Word Alone. Faith Alone. Grace Alone.

Pastor’s Message
January 9, 2022
Pastor Phil Hohulin
Luke 3:5-22
Baptism of Our Lord

India Transformed
 is delivering hope through faith by transforming lives spiritually, socially and economically.  Founded in 1988, India Transformed raises support and awareness for programs that empower vulnerable children, women and communities in India. By delivering hope through faith, lives are transformed spiritually, socially and economically.

Our vision is for all people in India to live an abundant life.

Children — Many Indian children are denied access to basic needs due to extreme poverty.  Our Community Based Child   Care   Centers   are   havens   where

impoverished children, aged three to eighteen, experience God’s love and receive food, clothing, medical aid, education and English classes so they are equipped to thrive. We empower their families through support and education.

Women — The Women’s Empowerment Program provides a strong spiritual foundation that unites women through fellowship who have been abused, abandoned and neglected by society.  Together they learn new skills, restore their dignity and build trust.  The tailoring and literacy training program takes 6 months to complete.

By the time these trainees finish, they will be able to read and write at the 5th grade level which enables these women to find higher paying jobs. Upon graduation, they have job positions in the garment industry or set up their own business.  They can earn a livable wage that supports their children and no longer are they living on the streets and begging for survival.

Community —  The Community Transformation Center (CTC) Program is a joint effort of India Transformed! and a local community to impart effective and enduring holistic training that is building sustainable communities.  It aims to bring about spiritual, social and economic transformation.  The CTC model is a highly effective approach as it trains local people to reach out those suffering in their own communities.  Groups of 12 committed individuals undergo a two year training program where they apply their training immediately by engaging with community members.  They are taught business and marketing skills and help people start up businesses.  The CTC program empowers grassroot leaders to become effective community leaders that bring about community transformation.

We pray for the ministry of India Transformed!  May all those they serve be made whole in body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Since 1996, SMI Haiti has been engaged in providing assistance in practical ways to those in great need in the land of Haiti. Our ministries and projects are often carried out in conjunction with missionaries on the field or other organizations with a similar purpose.

Through a variety of projects, SMI Haiti is making a difference in the daily lives of Haitians living in the Arcahaie area north of Port Au Prince and SMI is an approved NALC mission partner.

If you have a musical instrument that you are no longer using, please consider donating it to SMI.  In the US, our children have a lot of opportunities for activities including sports, dance, choral groups, band, and orchestra.  Youth and young adults in Haiti have very few opportunities like this.

Pastor Jean Marie from the church in Cepres is wanting to start a musical program. He has students and instructors but needs instruments. If you have an instrument that you are no longer using, please consider donating it. We can use anything from recorders to drums.

Just reply here to let us know what you have we will contact you. We will be shipping a trailer soon and hope to send enough instruments for the program to begin. SMI Haiti contact @ smihaiti.org 317-496-4622





Welcome to Grace Lutheran Church          We invite you to worship with us this Sunday!
We are part of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and are committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God.
We are located at 410 E. Pease Avenue in West Carrollton, Ohio.  Our service is at 10:30 a.m. We celebrate communion every Sunday.
A place to call home.

If you wish to visit with our Pastor Phil Hohulin, please phone our Administrative Assistant Brenda Crawford at 937-859-3941 to schedule an appointment. 

While we are here, let us do good.
Upcoming events


Benevolence Team Meeting: Thursday, January 13 at 3:00pm.
Join us as we plan our upcoming year.  We will be discussing future plans for the team. Please bring the following: ideas of various ministries for discussion and consideration; Christian based local ministry for discussion and consideration; examples of craft projects for Valentine’s Day

Fellowship Meeting Jan 16, 2022
On Sunday, January 16, directly following Sunday worship the Fellowship Team will meet in the Adult Sunday School classroom to discuss the upcoming fellowship plans for Lent.

Congregational Meeting January 23, 2022Our first quarter meeting will be held January 23rd following the service.  Among other items on the agenda, we as a congregation of the NALC need to vote on amendments to the constitution. Please read over the information contained in the Grace Newsletter.    

