Grace News June 29, 2021


Capital Campaign Fundraiser

A Unique and Fun Opportunity To Help “COVER” The Capital Campaign

Nate and Pearl Sieber have designed and hand made this lovely King Size Quilt which they have donated to the church to be auctioned off for the benefit of the Capital Campaign. 
Silent bids starting at $500.00 will be accepted at the church office now and ending August 15, 2021.

The entire proceeds from the highest bid will be given to Growing in Grace Capital; Continuing the Challenge.
Our deepest thanks to the Seibers for this warm and unique gift to the campaign.
If you wish to bid on this quilt, forms are available in the Narthex. Bids may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church, 517 N. Queen St., Lanc. PA 17603.

Shoe Collection Drive sponsored by the Girl Scouts!

My Girl Scouts are collecting gently used and new shoes. The benefits of the shoe drive is 3 fold:
1) It keeps shoes out of the landfill.
2) Shoes are repurposed and will help support our program as well as individuals in developing nations like
Ghana, Haiti and Bolivia.
3) The Girl Scouts will earn money for the shoes collected. The money is being used to attend an international
scout camp in England.

Please help us collect shoes – clean out your closets, ask neighbors and friends. If you are willing to place a
collection box at your place of business, please let me know – the girls would appreciate it.
If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please contact me at 484-905-4780

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, or 717-847-7556. I invite teen-agers, in particular, to consider chiming.

Devotional Booklets

Devotional booklets are now available in the Narthex. If you are unable to pick one up, call the church office at 717-397-2748 to request to have one mailed.

Bulletin Boards

We need folks to “adopt” one of our bulletin boards! We are looking for creative folks to adopt our bulletin boards and decorate them for the seasons of the church, with news, and Christian inspiration. If you are interested please call the office at 717-397-28748 to volunteer

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.
Please call the office at 717-397-2748 to volunteer

Grace Book Group

Grace Book Group will meet via Zoom 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

Grace Going Green

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! Thanks!

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

This Week’s Green Tips

Turn Off the Water After You Wet Your Toothbrush
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.

Learn more here

Summer Camp 2021

Confirmation Camp

The past week a group of twelve spirited young adults traveled from Grace to Camp Kirchenwald for a week of confirmation camp.

The theme for the week revolved around five key commitments of the Lutheran faith.

· Living among God’s faithful people

· Hear God’s word and sharing the Lord’s supper

· Proclaiming the good news of God in Christ in word and deed

· Serving all people following the example of Christ

· Striving for Justice and peace in all the world.

The campers spent each morning in small groups rotating between learning sessions led by volunteers and pastors from the many congregations represented. Each group created a skit which demonstrated an aspect of living together within a faith community.

The campers learned about the structure of Lutheran worship and were able to plan and lead a service of word and sacrament. In addition, the groups spent time in discussion about issues of racial inequality and injustice and the need to strive for justice in the world.

Each group spent time on two different service projects. First by helping to clean trails and the stream at camp and additionally by spending a morning at the Wittel Farm helping to tend to the plants as well as harvesting produce which is donated to those in need.

The afternoons and evenings were spent in fun camp activities. From swimming in the pool to climbing the tower to hiking to buzzard’s rocks to fishing and canoeing on the lake, and finally reflection and devotions.

In peace and love,

Keith and Meghan

We had generous donors contribute funds to support the camp fees, people donating and gathering materials needed for the kids to go to camp, people helping to develop the curriculum and probably sweetest of all, Meghan Kelley and Keith Miller both willing to use one week’s vacation to accompany these children in the experience.
It certainly takes a village and we are very thankful for the village of Grace. Please continue your prayers for this week of faith, fellowship and outdoors in God’s creation.
In gratitude,

Day Camp

Week One—Day Camp at Kirchenwald
In addition to the twelve confirmation students we also sent two day campers to Kirchenwald the week of June 20th. Grace brothers Lennox and Lochlan Mumma had a fantastic first experience at camp!

Christian Formation

“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 5:39-47