Grace News January 11, 2022

Announcements

Epiphany Two – January 16, 2022

We welcome Bishop Donald Main who will be preaching and presiding at worship.

Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Bell Choir Dates

Bell practice will resume the week of January 24th. Pastor & Kathryn will be on vacation from January 10th through January 21st.

Do You Know of an Apartment for Rent

One of Grace’s ELL (English Language Learner) students is currently looking for a new apartment. He has been a part of our program from its beginning in the spring of 2018 and is one of our most faithful students. He has been sharing living space and rent with his sister and her husband, but they will be leaving the Lancaster area, which is the reason for his search for other housing.

dependable. He has a wife and daughter still in his homeland of Haiti, whom he is supporting. If you know of an apartment or a studio apartment that is available, please contact ELL Coordinator Barbara Andersen at 717-898-4805. Thank you for your help!

Devotionals Available

Portals of Prayer and Christ in our Home are now available in the Narthex. If you would like us to send them by mail please contact the church office at 717-397-2748.

Christian Formation

Our Tapestry of Pages group invites you to join us for our Spring book discussions and Bible study. For the time being, we are meeting on Zoom at 3PM on Tuesdays. Our discussion of Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain will begin on February 1.

Four Hundred Souls is a collection of essays written by African Americans about the African American experience in the United States since the first slaves were brought to the shores. You can read all or some of the essays in the sections for each weekly discussion. For the first week, we are reading the Introduction and Part 1. 

We will take a break from our book discussion for Lent to do a Bible study from LIRS, Transformed Community: Freed and Empowered For Radical Welcome. The study is based on Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This study will guide us through ways in which we can transform ourselves and our communities to be more welcoming. 

Once we finish our Bible study we will wrap up our discussion of Four Hundred Souls. Sometime during Lent, we will pick our second spring book from our list of books. If you have any book ideas, if you have any questions, and/or want to join our group please email Angie Rabbe at graceelcaapd@gmail.com. 

2022: Your year for generosity

“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity!” -2 Corinthians 9:11

As you make resolutions and set goals for the New Year, be sure to include this one: “I will be more generous in 2022.” It will bless you – and your community and neighbor! The Bible makes clear that generosity leads to a more abundant life. Generous people experience one of those paradoxes of the Kingdom of God, where the last are first, the greatest is servant to all, and whoever loses her life for Christ will gain it.
The paradox? Generous people get back far more they give.
First, a clarification: The paradox is NOT a financial strategy to maximize return on investment. That would be missing the point. Besides, there are more important things to give than money, such as time, service, kindness, forgiveness, compassion, love, and joy. And what we get back may not be quantifiable. How do you measure wellbeing and happiness?
Generosity’s real “payback” is what and who we become when we cultivate a habit of giving. Giving transforms us into generous-hearted people, and generous-hearted people tend to experience a real abundance of joy, peace, love, and security.
The old saying is most certainly true: The open palm holds more than the closed fist.
For 2022, set a goal to be more generous. Start by increasing your charitable giving above last year’s offering, but also aim to give away your time, to serve your neighbor, to be lavish in compassion, extravagant in love. Pray that God will guide you and help you experience the paradox: Givers get back more than they give away.

–Rob Blezard

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

This Week’s Green Tip

Whether you strive for veganism or not, science tells us that reducing our intake of beef and dairy products has a positive impact on the environment. National Geographic reports that food production accounts for almost 25% of carbon emissions globally. Beef and dairy are the top offenders in this category due to methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Read more here

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