Grace News May 3, 2022


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

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 will be available

Opportunities to share plants and flowers for the fountain will be 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!

Special thanks to Grace members for supporting Dramability Works performance of “The Golden Age of Hollywood” 

Dramability is a community outreach program of Grace Church for adults with (dis) ABILITIES.

Christian Formation


There will be no Adult Sunday School on Sunday May 8, 2022
Pastor Verkouw will be teaching Confirmation. Class will resume on Sunday May 15 at 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? 

Creation Care

Bee Update

This past week you may have observed a swarm of bees along the driveway side of the church. It appears that these bees were moving on from their previous home and seeking a new life together along North Queen Street. Apparently, even in the insect world finding a new home in a good neighborhood is a challenge.

On Monday, many bees took a liking to a small evergreen in the front of the church, a home too small to appropriately support this colony of bees growing more desperate to do the work they are destined for. Once again, Grace Lutheran Church came to the rescue.

If you ever wondered about the humanitarian efforts of our church, how we support refugees and immigrants with food, housing, education and finding the right place to stay, this spirit was very evident this week. Using her knowledge of bees and bee keeping, church Secretary Vicki Mumma was able to work with Pastor Verkouw to corral these great little contributors to our lives into a hive and relocate them to the roof of the office building. Extreme care was taken to direct them with their Queen into the box hive that she had carefully cleaned out to make it more like home for this swarm.

The bees provided a small picture of how the members of Grace help others we may not even know how to start over, have a safe haven and how we understand the importance of keeping “family” together if possible. Our bees went willingly when they understood they were being helped. They accepted the offering of safety and home. We had an understanding and inter-species respect.

Keeping this small society safe will keep us safe in return. What a wonderful example of the golden rule; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We can all take something from this experience to our daily lives. Please remember to help others less fortunate. They could make your life sweeter one day!
—Jean Young

This Week’s Green Tip

Elevated planters are another alternative for small-space gardening, and are ideally suited to patios, decks and balconies. A planter has many of the advantages as a raised bed, but planters have bottoms. Read more here

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!

Our Grace Family