Sunday, Oct.20: No morning worship service

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to welcome the community to a special installation service this Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., celebrating the formal installation of Pastor John Marquis. Please note that there will be no 9:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday.

This Week at Grace, October 13, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013, Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Readings for Sunday, October 13, 2013
1st Lesson:2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c      Psalm: 111
2nd Lesson:  2 Timothy 2:8-15        Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
8:30-9:15 Confirmands meet with Pastor
8:45 am – Choir Rehearsal in Fellowship Hall
9:30 am – Worship Service, Sunday School
Noon-3:00 pm – House of Worship Service
6:00-8:00 pm – AA Meeting

Monday, October 14, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm – AA Meeting

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
9:00-10:00 am – Bible Study
10:00am-Noon – Needler’s
6:00-7:30 pm – New Bible Study

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
9:00-12:00 – Thom Westfield Infant-Toddler Services
6:00 pm – Worship Service
7:15-9:00 pm – House of Prayer Worship Service

Thursday, October 17, 2013
9:00-12:00 – Thom Westfield Infant-Toddler Services

Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:00am-1:00 pm – Fall Cleanup of Church Property
8:00-9:00 pm – Al-Anon

Sunday, October 20, 2013, Installation of Pastor John Marquis
Readings for Sunday, October 20, 2013
1st Lesson:Isaiah 52:7-10     Psalm 34:1-8
2nd Lesson:  Romans 10:13-17     Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 16-20
9:30 am – House of Prayer Worship Service
2:00 pm – Worship Service
6:00-8:00 pm – AA Meeting

Reminder: Backpack blessings this Sunday!

This is a reminder that we will be blessing backpacks this coming Sunday at our 9:30 a.m. worship service. As our children get ready to begin a new school year, we want to send them off with the Lord’s blessings and our support. I home many of our kids will be present for this special blessing. They may want to invite their friends to join us too!
–Pastor John

Join us for Feast Day of All Saints

A message from Pastor Bill White:

At our upcoming worship services, Sunday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:00 p.m., we will be observing the Feast Day of All Saints.

At worship we will remember our sisters and brother in Christ who died and joined the Saints Triumphant. Christ’s mercy is extended to all people and this week we celebrate our trust and hope in our promised resurrection with Jesus one day in heaven. At worship we will read the names of all the departed in prayer and in praise. Please join us.

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.

Message from Pastor Harman: Support peace with a piece of our Garden

Pastor Derek Harman

Recently, with the tornado recovery efforts going on around town, I’ve been to several meetings with community members that know of our church, but have never met me.

In the process of meeting these people, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been introduced (or introduced myself) and had people say, “Oh, yeah! You’re the church that planeted the peace pole out in front! That was awesome!”

Well, we’re about to do one better by completing our peace pole project by installing our peace garden to go with it. Continue reading

Congregational care team meeting rescheduled

In anticipation of a snow storm forecasted for Wednesday, Feb. 10, which the forecasters have a variety of predictions about, while we know that most are hearty New Englanders and will come out in any storm, in the interest of having the best possible attendance, we have changed the date of our Congregational Care team meeting.

 New Meeting Date – Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7pm! (Immediately following our 6pm Ash Wednesday service).  Thanks for making a note of it.
— Pastor Harman

Sunday, Dec. 20 worship to take place as scheduled

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday:

Grace WILL REMAIN OPEN and hold services at our regularly scheduled time of 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 2009, for our annual Christmas children’s pageant.  We are anticipating a snow storm arriving in our area Saturday evening and tapering off Sunday morning around mid-day.  We will make every effort to have our parking lot and entry ways ploughed by 9:00 a.m.  However, we are asking that everyone take a look at your local circumstances and make decisions based on safety first.  We would love to have you attend our children’s pageant, but we want you to be safe and able to join us in the future even more!  Thank you and God bless!”

–Pastor Harman

Pastor Harman’s sermon: Dec. 6, 2009

This week, Pastor Harman discusses our roles as messengers in our lives as Christians and what “stories'”and what “story” our lives are telling.

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Pastor Harman’s sermon: November 29, 2009

This week, Pastor Harman shares a new approach to daily life with one another and ways in which we can perceive Jesus in our midst, everyday.

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