Grace News October 15, 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!

Special thanks for your support!

Special thanks to all who have supported us as we prepare to embark on our mission trip to Puerto Rico Oct. 30th. Our fundraising lunch was a success! On Sunday October 6th, we enjoyed a delicious meal of Puerto Rican chicken stew, arroz con gandules, habichuelas, tostones, bread pudding, and coconut macarons plus an informative presentation given by Pastor Verkouw. To date we have raised over $3,700.00 dollars!  Thank you to all who have donated through their offerings, and through PayPal.
Your support has meant so much to us.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor, Kath, & Vicki

New Congregational “Picture” Directory

Pictures for our new church directory are being taken on Sundays starting on October 13 and continuing 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. There will also be 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. 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.

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! 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 717-397-2748.

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!  

Annual Fall Clean Up!

Saturday November 16, 2019 8:30 a.m.
Your help is needed! Join our property team for a day of service.  Come for all or part of the day. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family service project!  Jobs for every age and ability! Many hands make quick work!  Call the church office to volunteer 717-397-2748

Updated Information Available!

Updated information for Home Communion Visitors is available at the welcome desk in the Narthex. Please stop by and pick up the team list with contact information and geographic location list of homebound members.  Reminder—if you need to replenish your communion kit—please bring it to church.  Pastor will offer a blessing and provide you with the elements.

Fishbowl—led by Cheri Way

The children have been focusing on experiencing prayer in different ways. This week we each took a mustard seed and created our own tree of faith.  You might see them adorning the Narthex. How is your faith tree doing?       And, did you hear?  The worship bags are getting better and better!  We now have praying and listening putty included!   

Education Update

  • Preschoolers are following the stories of the lectionary with Susan Miller and Alana Koser.  
  • The K-2 graders are experiencing Bible stories through the Montessori method of Godly Play with Lisa Gochnauer and Kim Neumar. 
  • They are hearing the stories while the teacher uses simple, natural materials and characters to enhance the experience. Wondering together about the stories and then working through the stories in their own way – painting, creating and retelling.  
  • The 3-5th graders are studying the Old Testament stories with Patti and Carl Hartman.
  • Confirmation students are currently studying the small catechism, and the new testament.
  • Adults continue their study of the parables.
  • Christian Formation Hour is every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

Thank You

Dear knitters and crocheters of Grace Lutheran,
Thank so much  for your beautiful works of art! We use these baby items as gifts to incentivize our pre-natal patients to come to their appointments. Many have limited resources and your gifts make a big difference. Our patients love them! Thank you, Dina, Karla, &Linda – Lancaster Health Center

Our Grace Family

Thank You

Dear Grace Church members,
Thank you for taking the time to send the beautiful birthday cards.  I really appreciate it. Janet Wood


Miss Emma Stumpf enjoying her 100th birthday party at Luther Acres.Thanks to everyone who signed her card!

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