Grace Lutheran Church
Lincoln CA


Who we are

Grace Lutheran Church is the downtown church in Lincoln, California. We are a body of believers joined in faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

The Mission, Vision, And Values of Grace Lutheran Church

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A Congregation of the ELCA
Lincoln, CA 95648


Grace Lutheran Church is called by God:

to build a loving and caring community;
to share the good news of Jesus Christ;
to make a difference by serving our neighbors and the world.


The name Grace:
honors the great love God has for all people in the gift of his son, Jesus Christ.

God showers grace upon His people each day through:
the gift of the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion whereby God calls and strengthens those whom he makes his own;
the forgiveness of sins;
the mutual conversation and consolation of the faithful through prayer.

Each day we learn that we are not alone , nor need we rely only on our own small resources for life,

for we are surrounded by the love of God in Christ Jesus.


GRACE: Faith on the Move

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Powerful Prayer – God’s gift of transforming lives and uniting hearts and minds.

God’s Living Word – The source of our faith and a model for our lives.

Loving Relationships – Caring for and supporting each other as part of God’s family.

Inspiring Worship – Praising and glorifying God together through Christ’s presence.

Spiritual Foundation – The power of God’s past, present, and future action among us.

Contagious Faith – Yearning to share the abundant life-giving word of God with those we meet.

Intentional Ministry – Actively responding with wholeness and healing to the needs of the community.

Dynamic Spirituality – Striving towards full maturity in Christ by engaging in the word of God and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


Grace is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA. The ELCA was founded in 1989 with the merger of the American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and the Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA headquarters are in Chicago, IL.

Grace is a member of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA and the Foothill Conference.

Church Address

Grace Lutheran Church
625 Second Street
Lincoln, CA 95648-1804
United States
Phone: (916) 645-9655
Fax: (916) 645-9655
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Church Pastor

Ron Zielske
Ron Zielske
Interim Pastor
625 Second Street
Lincoln, CA 95648-1804
United States
Phone: (530) 417-4951
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Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;



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Lincoln, CA
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Service Times


Sunday Service at 9am


Graceful Quilters

A faith and fun monthly event
Open to all interested in quilting
First Monday of the Month at 9:30pm
At Grace Lutheran Church

Women's Bible Study

A bible-based monthly event
Second Monday of the Month at 11am-12:30pm
At Grace Lutheran Church

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God makes us His children through the Sacrament of Baptism. Before Baptism, Pastor meets with the family and sponsors for a time of instruction.
Contact the church office at 645-9655 for more information.

First Communion Instruction

Prepares children at about age 10 for their First Communion.
The children learn about the Sacrament of Holy Communion and bake bread for their big day.
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
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Dec 30th: Lessons and Carols at Grace with St. James at 10:000am (only Sunday service)   Edit

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History of the church


Grace began in 1986 as a group of young Lutheran families worshipping in the Episcopal Church on Sunday evenings with Pastor Roger Vegdahl from Bethel Lutheran Church in Roseville. All through these years the congregation was referred to as the "Lincoln Mission."

During the next four years , Grace was served by interns supervised by Pastor Ray Olson of Advent Lutheran in Citrus Heights. In 1987 a "Live Nativity" was staged on Christmas Eve as an outreach to the community.

By 1990 the group was large enough to call Pastor Jim Patterson as their part-time pastor. Pastor Patterson started Confirmation instruction and a vacation Bible School ministry to the community.

In 1996 (ten years later) four families from the congregation signed a lease with option to purchase an old house on Second Street, remodeling this house into a house of worship. From the beginning, the property was understood to be a "starter home" until a larger site could be secured.

In 1999 a Mission Developer was sent to Grace by the Division of Outreach of the ELCA. Pastor Dunn arrived to shepherd this flock and to grow the congregation in Lincoln.

In August 2001 Grace was finally chartered as a fully fledged congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - a day the people of Grace had been dreaming of since the beginning!

In 2002 Grace called its first full-time clergy, Pastor Janet Carlson, and Grace began new ministries: Altar Guild, Choir, Men's Breakfast Bible Study, Grace Lutheran Church Women, Confirmation Bible Camp, Eucharistic Ministry, and two new women's Bible study groups.

In September 2003 Grace purchased the Second Street Property at long last and a seminary intern, Judith Morgado, was assigned to work with Pastor Carlson for a year. The Foothills Conference supported the internship program financially.

In 2005 the members of Grace unanimously passed the "Red Robin Vision" for the future of the church:

To grow the congregation to 400 members
To purchase property for a new church
To reach out to the community of Lincoln
To better serve the families of Lincoln with children and youth programming
To share the good news of Jesus Christ

In 2005 the people of Grace voted unanimously to purchase six acres of land at the corner of Sierra College Boulevard and Penny Lane on which to build a new facility!

In January 2006 Grace leased 750 square feet of office space one block north of the church at 620 Third Street. The church offices moved out of the Sunday School rooms and these rooms were refurbished for children.

During the spring of 2006 Grace held its first Capital Campaign Drive, raising almost $400,000 against a purchase price of $550,000.

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The power of Christian prayer I ask for...
I ask you neither for health nor for sickness, for life nor for death; but that you may dispose of my health and my sickness, my life and my death, for your glory... You alone know what is expedient for me; you are the sovereign master, do with me according to your will. Give to me, or take away from me, only conform my will to yours. I know but one thing, Lord, that it is good to follow you, and bad to offend you. Apart from that, I know not what is good or bad in anything. I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty, nor anything else in the world. That discernment is beyond the power of men or angels, and is hidden among the secrets of your providence, which I adore, but do not seek to fathom.
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