Small Groups

Small Groups are ….
One way that individuals can experience the vision of Grace Lutheran Church:

Building Relationships – Growing Spiritually – Reaching Out

Small Groups are ….
A way for you to: Meet people – Serve the Lord – Grow Spiritually – Have fun

Modeled for us by Jesus and his disciples, a small group who knew and cared for
each other as individuals, sharing together in the ministry that was set before them.

“Wherever two or more are gathered in My name, I am there.”

If you’re looking for fellowship, a time for gathering with friends, or just looking for meaningful relationships with others, our small groups are for you.

No matter your age . . . No matter your interest . . .
There’s a place for you at Grace Lutheran Church!

Our small group ministries include the following:


BookMarks Book Group – Monthly book review for women on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Café Grace.  Coordinator: Shirley Callison. 


CHATT – Christians Having Awesome Times Together.  Adults meeting to enjoy personal and spiritual growth through sharing of experiences, discussion, study, outreach and social activities.  Meetings are the third Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at non-GLC location. Coordinator: Sue Dolan.


GABBERS – (Growing And Building Better Relationships Spiritually) We are a “visually oriented group”, using video programs in our studies. We also have “Nights Out” where we will go to dinner, a play, Ravinia, or something similar. We also occasionally get together with other small groups. Meetings are the second Thursday of  the month at 7:00 p.m. at non-GLC location. Coordinator: Carol and Ken Kulas .


ACE’s—Adventure Club Enthusiasts . . . Active retirees sharing in fun activities, such as day trips to different sites around Chicagoland and special events.  We strive to plan an outing each month of the year.  So, if you are an active retiree and would enjoy sharing fun and fellowship with your fellow adventurous retirees at Grace, give us a call. Coordinator: Gary Ringham and Cal Callison


OWLS – Older Wiser Lutherans – open to the 50 and older crowd who look forward to joining others for fun activities, such as lunch, fellowship and special presentations. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in Café Grace. Coordinator: Carole Karlenzig .


Prayer Ministry – Understanding the power of prayer. Offering prayers in community for those who have requested prayers through requests made and placed in the request box and for all in need.  The group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Contact coordinator for more information. Coordinator: Mary Peron. 


Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitting or crocheting shawls for those who need to feel the arms of God around them. This group is now part of Caring and Sharing Group. Contact the church office for more information.


Service Workshop – Women gathering in fellowship as they perform craft and sewing projects such as quilts, lap robes, school kits and tray favors for multiple charitable organizations.  Meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in Café Grace. Coordinator: Nancy Bruick.


Men’s Ministry – a service and social ministry open to the men of Grace.  Meeting for such activities as: Men’s Breakfast at Lambs Farm on the second Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Building and Property projects, and work days for Habitat for Humanity. Coordinator: Howard Morton.


For more information on the above groups or to contact a group coordinator, phone or email the church office at 847/367-7050 or