Order your 2012 Christmas poinsettias

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Please be sure to pick up an order form for your Christmas poinsettias. Orders need to be in to the church office by Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Flowers are $7. As is tradition, the flowers will decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve. Order forms are available in Jung Hall, and forms and payment may be included with the weekly offering during worship. For more information, email the office at contact@gracelutheranonline.com.

Just warming up: Fundraising drive for new heating system

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to announce that a new boiler and water heater have been ordered and will be installed during October. The entire project should take about two weeks to complete.

With the project nearing fruition, the bills will start coming in. The total cost for the project will be right around $50,000. We can’t make it happen without the support of the members and friends of Grace. We ask for your prayerful donations to our heating system replacement fundraiser. We know this is a costly project, so our fundraiser slogan – “On A Wing And A Prayer” – will hopefully be helpful in deciding what you can contribute to this cause (no amount is too small ).

Please send your contributions to:
Grace Lutheran Church
1552 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Attn: Heating system

There will be a board in Jung Hall showing our progress toward our ultimate goal. We are taking this big step to make our building more energy efficient and a more comfortable place to come and worship.

Grace Lutheran Church Fall 2012 newsletter

Please enjoy the Fall 2012 edition of Graceful Tidings, the Grace Lutheran Church newsletter. Special thanks to newsletter editor Christine Parizo of Christine Parizo Communications.

Download the Fall 2012 Newsletter

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Congratulations to Pastor Daphne Burt

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to offer congratulations to Pastor Daphne Burt, who was called yesterday to serve His mission as the pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hamden, Conn.

The Rev. Dr. Daphne Burt

Pastor Burt has served as a frequent guest pastor and friend to many at Grace Lutheran Church. Most recently she served as Intentional Interim Minister at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Staten Island, N.Y.

An ordained pastor for 25 years, Pastor Burt earned her M.Div. from the The Catholic University of America in 1983, and in 2002 her D.Min. from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She has served in a variety of church and educational settings in the eastern U.S., including as chaplain and religion and philosophy teacher at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton.

The Grace community wishes Pastor Burt all of God’s blessings.

Congratulations to 2012 scholarship recipients

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to congratulate the recipients of its 2012 scholarship awards.

From left: Interim Pastor Bill White; Rebecca, Kim, and Alan Hardy

During a ceremony Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, scholarship awards were presented to congregation members and students Jamie Newhouse and Rebecca Hardy.

Rebecca, daughter of Kim and Alan Hardy, is a 2011 graduate of Westfield High School. She will be entering her second year at AIC in Springfield this fall, studying physical therapy. Jamie, a 2012 graduate of West Springfield High School, is the daughter of Diana and Todd Newhouse. Jamie will to heading to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston to study architecture.

From left: Diana and Jamie Newhouse; Council President Carol Goulet

Both Girls have been active in the Sunday school program, first as students then as teachers. Last summer Rebecca ran the Summer Sunday program that served a combined group representing all ages of students. Jamie filled that position this year, working with the children to explore the importance of water and tend a vegetable garden.

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is proud to help aspiring students afford the cost of higher education via the Grace Lutheran Church Education Fund. To donate to the fund to help next year’s students, checks may be sent to:
Education Fund
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
1552 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089

Congratulations to Rebecca and Jamie!

Welcome Pastor Bill White!

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to welcome the Rev. William M. (Bill) White as its Interim Pastor. Pastor White has nearly three decades of pastoral experience serving God and the people and churches of the ELCA in Vermont and Connecticut.

Pastor White will be leading Wednesday evening and Sunday morning worship services starting this week, and will be available for pastoral care needs.

To learn more about Pastor White, check out his full bio on Pastor White’s page.

Deadline: Grade Education Fund applications due July 17

Those wishing to apply for a grant from the Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield Education Fund are asked to do so by July 17.

This fund to support the youth of our church began in 1985, with a Robert Fleming memorial gift, and has been continually supported with gifts and memorials. Any member of Grace is eligible to apply for funds to further their education.

To apply, please submit a letter or email requesting funds to church secretary Margit Mikulski (mmikulski@gracelutheranonline.com) by July 17. Please include the specific program, course of study or school where you have been accepted, and, if you will be a first-year student, submit a letter of acceptance from the college. Eligibility requirement include – enrollment in a 2- or 4-year degree program, enrollment in a certificate program, or a full-time student.

Grace celebrates three new Lay Ministry graduates

After two years of study, three members of Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield recently graduated from the New England Synod School of Lay Ministry.

2011 School of Lay Ministry graduates
From left, Karen Blanchard, Carol Goulet and Ryan Lynch

The graduates were Karen Blanchard, Carol Goulet and Ryan Lynch. The special graduation event and ceremony took place at the annual New England Synod Assembly of the ELCA, held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield June 3rd – June 5th.

 The School of Lay Ministry is an innovative program designed to give adult students an opportunity to grow in their faith for the purpose of personal spiritual development, biblical enrichment and life-long learning. This program seeks to assist those who have a desire to broaden their faith understanding and expand their skills for service in their local congregation. The first year of the two-year program included studies of the Old and New Testaments, and the second year of studies focused on theology, Lutheran Confessional Heritage and the American Religious Experience. The School of Lay Ministry, which is in it’s third year, had 33 graduates this year, the largest class ever.

Congratulations to Ryan, Carol and Karen, and all of this year’s graduates. Click here to learn more about the New England Synod School of Lay Ministry.

Volunteers needed: New entrance ramp almost complete!

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is asking for volunteers who have availability this week to help complete the church’s new entrance ramp at the rear of the church. If you have few hours at any point Monday through Friday to assist our lead project manager, please contact the church office as soon as possible.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 evening worship service cancelled

Due to the snow and ice expected throughout the day, Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield has cancelled its evening worship service for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. All are invited to join us for our next worship service Sunday, Feb. 6, 2o11, at 9:30 a.m.