Grace Lutheran Hatfield https://gracelutheranhatfield.org Grace Lutheran Church, Hatfield, Pa. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 18:41:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Stepping Stones now has Keystone Stars Star 2 Status https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/stepping-stones-now-has-keystone-stars-star-2-status/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stepping-stones-now-has-keystone-stars-star-2-status https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/stepping-stones-now-has-keystone-stars-star-2-status/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 18:41:01 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=6083 We have had an AMAZING September here at Stepping Stones!  We passed out inspection with flying colors, are adding new children to our roster every week, and, perhaps most excitingly, after 7 months of hard work throughout the whole school Stepping Stones Nursery School and Daycare was awarded a Keystone Stars Star 2 status as of Thursday, September 17th!  Keystone Stars represents…

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We have had an AMAZING September here at Stepping Stones!  We passed out inspection with flying colors, are adding new children to our roster every week, and, perhaps most excitingly, after 7 months of hard work throughout the whole school Stepping Stones Nursery School and Daycare was awarded a Keystone Stars Star 2 status as of Thursday, September 17th!  Keystone Stars represents quality care for children and adding stars to your school is not only a feather in our cap, but also helps with enrollment, and helps the children, parents, and teachers have access to materials they need!  We are very proud of our Star 2 and are incredibly grateful to Grace Lutheran Church and to the CARES team for all their hard work they put in to make it so this could be possible! We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the rest of Fall!

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Inside Worship on August 16 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/inside-worship-on-august-16/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inside-worship-on-august-16 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/inside-worship-on-august-16/#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2020 20:45:24 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5998 With the chance of rain going up every time we look at the forecast, we have made a decision not to take a chance and be nice and dry tomorrow. So we will be worshiping inside tomorrow at 9:15 am.   Please be sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing.

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With the chance of rain going up every time we look at the forecast, we have made a decision not to take a chance and be nice and dry tomorrow. So we will be worshiping inside tomorrow at 9:15 am.   Please be sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing.

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August 2 Worship – Inside! https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/august-2-worship-inside/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=august-2-worship-inside https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/august-2-worship-inside/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 19:43:39 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5963 Due to the 50-60% chance of thunderstorms during service time tomorrow, we will be having our service inside. Please be sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing.  See you tomorrow!

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Due to the 50-60% chance of thunderstorms during service time tomorrow, we will be having our service inside. Please be sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing.  See you tomorrow!

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July 19th Worship https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/july-19th-worship/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=july-19th-worship https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/july-19th-worship/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 21:35:02 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5934 Dear Grace Family, In view of the pending excessive heat advisory, and with the difficulty of being able to determine this evening how soon the heat will arrive on Sunday earlier in the day, we are choosing to err on the side of caution, and to move us indoors tomorrow to worship. We do understand that 2/3rds of members earlier polled expressed…

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Dear Grace Family,

In view of the pending excessive heat advisory, and with the difficulty of being able to determine this evening how soon the heat will arrive on Sunday earlier in the day, we are choosing to err on the side of caution, and to move us indoors tomorrow to worship.

We do understand that 2/3rds of members earlier polled expressed feeling safer outdoors.  We intend to be outdoors at least for the remainder of the summer, as long as the weather allows us to do so.

We appreciate your working with us, as we attempt to provide worship as safely as possible.

For those who heard the Governor’s order earlier this week restricting indoor gatherings to less than 25 people in the wake of rising Covid infections, in the news conference both he and Dr. Levine confirmed that these restrictions relate to restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and do not apply to religious institutions.  See the link below:

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/new-pa-coronavirus-restrictions-related-to-indoor-capacities-does-not-apply-to-religious-institutions-wolf.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=pennlive_sf&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1gPEgzxx2_uB56bPonp4nCGUWk2_2kumRLwNhZbOXli8EMlGytv8sTzuc

In worship tomorrow, we gather the joys members shared last week into prayers of gratitude to praise and thank God for carrying us this far through a very difficult time.  If you are not able to be with us in person, I invite you to pray with us.

