Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 31

Musical Notes

Simple Gifts

“When in our music God is glorified…” Performing at Grace Lutheran Church for the first concert of the 2014 Concert Series are two women playing twelve instruments.  Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon perform styles that range from old time to Celtic to Klezmer and beyond.  Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the …

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Dec 30

What did I get for Christmas again?

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It’s been about a week since all the presents have been unwrapped, and you’re finally getting around to cleaning up the last few scraps of wrapping paper, finding a place for boxes, and putting everything you received away. Without fail, there is that one present that you pick up, and though it’s only a week …

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Dec 29

125 Teddy Bears Collected for Ronald McDonald House

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Grace continued their tradition of collecting teddy bears for the Christmas season. Church members started bringing in the teddy bears at the beginning of November, and 125 were sent out in time for Christmas to Hershey’s Ronald McDonald House. The teddy bears are promised to the siblings of the ill children at Penn State Hershey …

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Dec 29

Bell Choir

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The bell choir is reorganizing and practices are every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  People are needed to complete the full scale of bells.  Anyone interested in learning to play is asked to contact Cindy Strobeck at 244-0075.  The only thing you need to know is how to count and to be able to swing your …

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Dec 28

Food Pantry Ministry

Even though the routine rarely varies, sometimes, SOMETIMES, we get a big surprise! Last week, a young man came into the church office with an amazing story. Several years ago he was down on his luck and needed food. Grace Lutheran Food Pantry helped him. Over the years, he remembered the kindness he received at our church and when things improved in his life, he wanted to show his gratitude. He quietly handed Pastor Bill a check for… (commercial break! No, actually, click to read the whole story… LOL)

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Dec 28

The “Noisy Offering” end of Year Report

We have the final numbers for what our congregation has generously donated in 2013 to the “Noisy Offering” the first Sunday of each month. As reported earlier this year, the money goes towards the Konde Diocese. Over the years our synod has sent money to Konde Diocese in Tanzania, Africa for medical supplies, educational and …

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