Ministries

 

Worship

To nourish God’s family with DIVINE WORSHIP – God’s Word, Sacraments, beautiful music and faithful Law and Gospel preaching.


At Grace we are nourished through the Divine Service. That means we sing the historic liturgy as found in Lutheran Service Book, a hymnal of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Grace is blessed with a wonderful Director of Parish Music, Mr. Johnathan Birner. He has been with us for 15+ years. Within the structure of the Divine Service we use, organ, piano, brass, timpani, bells, chimes, choirs, chant, and congregational singing. The music is wonderful.      


You may wonder, what do you mean by Divine Worship? Here is an explanation. In the introduction to Lutheran Worship we have these beautiful words concerning Divine Worship:


Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Music is drawn into this thankfulness and praise, enlarging and elevating the adoration of our gracious giver God.


Saying back to him what he has said to us, we repeat what is most true and sure. Most true and sure is his name, which he put upon us with the water of our Baptism. We are his. This we acknowledge at the beginning of the Divine Service. Where his name is, there is he. Before him we acknowledge that we are sinners, and plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given us, and we, freed and forgiven, acclaim him ad out great and gracious God as we apply to ourselves the words he has used to make himself known to us.


The rhythm of our worship is from him to us, and then from us back to him. He gives his gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us his body to eat and his blood to drink. Finally his blessing moves us out into our calling, where his gifts have their fruition (Lutheran Worship, Page 6 CPH. 1982).


Life is hard. We live in a sinful world and it is dying. People are dying all around us. We are dying. We need to be rescued. We need forgiveness. We need life! The Divine Service brings us what we need! In this service God is present through his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus, bringing rescue, healing, forgiveness, and his all-encompassing eternal life! Through water, bread and wine, music, the Word, Jesus is present for you!

Even when at times we sing off key or the hymn is unfamiliar and not our favorite or the sermon just didn’t hit home or our minds our racing with the 100 things we have to accomplish this week or the liturgy is just falling off our lips without our full attention or or or…the list goes on, one thing remains true, Jesus is here in the Divine Worship serving you!


It is our promise to nourish God’s family through Divine Worship. Thankful when we don’t keep this promise as we ought, God is still working through His Word to keep it for us!   

   

Prayer

 To be a family in PRAYER for and with each other.

 Prayer is a powerful gift from God. James writes: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (ESV James 5:13-16)

When asked by his disciples to teach them how to pray, Jesus taught them the Lord’s Prayer. This is a gift from Jesus that covers all out needs. The Lord’s Prayer is a true gift.

We promise at Grace to be God’s family in prayer. We pray for the world, for the church, for the sick and suffering and for anyone in any need, each and every Sunday in the Divine Service. Our prayer life extends outside of Sunday as our Prayer Chain is actively praying for anyone in need and also for those with opportunity to rejoice. But it doesn’t stop there. We strive to have all our members in prayer. It’s what we promise, to be a congregation, a family, God’s family in prayer for and with each other. Maybe there is something in your life that you would like us to bring before the Lord in prayer. Please send us an email , via the 'contact us' link, or email Pastor Lingsch at pastor@graceofnaples.com and we will pray for you this week!

 

Christian Education

Grace Lutheran Church is a Christian Family of all ages. We provide educational opportunities for our youngest to our oldest members including Christian education classes, midweek programs, seminars, as well as special events and trips. Contact Director of Christian Education, Kami Jo Mogelvang (239) 261-7421 Ext #7  dce@graceofnaples.com


Sunday School: Sunday school is offered for all ages from birth through adult. We have a variety of classes to help children and adults learn and grow in their faith. Join us!

 

Youth: Youth are our 6-12th grade students and we meet for a variety of events and activities. The first Sunday of each month is youth night from 5-7pm, we also have several weekend events, District Gatherings and mission trips to participate in. Our 7-8th grade youth also have a confirmation class lead by Pastor and the DCE on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

 

Kids club: Kids club is a mid-week Sunday school class for elementary aged children. The DCE leads 3-6 year olds from 3:45-4:15pm and the 7-12 year olds class is 4:15-5:00pm.

 

Young Adults: Our young adult group loves to try new things and grow in fellowship time. We meet quarterly for a variety of events from volleyball and beach picnics to paintball events. The target age is for those in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s but everyone is welcome!

 

Women Bible Study: Our Women’s Bible study is led by the DCE and happens Thursday mornings at 10am in our Fellowship Hall. We do a range of Bible studies that focus on growing as Christian women. This is a highly discussion based class and we would love to have you join us!

 

Adult Bible Study:- From November to Easter, Pastor Kudart leads an Adult Bible Study in Fellowship Hall for Adults at 10:30am.  Everyone is invited.


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Human Care

To provide HUMAN CARE for God’s family at Grace, including our friends and neighbors, with their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs wherever we find them.

 

Wow what a promise this is! At Grace, human care is a work in progress. Pastor Lingsch and our Visitation Pastor (Rev Jim Dishop retired), make every effort to visit the sick while they are in the hospital. We also visit our shut-ins at least once a month and bring them the Lord’s Supper.

 

Along with visitation there are other human care events, such as fellowship activities, the Oktoberfest, church potlucks and picnics. We plan educational seminars. We have Hymn Sings and Concerts at Grace. We have trips for all ages off our campus as well.

\We are examining the possibility of bringing on a new staff member to help us with human care. We have talked about a Parish Nurse, or a Deaconess. We are also considering a Vicar, which is a student pastor who would be here to learn and to put his talents into practice.


This is a huge area of ministry at Grace and we are certainly working to make it better. Come join in!

 

Outreach/Evangelism

     Grace exists to receive and share God's gifts!   We are an active and bold congregation that shares the message of God's love for everyone.  It is our sincere hope that you will visit us and become acquainted with the people and ministries at Grace.  We have many opportunities in which we can serve our Lord and community. Our congregation invites you to attend our church services and outreach events. Come and join us.


 

Stewardship

 Here at Grace Lutheran Church we are truly living a Stewardship Life of Time, Talent and Treasures. At Grace our congregation promises to be “All In “when it comes to volunteering of our Time and Talents. When it comes to our Treasures we believe that Everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others.

 

Here are some suggestions as summer is coming to a close and volunteer opportunities are on the horizon, this would be a good time to evaluate how you can help. Volunteering is rewarding and gratifying, when you use your God Given Time and Talents to provide for the good of our Faith Community.

 

Volunteer opportunities on the horizon to name just a few, could be, but not limited to: Honor Flight, Spirit of ’45, Altar Guild, Choir, Properties, Public Relations, join a committee, GriefShare, Fellowship, Usher, Greeter, Thanksgiving Outreach project. Come on! Join the Grace Volunteer Team, Where the Satisfaction is Heavenly.

 
Please check out the new Giving Tab where there are more options for giving. You can now make a one- time contribution, or just make your regular contribution online. You can also make a contribution to the Grace Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.



 

PUBLIC RELATIONS

 The basic objectives of this Board are the presentation to the public of a Christian image which will reflect favorably upon the work of Christ and of the congregation as His instrument, the publicizing of the work of the congregation through various channels and the general integration of the congregation’s work into the life of the community.

 

We support and communicate the 2013 Grace Promise Strategy and the Outreach Initiative of LCMS, building bridges to the community and back. The advertising we do and promotional materials that we use reflect the congregation’s commitment of outreach to the community.


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