Grace News November 2, 2021

The Saints of Grace

All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. The Saints of Grace 2020-2021 are members, family, and friends whose funeral services were conducted by our pastor.

Ava Buckwalter
January 3,2020 ~ November 7, 2020

Charles Stoy
June 4, 1933 ~ November 7, 2020

Donald Harman
August 12, 1935 ~ December 17, 2020

Ronald Neumar
August 23, 1937 ~ January 16, 2021

Mary Mumma
January 20, 1922 ~ February 8, 2021

Richard Nagley
November 19, 1934 ~ February 14, 2021

Edward Kelley
December 21, 1949 ~ February 17, 2021

Carolyn Moyer
July 5, 1937 ~ March 3, 2021

Earl Smeltz
March 3, 1932 ~ March 15, 2021

Ellen Hines
September 16, 1946 ~ April 9, 2021

Kenneth Altmanshofer
November 11, 1932 ~ May 13, 2021

Richard Kline
February 11, 1930 ~ May 17, 2021

Harvey Stewart
December 7, 1931 ~ July 1, 2021

Joan Marrow
February 6, 1929 ~ August 11, 2021

Sherrie Russell
March 1, 1955 ~ August 13, 2021

Joseph Nolt
December 14, 1936 ~ August 31, 2021

Carolyn Wenger
April 5, 1943 ~ September 1, 2021


Novel Update

Dear Bookworms, 

Due to the fact that Covid continues to be on the rise in Lancaster County, I do not feel that we can safely meet for an in-person book discussion and potluck in a few weeks. The folks that have said that they want to be in this group have indicated that they would prefer to not meet on Zoom.

Because of these factors, we are going to postpone our first meeting until sometime in January, when the Covid numbers will hopefully look better in Lancaster and we can safely gather.
A reminder that our books for this first meeting are: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum ~ White Ivy by Susie Yang ~ The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray ~ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas ~ Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden ~ The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi ~ The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood ~ The Library of Legends by Janie Chang
If you have any questions please reach out to me at Thank you for understanding. 

Peace, Angie Rabbe

Annual Advent Fair Sunday December 5th

In Nolt Auditorium following the 10:30 service!

Crafts for kids! 
“Painting With a Twist” for adults!
Sign up sheet in the Narthex! Don’t miss the fun!


LIRS Hope For the Holidays

“This year, thousands of children and adults will be spending the holidays behind bars — because they crossed the United States border seeking protection. Even more families are in the process of being reunited and are adapting to life here in the U.S. Children who are still waiting to be with their families are being cared for by LIRS and our incredible partners and foster parents. All of them could use some love and encouragement this holiday season.”- LIRS

This is the sixth year for Hope For the Holidays and this year Grace is joining the welcome party! Join our Sunday School kids in sending messages of love, welcome, and holiday cheer to families in migrant detention centers across the United States and shelters along the border. For the next two weeks, our Sunday School kids will be creating cards and writing messages to our new neighbors! If you would like to participate in this project please see Kathryn Verkouw for a stack of cards or you could create or purchase your own cards. Together, with ELCA congregations across the country, we can help our new neighbors know that they are welcome here! The purple box on our website has a link to a sample of what you can write and prayers from LIRS. 

If you would like to financially support Hope For the Holidays visit the LIRS website here
If you have any questions please contact Angie Rabbe at 

Winter Outerwear For Community Meal 

As many of you know Grace has partnered with the community meal and the Parish Resource Center in the past to collect winter outerwear and socks for our neighbors. We are doing that again this year. We are collecting hats, gloves, scarves, and socks.

Items can be dropped off between now and Sunday, November 21. Please drop your items off at our new donation dropoff center located near the elevator in the Nolt Auditorium. If you are knitting or crocheting your items please make sure that they are warm. If you need patterns or yarn please reach out to me (

Thank you to everyone who has dropped items off.  Peace, Angie Rabbe

God’s Work Our Hands Appeal Update

Our congregational gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response during the special “God’s Work, Our Hands” appeal totaled $9020! Through these contributions, our hands will be doing God’s work here in the US and around the globe. Thank you for your generous giving!

Please remember that you can always give to Lutheran Disaster Response, either by 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 due to both natural and humanitarian disasters.

Christian Formation

Sacred Silence: Reflections

On October 20 we partnered with LIRS and held a silent vigil for Afghan refugees and the people of Afghanistan. Here’s why members of Grace participated:

“I have been praying for the Afghan people since U. S. troops left their country. It was natural for me to participate.” -Barb S. 

“Cindy and I felt we needed to devote some devotion and reflection especially about the struggles for Afghanistan refugees. It was also a nice time for us to get into our church

sanctuary and pray for our church and congregation.”- The Garcias 

“I participated for the opportunity to sit quietly, to focus my mind and energy, and to pray for the people of Afghanistan.  It is a heart warming feeling to be part of collective prayer.”

 -Vicki M.

“A few years ago I was at a rally for refugees and saw a sign that said, “Thoughts + Prayers + Actions. I’m pretty good at the actions part of the sign, but not so good at the prayer part, especially the silent prayer part. This was a great way for me to settle myself in prayer for a cause that I am passionate about.”  -Angie R.  

 “The vigil gave me an opportunity to be part of a community reaching out in prayerful support to our sisters and brothers caught up in the crisis in Afghanistan.”- Carol M.

Creation Care

We are still collecting clean caps!

This Week’s Green Tip

Although spring bulbs have long since flowered and died back, other flowering bulbs like lilies bloomed more recently. Three to four weeks after that glorious display, it’s time to dig up and divide any plants that appeared crowded or straggly during the growing season.

Our Grace Family

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