Grace News August 31, 2021


Organist Eric Plutz in Concert Sunday, September 12 @ 4:00 pm

Freewill Offering – Children welcome

Masks required for concert attendance, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

A belated celebration of the Sesquicentennial birth of Louis Vierne (2020), this concert is in conjunction with the one scheduled on September 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, Reading, PA. Mr. Plutz will perform Symphonies 1, 3, & 5 on Friday, September 10, at Christ Episcopal Church (Reading, PA), and Symphonies 2, 4, & 6 on Sunday at Grace Lutheran.

As University Organist at Princeton University, his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts, as well as accompanying the University Chapel Choir in services and concerts. He coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel, is Lecturer in Music and Instructor of Organ at Princeton University and maintains a private studio.  Also in Princeton, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for Princeton Pro Musica.  In 2016 Mr. Plutz received the Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  

Eric has made four solo recordings on the Pro Organo label,  French Trilogy (on the Aeolian-Skinner Organ at Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC), about which James Reed (The Diapason) wrote, “Plutz is a master craftsman… his performances are sensitive, emotional, stunningly accurate, and spectacularly musical… truly a world-class performance by a world-class musician,” and Denver Jubilee (restored 1938 Kimball Organ of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, CO), about which David Schwartz (American Record Guide) wrote, “….he understands, as would a great orchestrator, how to register the more orchestral side of the instrument….”

Learn more about Eric’s “Vierne Project” here (you can also hear some of his fabulous playing here)

God’s Work Our Hands Sunday Update

Sadly, the current surge of the Delta variant looks to be extending its time in our community. This makes it difficult to safely have the kind of interaction we would like to share at our neighborhood cookout! Our leaders are re-grouping and will share more information about when this neighborhood event will occur when that becomes more clear to us. If you have already made a gift in support of the cookout, please be assured that those funds are being saved for that effort!

For now, we are focused on trying to honor “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday by encouraging our collective response to the onslaught of disasters over these last few months. Our initial goal is to raise $5,000 toward the work of Lutheran Disaster Response. More information about how you can participate will be coming in the very next Grace News!  Thanks for your understanding…and stay tuned!

Pastor V, Barb Andersen and Carol Main, for the Planning Team

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering Sunday October 3, 2021

We received a $250 Thrivent Project Action Team Visa card which has been used for Personal Care kit supplies – nail clippers, Ivory soap, and toothbrushes. We ordered towels with monetary donations that were made in the past, and Brenda Hayasaka and Donna Linton ordered backpacks, also from these donations.

These are items they are collecting to fill the bags:

  • Four 70-80 sheet notebooks (280-300 sheets total) of wide or college-ruled paper approximately 8” x 10 ½ ”, no loose leaf paper
  • One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • One pencil sharpener
  • One pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band
  • Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band
  • One box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • One 2 ½” eraser

If anyone is a Thrivent member and is willing to help Brenda and Donna to make kits, you can apply for a Visa card for $250 under the Thrivent Action Teams program. I have set Monday, September 27 as our Project Action Team workday which is required for the Visa card. I have not set a time. If you would like to help (Nancy Hill, Linda Fackler & Dianne Sherr were my team last year), please contact me and tell me if morning or afternoon suits you best.

If you want to make a complete kit to be shipped with ours, here are the items:

  • One light-weight bath-size towel (20” x 40” to 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

We will add a comb to your kit, as we have some left from last year. Fold the towel in half widthwise. 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. Monetary donations can be made by marking your donation: LWR KIT FUND.

Barbara Slotter – 717-300-0710 or 717-342-2654 Brenda Hayasaka – 410-236-1063 Donna Linton – 717-575-9388

Fall Foliage Day

Fall Foliage Day at Kirchenwald October 24, 2021 ~ 1:00 – 6:00 pm
$10 per person
Return to camp for the afternoon to enjoy fall activities, worship, and a picnic supper. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet up with old friends or introduce new folks to camp. An evening meal is included. Enjoy Pumpkin Painting, Canoeing / Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hayrides, Hiking, and More!
Call the church office at 397-2748 to register!

Shoe Collection

The Girl Scout are collecting shoes to:

  • Help build micro-business in developing countries
  • To keep them out of the landfill
  • To recycle / upcycle
  • To help them get to the National Jamboree!

The collection box is in the Narthex! Thank you for your donations!– Nancy Rowe

Worship Volunteer Schedule

Christian Formation & Small Groups

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 7:1-9

Our next zoom meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday, September 14th at 7pm. Read a book set in a school, college, seminary, academy, university and/or about students/teachers/instructors. You choose any genre. Any questions, contact Brenda Hayasaka at Barbara Anderson will send an email with the link to join the Zoom meeting.

Click here for our August recommendations

Sept. 5, 2018 (15th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B) James 2:15

If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?

For many of us who have more than we need, it’s very hard to follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves. The questions steward/disciples have to ask prayerfully are, “How generous am I, really? Is God calling me to be more generous?”

Creation Care

Bottle Cap Collection

We are still collecting caps for the Earth Savers Club at Central York High School.

This Week’s Green Tip

Cooler temperatures can lower tire pressure and under-inflated tires reduce your car’s fuel efficiency. It takes just a few minutes to inflate your tires to the proper pressure and it’s well worth the grimy fingers. And while you’re at it, check your car service records; is it time to rotate your tires yet? By regularly rotating your tires, you make sure your tires wear evenly. Regular rotation can extend your tire life and improve your gas mileage. Read more here

Our Grace Family

Lochlan Mumma reading last week’s Grace News! Be like Lochlan…read your Grace News weekly!