April 12 - 19, 2022
For Worship services please visit our YouTube channel.
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Thursday, April 14 - Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 pm
Friday, April 15 - Good Friday service at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 17 - Easter Sunday services at 7:00 am, 9:00 am & 11:00 am

On Easter morning, you are invited to bring flowers to decorate the cross. Parish Life will be serving light refreshments between services, and we hope you'll join us for fellowship at those times!
There are 7 lilies remaining to be sponsored!
Lilies will be placed in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday services. We have a limited number of lilies available to purchase. If you would like to sponsor a lily in memory of or in honor of someone, please click HERE. Lilies are $9 each. Please contact the church office with any questions. Orders are needed by tomorrow.
Easter Sunday Worship Assistants Needed!
Click HERE for the worship assistant schedules for Easter Sunday.

We still have several openings for Easter Sunday. Contact the church office if you would be willing to serve.
Thank you for leading us in worship in this way!
Our new front doors are in!
Last year, we committed to replacing our historic, and aging, front doors with safer, sturdier doors that still complemented the architecture of our building.

This past week, those new, custom built doors were installed! We are excited to welcome many more people through these doors in the years to come, and we give thanks for your support that made this improvement possible!

We especially thank Kathy Schwandt, Karen Warmoth, and Nora Sliney for their work in making this door project possible.

Here are some photos of the before, during, and after of this exciting project.
Before: These doors are, we believe, the original set, making them nearly 100 years old! They have served us well, but the hardware mechanisms were beginning to fail and the wear of a century of use and weather was visible.
Before: From the inside, you can see the outside! As the wood aged, it began to shrink, and crevices appeared between the bead boards. Light also shone between and under the doors.

While it was a bit comical to see through wooden doors, this wasn't great for keeping the weather out! Additionally, these doors swung inward, which was a safety hazard.

We have kept these historic doors and hardware for a future (yet to be determined) purpose.
During: The old doors were removed and the new doors were fitted to the archway - the fitting took hours!
For a short time, there was even MORE sunlight visible through the doors!
After: The doors now swing safely outward and hook onto hinges to stay open when needed.
After: These doors are 2 inch white oak, which should stand sturdy for at least 75 years! The detail work is carved on the surface, so panels won't shrink apart in years to come.

The non-handle door uses sliding surface locks on top and bottom, which are much more durable than in-door floor and ceiling locks.
After: Our front doors are the same bright red they've always been!

The hardware, while not an exact match to the former doors, echoes the previous style, and will only become more beautiful with wear. The lever handles themselves, inside and outside, should be much more accessible.

These new doors are more than a physical upgrade. They are a visual reminder of our commitment to welcoming God's people to Grace!
Thank you again for your generosity and support which allowed us to make this physical improvement. These doors will welcome God's people for decades!
Get to know our new members!

Welcome Nancy Meyer

Click HERE to learn more about Nancy.

Welcome Josh LeClerg

Click HERE to learn more about Josh.

2022 Lenten Soup Recipes Cookbooklet

Our Lenten Soup suppers were outstanding! The fellowship, table discussions with thoughtful guidance, and the SOUPS! It was delightful to see everyone peruse the line to see “Which soup am I going to have first!” Indeed, many had seconds and possibly thirds! It was so wonderful to enjoy the Lenten soup suppers together, again. We shared soup prior to the central purpose of the evening, the Lenten Worship with Holden Evening Prayer: a time of silence, hearing the Gospel read, and singing.

We are so thankful to all the committee members that contributed their soups, bread, and tea!

Let’s share these wonderful soup recipes! We'd like to make a Grace Lenten Soup Cookbooklet! This will be an “in-house” production, a free mini-cookbook dedicated to the soups we've loved and the connections we've shared this season.
If you provided soup this year, please send your recipe to Frances Stockley by clicking here. If you have a short story/ description/ comment to share about your soup, we'd love to include it. If you prefer, leave a paper copy in the Stewardship box at church.

