December 18 Grace News

Upcoming Sunday School

Let’s talk. Sunday January 6th, 2019 @9PM

Please join the Sr. High Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall for the last installment of Controversial Topics. Inspired by their time at the Youth Gathering over the summer, our high school students will be leading a discussion on LGBTQ* equality. We hope you will join us! 

Many thanks to the children of Grace for sharing the Good News with us on Christmas Eve, they worked very hard to make this year’s play a very special part of our celebration!

The Scrooges are coming Christmas Eve!!

The two Scrooges don’t understand the reason for Christmas celebrations. A group of children share their understanding of Christmas through word, carols, and scripture. The Scrooge’s hearts are touched and they realize that the birth of a tiny baby so long ago is still important to us today! 
.Join us at the Dress Rehearsal on Sunday 12/23 during the Christian Formation hour and on Christmas Eve at the 7:00 p.m. service.

Winter Women’s Shelter

Hello Everyone,
The Winter Shelter for homeless women will be opening on Dec. 3rd and running through April 7th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Vine Street.  As you are likely aware, volunteers play a key role in the overall operation of this much needed program.  Here is the link to a sign up genius to use to fill the various needed slots.  Thank you. 
Gail G. Rittenhouse  M.ED  CFR Executive Director,
Lancaster County Council of Churches

A message from our Financial Secretary …

Do you need to catch up on your pledge?  Want to make an end of year donation? The Financial Secretary is asking that all end of year donations be in the office by Friday Dec. 28 in order to be credited for 2018.  Donation received after Sunday Dec. 30 will be credited in 2019.                                    Thank you, Judy Resch

Stewardship Snippets

Dec. 23, 2018 (4th Sunday of Advent, Year C)
Micah 5:4 – And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.
Peace is the theme for the fourth Sunday of Advent. We remember that Jesus is, as Micah says, “the one of peace,” the shepherd who cares for us, his flock. Steward/disciples draw near to Jesus and find peace in him.

Christmas Eve Services

Monday, December 24 – 4:00 p.mPrayerful Eucharist
Our increasingly popular early service. All the Christmas basics –  Scripture, Carols & Pastor’s Christmas Sermon – with some musical gems as well.
Monday, December 24 – 7:00 p.m.  Holy Communion Family Service Music and drama with the children bringing the Christmas message.
Monday, December 24 – 10:00 p.m.  Holy Communion Festival Worship – Prelude begins at 9:30 pm
One of Lancaster’s finest volunteer choirs leads our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for the Incarnation of our Lord.  A musical feast in the great tradition of Christmas praise from ancient to modern works by the Grace Choir, Gloria Bell Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Brass Quintet.  The service concludes with choir and congregation singing Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus.

Prayer List

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