GRACE  PRESCHOOL We have started the 2018-19 school year! Please call Bonnie Sears at the preschool office, 216-529-1081, or visit the preschool website,, for more information or to set up an appointment to visit the school.

Sunday, October 14th
1 PM to 3 PM
For more information, contact Julia Bowler at 440-319-8074
Also check out the official website at

NEW PRICE FOR ALTAR FLOWERS We have made new arrangements with Brennan’s Flowers and the cost for 2 vases of flowers is now $30 instead of $40. So, be sure to sign up for your special dates for the remainder of the year.

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH ANNUAL FALL ROLL SALE Roll sales begin on Saturday, October 20th with remaining sales on the Saturdays of November 3rd and December 8th.  As in the past, apricot, cheese, cheese apricot, nut and poppy seed will be available for $11 each. Please note we have raised the price this year. Orders will be filled as received.  When placing your order, be sure to notice the deadline dates for each baking. There is a maximum limit of 20 rolls per family per baking. Spread the word as they are available to everyone.  Contact Lucille Zabawski with any questions regarding orders.  Order forms will be in the Sunday bulletins now through Sunday, November 25th.  There are also order forms on the table in the hallway in case you should need an extra one or two.  You may also call the church office at 216-221-4959 when Vicki is there (Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and she will be happy to take your order over the phone.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL ROLL MAKING  Rolls will be made on the Saturdays of October 20th, November 3rd and December 8th.  Dough is prepared on the Friday prior to baking.  Volunteers are needed for various duties.  In addition to rolling, there are opportunities for mixing, baking, cooling, wrapping, dish washing, setting up and taking down tables.  Our rolling machine makes the job much easier.  First time rollers are trained by experts.  Both men and women are needed to make this program a success.  FUN IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY!  If you have any questions, please contact David Zabawski.

THE BELLS OF GRACE Our bell choir, The Bells of Grace, has started practicing again for the upcoming year. They rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and perform on various Sunday mornings from September through May.

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!