tim Stephens - recovering from heart attack; Paul Matzat (cousin of Kristin Ply) - ALS; 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; Mitchell Yoder (friend of Theresa Ledbetter)

Prayers for those Battling Cancer - Family and Friends
Debbie Barker (friend of Bernie & Jackie Graser); Mike Steele (friend of Bernie & Jackie Graser); Earl Mann (step-brother of Ed Morrow); Jane Ader (cousin of Nina Morgan); 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); 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 (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
Greg Garbers (nephew of Elaine McMindes) - cancer, on hospice; Phil Keller (brother-in-law of Lowell Timm) - upcoming surgery; Chloe Sutton Mackey (granddaughter of Kathy Sutton) - pregnancy; 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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