What's Happening
What's Happening
VBS was June 13-17, 2016, from 5:30 - 8 pm

VBS for 2015 was completed with many people staffing and suppporting the children on the journey of discovery through the Cross.  Each day the children learned about God's love and how He provides for them both now and in eternity through Jesus, His Son.  Registration for next year will open in April 2017 for the June 19-23 VBS and you can register ONLINE. Click here for the link to the registration page.

We usually offer an adult class of some sort during the VBS hours.

 ISSUES AND ANSWERS

For information on items in the news, you can go directly to the LCMS Info line or you may check out some of the sources on the Related Links page (see above).

We recommend:

CONCORDIA - the popular edition of the Lutheran Confessions... available here.


  LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY
    
Grace Lutheran Church stays connected with individuals and families on campus at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and students away at college or university.  This works through a college mentor program which includes care packages twice a year, newsletters from the congregation, and personal notes and cards. For information email the Church in care of Jo-Ann Thomack.

Grace Lutheran Chuch provides care packages for students here and away from home, twice
a year at exam times.  Please let us know if you have not been included -- we may not know where you are attending class.


  WOMEN'S MINISTRY

Grace Lutheran Church has an active Lutheran Women's Missionary League group -- the women's auxiliary of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  

The LWML group meets at 10 am on the second Monday of each month.                  

The LWML is a national missions service organization with a budget of $1.75 Million
supporting mission projects here and throughout the world.  The LWML publishes a variety of print and media resources for women's ministries and service.  In addition the LWML is a district service organization with a budget of more than $75,000, covering the region of Arkansas, southwestern Kentucky, and Tennessee.  As a local organization, the LWML sponsors many projects, including the preparation of over 100 Personal Care Kits and dozens of quilts for Lutheran World Relief, recyling of ink jet and laser cartridges, recyling of cell phones, toiletries for the local women's safe house, and many other outreach projects.

The LWML sponsors Crafty Ladies 2, the third Monday of each month at 10 am, in which ladies bring crafts to work on in the Fellowship Hall.  The crafts may be individual or group efforts.  Come and join the fun!  The Crafty Ladies are now meeting twice monthly (first and third Monday) to finish a big quilting project for Lutheran World Relief!

For more information, contact the Church Office.

 MEN'S MINISTRY

The Men's Club of Grace Lutheran Church is for adult men of all ages and provides opportunities for fellowship, support and service.  Meeting on the third Monday of the month, they enjoy a meal together, a program, and many other activities.  Annual favorites include pizza and football at the Blackhorse, a Predators hockey game, and a steak cookout.  Check the newsletter and bulletin for the specific dates and times of the meetings.

For information on Men's Ministry through Lutheran Hour Ministries, click on the image:  

 BIBLE STUDIES

On Sunday mornings, there are at least two options for adult Bible Study.  Tom Sollberger and the Pastors all lead classes from 9:45 am - 10:35 each Sunday.  Addtional Bible study groups meet occasionally during the same period.  For a list of current
Bible study offerings, see the table below.

Tuesday mornings the C.H.R.I.S.T. (Christians Having Really Interesting Studies and Talks)
Bible study group meets from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm with child care provided upon request.  
The group is a mix of ages, including younger moms, stay at home dads, and women
with grown families.  Various individuals serve as study leaders.

Wednesday mornings the G. I. F. T. (Growing In Faith Together) Bible study group meets from 9:30 am to 11:15 am and is led by Carol Childress.  Members often come at 9 am to join in the mall walk around the interior of the facility.

Wednesday evenings both Pastor Peters and Pastor Ulrich offer occasional Bible studies (when Advent and Lent services are not being held).  These cover a variety of topics and formats and generally run from 7 - 8 pm.  Check the Bible study table below for the specific offerings.

Meeting Day
Leader
Topic
Dates
Tuesday CHRIST
Noon - 1:30 pm
Jo-Ann Thomack & Other Leaders
Red Tent

Esther

Hymns of the Faithful, Part 1

5 Things to Have a Faithful Prayer Life

Hymns of the Faithful, Part 2
August 2016

September - October 2016

November - December 2016

January - February 2017

March - May 2017
Tuesdays 9:30 a - Noon
Jane Schult
Kings and Prophets Part  9
Kings and Prophets Part 10
September - October 2016

January - February 2017
Wednesdays GIFT
Adrianne Sollberger Leader
Galatians

 August - ??? 2016
Wednesdays 6-7 pm
Pastor Ulrich
For All the Saints - Introducing the saints and why remember them. . .
May 3-31, 2017  6-7 pm
Wednesdays 6-7 pm
Pastors Peters & Ulrich
Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
January 25-February 22, 2016  6-8 pm
Wednesdays 6-7 pm
Pastors Peters & Ulrich
The Smalcald Articles -- Living the Words We Confess
September 21 - November 16,  2016  6-7 pm
Thursday Mens
Study
Tom Sollberger, Leader
Gospel of Luke

Thurs @ 6pm - Sept-May (except Advent & Lent)
Sunday Morning
Tom Sollberger, Leader
Church History
August - September 2016
Sunday Morning
Tom Sollberger, Leader
General Epistles
October - November 2016

