Grace News May 5, 2021


Sunday May 9, 2021

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

Official Notice of the Congregational Meeting

Grace Lutheran Church Sunday June 6, 2021 (time and format to be announced)

ELL Update

Hi ELL (English Language Learners) Grace staff and friends,

I want to share with you a special relationship that developed between one of our past students and one of our ELL staff, who just happens be my granddaughter! 

Megan has helped with the ELL program during the last two summers and part of this year where her school scheduled allowed. This relationship began because Megan could use her Spanish skills to communicate with one of our students. They became friends and I remember Megan sat with her and her family two years ago when we hosted a dinner for our ELL students. Since then the student found a job and has stopped coming to class. 

However, the two of them stayed in touch via text. 

Our student recently went to visit her family in Ecuador. Yesterday, she got in touch with Megan and asked if she could come to see her. Megan called to see if I wanted to join them. Her son brought her over and she gave Megan a beautiful purse that she brought back from her native country. Megan was very appreciative of the gift and of her kindness. They both had big smiles on their faces and I, of course, had tears in my eyes!

I continue to be in awe of the wonderful things that come out of our ELL classes. I see the bonds that develop between our staff and our beautiful students every day in class.  

I hate to be the bragging grandmother, but I was very touched by this and want to continue to share with you all of the many blessings that come from our ELL class. 

Mary Gentzler

Green Grace

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!

Plant starters in trays

Getting a head start on the season is important if you’re planning to grow heat-loving vegetables from seed like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil. Sow seeds into starter mix divided in trays. Place in a sunny windowsill or under a grow light as soon as new shoots emerge. Read more here

Christian Formation

Weekly Rest

How did taking time to pray work out for you last week?

Did you feel connected to God?

What will do the same this week?

What will you change?

Our prayer this week is from Catherine of Siena: Power of the eternal Father, help me. Wisdom of the Son, enlighten the eye of my understanding. Tender mercy of the Holy Spirit, unite my heart to yourself. Eternal God, restore health to the sick and life to the dead. Give us a voice, your own voice, to cry out for mercy for the world. You, light, give us light. You, wisdom, give us wisdom. You, supreme strength, strengthen us. Amen. 

I think sometimes we need to be enlightened to see the situations in our world that require us to “cry out for mercy.” As you pray this week consider the situations in your own communities and in our wider world that require mercy. As you pray, remember “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) 

[Prayer ELW pg 87]

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 4:39-42

Tapestry of Pages

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 

Adult Sunday School

Join Pastor Steve and members of Grace for Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. 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

Kids and Youth Zoom Update

Join us at 9:00 am ~ for kids 1-6th grades. 

Do you know who this is popping out of the tomb?  It’s not Jesus! Today we learned about the very touching experience of Lazarus dying, Jesus coming too late to help heal him and then the amazing miracle. 

We also recognized the assigned scripture of the day by singing “He’s the vine and we’re the branches”. 

Mrs. Hartman tried to trick them with the “Who am I” game but the kids are just too knowledgeable.

Prayer, scripture, singing, games and craft – that’s what we do.  

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 Kelly for more information

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021

 “I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” –John 15:17

Commandments and instruction are necessary parts of growing into adulthood and growing in the faith. While we may chafe at such stewardship, we realize that they are given in love for our good. We can give thanks to our ancestors for passing on the faith and teaching us God’s commandments.