Grace Privacy Policy

Originally Effective 4/1/2014.  Revised 7/20/2021.

Collection of Personal Information of Website Visitors

Grace Ev. Lutheran Church (Grace) generally collects non-personally identifiable information about you in a number of ways, including tracking of your activities through your IP address, computer settings, or most recently visited URLs. The Grace website does not collect personal identifiable information unless you voluntarily provide it to us by completing and submitting registration forms or surveys. In general, this information will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided.

Use of your Personal Information of Website Visitors

Grace may also use this information to improve the content of our website, deliver to you information about our ministry or information related to the Christian faith. It is not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.

Online Information of Church Attendees, Members, and Visitors

Grace makes use of several online tools that help facilitate communication and outreach in our ministry. They include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, our website, and email newsletters. These specific areas of our online presence have additional guidelines in regards to privacy.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (collectively Social Media), Website, and Email Newsletter

From time to time, we will post photos of Grace events, members, visitors, etc. online, either directly on our website or via photo albums and posts to our Facebook Page or on our Twitter account. When doing so, we use the following guidelines…

  • We do not specifically tag/identify members within those photos, though others may tag members using the Facebook photo tagging system that is beyond our control.
  • Photos are almost always of people in public spaces and/or at public events.
  • We never put full names of children or youth as captions or tags with the photos, and we minimize how often we use full names of adults.
  • We will gladly remove any photo immediately upon request.

We post sermon and church service videos to our YouTube account. We also stream our worship services live to the internet. These videos may include images of the congregation participating in the service. At no time will people shown in the video be identified by name by Grace, except for the pastors and any people participating in special sacraments or rites such as baptism, confirmation, or profession of faith. Members and friends participating in these sacraments and rites may request to have the internet video exclude these specific portions of the service as desired. Call the church office to place your request.

Opt-Out & Unsubscribe

To opt-out of receiving information from us, use the Contact us link located on the top right of every Grace Web page. To unsubscribe from our electronic newsletter, compose an email to from the email address you wish to unsubscribe, with “unsubscribe” in the subject line. You may also call the church office at 623-937-2010.

Children under Thirteen

Grace does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without the consent of a parent or guardian. In the event that Grace is made aware of such a situation, Grace will delete such information and/or attempt to contact a parent or guardian.

Disclosure of Information

Grace will disclose your personal information without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Grace, the site, or its affiliated systems; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Grace; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of Grace members, school students, users of its website, or the public.

Changes to this Statement

Grace will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy, without notice, to reflect feedback from members, visitors, and others sources. Grace encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Grace is protecting your information. Only the current Statement may be deemed effective.

Contact Information

Grace welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Grace has not adhered to this Statement, please contact us using the Contact us link located on the top right of every Grace Web page; mail a letter to Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, 5600 W Palmaire Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301; or call the church office at 623-937-2010.

Who we are

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Suggested text: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Suggested text: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Suggested text: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Suggested text: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Suggested text: If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

Suggested text: If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

Suggested text: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.