Grace News December 22, 2020

Announcements

Oh my goodness the generosity abounds! 

-There have been people buying and donating food to families in crisis. 
-Housing help for many families in our community. 
-Donations of hats and gloves for our community meal participants. 
-Lots of donations for our Dove Learning Pod, including the Lancaster community sponsoring a pod child for Christmas!
We are called to love our neighbor and spread Christ’s light. 
Thank you for your generosity! Merry Christmas.

Christian Formation

Update on Sunday ZOOM Fun for kids 

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Join us at 9:30 am for our zoom Sunday School – best for kids 1-6th grades.  Look for the Weekend Updates and links for Worship and Sunday School email from Pastor!

Youth ZOOM on Sunday mornings!

For youth, grades 6-12, Meghan Kelly and Keith Miller will be leading a youth ZOOMS! Confirmation at 9:00 a.m. / High School at 9:45 a.m. If you would like to participate – please contact Meghan at mekelly10@gmail.com to receive the link.

Update for A Tapestry of Pages

Our next book is Separated by Jacob Soboroff. This is the second book in our discussion on immigration. Soboroff discusses the many challenges that immigrants face when crossing the US/Mexico border. Please note that we have a new meeting time (Tuesdays at 3PM). We will begin our discussion of this book in mid-February. Please watch the Grace News for further updates. If you have any questions and/or would like to join our group please contact Angie Smith at graceelcaapd@gmail.com

R3 – ReFORM, ReNEW, ReVISION…ReMINDER of Guiding Principles!

Several weeks ago, you received a request – either through Grace News or by email – to participate in developing Guiding Principles for our congregation’s future.  Many thoughtful responses have been received.  Thank you!
If yours is not yet among them, there is still time.  Please return your responses by no later than December 31, 2020 so we can proceed with the next steps toward Guiding Principles. Thank you! John Saeger for the R3 Team

Please use the contact form below to submit your answers to the following (submit all answers on the same form). Please use one submission form for each member of your household.

  1. imagine that YOU ARE GOD and you are listening to two people FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD talk about our congregation. The ministry of the church is vibrant and has a strong relationship with and significant impact on the neighborhood. Remember this is what God wants us to be when we are at our best. What words does God want to hear the neighbors say about our congregation as they say, “I love Grace Lutheran Church. Those people there are so _________ .”  Enter 5 words or phrases that complete the statement, describing us at our best from the perspective of our neighbors.
  2. imagine that YOU ARE GOD and you are listening to two people FROM THE CONGREGATION talk about our congregation.  The ministry of the church is vibrant and people are glad to be there, growing as disciples and finding involvement meaningful. What words does God want to hear the members say about our congregation as they say, “I love Grace Church. This congregation is so __________.” Enter 5 words that complete the statement, describing us at our best from the perspective of our members.

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. 27 in order to be credited for 2020. Donation received after Sunday Dec. 27 will be credited in 2021.                                    Thank you, Judy Resch

Christmas gifts needed for our community dinner guests    

Items needed – Socks, hats, gloves, and scarves for men, women, and children
Collection Dates – Now through Jan. 1, 2021
Collection sites –  Grace Church, Good Shepherd, and the Parish Resource Center – 2160 Lincoln Highway East (9 am –5 pm Monday – Friday)
Coordinator for Distribution – Parish Resource Center / Kate Good     

December 27, 2020 (First Sunday after Christmas Day, Year B)
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. – Isaiah 61:10
What’s the appropriate response to Christmas? Joy and praise, of course! This week’s lessons brim with both. This Christmas season steward not only your resources but also your joy and praise for the One who changed everything.