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351 Greenwood St

Hop Bottom, PA 18824

(Susquehanna County)


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Eph 3:16  "According to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being,"

Members:  Please respond to Rich or other council Members immediately


Pastor Richert from Our Savior Lutheran, Mount Pocono has volunteered to be our Vacancy Pastor if we can move our service time from Sunday to Saturday at 10:00 AM. He would also do all the other Pastoral duties, worship planning, shut in visits, hospital calls, meetings, weddings, funerals, etc. Pastor Richert is presently our Circuit Visitor. Please let Rich or any other council member know how you feel about this change in worship time. 


Pastor David Werly


The Church Council met with Pastor David Werly from Holy Trinity Lutheran in Chennango Bridge, NY on August 26. Pastor Werly expressed an interest in serving as our Vacancy Pastor. The Council agreed to accept Pastor Werly as Vacancy Pastor (with a few exceptions to his financial requirements) beginning October 1, 2019 and with a review of the arrangement at the end of the year. After some consideration, Pastor Werly decided not to accept the position. He has, however, decided to conduct the service as a Visiting Pastor on October 20.

Toward a New Pastor

You will not want to miss Sunday service on September 22, the day after Pastor Bode’s retirement party, when our district president will be conducting service and offering the sacrament. Welcome, Dr. Chris Wicher. 

Renovations ----- Painting Volunteers


We are still awaiting quotes on additional church renovations from builders. The Building Committee will be meeting again soon to discuss renovations to the Parsonage (now referred to as the Activities Center) to update the kitchen, bathrooms and paint the rooms to make it more livable for an Interim or Called Pastor. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the painting. Please contact Stan Klees with any recommendations you have.

Let's raise the temperature in the new narthex!

A couple of years ago, the congregation approved a building project to give our church a much needed "facelift." The proposal was for a new narthex on the front of our inviting place to meet and greet our church family as well as welcome visitors! So far, we have put the project out for bids and have planned on the new glass doors for the project. They can be installed now and then moved when the final project is done. This is a very exciting time for Grace, and to that end, we are encouraging giving to our building fund In the coming weeks, look for the thermometer at the back of the church. Currently, we have $13,575.00 in the building fund and $38,209 in the designated fund for a total of $51,784 towards this project. Our goal is $200,000. The Building Committee is hoping you will prayerfully consider giving to the building fund and help our congregation "Raise the Temperature in the New Narthex!" 

Lutheran Witness Magazine


It’s Time to renew your subscription to this fine magazine. Please check the back table for the renewal sheet and if you have any address changes, please make them on the sheet. Just cross off the present and write the new address next to it. If you don’t get this magazine and would like it, please fill out the sheet provided for “new subscriptions”. This magazine is not in the church budget, but is provided by anonymous donations from Grace members



Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study

Starting a new Series on the Gospel of John.

Come join at 8:45 am



A Bible Study Opportunity

Women's Saturday morning Bible Study is at 9:00 a.m. The study is entitled “Mirror, Mirror; Reflections on God's Word”. What do you see in the mirror? Do you like the reflection? Many of us don't, but perhaps that's because we don't see ourselves the way God does—as His dear children. The eight lessons in “Mirror, Mirror” encourage you to dig into Scripture, ask you to make personal application of God's Word to your own life, and help you see yourself as He sees you: His beloved, redeemed daughter. We hope you will join us.

Need Prayer?

Email the elders:

Art Gundell    

Marie Doty     

Nancy Shoemaker

Paul Miller      

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