Don’t forget book club this Sunday!

Don’t forget to attend Sunday’s book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield. This month’s featured book will be “To Live or to Perish Forever – Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan” by Nicholas Schmidle.

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August book club discussion: ‘To Live or to Perish Forever’

The next book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will be held Sunday, August 9th at 11 a.m., following the Sunday worship service. 

The featured book will be “To Live or to Perish Forever – Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan” by Nicholas Schmidle.  Schmidle, the grandson of Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield members Ed and Joyce Jutkas, lived in and reported on Pakistan for two years as a New America Foundation fellow, where his travels took him into the most isolated and unfriendly provinces, and into the thick of interests and beliefs that impede that nation’s peace and progress.  Schmidle is a graduate of James Madison and American Universities and lives in Washington, D. C. with his wife. 

All are invited to attend this discussion.  For more information, contact Carolyn at 739-0790.

Don’t forget: Book club meets this Sunday

It’s not too late to plan on attending the June book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield, taking place this Sunday, June 14, 2009, following Sunday worship (discussion to start at approximately 11:00 a.m.).

This month’s featured book is “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson. For more information check out our previous post.

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield June book discussion: ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ by David Guterson

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will hold its next book discussion Sunday, June 14, 2009, in the church parlor following the 9:30 a.m. worship service (starting at approximately 11:00 a.m.).

Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

The featured book will be “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson.

The book, set on an island in the straits north of Washington state’s Puget Sound, a place where fisherman and berry farmers make up the island’s population.

The story, set in the 1950s, focuses on a murder trial, and touches on key themes such as racism and the internment camps of the 1950s as criminal suspicion surrounds a Japanese-American fisherman, a lifelong resident of the islands.

All are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. Contact Carolyn Harrington for more information.

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield April book discussion rescheduled for April 26

The next monthly book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield, originally scheduled to take place Sunday, April 19, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the church parlor. The featured book will be “The Book Thief” written by Marcus Zusak. Continue reading

April book discussion: ‘The Book Thief’ by Marcus Zusak

The next monthly book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is scheduled to take place Sunday, Apr. 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the church parlor. The featured book will be “The Book Thief” written by Marcus Zusak. Continue reading

February book discussion: ‘The Shack’ by Wm. Paul Young

Mark your calendars for Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield’s next book discussion, taking place Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in the church parlor.

This month’s featured book is “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young.  This book tells the story of Mack Phillips, who took his three children on a camping trip while his wife visited her sister.  While Mack went to help his two older children when their canoe overturned, his youngest daughter, Missy, was abducted by a known child predator.  Evidence of Missy turned up in an abandoned cabin and everyone knew the worst had happened. For the next four years, “a great sadness” fell over Mack and his family until a note from God showed up in his mailbox, inviting him back to the shack for the week-end.  What he finds there will change his life forever.

For more information, call Carolyn at 739-0790.

2nd Update: January book discussion: ‘Gilead’ by Marilynne Robinson now scheduled for Jan. 25

(Due to weather, the discussion will now take place Jan. 25.)

The next book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield will take place Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, following the 9:30 a.m. worship service (discussion starting at approximately 10:30 a.m.).

The featured book is “Gilead” by author Marilynne Robinson. Gilead is a 2004 National Book Critics Circle winner and a 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. Discussion questions are available here. All are welcome to attend the discussion.

Learn more about Gilead at Amazon.com.

‘Sundays in America’ author visits Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield

More than two dozen people crammed into the parlor at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield recently to meet with author Suzanne Strempek Shea and discuss her most recent book, “Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith“. The book is centered around the author’s experiences and observations while attending 52 different churches during the course of a year.

Strempek Shea was a very entertaining speaker and there was much laughter as she talked about her experiences prior to and during the year when she visited all kinds of churches all over the country, graciously answering all questions.

Some of the attendees were not members of Grace, but had seen the articles about the discussion in the newspapers, inviting everyone to come. All who attended had a wonderful time.

A reminder: Visit Gracelutheranonline.com regularly for all the upcoming events at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield.