Grace News November 8, 2022


Commitment Sunday

When? Nov 13, at both Sunday services.

Where? The offering plate or mail in your pledge.

What? We each prayerfully consider our support for Grace’s ministries.

Why? Over 90% of our budget is completely dependent on your offerings, a portion of each of our means, offered freely to God for the church’s work. Thank You!

Church Work Day

Saturday November 19, 2022 ~ 8:30 a.m.

Your help is needed!  Please come for all or part of the day. Lots of jobs to do – fun for the entire family! Inside, outside, all around the church! This is a wonderful opportunity for a family service project!  Jobs for every age and ability!  Join our property team for a day of service.  Many hands make quick work! 

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.

Community Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
31 South Duke Street
Lancaster, PA, 17602

Off Street Parking is available in the church lot and the City Garage on Mifflin Street.

Preacher is Rev. Mandy Mastros, Pastor of Lancaster Moravian Church. Mayor Danene Sorace will bring greetings from the City of Lancaster and share the things for which she is thankful.  

Massed Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Horton will provide music. Reception to follow the service.

Memorial Dedication Planned

A brief ceremony to honor the memory of beloved member and former teacher Bev Wagaman by dedicating a “Little Free Library” to her will be held after the second service on November 20th, the Festival of Christ the King.

Members of the Grace Book Group had planned this honor for Bev, but renovations on our campus and the COVID 19 pandemic slowed the installation of the physical “LFL”.

Pastor Verkouw and Denny Maharg searched for the perfect location for the physical “LFL” for both accessibility to patrons as well as adaptability to installation. Now the children and parents of our child care, pedestrians along North Queen Street, and members of the congregation can enjoy books from the library. The motto “give a book and take a book” encourages readers to participate, but we at Grace can also share our books by donating them to the labeled box in the collection area in Nolt Auditorium.

The little library was constructed by the grand nephew of Brenda and Rick Hayasaka as part of his Eagle Scout project in Howard County, Maryland.

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.)


World Cup of Sharing Kickoff Event Sunday, November 13th

Grace’s World Cup of Sharing will officially kick off this coming Sunday following the 10:30 worship service. A wonderful tasting menu will await you in Fellowship Hall, giving you to the chance to sample foods from our World Cup countries: Cameroon, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, including Puerto Rico.

We will be welcoming residents from our L-Hands properties and also some of our current ELL students. We hope you already have your ticket and are planning to join in the fun and meet our neighbors.

Sunday marks the beginning of our ingathering in support of our ministry locally through L-HANDS and globally through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Running through Sunday, December 18th, when the final FIFA World Cup game will occur, our own World Cup of Sharing has a goal of $10,000. With your generosity, we can reach and surpass this targeted amount. If you wish to give by check, please put World Cup of Sharing on the memo line. Gifts can also be made on Grace’s website via the GIVE button. Thank you for your prayerful support.

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

The one home improvement which saves the most energy with the least investment is draft proofing. Read more here

Grace member Sue Will recycling Styrofoam as part of our Creation Care at Grace.

Our Grace Family

Our Sunday School children celebrating the Reformation!