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Free jazz concert this Friday, April 17

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to host a free jazz concert this Friday.

The Jazzbones, a group of eight fine musicians under the management of David Neill, will perform a concert of mass music this Friday, April 17, 2015, starting at 7 pm.  The concert is free and open to the public, sponsored by a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council. All are invited — there may even be popcorn!

Rummage sale this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will hold its next rummage sale this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 10-2.  Donations will be accepted at Grace on Monday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 23, between 9-noon and on Friday, October 24 from 1-5 PM. Call Martha at 568-8033 to arrange a pick up.

Remember help is always needed for the sale, both for set up on Friday afternoon, and for clean up starting at 2:00 on Saturday.

2014 Christmas Eve worship

Please join us at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield tonight for Christmas Eve worship services. All are welcome to attend our 6:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m. services at 1552 Westfield St. (Rt. 20) in West Springfield. Parking is available in the rear of the church and on Woodmont St.

These beautiful services are highlighted by a singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight. We hope to see you there! Merry Christmas!

Fall cleanup day Saturday, Nov. 22

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield asks members and friends of the church for their help and participation in an outdoor cleanup day this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, starting at 9:00 a.m. An impressive number of fallen leaves have accumulated on the property, and guests are asked to bring rakes to help gather them. Also several small tree limbs have also fallen in the past few months, and anyone with equipment to cut them up and remove them is very much needed. Contact the church office with any questions.

Check us out on Facebook!

If you haven’t been there lately, visit Grace Lutheran Church on Facebook. We have video sermons, event pictures and other fun posts you won’t see anywhere else! Like us and get all the latest updates right in your Facebook feed!


Webmaster’s update: November 2014

Please note a few website features that had been down for repair are now working again, including:

  • In the “Embrace Grace” section that appears on the left-hand side of all pages, you can once again click the “get website posts via email link” and you’ll get any new posts to the website via email (they arrive around 3:00 p.m. ET on each day a new posts appears).
  • Kevin now uses MailChimp for the weekly email newsletter (separate from the website updates emails). We’ll have an updated link there soon so you can subscribe automatically, but in the meantime if you’d like to sign up, email the webmaster.
  • The ELCA news feed is working again, as is the link to the New England Synod calendar page. Be sure to check those regularly (as well as Bishop Hazelwood’s blog) to stay up to date with ELCA happenings at the regional and national level.

Let me know if you’d like to see any additional features!

Save the date: 36th annual Holiday Craft Fair

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield invites you to join us for our 36th annual Holiday Craft Fair, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to Grace’s Women in Christ group to fund future missions.

Spend a leisurely Saturday morning browsing homemade and specialty crafts from the area’s top local craftmakers. As in years past, the event will also feature a wide variety of homemade baked goods, soups, and other food items. Also see an eclectic mix of fine lightly used items in our “nearly new” room, and a special holiday auction full of surprises.

Highlighting the event is our Holiday Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring sausage grinders, hot dogs, hamburgers and assorted beverages.

For more information — including how you can participate if you are a local artist, baker or craftmaker, call Sue at 562-7784.

Special Pastoral Homecoming Nov. 9

Mark your calendars! Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield invites current and former members to join us Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, for a special event welcoming back three former pastors. Join us starting at 9:30 a.m. for a worship service and luncheon honoring former Pastors Edwin H. Larson, Louis R “Rudy” Beyer and Robert Villani.

Pastor Beyer became the third pastor in Grace’s history on June 23, 1974. Beyer, who was chief pastor at Grace for nearly 20 years, co-founded the West Springfield Parish Association and served as Chaplain in the Massachusetts Air National Guard assigned to the 104th Fighter Group in Westfield, Mass., with a rank of Major.

After briefly serving in an interim role, Pastor Larson was installed March 20, 1994 and served the congregation until January 2002. During his tenure Grace purchased the multi-family house next door to the church at 1568 Westfield Street, converting the first floor to offices and Sunday School and meeting space.

Pastor Villani served several stints as interim pastor at Grace during the 2000s, after retiring from his role as founding pastor at St. Peter’s in neighboring Holyoke, Mass. In 2007 he was chosen as the recipient of the Sister Agnes Broderick Justice and Peace Award, a special recognition by the Providence Ministries for the Needy Inc., presented to a person who stands in compassionate love with the poor. In 2014 Pastor Villani is celebrating his 53rd year in ministry.

This is not only an opportunity to reconnect with pastors who have meant so much to Grace, but also an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t been to Grace recently to visit us and experience the joy of our community and His love.

For more information contact Margit in the church office.

AED defibrillator training Nov. 2

Following the recent purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield, several members have expressed interest in learning how to use the device in the event of an unexpected emergency situation.

To that end, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. ET (immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship service), the West Springfield Fire Department will hold a class for anyone interested in AED training. Members of Grace as well as the general public who would like to learn how to use an AED are welcome to attend.

A Message from the 5th and 6th Grade Sunday School Students

This Sunday is your last chance to join us in supporting the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids Program. Bring in a new or gently used kids winter coat this Sunday, Oct. 26, to support our coat drive!