God’s richest blessings to you and your family.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Janet S. Peterman

Interim Pastor

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Ordination of Women – 50th Anniversary https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/ordination-of-women-50th-anniversary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ordination-of-women-50th-anniversary https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/ordination-of-women-50th-anniversary/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:53:53 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5894 Today Marks 50 Years! From Presiding Bishop Eaton: Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1970, the Lutheran Church in America voted to change the word “man” to “person” in its bylaws and opened the door for the ordination of women. The church was led by the Spirit to change. Fifty years later we celebrate the anniversary as a whole church. In recognition…

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Today Marks 50 Years!

From Presiding Bishop Eaton:

Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1970, the Lutheran Church in America voted to change the word “man” to “person” in its bylaws and opened the door for the ordination of women. The church was led by the Spirit to change. Fifty years later we celebrate the anniversary as a whole church.

In recognition of this 50th anniversary on June 29th, I invite you to express gratitude to a pastor who is a woman for how she has influenced your life. It could be by letter or email, or by other means. If you post on social media, please use the hashtag #thankyoupastor.

If you would like more resources for celebrating this year, go to elca.org/50yearsofordainedwomen, which has an adult forum, Bible Study, video, and worship materials.

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Feeding and Being Fed https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/feeding-and-being-fed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feeding-and-being-fed https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/feeding-and-being-fed/#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 18:57:52 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5804 A member of Grace who has been making sandwiches remarked on how important it has been for her to have something to do in these weeks.  She has food and shelter and everything she and her family need.  She’s discovered that by responding to the basic need of providing food for someone who does not know where his or her next meal…

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A member of Grace who has been making sandwiches remarked on how important it has been for her to have something to do in these weeks.  She has food and shelter and everything she and her family need.  She’s discovered that by responding to the basic need of providing food for someone who does not know where his or her next meal is coming from also feeds something important in her.

We feed and are fed.

This week Grace gathered 2,191 sandwiches which was enough for distribution on THREE days.  Of that, Grace people made 43% of those sandwiches.  But by our example, we have gathered into a sandwich-making coalition 13 congregations, 3 food cupboards, a non-profit, and a crew of individuals.  Mighty Grace!  Thanks be to God!  It begins so simply:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The apostle Paul shows us that giving and receiving are tied together in this way:

10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. 11Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress. [Philippians 4]

It may be more comfortable for many of us to give, but it is blessed to be able both to give and to receive.

All I have needed, O LORD, thy hand hath provided!

PBJ Sandwich Production

 

PBJ Sandwitch Collection

 

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We Have Palm! And Outreach Opportunities https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/we-have-palm-and-outreach-opportunities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=we-have-palm-and-outreach-opportunities https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/we-have-palm-and-outreach-opportunities/#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 14:50:47 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5670 We can’t have our usual Palm Sunday procession, there’s no parade, but we do have palm for you!  Come and get it!  The palm will be out in a display in front of the Stepping Stones entrance under the portico – rain or shine – by 8 am on Sunday morning, Palm-Passion Sunday, Sunday, April 5th.  Take a piece for yourself and…

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We can’t have our usual Palm Sunday procession, there’s no parade, but we do have palm for you!  Come and get it!  The palm will be out in a display in front of the Stepping Stones entrance under the portico – rain or shine – by 8 am on Sunday morning, Palm-Passion Sunday, Sunday, April 5th.  Take a piece for yourself and someone else who might be blessed by it.  Some palm crosses have been made for you, and Easter floral crosses.  Copies of The Word in Season will also be available on the table.  (self-serve)

Reaching out to Help

Liana Murphy, a member of the congregation who has time on her hands right now, is working with some friends to sew face masks.  She invites others at Grace to join her.

You can help by donating fabric (100% cotton only) or by sewing some yourselves.  These masks are washable/ reusable and are needed in so many places!  They require just fabric and ¼” elastic and are simple to construct.  Contact Liana for more information or to join her in this effort. 

By Sunday morning, 4/5, we will have a 3rd bin at our entrance.  Use it to donate fabric or to put your completed masks in.

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Spring Stitch-In Cancelled https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/spring-stitch-in-cancelled/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spring-stitch-in-cancelled https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/spring-stitch-in-cancelled/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:58:30 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5625 The Stitch In at Grace on March 28 has been canceled for the spring.  All monies will be refunded.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.

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The Stitch In at Grace on March 28 has been canceled for the spring.  All monies will be refunded.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.

