What to Expect

Worship

We have worship each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 am.  We  have seasonal midweek services the 4 weeks before Christmas and 6 weeks before Easter at 7:30 on Wednesday night.

We use Lutheran Service Book in our services as the primary hymnal and use choral, organ, instrumenal, tone chime, and "joybells" in our services.

Bible Study

Grace offers Bible study for all ages at 9:45 am each Sunday.  Children's and Youth meet at the educational level and Adults in the sanctuary.  

Midweek Bible Studies

Men's Breakfast 7am Mondays

Bible Break Noon on Tuesdays

Men's Network, Ladies' Aid, and Lutheran Women's Missionary League meet monthly for Study (see below)

Fellowship

Altar and Pulpit Fellowship

As a member of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod we practice altar and pulpit fellowship with our sister congregations of the LCMS, The American Association of Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church Canada in North America and 59 Lutheran denominations around the world.

Trinity-Jansen 

Grace holds a special relationship with it's sister congregation Trinity of Jansen.  Trinity has services each Sunday at 8am.  Pastor Beyers is preacher and liturgist and all Pastoral care is conducted by Pastor Schmidt.  For more information about Trinity, call Pastor Schmidt at 402-729-5163.

Family Friendly

Holy Matrimony

Marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman under the blessing of God. 
The marriage policy of Grace Lutheran Church of Fairbury, Nebraska, a member congregation of The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod, is and always has been¬†consistent with the Synod‚Äôs beliefs on marriage. We believe that marriage is¬†a sacred union of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24-25), and that God¬†gave marriage as a picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride¬†the Church (Eph. 5:32). The official position of The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod, as set forth in 1998 Res. 3-21 (‚ÄúTo Affirm the Sanctity of ¬†Marriage and to Reject Same-Sex Unions‚ÄĚ), is that homosexual unions come¬†under categorical prohibition in the Old and New Testaments (Lev. 18:22,¬†24; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10) as contrary to the Creator‚Äôs design¬†(Rom. 1:26-27). These positions and beliefs can be found on the LCMS¬†website, along with other statements, papers and reports on the subject of¬†homosexuality and same-sex civil unions and ‚Äúmarriage.‚ÄĚ Our pastor will¬†not officiate over any marriages inconsistent with these beliefs, and our¬†church property may not be used for any marriage ceremony, reception or¬†other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs and this policy.¬†Before a marriage can be solemnized, the man and woman will receive permission from the state in the form of a marriage license, not be co-habitating-that is living as husband and wife in the same dwelling, receive pre-marriage counseling, and either the man or woman or both¬† be a member of Grace congregation. ¬†

Holy Baptism

Children (and adults) enter the household of faith through Holy Baptism.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.

Which is that word of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: ‚ÄúTherefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.‚ÄĚ [Matt. 28:19]

 

Cradle Roll

Children and their families are a part of our Cradle Roll until the child reaches age 3.  Parents are encouraged to bring their infants and small chldren to worship with them.  Seating in the back of the church is reserved for families with small children and following our construction, a "family room" with a window to view the service and sound, changing table, and bathroom is available on level 3 (sanctuary level).  Until constuction is complete, the "family room" closed, but a changing table has been placed in the handicap accessable bathroom on level 3)

Sunday School

Sunday School begins at age 3 and a parent is encouraged to come with their child following their 3rd birthday until the child feels comfortable in the class.  Sunday is for all children age 3 through the 8th grade.

Midweek Classes

After School Classes

    Midweek Classes for Grades 3-6 are held Wednesday from 4-5:15pm and there are activites for Midweek Students and their families on a regular basis  (see YOUTH in the "Ministries" Section.

    Confirmation Classes for Grades 7-8 are held Wednesday from 6:30-8pm and they also participate in Midweek activities.  8th graders are also introduced into Youth activites beginning in the fall.

Youth Bible Class

Youth Bible Class is held for Senior High Students in the Youth Room on the Educational level.  Youth also have a variety of monthly activities (see YOUTH in the "Ministries" Section.

Adults  

Adult meet on Sunday morning at 9:45 for Bible Study while children and youth attend Sunday School. Adult class meets in the Sanctuary until construction is complete.

See all activities listed under other headings in the "Ministires" section

Seniors

Senior Social Club 

Senior Social club is a fellowship group that usually meets the second Sunday of the month at 1:30.

Single Women's Group

Single Women's Group is a fellowship group that usually meets the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:30pm.

Gardenside

Pastor Schmidt conducts Bible Class each Monday at 10 am at Gardenside Nursing Home.

Heritage

Pastor Schmidt conducts Bible Class each second Wednesday of the month at Heritage Nursing Homes.

Cederwood

Pastor Schmidt conducts Worship each second Sunday of the month at Cederwood Assisted Living.

Shut-in Ministry

Pastor Schmidt conducts monthly communion services at Gardenside, Heritage, and Cedarwood.  When a senior can no longer regularly attend Sunday worship, Pastor Schmidt conducts monthly visitation with Holy Communion.

Children

Holy Baptism

Children (and adults) enter the household of faith through Holy Baptism.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.

