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Fall rummage sale this Saturday, Oct. 25

The fall rummage sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 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.

Participate in our capital campaign: Pane by Pane

Below is a special message from Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield facilities director Mike Clark:

Two years ago, Grace began an effort to purchase and implement new energy-efficient technology. We replaced our boiler with a new high-efficiency unit, we installed new air conditioners, and upgraded most of our lighting with new fixtures and bulbs.

That leaves us with one project left — or actually, 31 — new windows to complete our energy-efficiency program. We were originally set to replace 28 windows, but three were overlooked: two in the bathrooms, and the one in the boiler room.

The total cost of all 31 windows is $11,904.00, or $384.00 per window. If you would like to buy a window, that would be great. If you can’t afford an entire window, we welcome all contributions, large and small.

So far, we have reached our goal of raising a 50% deposit so we can place the order for the windows. Through July 13, $6,957.00 has been donated. But we have a ways to go to raise the remainder, $4,947.00, in order to pay for the balance.

Let’s hope next winter is warmer inside, as well as out.

Thank you,
Mike Clark

To make a donation, send or bring a check to:
Grace Lutheran Church
c/o Pane by Pane window campaign
1552 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089

Remembering Rollie Jacobs, 1927-2014

Rollie Jacobs (courtesy: Masslive.com)

Rollie Jacobs

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield mourns the loss of longtime member Rollie Jacobs, who passed away Wednesday evening.

Jacobs, 86, was the first TV sportscaster at WWLP-TV in Springfield, from 1956 through 1984. For many years he served as the trackside announcer at Riverside Park Speedway, was a local golf advocate, and was active in the church, where he was beloved by all.

Read more about Rollie Jacobs’ life and career at WWLP.

Summer rummage sale: June 14

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will hold its 2014 summer rummage sale Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check out an expansive selection of lightly used clothing and housewares.

Donations will be accepted at the church starting Monday, June 9 through Thursday, June 12, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, as well as Friday, June 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Those who wish to donate items but cannot make it to the church can call Martha for a scheduled pickup at 568-8033.

Help is always needed for the sale, starting with setup Friday afternoon and with cleanup after 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Again contact Martha for details.

Springfield Rescue Mission graduation: May 6, 2014

The Springfield Rescue Mission Board and staff invite the Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield community to the 2014 graduation Ceremony of the Men’s New Life Rehabilitation Program.

Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Pioneer Valley Christian School, 965 Plumtree Road, Springfield

This is an open invitation to attend a wonderful night of testimonies, music and evidence of God’s hand of salvation and transformation on the lives of the men in our programs!

For more information contact Julie Barnes, 413-732-0808, jbarnes@springfieldrescuemission.org

2014 Holy Week schedule

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will have no Wednesday service this week.  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services are both at 7:00 PM.  Please contact Pastor John if you are willing to read at these two services.  Easter Sunday services are at 5:45 AM at the flagpole at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home (this is a lay-led outdoor service) and at Grace at 9:30 AM.

Mission Endowment Fund 2014 recipients announced

It is with great joy that Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield announces its 2014 Mission Endowment Fund special donation recipients.

Created in 2010 by the congregation of Grace, each year a disbursement from the fund is awarded among local, regional and national/international charities as part of Grace’s ongoing effort to live out its mission statement, “Faith in Action.”

This year’s recipients are: Continue reading

Tropical Sunday! Join us March 2

Want to go on a Carribbean Cruise and don’t have the money or the time?  Just come to Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield for the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday March 2, 2014.  Our talented musicians will celebrate with tropical themes and music on this Sunday before Lent begins.  Don your best cruise wear and, if you feel so inclined, bake something with pineapple or coconut or other tropical specialties (chocolate?).  Coffee hour will feature a tropical punch….Aloha!

Winter rummage sale: Saturday Feb. 22

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will hold its 2014 Winter Rummage Sale on Saturday, February 22, 10-2 pm.  Please bring used but usable items to the church February 17-20 in the mornings before 12:00 noon or Friday February 21 1-5 pm.  Call Martha (568-8033) if you have questions or need pick-up.  No TVs please.  We always need extra volunteers, especially after 2 pm for the clean up.  Come join the fun!

Annual Meeting: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

A message from Council President Carol Goulet:

There have been many changes here at Grace in the past year. After Sunday worship February 9th, we will hold our annual meeting. At that time, our leaders will present their annual reports for 2013.

As we move into this New Year in the life of our congregation, we need your help. Each one of you is important in the life of this congregation. Please join us and see how far we have come. Help us to plan where we will go in the future.

Carol