Grace News April 26, 2022

Official Notice Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday May 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. in Nolt Auditorium


Dramability Works! invites you to attend their performance of “The Golden Age of Cinema” 

Nolt Auditorium on Monday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. 
Dramability is a community outreach program of Grace Church for adults with (dis) ABILITIES. 

There is no cost to attend the show, but donations are gladly accepted. Vouchers for free parking will be available at the church for the Lancaster Parking Authority garage, just 1/2 block away on North Queen Street. 
Refreshments will be served at the end of the show. Come one, come all, and support Dramability Works!!

Confirmation Camp Reminder

Registrations and deposits for Confirmation Camp at Kirchenwald (June 19-25) are due in the office by May 15, 2022. Don’t miss the chance to spend an exciting week enjoying God’s Love, Word, and Beautiful Creation!

Worship Volunteers Needed

As we begin the journey back to a “normal” worship schedule, we need volunteers to: read the lessons, assist Pastor with communion, set up and clean up communion, sound and camera operators, ushers, and greeters. Have helped in the past— or would like to?  All are welcome! Please call the office at 717-397-2748 to volunteer!

Fountain Flowers

Opportunities to share plants and flowers for the fountain are available for the following Sundays May 15, May 22, and May 29th. Families may buy plants and flowers to decorate the Fountain on the Sunday they choose, delivering them to church on Saturday and following Sunday services, take their plants home. Please call the church office @ 397-2748 with questions or to sign up.

Lancaster Chamber Singers

For spring, Lancaster Chamber Singers are going to record several pieces to post on their YouTube channel – and you’re invited to the recording session! While it won’t be a full-length concert, you will get to watch and listen as we record both audio and video of six pieces.

The recording session will take place on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, 517 N. Queen St. (corner of N. Queen & E. James) in Lancaster.
There will be no admission charge, but you must show proof of full vaccination to enter. We hope to see all of our friends! Please share this post to help spread the word!

Grace Book Group Update

The theme for the past Grace Book Group meeting was Poetry Month. Below is a list of the books we read. 

  • My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Krystyna Poray Goddu 
  • A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson by Barbara Dana
  • Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
  • Cat Paradise by Nhien Nguyen
  • Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • A Ghost in the Throat  by Dorieann Ni Ghriofa
  • Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Man Who Was Poe by Avi

The next Grace Book Group meeting is May 10 at 7 PM. The theme for our upcoming meeting is books that explore maternal relationships. If you would like to join the Grace Book Group please contact Brenda Hayasaka at

Christian Formation

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School beginning Sunday May 1, 2022 9:00 a.m. in Nolt Auditorium
Join Pastor Steve and friends to spend our learning time during the Easter Season diving into the Easter Stories. 

From the four Gospels, and Paul’s letters, come our “apostolic” (from the Creeds) accounts of Jesus’ resurrection appearances. What are the themes of these different witnesses? What are their similarities, and what is significant about their unique witness? 

One of the really thought-provoking questions raised by the Gospels is how the rabbinic, teaching life and witness of Jesus holds together with his identity as the crucified and resurrected Son of God. Think about it this way: how many times have you heard a pastor, teacher, author, or fellow Christian say: “Jesus died on the cross for my sins.”  I would guess you’ve heard that formula too many times to count! Now, how many times have you heard anyone say (or thought yourself) “Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan for my sins,” or “Jesus healed Jairus’s daughter to save me,” or “Jesus picked corn on the sabbath to bring me to heaven.” I would guess the answer is “Never.” So how do our two primary ways of knowing Jesus – the one whose teachings we read and hear over and over again, and the one who is crucified and risen, Messiah, Savior, Son of God and Lord –  hold together? Let’s explore!

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

Raised beds offer advantages for small-plot gardening as well. By retaining your valuable fertilized soil in a contained space, there is little weed incursion that might otherwise steal nutrients from the bed. Raised garden beds also lessen erosion, improve drainage, deter weeds and pests and reduce back strain for the gardener. Read more here

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