Grace News March 14, 2023


Offering Envelopes

Last week, many of you communicated that your monthly packet of offering envelopes had still not arrived in your mail. We have investigated with our vendor, who confirms that they were mailed on time, which reflects a problem with the post office in Ohio getting them out, or the Lancaster post office getting them in! 

We will never know, but…this incident does make us wonder how our envelope system is working. As technology changes and we adapt, many of us are making regular and one-time gifts to Grace online. We will be taking a closer look at our various stewardship resources, but since the mailed envelopes are not necessarily cheap – about $30/year for each household – if you’re not using them, it’s a waste of money.

Please do let us know if you don’t wish to receive the envelopes because you are finding other ways to give to Grace. You can e-mail Angie at or call the church office. 

Thanks so much for all of your faithful support of our ministries – no matter how it comes or what form it comes in!

Easter Flowers

Easter flower orders are due in the office by the end of the day on Thursday, March 23. The cost is $10 per plant. If you are not picking your plant up after the second service on Easter Sunday please call the church office to make other arrangements.


Little Free Library

We need books for our Little Free Library! If you have books to donate please leave them at the collection area in the Nolt Auditorium or drop them off at the church office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9-4.  You can also leave them in the Little Free Library!

Christian Formation

Tapestry of Pages Reminder

Our next book is Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. This YA thriller is a Reese’s YA Book Club pick, a Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time selection,  a Printz Medal winner, a Morris Medal winner, an American Indian Youth Literature Award YA Honor Book, and a New York Times bestseller. The story focuses on an Ojibwe teenager, Daunis Fontaine, who fights against corruption in her community. Boulley is an Ojibwe storyteller. She is the former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S Department of Education. Please note that this book contains drug and alcohol addition, both of which are very real problems for indigenous communities in the United States. NPR did a wonderful review of the book

We will meet to discuss the novel on Monday, March  20 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to join our group please email Angie Rabbe at gracechurch5

Our Grace Family

Dear Members of Grace,

We give thanks for the life and witness of Anna Klahr, who died on March 7th. She was the mother of Grace member Karen Payonk. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Karen, Chris, and their family and friends.