Lutheran World Relief
Currently set for October 3-4. We will let you know at a later date if it needs to be postponed.
We have decided to do only Personal Care and Fabric Kits this year.
Here is what is needed for Personal Care Kits and the instructions for packaging:
· One light-weight bath size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color
· Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping*
· One adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping
· One sturdy comb, remove packaging
· One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
Fold the towel in half width-wise. Place the rest of the items in the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out, and secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands.
Personal Care kits may be brought to the church office and money can be
donated to buy items in bulk. Checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church with Lutheran World Relief / Personal Care Kits on the memo line.
*LWR WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT BARS OF SOAP THAT ARE PACKED SEPARATELY. WE WILL ONLY COLLECT SOAP TO PUT INTO THE KITS.
God’s Work, Our Hands
Please Join Us For Our Seventh Annual
“God’s work. Our hands” / Rally Day
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020
Our outreach to our neighborhood may look different this year, but it will still be “God’s Work, Our Hands”!
As noted in the last issue of Grace News, on Sunday, September 13th, we will be delivering approximately 200 bags with Grace’s logo to our neighbors’ homes.
Each bag will have information about our ministries and an invitation to join our online worship services and, when it is again possible, to attend our services in-person. Some small gifts will be included, as well.
If you would like to deliver bags to a block in our neighborhood that day, please contact the church office (717-397-2748) to sign up by Thursday, September 10th. We will gather at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 13th (rain date 9/20) to distribute the bags. Individuals and family groups are invited to help.
Please come be a visible presence of Grace/grace in our neighborhood!
Don’t forget your mask!
New Church Keys—Ready for Pick Up!
If you called and requested a new key—please stop by the office
M-TH from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to pick it (them) up.
Keys are in labeled envelopes on Vicki’s desk.
If you haven’t requested on—call the church office and we will put your name on the list for the next round.
Annual Fall Clean Up!
The Property Team would like to invite you to the
annual Fall Clean Up Day (date TBA)!
Due to the construction this year’s clean up is desperately needed. That means we need lots of volunteers to help in a socially distanced and fully masked sort of way / the new “normal”.
Jobs for every ability and a sneak preview of our new spaces! Many hands make light work!
Once the date is announced we will ask you to call the church office at 717-397-2748 to volunteer. Volunteers are welcome to come all day, half day, or a few hours, but please come!
We hope to see you there!
It’s time to order Liturgical Calendars!
If you would like a Sunday & Seasons 2021Calendar of Word and Season, please call the church office at 717-397-2748 to place your order.
The cost this year will be $5.00. Orders must be placed by Monday, September 21, 2020.
Devotional Materials have arrived in the office.
The Fall quarter of Christ in Our Home and Portals of Prayer are now available. If you would like to pick them up—stop by the office M-TH from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like them mailed—please call Vicki and she will send them out to you.
Click here for this week’s reflection on Zephaniah
Have You Experienced God Today?
It has been more than five months since we have been able to worship together.
It has been more than five months since many have felt free to socialize with friends.
It has been more than five months since our children have been in school.
During this time many have lost their jobs and more than 700,000 people world-wide have died of a disease none of us had heard of at this time last year.
The world is very strange and different now. But God has not changed.
Earlier this year we encouraged all of us to grow closer to God in prayer. Have you found the peace of God through prayer? Paul urges his readers to pray unceasingly. We can begin by devoting a few minutes each day to talk to God. Thank God for always being there for us and experience His love surrounding you.
Thank you for loving me with such great love, O God.
Let your love surround me so that I may show it to others. Amen.
John Saeger for the R3 Team
September 6, 2020 (14th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18)
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:10
Striving to keep the twin commandments to love God with all our being and love our neighbors as ourselves, we naturally care for the common good. We learn that what affects one really affects us all.