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Senior Activities

Senior Lunches and Activities

Senior Ministry Announcements –

Senior Luncheon – May 22:    Cordell Strug will be reading from and discussing his book The Other Chee. Here’s his description of the book:  ‘I served as a small town pastor in rural Minnesota from 1982-2010.  Thus, the last decade of my service fell during the increasingly pointless and seemingly endless wars America was fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.  I might say I wasn’t called to analyze, let alone denounce, American society or its government, week by week, but to proclaim the gospel within that society.  But there was one time that forced a confrontation with the fact and the force of war:  Memorial Day Weekend, especially in the years when the Iraq war was going sour.  I thought it might be of some interest to gather up a number of the sermons I gave on the Sunday of that weekend over the years, to see what a person like me, with the calling I had, found to say about war and peace at that time.  I have added some reflections on growing up as a Christian in America after WWII and through the Vietnam War years, as well as some thoughts on how things seem to me looking back.’

Our menu begins with Hummus & Pita Chips, followed by Orange Tilapia, Basil Corn & Tomato Bake, Confetti Rice, Rolls and Rhubarb Raisin Crisp for dessert.  Cost is $5, so bring a friend!  Sign up in the Activity Binder by May 20.   Questions, call Shirley Busse at 815-338-9063

Upcoming trips:Adult Bus Trip – Saturday, June 16:  “A Second Helping”,  The Church Basement Ladies Sequel at the Fireside Dinner Theatre. Cost is $90.   For more information or to sign up, please see the Activity Binder.  Questions, call Shirley Busse at 815-338-9063 DEADLINE TO SIGN UP AND PAY IS MAY 13 to avoid a $10 late registration fee.

Summer, Aug 2, White Sox, Buffet, Bingo & Ballgame

Sunday Book Club meets in room 102 between services.  We are reading a biography about Martin Luther.  Come join us for a lively discussion and home-baked treats.  Questions, call Shirley Busse 338-9063

Lifeline Screening  May 25
Do you know how to recognize the warning signs of a stroke? If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the below symptoms, call 911 right away.  It is important to seek medical treatment immediately.

  • Sudden Numbness
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Severe Dizziness
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Sudden Loss of Vision
  • Sudden Intense Headache
  • Brief Loss of Consciousness

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at Grace on Friday, May 25, 2018. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Grace members can register TODAY at 800-772-8260 or online at  and receive a Community Circle discount and a Preferred Appointment!

To receive a FREE COMPLIMENTARY SCREENING (value at $70) sign up in the activity binder or at the May Senior Luncheon.  Drawing will take place at the 5/22 Senior Luncheon.

Sunday Book Club – “My Journey to Heaven”, we will be starting this new book on Sunday, March 26.  This true story is loaded with details of Marv Besteman’s experience of heaven.  If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, or even if you just wonder about what happens after we die, you’ll enjoy this read.  Join us as we read this story together and enjoy lively discussions and mouth-watering treats.  We meet in Room 102 between services, come check us out, you’ll be glad you did.

Funeral Planning Worksheet

FUNERAL PLANNING— Do you have favorite scripture passages and/or hymns? Is there something you hope to have included in your funeral service? At the last senior luncheon, Pastor Ken, Pastor Amanda, and Ron Fredriksen shared about the history of Christian funerals and discussed how to plan and prepare for your funeral service. We have a simple worksheet where you can note your favorite scripture, hymns, and other details, and we invite everyone to fill one out to share with your family and bring to the church office so we can file it away, and at some point know how to best honor your wishes. Please stop by the church office to pick up a Funeral Planning Worksheet, or you can find a copy on Grace’s website under “Communication & Documents,” and then “Forms and Documents.” Thanks be to God, that even in the face of death, we proclaim the promise of the resurrection.

SENIOR LUNCHEON COOKBOOKS— These cookbooks feature all the menus and recipes served at this year’s Senior Luncheons. They are available for sale at the Senior Luncheons or the Information Center. Cost is $3.00

Once a month luncheons on the fourth Tuesday of each month for adults age 50 and over are a favorite at Grace! Delicious food, great company and special guests and activities make for a great lunch out. Cost is $5.00. Sign up in the Activity Binder, or contact Director of Senior Ministries Shirley Busse through the church office for more information.

Our seniors enjoy many opportunities for fellowship and adventure through an eclectic array  of events and programs.  Sampling of these events are comprised of bus trips to museums and interests in Chicago and the local area as well as traveling to the House on the Rock in Wisconsin.

Need a ride to the Senior Luncheons? We now have a list of volunteers willing to bring those not able to drive themselves. Please call Ida Randolph at 338-7380 to make arrangements.