Grace News January 24, 2023


Mardi Gras Lunch and Talent Show February 19th!

Time: After 10:30 worship – around noon.
Place: Nolt auditorium
How do I sign up? Sign up with Kath, the church office, or on the sign-up sheet available in the Narthex.  
What should I bring? Please bring a yummy dessert to share – the main dishes will be provided.

Do I need to share my talent? No, bring your laughter and appreciation if you would rather just be part of the audience.

Why does Grace church have it on a Sunday instead of on Shrove Tuesday? We get our sillies out in order to acknowledge that a serious season is about to begin. We do this on Sunday because it is more convenient than on a Tuesday evening. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Reducing Gun Violence?

There have been two mass shootings in California over the past few days…the latest of a plague of gun violence.  Many have become cynical at our culture’s idolatry of guns and violence.  But Christians are called to do good, and surely reducing violence, even in America, is possible.    Grace member Hollis Butterfield is a real expert in this field, having worked on gun safety with the US Council of Mayors, and investigating many national profile mass shootings as a consultant to the US government.  Together we wish to convene a group of Grace folks who are interested in finding a way toward political and cultural changes that could actually help reduce the number of victims in a society with so many guns. 

The first exploratory meeting of this group will be:
Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Nolt Auditorium

February Schedule


Souperbowl Sunday

Join us on February 12th for Souperbowl Sunday! We will be collecting monetary gifts and non-perishable food for the Lancaster County Food Hub.

The Food Hub is currently in need of:

  • peanut butter
  • brown rice
  • whole grain pasta
  • shelf stable ready to eat meals (things like SpaghettiOs)
  • unsalted nuts
  • low-sodium soup
  • canned meat packed in water
  • sugar free jello
  • individual cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • fruit cups in 100% juice (snack size) (NO grapefruit)
  • 100% fruit juice  (NO grapefruit)
  • low-sodium or salt free canned vegetables
  • Cheerios or low sugar cereal

Christian Formation

Volunteers Needed to Write Devotions and Prayers For Lent

Dear members and friends of Grace, As you may have noticed in last week’s Grace news we have a new section for a weekly devotional. We would love for volunteers to write short (around 200 words) devotionals or prayers during Lent.

The first Lenten devotion or prayer would be for the February 21st Grace News. Anyone can write for this section! It would be a great activity for families and friends. If you don’t want to write an original piece you can submit something written by someone else. If you do this please provide the information needed to cite the text. If you are interested in writing please contact me at Peace, Angie Rabbe

Reading the Bible In A Year!

As we come to the end of our year long practice Kath and Angie have a few questions for you: 
What did you learn? 
Was this discipline beneficial to your faith journey?
In terms of the resources we provided, what worked well for you? What didn’t work well for you?

Please let us know if you have been participating in this year-long bible reading! You can text Kath or Angie, email Kath or Angie, or call the church office.

A very big thank you to Angie for putting in so much work to help us follow and better understand the reading and podcast materials. There will be information in next week’s Grace News on what we are doing for this upcoming Lenten season.

The final readings and resources will be available on the website next week!

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!

Weekly Reflection

Our reflection this week is a prayer from Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471), a Dutch-German monk and the author of The Imitations of Christ.

And I offer also for all those whom I have in any way grieved, vexed, oppressed, and scandalized, by word or deed, knowingly or         unknowingly; that thou mayest equally forgive us all our sins, and all our offences against each other.

Take away, O Lord, from our hearts all suspiciousness, indignation, anger, and contention, and whatever is calculated to would  charity, and to lessen brotherly love.

Have mercy, O Lord, have mercy on those who seek thy mercy; give grace to the needy; make us so to love, that we may be found worthy to enjoy the fruition of thy grace, and that we may attain to eternal life.


(from The Oxford Book of Prayer, no. 365 Oxford University Press, 2009. pg 111- 112)

Our Grace Family

Celebrating Our Queen Bee!!

Dear Grace Family,
I want to say thank you for an incredible send off. Your outpouring of love and generosity was deeply felt and appreciated. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such incredible people.
Special thanks to Rosalyn Ward and Cindy Reifsnyder along with their amazing crew for all their hard work – they sure know how to throw a party!
I would also like to thank the “Jelly Dancers” as their performance was quite memorable. I have been blessed to work with an awesome, dedicated, and talented staff and I will miss our day to day interactions.
Most importantly I would like to thank Pastor Verkouw for giving me the opportunity to serve God’s people in a way that has been the joy of my life.
In my retirement, I look forward to where God calls me to serve in our shared ministry here at Grace.
See you on Sunday!
In his love,