June 22, 2017

Grace Place
Come to Grace Place on June 30th for a wonderful program with Melissa Dreisbach.  Melissa will entertain the group by playing musical selections on her flute.  Bring your friends, and join us for this treat.  The program begins at 12:45 pm following lunch at 12:00 pm.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, July 1st. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.
To join the group (volunteers must be 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office.  Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon.  For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Updating Contact Information
Has your address, email contact or phone number changed recently?  If you have any updates to your contact information please let the church know by emailing Beth at office@gracejenkintown.org, or calling the office at 215-887-6117.  
To change your email address for our weekly Happenings at Grace email, please update subscription preferences from the bottom of this email. 

Vacation Bible School - Helpers Needed!
Do you have a few hours to give to the children of Grace and our surrounding community this summer?  Why not volunteer for Marker Fun Factory, our Vacation Bible School experience?  VBS runs from August 21-25, 9-12 noon.  Sign up is easy:  just register here and click on "Volunteers".  We are looking for crew leader assistants, crew leaders and nursery caregivers.  Come join in the fun of sharing the love of Jesus!

Vacation Bible School -  Supplies Needed!
Click here to see if there may be items you would like to donate to help with VBS at Grace this summer.  Items can be dropped off at the church office during regular business hours.  Thanks for your support of VBS at Grace!

Vacation Bible School - Registration
Space is still open to register your child for Vacation Bible School at Grace Church this summer. You may click here to register, or you can also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

Palmer Room Sofa
The sofa in the Palmer Room is scheduled for replacement.  The new sofa comes from the estate of a long time member.  We need a pick up truck and volunteers to help with moving the sofa.  Please contact the church office or Klaus Fuelleborn if you can help, or if you know of special meaning or history of the existing sofa which we may not be aware.
 
Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

June 15, 2017

Help support local food cupboards!
The Mission Team is sponsoring a toiletry drive through June 18th. The cupboards are in need of shampoo, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes and tooth paste. Items can be dropped offin the box in the hallway across from the church office.  Please contact Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 or mlstill56@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Grace Place
Come to Grace Place on June 16th and ring color-coded hand bells under the instruction of Jenifer Eyre.  Play along to songs of old, as Jen holds up color-coded cards indicating when you play your hand bell.  It's super easy and way fun!  No music experience necessary.

On Friday, June 30th we will have a wonderful program with Melissa Dreisbach.  Melissa will entertain the group by playing musical selections on her flute.  Bring your friends, and join us for this treat.  The program begins at 12:45 pm following lunch at 12:00 pm.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, July 1st. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.
To join the group (volunteers must be 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office.  Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon.  For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Updating Contact Information
Has your address, email contact or phone number changed recently?  If you have any updates to your contact information please let the church know by emailing Beth at office@gracejenkintown.org, or calling the office at 215-887-6117.  
To change your email address for our weekly Happenings at Grace email, please update subscription preferences from the bottom of this email. 

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.  You may also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

June 8, 2017

Help support local food cupboards!
The Mission Team is sponsoring a toiletry drive through June 18th. The cupboards are in need of shampoo, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes and tooth paste. Items can be dropped offin the box in the hallway across from the church office.  Please contact Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 or mlstill56@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Grace Place
Come to Grace Place on June 16th and ring color-coded hand bells under the instruction of Jenifer Eyre.  Play along to songs of old, as Jen holds up color-coded cards indicating when you play your hand bell.  It's super easy and way fun!  No music experience necessary.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, July 1st. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.
To join the group (volunteers must be 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office.  Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon.  For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.  You may also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

June 1, 2017

Graduate Recognition - June 11th
If you or your child is graduating (high school, college, technical school, graduate school, etc.) this spring or has graduated since last summer, please email the church office by June 2nd at office@gracejenkintown.org or call at 215-887-6117.  We want to recognize and celebrate with you.

