Ministries for All Ages

Ministries to the Community

Blanket Workshop – Entering Our 45th Year of Ministry November 2016!

The Blanket Workshop is a sewing group providing blankets and layettes for distribution to Lutheran World Relief, the Ecumenical Storehouse, YWCA, and nursing homes.

Have you ever wondered about Grace’s ministry through our Blanket Workshop? What difference does this work make in other people’s lives? How can I be a part of this ministry?
Here’s some facts you should know about Blanket Ministry:
• October 1971 – founded by two concerned women at Grace, Mary Hoglund and
Sigrid Ludemann, in response to a call for blankets and quilts from Lutheran World Relief.
• 12 ordinary women originally worked on supplying our first knitted blanket strips.
• As of October 2016 – over 100 different volunteers have been involved over the past 44 years;
contributing more than 66,000 volunteer hours in a variety of tasks!
• Over 2,200 blankets/quilts have been constructed; 1,000 Baby Care Kits(layettes); 400 Personal and School
Care Kits; 550 lbs. of motel soap and hundreds of pounds of Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Knoxville!

What difference does a blanket make in recipients’ lives? ‘ It is warmth; a wall, or shade; a carrier and travel companion; shelter and safety. Blanket, you are our lifeline: To the Lord and the people whose love you send.’ Sherry L. Byrnes, New England Region
How can I become involved? Come on the 1st, 3rd or 5th Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall from 10 am to 2 pm. We need people who can cut fabric; sort colors; assemble quilts; tie simple knots; use a sewing machine; knit; cut t-shirts to make cloth diapers; and anyone who loves God and all His people! Thanks be to God, as we work towards our 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2021!

CONTACT

CONTACT Care Line provides critical support services, such as a listening ear, referrals to community resources, and reassurance calls for those who are homebound. Grace Lutheran was one of the founding churches for this telephone helpline in 1973. Our church continues to support it both financially and with people resources. Training classes in “The Art of Listening” are offered periodically.

Ecumenical Storehouse

Grace is a founding member and one of the churches helping to run the Ecumenical Storehouse during specified months of the year. We also help pick up donations during our designated months.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Free English language classes are offered at Grace four mornings and three evenings a week. Child care is provided for all evening classes and is free. It’s a wonderful international experience! Learners in our ESOL program have included people from Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgystan, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela. Contact the church office for details or to volunteer.

Current ESOL class schedule:

Monday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (two classes, intermediates and one for near-beginners)
Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (two classes, intermediates and a class for near-beginners)
Thursday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (two classes, intermediates and a class for near-beginners)

Flower Festival

NEW! Grace hosted flower festival on May 6-7, 2017. The public was invited to this event. Planning is underway for 2018! For more information, please view the flyer.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is open every Friday to serve those in need and is staffed by volunteers with the aid of shoppers and stockers who work each Wednesday. We also purchase food for the Holiday Basket program at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. This ministry aids about 2800 families (about 7000 people) a year. Come join us in this ministry!

Holiday Food Baskets and Angel and Stars Trees

Grace provides holiday food baskets for those in need at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Angel Tree ministry provides a gift of clothing and one of a toy to each child/youth of the families receiving Christmas food baskets. The Stars ministry is similar to the Angel Tree and takes place concurrently but is for seniors such as those confined to nursing homes and provides small gifts such as toiletries and other personal items.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Grace works with Knox Area Rescue Ministries to assist those in need in our community. Please read the latest edition of Corners of Your Field to learn more.

Love Offering

A Love Offering is received monthly for local, national and international ministries.

Mental Health Ministry

The Mental Health Ministry team offers programs throughout the year for the entire community. Recent events have included an art therapy program, a talk on autism, and a discussion of the effects of mental health issues on members of the patient’s family. The Mental Health ministry also is responsible for our Veteran Friendly Congregational Initiative, which makes us a safe place for veterans to receive information on resources available to them.

Program on the Use of Art in Mental Health Treatment
Program on the Use of Art in Mental Health Treatment

Pet Fest

Grace hosts an annual Pet Fest and Blessing event for the community on the first Saturday afternoon of October. All proceeds except from microchipping are divided among the participating rescue groups, who also offer pets for adoption. Microchipping donations above chip cost go to the Heifer Project. This is a fun family-oriented event with live music, food, activities for children, bake and rummage sales, free pet/owner portraits, low-cost microchipping, and a service of blessing followed by prayer for individual blessings of the pets.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides a knitted, crocheted, quilted, or woven prayer shawl to persons hospitalized, entering assisted living or nursing home care, or experiencing other life crises as a tangible sign of the congregation’s love and prayers embracing the recipient. This ministry extends beyond members of the congregation to the wider community. Yarn and dimensions, optional patterns, and general instructions are available at the Prayer Shawl display in the narthex.

Spanish Classes

Grace offers a Spanish class on Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. For more information, please contact the church office.


Congregational Support Ministries

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is responsible for the altar linens and for the preparation of communion.

Bread of Life

The Bread of Life Ministry provides communion to shut-ins.

Drama Team

The Drama Team provides occasional skits or short dramas for Sunday worship services, Lenten services, and Vacation Bible School.

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Flower Guild

The Flower Guild provides floral arrangements for the altar each week for both the sanctuary and for the 9:30 worship service in the Fellowship Hall. They also provide arrangements for the front and back vestibules. Instruction in flower arranging is provided, and occasional field trips to venues where skills and ideas were obtained have been made.

Photography Team
This group provides free pet portraits and candid photos at the annual Pet Fest and Blessing and does photography at many other events in the life of the congregation.

Prayer Chain

The prayer chain is activated either by staff or members who can request prayer for specific persons or needs of family or friends.

Prayer Meetings

Prayer meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM. The format includes Scripture, time for meditation, a bit of music, and corporate and individual prayer opportunities. All are welcome.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides a knitted, crocheted, quilted, or woven prayer shawl to persons hospitalized, entering assisted living or nursing home care, or experiencing other life crises as a tangible sign of the congregation’s love and prayers embracing the recipient. This ministry extends beyond members of the congregation to the wider community. Yarn and dimensions, optional patterns, and general instructions are available at the Prayer Shawl display in the narthex.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay volunteers who are specially trained to offer care to persons who are grieving, suffering a health crisis, or dealing with some other life-changing event. Grace is in the process of establishing a Stephen Ministry program.

Visual Arts Team

This group dresses the altar for the 9:30 contemporary worship service, hangs banners appropriate to the season, and provides audio visual support. A computer team prepares worship programs from guides provided by the Worshipping Commission, and a projectionist team operates the computer and overhead projector at each service.

Website Team
This group is responsible for the design and maintenance of Grace’s website.

Writers of Grace

Writers of Grace is a group dedicated to promoting the gifts of the writers in our congregation and providing education and resources. Writers (or would-be writers) of all levels are welcome. The group meets monthly, and they work both on personal writing projects and on assignments to develop their writing skills. They also are doing a project to help members of Grace get better acquainted by profiling two members a month in the church newsletter (Grace’s Faces). A novelists’ subgroup meets monthly, too.

The Writers of Grace anthology, “In God’s Hand,” is now available! For more information, please visit the Anthology 2017 page on the Writers of Grace website.