Grace News October 26, 2021


Saturday Night Service

We will have a Saturday night service – this Saturday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. in St. Peter Chapel. Please watch the Grace News for details on future Saturday night services.

Save the Date: Advent Fair 2021

Annual Advent Fair Sunday, December 5th in

Nolt Auditorium following the 10:30 service!

Look for more details in upcoming Grace News articles!

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

Peace, Angie Rabbe

Lancaster Interfaith Bike Ride

Good afternoon friends,

I’m delighted to announce that registration is open for our Interfaith Community Bike Ride on Sunday November 14th 1-4pm. I encourage you to reserve your tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out! Here are the details:

The Common Wheel is joining forces with the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake for a family-friendly slow ride style bike tour of some congregations in Lancaster City who care deeply about watershed stewardship. The goal of this tour is to highlight existing environmental projects at faith communities while engaging and building the interfaith community. You’ll also be learning about bicycle safety and group riding. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the city from a new perspective and have fun, too!

The ride will visit a total of 6 congregations (Brightside Baptist, Grace Lutheran, Grandview Church, East Chestnut Mennonite, St James Episcopal, Trinity Lutheran), beginning and ending at Brightside Baptist. The total mileage for the ride is expected to be around 7 miles. At a few stops along the way, opportunities to refill your water bottle (please bring your own!) and use the restroom will be available. Masks must be worn at all times when entering congregational premises.

You can see a map with the planned location stops here. Please dress appropriately, it may be cold. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be postponed to the Spring.

Registrations are limited to 50 – if you are bringing children (encouraged!), please be sure to add them to your registration.

Get your tickets here

Peace, Katie Ruth

God’s Work Our Hands

Around 160 neighbors and Grace members enjoyed a special meal and time at Grace this past Sunday. Thanks go to the many people who made the Neighborhood BBQ meal possible: to Barbara and Tom Andersen, who coordinated the event; to the committee who planned it; to the church staff, who prepared materials for the

day and helped with the event itself; to those who delivered door hanger invitations and those who helped pack dish bags; to the Bertrand’s at Smokestack BBQ, who prepared the delicious food; to Joel D Smith and his helper Quentin Miller, who offered games for our guests’ entertainment; to all those who volunteered at the event; and to all who supported the day financially. It was beautiful to see Grace welcoming our neighbors for food and fun!

Fall Foliage Day at Camp Kirchenwald

Six Grace youth, Mrs. Verkouw, and confirmation teachers Meghan Kelly and Keith Miller spent a lovely day at Camp Kirchenwald! They enjoyed hiking, canoeing, crafts, and a delicious dinner before returning to Grace that evening.

Sunday School & Confirmation

There is a lot going on Sunday mornings! Don’t miss the fun- Sunday School and Confirmation begins at 9 each Sunday morning. Students meet together for a short opening and snacks then move to their classroom for a time of learning and fun! Join us! We would love to welcome you!

Oct. 31, 2021 (23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year B)

Mark 12:33 –To love God with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself –this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Church stewardship is often preoccupied with money, but what does God really want? Today’s Gospel explains it succinctly: Truly loving God and neighbor is worth more than offerings and sacrifices. When we achieve this kind of love, giving generously comes much more easily.

Creation Care

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

This Week’s Green Tip!

Cover crops, such as fall rye, crimson clover, buckwheat and others are easy to grow. When they are digested by soil microorganisms they restore organic matter and nutrient levels in the soil. Because they are sown thickly, they also help to outcompete weeds. Cover crops also control erosion from heavy winter rains, and help prevent the soil from compacting over winter. Read more here

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