Christmas Eve Worship Video

We had difficulty appending the postlude below to the end of the video. We invite you to enjoy Ian’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” after watching the service of lessons and carols.

To participate in today’s worship service by Zoom at 4:30 p.m., click or phone 646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 685 749 8173, and the passcode 834854 by phone, or 7WfefC on your computer/device.

Dec. 20-24 Grace News EXTRA

Merry Christmas! Please click here to read the December 20, 2020 edition of Grace Notes, our weekly newsletter/worship bulletin.

In this week’s issue:

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent liturgy and readings
  • Pastor Barker’s sermon
  • Christmas Eve liturgy and readings
  • Lessons and Carols for Christmas
  • Thrivent Actions Team Project Benefiting Infant Moses (here’s the link)
  • Receipts Report
  • Christmas Message from Bishop Eaton

To participate in the Christmas Eve worship service by Zoom, click here or phone 646-876-9923. The “meeting ID” is 685 749 8173 and the passcode is 7WfefC over the internet, or 834854 by telephone.

Refrigerator Proposal

Walk-In Refrigerator Update for Congregational Meeting, Sunday, December 13, 11:00 A.M.


            Four weeks ago a donor walked into Grace and offered to buy us a walk-in refrigerator.  This was a very unexpected and generous gift.  It also is a gift that will push our ministry at Grace and Grace Welcome Center forward.  Roughly 500 individuals will be receiving fresh milk, produce, and other perishable food a week (currently our perishable food offerings are very limited based on our refrigeration capacity).  Grace Welcome Center Pantry will be the largest supplier of fresh food in Uptown and the human, health, and social impacts are almost beyond imagination.  As we read in Matthew 25, this means that Jesus himself will be receiving fresh produce 500 times a week because of this.

            Also, as we have learned, when we are faithful to God’s mission of serving others, resources come to our church.  This fall we have seen $35,000 come into Grace Lutheran from external donors and grants.  Grace Welcome Center has seen a similar large increase in giving this fall.

            The Council has made a recommendation that we put the walk-in Refrigerator in the southeast corner of the “rainbow room”.  There were many reasons this location made the most sense.  Some of those are: it is the best place to put it in terms of wiring, it is the least disruptive space to existing programs (Amistad Cristiana has signed off on this idea), and it works well for Grace Welcome Center Pantry.  This is a win win solution.

FAQ’s About the Walk-In Refrigerator

Specs of the Unit and basics of the plan:

  • The unit will be 10x14ft
  • The unit will be stainless steel on the outside
  • The unit will have a remote compressor that is located outside.  This reduces both the heat and noise of the unit to nothing.
  • The unit will come to Grace in pieces and be assembled with adhesives that mean it will be very hard if not impossible to move once it is assembled
  • Grace Welcome Center will make a donation each month to Grace to cover the added electrical charges.
  • The unit will be placed 18 inches from the wall on both sides to allow access to heating floor boards and other building issues that arise in our older building
  • Amistad Cristiana is comfortable with this unit going in.
  • The unit will need a 220-watt dedicated hook up (like a washing machine/dryer)  The fuse box is in the closet off of the rainbow room and the power will be run from there.

On Sunday, December 13, we will have an opportunity to discuss this, answer questions, and vote on the placement of the walk-in refrigerator.

Dec. 13 Grace Notes EXTRA

Please click here to read the December 13 edition of Grace Notes. In this week’s issue:

  • Liturgy and readings for third Sunday of Advent
  • Pastor Barker’s sermon on Proclaiming the Year of the Lord’s Favor
  • 2021 estimate of giving slip
  • Special congregational meeting
  • Christmas “Carol Van”
  • Offerings, Memorials & Honoraria
  • Scrip order form
  • Thrivent Actions Team Benefiting Infant Moses (click here for the web page in that article)
  • Holy Assembly Toy Give-Away