The Under Somethings Meeting Friday, January 28th at 6:30 pm
This group will have their first meeting of the year. We’ll start with dinner and then continue our survey of some of the NALC’s doctrinal statements.  This month we’ll look at baptism.  For more information contact Aaron at 724.322.2449.
Recital February 13
3:00 pm

Grace Sanctuary
Grace is celebrating its new Rodgers organ with an organ recital on Sunday, February 13th, at 3 pm. The recital will be given by organists who have a connection to our church and members, and will include sacred, classical, improvised music, and original compositions.  A cookie and punch reception will follow thanks to the Grace fellowship committee.
Worship with a Livestream Option
Grace is also offering a livestream option for those who choose not to worship in person. This webpage will be updated with the links to access the livestreaming services in real time.
Would like to buy a Grace logo shirt?  Go online to select a tee, polo, crew or sweat shirt to see what is available at Classic Stitch in Miamisburg.  Just click on any shirt to get details.
Men’s Fellowship at Grace
began its third year of gathering on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the church at 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  We have a great time getting to know each other, praying for each other and studying the scriptures.  Oh … and “Bill’s” donut holes are great?   If you haven’t joined us, we would love to get to know you.  We’re very informal, friendly and you would fit right in.  This month we’re continuing our study of Luke’s gospel.

Adult Sunday School9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
“Who Needs Christmas?”
by Andy Stanley.

“Through Christmas, we are reminded that even when it seems God is silent, he is always working. God sent Jesus not simply to be the Savior of the world but to be the Savior in our world. Through Christmas, we are reminded that God always keeps his promises to us.” Join us for a 3-week Advent DVD series called “Who Needs Christmas?” Dates of the study: November 28, December 5, December 19, and finishing on January 9th with a review and final DVD witnessing session.  Join one or all of the classes. 


The Friday Morning  Bible Study and Prayer Group is studying the story of Mary and Martha using the book, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World,” by Joanne Weaver. The study meets in the Sunday School room at 9:30 am until 11:3o am.  Coming in January, the Friday Morning Bible Study and Prayer Group will study the names of God using the book entitled “The Names of God ~ His Character Revealed” by Melissa Spoelstra.  The study will begin on Friday January 7th and continue through Friday February 18th from 9:30 am until 11:30 am.  The study requires some reading prior to class and the book is ~$13. Please contact our Secretary Brenda for more detailed information.

 Click at left to learn more about NALS sign-up for reading challenge on Zoom!

Fellowship Time After Worship
Join us for lunch and good conversation by uniting with old friends and greeting new ones.   
A Kid’s Moment Each Sunday During Worship
Its all about Life-to-Life
We are to cultivate opportunities to teach others all that our Lord has commanded—to pass on the gospel witness of the apostles.  Do we have confidence that we can do it?  Jesus thought so, or He would not have gathered us together and put is here where we are.  He would not have called us as he has.

Learn more about NALC’s Life-to-Life

And catch this Life-to-Life teaser video

    Click on either spot to view!
Heads Up Musicians and Singers!
We know you are out there and would love to involve
more of you members who play an instrument or sing to enhance our worship.

Consider being a part of the wonderful music program at Grace, contact Aaron Mood at amood@starcitymusicstudios.com or phone him at 724-322-2449.
Aaron and Samee Griffith Mood share a virtual concert they performed as part of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s Drawing Room Series last January.  Click on “Virtual Concert” above or the photo at right to link to the concert.
Youth Sunday Morning Classes
Nursery – Ages up through 3
Children’s Sunday School – Ages 4-7
Pre-Teen Ministry – Ages 8-12
All youth classes are held during church service time. The kids are released from the worship service right after the Children’s Moment.
Women of Grace  Meet at 10:30 am the Fourth Monday of each month.  Open to all women of the congregation; informal with a brief inspirational presentation, light refreshments, and plenty of fellowship. 
Women’s Prayer & Bible Study
Meets every other Friday at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall to watch a movie or do Lectio Divina. Please come earlier if you would like to chat before the movie. All are welcome.   Watch for future announcements and meeting

Men’s Fellowship Group Meets on the First and Third Saturday of each month in the Fellowship Hall.  We are meeting in person again but under the rule of wearing a mask if not vaccinated.  The meeting is also available live on Zoom.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study  Meets every Wednesday at 7:00 pm.  Join us as we delve deeper into the scriptures.  Study is led by Pastor Phil and you can attend in person or online.  The meeting is also available live on Zoom.  See this week’s Grace Newsletter at left for the Zoom link, Meeting ID and Passcode.