Grace News March 1, 2022


Music At Grace March 11, 2022

A Lancaster-based ensemble, Manor Winds comprises of five musicians who come together to rehearse in a historic farmhouse on Manor Street. Since their formation in the spring of 2016 they have given over 40 performances throughout the southeastern Pennsylvania region. At home in traditional and non-traditional settings, Manor Winds strives for professional performances of both standard and modern wind quintet repertoire.

Built upon friendships developed in the freelancing community, Matthew, Lauren, Christy, Anne, and Robin believe that quality chamber music should be readily available to the region’s diverse population. Manor Winds wishes to share their love of music and collaboration with their surrounding community and can be seen performing throughout southeastern PA.

Flutist Matthew Angelo is an active orchestral, chamber, and solo performer. Currently based in Easton, Pennsylvania, he serves as the Orchestra Operations and Personnel Manager for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has given performances across the United States as well as France, the Czech Republic, and China. He has performed with the Reading, Delaware, Bay-Atlantic, and Philadelphia Festival Symphony Orchestras, the Pocono Pops, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and is a flutist with the Liberty Wind Symphony.

A native of Lancaster County, oboist Lauren Fairfull holds dual bachelor’s degrees in music performance and education from West Chester University and a Master’s degree in music performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University for which she was awarded a full scholarship. During her time at these institutions Ms. Fairfull performed in many ensembles as principle oboist and featured soloist. She has embarked on several orchestral and chamber tours throughout Europe and the States, which included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Christy Banks, Associate Professor of Clarinet and Assistant Chair of the Music Department at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, has appeared as a soloist/recitalist throughout the US as well as in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Iceland, Italy, and New Zealand. Passionate about new music, Banks is a member of NakedEye Ensemble and Spatial Forces Duo.  Additional affiliations include Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, King Street Big Band, and Manor Woodwind Quintet. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the Florida State University.

French hornist and teacher Anne Nye is an orchestral and chamber musician based in Lancaster, PA. Currently holding positions with the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Pennsylvania Philharmonic, she also regularly performs with the York, Lancaster, Reading, and Kennett Symphony Orchestras. She shares a passion for chamber music with the other members of Manor Winds and in addition to co-founding the quintet, she recently formed Trilogy Brass and plays with the Lancaster Brass Quintet. She serves as the orchestra manager and professor of horn at Lancaster Bible College as well as teaching lessons in her home studio.

Robin Plant currently serves as principal bassoonist with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestras. She has been featured as a soloist with the Lancaster Symphony, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Endless Mountain Music Festival. She also frequently performs with other ensembles including Harrisburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and Allegro Chamber Orchestra. Robin received her formal training on bassoon while pursuing her Bachelor of Music in performance at Indiana University, where her principal teacher was Kim Walker. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Robin maintains a reed-making business and private teaching studio.

Lancaster AGO

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.

Lent 2022

Walking Group

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬

The mind is the starting point of behavior. Join us for a five week series on making room for things that matter – Five Spiritual Habits for Lent and Life.
We will gather at 2:00 PM on the first five Sundays of Lent in the pavilion at Buchanan Park. We will pause for scripture and prayer before breaking into groups to walk, answer questions, and discuss each spiritual habit.
Invite a friend and join us as we walk together on this journey.
To confirm your participation please call or text Philip Supeck at 717.725.3429.

Adult Sunday School Sundays in Lent at 9:00 a.m. in Nolt Auditorium

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!

Reading the Bible in a Year

Resources for reading the Bible in a year can be found here.

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 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.

March 6, 2022 (1st Sunday in Lent, Year C)

Luke 4:3 –The devil said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”

Our consumer culture tells us again and again that our happiness is measured in how many of our wants we can fulfill. Jesus resists temptation by remembering that we live “by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4b).

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

Instead of the nightly doomscroll through an unending list of negative headlines, choose activities that give you joy wherever possible. Taking part in positive action to help your community is one way to ease concerns. Read more here

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