Grace News October 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!

Aspire Chamber Choir

Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:00 PM
Free admission – a freewill offering will be takento cover expenses.
Come enjoy a program of sacred music featuring choral works from both classic and contemporary composers. Program repertoire include Walker’s Prayer of Compassion, Rachmaninoff’s Song of Simeon, Thompson’s Alleluia, and Stopford’s In My Father’s House.

New Congregational “Picture” Directory

I will begin taking pictures for our new church directory on Sunday October 13 and operating every Sunday until November 24. Times will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.; then again from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., scheduling a sitting every 10 minutes. I will also have a session on a Saturday, November 9th after the 6:00 p.m. service for an hour or two.
Sign up sheets will be available in the Narthex and St. Peter Chapel. Also, included will be a current directory to allow for corrections of spelling, email address, and contact phone numbers.
Location for the portrait sessions will be the back corner of the parlor.
I will provide the church with a jpeg copy of each portrait. If anyone would like a copy to make prints for themselves the church can provide them one. For those who are unable to make prints for themselves I would be willing to go to CVS and make prints there and only charge cost plus a donation for the church.  This will be cheaper and better quality than the church printer. I will make the selection from each sitting to be used in the directory and will make every effort to make everyone look their best. Home bound members will be visited in order to take their portraits. 
Please call the church office at 717-397-2748 to arrange a time and date in order to be included in the directory.
I’m looking forward to being a part of this project.
Terry Way

Grace Your Table cookbook!

Help our youth get to Minneapolis for the ELCA Youth Gathering in 2021!
We will be compiling a Grace Church cookbook, “Grace Your Table,” as a fundraiser for our youth. The book will feature recipes from our ESL students, artwork from our youngest members, and recipes, photos, and stories from our congregation!
We need a minimum of 20 cookbooks to be ordered by October 31, 2019. Cost per book is $15.
We need recipes, photos, and stories! Do you have photos or stories from meals at Grace? We would love to include them in our book! The above can be emailed to our Assistant Program Director Angie Smith at or be placed in the recipe boxes in the St. Peter Chapel and the Narthex. Please contact Angie with any questions, or 7173972748.

Grace Youth Update

On Sunday September 22nd a group of Grace youth and friends gathered after church for planning, games, pizza and discussion.  As part of our “Care for Grace” we picked up 308 cigarette butts from the church parking lot and then dedicated the project to Ron Coyle whose ashes are buried in the memorial garden. While alive, Ron had always been quite diligent in keeping the church grounds clean of litter. 
Next project: Creatively painting the repair being made on the church office door closest to the parking lot.  
Next activities:
October 20th: Join us as we attend Fall Foliage Day at Camp Kirchenwald. We will get Subway lunch and continue on to camp for a day full of fun activities followed by a delicious dinner. Come and enjoy the beauty of fall at Camp Kirchenwald. Be refreshed. (expected return by 6:30 p.m.) Please RSVP by October 11th. November 2nd: Grace youth have been invited by St. Peter’s youth group to join them on a trip to Philadelphia for a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary and Mother Bethel AME Church. Please RSVP by October 11th.

Parish Resource Center Trunk or Treat

Needed: Candy or little crafts to hand out at the Parish Resource Center Trunk or Treat on October 22nd. Jade Mumma and Kyrie Cisneros have agreed to decorate a car “trunk” and represent Grace Lutheran at this event. Up to 500 children could pass through so we are asking for your donations toward this fun project. Look for the donation box in the narthex. Thank you! 

Deborah/Elizabeth Circle Meeting October 15th

October’s meeting continues the Bible study “No Hard Feelings?”.  This session looks at how grief and lament can be acts of faith and can also offer healing. We gather at 10:30 AM in the Round in the Muhlenberg Building on the Luther Acres campus in Lititz. Please join us for a time of reflection and conversation.  At about 11:30 we conclude with lunch together. For further information please contact Joyce Saeger or Carol Main.

Project Linus Toddler Blankets

We requested a Thrivent Visa card in the amount of $250 to buy fleece for Project Linus. These toddler blankets go to local children in hospitals or those who suffer a trauma. So we need to set workdays in order to qualify for the card. During the week of October 21 I will be working three afternoons on the blankets in Fellowship Hall at 12:30pm. Please let me know if you can help on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday. It is easy, and you will learn quickly.
Also, thank you for the donation to buy fleece in memory of Betty Brandt, who worked on Lutheran World Relief quilts for many years with her husband Paul. We also received a donation from another of our members for fleece, either for LWR or Linus, as well as the donations for Lutheran World Relief Ingathering kits and blankets. We will have a report on the October 5/6 Ingathering soon.
Thanks so much. Barbara Slotter, ph. home 717-342.2654 or cell – 717-300-0710

Stewardship Snippets

October 13, 2019 (Time after Pentecost—Lectionary 28, Proper 23, Year C)
2 Kings 5:10-11 – “Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean. But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy!” What we want and what we need are often quite different. Because of his status Naaman wanted and expected the “royal” treatment in his healing. Sometimes the simpler blessings are exactly what we need. Be grateful for all of God’s amazing gifts—no matter the packaging, timing, or messenger.

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