Grace News March 9, 2021

Announcements

Bottle Caps

We are still collecting caps for the Earth Savers Club at Central York High School.
If you would like to help—drop off your clean/label free caps to the church office!
Thank you for helping to protect our planet!

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

Wednesday Vespers

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. 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,vicki@gracelutheranchurch.com

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 2:13-25

Zoom for Kids and Youth

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

Do you know why you were given your name?  What does your name mean? 

This past Sunday we looked at Dorcas, also translated to Tabitha, an early disciple who lived in the city of Joppa. She was always doing good, sewing clothes for and helping the poor.  In Acts she was brought back to life by Peter and, because of this sign, many people in Joppa came to believe in the Lord. 
Do you know a Dorcas/Tabitha type person who is always helping the poor?  How about someone who is a great seamstress?

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

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.

Walking Prayer

Well it was sunny this time withenough wind to blow away the blues. We had 11 people show up for our “Where is your Heart” walking group and discussed Matthew 19:16-26. Our 3 groups reviewed the questions and talked about their lives. 
Each week the group is different yet perfect – so feel free to come and experience the fellowship!

What I can tell you is, I was feeling separated and discouraged when I went to meet the group and left feeling full of hope and thankfulness – plus I got to know more stories about my fellow walkers! I praise God for that time and those people. Join us at 1:00 p.m. every Sunday at the pavilion in Buchanan Park! Kathryn

Grace Going Green

From the beginning, God’s people are commanded to care for the earth.  Recent years have brought new inspiration for taking a “greener approach” at Grace, and for inviting  all of us to better steward God’s creation.  Lutherans Restoring Creation, was one source of new energy: Grace members traveled to Camp Kirchenwald a few years back to learn and came back to implement these ideas:

  • “Grace News” offers tips for become greener in our everyday lives.
  • We recycle office paper, chipboard, cardboard, glass and plastics, and Styrofoam.
  • Seasonal worship booklets cut down on paper and ink usage, and are recycled at the close of each season.
  • We purchase sustainably harvested palms for our Palm Sunday services, and sustainably grown coffee for our fellowship hour.
  • We use digital controls and software to manage most of our heating and cooling systems, creating schedules for occupied times with setback temperatures for the unoccupied areas and times, saving gas and electricity.

In late 2020, Grace completed a renovation of the historic church building. New education space was created, an elevator added, and we upgraded our mechanical systems to new, modern, and much more efficient equipment.  The project gave us a chance to mitigate the run-off from the new addition and the whole north roof of the church building. An average rainfall of 43” per year allows us to capture 111,800 gallons of water, returning it to the aquifer through pipes and an underground basin instead of polluting the bay through the overloaded city sewer system.

Also, our Memorial Garden Fountain was re-worked to so that run-off from the roof of the educational building replenishes the fountain with rainwater. Due to these efforts, Grace was one of the featured properties on the Lancaster Conservancy’s 2020 Water Week walk last August! 

The final touch of the renovation was the landscaping.  Collaborating with the Lancaster Conservancy, we studied our gardens and decided to remove invasive plants from our landscape, replacing them with native species. We are now a certified urban wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  Our plaque is proudly displayed by the gardens at the front of our church.

This winter Grace became a member congregation of the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to honor, care for, and protect the Chesapeake watershed. As an ICP congregation we are called to honor our sacred bond with our Creator, serve as good stewards of the land and waters of the Chesapeake, and sustain the life and health of all creatures. 

We pledge that through our words and actions to :

  • Celebrate, respect, and revere the Earth’s blessings
  • Demonstrate good stewardship in how we manage our land and facilities
  • Engage members of our community in the work of caring for the environment
  • Embrace the mission of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to work together to protect and restore our shared watershed

Looking to the future we hope to improve our existing recycling programs, reduce the use of single use products such as plastic cutlery and Styrofoam dishes, investigate solar energy, and encourage our members to become involved in community organizations that are helping the planet.

If you are interested in  joining the green team, please contact the church office at 717-397-2748.

This Week’s Green Tip

“Fish is broadly considered a healthy food, with less fat and just as much protein as other meats, plus omega-3s, calcium, and other minerals. There’s not currently certification for USDA organic fish. But some methods of fishing aren’t sustainable, like bottom-trawling, which can speed up coral reef destruction.

Sometimes, eating specific types of fish isn’t sustainable, as they may be chronically over-fished, or unhealthy because they may have high concentrations of mercury. ” Read more at A Planet-Friendly Meal Plan

Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 14, 2021

“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” – Ephesians 2:10

We have been created to love God and neighbor and to live a life marked by good works and radial generosity. During the season of Lent we are reminded to devote our time and resources to go the second mile for the sake of the good news.

Our Grace Family

Thank You

Dear members of Grace,
I want to offer my thanks for the many cards and phone calls I received following the death of my husband Ron, they were a great comfort to me.  Your caring and concern is greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Janet Neumar

Christian Sympathy

Dear Members of Grace,
We give thanks for the life and witness of John W. Lawrence, brother of Linda Fackler, who died on Sunday February 28, 2021.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Linda, her family and friends.
Please keep John’s family in your prayers.

We give thanks for the life and witness of Carolyn Moyer who died on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her husband Karl and their daughters Susan and Cindy. A funeral will be held at a later time due to current health concerns. Please keep Carolyn’s family and friends in your prayers.

Congratulations!

A big congratulations to Nick Miller for taking first in the regional History Day Competition.  The title of his project is “Navajo Code Talkers The Words that Won the War”. It’s about how Navajo joined the US Marines and created a code using their native language to communicate secret battlefield information in the Pacific during WWII. Their code remained classified until the late 1960’s because it remained unbroken. 
Nick is a freshman at J. P. McCaskey High School. We wish him good luck as he moves on to the Statewide competition.

Congratulations to Esther Verkouw and Joél Villafuerte on the birth of their son Matteo Charles, born on March 3, 2021. If you would like to send something please contact the church office.
We also congratulate Pastor and Kathryn on becoming grandparents!