Our traditional service includes scripture readings, a sermon message and hymns and spiritual songs accompanied by our pipe organ. Often there is special music by our choir or bell choir. The order of the service generally comes from our hymnals "Lutheran Worship" or "The Lutheran Hymnal". The Lord's Supper is served on the first and third Sundays.
"Grace Alive" Contemporary Worship
Grace Alive is worship with a contemporary feel. Modern Christian songs are accompanied by keyboard, guitar, and drums. The worship is also enhanced by the use of technology such as Power Point, DVDs, video clips and the like.
The same timeless message of our God and His love for us is shared in a fresh contemporary format.
The Lord's Supper is served on the first and third Sundays of the month.
We have Christian Educationl for children pre-k through grade six and Bible Classes for Jr. High and Sr. High Youth at 10:10am. There is also an Adult Bible Class taught by the Pastor at 10:10am. In addition to Biblical topics, this class covers other theological topics, as well as the spiritual aspects of current world events.
The Worship Service
The people of Grace Church want you to feel relaxed and comfortable during our worship services. We hope that you find your participation in our services to be a blessing.
Come as you are -- there's no dress code. You'll see men and women wearing jeans or shorts, business suits, and everything in between.
Children of all ages are welcome in the services.
As you enter the sanctuary (where the service is held) an usher will hand you a worship folder. Inside you will find the order of the service for the day as well as information about the church's many activities. The usher will also have children's activity sheets if you would find them helpful. The usher will gladly answer any questions you may have.
You may sit anywhere you feel comfortable.
On Sundays, the service is projected on a screen up front. This makes it easy to follow what's going on -- just watch the screen! The service is also printed out in the worship folder. Before the service starts we project announcements about church activities. These are also available in the worship folder for reference at home.
If you are a visitor to Grace Church, you will be greeted by the very friendly members of the church. We are honored when people choose to worship with us, but we never ask visitors to stand up or identify themselves during a service.
We consider our visitors our guests. As such, we don't expect visitors to participate in the offering of our blessings back to the Lord. If you wish to make an offering, we provide envelopes in the pew racks for your convenience.
Our worship services include the Lord's Supper (Communion) on the first and third Sundays. We request that you read the information in the worship folder regarding this practice before communing. If you prefer not to take the Lord's Supper, you may remain in your seat. Or you are welcome to come forward to the communion rail and receive a blessing. You'll find more information about Communion in the worship folder.
If you have other questions, please feel free to ask anyone you see, or to contact the church before you come the first time.
Parking & Entering
We have a large parking lot on the east side of the building.
It is next to the church on Verdin Ave. You may also park across from the
church entrance in the Walgreen's lot in the one row of spaces that face the church.
Main, Barrier-free entrance: On Verdin Ave. (Double glass doors). No steps to negotiate if you
take the elevator inside the door.
Northwest door: From the Boudinot parking lot -- the doors
with the crosses on them lead to the stairs by the Ministry offices.
If you are coming to see a staff member on a weekday, this is the best door to use. It is not open on Sundays.
(Not open right now) Entrance on Boudinot at Verdin Ave: leads
to the back of the sanctuary (where the traditional worship service is held).
Getting Around the Building
The sanctuary, where traditional worship services are held, is on
the second floor. You can enter the back of the sanctuary through the
double doors in the lobby (narthex).
The sanctuary, where contemporary worship services are held is on
the lower level.
For activities other than worship, there is a classroom on the
lower level, the youth room is on the main level and
two others are on the third floor. The nursery, fellowship hall,gymnasium, kitchen,
and Lunch Room are in the basement (lower level). The Braille room is
also located on the lower level of the building. The Pastor's and Secretary's offices are located on the
second floor off the Boudinot entrance. The Conference
Room is just off the lobby off the Verdin Ave. entrance and that is where Bible class is typically
held. Children's Christian education meets on several levels.
Restrooms: There is
one restroom off the church lobby on the second floor, next to the Conference
Room. It is wheelchair-accessible. Other men's and women's restrooms
are in the basement (lower level) downstairs and to your left.
There is an elevator inside the Verdin street door.
Other buildings include the Heitner Building and the Teschler Building.