August News letter

Grace United Methodist Church
NEWSLETTER:  August 2020
 
In-Person Worship Service ~ In light of the Governor’s recent scale-back to less than 25 persons allowed at indoor gatherings, which caused us to postpone our return to in-person worship on July 19th, we have decided to gather for an outdoor worship service at 10am on Sunday, Aug. 9th, under our church pavilion.  All are welcome to attend.  Please remember to wear your masks, and bring your favorite lawn chair and your desire to praise the Lord. Charlotte Gingrich will be sharing a time of pre-service music beginning at 9:45. The earlier you come, the better your chance of finding a place in the shade!
For those that do not feel comfortable, or are not yet ready to gather in person, our virtual Zoom service will begin at 9:45am, as usual. We look forward to seeing you!
 
Those who are currently facing challenges, or are in need of our ongoing prayers:  
Brad White - traumatic brain injury from fall - showing small signs of improvement
Albert Mauser - Jim’s brother - broken ankle surgery requiring pins and plate
Michael Sharon Weller - Covid positive, hospitalized with infected lymphatic system
Jim Coyle - continued recovery from bad fall
Kara Latshaw - pancreatic cancer
Bradley Deitrich - Health and life challenges 
Colleen Kerber - young mother battling metastatic cancer
Bob Snyder - continuing throat and voice issues, and degenerative disc /back pain
Robin Davis - ongoing intestinal / abdominal issues
Eric Erdman - progressive brain cancer
Cathy Atchison - n-stage kidney disease and other health challenges
George and Sarah McAlanis - ongoing family challenges
Pickle Hepner - ongoing liver cancer treatments
Blanche Nice - ongoing health challenges - back at Premier Nursing Care
The family of Luke Watson, 17, fatally injured in an auto accident
The family of Tyler Laudenslager, 29, killed while assisting at an accident scene
President Donald Trump - for courage and Godly wisdom to lead our country well during these times of multiple national crisis.
 
Offering up our Thanks and Praise !  ~
 Rusty and Jane Hubler  - recently became grandparents again.  Bentley Thomas Hubler was born on July 17th at the Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital.  Proud parents are Jordan Hubler and Samantha Strunge.
Janet Eiswerth - is recovering well from shoulder surgery, but needing prayers for surgery on Aug 19th for a replacement of her previously-replaced, and now fractured, knee joint.
Megan Okafor - recovering from elbow surgery
Diane Nestler - recovering from eye surgery
Laurel Kolva - recovering from foot surgery
Holly Scally - Trish and Bob Snyder’s daughter -  is feeling somewhat better, and awaiting kidney stone surgery
Charles Fulkroad - Adrian’s father - continues to recover from infection
Colleen Messersmith - recovering from throat cancer surgery
 
Thank You’s ~  I would like to say thank you for all the calls, flowers and prayers that were sent during the recent passing of Norm.  What a blessing it is to have a church
family! Thank You!         Marie Messersmith and Family.
 
Farm - to - Table Ministry ~  The Valley Lighthouse in Lykens is partnering with the Pa. Dept. of Agriculture to make food available to area residents. Meat, dairy, and fresh produce are available to those in need, or who could benefit from some additional help.
Please contact Diane Nestler (717) 329-7204 if you, or someone you know, might benefit from this ministry. 

Hearts of Grace / JFY Donations ~ The red carts for HOG /JFY Donations have been placed outside the main entrance doors.  If the church doors are locked, please leave your donations in the carts, and we will make sure that they get inside. Here is what we current are in need of:
Hearts of Grace                                                               Just for You
Peanut Butter and Jelly                                                     Juice boxes
Cans of vegetables, soup, fruit, tuna                             Pop tarts / Cereal
Cereal                                                                                Peanut Butter and Jelly
Pancake Mix and syrup                                                       Snacks
All types of Pasta                                                              Soup
Instant potatoes / potato mixes                                        Mac and cheese

And as always, your monetary donations are always needed to help purchase meats, bread, milk, and some of the items listed above to help fill the boxes.

Upcoming Missions Committee Meeting  -  Thursday, Aug. 13th, at 6:30pm in the Pavilion.
 
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Summer is moving by quickly, and we will soon begin packing OCC shoe boxes. Due to the current restrictions that we are all struggling with, we have decided to limit our scope of collections / donations, and to focus our collections on items for girls this year.
Since Walmart and other stores have begun their summer clearance events, this is a great time to pick up summer clothing, flip flops, summer toys, and school supplies.  Items that we are accepting donations of include toothbrushes (you may buy the packs of 6 for $1 at many stores), small pencil sharpeners, solar powered small calculators, t-shirts or tank tops, summer dresses, shorts, socks, underpants, flip flops, toys, Combs, hair ties, headbands, colorful Band-Aids, fingernail clippers, small coloring books, small dolls, flashlights (with extra batteries), and small blankets for the 2 - 4 yr. old group.
There are bins located both inside and outside the main entrance for you to place your donations in.  Thank you in advance for you continued support of this important ministry.
                                               Cathy Atchison, OCC Collections Coordinator
Egg Project Update
It seems like a long time ago that we were busy mixing and rolling, coating and packaging Easter Eggs. But because of all of your super-duper efforts, we were able to make almost exactly the same amount as last year! And after all the numbers have been crunched, and the remaining supplies donated to organizations that could use them, here is where the remaining proceeds have been designated to be used within our community:
 
Tithe to Grace UMC General Fund to cover production expenses..................$  4,560
Grace UMC Community Needs Fund .......................................................................$  3,000
Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center, Millersburg .......................................................$  2,000
Hearts of Grace Food Pantry ...................................................................................$  1,000
Just For You Weekend Backpack feeding ministry ............................................$  1,000
Millersburg Ferryboat Association .........................................................................$  2,000
Millersburg Community Pool Association ...............................................................$  3,000
Noah’s Crew Preschool ...............................................................................................$  4,000
Grace UMC Capital Expense  Fund...........................................................................$ 25,040
 
Thank you to all who helped support the 2020 Egg Project in any way !
 
If you have praises, prayer requests, announcements or items of interest to share in the September Newsletter, please get them to Jane in the church office before Aug 25th.

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