Grace News November 12, 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!


Dear Members and Friends of Grace,
It’s time to get serious! On Nov. 24 we will consider a budget for 2020 that is very similar to this year’s budget – but as the graphic shows, our income and expenses are pretty far out of balance at this point in November.  If our giving continues and we have a “normal” surge in Dec. we can expect a deficit of $50,000.
What shall we do about it?  Your Council has recommended that we adopt this budget for next year, despite the deficit that has built up this year.  Why?  Because we believe that with a surge of prayer and generosity, we can work together to bring the deficit down.
What will it take?  If we all give 10% more in our regular giving than we would have otherwise by Dec. 31, the deficit will be covered.  Kathryn and I plan to make an extra 10% gift in December…can you join us in balancing the budget?  The math is easy: If you give $100 each week, your gift is $5,200 annually.  An extra $520 would be your portion.  If you can give more, please consider it, as some of our folks are giving from limited incomes.  Whatever your share, please offer it with a prayer of thanksgiving for this ministry that we share! Consider dedicating a gift in November to support our utilities and costs that allow our child care ministry to serve so many low-income families – can we raise an extra $25,000 this month?  That leaves $25,000 in December to dedicate as a thank offering for our church music program…or our community meal, or confirmation camp, Sunday School, or whatever part of our ministry inspires you and keeps you coming back to Grace.  God bless you in your giving in this season.  Thank you for your prayers, your love and support!   Pastor Verkouw

Official Notice of the Annual Budget Meeting Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Deborah/Elizabeth Circle Meeting November 19th

This month’s meeting completes the Bible study “No Hard Feelings?”.  The focus is on stewarding the gift of joy and includes a look at what the Bible’s poetry teaches us about this gift.  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.

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.

Mark your calendar – 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 at Lancaster Theological Seminary  
Light Refreshments following the service

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

“The Advent Fair is a special family event, when we gather to celebrate a time of waiting for the coming of Christ.  Often, members of Grace have invited their extended families to this celebration.  We eat a meal together and make special ornaments or gifts to share with our families. This year, the Advent Fair will be held on Sunday, December 1st, following the 10:30 service. 
The schedule is: 
12:15:  Lunch time. Each family is asked to bring a salad or dessert to share with others.  If your family is larger than four, please bring a salad and a dessert.  Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.
1:00-3:00:  Craft time. Samples of the crafts are provided at the registration table. On the day of the event, craft stations will be set up in Fellowship Hall.   
We request that participants pre-register so we can plan to have enough crafting material for everyone. The deadline for registration will be Sunday November 24, 2019.  Registration forms are available in the Narthex of the church and can be left in the envelope provided.

Stewardship Snippets

November 17, 2019 (Time after Pentecost—Lectionary 33, Proper 28, Year C)
Psalm 98:4 –Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sometimes joy and praise are the only possible responses to the abundant love and care of the Creator. As the autumn harvest is gathered in, be sure to celebrate the gift of God’s good and bountiful creation.

Our Grace Family

Special thanks

Dear members of Grace,
Our family would like to thank Pastors Weiss and Verkouw, and Dick Kline for their part in making the 100th birthday celebration for my Aunt Emma Stumpf a success.  Thanks also to all the members who remembered her with cards and prayers.  
Ruth Dice

Dear Pastor Verkouw,
I want to thank you and the many others at Grace for all of their prayers, visits, cards, and concerns for my extended health problems for the past 2 months.  It was quite an ordeal, but I really appreciate the support that you, family, and friends gave me over this period.  Love you all!
John McSparran

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