Embrace Grace this Saturday, Dec. 3

This Saturday is going to be a busy day at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield. In addition to the Holiday Fair (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM), we will complete the Peace Garden and doing our fall cleanup.We hope to see lots of you at Grace on Saturday. We will begin our work outside between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

Sue Bennett is still looking for volunteers to help with the fair and for people to donate new items, gift certificates, used items, and baked goods. (Give her a call with questions: 562-7784)

For the fall cleanup, please bring your rakes, leaf blowers, tarps, etc. The weather looks good, and we look forward to another productive and spirited cleanup crew!

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

Peace pole dedication ceremony Oct. 31

The general public and those of all faiths are cordially invited to attend a special peace pole dedication ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

The members of Grace will be joined by featured guests from the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts as well as many from the surrounding neighborhood.  A brief service will include the children of Grace and the Islamic Society who have been busy making peace prayer flags, decorating rocks with messages or images of peace and will be planting bulbs that will be part of a peace garden at the site, which will be built next spring and will include a dedication stone and benches for the public to enjoy.  Following the service will be a community meal provided by Grace’s Peace Pole Planning Committee and the Islamic Society. A peace garden with benches for the public to enjoy will be added next spring. Continue reading