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Youth Coordinator

Rhonda Fisher has been hired as Grace Lutheran’s new Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries. She began her duties on April 22, 2014. Rhonda’s hiring was approved by Grace Administrative Ministries (Executive Board) in consultation with Pastor Rice, Christian Faith and Life Director Marcie Castricone and Bob Sclater, Director of Stewardship Development.

Rhonda has been a congregation member for over three years. She lives in Strasburg with her two sons, graduating senior Josh and seventh grader Noah. Rhonda has served two terms on our Hospitality Ministries Board and has produced the Youth Mission Trip video each summer since 2010. She has assisted with several youth events including retreats, lock-ins and service projects. Please welcome and encourage Rhonda in her new, important ministry. Rhonda may be contacted by cell phone at 330-354-9144 or by e-mail at youthcoordinator@gracedover.org.



Children's Ministries

We are looking for a responsible adult or teen to take care of our nursery (children 3 and younger) during the Sunday School hour and 10:30 a.m. morning worship. This is a paid position. Nursery care begins at 9:15 and continues through approximately 11:45. It begins the first Sunday in September and ends the last Sunday in June. If you are interested in this children’s ministry, please contact Pastor Rice or the church office for an application.

We are also looking for a volunteer or two to teach our 3rd-4th grade Sunday School class. The students meet for learning activities at 9:15 a.m. If you would like to share God’s wonderful words of life with these young people, contact Faith Bambeck, Director of Christian Faith and Life, or Pastor Rice.


2017 Upcoming Events and Church Calendar

December 3: First Communion Sunday
December 3: Rigatoni Dinner and Advent Workshop
December 17: Children’s Christmas Pageant (One Service at 9:30 a.m.)
December 24: Christmas Eve Services at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. (No Sunday morning services)
December 31: New Year’s Eve (One Service at 9:30 a.m.)


Sixth Annual Rigatoni Dinner & Advent Workshop

Please mark your calendar and plan to join your family and friends at Grace for the Seventh Annual Rigatoni Dinner and Advent Workshop following the 10:30 a.m. worship service on December 3.

A free-will donation will be collected to support the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. Hospitality Ministries is planning a scrumptious meal in Fellowship Hall featuring homemade meatballs made by our Grace youth.

Rigatoni with a hearty and tasty red sauce will be served along with salad, bread, desserts and beverages and more.

Christian Faith and Life Ministries sponsors the Advent Workshop this year. It will offer an interesting array of easy-to-make Christmas crafts at tables located in Luther Hall.


Luther’s Christmas Pageant

This year our Grace children help us celebrate both Christmas and the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation! On Sunday, December 17, they will present their annual Christmas pageant, A Luther’s Christmas at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Martin Luther is accredited with bringing the first Christmas tree into the house. Can you imagine his wife's response? Luther argues with her, and tells her that it is a gift from the children. They then proceed to decorate it. Luther then tells his wife to sit back, that the children have a special Christmas gift for her. What is it, she asks? The children of the church and of their home are going to give her a re-enactment of the Christmas story.

Please join us and invite your friends for this special presentation. Our children, under the direction of Dr. Nicole Willey and coordinated by Ms. Rhonda Fisher, have been diligently practicing for several weeks. We are sure you will enjoy the history, humor and hymns.

Please note: There is only one Sunday worship service this day. The service will include Holy Communion.




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