News from Grace Lutheran Church

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!



What is the Divine Call?

In my consideration of the call to the congregation in New Mexico (which I declined), I had the opportunity to review another set of “call documents.” This is a packet of standardized informations and forms received by every pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It includes all the sort of things you’d expect: salary, medical coverage, mileage, continuing education, housing, moving expenses. It includes some general survey questions about the congregation including demographics, income, liturgical customs, and spiritual well-being. And it also includes a boilerplate page of authorizations and obligations called the “Supplement to the Diploma of Vocation.”

When I arrived in 2010, I relied upon this call document to know what I should expect from the congregation and what the congregation desired of me. …


Pastoral Care is Always Available for You

WHEN SHOULD WE CALL, EMAIL, OR TEXT PASTOR? The short answer is: anytime! It might be helpful to clarify what you to ask and expect of me as your pastor. First, I am bound by the Holy Scriptures and my ordination vow to the following duties and responsibilities:

“Feed my Sheep”(John 21:17); Preaching the necessity of Christ death by crucifixion & that He rose from the dead on the third day(Luke 24:46); “Repentance and the forgiveness of sins be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”(Luke 24:47); Preach the Word—exposing sin, disprove false teaching, and comfort(2 Timothy 4:2); Ambassadors with the ministry of reconciliation in Christ’s forgiveness(2 Cor 5:17-21); Servant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God, i.e.


Declining the Call

Dear people of God at Grace, made holy in blood of Jesus,

I announced at this weekend’s Divine Service that I have declined the call to serve Trinity Lutheran congregation in Gallup, New Mexico. Please pray for the congregation in Gallup, that Holy Spirit give them a faithful pastor to shepherd the flock of Jesus there. Also, join me in prayer that the Holy Trinity continue to bless and preserve our congregation in Dyer, keep us faithful in the Word, and grant us to be unified around Jesus and His gifts.…


Congregation at Prayer Schedule for 2016-2017

The Congregation at Prayer is our weekly devotional and catechetical guide for use in the home and in the congregation. The Congregation at Prayer unites Grace around the same sections of the Word of God and catechism, and gives us a common language for prayer and meditation upon the Scriptures. It is distributed in the weekend service folder or may be downloaded here: The Congregation at Prayer.

We live together in the themes established on each Sunday of the church year and look forward to the coming Sunday.…


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

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