Grace News April 8, 2019

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!

Holy Week at Grace

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday April 14
(April 13) Sat. at 6 p.m. in the Chapel
(April 14) Sun. at 7:45 & 10:30 a.m. in the Nave
Maundy Thursday April 18
12 noon in the St. Peter Chapel – Holy Communion, foot washing and the solemn stripping of the Altar
6:00 p.m. Seder Meal in Fellowship Hall
Good Friday April 19
7 a.m. Stations of the Cross & Breakfast – meet in St. Peter Chapel
Good Friday Prayer Walk – Lancaster County Prison at 12:00 noon (Corner of E. King and N. Frederick St.)
7:00 p.m. Service of Good Friday in the Nave
Easter Vigil April 20
6 p.m. Begins in the church-yard; continues in the Nave
Easter Sunday April 21
7:45 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion Services in the Nave

Reminder for Shut-In Visitors

Shut-in visitors are reminded to pick up an Easter flower and bulletin following the late service on Easter Sunday, April 21st, to deliver to their shut-ins.

Deborah/Elizabeth Circle Meeting April 16th 

The Deborah/Elizabeth Circle will be back to its regular meeting time of the third Tuesday of the month when we gather on Tuesday, April 16th at 10:30 AM in the Round in the Muhlenberg Building on the Luther Acres campus in Lititz. We will continue our study, “Meetings with Jesus”, based on John’s Gospel. This month’s session is entitled  “Seeing the Risen Christ, Coming to Faith”. Please join us for a time of study and conversation.  At about 11:30 we will conclude with lunch together.  For further information please contact Joyce Saeger or Carol Main.

Easter Pot Luck Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Easter day in Fellowship Hall

Please join us for an Easter Pot Luck Breakfast April 21st during the Sunday School hour.  Please bring a casserole to serve between 8-10 to share.  Fresh fruit and beverages will be provided.  Don’t miss the celebration!

Fountain Flowers

Opportunities to share plants and flowers for the fountain will be available beginning Sunday, April 28th and continuing through June 2nd. Families may buy plants and flowers to decorate the Fountain on the Sunday they choose, delivering them to church on Saturday and following Sunday services, take their plants home.  Please call the church office @ 397-2748 with questions or to sign up.

Stewardship Snippets

April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday, Year C)
Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Can you think of a day that our Lord has NOT made? Neither can I, so the verse gives wonderfully wise advice on how to live every day as steward disciples: With rejoicing and gladness.

Grocery Card Ministry!

THANK YOU for your purchases of shopping cards!
Please note** Grocery cards will not be available on Easter Sunday.
From the profits of shopping cards you have purchased, first quarter donations have been made to:
Grace’s 2019 budget line Missionary Support-The Longenecker Fund
Lutheran World Relief Project Comfort (Grace’s quilt and kit work)                $300.00
Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center- Music Program                                  

Our Grace Family

Christian Sympathy
Dear Members of Grace,
We give thanks for the life and witness of Robert Sherr, who died Sunday, April 7th. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Dianne, his daughters Susan and Stephanie, their families and friends. A funeral service is planned for Thursday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. at Grace.  Please keep Robert’s family in your prayers.
Congratulations to
Ryan & Brittany (Burke) Platt at the birth of their daughter Madison Jean Platt, born Sunday, April 7th.

Return to the Lord Your God 

By Angela N. Smith, MDiv, MA

When I started writing about the idea of the church as our home at the beginning of Lent, I felt extremely unqualified. Growing up our home was void of love, safety, and food. I felt even more unqualified when I started writing about family. I don’t have a good track record with family. I also felt guilty, because I know that not everyone can relate to the idea of having a safe and loving home. Every time I sent an article in this series to Vicki, I would tell her that I wasn’t happy with it. Yet, somehow despite my feelings of being unqualified for the task at hand, many of you encouraged me to keep writing.

You’ve all provided life advice ranging from what classes I should take in seminary, to what I should do after seminary, to what I should be doing now, and there’s even been some relationship advice thrown in. I haven’t always followed your advice, but you haven’t given up on me.

I remember sitting in seminary listening to my classmates complain about their congregations, I didn’t have the same horror stories that my classmates had. Even now, people are amazed at the relationships that we have in our congregation. It’s easy to get caught up in the trap of comparing ourselves to other congregations that have more money and more members. I would argue that we don’t realize how lucky we are. We aren’t a perfect congregation, but we are perfect for each other. We don’t have to keep with the Joneses, we just need to keep being Grace.

As Dr. Carey puts it, “There’s something strange about Lutherans.” He’s right. There is something strange about Lutherans. I’ve discovered over the years that it is a good strange. It’s the strangeness, the Welcome to Graceness, that draws us back each week. To those of you that have returned to the Lord our God during this season of Lent, welcome home. To those of you that have yet to make your way back, we miss you and we need you. To those of you that have been here all along, thank you for making Grace home, for being family.


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