August 17 - 24, 2021
Returning with Grace Update

At Sunday's meeting, the Council voted to return to requiring masks for everyone who comes into the Grace building, regardless of vaccination status. Council also voted to refrain from indoor Sunday School for children under 12 for the time being.

It is our hope that this will allow us to continue moving forward with programming while continuing to keep one another safe.

To read a letter from Pastor Gregg regarding these updates, and to see the current protocols in their entirety, click HERE.
Ice Cream Social
Thanks to Parish Life for hosting the Ice Cream Social this past Sunday! The ice cream was delicious and the company was fantastic! It was wonderful to see so many Grace family members and to share in fellowship!
Are you a college or grad school student? We want to send you fun mail!

Do you have a college or grad school student in your household? We want to send them fun mail!

Please click HERE to share your/their current mailing address with Pr. Rachel.
In their reports to Council each month, Pastor Gregg and Pastor Rachel conclude with some personal remarks that summarize the most recent period of their leadership here at Grace. Click here to read their August remarks.
From the Director of Music
I am excited to start Grace ensembles very soon! If you are musically minded, I invite you to sing in one of our ensembles. Grace Alone meets on Monday evenings at 7:20 starting August 23; this group leads every week in the 8:30 service. Parish Choir meets on Wednesday evenings starting August 25; this ensemble sings in the 11:00 service. If you enjoy singing, I hope you will consider joining us!
You may have noticed some new hymns in the past few weeks. We have been introducing hymns from our new hymnal supplement, All Creation Sings. I have been blessed with the rich texts in this resource. Here is one hymn that I am meditating on this week:

Come to the Water of Life

All who are thirsty for mercy, all who are thirsty for love;
All who are thirsty for love, for mercy, come: come to the Water of life.

All who are thirsty for healing, all who are thirsty for touch;
All who are thirsty for touch, for healing, come: come to the Water of life.

All who are thirsty for beauty, all who are thirsty for truth;
All who are thirsty for truth, for beauty, come: come to the Water of life.

All who are thirsty for justice, all who are thirsty for peace;
All who are thirsty for peace, for justice, come: come to the Water of life.

Have a wonderful week,
Our partner, HOPE, has changing needs each week based on what is and isn't delivered to their food pantry. If you'd like to help with food donations, you can check this list each week to see what they need most!
Food needs for this week:
+ Pasta Sauce
+ Canned corn
+ Canned green beans
+ Jelly
+ Peanut Butter
+ Breakfast bars (nutri grain bars, Nature Valley, Etc.)
+ Spaghetti O’s
+ Chef Boyardee cans of food
+ Diapers
+ Cleaning supplies
+ Toilet paper and Paper Towels
Please take your donations to HOPE. Click here for drop-off times.

Click the video image for the
worship service for The Feast of Mary, Mother of Our Lord -
Sunday, August 15.

Click here for the worship guide.
Click the video image for the
Children's sermon from
Sunday, August 8.
Worship Assistants at Grace

If you are interested in leading us with a reading,
creed, prayers, serving as a Communion assistant, greeter, or usher, please click here to signup. All slots refer to in-person worship services at Grace.

Thank you for being a part of our worship experiences at Grace!
Mark your calendars:
This fall the Adult’s Bible Study will focus on the Book of Galatians. This was one of Martin Luther’s favorite books of the Bible. The bible study comes from a company called Kerygma. To find more information about this study click here.
Contact Bob Wasserman at 803.415.4449 or about your decision to join this class. There will not be a charge for the book unless you desire to purchase your own copy and write notes in the book. We will discuss this in our first class. - Regards, Bob Wasserman
UPDATE: Good Samaritan Fund

Are you in need? How about someone you know? At the June meeting, Council voted to allocate the undesignated memorial funds from 2020 to the Good Samaritan Fund, with the intention that the funds might offer help to members of Grace who could use a little financial assistance. As one member of Council put it, "We need to help the helpers and not try to pour from an empty cup. Hopefully these resources can help with that."

To request assistance from this fund, please contact either of the pastors. All assistance is confidential.
Automated External Defibrillator
Our second Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is in the office area. The AED is used in the event of a cardiac arrest to “restart” the heart. Please familiarize yourself of its location. We also have an AED in the Narthex.
The AEDs will provide rapid accessibility to emergency equipment for groups and activities that meet in this building. Grace Lutheran is blessed to have healthcare workers that are trained to use the AED. If you, your family, groups, or classes would like to have the CPR and AED training please feel free to contact Dr. Rick Richter or Frances Stockley.

Please note Mary Wicker's new address:

745 Dilworth Lane
Apt. 103
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Congregation Connections
Click the image for
our current
Grace Prayer List
Click the image for
our August Birthdays
The Sanctuary Candle for the month of August is given by
Nancy and Gus Koegler in loving memory of our grandson,
Grant Michael Bodle.

The Altar Flowers for Sunday, August 22 are given by Frances and Walker Stockley in honor of Frances and Charles Stockley's birthdays.

If you would like to sponsor Altar Flowers please click here.
Taking Faith Home carries the previous Sunday's themes throughout the week. These devotions include daily Scripture readings, prayers, hymn suggestions, milestones, conversation starters, service opportunities, and at-home rituals.

Click here for the week of Aug. 15
Click here for the week of Aug. 22
Offering Our Gifts to God

Part of our worship is offering our gifts to God. You can give in several ways:

  • Give via the offering plate in the Sanctuary

  • Give online by clicking here (you have the option to offset the cost of giving online)

  • Set up giving though your bank

  • Mail your offering to the church office.

Thank you for continued faithful giving!
July Giving and Expenses
July Received $34,214
July Expenses $48,700
Budgeted to Spend $57,902
YTD Received $340,450
YTD Expenses $334,539
YTD Budgeted to Spend $405,314
Can We Help?

If you are in need of help (of any kind), or simply want to connect, please reach out to the pastors. We want to walk with you.
Please call or email us.
Stay connected! Click on the links below!
In-person activities at
Grace Lutheran Church are beginning again. All in-person activities need to be scheduled in advance at this time.

Please contact the church office if you need to schedule an activity.

We are praying for the health and well-being of our community and world.
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

(740) 312-5774 (Pastor Gregg’s cell)
(864) 230-3816 (Pastor Rachel’s cell)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm