Grace News September 14,2021


God’s Work Our Hands Updates

“God’s Work, Our Hands” September Appeal

This past Sunday, September 12th, we officially began our monthlong drive to support our neighbors both here at home and throughout the world through Lutheran Disaster Response. Our very reachable goal is to raise $5000 this month through your generous gifts.

Among the problems to which Lutheran Disaster Response is currently responding here in the US are flooding & hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires, as well as globally to hurricanes, the situation in Haiti, and the Afghan humanitarian crisis.

Together we can bring both hope and healing to our suffering sisters and brothers. 100% of our gifts will go to the victims of these crises. Please consider being a part of Grace’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” September outreach by your gift to Lutheran Disaster Response. Checks can be made out to Grace Lutheran Church with “Lutheran Disaster Response” in the memo line or you can note your gift on your envelope. Gifts can also be made online to LDR through their website.

Neighborhood Cookout BBQ Meal Planned for October 17th

Grace’s Neighborhood Cookout Committee is planning to hold our annual dinner for our neighborhood on Sunday, October 17th. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile event, please make checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church—memo Neighborhood cook-out.We will  continue to monitor Covid numbers, but are hopeful that a safe and enjoyable socially distanced outdoor event can be held on Sunday, October 17th.

Fall Foliage Day

Fall Foliage Day at Kirchenwald ~ October 24, 2021 ~ 1:00 – 6:00 pm ~ $10 per person

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!


Lutheran World Relief

School Bag Supplies:

  • 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

Personal Care Kit Supplies:

  • 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
  • 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.
    We will add a comb to your kit, as we have some left from last year.

Our workday for the Thrivent Project Action Team is Monday, September 27, at 10am in the Nolt Auditorium. You are welcome to join us. Please bring your items by Sunday, September 26. Boxes are located in the Narthex. If you cannot bring them on this date, we will still accept them on Ingathering Sunday. 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

Race For Refugees

September 15-30 our congregation is participating in the “Carry the Future’s Race For Refugees”! Carry the Future is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that was founded by a group of women who wanted a better future for refugee children.

If you would like to support the Grace Team, please make your donation to Grace Lutheran Church—memo Race for Refugees. All donation should be to the church office by September 27th.

Thank you—Angie Rabbe, Assistant Program Director

Shoe Drive

The Girl Scout would like to thank the members of Grace for your donations of new and gently used shoes. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! -Nancy Rowe

Christian Formation

Our traditional return to Sunday School and other opportunities to learn and grow together has begun!

Sunday School and confirmation will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Nolt Auditorium and classrooms. 

Our high school students will be meeting on Zoom from 9-9:45 am with Angie to talk about the big questions of our faith. Possible topics of conversation include heaven and hell, what happens when we die, and does God punish us? If you would like to join this group please email Angie Rabbe at for the Zoom link.

Pastor’s adult class will meet via ZOOM,  at 9:00 a.m. He will be leading the reading and discussion of a book by Prof. Walther Brueggeman, Materiality as Resistance: Five Elements for Moral Action in the Real World. Dr. Brueggeman has a long career as a biblical scholar and theologian, and while the title sounds a bit academic, the book is written for lay-people and adult study groups. It will be a thought-provoking and biblical reflection on “Real Life,” with chapters on Food, Money, Body, Time and Place. Copies will be available next week at the church office, or you may certainly order you own hard-copy or Kindle version online if you wish.  We will finish in time for those who wish to zoom at home to have a half-hour to walk or drive to worship at 10:30

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

We all love the coziness that candles provide during the cooler months, but did you know that most candles on the market are made from paraffin wax, a product of petroleum refining? A more environmentally friendly choice is candles made from beeswax — even better if you can find them at a local market or craft fair to avoid the carbon costs of shipping. Read more here

Bottle Cap Collection Continues

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!

Sept. 19, 2021 (17th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B) James 4:1, 2 – Those conflicts and disputes among you … do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts.

James puts his finger on the pulse of human misery. We drive ourselves crazy by craving the things we don’t have and envying those who have more than we do! Spiritual maturity and practicing steward/discipleship help bring us sanity.

Our Grace Family

On September 30th long time member Helen Slaugh will turn 99! Her daughter Marylu has asked that, if you are able, to send her birthday wishes. Please contact the church office for her address or look her information up in Icon.