Grace News October 25, 2022


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 in need of volunteers to help with crafts at the Advent Fair on December 4th following the second service.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Angie Rabbe at
We also need empty cereal and cracker boxes for the yarn star ornament craft!
If you have any boxes please leave them at the donation station in the Nolt Auditorium in the box provided.

Franck 200th Birthday Recital  

Mark Laubach, nationally-known concert organist, will play in recital this coming Fri., Oct. 28, in celebration of the 200th birthday of a top French organ composer, César Franck.

The program will be held at St. Anthony’s, 500 E Orange St at 7 p.m. and lasts about 90 minutes. It promises to be an outstanding concert with Laubach playing some of the most difficult of Franck’s works.

The program, presented by the local chapter, American Guild of Organists, is free. Parking is available in the church parking lot. 

Advent Wreath

Our Advent observance includes a large wreath for the nave, suspended from the ceiling, and a smaller one in St. Peter Chapel, made by a varying group of volunteers. We will meet Saturday Nov. 26 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Please bring gloves, pruners, old clothing, and your holiday spirit!  It is easy to do and the results looks professional. Call Murray Foreman (717-847-7556) to indicate your interest. Join us!  (Kids 12 and over are welcome.)


Tickets Available Now for World Cup of Sharing Kickoff Event!

Plan now to get your tickets for the “God’s Work, Our Hands” World Cup of Sharing Nov. 13th Kickoff Event to be held immediately following the second worship service that Sunday!

This event begins our ingathering of gifts for our neighbors here and globally, which will be shared equally between L-HANDS and LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service).

Tickets at $10.00 for adults are available after both worship services on Oct. 30th & Nov. 6th , and following the service on Saturday, Oct. 29th . (There is no charge for children under twelve, but please indicate how many children will be coming with you.)

Ticket money will go toward the cost of the foods prepared by our special chefs from Cameroon, Cuba, Mexico, and the US, including Puerto Rico, and to cover the meals of our guests from L-HANDS and Grace’s ELL (English Language Learners) program.

Our ingathering goal is $10,000, and with your generous support we can easily reach, and hopefully surpass, this amount. The monies given to L-Hands will help with needed repairs to these older buildings, with a particular

emphasis on lead abatement. The half sent to LIRS will help in their ministry of accompaniment of refugees and asylum seekers. Currently, much of LIRS’ work is focused on Afghans, Ukrainians, and people at the southern US border, with special outreach to children there.

Our ingathering will run from Nov. 13th – Dec.18th , which is the day of the final World Cup game. Gifts given by check should have “World Cup of Sharing” on the memo line. You may also give through Grace’s website, by using the GIVE button, which will lead you to the line for “World Cup of Sharing.”

Please get your event tickets by Nov. 6th , so that our guest chefs can plan accordingly. You will not want to miss this special day at Grace. Come and meet our neighbors, while sampling delicious foods!

Hope For the Holidays

Grace is participating in Hope For the Holidays for the second year! Last year we sent over 100 Christmas cards to immigrant and refugee families at the US Mexico border.

Christmas cards and Spanish translation guides are available in the Narthex and must be returned to the church by Sunday November 27th. Please do not place cards in individual envelopes.

If you have any questions please email Angie at  

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

This Week’s Green Tip

Carving your own jack-o’-lanterns is a fun family activity, and when you’re done you can all enjoy the roasted seeds. The smaller decorative pumpkins can eventually be added to soup, muffins, pancakes, and lots more. Read more here

Our Grace Family

11 Grace youth and several adults enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Myers for a retreat and the Camp Kirchenwald Fall Foliage event. They enjoyed fun, food, fellowship and lots of mindfulness activities. It was a wonderful time with a fantastic group of young people.

Rite of Holy Baptism

The Rite of Holy Baptism was celebrated this past Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. 

Pictured above are Pastor Verkouw, Bennett and his proud big sister McKenna. 

Bennett is the son of Heather and Ryan Miller.