Grace News April 27, 2021

Official Notice Congregational Meeting May 16 2021 11:30am via Zoom
Please watch your email for more information


Worship Updates

Fountain Flowers

We only have one week to fill! Sunday May 2nd! 

Please call the church office at 7173972748if you would like to share plants and flowers for the fountain!

Worship Times

8:00 a.m. ~ Modified in-person worship (please call 717-397-2748 to register)

9:00 a.m. ~ online Sunday School

10:30 a.m. ~ Livestream Worship

Thank You

Thanks to our resident shepherd, Michael Bertrand for sharing his thoughts with us this past Sunday.

If you missed it – check out our worship video for the Fourth Sunday of Easter !

Green At Grace

Garden Tour

Garden tour – Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Meet in the pull off area by the new elevator lobby.
Join us as we tour the new gardens with our designer Rhoda. We invite you to come and learn about the native plantings here at Grace.

We will discuss care and maintenance, and will be inviting folks to volunteer to help us through the summer months.

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!

Green Tip

Plant early spring vegetables when soil is workable

Soil is ready for gardening once it is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily. Soil that is too wet is easily compacted, reducing beneficial soil aeration. Common early spring crops are peas, spinach, lettuces and leeks. For a prolonged harvest, plant several varieties, each with a different maturation date. Follow these crops with broccoli, cabbage, radishes, kale, turnips, new potatoes and onions. Read more here

Grace Book Group

Grace Book Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11 at 7 PM. Read a book set in a place and/or time period you would like to visit. This includes fantasy, utopia, dystopia. If you need more information, contact  bkhayasaka@gmail.com.

Click here for a list of our April recommendations

Christian Formation

Weekly Rest

As we have seen over the past few weeks the mystics described their relationship and our relationship with God in many ways; We rest in God, we seek God, God waits for us, God loves us, God wants to be with us. One thing that the mystics had in common was a life centered on prayer. Many of the mystics were monks and nuns, their daily life was built around prayer.

Our readings for the next four weeks will be prayers written or attributed to some of the mystics. I’d encourage all of us to pause a few times a day for prayer, setting aside time to rest in God. Our first prayer is going to be one that many of us are familiar with, the Peace Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

As you pray, think about the ways in which we can be instruments of peace. Many of the mystics would say that prayer is a dialogue with God, take time to listen to the other half of the conversation. 

[Text from The Loyola Press, 2021]

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 4:31-38

Tapestry of Pages Update

We voted and our next book is His Truth is Marching On John Lewis and The Power of Hope by John Meacham. Our discussion begins on May 25th at 3PM via Zoom. Please read the Overture and the first two chapters for the first meeting. Angie will be sending out supplementary readings to the group mid May.

This will be our last book until the fall, when hopefully we can meet in person. If you are interested in joining us or need a copy of the book ordered please email Angie Rabbe at graceelcaapd@gmail.com. 

Pastor’s Sunday School Class

Join Pastor Steve and members of Grace for Sunday School at 9:00 a.m begining May 2 for When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner. 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  at 

717-397-2748 or vicki@gracelutheranchurch.com

Kids and Youth Zoom Updates

Update on Sunday ZOOM Fun for kids! 

Join us at 9:30 am ~ for kids 1-6th grades. 

What a fun hour celebrating “Good Shepherd” Sunday and looking at the Mary/Martha story in Luke 10.  We sang some fun songs, played “Who Am I”, made a sheep out of our handprint and tried to think of situations where there were 2 good choices but 1 of those choices was “the best” choice (inspired by Martha and Mary’s choices and Jesus’ response). Patti Hartman and I thank God for these wonderful children and this time spent together growing in faith.

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. Email Meghan at mekelly10@gmail.com for more information

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021

“Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.” –Psalm 22:30

Who first told you the good news about Jesus? Chances are it was a beloved elder, either a family member or pillar of the church. We receive the wisdom of our ancestors, and then we take on the mantle of responsibility and good stewardship to pass that good news along to future generations.