Grace News January 18, 2022

Announcements

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!

Christian Formation + Small Groups

Grace Book Group

The Grace Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7PM via Zoom. We are currently doing a Books and Conversation format. What this means is that each month we have a different theme and members pick books from that theme to read and discuss at our meetings. Our theme for February is romance.

In December we read books with snowy settings and in January we read books that we either received as Christmas gifts or a book off our shelf. Below is a list of some of the books that we’ve read and discussed over the past two months. 

  • One By One by Ruth Ware
  • Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
  • The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler 
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston 
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia 
  • The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah
  • Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  • This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear 

Our next meeting is on February 8th. If you are interested in joining our group please email Brenda Hayasaka at bkhayasaka@gmail.com 

Tapestry of Pages Reflections on Stamped From the Beginning

Last week we finished reading Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. Our group wrote a few reflections on reading and discussing the book and the prayer we prayed at the beginning of our weekly discussions. 

God of justice, In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayer for Racial Healing, Catholic Charities USA, May 13 2021

“As we prayed each week prior to our discussion, those of us who read and discussed Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, our eyes and ears and minds and hearts have been enlightened and transformed so that we can move forward together alongside the oppressed to work toward greater equality and dignity for all people. This necessary read reveals the deeply ingrained racist attitudes that have held our nation and those who govern it to oppressive and inhuman decisions that undergird and empower continuing oppression and inequality. We readers have been transformed and encouraged by this experience ‘…to seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities.’”

“I learned how complicated our racial history is and that slavery and racist ideas go way back before slaves were brought to America to fill the need for free labor. Slavery and discrimination come first, then come the racist ideas to support and justify it and then hatred and ignorance. That is how things evolved through the centuries in America. There has been antiracist progress, but new forms of discrimination have arisen to meet the new reality, and racist ideas have also progressed. The other thing I remember is that 99.9 percent of our genetic code is the same, so all the theories of biological and scientific differences are false.  The concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis. The other important idea from the book is that there is nothing wrong with Black people, and they do not need to assimilate and prove their worth to the dominant culture.”

“As the youngest member of our group and resident historian I was fascinated with how historical events shaped the lives of the other members of our group and Kendi. It made me think about what historical lenses future books similar to Kendi’s would look like and what historical events are shaping the lives of the youngest members of Grace. The text and our weekly discussions provided much food for thought regarding the church and racial reconciliation. As we move into our reading and discussion of Four Hundred Souls we will continue to pray our prayer and open ourselves up to transformation.”

Our discussion of Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain will begin on February 1. For the time being, we are meeting on Zoom at 3PM on Tuesdays. 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 of the colonies. 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.

If you would like to join our group please email Angie Rabbe at graceelcaapd@gmail.com. 

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

A stewardship ministry built on biblical principles and planned in a commonsense, even-handed manner can break down the barriers and cultivate a culture of generosity.

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

Gardening popularity exploded last year thanks to concerns about food security. But even if your store shelves remain stocked, growing some of your own crops helps curb greenhouse gas emissions by cutting down on transportation and packaging. Read more here

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