Grace News March 2, 2021

How you can help the CAP Thrive to Five Childcare!

CAP has many resources but there are areas where needs are not being met.  Items needed are as follows:
Clothing for children sizes 3-6 including socks and underwear. Diapers sizes 3-6. Toilet paper and paper towels.
Thank you for your generous support!  The CAP Staff

When Helping Hurts

Grace Church is on the IU13 list for helping refugee families experiencing a food crisis.  You might remember that I wrote about this last spring.  Thanks to all who have helped, we were able to help 6 families this past year. 
Loice Byer (one of the cultural navigators) contacted us again about helping two families. Our Grace group has decided to contribute once weekly for the next month. 
Loice was very thankful for our efforts but then explained to me that what these two families really could use is a mentor.  Someone to visit with them, mentor the mom in budgeting, schedules – supporting the head of the family.  This, of course, is much more difficult and takes more commitment than just delivering food. 
Loice referred me to the book “When Helping Hurts“.  This book promotes teaching people to be self sufficient so they can lead an independent life.
We have mentored other immigrant families.  I would love for you to pray to see if God might be calling you to mentor again or for the first time. 
Loice would love to meet via Zoom and do a little training. Keep an open mind and an open heart and consider this rewarding ministry. 
In peace, Kath

Easter Flowers

The cost is $10.00.  Flower orders are due in the office Friday March 26, 2021. Plants may be picked up from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday the week of April 5th.

Christian Formation

Walking Group

We have expanded our vision and venue of our Lenten Walkers, unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t cooperate – it wasn’t even a warm rain! 
Inspired by Grace sophomore Kaylah Miller we had decided to add more of an “outdoor fun” aspect for children while the adults walked in their small groups discussing the assigned questions. This worked beautifully for the hardy people who braved the weather: 1 child, 2 teens and 1 adult with the “children” and 5 walkers. 
You know when getting discouraged I have been told that great things can happen in small groups and that idea was proved true again with our rainy experience.  Do you see the beautiful prayer temple the “kids” created? 
One of our walking questions: “Like Jesus was found in the temple when his parents thought he was lost – where would your “heart place” be?  Where would your loved ones find you?
Next week we will meet again at the pavilion by the Buchanan Park playground (between the F and M campus and the dog park) at 1 pm.  Maybe it will be sunny and warm.  Bring your kids and your hearts.  Kath 

From the left-Ella Supeck, Phil Supeck. Lennox Mumma,
Jade Mumma, Kaylah Miller, Patti Hartman,
Todd Miller, Susan Miller.

Ella and Lennox with their nature inspired temple.
Lennox Mumma

Wednesday Vespers

As part of Wednesday Evening Prayer during Lent this year, Pastor Verkouw will lead us on a journey through

the mountains – the biblical mountains. Some of them you’ve probably heard of, while some may be new to you.  Join pastor and our musicians for Vespers in Lent, and for some mountain climbing through the holy mountains of scripture, and the powerful stories they tell.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on our YouTube channel – Grace Lutheran Church Lancaster.

Listening For God

Join Pastor Steve and members of Grace for Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. for Listening for God Volume 1 beginning Sunday, February 28th.

Check your weekly email for the Zoom link. If you need the readings or need to be added to the weekly email list please contact Vicki (717-397-2748,

Contemplating Logos

“Listen, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy loving Father, that by the toil of obedience thou mayest return to Him from whom by the sloth of disobedience thou hast gone away.”
(Prologue to The Rule of St. Benedict, Trans. Rev. Boniface Verheyen OSB, 1949)

This week’s reading is John 2:1-12

For more information on lectio divina click here

Kids and Youth Zoom Updates

Update on Sunday ZOOM Fun for kids!  Join us at 9:30 am for kids 1-6th grades. 

The book of Daniel let us experience a lot of exciting stories but it was time to move on to some of the women in the bible.  We began last Sunday with the story of Esther found in the book of Esther in the Old Testament.  She was a very brave woman who saved her people, the Jews, from being killed in the land of Persia. Many questions popped up with this story.  Why couldn’t Queen Esther talk to the King whenever she wanted?  Heck, she didn’t even really live with the King – why? Why was Haman so mean and greedy for power? We found out that the Jewish people still celebrate Esther’s victory over Haman’s evil plan on the Holiday of Purim which this year lands on March 16th.  What do you know about Purim?

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 to receive the link.

Tapestry of Pages Update

Our discussion of The House in the Cerulean Sea begins on April 6, 2020, at 3 PM via Zoom.
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a delightful fantasy novel that challenges the reader to think about family, belonging, and perception of “the other.” Please read the entire novel before our first discussion. The book should be available through your local library (wait times vary) or wherever books are sold.

Books can also be purchased through the church office for $16 and can be picked up in the church office (payment due at time of pickup). If you have any questions or would like to join this group please contact our Assistant Program Director Angie Rabbe ( 

Third Sunday in Lent, March 7, 2021

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. – Exodus 20:17

In the last five commandments, God commands what not to do, expecting us to do the opposite in grateful response to divine abundance. Instead of coveting what others have, we are to cultivate a spirit of generosity that helps us love and serve our neighbors—to go the second mile.