Grace News November 5, 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

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

Lancaster County Flute Ensemble

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. This memorable concert features an ensemble composed of Lancaster’s finest flute enthusiasts, as well as a variety of flutes from piccolo to bass. The textures, colors and emotions of the flute are sure to make your spirit soar.

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.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service

Where:  Lancaster Theological Seminary
When:  Wed., Nov. 27th @ 7PM
Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Catherine Williams, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship; Director of Chapel Worship @Lancaster Theological Seminary   Light Refreshments following the service

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

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.

Youth Group Updates

Fall Foliage Day at Camp Kirchenwald—October 20

Six hardy souls braved a very rainy Sunday afternoon to participate in the Lutheran Camping Corporation’s Fall Foliage Day at Camp Kirchenwald. The day was filled with fun activities such as, pumpkin painting, wreath making, scavenger hunts, sling shot target shooting, hiking in the woods searching for animals, and a delicious dinner!

Youth Trip to Eastern State Penitentiary and Mother Bethel AME

Nick Miller, Chloe Brubaker, Sanya Mumma, Lisselle Bertrand, Quentin Miller, Meghan Kelly, and Keith Miller joined the youth from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on a trip to Philadelphia on Saturday, November 2nd to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary and to learn more about the criminal justice system in the United States. They also visited Mother Bethel AME to learn about the founding of the church by former slave Richard Allen and the effects of racism on Philadelphia’s colonial worshippers. After returning to Lancaster they enjoyed a debriefing and dinner with other participants.  Please approach them to ask about their experience—I’m sure they would love to tell you what they’ve learned.

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