Faith, Trust, Accountability, Authenticity, Empowerment, Courage

Worship Service
December 3, 2023
Pastor Phil Hohulin

Christ the King Sunday

Under Somethings

Fellowship and Study
Pastor’s Reading Recommendation
How to talk to Your Kids About Sex
Bimonthly Issue
September 2023
A must read for NALC members!
What is the NALC?
North American Lutheran Church

NALC Bishop Selbo Letter    Conflict Between Israel and Hamas


November 20, 2023 meeting notes.

The Property team has requested bids from contractors for the ADA bathroom.  They are waiting to receive those bids.  The goal is still to complete the job sometime in the first quarter of 2024.

Our consultant for the risk assessment is now available to assist with our project.  Council will meet with him after the first of the year to update the plan and timing of the risk assessment.

The Council Treasurer presented a new Unrestricted Cash Policy to the Council for their review.  This policy defines the amount of unrestricted cash that should be kept on hand for contingencies.  This will free up additional money to be spend on ministry.  The Council will vote on this policy in December.

Council discussed the implementation of the tactics and the progress toward our 2023 goals associated with our Strategic Plan.  Many of the action plans have been completed and several of the goals have been achieved.
Friendship Game Night
Grace is hosting its first friendship game night on Saturday
January 27th from 5-8 pm.

Photo Album

Grace sponsored a Sleep In Heavenly Peace  25 bed build at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 23, 2023.  There were nearly 80 volunteers from the Grace fellowship, community members, and the Moraine City First Church of God congregation on hand.  The goal was more than reached … in three hours 55 beds were constructed and ready for delivery and assembly in the kid’s homes.
Full Story
Conquer Series
Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Grace is located at
410 East Pease Avenue
West Carrollton, Ohio
Note:  Live Stream becomes available two (2) minutes before the worship service begins

The sermon title tomorrow is “Annunciation Awe.”  Aa we begin our Advent journey hearing the familiar story of Gabriel’s stunning announcement to Mary, we consider two questions:  1) What does the angel tell us about Jesus, and 2) How should we respond to such wonderful news?  See you Sunday


Pastor Phil Hohulin

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart?  Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.  Mother Teresa
Echoes & Epiphanies an NALC Devotional
Advent Season Begins Sunday December 3
Advent Schedule
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First Sunday of Advent – December 3 – 10:30 am
Lighting of the Hope Candle

Second  Sunday of Advent – December 10 –  10:30 am
Lighting of the Peace Candle

Third  Sunday of Advent – December 17 – 10:30 am

Lessons and Carols Sunday and Lighting of the Joy Candle

Christmas Eve Fourth  Sunday of Advent – December 24

Lighting of the Love and Christ Candles
Christmas Eve MORNING Worship 10:30 am
Christmas Eve MUSICIANS PRELUDE at 6:30 pm
Christmas Eve CANDLELIGHT Worship 7:00 pm


Christmas With Martin Luther
Wednesday Evenings in Advent
Begins 7:00 p.m. November 29th.

We join Christians around the world soon to be observing the coming season of Advent. From the Latin word for “coming,” Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ both in the past in His incarnation as the baby Jesus, but also in the future with His promised second coming as Christ Triumphant.


This Advent, the Wednesday evening worship services at Grace features four of Martin Luther’s Christmas Sermons. Starting November 29 and for the next three weeks various members of Grace will read these Christmas Classics that still speak to our time. The sermons are:


11/29- The Annunciation – Luke 1:26-28
12/6-   The Nativity – Luke 2:1-8
12/13- The Shepherds – Luke 2:8-20
12/20-The Wise Men – Matthew 2:1-12

During these services, the congregation will also sing a new setting of vespers called Holden Evening Prayer  by Marty Haugen. This beautiful setting is based on several hymn tunes written by Haugen, some of which have been sung at Grace. You may wish to prepare yourself for these special worship services (and for Christmas) by reading the gospel lessons and by following this to a vocal performance of the setting. 
Holden Link
Christmas Eve Prelude
Calling all musicians!
We are preparing for our special Christmas Eve prelude that begins at 6:30 p.m. leading into our Christmas Eve Candlelight worship at 7:00 p.m.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Aaron (724-322-2449) or Samee (937-219-6133) by Sunday, December 17th.  Rehearsals will be scheduled for the following week.
Have you been regularly attending Grace and now are feeling led to “officially” make it your spiritual home?  Uniting in membership strengthens your bond to this community of faith and publicly affirms your commitment to use your spiritual gifts to enhance the ministry and witness of this local expression of God’s Kingdom. There will be an informational meeting in the adult Sunday school room on December 3rd for those interested in joining. We will receive new members on Sunday December 10th. If you are considering uniting in membership with us, contact Pastor Phil at our church office: 937-859- 3941
New Grace Council Members Elected At
Congregational Meeting November 12
Chris Rondeau, Patrick Terhune, and Hans Schmellenkamp as replacements for church council members whose terms expire at the end of 2023:  Loren Gleason, Joe Costantino, and Gary Petticrew..  For a thumbnail sketch of each of the new council members:
Outreach Team’s Helping Hand To Families of  Newborns

Grace’s 2023 Adopt a Family Christmas Tree is dedicated to the Hope Rising collection for unborn boys and girls.  It is in the foyer at Grace’s south entrance adjacent to the West Carrollton Middle School parking lot.  It is loaded with gift tags for needed items in support of Hope Rising’s Christmas action to assist with the care of newborns.  There is a box marked Adopt a Family next to the tree for you to place your gifts.  The gifts do not need to be wrapped.  Collection ends on Tuesday December 12th to make a timely delivery to Hope Rising before Christmas.


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