Grace News September 27, 2022


World Food Day

Join ELCA World Hunger for a celebration of World Food Day, hosted by Rick Steves and special guest Mark Jansen, CEO of Blue Diamond Almonds. This special event will be streamed online so you can celebrate with ELCA World Hunger wherever you are!

When: Sunday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m. Central time
Where: ELCA Facebook page and ELCA YouTube channel
RSVP is not required; simply visit our Facebook or YouTube page to attend. Facebook and YouTube accounts are not required. Can’t stream it live? The recording will be available on Facebook and YouTube after the event is over.

Grace Book Group Update

The Grace Book Group met last week to discuss challenged and banned books. You can find a list of our books here.

Our next meeting is October 11 at 7PM on Zoom. Please read an award-winning book or a book by an award-winning author. For our November meeting, we are reading cozy mysteries!

If you are interested in joining book group please email Brenda Hayasaka at 


Winter Outerwear Items For Community Meal

We are collecting winter outerwear items for our community meal. This ministry has taken many different forms over the years. This year we will be putting together bags filled with winter outerwear and winter necessities for our community meal participants.

We would like to fill the bags with hats, scarves, gloves or mittens, socks, granola bars, lotion, lip balm, and hand sanitizer. Our goal is to create 100 bags. We will also be collecting feminine hygiene products to make bags for the folks who need them.

You are now able to take a card from the giving tree which is located on the bulletin board across from the donation station in the Nolt Auditorium. All items need to be donated by Sunday, October 30. We will pack the bags the week of November 7. The bags will be distributed at Community Meal on November 16. We will need volunteers to help organize donations, pack the bags, and distribute the bags.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please email Angie Rabbe at

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering October 1-2

We will still accept items for School and Personal Care Kits if you did not get them to church on Sunday. A box for your donations is in the Nolt Auditorium.

This Sunday there will be an envelope in the bulletins for donations to the Lutheran World Relief Shipping Fund. If you do not have an envelope, mark your donations “LWR Shipping Fund.” Thrivent Financial provided us with $500 gift cards to buy some of the supplies

World Cup of Sharing “God’s Work, Our Hands” 2022

The teams have been selected for this year‘s World Cup, and the first games will be played on November 20th.  

Here at Grace plans have begun to get a jump start on that on Sunday, November 13th with our very own “World Cup of Sharing”, offering us all a special opportunity to support immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers both here in Lancaster and around the globe.

Watch for more details in the coming weeks!  If you would like to be a part of planning for this activity, please come to our next meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 10 AM in Nolt Auditorium

If that is not possible for you, but you would like to be involved, please call the church office to indicate your interest. 717-397-2748

Christian Formation

Youth Retreat / Fall Foliage at Camp Kirchenwald

Saturday October 22 – Sunday October 23 Youth Retreat – Be Still and Know That I Am God – Saturday October 22

Food, Fun, Games, Mindfulness Activities, Star Gazing

(We will meet in the church parking lot on  at 1:00 p.m. and drive to camp in the church bus!)

Sunday October 23 – Fall Foliage Day 1:00—6:00 p.m.

Dinner included! Cost $15.00 per person

Pumpkin Painting, Canoeing / Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking, And more! (We will return to church on Sunday October 23  at 7:30 p.m.)
RSVP by October 9th by calling the church office 397-2748

Creation Care

Cap Collection

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! (Dirty caps will be discarded—please wash caps before donating) Thank you for helping to protect our planet!

This Week’s Green Tip

If you have too many leaves to incorporate into the compost bin, you can simply compost the pile of leaves by itself. The leaf pile should be at least four feet in diameter and three feet in height. Include a layer of dirt between each foot of leaves. Read more here

Our Grace Family

Thank You

Pastor, Kath, and everyone at Grace,
Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and cards during my surgery and this subsequent healing period.  While I cannot join you in person just yet, know I am with you in spirit.
Thanks again  
Zay Volker