GraceNews December 3, 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!

Decorating the Nave Dec. 22nd

Join the worship Team in decorating the Nave for the Christmas Season on Sunday, December 22nd following the late service. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome.

A message from our Financial Secretary …

Do you need to catch up on your pledge?  Want to make an end of year donation? The Financial Secretary is asking that all end of year donations be in the office by Sunday Dec. 29 in order to be credited for 2019.  Donation received after Sunday Dec. 29 will be credited in 2020.                                    Thank you  Judy Resch

Poinsettia orders

Poinsettia orders are due Sunday, Dec. 15th. Plants are $10.00 each.

Stewardship Snippets

December 8, 2019 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year A)
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let Paul’s words be your call not only to find joy and hope, but also to share it with the world especially those for whom the season brings sadness. That is good stewardship of your Christmas cheer!

Grace Our Table

Thank you to everyone who submitted recipes for the Grace Church cookbook, “Grace Your Table”. We have received over 200 recipes from members and friends for their delicious family favorites!
As you know, this cookbook is a fundraiser to help our youth raise money to attend the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in 2021.
Cook books can be ordered by calling the church office (717-397-2748) or by emailing Angie Smith (
Please note for orders placed after December 2, we cannot guarantee that you will have your order by Christmas, but we will do our best.

REMINDER—Youth will gather after late service on Sunday December 1st to put cookbooks together.  Please contact Angie at if you plan to attend.

Christian Formation

Bible Study with Pastor Verkouw

Much of the time, Christians go to Jesus for answers.  Maybe you still have your WWJD  “What Would Jesus Do?”  bracelet!  But did you know that Jesus also asked a lot of questions?  How many of those questions do you think might be found in the four gospels – 50?  100?  250?  If you guessed low, you guessed wrong…there are 307! 
We will be studying the questions of Jesus, and letting those probing questions guide our reflections through the season of Advent and the winter weeks to follow, using as our guide the winsome book, Jesus Is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, by Martin Copenhaver.  If you’d like to have you own copy, feel free to order it but you don’t have to.  Just bring your Bible to Sunday School.  We will begin as close to 9:00 a.m. as possible in the Fellowship Hall. 
And now a question for you: I’d be glad to teach this material again during the week. 
Are there any folks reading this who are hungry for some study time?  Some options: Wednesday or Thursday at noon?  Bring a lunch or meet somewhere?  If you have an idea or would like to host, please let me know!

Community Outreach

Tree of New Beginnings

In the Narthex you will find the “Tree of New Beginnings”.  This tree is to benefit our two refugees and their families – Christine Mbuyu and her sons Norbert and Sterling, and Ivine Abit and her daughter Jeanette. Please choose an ornament (or two), purchase a gift(s), and return it with ornament attached by December 22nd. There will be a large green bin next to the tree to place your gifts. Our younger children will be collecting change (similar to the barnyard banks in past years) and decorating their own tree. We will be dividing the total cash between our two families. Thank you for considering to share the joy of Christmas with these special families.If you have any questions please contact our Assistant Program Director Angie Smith at

Community Meal Christmas Gifts

We are collecting the following items for Community Meal 
Gloves: 75 mens large, 25 mens med, 75 womens med, 30 kids
Hats/Caps: 75 men’s md/lg, 25 women’s md/lg,30 kids
Unisex Sweatshirts: 75 adult large, 25 adult med, 10 adult xl, 30 kids
Contact Joyce Saeger 717-824-5153 or Denise White 717-572-2583

Donations to the Lancaster County Food Hub

The currents needs at the Hub are: Diabetic Food Items (Sugar Free), meal helpers like Hamburger Helper, and canned meals like ravioli and chili.

Christmas Eve at Grace

Tuesday, December 24 – 4:00 p.mPrayerful Eucharist

Our increasingly popular early service. All the Christmas basics –  scripture, carols & Pastor’s Christmas Sermon – with some musical gems as well.

Tuesday, December 24 – 7:00 p.m.  Holy Communion Family Service
 Music and drama with the children bringing the Christmas message.

Tuesday, December 24 – 10:00 p.m.  Holy Communion Festival Worship – Prelude begins at 9:30 pm
One of Lancaster’s finest volunteer choirs leads our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for the Incarnation of our Lord.  A musical feast in the great tradition of Christmas praise from ancient to modern works by the Grace Choir, Gloria Bell Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Brass Quintet.  The service concludes with choir and congregation singing Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus.


Prayer List

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