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GRACE  PRESCHOOL The school year has begun!! Please call Bonnie Sears at the preschool office, 216-529-1081, or visit the preschool website, www.grace-preschool.net, for more information or to set up an appointment to visit the school.

MIDWEEK ADVENT, CHRISTMAS, & NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICES:  Wednesday, December 13th at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 20th at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24th at  8 a.m. Communion Service, 9:15 a.m. Christian Ed. Hour, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Christmas Day – Monday, December 25th ay 10 a.m., New Year’s Eve – Sunday, December 31st at 8 a.m. Communion Service, 9:15 a.m. Christian Ed. Hour, 10:30 a.m. Communion Service.

REFORMATION CELEBRATION!! October 22nd was an awesome day!  Pastors dressed in their albs and robes and red stoles.  238 Lutheran Christians from congregations throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania and representing three LCMS districts gathered at Grace Lutheran Church to celebrate the Reformation truths of salvation by Grace Alone, received by Faith Alone, through Christ Alone, as revealed in Scripture Alone.  An impressive procession that included the processional cross, banners from several of our SELC Central Circuit congregations as well as our own, and Pastors from three districts opened the service.  The organ and choir and wind ensemble and bell choir were inspiring.  The preached Word was convicting and comforting and motivating.  The singing and worshiping brought glory and praise to God!  After the service, many people commented about the beauty and pageantry and sheer joyfulness of the service.

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THE CHURCH OF THE LIGHTED CROSS For over 2000 years, the cross has been the quintessential symbol of the Christian Church.  Adorning altars, stained glass windows, and steeples in churches around the world, the cross has served as a reminder of the One who hung upon it as the Lamb of God that once and for all took away the sin of the world.  The cross forever brings to mind the person and work of Jesus Christ, and brings forgiveness, peace, and joy to those who trust in the crucified and risen Savior. For decades, a lighted cross shone at the top of the former Saints Peter & Paul Lutheran Church building, now Grace Lutheran Church, located right across the street from Madison Park in Lakewood.  But then, the light went out, and for about 10 to 15 years, the cross could not be seen during the nighttime hours.  However, thanks to a generous donation by a Lakewood resident who lives right by the church, as well as donations from the members of Grace Lutheran Church, the cross shines once again.  The neighbor told our church secretary that when she first moved to Lakewood, she knew she was home when she saw the lighted cross.   It can be seen from as far away as I-90 and from the neighborhoods along the Madison Avenue corridor.  Lakewood residents are invited to take note of the cross as it shines daily from approximately 8 PM to 8 AM. May the lighted cross be a source of hope and joy to you!

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SELC DISTRICT CONVENTION CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Grace Lutheran Church will be hosting the SELC District Convention April 26-29, 2018. Volunteers will be needed for a number of different responsibilities including Transportation, Refreshments and Registrations. If interested, please e-mail Pastor Hansell at grh61655@roadrunner.com or put a note in the Church Secretary’s mailbox. Thank-you.

Be watching the Graceline and the Bulletin throughout the year as calls for volunteers will be made to serve in other capacities. Thank you in advance for your consideration and your willingness to serve.  May God bless our efforts to be good hosts to our SELC brothers and sisters in Christ.