Grace Lutheran Church is Celebrating 35 Years of Ministry
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Spring 1977: Mission Task Force of The Austin Conference, Southern District of The American Lutheran Church, granted permission for a new mission start in Round Rock, Texas. Southern District purchased a 4.59 acre site for $99,700.
July 1, 1977: Rev. Harold Wernecke was called to begin the new congregation.
October 2, 1977: First service for the new mission was held at Trinity Lutheran Home at 10:30 a.m. Five children, one infant, and 27 adults attended the service. A fellowship followed.
November 27, 1977: First service at Deep Wood Elementary conducted at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
January 1, 1978: The name Grace Lutheran Church of Round Rock, Texas chosen in a ballot by 18 voting members.
May 1978: First baptism in Grace Lutheran Church took place at Deep Wood Elementary for Charles Andrew Baker, son of Sue (Elizabeth) and Bruce Baker.
May 1979: Round Rock City Council granted a permit for construction on the property at Bluff Drive. Bryant Construction’s bid of $124,444 accepted.
September 19, 1979: Rev. Harold Wernecke was installed as the first Pastor of Grace Lutheran.
December 2, 1979: The Worship Center for Grace Lutheran Church was dedicated and followed by a congregational dinner in the American Legion Hall in Round Rock, Texas.
May 18, 1980: Service of dedication for the organ, altar, baptismal font, and paraments.
August 1982: We began to use the “Peace Greeting” in worship.
September 1982: The “Alleluia” course began with 16 children enrolled. This weekday school was divided into pre-school (9:15 -11:15 a.m.) and school age children (4-5:30 p.m.).
Thanks to Bruce Baker for compiling a Historical Look at Grace Lutheran Church.
Grace Lutheran has been part of the Round Rock community since 1979. Two large stained glass windows enhance the relaxed, casual setting where youth and adult men and women serve as ushers, acolytes, assisting ministers, and communion assistants.
The entire Worship Service and songs can be found in the bulletin, available in large print as well as being viewed on the projection screen. A variety of music including flute, violin, guitar, piano and organ accompanies Worship each Sunday.
Children of all ages are welcome in Worship. A children’s bulletin is provided. A staffed Nursery is available for children 3 years old and younger during the Service. Activity bags for young children, containing books, puzzles, crayons & coloring books and small toys are provided for children to use during worship. A Children’s Sermon is part of each Sunday Worship.
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday. All baptized Christians are welcomed at the Lord’s Communion Table. Children who do not yet receive communion are invited to receive a blessing.
Grace Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Refreshments are available after Sunday School in the Taylor Educational Center, located behind the Sanctuary building, near the fenced playground. Sunday School meets for all ages from 9:15 to 10:10 on Sunday mornings except during the summer months. Children, ages 3 to high school, have classes in Grace House, located next to the church building. Adult classes are held in the Taylor Educational Center.