Sunday Morning
Pastor Peters
Day by Day We Magnify Thee - the Psalms in the Church and Christian Life
September - November 2016
Sunday Morning
Pastor Peters
Feasts & Festivals - Christ in the Calendar of the Old Testament
December 2016  - March 2017
Sunday Morning
Pastor Peters
Heaven on Earth - the Supper of the Lamb of God
April - May 2017
Sunday Morning
Pastor Peters
A Longer Look at the Life of Luther -- Nov. 10, 1483 - Feb. 18 1543
June - July 2017
Sunday Morning
Pastor Ulrich
Millenials Find their Faith
September - November 2016
Sunday Morning
Pastor Ulrich
Raising Faithful Children in a Faithful World
December 2016 - March 2017
Sunday Morning
Pastor Ulrich
The Kingdom of Heaven Is LIke - Looking at some Parables
April - May 2017
Sunday Morning
Pastor Ulrich
Before There Were Kings -- Life Under the Judges
June - July 2017

  MUSIC MINISTRY

The music ministry at Grace Lutheran Church is a full program of vocal music for all age groups, hand bells, hand chimes, and instrumental music.  This includes Music at Grace, a special series of 4-6 concert events featuring musicians, artists, and ensembles in a variety of musical styles.  Some featured artists have included:  Christopher Pardini (Organist at the Crystal Cathedral), the deGraffenried Chorale, Wilma Jensen (internationally renown organist and instructor), Travecca Symphony, Nashville Sweet Adelines, and many others.  The Choir of Grace Lutheran Church is the featured group for one concert each year - an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Evensong with orchestra, strings, or brass ensemble.  For a tentative listing of current year concerts, please see the table below.

MUSIC AT GRACE 2015-2016 * NEW * Season -- all the groups are NEW to Music at Grace!!
NOTE that this is tentative -- check with the Sunday bulletin for details...
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 4 pm
Cumberland Winds
Dance Band Music of the Big Band Era -
Chili Supper follows
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 4 pm
Sweet Adelines
Women's Barbershop Style Harmonies from the Nashville Award Winning Group!
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4 pm
Red River Breeze
A Celtic Musical Christmas Concert
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 4 pm
Choir & Orchestra & Soloists for Handel's Messiah
Handel's Messiah with Choir, Soloists, and Orchestra -- the BIG Oratorio
February 26, 2017, 4 pm
Les Kerr and the Bayou Band - Mardi Gras
Ushering in Lent to the Mardi Gras sound of New Orleans
March 26, 2017, 4 pm
Gabriel Faure - Requiem
Choir & Orchestra & Soloists
One of the most popular and moving requiems by Gabriel Faure and orchestral music to cap off the season

Our 35 voice choir rehearses each Tuesday from 6:30- 8 pm and is always searching for new voices!  The choir sings at both services and often features soloists and small group ensembles drawn from the larger choir.  If you have an interest, please email the Church to the attention of our Cantor (Director of Music), Rocky Craft.

Our Hand Bell Choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 pm.  This group is a select group of individuals who are proficient at reading music and the group attends hand bell workshops annually.  The Bell Choir plays for Sunday morning services and on special occasions.

Our youth choir meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for a brief rehearsal before Sunday school begins.  A children's choir also rehearses at the same time.  Both are looking to expand and offer a larger program.

We have two chime choirs -- an Adult Chime Choir directed by Rocky Craft and rehearsing after worship on Sunday afternoons and a Youth Chime Choir directed by Tina Carson which meets at 9:30 am on Sunday.

We have two youth choirs and one middle/high school choir.  The Cherub Choir is directed by Ed Kern and includes children pre-kindergarten through Grade 2.  The Angel Choir  includes children from Grades 3-6.  The Middle and Highschool age youth choir is directed by Rocky Craft and includes 7th through 12th grade youth.  These three choirs meet at 9:30 am Sunday mornings.

     Instrumentalists are used throughout the year -- some from the congregation and some through the music department of Austin Peay State University.

  EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY


 Sunday School

Sunday School meets throughout the year from 9:35 to 10:40 am each Sunday morning.  The first part of the Sunday School is a music class (Cherub Choir, Angel Choir, Youth Choir or Handchimes).  The Sunday School lesson begins at 9:55 am. Classes are available for 2 year old children and run through all age groups -- including High School and adult classes.

Catechism Classes

Grace Lutheran Church offers a 2 1/2 year program of catechism instruction.  Generally started in 7th grade, the first level instruction covers the one big story of the Bible (Genesis to Revelation) and the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Apostles Creed.  The second year covers the rest of the six chief parts of the catechism (Lord's Prayer, Baptism, Absolution, and Holy Communion) as well as worship, the Church Year, and a brief overview of Christian and Lutheran history.  The Rite of Confirmation is always administered on the last Sunday in October (Reformation Sunday).  A Confirmation Banquet is held the Sunday before the catechumens are confirmed.  The  catechumens, their families, and the teachers are served by the second year class and their families.