Bicycle Safety and Ride Event - Rain or Shine!
Come ready to ride to Alverthorpe Park.  This event is being sponsored by the Board of Deacons of Grace Church, and  begins on June 3 at 10 am with rider safety instruction by long-distance rider and bicycle safety expert John Dwyer.  Bicycle tune-ups, giveaways and more!  Click (here) for further details.

Help support local food cupboards!
The Mission Team is sponsoring a toiletry drive from June 4th to June 18th. The cupboards are in need of shampoo, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes and tooth paste. Please contact Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 or mlstill56@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Grace Place
Come to Grace Place on June 16th and ring color-coded hand bells under the instruction of Jenifer Eyre.  Play along to songs of old, as Jen holds up color-coded cards indicating when you play your hand bell.  It's super easy and way fun!  No music experience necessary.

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.  You may also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

May 25, 2017

Bicycle Safety and Ride Event
Come ready to ride to Alverthorpe Park.  This event is being sponsored by the Board of Deacons of Grace Church, and  begins on June 3 at 10 am with rider safety instruction by long-distance rider and bicycle safety expert John Dwyer.  Bicycle tune-ups, giveaways and more!  Click (here) for further details.

Boxers or Briefs?
Grace will be collecting NEW men's and women's underwear and socks (any size) for our Mission partner Broad Street Ministry.  Please drop off in the collection bin located in the Vista Road hallway during May.  In 2015, 7,687 pairs of underwear and 5,269 pairs of socks were distributed.  Every year meals and services are added, so these number continue to grow.  We collected 261 pairs of underwear and 254 pairs of socks during our last drive.  Please keep this need in mind on your next run to Target, Walmart, etc.  And...when cleaning out your closets please consider donating wearable, durable clothing.  Especially needed are jeans and sneakers.  Any questions contact Sandy DiGiulio at 267-252-2019 or digiulio@comcast.net.

Lost and Found
Please check our lost and found items, located in the coatroom at church, if you think you may have left something behind.  Unclaimed items will be donated after June 1st.

Help support local food cupboards!
The Mission Team is sponsoring a toiletry drive from June 4th to June 18th. The cupboards are in need of shampoo, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes and tooth paste. Please contact Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 or mlstill56@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!
 
Graduate Recognition - June 11th
If you or your child is graduating (high school, college, technical school, graduate school, etc.) this spring or has graduated since last summer, please email the church office by June 2nd at office @gracejenkintown.org or call at 215-887-6117.  We want to recognize and celebrate with you.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, June 3rd. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.
To join the group (volunteers must be 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office.  Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon.  For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.  You may also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

May 18, 2017

Grace Place
Join us on Friday, May 19th, when Dr. Tyler Haggerty, from the Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, will present a program about the benefits of Physical Therapy, Injury Prevention Techniques, General Wellness and More!  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program will begin at 12:45.  Bring your friends to this informative program!

 Adult Education
It's a mystery!  Sunday at 9:30 am, Rev. John Haruna will present the second part of a two-week series on "The Trinity as a Basis for Our Relationships."  The full mystery of the relationship will not be solved in two mornings, but using scripture we'll be discussing some aspects of the Trinity and how the relationship serves as an example for us on Earth.  This will be our final lesson for the program year before the summer break, which begins May 28th.  See you there!

Spring Blood Drive
Grace Church will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive in Muysken's Hall on Monday, May 22, from 1:30-6:30 pm.  Donors must be in good health on the day of donation and not have donated since March 26.  Minimum age is 17 (16 years old with parent permission).  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.  To schedule an appointment, contact Chris Hoyler at 215-576-1404or chrishoyler@verizon.net, or online at www.redcrossblood.org.  The need for blood is highest in the summer - won't you be a Red Cross Hero?
  
