Grace News November 29, 2022


Annual Budget Meeting Sunday December 11, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Nolt Auditorium

We welcome “Dramabilty Works” to our Worship service on December 4th

Members of their group will be participating in worship and joining us for our Annual Advent Fair.
Dramabilty is a unique theater and arts program for adults with developmental disabilities hosted by Grace. Special thanks to Carol Case for her dedication to this ministry of Grace Church.

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)
If you plan to attended please contact the church office (717-397-2748)

Christian Formation

Advent Devotionals

Advent Devotionals are available in the narthex. Prophets and Promises is a daily devotional that begins on the first day of Advent and ends on Epiphany. The ELCA World Hunger devotional has weekly devotions for the four Sundays of Advent. There are also Advent Calendars from World Hunger.

“Let the coming of Christ remind us to cherish the good in the human family and in ourselves. Let us find joy in acknowledging and supporting people of all ages.”
(Prophets and Promises, December 3)


Grace’s World Cup of Sharing Three Weeks to Go!

Thank you to all those who have already contributed to the “God’s Work, Our Hands” Cup of Sharing ingathering in support of maintenance projects at our L-HANDS properties, especially as related to lead-abatement, and to the ministry of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.  

To date $4,042.00 has been received. If you have not yet had the chance to make a gift, there is still plenty of time to do so by December 18th.  If you wish to donate by check, please put “World Cup of Sharing” on the memo line or put the same notation on envelopes with cash gifts.  You can also give online by clicking the GIVE button on the church’s website and then following prompts to “World Cup of Sharing”.  Thank you!

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 

Creation Care

This Week’s Green Tip

If you have ceiling fans in your home, check to see if they are reversible. In winter, the blades should rotate clockwise. This reverse rotation will collect warm air from the ceiling and pull it downwards. 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

Thank You!

Thanks to our volunteers for creating the Advent Wreath!

Participants were: Murray Foreman, Carl & Patti Hartman, Jay & Mindi Graver, Cindy LaMaster, Keith Miller, Meghan Kelly, Wes & Amy Heidel, Pastor Verkouw, Denny Maharg