Grace News December 31, 2019


Sunday Fellowship

Join our hosts, the Grace Bell Choir, for a delicious pork and sauerkraut lunch on Sunday January 5th following the late service.  We ask that each family bring a dessert to share. 
You may also RSVP by calling the church office at 717-397-2748.
Also joining the Bell Choir will be Pastor, Kathryn, and Vicki who will share their experiences from their mission trip to Puerto Rico.  Please come to learn about Lutheran Disaster Relief, the families that were helped, and about the work that still needs to be done.

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.

Worship Volunteers needed in 2020!

· Communion Assistants – It is a meaningful experience to serve at the Lord’s Table.  The ability to speak the words “the blood of Christ, shed for you,” and to pour or share a sip of wine is all that is needed!
*Needed at all three services

· Communion Set-Up and Clean Up-Volunteers – at our house, everybody helps with the family chores.  We should all make ourselves available to take a turn. *15 minutes after each service.

· Sunday morning opener / coffee set up – Denny has some Sundays off, and this would be a big help to the Pastor and other staff to have someone take a few laps around the campus to open the doors, put up the signs, turn on the lights and set up for coffee and tea. *A few Sundays a year.

· Sunday morning closer – see above, except in reverse!

· Fishbowl Volunteers – Help encourage and corral our young children, and get their activity done during the sermon, hymns and prayers. 
*Each week during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Please contact the church office to volunteer! 717-397-2748

Grocery Cards Fourth Quarter Report

Thanks to your purchases of shopping cards during the fourth quarter of 2019, the following donations have been made:
2019 budget item Missionary Support (The Longeneckers)                        $500.00
ELCA Federal Chaplaincy Ministries Fund for Leaders Scholarship Fund        $300.00

Stewardship Snippets

January 5, 2020 (Second Sunday of Christmas, Year A)
John 1:12 – But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.
Ready to steward your best life in 2020?
This week’s gospel lesson reminds us that if we place our lives in the hands of Christ, we will also know God and be part of God’s family. Draw near to the Word made flesh this year, and you will find guidance, love, mercy, and grace for every day.

Christian Education

Christian Education Programs for Children and Youth (pre-school – grade 12) & Adults from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Pre-school—2ndfloor classroom—Ed. Building            
Kindergarten through 5th grades—3rd floor—Ed. Building
Confirmation—third floor rear—Educational Building           
Sr. High Youth—Stafford Room
Adults—Fellowship Hall—Jesus Is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, by Martin Copenhaver

Youth Group

“Grace Our Table” Cookbooks

If you ordered a cook book, your order is ready!
Orders can be picked up in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays 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

Isaac’s Cards

Once again we are selling $10 Isaac’s Gift Cards. The proceeds will go into the Youth Fund for the trip to the National Lutheran Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in 2021! The cards make great Christmas gifts. See Brenda Hayasaka in the narthex after the early service or before the late service during the month of December.  You may also contact her at and she will arrange a time for pick up at the church office.

Community Outreach

Donations for the Food Hub

The currents needs at the Hub are:
Diabetic Food Items – Sugar Free
Meal helpers like Hamburger Helper
Canned Meals like Ravioli and Chili

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