Grace News June 22, 2021

Announcements

Tower Bell Chiming at Grace

Our tower bells, or chime, are regularly played following the 10:30 Sunday services and on Sunday evenings at 6:00, for special times/services, such as Christmas Eve, patriotic holidays, etc., and more recently at noon each weekday during the pandemic. 

You are invited to join us!  Take a look at the chiming console (up one long flight of stairs just before the south side balcony entrance) when the bells are being played.  You need to be able to read a single line of music, treble clef only, and have some keyboard experience.  Ringing the bells is physically fun and musically satisfying. 

If you’d like to give it a try, contact Murray Foreman, murrayforeman@gracelutheranchurch.com or 717-847-7556.  I invite teen-agers, in particular, to consider chiming.

Worship Volunteers

As we begin the journey back to a “normal” worship schedule, we need volunteers to: read the lessons, assist Pastor with communion, set up and clean up communion, sound and camera operators, ushers, and greeters. Have helped in the past—would like to begin?  All are welcome! Please call the office at 717-397-2748 to volunteer!

Christian Formation

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 5:31-38

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.

Summer Devotionals

Our Summer devotional has just begun—it’s not too late to join! Our devotional encourages us to love with compassion like God loves us. This is a great resource for families- there are family activities and coloring pages (the family activities can also be done by individuals)! I will be posting questions/readings/prayers to our social media through August 29, but you can do any 12 weeks this summer that work for you. There is a path of daily readings/activities– one for each of the three sections of our devotional on our website. Peace, Angie Rabbe

Tapestry of Pages + Fall Small Group Opportunities

We are continuing our commitment to growing and learning by reading! If you are interested in leading or participating in a small group on one or both of these books this fall please contact Angie Rabbe (graceelcaapd@gmail.com)
Our first book will be Stamped From The Begining. All small groups will start after Rally Day. Groups can meet in person (pandemic permitting), via Zoom, or in a hybrid setup. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Confirmation Camp

Confirmation Camp 2021! Where we are part of a faith community that serves others and encourages us to work for justice and peace in the world!

Grace Book Group Update

Grace Book Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 13th at 7pm. For the books, coffee, and conversation format, be ready to share brief details of a light, summer-vacation type or beach read. For more details, contact Brenda Hayasaka at bkhayasaka@gmail.com.
Click here to see our recommendations from June!

Outreach

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF INGATHERING it is set for October 2-3!

We have decided to do only Personal Care Kits this year. If anyone wants to take over the School Kit project, I can give you all the information.  Barbara Slotter, 717-342-2654

You can be on the lookout for the items needed to make the Personal Care Kits and make them at home as you are able. Here are the instructions:

  • One light-weight bath size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color
  • Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping
  • One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

Please note* We purchased combs last year and have plenty left, so you do not need to purchase that item, which we will add to your kit. Fold the towel in half width-wise. Place the rest of the items in the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out, and secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands.

Grace Going Green

Creation Care

Our creation care team is looking for folks to help with weeding, watering, and general maintenance of our new native plantings around the church campus. If you are interested—please contact the church office to volunteer.  Any amount of time you can give would be greatly appreciated!  717-397-2748

Green Tip

One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water. You can also install a simple shower timer, available from Eartheasy or your local water utility.

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 20, 2021 “We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.” – 2 Corinthians 6:11-13

The give-and-take of relationships rarely stays in perfect 50/50 balance, but rather shifts constantly. Sometimes we give more, and sometimes we need more from others. How do you see your relationships playing out in this post-Covid world? Are you willing to be more flexible?

Our Grace Family