Grace News June 14, 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

Christian Formation

JUNE 29 / JULY 13, 27 / August 3
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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!

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. Dinner will be served at 5:30.

Outreach Opportunities

Shoe Collection

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

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering

It’s time to begin thinking about the Lutheran World Relief Ingathering October 1-2

Brenda Hayasaka and Donna Linton have agreed to do School Kits again this year and need your help. These are the items they need to fill the bags they will be ordering:

  • Four 70-80 sheet notebooks (280-300 sheets total) of wide or college-ruled paper approximately 8” x 10 ½ ”, no loose leaf paper
  • One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • One pencil sharpener
  • One pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band
  • Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band
  • One box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • One 2 ½” eraser

If anyone is a Thrivent member and is willing to help Brenda and Donna to make kits, you can apply for a Visa card for $250 under the Thrivent Action Teams program.

We are also doing Personal Care Kits. I will ask for a $250 Visa Card from Thrivent Financial to buy the supplies in bulk.

If you want to put your own kit together here are the directions.

  • One light-weight bath size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color
  • Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original wrapping
  • One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging

*We will add a comb to your kit as we can order in bulk.

Fold the towel in half width-wise. Place the rest of the items in the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out, and secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands. A box will be provided in the Narthex for your items. LWR is no longer accepting soap in bulk; so we can only use soap in kits. If you want to help with cash donations, please write on your check “LWR Kits.” Brenda and I will share the money as needed.      

Barbara Slotter, 717-342-2654

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

Reducing the size of your conventional grass lawn can benefit the environment while saving you time, energy and expense. Here are a few suggestions to help you reduce lawn size:
Clover is often planted by gardeners as an eco friendly soil conditioner. Read more here

Our Grace Family

Christian Sympathy

Dear Members of Grace,
We give thanks for the life and witness of Burnell Grove. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his son John Grove and to his family and friends.
Please keep John and Rachel’s family in your prayers.

Our Newest Member!

We welcome you into the Lord’s family!

We receive you as a fellow member of the body of Christ, a child of the same heavenly Father, and a worker with us in the kingdom of God.

Welcome to our newest member Ian Cody Kreuger who was baptized on Sunday, June 12th.  He is pictured here with Pastor Verkouw and his mother Amanda Rowe Kreuger.

Ian is the son of Amanda and Brian Kreuger, the grandson of Nancy and Bruce Rowe, and the great-grandson of Betty Rowe.