JANUARY CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT
Our January Chamber Member Spotlight is Grace Lutheran Church in Elklhart Lake. Grace Lutheran is a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LC—MS). The LC—MS is a national church body that holds to the Bible as the inspired, errorless Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions as a correct interpretation of what the Bible teaches. The Missouri Synod believes that we are declared perfect by God "by divine grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone." It teaches that Jesus is the focus of the entire Bible and that faith in him alone is the way to eternal salvation.
Our congregation history.
Grace Lutheran Church was established as a mission congregation from Zion—Glenbeulah, Wisconsin in 1961 with a membership of 53 charter members. The first location for worship was the “Civic Center,” which is now where the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce now has its offices. They met there for about 5 years until they were able to build their own church building in 1966 on the northeast corner of State Highway 67 and Maple Street where it stands today. In 2002 they were able to add a Fellowship Hall and full kitchen on the north side of the worship area.
Our pastors and congregation.
They have been served by 6 pastors: Rev. Maschke, Rev. Nicolaus, Rev. Bischoff, Rev. Wurm, Rev. Graminske, and presently Rev. Peitsch. The congregation has approximately 300 baptized members (birth and above) and approximately 260 communicant members (14 and above).
We love the one true Triune God with all our heart, soul, and mind. This we do in our worship services and study of the Bible.
In order for members to grow in their relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and each other; Grace has liturgical worship services every weekend and offers communion on the 2nd & 4th weekends according to two different worship schedules:
Summer: Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m. and Sundays @ 9:00 a.m.
(Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend)
Fall-Spring: Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m. and Sundays @ 8:00 & 10:15 a.m.
We encourage regular Bible Study with opportunities on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and Wednesdays @ 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. (Fall-Spring). Our 5th-8th grade members study the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism on Wednesdays so they can better learn, understand, and believe the foundation of their faith.
Our Sunday School meets @ 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. Members are also encouraged to have devotions and Bible readings in their homes.
We are called to reflect that faith as we “love our neighbor as ourselves” as Grace cares for our community.
We are a congregation that “desires to serve all people”. This continues to bring our congregation and our ministry into the village of Elkhart Lake and beyond. We are involved in:
- The Christmas Gift Tree and Gift Tree Plus programs in November and December when we work with the schools and community to provide food, gas, and gifts to families that are less fortunate.
- Community Lenten Suppers in the early spring which provide hot wholesome meals for no cost to those who are in challenging circumstances. All the funds that are raised by donations are turned back out to community programs of the schools, police department, fire department, 1st responders, and others.
- Ladies Guild Spaghetti Supper in September.
- Ladies Guild Chili Supper on Election Day in November.
Grace is a congregation that is blessed.
We are a congregation that is blessed by God to be a part of the Elkhart Lake community since 1961. Our members are involved in active ministry within the congregation, in the community, and in their personal lives. We look forward to many, many more decades of being a Triune God loving, worshiping, and believing as well as community serving congregation in Elkhart Lake and wherever else the Lord leads us to serve.