Social Ministries

Caring and Sharing – Caring for members and friends of Grace. If you know of anyone, or possibly yourself, who needs someone to talk to or need a helping hand, give us a try.   Caregivers offer support and encouragement to those people experiencing one of life’s transitions. We have several different areas of our ministry:

• Offer rides to individuals who would like to attend services, or doctor visits.
• Send greeting cards.
• Cook and deliver meals to people who are in need of a meal.
• Visit shut-ins or anyone who would like a visit.

This is a rewarding ministry for everyone involved. For more information on this ministry, or if you know of someone who may need our assistance, please contact the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.

C.O.O.L. Food Pantry – Members make donations of specific food items to the  C.O.O.L. Food Pantry in Waukegan. Volunteer opportunities include food delivery and helping sort & pack food items at the pantry location in Waukegan.  Pantry volunteers are needed Monday through Friday. For more information about this ministry, or to contact the ministry coordinator, Sue Dolan, through the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.  You may also contact Cool Ministries at C.O.O.L. Pantry East Waukegan – 123 W. Water Street, Waukegan IL 60085, 847/662-1230.

Creation Care – Compelled by our faith to be good stewards of the earth, we endeavor to:  Provide recycling opportunities throughout the church and bring items to recycling centers as needed; provide education to our church members on issues that impact our environmental impact during the yearly recycle event. For more information about this ministry, or to contact the ministry coordinator, Renee Denault, through the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.

 

Habitat for Humanity – Open to all people to supply labor for the construction of a home for a deserving family. On the job training gladly provided. In return, we’ll supply fellowship, a few blisters, a really good feeling and lunch. Habitat workdays take place three to four times a year: spring, summer and fall. Work sites are typically located in Waukegan. For more information or to volunteer contact Art Struss through the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.


P.A.D.S.
 – Member volunteers provide staff for overnight supervision for the homeless shelter in Libertyville. Volunteers spend four to five hours in a shift. Members of Grace provide the staff the first Wednesday of each month, October through April. If you would like more information about P.A.D.S. or would like to volunteer, please contact Jeff McClurg through the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.

Service Workshop – This special group provides items for various ministry needs.  Through their work and special skills, their handcrafted items provide the following: School bags and layettes for Lutheran World Relief. Make and supply table favors and Bingo prizes for Winchester House.  Crochet, knit and quilt lap robes or afghans for shut-  ins and hospitalized children.  Workshop members host a Quilters workday, “Quest for Quilts”, once a year for congregation members to help finish pieced quilts that will be sent to Lutheran World Relief.
Service Workshop meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, (September thru May), at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to work on projects. Other events and dates to be announced as needed.  For more information or to volunteer for this ministry contact the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.

 

 

Winchester House – Member volunteers visit Winchester House in Libertyville on a monthly basis to interact with residents. Playing Bingo, serving a delicious dessert following games and fellowship are on the menu for the day’s activities. For more information or to volunteer, contact Carole Karleznig through the church office at 847/367-7050 or gracelutheranil@att.net.