GRACE IS A PLACE--
that seeks to welcome, include, transform;
where all may encounter God in community;
where we engage God's Word through:
scripture, tradition, and reason
with our ears, our hearts, and our minds;
where connections happen--with God
and neighbor and one another.
Our Mission is to learn, teach, and live God's Word, uniting in a growing family of faith and sacramental tradition and actively including and loving all.
Thank you for visiting the Grace Church website. Grace is a welcoming and inclusive community of faith. Whether you are a person of steadfast faith or whether you wonder or question, you are welcome here. Come and see! Come by yourself or with a partner or spouse or your family. Come if you are young or not so young, with too much or too little to do, seeking peace or company. Travel with others on this amazing, challenging journey of our God-given and Spirit-lead life.
Wednesday morning worship and programs will resume on January 8.
The church office will be closed on
Wednesday and Thursday, December 25-26. The choir will be on recess on December 29, and the rector will be away from December 25-January 4.
Epiphany Retreat -Saturday, January 25, 2020 9 a.m. - 3 p.m:
THE BEST DEATH EVER
Led by the Rev. Judith Doran
Join us for honest and deep conversation about death, including confronting our own mortality. We will explore the medical, ethical, and theological aspects of what is meant by "sanctity of life," and how what we believe about death affects us and will affect those we love. There will be time for discussion, quiet, and worship.
To register, contact Grace Church by phone (815.777.2590) or email. Lunch is included. A free will offering will be collected.
Judith Doran is a thirty-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force with extensive experience as an educator and leader in the health care setting. She served as administrator for the largest Family Support Center in the Air Force, assisting families in navigating the challenges of military life in crisis intervention, financial management, relocation, employment, and family separation resulting from deployment. As a pastoral care specialist who believes in the mind-body-spirit components of loss, grief, forgiveness, and the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion.
An Episcopal priest since her ordination in 2006, Judith holds a B.A. in Pyschology and Economics from Chapman College and a Master of Divinity degree from Bexley Hall Seminary. She has served parishes in Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, and recently retired as Senior Associate Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois. She will bring a specifically Episcopal perspective to the retreat, but welcomes those who wish to add their own faith perspectives to the conversation.
Sunday 10:30 AM
Morning Choral Eucharist in the main church followed by Social Hour in Parish House
Wednesday 7:30 AM
Spoken Eucharist or Morning Prayer in the Chapel followed by breakfast at Victory Cafe.
Friday 9:00 AM
Centering Prayer in the Chapel
Holiday and other special services as announced
Sunday 9:30-10:15 AM
At this time, our Godly Play Children's Sunday School for K-4th grade is on recess;
A supervised nursery for pre-K is available year round in the Parish House.
Children and adults worship together at 10:30 AM. A soft "pray ground" offers quiet space and activities for little ones.
Youth are invited to serve as acolytes (crucifer or torch bearer) Contact the rector if interested.