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Daily Dial-a-Prayer begun… Would you like to join us this evening? https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/daily-dial-a-prayer-begun-would-you-like-to-join-us-this-evening/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=daily-dial-a-prayer-begun-would-you-like-to-join-us-this-evening https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/daily-dial-a-prayer-begun-would-you-like-to-join-us-this-evening/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:14:25 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5605 Dear Members and Friends of Grace, Last night 3 of us began a new tradition at Grace:  we called in for prayer. It wasn’t quite the same as being with each other face-to-face, but it didn’t take long until we felt the presence of Christ, the reassuring presence of each other as we heard Psalm 139, shared a bit with each other,…

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Dear Members and Friends of Grace,

Last night 3 of us began a new tradition at Grace:  we called in for prayer.

It wasn’t quite the same as being with each other face-to-face, but it didn’t take long until we felt the presence of Christ, the reassuring presence of each other as we heard Psalm 139, shared a bit with each other, and lifted our prayers before God.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, promised Jesus, there am I in the midst of them!

Matthew 18:20

There’s space for you:  a space of Grace!

It won’t always be the same ones of us, but Grace is alive and well, even though we can’t publicly gather at 40 N. Main Street right now.  We invite you to call for prayer tonight, or some evening soon:

Here’s how:

At 7 pm, dial in at 515-604-9737

When asked for the access number, it is 306-742

A prayer host will lead.  It lasts as long as it needs to, but not so long.

We invite you.

Peace to you in these difficult times.

Pr Janet S. Peterman

Interim Pastor

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Grace Council Plan to Help Stop Spread of Virus, Suspends Worship for 2 weeks https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/grace-council-plan-to-help-stop-spread-of-virus-suspends-worship-for-2-weeks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grace-council-plan-to-help-stop-spread-of-virus-suspends-worship-for-2-weeks https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/grace-council-plan-to-help-stop-spread-of-virus-suspends-worship-for-2-weeks/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 23:56:49 +0000 https://gracelutheranhatfield.org/?p=5588 Dear Friends at Grace, The Lord be with you! The Lord is with us! We have decided to close all public gatherings at Grace for two weeks, starting today, Friday, March 13th.  This includes worship on Sundays, March 15th and 22nd and the mid-week community Lenten service on Wednesday, March 18th  and our participation in the community Lenten service on March 25th. …

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Dear Friends at Grace,

The Lord be with you!

The Lord is with us!

We have decided to close all public gatherings at Grace for two weeks, starting today, Friday, March 13th.  This includes worship on Sundays, March 15th and 22nd and the mid-week community Lenten service on Wednesday, March 18th  and our participation in the community Lenten service on March 25th.  (We will provide a means to forward our offerings to the Hatfield Pastors’ Fund when we get back together.)  Stepping Stones is required to close during this time by the order of Governor Wolf.

Governor Wolf’s order yesterday that all gatherings of more than 250 people and all non-essential businesses close for 2 weeks, effective today, March 13th, was given in an effort to flatten the curve of the spread of the number of cases of infection of Covid-19.

We have decided it is the wisest course of action, for the sake of all who might be at risk both within Grace and all of our contacts within our wider community to take this more proactive course of action. Because the virus spreads exponentially, overwhelming health care facilities when it is not checked, we would like to contribute to the slowing of the virus as much as possible.  How horrible to think of doctors and nurses at Grand View having to decide which people in our community would be worthy of receiving ventilator care, or not!

Individual staff members may be at work in the building, if they have no signs of illness.  Stepping Stones staff will be given the option (it is voluntary) to come in to do a deep cleaning of all of their spaces, including Fellowship Hall.  We’ll address cleaning in other areas of the building, as well.

As we discussed these actions with each other before Peggy and I made the decision to suspend worship, a Council member remarked that we need church now more than ever!

Yes!  It will be awkward not being able to gather together for worship in these weeks.  But we will not stop being the church, just because we cannot see each other face-to-face for worship.  We are planning several outreach efforts to stay connected to each other, and to do what Grace does so well – to care for each other in times of need.

Watch for our Facebook posts, if you are on Facebook, and let us know if you need any kind of assistance or are able to provide any assistance to someone who needs it.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

     whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

     of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1-2

May God bless our efforts to contribute toward the health and strength of our community.  God bless your health and strength!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Janet S. Peterman                                             Peggy Schmidt

Interim Pastor                                                                 Council President

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