Grace News October 4, 2022


Save the Date For the Advent Fair

Join us after the second service on December 4th for our annual Advent Fair! There will be lunch and crafts for all ages!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, and crafts. If you are interested in volunteering with the crafts please contact Angie Rabbe (

If you are interested in helping with set-up and clean-up please contact Molly Rowen (

Watch the Grace News for more information in the coming weeks! 


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!

Grace’s “World Cup of Sharing” Teams Selected!!!

Our 2022 emphasis for “God’s Work, Our Hands” is an ingathering of much-needed support for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, both here in Lancaster and around the world. We have set a target of $10,000 to be equally divided between L-Hands, whose residents include some refugee families, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, with its worldwide reach.

This ingathering will begin with a kickoff event on Sunday, November 13th, and continue through December 18th, when the final World Cup game will be played. Watch for further information on how your gifts can support these two vital ministries.

We have selected four “teams” to support in Grace’s World Cup of Sharing – Cameroon, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. Why these four countries, you might wonder? They have been selected because of their connections to Grace through neighbors in L-HANDS and our students in the English Language Learners program. (All but Cuba will also be playing in the World Cup.) 

At the November 13th kickoff event, you are invited to taste the foods of these four countries following the second service. Please mark your calendars now and plan to enjoy this time of fellowship and wonderful food.

Information about tickets will be coming soon.

If you would like to be involved, our next planning meeting will be Sunday, October 9th in Nolt Auditorium following the second service. If you cannot be there at that time but are interested in helping, please call the church office (717-397-2748).

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

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

Tapestry of Pages Updates

We are wrapping up our discussion of Made For Goodness. In October and November, we will be discussing two novels.

Our first novel is The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. It is the story of Jo Kuan, a lady’s maid in Reconstruction Atlanta who has a pseudonymous advice column in which she addresses society’s problems. We will meet to discuss this book on October 25th at 3 PM on Zoom.

In November we are reading The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood. This is a wonderful story of two immigrant families in San Francisco in our modern era. The book discusses what it means to be a Muslim Immigrant in a post-9/11 United States. We will discuss this book on November 15th at 3 PM on Zoom.

We are taking a break in December. We will meet again at the beginning of January to start our discussion of The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. It is the true story of Elizabeth Packard who was committed to the Illinois State Hospital by her husband because he felt threatened by her intellect. This is a large text on a challenging subject so we are suggesting that you start reading it in December.

Copies of all three of these books are available at the Lancaster Public Library. If you have any questions please reach out to Angie Rabbe at 

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

Thick stems and branches should be left out of the compost. They can be tossed into any low areas of your yard as ‘landfill’, as they will eventually break down. Read more here

Our Grace Family

Thank You

Dear Grace Family,
Your prayers have sustained me these many months. Thank you! And thank you for the many beautiful cards, visits, meaningful notes, and quick texts and calls. All of these have been a wonderful reminder of the family that surrounds me. I have some good news. My cancer has mutated. According to my oncologist, this is a “game changer”. Going forward, a targeted pill will take up the fight. After mid-October scans, I hope to return to church. I so look forward to seeing you all again. I’ve missed you!
Sincerely, Sue Will