What's Happening
What's Happening
VBS 2018 was June 18-22, 2018, from 5:15 Supper and Classes 6 - 8 pm

VBS for 2018 is over and done.  We are already making plans for 2019.  VBS will be June 17-21!  Mark your calendar so you can join the fun as a student, teacher, aide, kitchen helper, craft helper, or music staff.  The theme for 2019 will be MIRACULOUS MISSION -- with a promo video already available.  Classes begin with a light supper at 5:15 pm and the actual classes run from 6 - 8 pm.  Watch for Registration to open April 2018 for the June 17-21 VBS and you can register ONLINE.  Click the link below to watch the promo.

Watch the Promo Video HERE:

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.  LWML now goes by its new name:  Lutheran Women in Mission. . .

To watch a new video on Lutheran Women in Mission, click HERE.
The LWM group meets at 10 am on the second Monday of each month.                  

The LWM 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 LWM 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 LWM 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 LWM sponsors Crafty Ladies 2, the third Monday of each month at 10 am, in which ladies work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  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 Adriane Sollberger.  

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
10-11:30 am
Jo-Ann Thomack & Other Leaders
Waiting:  Patience, Hope, & Trust
Sept. - Nov. 2018
Advent Series C
Dec. 2018
Devotional Reading of Small Catechism
Jan. - May 2019
Wednesdays GIFT
Adrianne Sollberger Leader
1st & 2nd Corinthians

Until announced
Wednesdays 6-7 pm
Pastors Peters
Formula of Concord
Jan. - Mar. 2019
Thursday Mens
Study @ 6 pm
Pastor Ulrich, Leader
Leviticus

Thru Nov. 2018
First, Second & Third John
Jan. - Mar. 2019
Formula of Concord
May - July 2019
Sunday Morning
Tom Sollberger, Leader
Daniel
Thru Sept. 2018
The Acts of the Apostles
Oct. 2018 - May 2019
Sunday Morning
Pastor Peters
Athanasian Creed
August - Sept. 2018
Luther vs Erasmus - Free or Bound Will
Oct. - Nov. 2018
The Shepherd and The Sheep
Dec. 2018 - March 2019
Luther on Mary:  Magnificat
May - June 2019
Sunday Morning
Pastor Ulrich
Ephesians
Thru Mid October 2018
Celebrating the Saints
Mid Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2019
The Trinity
Feb. - April 2019
Galatians:  Letter of Law and Gospel
May- July 2019

  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 2018-19 * NEW * Season -- Now ready to be revealed...
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 4 pm
A Mariachi Band
A Little Salsa to Start Off the Season
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4 pm
Bone Therapy
An all trombone patriotic concert on Veteran's Day
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4 pm
Jason Coleman & Friends
Christmas with Floyd Kramer's Grandson & Friends
Sunday, January 6, 2019, 4 pm
Epiphany Concert
GLC Choir & Harp; Rutter, Beethoven, Holst, et. al.
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 4 pm
Matthew Phelps on Organ
Let's sing the old hymns with the Mighty Pipe Organ
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 4 pm
Stainer's Crucifixion Oratorio
Sir John Stainer, GLC Choir, Soloists, Orchestra -- WOW

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 are working on an adult chime choir -- Let Cantor Rocky Craft know if you are interest.

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 6th 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 5:30-7 pm except during Advent and Lent.  Classes meet on when the Clarksville/Montgomery County Schools are in session.  Classes began the week after CMCSS begins, with a parents meeting, and will conclude mid-May.

Catechism starts instruction at 6th Grade.

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 lthird Sunday in August (with the first open house at 1 pm) and the Classes begin this year on Monday, August 27... 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.

Youth Schedule is in the Calendar and Newsletter with updates in the Sunday bulletin. 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 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 Youth 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.