Grace News January 7, 2019

Announcements

Book Group

Grace Book Group Makes Change!
During the months of January, February, and March, the Grace Book Group will meet in the Stafford Room at 1:30 PM on the second Monday of each month. 
At our January meeting, Kim Neumar will lead the discussion of David McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood, a nonfiction account of the devastating flood that occurred May 31, 1889.  This meticulously researched book was McCullough’s first when it appeared in 1968, and most readers know his reputation as a very gifted author. 
All are invited to attend the book group’s meetings whether to learn more about the book or to participate in the discussion.

From Our Staff

Christmas Eve Thank You

As our ad in the paper says, “Nobody in Lancaster does Christmas like Grace Lutheran Church.” That being said, it takes a great number of people to make that happen.  This year over 130 Grace members participated in making our three services happen. Grace is fortunate to have so many parishioners willing to serve. We always welcome more hands. The staff would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended or was a part of our three inspiring services. Let’s begin the new year with a renewed sense of commitment to Grace Church, to attend and participate in Holy Worship, and to continue to Wholly Serve.

Your Thoughts on the Grace News

The first Grace News was published in April of 1907.  The cost of a subscription was ¢25 per year and it included ads that were purchased to advertise local businesses and offset costs. Similar to today’s Grace News there were articles about construction of the new church building, a plea for volunteers, parish news of births and deaths and needs for prayer, service times and locations, and updates on Christian Education.
In 2020 the Grace News is sent to members and friends of Grace at a cost of approximately $92.00 a week (4,416/yr.), including supplies and postage. In the age of computers and smart phones the question needs to be asked – is it good stewardship to continue to send out a hard copy? This is the question we are asking you. Is it still a good value? Would you prefer a monthly newsletter? Can we switch to an online presence only? Can email blasts and social media fill in the gaps? Worship inserts?
We invite your feedback.  Please tell us how you are feeling.  Do you value the Grace News?  Would you miss it?  Are you able to navigate our website, and if not can we help by offering a tutorial during a Sunday School class or fellowship event?  Do you have ideas to improve our communication going forward? You may share your concerns and ideas by talking with a staff member following services, sending a quick note in the mail, or by emailing us at vicki@gracelutheranchurch.com.
We look forward to hearing from you as we move forward, considering the best use of the gifts given us by God.
Yours in Christ,
The Staff of Grace

Stewardship Snippet

January 12, 2019 (Baptism of the Lord, Year A)
Matthew 3:16-17 – And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Listen! Can you hear the whispering voice of God saying, “You are my child, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased”? Yes, in baptism you have been named and claimed as God’s own child. Steward this gift as you grow in faith and action in 2020.

Outreach

A message from ESL

One of the refugees from Haiti, Bernice, is looking for a low-cost vehicle so he’s able to get to work in New Holland. He needs a reliable and inexpensive vehicle as he has a very low budget. If you have a vehicle for sale, or know someone who does, please contact Barbara Andersen at twandersen@comcast.net

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