Grace News March 16, 2021

Sunday School – 9:00 a.m
Livestream Video at 10:30 a.m.
Palms may be picked up from
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Worship Video – Solemn Stripping of the Altar
Please check your email or our social media for the link.

Worship Video
Please check your email or our social media for the link.

                 Livestream Video – Holy Eucharist – 9:00 a.m
Walk through Communion – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Easter Flowers

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

Announcements

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!

Green Tip

Many folks who are interested in their health and the health of the Earth avoid restaurant food because it tends to be more processed, or when it’s organic and unprocessed, it can get rather pricey.

That doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a night out once in a while. Click here to read more and to find certified green restaurants.

ELL Update

English Language Learners’ Classes Continue

Despite the Pandemic, we continue to provide classes for English languages learners who are local refugees. Using Zoom we can work face to face with our students.  All the students have access to the internet using computers, tablets and phones, many of which have been donated. 

Here are a few updates on what’s happening in class:

One of our first students came to the United States three years ago because there are few jobs in his native country. He was hired by a local company, but continues with our class even though he works nights. He gets up early to attend class.  Recently he was able to return to his native country to visit with his wife and daughter. Two of our teachers worked tirelessly to help him navigate the intricacies of travel complicated by TSA and Covid-19 requirements, resulting in a happy and successful trip. He was so glad to be with his family for two weeks and was very thankful for the help he received from our teachers.

Another one of our students and her family moved to the United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When she arrived she spoke very little English, but she works hard and has made great strides. In looking for a job she found a company that would hire her, if she could prove that she was enrolled in an English class. With a large family to care for, she couldn’t attend classes outside her home, so the Grace English Language Program helped her qualify. She brings her great desire to learn and a big smile on her face every day!  Her

17 month old daughter sits on her lap and waves to the teachers. We were blown away this week when her daughter counted from 1 to 10 in English!  Everyone’s face lit up.

We have formed bonds with our students that have continued even as students have gotten jobs or taken advanced classes. One of our past students “Zooms in” some days to say hello and show us how her son has grown.

Thank you for your prayers as we reach out to those who are seeking a better life in America. 

The Grace ELL Staff

Christian Formation

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

Wednesday Vespers

Join pastor and our musicians for Vespers in Lent, and for some mountain climbing through the holymountains of scripture, and the powerful stories they tell. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on our YouTube channel.

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 3:1-10

Weekly Rest

During the season of Easter, I will be writing reflections on the works of some of the Christian mystics. Some of the mystics that we might read and reflect on are John of the Cross, Augustine, and Julian of Norwich. Each week on our website there will be a link to the readings, a reflection, and a few questions.

What I would like to know is, would any of you be interested in a weekly, brief (approx. 30 min) prayer and discussion session on the week’s readings via Zoom. If that interests you please email me as soon as possible at graceelcaapd@gmail.com. Thanks! -Angie 

Zoom for Kids and Youth

Update on Sunday ZOOM Fun for kids! Join us at 9:30 am ~ for kids 1-6th grades. This week we learned about Lydia and made purple craft crosses – do you know why?  Cameron went outside and shouted: “Come to my house.  Open your heart!  Wear Purple!”  Confused?  Check out Acts 16:13-15. Look for the Weekend Updates and links for Worship and Sunday School email from Pastor!

Carolynn Main
Ariel and Evan Commero

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.

Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 21, 2021

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24

In this week’s gospel Jesus speaks about his coming death and outlines what it means to truly follow him. Like Jesus, we are called to go the second mile, to put aside self-interest for the sake of the gospel and serve God and neighbor willingly.

Our Grace Family

Pastor Nancy has a new address. Please contact the church office for the updated address.