September 2019

Sunday School & Bible Class

Sunday School & Bible Class begin Sunday, September 8th! Grab a snack after worship and enjoy it in the sanctuary. Everyone will begin the Sunday School hour in the sanctuary with a church family prayer led by Pastor Douglas. After the prayer, the children will go to their respective classrooms with their teacher.  

PreK3-Kindergarten taught by Ms. Katie Henzi in the upstairs classroom on the right
Grades 1-5
taught by Staff Minister Brent Bitter in the upstairs classroom on the left
Grades 6-10
taught by Mrs. Kathy Ranft in Pastor’s Office
taught by Pastor Douglas in the sanctuary

WE NEED MORE TEACHERS! We need volunteers to team up with our current teachers so they have an opportunity to attend Bible class too. Can you help? Whether you can lead for one Sunday or every Sunday, your help is appreciated in any of our classes. Please speak with Staff Minister Brent Bitter to let him know your availability and the age you are willing to teach. 


Foundation Courses

Grace has a series of courses essential to the Christian faith that are designed to help people form a solid foundation of Scriptural knowledge and understanding. Click here to see the course listing. One course will be offered quarterly at Grace. This quarter, The Big Picture will be offered on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM beginning October 23rd. It is a 6-session course that gives an overview of the Bible to help those with little Bible background or knowledge. It puts the accounts of Scripture into context by teaching the full expanse of Scripture first. It’s great new Christians both young and old to gain further insight. In-home classes for any course is ready to begin anytime. Speak with Staff Minister Brent Bitter if you would like to host one! The courses are open to your friends and neighbors too. Invite them to join you!


40-Acre Rock Trail Hike: September 7th 

Join us for a hike close to home at 40 Acre Rock!  It is a 2.5 mile out-and-back trail featuring a small waterfall. We will meet in the parking lot at 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 7th.  Bring your lunch, plenty of water, and a good pair of hiking shoes!  Click here to learn more about the park and to find directions. Questions? Contact Brent Bitter. SIGN UP here to receive email updates on planned hikes. 


Disc Golf: September 14th 

Join us for a round at the Crooked Creek Crossing Course at Blair Mill Park 1025 Fair Oaks Drive Stallings, NC 28104. All skill levels are invited to join us! We will meet in the parking lot at 9:00 AM.


BULLYING – Fighting Fear with Love: September 20th at 6:00 PM

This free 60-minute presentation by Sarah Reik MS, LPC, DCC from Christian Family Solutions examines the problem of bullying by considering the definition and prevalence of bullying, and by profiling both the bully and the victim. We will discuss what parents, children, and schools can do to confront the problem of bullying and help the victims, as well as what can be done if you are the parent of a bully. Free babysitting is provided for registered parents. Refreshments are also provided.  REGISTER NOW for this presentation. 


LWMS Rally at Grace: October 5th at 9:00 AM

Grace Lutheran is hosting its first ever Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Rally. 40-50 ladies from our circuit are expected to attend. We will learn about missions from our two guest speakers. You will meet Anne Press from Christians Forward who gathers WELS Christians to do work in Myanmar, Thailand, Romania, and Mexico. You also will hear from Leigh McGrath, who wants to ignite your excitement about mission work. You will see videos on WELS guided Mission Journeys and WELS Humanitarian Aid Journeys around the globe. The rally will wrap up around 4:00 PM. We need volunteer help!  If you can lend a hand please contact Maureen Highdale at

Installation at Illumine Church: October 6th at 6:30 PM

Our sister congregation, Illumine Church in Rock Hill, SC, is welcoming their new pastor, Rev. Nathan Loersch, in a special installation worship service on Sunday October 6th at 6:30 PM. A dinner will follow. Please join them to help celebrate! Direct any questions to 


Upcoming Meetings

Church Council meets at 7:00 PM on Monday, September 9th
Quarterly Voters Meeting takes place at 11:15 AM on Sunday, September 29th
Long Range Planning Committee meets in October; date and time to be determined


Happy Birthday to You!

Happy birthday to all Grace members who are celebrating in September!  If your birthday is missing or incorrect, please notify the church office at 

September 2: Matt Cory; September 4: Jill Moore; September 6: Lindi Zawlocki; September 8: Josh Zawlocki; September 11: David Paustian, Josh Ranft, Gary Tyler; September 13: Sarah Martin; September 18: John Bergmeier; September 19: Bill Smith; September 20: Andrea Witt; September 21: Nicholas Benson; September 24: Tillery Ranft; September 25: Kari Schnobrich


You and Your Synod

Did you know?  The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) operates missions in 23 different countries – and you are part of that work!  In Grace’s 2019-20 fiscal year, 8.3% of our budgeted offerings are designated for our congregational mission offering (CMO). Your offerings help bring the good news of Jesus to people around the world through these CMO-supported WELS missions. 


Do You Have News to Share?

Please submit any news or announcements for the monthly Grace Notes newsletter to Brent Bitter by the 25th of each month to ensure it is included. Send the information to Brent at at  

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