Grace News May 17, 2022


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

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 for the following Sundays – 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.

Summer Choir

Our choir “season” will end as of June 12th. For the Sundays from June 19  through September 4 we invite singers and instrumentalists to provide music in worship services. Sign the list at the balcony stairway or email David at

Graduation Season Is Upon Us! 

If you have a graduate—please contact the office with your student’s information for the next Grace News!!  717-397-2748


A member of our adopted family living in one of the L Hands apartments is having surgery on May 19th and we’d like to help the family with meals for two weeks from May 19 – June 2. 
There are two ways to help!

  • 1. MAKE & DELIVER A HOMEMADE MEAL (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday) 
  •  PICK UP & DELIVER A PRE-PACKAGED community meal at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (Sunday, Wednesday, & Saturday at 5:00 p.m.)

Contact the church office at 717-397-2748 or Kath Verkouw at to coordinate delivery of the meal to their home.

Special Dietary Requests: Low-fat meals.

Use this link to sign up.

Select the date(s) you’d like to sign up for by clicking on the green “Sign-up” button, then select the “Submit & Sign-up” button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to another page where you can enter your information (name, email, etc.).

Thank you in advance for your help!

Christian Formation

ELL Update

One of the ways that Grace reaches out to the immigrant and refugee communities here in Lancaster County is through our English Language Learners program (ELL).

Grace’s program has just entered its fifth year. During this time, our volunteer teachers have worked with people from nineteen countries and counting! Our students stay with us for varying lengths of time.

As their fluency improves, some students move on to other educational opportunities. Many become employed, and some have moved from the area. Whether they are with us for a few months or for several years, one of the most rewarding aspects of ELL is the building of relationships.

There is a saying, “Before I can teach you, I must know you.”

Grace’s ELL program has enabled that very thing – getting to know one another, building relationships, and developing friendships, as we support one other in ways far beyond learning English vocabulary or the proper use of English grammar. As teachers and students, we are walking together in joyful learning.

Tapestry of Pages Update

The Tapestry of Pages group inserted a Bible Study for Lent this year to consider the plight of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Our study, Transformed Community: Freed and Empowered for Radical Welcome, based on Romans 12:2, renewed our minds. It is by way of renewed minds that we are able to discern God’s will for our service to others. “Jesus’s example of nonconformity to the world’s expectations” guides us to discern our faithful response. That is to live and work together with “radical generosity, inclusion, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.”

Tapestry of Pages June Book 

At the end of this month, our small group will finish our discussion of Four Hundred Souls.We will wrap up this current season of reading with Carry On Reflections For A New Generation by John Lewis. This is a short text full of reflections by Lewis on topics from hope to sports. We will begin discussing this book on June 7. For June 7 we are discussing the forward and reflections 1-13, for June 14 we are discussing reflections 14-25, and we will wrap the book up on June 21. Our small group is still meeting on Zoom Tuesdays at 3 PM. If you are interested in joining our group please email Angie at

Creation Care

Help Wanted

Our creation care team is looking for folks to help with weeding, watering, and general maintenance of our new native plantings around the church campus. If you are interested—please contact the church office to volunteer. Any amount of time you can give would be greatly appreciated!  717-397-2748

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

If you don’t have a lot of space, you need to pay attention to the growth habit of the plants you select. You’ll want to be sure to get plants that don’t sprawl too much, which means “dwarf” trees and “compact,” “bush,” or “patio” varieties of things like tomatoes and zucchini. Read more here