GRACE NOTES
May 25 - June 1, 2021
RETURNING WITH GRACE

Last Sunday, Council met and discussed health guidelines, recommendations from Committees, and the results from our congregational survey related to our COVID-19 procedures. Thank you to the 120 people who replied to this survey!

Council voted to approve an updated set of procedures for worship and building use at this time. You can click on the "Returning with Grace Plan" button below to read a letter from Pr. Gregg and view the current plan.

We also compiled the results of the survey, and you can review all of those responses by clicking on the "Survey Results" button below.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, care, & support of our congregation & one other as we continue to move forward together!
Growing the Reach of the Gospel
Sanctuary Camera Installed!

One of our 2021 Goals is "Growing the Reach of the Gospel". In 2020, we discovered how vital online worship opportunities are, and we dedicated ourselves to improving our technology to better share God's word in our building and beyond.

This past week, we took a big step in this goal! Our new multi-function camera was installed in the Sanctuary. Previously, we'd been recording worship on an iPhone. This is a major improvement in many ways. This camera, now tucked unobtrusively in the back, can record many angles, as well as zoom in and out, meaning we can focus in on various parts of worship, see much more of the beautiful space in which worship is happening, as well as see the community gathered together. While we're still learning how to use this technology, it's already made a difference - and, there's more to come!

We are so grateful for your support which allowed Grace to make this purchase and to move forward in our goal of Growing the Reach of the Gospel - Thank you!

Below are some of the great camera angles we're now able to use
Council Comments - Sharing Good News!

At the end of every Council meeting, Council members share a 'takeaway' - something they're excited about that's happening at Grace, a place where God is working, which they hope to share with someone in the coming month. Recently, we decided we want to share this good news even more widely, and so, each week in the e-news, a different Council member will share a takeaway with us! Through these stories, we hope you'll see even more of what God is doing at Grace and through each of you!

This week, Kathy Schwandt shares how the people of Grace have made a difference, sharing their time and talent, to create a more welcoming environment in our building.


Click the video image for the
worship service for Pentecost Sunday, May 23.


Click here for the worship guide.
Click the video image for the Children's Sermon
We invite you to "like", comment on, and share these videos!
Each Sunday we continue to worship together online. These services are posted on the Grace Facebook page and on our website.
Sundays with Grace

Our Sunday morning worship and fellowship opportunities are going strong!

Facebook Premiere worship begins at 11am

Facebook Live Coffee Hour starts at noon
Worship Assistants at Grace

Worship Assistants return to in-person worship. If you are interested in leading us with a reading, creed, prayers, serving as a greeter, or usher, please click here to signup. All slots refer to in-person worship services at Grace.

Thank you for being a part of our worship experiences at Grace!

Dear Grace Family, 
 
We are saddened to inform you that Larry Schwandt passed away on May 23, 2021.
 
In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, we entrust Larry to God.
 
Our sympathy and prayers enfold her family, especially his wife, Kathy and their family in this time of grief.
 
We will share his obituary next week; a service is not yet planned.
Race and Reconciliation
Rock Hill
Thursday, May 27 at 7pm

Pastor CT Kirk to discuss the progress made and the work left to be done following Rock Hill's Black Lives Matter march.
Click on the image for more information and the Zoom link.
May Remarks from Our Pastors
In their reports to Council each month, Pastor Gregg and Pastor Rachel conclude with some personal remarks that summarize the most recent period of their leadership here at Grace. Click on the image to read their remarks.
The Stewardship Committee appreciates and recognizes people and groups that are Growing Grace and Planting Seeds in Faith!
 
Click on the image to read the latest recognitions from the Stewardship Committee.
We are partnering with Oakland Avenue Presbyterian (our neighbors across the street) to host a Blood Drive on June 21st!

As the host congregation, we have the opportunity to welcome our community into our space with great hospitality.
In addition to sharing our newly refreshed Fellowship Hall, we can volunteer to do COVID screening at the door, help check people in, staff the snack stations, and sanitize the space between donors. If you'd like to volunteer to help during a shift of the Drive (we have 3 shifts between 2 and 6:30 pm), please contact Pr. Rachel.

If you'd like to give blood, please register by clicking here, searching for the zip code 29730, and scrolling down to June 21st. We hope to donate 42 units of blood, which is a substantial and impactful goal!
A Letter from Bishop Aebischer
Recently, the CDC updated masking guidelines. In this letter, Bishop Aebischer discusses what this means for us as the church and what we might consider as we respond to this news.

Click here to read the Bishop's letter.
Camp is open this summer! If you're interested in going to one of our local ELCA camps this summer, click here to check out the programs and register.

We have scholarship funds available to help pay for camp as well! If you'd like a scholarship application, please contact Pr. Rachel.
Grace Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill is looking for a part-time Youth Director. If you or someone you know might be interested in the position please contact Pastor Joanne Sizoo.
2021 Altar Flower Sign-Up

There are several slots available to sponsor the weekly flowers to honor or in memory of family and friends. Click here to signup. Instructions and information about the flowers are on the signup page.

If you are uncomfortable using the on-line sign-up or do not have access, please contact the Church office (803-324-5295 or parishadmin@gracerockhill.com).
Taking Faith Home carries the previous Sunday's themes throughout the week. These devotions include daily Scripture readings, prayers, hymn suggestions, milestones, conversation starters, service opportunities, and at-home rituals.

Click here for the week of May 23
Click here for the week of May 30
Our Daily Bread Devotionals
If you would like a copy of the June, July, and August devotional, please email the church office.
Men's Bible Study

Join us for conversation about one of the more fascinating books of Scripture: Revelation.

Using an overview written by Max Lucado, we will be talking about some of the themes present in Revelation and how they impact our lives. The group meets Sundays at 9:30 for about an hour. Contact Pr. Gregg to be added to our group.
Congregation Connections
Click the image for
our current
Grace Prayer List
Click the image for
our current
Memorials & Honor Gifts
Click the image
for our
May Birthdays
Click the image
for our
June Birthdays

The Sanctuary Candle for the month of May is given by
Lynne and John Siegel in memory of William J Sliney.

The Altar Flowers for Sunday, May 30 - available

If you would like to sponsor the Altar Flowers please click here.
Covid-19 Information and Updates

Click here for information regarding local sources for the Covid-19 vaccines.
Are you having trouble getting a COVID Vaccine appointment? Contact the church office, we may be able to help!
Offering Our Gifts to God

Part of our worship is offering our gifts to God. You can give in several ways:
  • Give via the offering plate in the Sanctuary
  • Give online by clicking here (and you have the option to offset the cost of giving online)
  • Set up giving though your bank
  • Mail your offering to the church office.
Thank you for continued faithful
giving!
Gifts & Talents Pictures

Our worship has been enhanced by your photos of projects, experiences, and joys - thank you for sharing!

We would love to see more of what you're doing - please send photos to our Video Editor, Craig Allen by clicking here.
Can We Help?
If you are in need of help (of any kind), or simply want to connect, please reach out to the pastors. We want to walk with you.
Please call or email us.
April Giving and Expenses

April Received $56,408
April Expenses $42,049
Budgeted to Spend $57,902

YTD Received $204,223
YTD Expenses $196,731
YTD Budgeted to Spend $231,608
Stay connected! Click on the links below!
In-person activities at
Grace Lutheran Church are beginning again. All in-person activities need to be scheduled in advance at this time.

Please contact the church office if you need to schedule an activity.

We are praying for the health and well-being of our community and world.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730
803.324.5295 www.gracerockhill.com

(740) 312-5774 (Pastor Gregg’s cell)
(864) 230-3816 (Pastor Rachel’s cell)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm