The latest from Swaddling Clothes

Our director shared the work accomplished last Saturday. Thank you volunteers and for your donations!

We had 16 families today with 3 new and 13 returning families. The total number of items given was 517.

This is truly a very blessed ministry, so thanks be to God!


Pancake Breakfast to Support the Youth—April 16, 8:30-10:30 am

Please attend our pancake breakfast to financially support our Youth’s trip to this summer’s Higher Things conference. The cost for each youth to attend this four day conference is $355 inclusive plus travel. Also, please consider sponsoring one or more of the seven youth attending. You may contribute directly in the weekly collection (memo: “Youth Group”) or donate online

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 8:30 am to 10:30 a.m.


Grace Lutheran Church
8303 Sheffield Ave.
Dyer, IN 46311

Contact Info:

Debbie Soltesz
(219) 865-1137
[email protected]

The mission of Higher Things® is to assist parents, congregations, and pastors in cultivating, encouraging and promoting a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults.

To fulfill this mission, Higher Things:

  • Catechizes youth through instruction in Christian doctrine and life;
  • Involves youth in the mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people;
  • Publishes periodicals, literature, curricula, and other resource materials using print media and the internet;
  • Organizes conferences, retreats, and seminars to help youth become informed and active members of their congregations;
  • Encourages youth to consider vocations of service in the church;
  • Establishes networks for congregations to share resources for youth ministry;
  • Connects high-school and college youth with faithful Lutheran campus ministries and assists congregations and campus ministries in their service to Lutheran college students.

Support our youth at Culver’s on March 16th!

Support the Grace Lutheran Church Youth Group as they travel to this summer’s “Bread of Life” Higher Things Conference. Here’s the flyer: Grace Youth Family Day Flyer. Please print and share with coworkers, friends, and neighbors.

Or cut out the coupon, sign it and present it to the cashier at the time of your purchase. The cashier will keep track of the amount of all coupon sales to determine the donation to your organization. If someone should happen to forget the flyer, just mention this to their cashier. They will then print a register receipt & have the guest sign it for credit.

Please feel free to distribute coupons to your family, friends, co-workers and anyone who might be interested in raising money for your organization. Gift Certificates are always welcome.

(Please note that coupons are not to be distributed at Culver’s Restaurant.)

Announcement of the Moveable Feasts of 2016 A.D.

Traditionally connected with Epiphany was the publication on January 6 of the annual letter of the bishop of Alexandria announcing the date of Easter for the current year. The scholars of Alexandria were considered most competent to make the difficult computations and observations necessary to determine this date, and thus the whole East followed their findings, which were sent to all churches by the bishop. In the sixth century, the same procedure was adopted in the West. During the Middle Ages the dates of other movable feasts observed in the Church were added to the date of Easter and all of them announced to the people on Epiphany. Traditionally, this was chanted following the Gospel.

Dearly beloved brethren, know that as we have rejoiced in the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, so there is announced to you by the mercy of God the joyous observance of the Resurrection of the same our Savior:

In this year of Our Lord TWO THOUSAND AND Sixteen, which commenced on Friday the First day of January, being the Feast of the Circumcision and Name of Our Lord, there will be two Sundays after the Epiphany, until Septuagesima Sunday which will occur on the Twenty-fourth of January.

The Tenth of February is Ash Wednesday, and begins the sacred forty days of Lent.

On the Twenty-seventh of March we shall celebrate with great rejoicing the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven will be recalled forty days thereafter, on the Fifth of May.

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost will be celebrated on the Fifteenth of May.

The Feast of the Most Holy and Blessed Trinity will be observed on the Twenty-second of May.

There will be twenty-six Sundays after Trinity, until on the Twenty-seventh of November, being the first Sunday in the Advent of Our Lord, a new Year of Grace will begin.

To our Lord Jesus Christ be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Car Wash and Yard Sale

Help support the youth of Grace Lutheran Church


SATURDAY, August 29, 2015
10am – 1pm

Grace Lutheran Church
8303 Sheffield Ave Dyer, IN

The youth of Grace Lutheran Church are raising funds to help
them attend the “Higher Things” youth conferences.
Please bring your vehicle for a wash.
There will also be items for sale from the preschool. These include
materials and furniture pieces.

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner for the Gillespie Children

Even though the event is over, you may still DONATE NOW: read our post of thanksgiving!

IMG_3451_fixedLocation: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12 West 34th Place, Steger, Illinois 60475 (Map)
Date: Sunday, March 8th, 12—4pm.

Four of eight of Pastor Gillespie’s children have Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). The proceeds from this event will help pay for the overwhelming costs of the needed medications and frequent hospital visits.

Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, desert, coffee or lemonade.

The South Lake chapter of Thrivent Financial will match with $1 for every $4 raised, up to $1600.

For more information, contact the church office: (219) 865-1137 or [email protected]

Please share with this Poster ( or Bulletin Insert (


Learn more about the Gillespie’s diagnosis with TSC here.

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in vital organs, including the brain, eyes, skin, liver, lungs, heart and kidneys. It is also the leading genetic cause of both autism and epilepsy. TSC affects about 50,000 in the United States and more than 1 million worldwide. Currently, there is no cure. Since 2010, there have been two FDA-approved treatments to shrink tumors in the brain and kidneys of those with TSC, and promising research continues for additional therapies to improve the quality of daily life for every individual with TSC.