Grace News February 25, 2020

Growing In Grace Update!

Invitation to Leadership Event

At a congregational meeting exactly one year ago, we voted to accept a bid from CH&E for $1,746,000 to undertake a serious renovation project including an elevator accessible at all four levels of our beloved historic site. We also authorized a second capital campaign to raise funds for paying the mortgage we would incur.
The results of the first half of this decision are obvious.  Each day we can see more progress made on the renovations and we all eagerly await the completion of the project. Some of us really need the elevator to get where we want to go. The teachers are eager to move into new classrooms. People involved in the social activities (and who doesn’t like a party?) are ready for the new all-purpose room.  And all of us await new, convenient restrooms.
That’s the update on the first part of the congregational decision.  Now it’s time for the second part:  conducting another capital campaign to pay off the mortgage.
Our first campaign, Growing in Grace; Generation to Generation, began in 2017 and with God’s blessing and your faithful commitments, we achieved our $800,000 goal. In April we must begin paying the mortgage.
Bob and Marilyn Hoffman, Carl and Patti Hartman, Glenn and Donna Weidman, Al and Jeanne Dinkins, Pastor Verkouw and I have begun to plan this campaign.  With prayer and serious deliberation, we have set the three-year campaign goal at $750,000. The name of the new campaign is Growing in Grace; Continuing the Challenge.
On Saturday, March 14, at 4:00 in the afternoon, a Campaign Leadership Event will be held here at the church.  Hors d’oevres and beverages will be served and we will have a very special program by Dr. Barbara Barlow.  Dr. Barlow is an American Pediatric Surgeon who founded “Injury Free Coalition for Kids.” Her research and efforts to educate the public on prevention of accidents have greatly reduced the number of injuries for inner-city children around the USA. She is a long-time member of our Grace Church and currently lives in Tenafly, NJ.
Congregational and campaign leaders and all who wish to make an initial campaign gift or pledge of any size are invited and encouraged to join us to give strong start to Growing in Grace, Continuing the Challenge.  Invitations are in the mail to those in leadership positions here at Grace. If you would like to make a leadership gift of any amount, we would be honored to have you join us on March 14. 
Please call or email Vicki at the church office and let her know you would like to be a campaign leader and receive an invitation. Our early commitments will begin the momentum to reach our $750,000 goal. I promise you delicious food, an inspirational speaker, and an enjoyable social occasion.The wider congregational campaign will be kicked off on the weekend of March 22.  Please watch Grace News and other news alerts for more information about that.
Rosalyn Ward, Campaign Chair

From the Program Director

Don’t miss out on one or all of the Lenten faith opportunities at Grace! 
Because, through prayer, the reading of scripture, and sharing faith talk with our neighbors, our faith grows
and our church family and ministries grow stronger.  

Participate in a small group
Take a prayer rock and a the placemat pathway through the reading of the book of Matthew (available in the narthex) 
Participate in our immigration focused Lenten Retreat in our new space on Saturday March 21st.
May our Lenten discipleship draw us all closer to Christ.  Amen. 
  -Kathryn Verkouw       

Upcoming Lenten Study

This year we will be studying the theme of “heaven on earth” which is highlighted in the Gospel of Matthew. If you would like to participate in a small group and would like the student guide ($9) please let Angie know ASAP. A student guide is not necessary to participate in a small group, but is recommended.

· Pastor Verkouw will be hosting a group in the Fellowship Hall 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings beginning March 1st.

· Kathryn Verkouw and Keith Miller will be hosting a small group in the Stafford Room on Tuesday evenings beginning March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

· Angie Smith will be hosting a small group on Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room beginning on February 26th.

· Barb Steinmetz will be hosting a small group Thursday mornings at 10am in the home of Judy Resch beginning March 12th.

· Contemplative small group led by Sandy Morris and Greg Gable from 9:15-10 am Sunday mornings in St. Peter Chapel.  This is more focused toward mindfulness and neighbor.  You will hear some scripture, ponde it in your heart and mind and then discuss how it relates to your life and world.

· Text based small group:  Twice a week you will receive some scripture and a question.  You are asked to text a response to the group so we can all learn about each other and how we relate to “heaven on earth”.

· Pastor Verkouw will lead a group on Tuesdays at Woodcrest Villas – 10:00 a.m. at the home of Sue & Joe Hurlburt beginning March 10th.

Our 2020 Lenten Retreat – Why We Welcome Refugees

Join us on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am-3 pm for our third annual Lenten Retreat

This year we will be exploring the role that Lutherans have had in immigration in the United States since WWII.
We will have a guest speaker from Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services and have partnered with Carry the Future to make bears for children in refugee camps. Space is limited to 40 participants, please sign up asap. The cost will be approximately $20 per person—lunch included. 
Questions – Call or email Angie Smith at 717-397-2748 /

Stewardship Snippet

March 1, 2020 (First Sunday in Lent)

Luke 14:11 – Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Even after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, Jesus is able to resist Satan’s wiles by keeping a laser-sharp focus on what truly matters. Likewise, by stewarding our souls with intention, we connect deeply with God in ways that strengthen and equip us to follow Jesus.

Our Grace Family

Dear Members of Grace,
We give thanks for the life and witness of Livija Bicevskis , who died Friday Feb. 21,2020. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her husband Janis, her children, their family and friends.

A funeral is planned for 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 441 North George Street, Millersville, PA 17551, where a viewing will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM.
Please keep Livija’s family in your prayers.

We also give thanks for the life and witness of John Flett, father of Grace member Valerie Acobe. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Valerie’s family and friends. Please keep their family in your prayers.


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