May 9 - 16, 2023
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What's Going On At Grace

+May 14 - Youth Sunday

+May 21 - Last day of Spring Sunday School for Children/Youth, End of Year parties for Young Youth & Youth

+May 28 - Pentecost, Confirmation Sunday

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.
Youth Sunday
May 14, 2023

This Sunday is Youth Sunday! Join us as our Youth members lead us in worship. We'll also hear a testimony from one of our graduating seniors and bless them on the next step of their journey.

You won't want to miss it!
Last week, 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
Grace Endowment Fund Grants - Camp Kinard

Each year, the Endowment Committee awards several grants for ministry and mission beyond our Missional Spending Plan. These grants come from the interest earned on our Endowment Fund, and can be for pilot projects, special causes, needs of the Synod, community, other organizations, and more!

“…He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:2b

Still waters are found at Camp Kinard, one of two facilities that comprise the SC Lutheran Retreat Centers ( A 327-acre retreat in the scenic pine sandhills near Columbia, Camp Kinard offers two beautiful lakes that visitors enjoy both from the shores and from the waters. 

In 2021, the Grace Extended Ministry Endowment Fund provided a $2000 grant to Camp Kinard for kayaks and paddleboats that enable individuals to experience peaceful, tranquil times of renewal and inspiration on the lake waters. A connection with God in the natural world is often a transforming power that impacts many aspects of each person’s faith.

Your generous donations to the Grace Extended Ministry Endowment Fund build perpetual capital, and the Endowment Committee awards grants using the investment income from this capital. The Camp Kinard grant supported their mission of “providing holy spaces for God to change lives” and extended the outreach ministry of Grace to the still waters at Camp Kinard.

Thank you for your support of the Grace Endowment Fund!

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.
Boy Scout Troop 31 BBQ Fundraiser
Troop 31 is having a BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 20 from 9am - 2pm, serving plates for $10 and Lbs. for $14. Choices are smoked pulled pork or pulled chicken. The plates include baked beans, coleslaw and a bun with the choice of BBQ and a choice of sauces (mild or hot tomato based, mustard or vinegar sauce). Pick up will be in the Fellowship Hall.
To pre-order plates and Lbs. email Walker Stockley or call (864) 237-8366.
There will be some extra BBQ for walk-up orders.  
Seniors@Grace get ready for our annual BINGO party!
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.  
This month, we'll be highlighting Mental Health. Mental illness affects millions of people and it's important to talk about mental health!

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health nonprofit organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Did you know that we have a branch of NAMI right across the street from Grace?

Our NAMI location is "The HUT" - a drop-in center for those who have a mental health diagnosis or are concerned about their mental wellness, as well as families, friends, and loved ones of those living with a mental health diagnosis. They focus on community, mental health, education, and opportunities for our community to socialize.

To learn more about NAMI, mental health, & available resources, click HERE.
It's Grace's 100th anniversary, and as part of our celebration, we are making 100 New Connections!

Check out this video to learn more about what these connections look like, where you might make them, and how to share them with us!

We are keeping track of our new connections and sharing them with each other. To do so, please click HERE to share your connection!
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.
Biggest needs this week:
Coffee, Baby Finger Foods (Puffs Cereal Snacks, Yogurt Melts, GoGo Squeez)

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!
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.”
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 14 are given by Ruth and Bob Wasserman in memory of our mothers.
Click HERE for the current Worship Assistant Schedule.
Click HERE to sign up to sponsor Altar Flowers for
May 21!
Church Directory Updates Needed THIS Week!
It is time for us to update our church directory. We use the contact information found in your Realm profile to create this document. Please take time to review your information and make any changes.

We will also have copies of the directory in the fellowship hall over the next few weeks for you to update. You may also contact the church office and we'll make the updates for you.

It is our goal that this resource be reviewed, updated, and distributed once per year.

The directory is intended to facilitate communications within the parish. However, if you do not wish to share your information in the church directory, please 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 March 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