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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!

 

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.

A special Christmas message from Mt. Kilimanjaro

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to share a special message from Travis and Gretta Schwamb, members of our congregation who are celebrating Christmas from Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of their effort to raise money for orphans in Africa.

I hope everyone is doing well and is enjoying the holiday season. I’m sad to be missing out in person this year, but Travis and I will be having a different type of ‘White Christmas’ this year hiking Kilimanjaro. In our quest to summit Africa’s highest peak, we would like to extend the invitation for you to support an incredible grassroots organization that we have been working with in Kenya. We are going to be ascending 19,341 ft and are hoping to raise $0.50/ft climbed … an ultimate target of $9,670… in other words, an amount that could feed this entire orphanage for a year.

For official information on this non-profit and to support our hike please click here…http://igg.me/p/624019/x/4878583

Merry Christmas from Africa, thank you for your support and we’ll be thinking of you on the mountain! 

Gretta & Travis

PS – This organization is a 501(c)3 and all donations from the US are tax deductible. 

Welcome new ELCA Bishop Rev. Elizabeth Eaton

ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield offers its congratulations to newly elected Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Bishop the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton.

Eaton, the first female bishop of the ELCA, will replace outgoing Bishop the Rev. Mark S. Hanson. Eaton, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was ordained in 1981 and was elected bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod in 2006. She was elected Aug. 13 at the ELCA’s 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh.

Bishop Eaton’s husband, the Rev. Conrad Selnick, is an Episcopal priest and a management consultant. They have two daughters, Rebeckah and Susannah. See/click below to view the video of Bishop Eaton’s historic election and reaction from New England Synod Bishop James Hazelwood.  Continue reading

Urgent need at West Springfield Parish Cupboard

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield calls on the community to help meet the urgent need for nonperishable food items at the West Springfield Parish Cupboard, an emergency food program serving greater West Springfield.

According to director Martha Tighe, demand for assistance was overwhelming in the month of July, as the Parish Cupboard met the needs of 214 families and nearly 600 total individuals, with more than 200 of them children. As a result, the Parish Cupboard’s supply of groceries has fallen to critically low levels.

Donations can be brought to Grace Lutheran Church at 1552 Westfield St., or a pickup can be arranged by contacting the Parish Cupboard directly at (413) 734-7969.

Our 500th post!

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield and Gracelutheranonline.com are pleased to celebrate the 500th post to our website! We hope you enjoy this online portal to our ministry and that you will visit us often, both online and at our brick-and-mortar home, 1552 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA.

God bless!

Download Summer 2013 newsletter

Newsletter highlights:

  • Pastor White on how to welcome a new pastor with grace
  • June 2nd pastor candidate vote information
  • New Tuesday night bible study
  • First Communion recap
  • Upcoming rummage sale

Download the Summer 2013 newsletter

‘Bridge to College’ program begins May 21

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to share news of a special program for women who would like to learn more about attending college.
A free event, called the “Bridge to College” program, running Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on May 21, 28 and June 4, 11 at FutureWorks on Federal St. in Springfield. The purpose of the program is to encourage women to attend college and prepare them for the process.
The program was created thanks to a grant from WMECO that was given to Bay Path College. For more information, see the link above, or contact Kellee Grucci, kgrucci@baypath.edu, for at 565-1161.

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield turns 60!

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield celebrates is 60th anniversary this year! We’ve come a long way (figuratively, not literally!) since our humble beginnings in a makeshift chapel in a small house on the corner of Westfield St. and Woodmont St. An excerpt from our History page:

Our first service was held March 1, 1953. We had 180 persons in attendance with only seating for 80, so we used the apartment upstairs, coatrooms, kitchen and all available space. During 1953 we had our first Vacation Bible School, Adult Bible Class and Adult Membership Class, Sunday School with 22 enrolled and our first Baptism.

Stay tuned for plans to celebrate this momentous anniversary this year.