Spend Tuesdays with Grace this fall

As the Fall season begins, Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield invites those from the community to spend a bit of your Tuesday with us, enjoying good fellowship and getting closer to God.

At 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays, a weekly Bible study group meets in the church parlor.

At 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, our Needlers sewing and knitting group meets in the parlor for a couple hours of fun crafting.

In the evening at 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., through mid-October a special Bible series will take place featuring the book of Esther, a thought-provoking study of how God’s invisible handwriting is scrolled across the pages of human history.

Beginning Tuesday: Summer 2013 Bible study series

Augsburg Fortress Book of Faith

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Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will begin a new Summer 2013 Bible study series this week.

June 4 marks the beginning of a 6-8 week special study on the book of Roman’s, using material from Augsburg Fortress’ “Book of Faith” series.

The primary lens through which Lutherans read scripture is that of Law and Gospel. But what is the law? God’s law is everything that God asks of us. However, because we acknowledge that we cannot do all God asks, we must look to God for grace and mercy, for love and all forgiveness. The gospel is everything that God does for us.

It doesn’t matter if you are a biblical scholar or have never study the bible, whether you bring your own bible or use one on the many we have on the shelf; whether you can be there every week or a few weeks, all are welcome. The group meets in the church parlor Tuesday night’s from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Lois Tverberg book featured in fall Bible study series

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to announced an all new Tuesday evening Bible study series beginning in October.

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This special 14-week study series, beginning Oct. 2, 2012, will feature the book “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus” by author Lois Tverberg.

By understanding the religious and cultural atmosphere in which Jesus lived and taught, we begin to understand why his first disciples abandoned everything to follow him. As we eavesdrop on the conversation, Jesus and these first disciples, using ears of first century Christians we will find a new depth in our spiritual life. We will discover both practical ways to live as Jesus’ disciple and an invigorating faith that will draw you closer to God.

The Bible study group meetings run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and take place in the church parlor. A number of copies of “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus” are available for $12.00 each. To learn more, please contact Carol via the church office.

New Bible study series: ‘The Greatest Story – Jesus and the Four Gospels’

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Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to announced this week begins a new Bible study series examining the life of Jesus from the perspectives of the four Gospels.

Beginning this Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., this 90-minute study will meet for the next 16 weeks and not only study the “big picture” of the four Gospels, but will also explore the journey of the story of Jesus, from His birth through His ministry, along the dark path of trials and crucifixion and into the bright light of Easter morning.

As we walk this journey we will also participate in Jesus’ life, not just in our heads but in our whole lives. Through story telling, visual sand art presentations, worship songs and creative events that reach imagination and spirit. Along with the life-based questions in each session guide, these activities will help take the conversation off the page and into our lives.

The participant guide is $15.00; a limited supply are on hand; those wishing to attend the series or those who have any questions may contact Carol at 733-7645 or via email at carolalmb@comcast.net.

Fall 2011 Bible study series begins Sept. 13

Do you sometimes feel like you don’t quite understand the parables on the Kingdom of Heaven? Or like you’re missing the full meaning of the Sermon on the Mount? Have you ever wondered how the disciples would have understood Jesus’ actions during the Last Supper?

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, there will be a bible study using the book “Sitting at the feet of Rabi Jesus”. The 90-minute studies, which begin at 6:00 pm, will run for 11 weeks. Continue reading

‘Faithful Living, Joyful Giving’ Bible study series

Join with Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield as we study God’s word together in order to become more faithful in our living.

Experience community, food, fun and faith while discussing scripture. Our special Bible study series, “Faithful Living, Joyful Giving,” is in progress now and is running for six weeks through Oct. 31. These special 75-minute sessions are hosted in the homes of Grace’s members. For more information, check out the sign-up sheets in Jung Hall or contact the church office.

Book of Faith initiative takes root at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield

All are welcome to join Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield during the month of March as it celebrates the scripture by participating in the ELCA’s Book of Faith initiative.

Book of Faith is a five-year program among “members, congregations, synods, church-wide ministries, and institutions and agencies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” to reengage the Bible and its teachings, and applying its lessons in our everyday lives.

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will hold a special three-part Bible Study program, taking place at 11:00 a.m. at the church on Mar. 1, Mar. 15 and Mar. 19. This three-session study explores how the Bible came into being with an introduction to the creation, collection, and canonization of scripture. Participants will discover where the Bible came from, how it was put together, and the contribution the Reformation made toward scriptural literacy.

For more information or to sign up, contact Pastor Harman.

Mark your calendars: Upcoming events at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield

Confirmation – February 1st, 11:00 a.m.

Parish Cupboard Food Distribution at Grace – Saturday, Feb. 7th and Saturday, March 7th, from 9:00 a.m. – noon; families interested in participating should contact Pastor Harman at: pastorharman@gracelutheranonline.com

Tropical Sunday – February 8th; Who cares if it’s winter? Come dressed in your favorite tropical outfit and enjoy a tropical-style celebration!

Rummage Sale – Feb. 21st; Start collecting your unused clothing and other items to donate to next month’s sale in order to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and other worth causes supported by Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield.

Lenten Bible Study – March 1st, 15th and 29th, immediately after worship; These one-hour sesions will focus on the Book of Faith Initiative and cover basic topics.

New Bible study series starts this week

If you wait until the last minute to file your tax return, we’ve got the perfect place for you to go before you drop them off (at midnight) at the Post Office!

As of April 15, we’re starting another series of Bible study (seven weeks) entitled “No experience necessary.” This series is intended for people with any level of experience with studying the Bible and prompts exciting dialogue about the scriptures that guide our faith and how they applied at the time they were written, as well as to our world today.

The series will take place each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the parlor at Grace Lutheran Church in West Springfield. Bring your Bible, or we have plenty that you can borrow! Bring a neighbor or a co-worker. All are welcome! We’ll see you there!