Grace News October 29, 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!

Official Notice of the Annual Budget Meeting

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

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.  This class begins November 3, 2019.

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.

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Just a reminder that Pastor, Kathryn, and Vicki will be out of the office from Wed. October 30th until Nov. 8th. We look forward to our tip to Puerto Rico to offer our help to those who have been impacted by hurricane Maria.  Please keep us in your prayers as we embark on this important and meaningful mission trip. Thanks to all who have supported us with their donations, well wishes, and prayers. 

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.

Mark your calendar for the Annual Advent Fair on Sunday December 1

We will enjoy lunch following the 10:30 a.m. service and then make Christmas crafts, and create cards for our shut-ins. 
Visit the Advent Fair display in the Narthex near the Welcome Center, and in Fellowship Hall. Completed registration forms may be placed in the envelope provided. Hope to see you there for a fun afternoon as we prepare for Christ’s coming! Marianne Nolt

LWR Ingathering Report

Thank you for the donations of items for our School and Personal Care Kits, as well as money to purchase fleece for blankets and needed supplies for our kits. We delivered 81 Personal Care Kits, 145 School Kits, 56 blankets, and 76 bars of soap. We also received $1,208 for the shipping fund of LWR. This was a wonderful outpouring of generosity. We have $526.32 left to purchase fleece, as well as the school bags and supplies for next year. Special thanks to Linda Fackler & Barbara Slotter, as well as Dianne Sherr & Nancy Hill who helped to assemble kits.

Stewardship Snippets

November 1, 2019 (Time after Pentecost—All Saints Day, Year C)
Ephesians 1:15-16–I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. Paul tells the believers in Ephesus how he remembers them with thanksgiving. Similarly, on this All Saints Day we remember our loved ones who have died, and we give thanks for their lives.

Something to Ponder from R3

Emergency! Sirens! Lights! Ambulance and police vehicles!
We see and hear them every day, always there for someone who needs help.  In our own way, we can be there to help also.  Next time you hear a siren or dee flashing lights, take a moment to pray for those involved.  You don’t need to close your eyes, just send your prayers.  It may be as simple as “Dear God, please be with those in need, protect those who offer assistance, and be with all who need your guidance. Amen.” It takes only a few seconds to offer a prayer of support for those around us in need.

Our Grace Family


We offer our sympathy to the family of Ruth Galebach who died on September 20, 2019, and to Donna Sowers and her family at the death of her father Donald Weaver on October 18, 2019. Please keep Donna and Ruth’s families in your prayers.

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