February 22, 2022

Announcements

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Services ~ March 2, 2022

12:00 noon in St. Peter Chapel

7:00 p.m. in the Nave

Balcony Floor

The “Balcony Floor Improvement Project” is progressing. The install of the new cork floor is almost finished. It is the hope of the contractor that work should be completed mid-week. Please feel free to visit the balcony and take a look!

AGO Concert

The Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will offer a multimedia presentation and concert about the life and works of Louis Vierne (1870-1937), composer, pedagogue, and blind organist of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Narrated by Steve and Doris Nolt, local organists will perform works by Vierne between narration, photos, and presentations. Join the Guild on Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 PM at Lititz Church of the Brethren (300 West Orange Street, Lititz). A $10 donation is suggested for enjoying the presentation.

Music at Grace Concert ~ March 27th ~ Manor Winds

A Lancaster-based ensemble, Manor Winds is comprised of five musicians who come together to rehearse in a historic farm house on Manor Street. At home in traditional and non-traditional settings, Manor Winds strives for professional performances of both standard and modern wind quintet repertoire.

Manor Winds wishes to share their love of music and collaboration with their surrounding community and can be seen performing throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Grace Book Group

The Grace Book Group met on February 8 to discuss books by authors we love! Some of the books we read were:

  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towels
  • The Guardians by John Grisham
  • State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • The Last Garden In England by Julia Kelly
  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  • Everything After by Jill Santopolo
  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman

The next book group meeting is March 8, 2022. For this meeting, we are reading books set in Ireland, books by Irish authors, books by Irish-American authors, and books about Irish-Americans. The Grace Book Group is currently meeting on Zoom the second Tuesday of the month at 7PM. If you are interested in joining please contact Brenda Hayasaka at bkhayasaka@gmail.com. 

March Schedule

Christian Formation

What Does The Bible Say: March 2022

Click here for downloadable resources and links to online resources. Click here for March resources including links to the daily readings and questions for Genesis, Job, and Exodus.

Transformed Community: Freed and Empowered For Radical Welcome

The study is based on Romans 12:2. We will meet Tuesdays at 3PM on Zoom please contact Angie Rabbe at graceelcaapd@gmail.com if you are interested in joining this group. Copies of the study can be picked up in the office. Angie can also email you the PDF if you prefer an electronic version. This group begins on March 8.

Lenten Retreat

“Come Follow Me” is a retreat created by Rev. Dr. Dave Bushnell to develop community in Christ and, in the process, exploring ways we can better care for our little piece of the world. 
Over this difficult time we have had limited “face to face interaction”.  We hope to gather in person for the chance to reconnect with our church family. This retreat could be the perfect opportunity. 

The challenge?  The time commitment. 

The schedule for “Come Follow Me” is as follows: 
Friday, March 25 from 6-9 pm which includes the evening meal. 
Saturday, March 26 from 10 am-8 pm (includes lunch and dinner).
Sunday, March 27 Worship at 10:30 am, Pastor Bushnell will preach.

The weekend will conclude with a light lunch following service. I know the time commitment is a challenge, but I believe this is a worthwhile venture and I’m hoping some of you will join me.  The ideal size group would be between 15-25 people. I welcome you to pray on it and if you decide to participate, please contact me at the church office (717) 397-2748 or by email at verkouw@gmail.com   

Kathryn Verkouw, Program Director

Adult Sunday School Beginning the First Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Steve will use the Lenten Sunday School hour to conduct a new and updated version of his “Discovery Class” – Surprises and Insights from Scripture, Tradition, and Lutheranism and our Ministry at Grace. 

With Pastor Steve’s guidance, participants will deepen their knowledge of the Bible, the long tradition of Christian faith, our “home-turf” Lutheran Confessions, and understand how all these undergird our ministry priorities at Grace Church and in the neighborhood. 

Pastor hopes that both newer folks and Grace veterans will come together for these sessions and be inspired for ministry and life together!

Walking Prayer- Led by Phil Supeck

This group will meet at 2:00 pm Sundays at the pavilion in Buchanan Park beginning on March 6, 2022 and continuing through the Sundays in Lent.. 

We will have a group devotional and then go forth with partners to walk through the park while discussing the questions of that week. We will meet rain or shine. For additional information, please call the church office at (717) 397-2748   

Creation Care

Cap Collection

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

This may sound trite in a year of challenges but smiling doesn’t just send a positive message to those around you—it also has personal benefits. Read more here

Feb. 27, 2022 (Transfiguration Sunday, Year C)

2 Corinthians 3:17 –Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. God’s path is all about freedom. Steward/disciples find that freedom when we love God with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves! Our faith aligns us with God’s abundance and power. Freedom!

Our Grace Family

Congratulations to Brittany & Ryan Platt on the birth of their daughter Mackenzie Joan Platt, born Saturday, February 19, 2022. 

Mackenzie is the little sister of Madison and the grand daughter of Kim and Pat Burke.

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