Grace News December 17, 2019

The Christmas Season

Christmas Eve Worship Schedule

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.

Parking will be available in the Queen St. garage (tickets available for free parking—see the ushers), as well as the LGH Pavilion garage.  If you are able to walk short distances, please consider using the Queen St. garage to allow space for our older members in the LGH Pavilion garage.  Thank you!

Important Worship Information

Saturday, December 28 – 6:00 p.m. Communion Service in the Chapel Sunday, December 29 – 10:00 a.m. ONLY in the Nave  (please note there will be no Sunday School or fellowship that morning)

Merry Christmas From the Staff of Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor Verkouw, Vicki Mumma, Kathryn Verkouw, Dennis Maharg, David McConnell, and Angie Smith


“Grace Our Table” Cookbooks

If you ordered a cook book, your order is ready!
Orders can be picked up in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday 12/22 between 8:30 and 9am. And in the Narthex before and after late service. You can also pick up your order at the church office, but please call ahead to make sure we are here!
Checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church, memo line– cook book.
It’s not late to place an order– please let us know ASAP. If you have any questions please contact Angie at

New Congregational “Picture” Directory—Additional dates!

There is still an opportunity to have your picture taken for the church directory. Terry will be available on Sunday, January 12th & 19th. 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.
Location for the portrait sessions will be the back corner of the parlor.
Home bound members will be visited in the new year to have their portraits taken. Please call the church office at 717-397-2748 to arrange a time and date in order to be included in the directory.

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

Stewardship Snippets

December 22, 2019 (Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A)
Matthew 1:20b – An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
The story of Joseph’s dream reminds us that God’s plans sometimes require us to depart from what we know and expect. As followers of Jesus, may we be able to find the courage and flexibility to be good stewards of all God’s amazing gifts.

Our Grace Family

Take Time To Pray

Dear members of Grace,
I am requesting that our congregation pray for a miracle to happen, that Ivine’s petition for asylum come to the attention of a judge in a timely fashion. We have been told that the courts are so backed up it could take years for her petition to be heard. Meanwhile she is not allowed to work, drive, or have any way to support herself or her family in Cameroon.  She has everything gathered for her hearing – Lord, make it quickly come. 
While you are praying for a miracle, please consider financially helping Ivine and her family. $300 every two months barely feeds Ivine’s family and fifty members of their village who are currently hiding in the bush. Please see Angie if you have questions about donating.
Also, please pray for our ESL students and their families; the work of Church World Service and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; our church volunteers who work with our refugee and immigrant families; those in refugee camps; those separated from their families because of violence.Lord in your mercy…hear our prayers. Amen.   
Kathryn Verkouw

Christian Sympathy

Dear Members of Grace, We give thanks for the life and witness of Mae Smethurst, sister of Marilyn Hoffman, who died Dec.15, 2019. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Marilyn and Bob, and to Mae’s family and friends. Please keep Marilyn’s  family in your prayers.

Special Thanks

Dear members of Grace,Tom and I want to express our gratitude and thanks for the cards and telephone calls from Grace members following the unexpected death of our son, Jeffrey.  This means so much in times of sorrow and helps us walk through this with humbleness and faith in our dear Lord. Thank you all   –  Tom and Lorraine Long

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