Questions? Call Frances at 864-326-6587. Deadline to submit is April 30th. Our goal is to have it available by end of May!
Please mark your calendars for Thursday April 28, 2022. We will be in the Grace Fellowship Hall for our next event. We will gather at 11:30 am and have lunch at noon. Come and enjoy a salad and sandwich bar buffet of treats and a visit from the folks who run the Hope Food Pantry with a small army of volunteers that include a number of Grace friends. 
Gordon Bell with his wife (Sally) and daughter (Rachel) will share with us the inner workings of the services that help food insecure families in Rock Hill. I think you will find their presentation informative and heartfelt. 
We will also be treated to another round of music and singing with Monty Bennett and hopefully another slice of his homemade pound cake. 

If you have any questions or want to reserve your seat for April 28, please give Annie Laurie a call (803) 517-0626 (cell) or (803) 980-1834 (home phone) or email by April 26.
See you soon! Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Grace Outreach Partnership 2022 Grant Recipients

Grace Outreach Partnership Grant Recipients were announced on Thursday!

We are glad to be partnering with
+York County Free Clinic
+Bethel Men's Shelter
+Life House Women's Shelter

Click HERE to see the special e-news with details!

An invitation from The Life House Women’s Shelter
We are excited for our partnership with Grace! We would like to extend an invitation for Grace’s members to come join us for a tour of The Shelter at 314 N. Wilson Street, Rock Hill, on Thursday April 21st at 1 pm. We look forward to seeing you and for a dynamic partnership this year.
Bethel Men's Shelter has volunteer positions available for you to sign up for now! If you'd like to learn more about these positions, and/or would like to sign up, please click HERE.
We give thanks for the many ways our congregation uses gifts and talents to the glory of God!

Click HERE to learn about some of our members who have been giving of their time and talents lately.
Going to Camp? Thinking about it?
We have scholarships available!

ELCA Summer Camp is an awesome way to spend a week forming faith, meeting friends, and spending time in creation! We have scholarship funds available to help you go to an ELCA camp!

If you'd like to apply for a scholarship, click here for the application form, and then submit it to Pr. Rachel.

If you'd like to explore local camp opportunities, click here to visit the NovusWay website. Pr. Rachel would also be glad to talk with you to find the right program!
As the war against Ukraine continues, many of us are asking "What can we do?" Lutheran Disaster Response, an ELCA organization which coordinates with other crisis response groups, invites us to consider some options. Click HERE to read more and to give to the Eastern Europe Crisis Response.
Volunteer at HOPE

Volunteers needed Monday through Thursday mornings
(or Tuesdays at 6:00 pm). Call Rachel Bell, Volunteer Coordinator at (803) 493-5840 or Grace’s HOPE liaison, Ron Hartman, at (330) 620-4711 for more information.
Needs for this week:

+ CEREAL (biggest need) + Canned Beans, Baked Beans, Canned Corn
+ Jelly + Pancake Mix & Syrup + Spaghetti Sauce + Individual snack packs + Condiments + Coffee (Instant & Ground) + Dog food & Cat food
+ Body wash & Shampoo + Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
+ Toilet paper + Feminine Hygiene Products

You can drop items off in the bin located outside the church offices when you're in the building, and a volunteer will take them over to HOPE. Please only place non-perishable items in the bin!
Lose something at church? We have several items in our lost and found located at the Grace front desk outside the offices.
Worship Assistant Schedule

Click HERE for the April - June Worship Assistant Schedule.

Don't see your name? Want to join the rotation? Email the church office today!
2022 Altar Flower Sign-Up

There are many open dates to sponsor Altar Flowers.The cost is $45.00 for one (1) or $90.00 for both (2) vases. Click HERE to sign up. Contact the Church office with any questions.
Congregation Connections
The Sanctuary candle for the month of April is given by Pat & Bill Yoos in memory of our departed grandsons, Andrew and Aiden Frank.

The Altar Flowers for April 17 are given by Ruth and Bob Wasserman to the Glory of God.

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 (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 March Treasurer's Report
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.
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.
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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

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