Grace News October 19, 2021

God’s Work Our Hands Updates

Neighborhood BBQ Meal October 24th

We will be welcoming our neighbors this coming Sunday for outdoor fun, sharing about Grace’s ministries, and a delicious takeout meal prepared by the Bertrands’ Smokestack BBQ. If you would like to be involved with this outreach to Grace’s neighborhood, there are still several ways to help:

Prior to the Event: 

  • If you would like to help fill backpacks featuring Grace’s logo with small gifts for our neighborhood guests, please contact Barbara Andersen (717-898-4805). We will gather in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:00 AM for this project.
  • Monetary gifts to help defray the costs for the day will be gratefully received. Thank you again to everyone who has already made contributions to help make this outreach to our neighborhood possible!

October 24th

  • People are needed at a welcome table to greet our guests and to hand out information about our congregation.
  • Others are needed to help with the distribution of the takeout meals.

Both stations will be outside, and Covid protocols will be observed. Please contact Barbara Andersen (717-898-4805), if you can help.
A Reminder to Those Who Pre-ordered a Meal: The committee asks, if you are not volunteering that day, that you please pick up your meal by noon. This will help with the flow of guests and social distancing. Thank you!

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Appeal Totals $9000!

Thank you for your Grace-filled giving to Lutheran Disaster Response during our special appeal. Our congregation’s gifts total $9000, almost doubling our initial $5000 goal! Through LDR, Our Hands will be there with our sisters and brothers doing God’s Work both here in the US and around the globe, helping with recovery from both natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

While this special appeal has ended, please remember that you can always give to Lutheran Disaster Response, either by so designating LDR in a gift directed to Grace or by giving directly to LDR as explained on their website. One hundred percent of your gift goes to those in need.

Community Outreach

Parish Resource Center – Volunteer Opportunities to Get Involved!

Community Meal Servers 
We sometimes have gaps and need a list of fill-in folks who might be available 4:30-6pm on Saturday, Sunday, or Tuesday.

Veggie Prep 
Three volunteers prep veggie bags for our meals on Friday mornings, 9-11am. We need a few more people to be in the rotation, preferably 1-2 Fridays per month starting in Nov. We also need one person for Oct. 22.

Food Delivery 
We shop and deliver food to people referred to us. Currently, we need someone to shop at their convenience and deliver after 5:30pm, once the week of Oct. 25. 

Inventory 
We serve meals at three different sites in downtown Lancaster and need to stay on top of organization and inventory. This person would walk or drive to each of the three sites most weeks, preferably on a Thursday or Friday, to organize newly delivered items and take an inventory of the food.

Winter Outerwear For Community Meal 

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 – We would love it if you would make some items for our neighbors!

We are looking for hats, scarves, and gloves/mittens. Drop off of  items will begin in early November. If you have any questions or need patterns and/or supplies please send me an email at graceelcaapd@gmail.com. Peace, Angie Rabbe

Christian Formation

LIRS Prayer Vigil For Afghanistan Updates!

The 7PM Communal vigil on 10/20 (tomorrow) has been canceled. We we still be praying in the nave from 7AM-7PM as planned. Face masks will be required for this event.To schedule a prayer slot please call Vicki in the office at 717-397-2748. If you have any questions please contact Angie Rabbe graceelcaapd@gmail.com

The Prophet says, “You know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to offer you hope and a future.”

Gracious and holy God, We come to you with the situation in Afghanistan heavy on our hearts. It is a situation so complicated, and so fast-moving, that it is difficult for us to know what to say or how to think. We hold before you the people of the country, those who stay and those who flee; those living with terror and afraid for the future; those who, because of this latest turn of events, will never be able to live the fullness of life that is your purpose.

We hold all this before you. We hold open to you the future: the world leaders with a role in shaping what happens next; the many who are becoming refugees and the people who will be called upon to offer them safety and a future; the impact of these local events on our world story. We hold all this open to you. We hold in your love all those known to us whose lives have been bound up in the recent story of Afghanistan. We think of all those who have served there in our Armed Forces, those who were injured and those who did not return. We hold in our hearts all those for whom this is a time of special grieving and confusion, and those who minister to them. We hold all these in your love. Rock of ages, at this difficult time we lean into your timelessness. Turn us, and all people, to your good purposes for your world. Grant courage and wisdom, hope and a future. Amen.

Barbara Easton, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

Save The Date

Annual Advent Fair Sunday December 5th in Nolt Auditorium following the 10:30 service!

Look for more details in upcoming Grace News articles!

Oct. 24, 2021 (22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Year B)
Mark 10:51–Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” The blind man articulates the faithful prayer of all steward-disciples. We want to see! Help us see the world around us through eyes of God’s love and mercy.

Creation Care

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 and label free caps to the church office! Thank you for helping to protect our planet!

This Week’s Green Tip

Collect the skeletons of finished annuals.

Annuals from your vegetable garden which have finished fruiting and are now dying back can be set aside for composting. Large-bodied plants like tomatoes and broccoli can be chopped a bit smaller to make them easier to compost, but it is not advisable to put the root mass into the compost. Read more here

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