Grace News November 15, 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!
Hamburger barbeque and beverages provided by Grace. Please bring a side or dessert to share (last name A-L  Dessert & M-Z Salad/Side)

We are in need of volunteers to help with crafts!
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.

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 look professional. Call Murray Foreman (717-847-7556) to indicate your indicate your interest. Join us!  (Kids 12 and over are welcome.)


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 

World Cup of Sharing Kick-Off Event

Fellowship Hall became a joyous place of fellowship on Sunday.  All of us came together to make this possible — providing publicity; helping as team managers for our guest chefs; baking desserts to compliment the delicious food cooked by our guest chefs, decorating Fellowship Hall, helping at the event and serving food; providing ideas and monetary support for the event; and attending our first ever World Cup of Sharing. The Grace bus was even utilized once again to pick up an ELL family!  Ivine, our amazing guest chef from Cameroon, came away with the World Cup; but this was an event where you could honestly say that every guest chef was a winner.  All the food was delicious, and I know that our guest chefs worked hard to prepare it and give back to Grace in this way. Our guest chef from Mexico is a current ELL student. Our guest chefs from Cuba include a former ELL student (who is now a teacher), and two current ELL students. Our guest chef from Puerto Rico is matriarch of one of our L Hands families and has been living in the house next to the Grace Office for over 30 years. 

We definitely took a leap of faith with this event; but our hands, linked with those of our neighbors, did God’s Work! Let’s continue to support the World Cup of Sharing ingathering which will end on December 18th.  And let’s think about what we want to do next. It would be great to continue the momentum this event has created!

Thank you for everything!  We did it together, and it couldn’t have been done without you.  

Blessings to you and yours,

Barbara and Tom

[Team Cameroon took home the cup!]

Good Gifts 2022

Dear members and friends of Grace, 

One of our beloved Advent hymns says, “As the moon reflects the sun until the night’s decrease, may we your healing light release…” as Christians, we are bound together in hope of a brighter tomorrow and as hopeful people, we have a sacred call to spread our hope to the world.

As we enter the season of hope, I would like to take a moment of your time to talk about a way in which we at Grace can share tangible hope with the world. Many congregations in the ELCA, including Grace, make donations around this time of year to ELCA Good Gifts. For those of you unfamiliar with Good Gifts, it is one of the ELCA’s many global outreach and empowerment programs. Donations to Good Gifts provide those in need with livestock and crops for family farms, various health care services including trauma counseling, latrines, education, and Christian education materials such as children’s Bibles and Sunday School curriculum. 

This year the Board of Ministries is encouraging our congregation to purchase as many chicks as possible! How much does a chick cost? Chicks are a bargain at 10 chicks for $10! As we have done in the past, our Sunday School children will be receiving Good Gifts banks to fill with spare change on Christ the King Sunday. You can also write a check payable to Grace Lutheran Church with Good Gifts in the memo line.

All donations must be received by Sunday, December 18th, 2022. If you make a donation for chicks and would like a themed card to give to someone please let me know and I will get either a hard copy or an electronic card to you. Good Gifts envelopes will also be available on December 4th as well as bulletin inserts.

If you have any questions about Good Gifts, please contact me at

Yours in Advent hope, 

Angie Rabbe, Assistant Program Director 

15th Annual Cookie Walk at St. Peter’s

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 9AM-Noon (or until sold out) at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in the Family Life Center (10 Delp Road, Lancaster)

Purchase a container for $15 or $8 and fill it with homemade cookies.
Proceeds benefit the orphans of Busoka Lutheran Church, Tanzania
Bring your friends and family to support this worthwhile cause! Sponsored by the St. Peter’s Tanzania Mission Committee.

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

Most heat loss in the average home is through and around the windows. Drawing the drapes at night is an effective block, making it harder for your warm air to escape. Read more here

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!

Our Grace Family


Congratulations to Sarah Gochnauer who graduated on October 13, 2022 from Salus University with a Master of Medical Science from the Physician Assistant Studies program.