Grace News June 7, 2022


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!

Summer Choir

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

Saturday Night Worship

Join us on June 25, July 30, and August 27 at 6:00 p.m. for our Saturday Evening Service. Volunteers are need for Communion Assistants, Readers, and Communion care. If you would like to volunteer—please call Vicki in the church office. 717-397-2748

Upcoming Celebration

On Thursday evening 16 June, 2022, Dr. Karl E. Moyer, Grace Church member, choir member, and former organist/director of music will play a recital in thanksgiving to God for 85 years of life and grace and good health. The program begins at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 501 East Orange Street, Lancaster.

Based on the familiar song from The Sound of Music, his program consists of “a few of his favorite things:”   Symph. No. 6, 1st mov’t. (Widor), Variations on “Veni Creator Spiritus” (Duruflé), and his all-time favorite, Choral in E (Franck). Bach is twice represented by major organ works: the first trio sonata, and the enormous Fantasy & Fugue in G minor. Included also:  a set of favorite short service preludes from Advent through Pentecost by Bach, Brahms, and others. 

With so much French-romantic style organ music, the combination of the organ tone and acoustics at St. Anthony’s is the best place in Lancaster County to hear such music.

Moyer spent most of his professional life on the music faculty of Millersville University, teaching music history, organ, and sometimes hymnody. He concurrently served several Lutheran churches in Lancaster and was a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

He holds the doctorate from Eastman School of Music in organ performance and church music. His CD “As the Dew From Heaven Distilling” (Raven OAR-290) includes the only recording of Sonata No. 2 of Eugene Thayer, as well as the organ sonata of Horatio Parker. 

Karl has composed descants for two hymns to be sung at his birthday recital and has kept them easy enough for audience sopranos and tenors to sight-read from the printed program.

St. Anthony’s has a parking lot across Orange Street from the church, with drive-in access on the east side of North Ann Street, a two-way street between King and Orange Streets.  The organ, in the rear gallery, sounds best at the very front of the church nave. An early arrival is recommended.

Grace Book Group

Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month via zoom 7p.m. The format is books, coffee, and conversation on zoom. For additional information, contact

Summer themes:
June-Paternal relationships
July-Pennsylvania authors
August-Prize-winning authors
September-Books targeted for banning

Christian Formation

VBS 2022

ELCA World Hunger’s “Tree of Healing VBS” focuses on healing the mind, body, spirit, community, and creation.
Join us Wednesday evenings this summer for food, fun, crafts, and stories beginning June 15th.   

The first session is titled “Roots of Creation”. “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with wisdom at your side.”  Psalm 104:24
Dinner will be served at 5:30. Please RSVP to the church office at 717-397-2748 by Sunday June 12.

June 29
The second session is titled “Healthy Minds and Bodies”.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.”  3 John 1:2
Please RSVP to the church office at 717-397-2748 by Sunday June 26.

July 13
The third session is titled “Different Bodies, Different Gifts”.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 139:14a
Please RSVP to the church office at 717-397-2748 by Sunday July10.

July 27
The fourth session is titled “Healthy Grief”. “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”  Romans 14:8
Please RSVP to the church office at 717-397-2748 by Sunday July 24.

August 3
The fifth session is titled “Bearing Fruit”.
“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”  John 13”34b 
Please RSVP to the church office at 717-397-2748 by Sunday July 31.

What Does the Bible Say

June resources can be found here

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!

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

This Week’s Green Tip

Clover is often planted by gardeners as an eco friendly soil conditioner. It grows quickly and easily, chokes out weeds and is easily turned into the beds when planting time draws near. The deep root system reduces soil compaction. Clover is also a nitrogen-fixing plant, which enriches the soil with natural fertilizer. Read more here


RegenAll is teaming up with the City of Lancaster to host four “Listening Sessions” regarding Lancaster’s plans to address climate change. Your input will help inform the city’s comprehensive plan, Planning our Future Lancaster, and this is a unique opportunity to shape zoning, infrastructure, and policy for your community.

For more information and meeting dates/times click here

Outreach Opportunities

Shoe Collection

The Girl Scouts are collecting new and gently used shoes. Donations may be placed in the box in the Narthex.

Diaper Collection

1 in 3 Families struggle to buy diapers! Please help! We continue to collect diapers for our refugee family.  Sizes needed: 2/3 and 6. Your donation may be placed in the box in the Narthex.

We appreciate your continued support of this family as they struggle to make ends meet and manage several health issues at this time.

Our Grace Family

Come Holy Spirit, Come Confirmation 2022

Congratulations to our Confirmands, pictured here with Pastor Verkouw!!
From left: Lisselle Bertrand, Logan Miller, and Ella Supeck

Congratulations Graduates!

Paloma Bolt—J. P. McCaskey High School
Paloma will attend Millersville University in the fall. 

Naomi Main—J. P. McCaskey High School
Naomi will attend Yale University in the Fall, majoring in Music.

Brennan Maharg—Cocalico High School
Brennan will be joining the United States Coast Guard.

Timo Verkouw—Stevens College of Technology
Timo graduated with his degree in Water and Environmental Technologies.
He is working for Pennsylvania American Water Company in New Cumberland, PA.