Classes currently meet on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30 pm for First Year and Tuesdays from 5-6:30 pm for Second Year.  Classes meet on when the Clarksville/Montgomery County Schools are in session.  Classes began on August 9, with a parents meeting and will conclude mid-May.

Catechism starts instruction at 6th Grade instead of 7th Grace and First Communion (later in the year).

New Member Instruction

New Member Classes are basic introductions to Lutheran faith and life and are held several times each year.  Generally classes begin with a full day (8 am - 3 pm) of instruction on the Scriptures, the chief doctrines of the Bible, Church history, Lutheran history, the Lutheran Confessions (and Catechisms), Lutheran worship, and Lutheran piety and practice.  New members then continue their instruction through at least six months in one of the various regular Bible study groups that meet through the Church.

An orientation is held a couple of times a year for all those interested in the Church so that they may have an opportunity to meet the Council leaders, the Church Staff, tour the building,  and information about the ministries and programs of Grace Lutheran Church.

VBS  

Join us for Vacation Bible School.  VBS classes are for ages 4 through middle school.  Our VBS is held every year, usually the 3rd week of June.  We generally have classes in the evenings with supper provided.  For the most up to date information on current VBS plans, check the registration link above and read what is happening in the Newsletter (on the Calendar & Newsletter page) and check the Sunday bulletin.


Preschool Ministry
Education is a very important subject among Lutherans especially the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The Grace Lutheran Church Preschool opened in September of 2000 with a capacity of 110 children. Every year since that first year the school has been filled to capacity with a waiting list in many classes.

There are five day sessions for the pre-kindergarten class, three and two day sessions for children from 1 year old to 4 years old. Each classroom is appointed with age appropriate furniture and equipment and is staffed with a trained teacher and an aide. Linda Cribbs is our Director.  There are extended days as well.  Contact the Preschool for more.

The OPEN HOUSE for the preschool parents and students is generally the last Sunday in August (with the first open house at 1 pm) and the Classes begin this year on Monday, August 29... check with the Director for more information and the rest of the times.  

The Grace Lutheran Preschool adheres to the highest standards of preschool education, service, and care within a distinctly Christian setting where values and faith are a part of every activity. Regular chapel times, a music teacher, and seasonal programs make for a well rounded preschool program. The fall semester begins the day after Labor Day each year. Enrollment is limited but you may check with the Director for openings and availability.   Enrollment begins in February for Church Members and opens a week later for those currently enrolled, and the following week for new folks.

 SOCIAL MINISTRY

Grace reaches out to the community through our participation in Urban Ministries and its financial assistance programs for the poor and needy.  In addition we maintain a food ministry at our Church and have access to a variety of programs through referral to other agencies.  

Grace shoulders the responsibility of the Community Soup Kitchen once or twice each month
through our partnership with Loaves and Fishes.  

Grace is a long-time supporter of the Insight (Pastoral) Counseling Center of Clarksville
which provides quality psychological and behavioral counseling within a pastoral
and Christian care setting.

A number of ministries and social service agencies are supported through the combined efforts of the congregation and the local Thrivent for Lutherans chapter.  These include the Hope Pregnancy Center, the Crisis Call Line, the Hospice Program of Montgomery County, Big Brother/Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity, Loaves and Fishes, Urban Ministries, and many others.

 FUEL


FUEL is a food ministry Grace Lutheran Church provides to needy children at Barksdale Elementary School (near by).  Small children who do not get regular meals outside the school breakfast and lunch program receive a bag of healthy foods and snacks to carry them through the weekend.  FUEL stands for Fill Up on Emmaus Love.

HEALTH CARE MINISTRY

   
 Grace has an active health ministry that includes regular blood pressure checks, training in CPR and First Aid, blood drives, the
 loan of wheel chair and other supplies, follow up with the chronically ill, training on the AED, etc.


  YOUTH MINISTRY

The Youth Ministry program of Grace Lutheran Church is overseen by the Youth Committee and reaches youth from grades 6 through High School.  

Consent forms for all groups and ages can be downloaded and completed for any youth event.  Click HERE for a FORM in PDF.

Junior Lutheran Youth Fellowship is for middle school age children (grades 6-8).  They normally meet on the first and third Sundays of the month (12:15 - 2 pm) with activities designed to be fun, formative, and interactive -- ranging from spiritual instruction to servant activies to socializing and fellowship.  In addition they also meet occasionally for other fun activities and special events.  Some of their recent activities have included a fun day at a local water park, canoing down the Buffalo River, and a service project for Lutheran World Relief.  
 
Senior Lutheran Youth Fellowship is for high school age youth.  Each Sunday morning they meet for Sunday school and growth in God's Word and on the first and third Sundays, from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm for fun, fellowship and special topics.  These activities involve fun, fellowship, and programs to stretch the faith and encourage the spiritual growth of high school age youth in the congregation.  It is also open to non-members.  The Senior LYF participates in various youth gatherings, overnights to sister congregations, the Middle Tennessee Mid-Winter Gathering, and the national LC-MS youth gathering (we just came from New Orleans with 25,000 other LCMS High School Youth and Chaparones and look forward to the next one in 2019 in Minneapolis).  For more information on this or other youth programs, email the Church.