Regular Worship Schedule Resumes September 14 

Beginning September 14 we will return to our regular worship schedule as follows:

  • 8 am: Traditional Liturgy (Sanctuary)

  • 9:30 am: Contemporary Liturgy (Sanctuary)

  • 11 am: Praise & Worship (Family Life Center)

  • Sunday school for children also resumes on the 14th at 9:30 am.

  • Parents of high school students interested in Sunday school for their kids should contact Jean Nelson

Crossways Begins in September

Crossways is a two-year study of the bible. The class will meet weekly from September 2014 until May/June 2016 (with a break during the summer of 2015 and for holidays during the school year). To participate, all you need is an interest in reading God's word and a bible. No prior background or experience with the bible is needed. Course materials will be provided (a donation will be asked to help defray the costs). Two classes will be offered each week—Thursday and Sunday. You pick which night works best for you. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Curt Springer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-848-2642.

Photographs Wanted!

If you take any photographs of or at a Grace Lutheran event, please email them to jarmstrong@growingwith We always need pictures to update our website, submit to the Independent and for general publicity.

Flower Arranging Class

If you've ever wondered how to arrange flowers, now's your chance to learn. On Saturday, September 20, 10:00 - 12:00 a class will be held at Grace Lutheran Church. You need to sign up in advance...seats are limited to first 10 people. Class fee $5.00. Contact Dianne Shisler at 301-932-0251 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and to sign up.

Confirmation News

Now Enrolling!! Grace Lutheran is now enrolling for our 2014-2015 confirmation class. Students entering 7th grade are encouraged to attend. Please contact Nicole Locker at nlocker@growing to register students. Small Group Leaders Needed. Small groups are an integral part of our Confirmation Ministry. If you are interested in being a small group guide or would like more information, please contact Nicole Locker via the contact information provided.

End Times Bible Study

Anyone interested is invited to attend as we begin a Bible study on the End Times. This group meets on Sunday evenings at 7 pm, beginning Sept. 21 at the home of Bill and Cheryl Swartzwelder (7413 Robin Rd., La Plata). Everyone is welcome, but please let us know if you are planning on attending so we can order books. Phone 301 934-4713 or email w.swartzwelder@comcast. net . Come out to enjoy good Christian fellowship and study.

Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study Resumes

All women and their friends are invited to attend our Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study. The group will be doing the study “Experiencing God”. If you’ve already done that study, there is also a group doing short bible studies on various topics. Their first meeting is on Tuesday, September 2 in room #116. Please contact Alice Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

LWML District Convention

“Lutheran Women in Mission” will meet September 26-28, 2014 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Richmond, VA. Come join your sisters in Christ praising His name and joining forces to commit to mission projects for the biennium 2014-16. Gifts from the Heart include: gift cards for our seminarians; eyeglasses for MOST ministries; and medical supplies for Cross Over Ministry (a local medical service for those who are un-insured and underinsured in the Richmond metro area). Spread the word and bring your gifts to the convention. Questions? Call or email Nancy Miller 301-752-2359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

End the Summer in Style at our Youth Ministry Pool Party!

 All youth (grades 6-12) are invited to join us as we celebrate the end of summer. Hey! Why not bring a friend or two for even more fun!! WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 14th, 4:00-7:00 WHAT ELSE DO I NEED: Please bring a dessert or a side dish to share. You’ll also need a towel and a change of clothes. WHERE: Home of Curt & Romaine Springer (Eutaw Forest neighborhood, 3216 Captain Dement Dr., Waldorf) LOOKING AHEAD: Our 1st GRUVE of the School Year is Sunday, Sep. 28th, 5:30-8pm

 Facility Updates

The repairs and improvements to our facilities continue to progress. These are our current projects:

New Church doors with panic bars installed

New shed for Early Development Playground

New leased dishwasher for the FLC kitchen

Carpet installation starts on Sept. 6in Church Wing

Staying on top of all Lighting issues

Church Wing Kitchen oven cleaning complete

All ceiling tiles replace after roof renovation

CRMC Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting

 Grace Lutheran will be hosting a Fair Trade Coffee and David’s Cookies tent at the hospital’s annual wine tasting event on September 20. Many of our members have donated their time and efforts to help with this event and we anticipate a great turn-out again this year. Come on our and support our local hospital. For more information and tickets visit


So. MD Women's League Raises Funds for Women’s Shelter 

The SMWL has supported Grace with many projects, especially our Community Christmas effort each December. They are currently raising funds for our local women’s shelter and are raffling off a Mini Cooper!! Only 3000 of these raffle tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held on Oct. 11. Tickets are $25 each. Please visit their website at for more information and tickets.

Gospel Sing Benefits Safe Nights Program

The Dana Harty Memorial Gospel Sing will be held at Fellowship Church (White Plains) on Saturday, September 20, 7 pm. A love offering will be collected to benefit the Safe Nights program. Safe Nights provides overnight shelter to individuals and families from October—April of each year. The program rotates to a different host site each week, providing dinner and breakfast from 7 pm to 7 am each day. Participants are provided with everything that they need for their stay, including cots, linens and toiletry items. Supportive services and enrichment activities are conducted nightly to encourage participants in their journey towards self sufficiency


Walk Benefits Homeless In Our Community


12th annual “Charles County’s Walk to End Homelessness” will be held Saturday, November 15th, 2014! Registration is now available online at The registration fee is $20/person (ages 5+) and $15/ person for teams of 5 or more paid participants. All forms are also available through our website. Sponsorships are now being accepted. Proceeds support the “Safe Nights” emergency shelter program.


Walk to End Alzheimers


Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The walk will begin at 10 am at the Richard Clark Sr. Center (La Plata) on Saturday, September 20. To register for this event, please visit their website at


Food Assistance Available


“Samaritan Project” Community Food distribution. Wednesday, September 17, 12—2 pm. Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (Marbury). “Great Food Giveaway”. Tuesday, October 28, 11 am—1 pm. La Plata United Methodist Church. First 130 families to receive produce.

Introducing KCPTV...Are you an aspiring actor?

Have an idea for a script? Ever dream of writing or producing a TV show? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, why not come to Kids Crossing Productions’ initial planning meeting where we’ll talk about our plans to produce a television series to be aired both locally and worldwide on our own YouTube channel. KCPTV is a show designed for teens and “tweens” that focuses on positive values. We need 7-8 teens (ages 12- 18) to be our core performers. We are also in need of writers, videographers, graphic artists, costumers, make-up artists, crew, editors and musicians who specialize in Christian=based inspirational music. If you are interested in joining us or just learning more, please attend our meeting on Sunday, Sep. 21, 6 pm in the family life center at Grace. Visit our website for more information

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