Grace News November 23, 2021

Official Notice:  Budget Meeting—December 12 at 9:00 a.m.


Purchase a large container for $15 and fill it with a variety of homemade holiday cookies. Proceeds benefit the orphans of Busoka Lutheran Church, St. Peter’s companion congregation in Tanzania. This year’s event will be held in the church’s Family Life Center to allow for social distancing. Masks are required for all participants.

JP McCaskey Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble Holiday Concert

JP McCaskey Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble Holiday Concert

Grace Lutheran Church 517 N Queen St Friday December 10, 2021 7:00 p.m. in the Nave

Altar Flowers

If you are interested in putting flowers in church in the new year, please contact Donna Weidman at

December Schedule

Advent at Grace

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.”

With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of Christ in word and supper.

Holy Communion
6:00 p.m. Saturday November 27th in St. Peter Chapel
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. in the Nave

The Grace Advent Fair is Back!

Lunch will be served first, at noon in Fellowship Hall. Sandwiches and beverage will be provided. Last name starts with A-N:  Please bring a salad. Or, O-Z:  Please bring a dessert.

Sign up sheets are in in the Narthex.

Invite a friend or neighbor to this special time of preparation for Christmas, including crafts for kids and adults, cookie decorating and a meal. All are Welcome – Don’t Miss It!
“Painting With a Twist” This two-hour project will be the main activity for older kids and adults.Join Grace member Melissa Carroll for an afternoon of painting fun!  The cost is just $20.00 per person; includes instruction, a canvas, and all the suppliesneeded to create your own Christmas painting. Great gift idea!

Advent Devotionals 

This year for Advent we are inviting our adult parishioners to use the  ELCA World Hunger Advent devotional. This devotional has four units with writings based on lectionary readings and World Hunger initiatives. We also have Advent calendars from World Hunger that pair nicely with the World Hunger Advent devotional.

For our kiddos, we have a build your own Advent wreath. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily Advent ponderings. You can pick your materials up in the Narthex beginning this Sunday. If you have any questions please reach out to Angie Rabbe (

ELCA Good Gifts

Dear members and friends of Grace, 

As we enter the season of Advent, we would like to take a moment of your time to talk about hope and a way in which we at Grace can share hope with the world. As many of you know, many congregations in the ELCA make donations around this time of year to ELCA Good Gifts.

For those of you unfamiliar with Good Gifts, it is one of the ELCA’s many global outreach and empowerment programs. Money donated to Good Gifts provides those in need with livestock and crops for family farms, various health care services including trauma counseling, latrines, education, and Christian education materials such as children’s Bibles to name a few.

One of our beloved Advent hymns says, “As the moon reflects the sun until the night’s decrease, may we your healing light release…” as Christians, we are bound together in hope of a brighter tomorrow and as hopeful people, we have a sacred call to spread our hope to the world.

We would like you to prayerfully consider spreading the light of hope by gifting your loved ones Good Gifts this holiday season. As we have done in the past, our Sunday School children will be receiving Good Gifts banks to fill with spare change.

Good Gifts make great gifts for that person that’s hard to buy for. Good Gifts make great gifts for that person that says they don’t need anything this year. Good Gifts make great gifts for everyone. If you are still searching for your tie to bind you to Grace or are looking for another tie to bind you to Grace, perhaps Good Gifts could be your tie.

Once you decide to purchase Good Gifts, please write a check payable to Grace Lutheran Church with Good Gifts in the memo line. You can find the prices for these great Good Gifts on the Good Gifts tree located in the narthex, on the Good Gifts bulletin insert, and on the Good Gifts website ( If you have any questions about Good Gifts, please contact Angie at

As we at Grace join the catholic church in awaiting the dawn, may we prayerfully discern the ways in which we as individuals, a congregation, and denomination, and the body of Christ release our hopeful lights into our dark world. 

Yours in Advent hope, 
The Board of Ministries (Brenda Hayasaka, Kathryn Verkouw, and Angie Rabbe)

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

As research mounts demonstrating the incredible health benefits of fermented foods, fermenting has experienced quite a renaissance. Workshops, books, kits, and online tutorials abound for making a huge variety of fermented vegetables. You can ferment far more than pickles and sauerkraut. Read more here

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!

Nov. 28, 2021 (1st Sunday of Advent, Year B)

Psalm 25:4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. The First Sunday of Advent’s theme is hope. Christians find our hope in God. We hunger for God and ask for guidance and strength to live fully as steward/disciples.

Our Grace Family