E-Notes for July 18, 2017


Grace sermons now available on the Web – Due to a malfunction in Grace’s website, new sermon content is not posting consistently.  So, to read recent sermons, visit our blog at: sermonsofgrace.wordpress.com .  A new website is in the planning stages – more information will be forthcoming in the fall.

New Executive Team appointed for 2017-18 – Congratulations to Grace Lutheran Church’s 2017-2018 Executive Team, as elected by the Church Council in early July: President—Peter Forster; Vice President—Sally   Keiser-Bankert; Secretary—Ellen Campbell; Treasurer (reappointment)—Gary Stroschein.  Thank you for your leadership and service to our church.

Summer Health Breaks continue – During the summer months we offer a series of speakers on health-related topics from 9-10 am on Sundays in the Fireside Room.  Everyone is welcome!

  • July 23 – The Kiwanis: Blueberries and More – Kathryn Mackes
  • July 30 – Stream Health – Susan Buda, Aquatic Ecologist
  • August 6 – Why Would You Consider Massage or Craniosacral Therapy? Beth Shafranko, Licensed Massage Therapist
  • August 13 – The Scraps and Skeins Story: Rescue, Reuse and Relationships 

Garden of Readin’ July reading July 18 – The July selection for the Garden of Readin’ is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.   This is the selection of Joyce Snider and she will be facilitating the discussions Tuesday, July 18 at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm in Fireside.

Women’s breakfast prayer group July 20 – All women are welcome to come to the breakfast prayer group meeting on Thursday, July 20, at 7 am at the Waffle Shop North.  We hope to see you there!

Grace Lutheran Church polo shirts ($25) to benefit our youth – Check out the mannequin in the Narthex to see a colorful shirt with our church logo, available for purchase to benefit youth who will attend the National Youth Gathering. Order forms are next to the mannequin with color swatches.  Fill out a form and drop it off in the church office.  Checks should be made payable to “Grace Lutheran Church”.

Intergenerational Sunday School continues through September 3 – We are offering an Intergenerational Sunday School experience during the summer months when standard Sunday School is on break. This takes place at 9:00am each Sunday in Harkins Hall. We will be using An Illustrated Earth: Celebrating God’s Creation to explore creation and stewardship. Come to one or come to all sessions! When a child is baptized we all promise to support them in their life of faith – this is an opportunity for us to do so together!

Grace seeks new adult choir director – After many years of service to our church, Jan Mianulli, the director of our adult choir, has decided to retire.  We thank her for her years of service to our church.  As a result, Grace Lutheran Church is seeking an adult choir director with experience in choral directing and selecting traditional music based on a liturgical calendar. If you are qualified and interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner, State College, PA 16801 or lsanders@glcpa.org by August 10.

Let’s help a refugee family – Mohammad is already in Germany.  He is desperately trying to get his wife and two children from a refugee camp in Damascus, Syria to Berlin.

The German nonprofit organization, Syrian Refugee Sponsors, is raising money for Mohammad’s family and Grace will help via our membership in The Centre County Refugee Welcome Committee.  A Bucket Collection is scheduled for August 6 after each service.  Because of folks going on vacation, donations will be accepted via the offering plate through that date.  Make checks out to Grace Lutheran Church with ‘Syrian Refugee’ on the memo line.

Grace garden giveaway – The Grace Garden Giveaway is up and running again!  Visit the table in the Garner Street area of the narthex on Sundays if you have vegetables, fruits or flowers you cannot use.  Also, feel free to take any produce that has been donated.  This is not an exchange. You don’t have to give anything to take something.  The produce is free to all!

Fill a Backpack for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) – When you buy school supplies, consider buying extra to help fill school kits for Lutheran World Relief.  Middle and high school students will fill LWR kits as a fall mission project.  Needs include: 70-sheet notebooks of 8 x 10 ½” wide or college-ruled paper (no loose paper); rulers with centimeters OR centimeters on one side and inches on the other; pencil sharpeners; blunt scissors; unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; five black or blue ballpoint pens; boxes of 16 or 24 crayons; and 2 ½” erasers.  Please drop off your donation in the Upper Commons in the designated basket.  Thanks for your support!

Time & Talent Silent Auction – It is not too early to start thinking about your contribution to the Time and Talent Silent Auction to benefit the 2017 CROP Walk.  What might you create or what service might you offer?  Gift certificates to local businesses are also appreciated. The auction will run from Sunday October 8 through Sunday October 15. Contact Jim (jimxc8@gmail.com) or Ellen Campbell (elncamp@gmail.com) with any questions


Note:  Super Wednesday meals and activities will resume on September 13.


Grace Notes – Please click these links for an electronic copy of June-July Grace Notes and the June-July Grace Notes Calendar.  If you wish to stop receiving the hard copy of Grace Notes, please e-mail Sharon Schultz at sschultz@glcpa.org.

Offering – automatic withdrawal – If you are interested in having your offering come out of your bank account the first business day each month please click Electronic Giving Form for the form.  Once you have completed the form, you may return it to the church office to the attention of Sharon Schultz.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact Sharon at sschultz@glcpa.org.

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Note:  Submissions about upcoming church-related events can be sent to lsanders@glcpa.org for consideration in future editions of E-Notes.