Boxers or Briefs?
Grace will be collecting NEW men's and women's underwear and socks (any size) for our Mission partner Broad Street Ministry.  Please drop off in the collection bin located in the Vista Road hallway during May.  In 2015, 7,687 pairs of underwear and 5,269 pairs of socks were distributed.  Every year meals and services are added, so these number continue to grow.  We collected 261 pairs of underwear and 254 pairs of socks during our last drive.  Please keep this need in mind on your next run to Target, Walmart, etc.  And...when cleaning out your closets please consider donating wearable, durable clothing.  Especially needed are jeans and sneakers.  Any questions contact Sandy DiGiulio at 267-252-2019 or digiulio@comcast.net.
 
Graduate Recognition - June 11th
If you or your child is graduating (high school, college, technical school, graduate school, etc.) this spring or has graduated since last summer, please email the church office by June 2nd at office @gracejenkintown.org or call at 215-887-6117.  We want to recognize and celebrate with you.
RIDERS WANTED on June 3rd for the inaugural BICYCLE SAFETY and RIDE EVENT sponsored by the Board of Deacons of Grace Presbyterian Church!  Come ready to ride to Alverthorpe Park.  Event begins at 10 am here at Grace with rider safety instruction by long-distance rider and bicycle safety expert John Dwyer.  Bicycle tune-ups, giveaways and more!  Detail to follow.  Mark your calendars now!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, June 3rd. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.
To join the group (volunteers must be 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office.  Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon.  For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.  You may also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

May 11, 2017

Adult Education Survey
The program year for adult education is nearing its end.  Please consider completing our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TXSFSKH.  Even if you have not had the opportunity to attend Adult Ed in the past year, your input will be appreciated.  This survey will also help us evaluate small group activity.  Just nine questions and most of them are multiple choice.  Thanks in advance for helping us better serve this church! - The Adult Ed Team

Adult Education
It's a mystery!  Sunday at 9:30 am, Rev. John Haruna will begin a two-week series on "The Trinity as a Basis for Our Relationships."  The full mystery of the relationship will not be solved in two mornings, but using scripture we'll be discussing some aspects of the Trinity and how the relationship serves as an example for us on Earth.  This will be our final lesson for the program year before the summer break, which begins May 28th.  See you there!

 

Boxers or Briefs?

Grace will be collecting NEW men's and women's underwear and socks (any size) for our Mission partner Broad Street Ministry.  Please drop off in the collection bin located in the Vista Road hallway during May.  In 2015, 7,687 pairs of underwear and 5,269 pairs of socks were distributed.  Every year meals and services are added, so these number continue to grow.  We collected 261 pairs of underwear and 254 pairs of socks during our last drive.  Please keep this need in mind on your next run to Target, Walmart, etc.  And...when cleaning out your closets please consider donating wearable, durable clothing.  Especially needed are jeans and sneakers.  Any questions contact Sandy DiGiulio at 267-252-2019 or digiulio@comcast.net.

 

Grace Place

Grace Place is thinking spring and flowers!  Please join us on Friday, May 12th, when Ruth Fuelleborn will help us plant spring flowers and herbs.  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program will begin at 12:45.  Come and bring a friend!  

 

Join us on Friday, May 19th, when Dr. Tyler Haggerty, from the Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, will present a program about the benefits of Physical Therapy, Injury Prevention Techniques, General Wellness and More!  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program will begin at 12:45.  Bring your friends to this informative program!

 

Graduate Recognition - June 11th

If you or your child is graduating (high school, college, technical school, graduate school, etc.) this spring or has graduated since last summer, please email the church office by June 2nd at office @gracejenkintown.org or call at 215-887-6117.  We want to recognize and celebrate with you.


RIDERS WANTED on June 3rd for the inaugural BICYCLE SAFETY and RIDE EVENT sponsored by the Board of Deacons of Grace Presbyterian Church!  Com ready to ride to Alverthorpe Park.  Event begins at 10 am here at Grace with rider safety instruction by long-distance rider and bicycle safety expert John Dwyer.  Bicycle tune-ups, giveaways and more!  Detail to follow.  Mark your calendars now!
 

