October 2019

Sunday School & Bible Class

Grab a snack after worship and enjoy it in the sanctuary. Everyone will begin 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


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 6:30 PM beginning October 23rd. It is a 6-session course that gives an overview of the Bible. 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!


Disc Golf: October 5th at 9:00 AM

Join us at 9:00 AM for disk golf at Creekside Disc Golf Course located at 5900 Oakwood Lane, Indian Trail, NC. To access the course, take the first exit from the roundabout and park in the gravel lot between the Dog Park and Outdoor Fitness Equipment. The entrance to Hole #1 will be through the woods opposite the entrance to the Baseball Complex. Contact John Bergmeier at subbergs@aol.com if you plan to attend!


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 mohighdale@gmail.com.

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 worship@illuminechurch.com. 


Morning with Mommy & STEAM Night: October 11th

Parents with young children are invited to attend our next Morning with Mommy and/or STEAM Night on Friday, October 11th! Morning with Mommy begins at 10:00 AM and STEAM Night begins at 6:00 PM. Both events are free and include age-appropriate learning activities. Invite a friend! Contact Sarah Krajewski at sarah.krajewski@grace-charlotte.org with questions. 


Escape Room: October 12th at 11:00 AM

What’s an Escape Room?  You and your team will assemble in a themed room and will have one hour to complete your mission and “escape” the room. A successful escape will require you to find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles throughout the room. Interested?  Contact Sarah Krajewski at sarah.krajewski@grace-charlotte.org by October 3rd to participate on October 12th.The location and details are yet to be determined. Typical cost is $25-30.


Minister’s Conference: October 14th-16th 

Pastor Douglas and Staff Minister Bitter will be at a conference in Lusby, MD on these dates. Staff Minister Bitter is presenting a paper to the conference entitled, “Lessons from the Stewardship History of the Wisconsin Synod”.  Please pray for safe travels and a beneficial conference. 


Charlotte Men’s Shelter: October 19th

The Helping Hands small group is serving at the Charlotte’s Men’s Shelter on October 19th, 4:00-7:00 PM.Volunteers will be preparing and serving food. Are you interested in helping? Contact David Dyer at david_dyer@selinc.com or Sarah Krajewski at sarah.krajewski@grace-charlotte.org for additional information. 


Crowder Mountain Trail Hike: October 26th 

Mark October 26th on your calendar for a trail hike at Crowder’s Mountain!  We will meet in the Boulder Access Area parking lot at 8:30AM. We are trekking half of the Ridgeline Trail to SR161 and then doubling back to our starting point for a picnic. The round trip is a little less than 5 miles on moderately rated trails. Hikers will go at their own pace and are welcome to turn around earlier if they desire. The trailhead is less than 1 hour from Grace. Click here to learn more about the trail and the park. Bring plenty of water, bug spray, sunscreen, lunch, a good pair of hiking shoes, and a camera to capture memories of the beautiful fall colors. Questions? Contact Brent Bitter at brent.bitter@grace-charlotte.org.

Reformation Potluck Dinner: November 3rd

Come celebrate the 502nd anniversary of the Reformation of the Christian church in worship at 10:00 AM on November 3rd, and stay for a putluck dinner afterward. There will not be Sunday School or Bible class on this Sunday. If you can contribute food or help with the event, please contact Sarah Krajewski at sarah.krajewski@grace-charlotte.org.

Upcoming Meetings

Church Council meets at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 21st
Evangelism Committee meets at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 17th
Long Range Planning Meeting is to be determined


Happy Birthday to You!

Happy birthday to all Grace members who are celebrating this month! If your birthday is missing or incorrect, please notify the church office at office@grace-charlotte.org. 

October 1: Carla Bergmeier; October 3: JoHannah Moore; October 10: Chris Allen, Kristina Paustian; October 12: Katie Ranft; October 13: Judah Moffett; October 18: Kristin Bitter; October 19: Jace Fellers; October 22: Kathy Ranft; October 23: Wayne Salow; October 26: Stacey Hubler; October 28: Margot Hegele


You and Your Synod

DID YOU KNOW? All congregation in The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) are celebrating “Welcome Home Sundays” on October 20th and 27th in an effort to encourage non-attending members to come back to worship regularly. Learn more about the initiative here. Who haven’t you seen at Grace in a while? Please reach out to them and invite them to come home to Grace!


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 brent.bitter@grace-charlotte.org.  

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