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The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world.  Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made know to us in Jesus Christ.  Through worship, service and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.  The organization is made We are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  up of nearly 10,500 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands with nearly five million members. 
 
The New Jersey Synod is a geographical grouping of congregations of the ELCA.  It is one of 65 ELCA synods which share the mission and ministry of the Church in New Jersey.  It is composed of approximately 190 congregations with 80,000 baptized members. 
 
    
     Church Staff
 
     Pastor:  Rev. Jeffrey H. Rickards
 
     Music Director:  Scott J. Breiner
 
     Church Secretary:  Diana McArdle
 
     Custodian:  Carlos Torres
  
  


  

      
    Officers and Church Council
       President: Jim Forman* (2019)
       Vice President: Joyce Bianco (2019)
       Secretary:  Jill Welfield* (2020)
       Treasurer:  Heidi Toth
       Financial Secretaries:  Ruth Bowden, Sandy Piskun, and
                                                      Jill Welfield
                                            *Also council members
     Remaining Council Members     
     
Charles Bowden (2018)
      Jim Cordery (2018)
      Linda Rihl  (2019)
      Brenda Traa (2019)
      Steve Gring (2020)  (Year denotes end of Council Term)

  
  
Ministries, Teams, and Organizations 

Team Leader(s) and Council Liaison (L) (where appropriate)
Call (609) 927-3082 for additional information


 Senior Choir - Scott Breiner 
 Building Use -  Jill Welfield, Diana McArdle, Jane Thompson
 Wedding Coordinator -  Roberta Blumenthal
 Confirmation - Pr. Rickards, John Carlson
 Peace Quilters -  Shirley  Blankenship  
 Support Team - Charles Bowden, Pr. Rickards
 Worship Team -  Scott Breiner, Pr. Rickards,  Diana McArdle
 Junior Choir -  Shirley Blankenship
 Children's Ministry - Cheryl Rusiecki
 Head Usher -  John Staples      
 Synod Council Representative - Shirley Blankenship


 WELCA (Lutheran Church Women) - Bettie Cross
 Outreach - Jill Welfield, Pr. Rickards, Dr. Bob Hughes
 Fellowship - Mary Goodman
 Education - Cheryl Rusiecki
 Tape Ministry -   Jim Foreman (L), Larry Rusiecki
 Altar Guild - Brenda Traa (L)
 Grace Stitchers (Knitters) -  Bettie Cross
 Facilities Team - Karl Suckiel,  Anders Johnson
 The Messenger  (newsletter) - Linda Rothermel, Diana McArdle
 Ecumenical Food Pantry - Jm Cordery, George McNally
 Pastoral Care - Joyce Bianco, Jane Thompson, Pr. Jeff Rickards


  


ADDRESS

Grace Lutheran Church
11 E. Dawes Ave
(on Shore Road between Meyran
 and Dawes Aves)
Somers Point, New Jersey 08244
(609) 927-3082
E-Mail:
office@gracelutheranspnj.comcastbiz.net

Office Hours:
Mon - Thur 09:00am - noon