Which is that word of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: ‚ÄúTherefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.‚ÄĚ [Matt. 28:19]

 

Cradle Roll

Children and their families are a part of our Cradle Roll until the child reaches age 3.  Parents are encouraged to bring their infants and small chldren to worship with them.  Seating in the back of the church is reserved for families with small children and following our construction, a "family room" with a window to view the service and sound, changing table, and bathroom is available on level 3 (sanctuary level).  Until constuction is complete, the "family room" closed, but a changing table has been placed in the handicap accessable bathroom on level 3)

Sunday School

Sunday School begins at age 3 and a parent is encouraged to come with their child following their 3rd birthday until the child feels comfortable in the class.  Sunday is for all children age 3 through the 8th grade.

Joybell Choir

Three year olds through Second Graders are members of our Joybell Choir.  They practice during Sunday School Opening and play the 4th Sunday of the month in one of the Worship Services.

After School Classes

    Midweek Classes for Grades 3-6 are held Wednesday from 4-5:15pm and there are activites for Midweek Students and their families on a regular basis  (see YOUTH in the "Ministries" Section.

   For students 

    Confirmation Classes for Grades 7-8 are held Wednesday from 6:30-8pm and they also participate in Midweek activities.  8th graders are also introduced into Youth activites beginning in the fall.

Junior Choir

Students in grades 3-8 are members of the Junior Choir.  They practice during midweek classes and sing at one of the services the second Sunday of the month and also some midweek services.

Youth

Youth Bible Class

Youth Bible Class meets each Sunday 9:45 in the Youth Room on the educational level.

Lutheran Youth Fellowship

Grace Lutheran Youth have monthly personal growth, service, and fellowship activites.  See Youth in the Ministries section for current events.

Men

Men's breakfast

Men's Breakfast meets each Monday at 7am for Bible Study

Men's Network (Lutheran Laymen's League)

Men's Network Bible study meets monthly for a topic from Men's Network, a division of Lutheran Laymen's League.  Through the work of Lutheran Hour Ministries, Grace extends it's media outreach and worldwide missions.

Women

Ladies' Aid

Ladies Aid meets on the third Third Thursday of the month for Bible study and organizing the ministries of the Ladies' Aid which involves all meals and receptions of the congregation and any other service project organized at the monthly meeting.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Three LWML Cirlces meet monthly and study Bible studies from the Lutheran Women's Quarterly. The three groups also meet quarterly together for Bible study and to organize activities related to zone, district, and international ministries of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Missions

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Through the collection of mites at the local level, women of Grace cooperate in the international mission projects of the LWML which provides millions of dollars for mission work around the world

Lutheran Laymen's League, Men's Network & Lutheran Hour Ministries

Through Lutheran Hour Ministries the men of Grace cooperate with the International Lutheran Laymen's League through support of the Lutheran Hour radio broadcasts around the world and media and outreach efforts on every continent.

LCMS

Each year the Mission Goal of Grace Lutheran Church supports the work of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod at the state, national and international level.  Nebraska outreach to the Sandhills, all in-state college campuses, ethnic ministries and through the international work of the LCMS, Grace congregation cooperates with thousands of congregations to bring the gospel to the world

Mission Central

Grace congregation helps support a missionary through Mission Central, a clearing house for LCMS missionaries.

Facilities

Construction

Grace Lutheran's facilities are undergoing a major renovation.  Please excuse our mess.  No function or activity of the congregation is ommitted, but the meeting space  may be different.

Worship space

We worship in our neo-gothic sanctuary with pipe organ, sound equipment for the hard of hearing, and seasonal decoration.  It is located on the 3rd level (sanctuary level) and is accessable by steps or elevator.

Bible Study

Children's ministries meet on the educational floor.  During construction some classroom space is in temporary locations.

Sunday Adult Bible Class meets in the sactuary until construction is completed.

Midweek Bible Classes meet on the educational floor.

Accessiblility 

All of Grace Lutheran's facilities are handicap accessable.  Our handy elevator stops at all three levels and we have a handicap restroom on level 3 (Sanctuary level).  For those with sight imparement,we have large print bulletins. For those with hearing imparments, we have personal listening devices. Please check with our greeters and ushers for assistance.

Cooperative Groups

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Grace Lutheran Church is a member of the LCMS.

    This congregation acknowledges and accepts all the Canonical books of the Old and New Testament as the revealed, inerrant Word of God, verbally inspired, and acknowledges and accepts all the Confessional books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as they were originally published in the Book of Concord of l580 and now may be found in the Concordia Triglotta, to be a true and genuine exposition of the doctrines of the Bible, which confessional writings are: 

l.-the three Ecumenical Creeds, i.e., the Apostolic, the Nicene and theAthanasian; 

2.-the Unaltered Augsburg Confession;

3.-the Apology of the same; 

4.-the Smalcald Articles;

5.-Luther's Large Catechism; 

6.-Luther's Small Catechism; 

7.-the Formula of Concord. 

No doctrine shall be taught or tolerated in this congregation which is at variance with these confessions and according to them shall all doctrinal controversies that may arise be decided and adjudicated.

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