Greetings to you you in the name of Jesus. We pray you’ll take a moment to receive this invitation to worship with a joyful heart.
We are you neighbors at Grace Lutheran Church and we’re in the midst of our 51st year of ministry here in Rialto. We’ve seen the neighborhoods grow and change over the past half century. But what hasn’t changed is that people need to know they are loved, and that they matter. Grace has been telling the Good News of Jesus and His love for you.
You may be doing well, or your heart may be broken by some loss. Grace is a Family Church where we won’t try and wow you with fancy programs or a lot of flash and glitz. Like the Church always has, we simply come together to sing and pray, to hear God’s Word and to receive His Gifts of grace while helping each other with glad and simple hearts, just like they did in Acts 2:42-47…
Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We believe, teach, and confess that the Bible, consisting of 66 canonical books, is the inspired Word of God and is how God reveals Himself to us.
We believe, teach, and confess that God is one in unity and in substance and three persons, God the Father who created us, God the Son, Jesus Christ, who redeems us, and God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us.
We believe, teach, and confess that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man who suffered and died for our sins. He rose from the dead for our justification. He offers forgiveness of sins through faith alone. Any attempt on our part to be righteous apart from Christ’s saving work obscures the glory that belongs to Christ alone.
We believe, teach, and confess that the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Holy Supper are means of grace where God gives to us the forgiveness of sins by faith alone.
We believe, teach, and confess that the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the 1580 Book of Concord are a true exposition of what the Bible says and teaches.
We practice the historic liturgy handed down by the Church and tested over time. It is filled with God’s Word and centers around God giving His gifts of grace to His people.
Senior Pastor Bill Maggard is a second career pastor from all over but considers Indiana and Wyoming his home states. His previous career included a variety of computer jobs. He and his wife, Erin, came to the Lutheran church later in life and love the pure doctrine of our church because it gives all glory to Jesus Christ who is our salvation. He graduated in May, 2018 with a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pastor and Erin are very excited to become part of the Rialto community. Pastor’s daughter Jill is currently living and going to school in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Associate Pastor Daniel Holm was born and raised in Southern California and has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church since he was a child. He entered the seminary in 2013 to become a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) through Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained February, 2017 at Grace. He has been married to his lovely wife, Eleanor, for 12 years and they have three boys named Noah, Elijah, and Abraham. All three boys have been baptized at Grace Lutheran Church and Noah currently serves as an acolyte.