The Mission of Grace
Our mission is to bring the good news of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to all to be free to be people of God...
- Grace that has played a significant role in the lives of our forefathers, foremothers and countless others known only to history.
- Grace that shapes, molds and redeems our lives today.
- Grace that will profoundly touch the lives of our children, grandchildren and others in our community and around the world, many of whom we will never know, for years to come.
We welcome all people regardless of age, sex, color, ethnic background, physical or emotional health, disability, economic status, or sexual orientation into our worshipping and serving community.
At Grace, this mission is expressed in many ways and is supported by all of our resources including time, treasure, talents, and the physical space of the church. Some of these include:
- Small special interest groups and Bible studies for all ages and stages
- Music ministries
- Men in Mission
- Stephen Ministry
- Women of the ELCA
- Youth group activities and events
Local and Regional
- Benevolence support at the synodical level
- Des Moines Area Religious Council Emergency Food Pantry
- Facility usage by community groups and organizations, including Boy Scouts, TOPS, and Alcoholics Anonymous group meetings which are among the largest in Iowa.
- Grace Kids’ Care Center
- Lutheran Lakeside Camp
- Lutheran Services in Iowa
- Benevolence support at the national church level
- Companion congregation relationship with Msindo Parish in the Pare Mountains of Tanzania
- Lutheran World Relief
Outreach for Mission
- Grace has an active companion congregation relationship with Msindo Parish in the Pare Mountains of Tanzania. Mission teams visiting Msindo have helped establish a community grain-milling operation and a dairy herd through Heifer International. We visit Africa, or welcome visitors from Tanzania to Des Moines, about every three years.
- In 2002, we dedicated a $3 million renovation and expansion that features a gathering space, a large fellowship hall, a 125-seat chapel called Esperanza chapel, a prayer chapel and columbarium, a daycare center, and handicap accessibility. We routinely make our facilities available for use by community groups and organizations.