Grace News September 21, 2021


God’s Work Our Hands Updates!

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Lutheran Disaster Response Appeal

We are halfway into in Grace’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” drive to raise $5000 for the work of Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR). LDR is currently helping US flooding & wildfire victims, earthquake victims in Haiti, and is supporting the pandemic response in 51 countries, including the US.

This is only a partial list of where we as the church are at work through LDR.With our gifts we can touch the lives of our neighbors with hope and healing, both here at home as well as around the globe.

Please consider being part of Grace’s 2021 honoring of “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday by participating in this important opportunity for outreach through your gift. Please write “Lutheran Disaster Response” on the memo line of your check or mark it on your envelope, so that your contribution can be counted toward reaching our goal. Thank you!!!

Neighborhood BBQ Cookout Now Set for October 17th

The Neighborhood Cookout Committee continues to monitor the Covid numbers in the county, but remains hopeful that a safe and socially distanced event can be held for our neighbors on Sunday, October 17th.

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering Sunday October 3rd

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

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!

Race For Refugees

Our church team Grace Gets Gains is running, walking, hiking, biking, swimming, and working out to raise awareness and money for Carry The Future. CTF is an organization that focuses on creating safe spaces for children and families living in refugee camps.

This week our team came in 6th place out of 27 teams! If you would like to support our team checks can be made payable to Grace Lutheran Church, please write Carry the Future on the memo line. All donations need to be submitted to the church office by this Sunday (9/26). Thank you for supporting us! If you have any questions please contact me at -Angie Rabbe 
(team members Donna and Brenda wearing red in celebration of CTF’s 6th Birthday!)

Winter Outerwear For Community Meal 

I know this might seem like a strange time to talk about winter outerwear given the weather that we’ve been having lately, but as we look ahead to colder temperatures (some of us more than others) we need to think about the most vulnerable in our community.

As many of you know Grace has partnered with the community meal in the past to collect winter outerwear and socks for our neighbors. We are doing that again this year! I know we have some folks that like to knit and crochet their items for this gathering – this note is for those folks. We would love it if you would make some items for our neighbors! Please make sure that the items you are donating will keep their recipients warm. We might not need extra heavy items, but our neighbors do because of how much time they spend outside. We are looking for hats, scarves, and gloves/mittens. Please do not drop items off at the church until later this year. I will write some more updates about this project as we get closer to November. If you have any questions or need patterns and/or supplies please send me an email at Peace, Angie Rabbe

Christian Formation

Sunday School Updates

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.Over the next few weeks we will be discussing the range of human emotions expressed in the Psalms. 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. 

Tapestry of Pages

We have started our discussion of Stamped From the Begining The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.

If you would like to join our discussion we meet Tuesdays at 3PM via Zoom. If you want to read the book and have some questions to guide you in your reading, but cannot make it to our small group please let me know and I will email you the questions. You can reach me at Peace, Angie Rabbe

Creation Care

Cap Collection

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!

Weekly Green Tip

Do you have better things to do than water, fertilize and mow your lawn? Get a head start on next year’s chores by planting a low maintenance, environmentally friendly lawn. You can read more here

Sept. 26, 2021 (18th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B)

Psalm 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
When we live fully to God, we want not just our outside appearance to meet with God’s approval, but even our thoughts and words. This is the prayer of a true steward/disciple.

Our Grace Family