Grace Lutheran Church
Sow to Grow Grace Capital Campaign
Greetings Members & Friends of Grace,
God has a plan for everyone, and everything, including our ministry at Grace Lutheran Church. Since its early beginnings, He continues to bless our church in marvelous ways. Grace is one of the oldest African American Lutheran Churches in the Southeastern District, tracing its roots back to 1883.
The Reverend David Koontz, the first African American Lutheran to be ordained by the North Carolina Synod in 1880, served as Grace's first pastor. He began worshipping with a few African Americans congregants in the courthouse on Corban Avenue. The small congregation later moved to a small frame building on Corban Avenue. Pastor Koontz died suddenly in 1891. The Mission Board of the Lutheran Church sent Rev. Niles Bakke, who served Grace until 1898. During his tenure, a new church was built, which housed the congregation for the next 45 years. The new church was dedicated on the second Sunday in November of 1938. In November of 1978, the Holsten Wing was completed and dedicated.
Our congregation has prayed and believed God for a new Fellowship Hall/Outreach Center. Today we are embarking on an additional renovation that will enable us to convert our Holsten Wing into our Fellowship Hall/Outreach Center. During this time of COVID-19, God has continued to be with us and bless us to be able to continue the processing of gathering information needed to continue with the goal of renovating the Holsten Wing.
We currently have $235,000.00 available funds for the project, and we will need an additional 110,000.00 to purchase the complete the renovation and purchase furnishings.
We are initiating a six-month Sow to Grow Grace Capital Campaign to support our Building Fund; we need our entire church community's help! We cannot do this without your prayerful support. Whether you regularly worship at Grace, occasionally attend, a former member or student, or friend, we are asking you to consider planting a seed to this massive undertaking prayerfully. All have an opportunity to sow a seed to grow Grace Lutheran Church. We are asking you for a pledge and gift of $1000.00 towards the Sow to Grow Grace Capital Campaign. We thank God for this opportunity to come together as a community united by our love for each other and the commitment to continue the ministry provided through Grace Lutheran Church. We pray that you will consider making a pledge and gift towards this significant step forward that we are taking together. All contributions will be appreciated, whether it be less or more than $1000.00.
We want to thank you for your consideration and continuation of prayers as we seek to enhance Grace's ministry.
Reverend Donald E. Anthony, Pastor
Steven Shipp, Sr., Congregation Chairperson
Theresa Smith, Capital Campaign Committee Chairperson
Mike Wade, Building Committee Chairperson