May 23 - 30, 2023
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What's Going On At Grace

+May 28 - Pentecost (wear red Sunday), Confirmation Sunday
+May 29 - Church Office Closed in observance of Memorial Day
+June 18-25 - Family Promise Week

Many of these events have more details in other sections. This section is updated each week, so keep checking in. You can also see the full church calendar HERE.
This Sunday, May 28 is Pentecost Sunday

On Pentecost, we celebrate that we have been given an Advocate to accompany us. Poured out in wind and fire, water, wine, and bread, the Holy Spirit abides in and among us. We invite you to wear red, orange, or yellow to remind us of the fire of the spirit.
Grace Endowment Fund - Thank you!

The Endowment Committee would like to thank all of the congregation members who contributed to the Endowment Fund in 2022. A total of $21,100.37 was contributed to help grow the fund. Thank you!

While the Endowment Fund is required to maintain a local account, most of the funds are invested with the ELCA Endowment Fund Pooled Trust. As of the end of the first quarter of 2023, Grace had $131,915.04 invested in the fund. Based in large part upon this congregation’s contributions, we invested an additional $36,000.00 earlier this month.

Over the past several weeks, you have been reading about the various grants the Endowment has funded over the last year. Do you know where the money for these grants come from? Well, it DOES NOT come from the principal we have invested in the ELCA fund.

Based on the amount of money we have invested in the Fund, we receive quarterly dividends from the fund. For 2022, we received $4,681.06 in dividends that can be used for grants in 2023. The more money that is invested in the fund, the higher dividends we receive. Your contributions have a direct effect on the ability of the Endowment to fund projects that further our ministry.

Thank you for your support of the Grace Endowment Fund!
THIS Thursday, May 25!
We will be back in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and bingo. Please look around your house and see what you have to wrap up for a bingo prize and bring it with you to add to the prize table. No need to go buy anything new, we have a fun time regifting our useless treasures. We will meet at 11:30 am, lunch at noon followed by many games of Bingo. Please RSVP if you can make it by May 23. Contact information: Annie Laurie Wheat cell phone 803 517-0626 or email at

Also mark your calendar for June 22, 2023 for our Amazing Grace Event to help celebrate 100 years of Grace Lutheran Church.  
Race & Reconciliation Rock Hill - Thursday, May 25 at 7pm

Judy Fry, a member of Grace, will be going on a mission trip to Tanzania with the SC Synod this July. If you would like to donate to Judy's trip, click HERE for online giving or send a check to Grace (please write Judy/Tanzania on the memo line). Donations are needed by May 29.
Click HERE for more information about the trip.
100 Connections

"I met Ms. Diamond on a 2nd grade field trip to Discovery Place" - Justin

"I was at our neighborhood's monthly Bunco game night and met Ashley. She mentioned her daughter went to Winthrop so I told her about Grace's Campus Ministry." - Traci

"Madelynne & I sat next to Charlie at the Miranda Sings show in Charlotte in March. They were sweet and nervous to be there alone. They travelled from Chicago to see the show! We gave them some fun suggestions for restaurants and places to visit in Charlotte. Loved sharing stories of our mutual admiration for Colleen Ballinger’s comedic talents as Miranda." - Lori

We are constantly making connections in our lives - as part of our 100th anniversary, we are making at least 100 new connections as a congregation! To share a connection you've made, please click HERE!
Members and friends, we are saddened to inform you of a death in our congregation:

Kay Lynes

Kay died on Monday, May 15, at home with her family.

In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, we entrust Kay to God.
Our sympathy and prayers enfold her family, especially her nephew, Larry, niece Lynn, and stepchildren.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel on Monday, May 22.

You can view Kay's obituary HERE.
This month, we'll be highlighting Mental Health. Mental illness affects millions of people and it's important to talk about mental health!

Traci Quinn shares with us ways to support loved ones experiencing sadness and depression.

Help for a loved one who is sad or depressed
When someone you care about is sad or depressed, offering advice may be something you do with only good intentions in mind. It can be hard to find helpful words to say, and important that what you convey is helpful and supportive, rather than minimizing their feelings. Be mindful that the words you say can make a different and be careful that your words are not doing more harm than good. Here are some tips:
Understanding sadness vs. depression
A person experiencing sadness can usually find some relief from crying, venting, or talking out frustrations. Often, sadness is related to a specific trigger such as stress at work or school, or loss of a job or a loved one. Sadness usually passes with time, but if it lasts more than two weeks and does not pass, or if the person becomes unable to resume normal function, this could be a sign of depression.

If low mood gets worse or lasts longer than 2 weeks, the person should talk to their doctor and may need medication, therapy, or both. However, if their depressive symptoms and thoughts become hopelessness, feeling they have no reason to live, or expressing thoughts of suicide, a prevention hotline can help. During a crisis, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 988. For people who are hard of hearing, they can use their preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

-Traci Quinn, MSW, LCSW
Grace Member / Friend Memories
One of the ways we will be celebrating the rich history of Grace this year is to hear about its impact on the lives of its

These do not need to be very long - even a single paragraph would be fine. Simply share with us your perspective, the way your story and Grace's story came together, and we will publish these remembrances in these Grace Notes publications throughout the year.
Email your memories to
Centennial Temple Talks

As a part of Grace's 100th Anniversary Celebration, we will share a Temple Talk highlighting Grace's history through the decades on the first Sunday of each month, from March through December.

Click on the buttons to read our Temple Talks, about Grace in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s.
Two weeks ago, we shared a special enews with details about our 2022 and 2023 Grace Outreach Grant Partners!

If you missed it, click HERE to see all kinds of great things that have happened and that are coming up!

Pictured: The Life House Women's Shelter receiving their 2023 partnership grant
Palmetto Community Health Care (previously York County Free Clinic) has volunteer opportunities! Click HERE to learn more.

Comments from current volunteers: “I enjoy the work because it allows me to help people who cannot access healthcare for their chronic conditions;” and, “I believe that we are all called to serve our community in whatever way we can and it is my privilege to do so. It gives me a good feeling knowing that we are able to help those who need it and to do it in a dignified manner.”
Biggest needs this week at HOPE:
Coffee, Baby Finger Foods (Puffs Cereal Snacks, Yogurt Melts, GoGo Squeez), Corn, Rice, Pasta, Peanut Butter

You can drop items off in the bin located outside the church offices and a volunteer will take them over to HOPE. Please only place non-perishable items in the bin!
Congregation Connections
The Sanctuary Candle for the month of May is given by Elisa and Ron Gordon to the Glory of God and in memory of my parents, Rev. Charles and Jean Mertz.

The Altar Flowers for May 28 are given by Louise and Eric Schmidt in celebration of our 64th anniversary.
Click HERE for the current Worship Assistant Schedule.
Click HERE to sign up to sponsor Altar Flowers.
Lose something at church? Check out the lost and found in the Fellowship Hall. Don't see your item? Contact the church office.
Offering Our Gifts to God

Your gifts to Grace allow our ministry to happen! You can give in several ways:

  • Give via the offering plate in worship
  • Give online by clicking HERE (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!
Click HERE for the April Treasurer's Report
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.
Stay connected! Click on the links below!
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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

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