Grace is a young congregation–both in terms of our members and our history. We began organizing in the late 1990s, and have been in our current building only since 2005. Even more exciting, by 2012 we had grown enough to add an education wing! It’s a terrific space, and we’re fortunate to be here.
But what really stands out at Grace is how young our members are. If you visit us on a Sunday morning, you’ll only get the briefest taste of that, but come on a Wednesday during the school year, and the energy practically pulses through the building! With a full evening of activities–beginning with a kid- and family-friendly supper, continuing with Christian Education for children from pre-K through 6th grade, gathering for all-ages worship, and ending with Confirmation for 7th and 8th graders–Wednesday is absolutely the biggest day of our week! Children rotate week-to-week between stories, games, cooking, and special projects that teach and reinforce Bible stories and the basics of faith.
Worship is probably best described as blended–old, classic songs mixed with new and international pieces–time for children, sermons that seek to tie biblical stories to twenty-first-century lives, and always gathering around the altar to receive Christ in the bread and wine of Holy Communion.
A community of faith where people care deeply for one another despite spanning the entire range of political opinions, Grace is a place where we seek to see each other–and others–as people created by God, loved and redeemed by Christ, and equipped by the Holy Spirit to live out God’s mission in our daily lives.
On the south edge of Adel and watching it grow toward us, we’re committed to feeding the hungry from our “Garden of Grace,” where we grow food for the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel–serving our neighbors, including an annual collection of school supplies and clothing for elementary and intermediate school students–and reaching throughout Iowa and around the world as part of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
As recipients of God’s gift of love, forgiveness, and salvation, we live our faith by seeking to love our neighbors as God in Christ has loved us.
Guests are always welcome–worship is at 9:00 am on Sundays and on Wednesdays the time varies–it’s at 6:35 pm during the school year and at 7:00 pm in the summer.
Whether you are new to the area and seeking a church home, visiting the area and looking for a church to visit, or exploring your faith as you consider returning or beginning to worship–we’d love to journey with you.
God’s Peace be yours–whatever your station in life!
Pastor Julie Higgs