Grace News October 22, 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!

Renovation and Ministry Updates

Sunday, October 27th in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m

Official Notice of the Annual Budget Meeting

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Water Shut Off

The water to our campus will be turned off on Saturday October 26rth from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  Please plan accordingly.  Thank you.

Liturgy and Music in the 21st Century Church—Where are we going?

Please join Dr. David McConnell, Director of Music at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a discussion of music and liturgy in today’s church: Why we do what we do? What do we do well and what needs improvement? Can our music and liturgy be both traditional and contemporary? The issue of music in worship, especially the type and style, is an especially divisive subject – but we will set out to bridges those differing ideas into a healthy diverse whole.  Class begins November 3.

Sunday Funday Fellowship November 3rd

Come and join fellow Grace friends by sharing a covered dish, following the late service on Sunday November 3rd. Bring a dish that will warm the soul! Beverages will be provided.

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

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. All recipes are due to the church office by November 20, 2019. Please contact Angie with any questions, or 717-397-2748.

Young Adults in Global Mission

“The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world.”
On October 16, Kath and I had breakfast with Calla Gilson who recently returned from a year in Palestine. Calla shared stories of life in Palestine and we talked about the challenges facing the Palestinian people. Calla and I were also able to talk about how as young adults in our denomination we are answering our calls. She encouraged us to share the work that YAGM is doing with our congregation.
The ELCA supports missions in nine locations Argentina and Uruguay; Australia; Central Europe; Jerusalem and the West Bank; Mexico; Rwanda; Senegal; and the United Kingdom. The ELCA sponsors 2/3 of the cost and the missionaries are encouraged to raise the rest. However, if the missionaries cannot raise $5000 the ELCA will cover the remaining expenses. We are the only denomination that will send our missionaries regardless of how much money they raise.
“Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues and children and youth. All site placements provide opportunities for young adults to confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith.”

To support or learn more about YAGM visit the ELCA’s website.

-Angela N. Smith, MDiv MA

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