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.  You may also register your child in the church office during regular business hours.  There will be no fee charged for this event.  Space is limited to 90 participants, so please register today!  For further information, or if you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven't yet signed up, please contact Pastor Judy at 215-887-6117.

 

Spring Blood Drive
Grace Church will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive in Muysken's Hall on Monday, May 22, from 1:30-6:30 pm.  Donors must be in good health on the day of donation and not have donated since March 26.  Minimum age is 17 (16 years old with parent permission).  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.  To schedule an appointment, contact Chris Hoyler at 215-576-1404or chrishoyler@verizon.net, or online at www.redcrossblood.org.  The need for blood is highest in the summer - won't you be a Red Cross Hero?

 

Ways to Give to Grace
Many contributors find it convenient to process payments to Grace through online bill pay service with their bank.  For your convenience, Grace also accepts online gifts through Paypal or credit/debit cards directly from our website.  To donate through the website or learn about other ways to give to Grace, visit the Generosity page located at the bottom of the homepage of our website.
 

Attention:  Amazon Shoppers:

Members and friends of Grace can support Grace by shopping at smile.amazon.com.  AmazonSmile is the same as shopping at Amazon, offering the same products, prices, and service.  All eligible purchases result in a donation of 0.5% to your selected charity.  To select Grace Church as your charitable organization, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1352403.  To find out more about the program go to http://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about.


Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

May 4, 2017

Car Wash
On Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 am—12 noon, our middle and high school students will be hosting a car wash.  Please bring your cars to Vista Road and you will be directed where to park. 
This fundraiser will support the Student Ministry Mission Trip fund, and will raise money for this summer’s mission trips.  This money will go directly to the mission trip organizations.  Donations will be accepted at the car wash.  We hope to see you there!
 
Congregational Meeting
There will be a meeting of the congregation on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 am in the sanctuary.  The purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers and to vote on a change to the by-laws recommended by the Session. For the slate of nominees, click here.  For information on the proposed change in the by-laws, click here

Adult Education Survey
The program year for adult education is nearing its end.  Please consider completing our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TXSFSKH.  Even if you have not had the opportunity to attend Adult Ed in the past year, your input will be appreciated.  This survey will also help us evaluate small group activity.  Just nine questions and most of them are multiple choice.  Thanks in advance for helping us better serve this church! - The Adult Ed Team

Adult Education
In celebration of our 300th anniversary this year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has chosen to emphasize education, restorative justice and the alleviation of the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing our cities and our nation. The Presbytery has issued a challenge to members, congregations, church members and friends to raise $300,000, to be equally distributed among eight initiatives already transforming lives within the bounds of our presbytery. Having heard on April 23rd about the work being done at Chester Eastside, and on April 30th about John Gloucester House, we look forward to this opportunity:
 
May 7th - Rev. Linda Jaymes, recently retired from Olivet-Covenant Presbyterian Church at 22nd & Mt Vernon in Philadelphia, will talk about the Mural Arts Program in conjunction with the Restorative Justice Guild.  Russel Craig, a visiting artist at Mural Arts will be with us, along with Ben Volta, the artist who has been commissioned by the Presbytery of Philadelphia to produce a mural in honor of our 300th anniversary.  Olivet-Covenant provides the studio space for the Restorative Justice Guild artists to produce many of the murals that grace Philadelphia’s public spaces.  Join us for another look at innovative initiatives just down the road from GPC!

May 14th - It's a mystery!  Rev. John Haruna will talk about "The Trinity as a Basis for Our Relationships."  The full mystery of the relationship will not be solved in one morning, but using scripture we'll be discussing some aspects of the Trinity and how the relationship serves as an example for us on Earth.  This will be a two-part series and is our final lesson for the program year before the summer break.  See you there.

Grace Place
Grace Place is thinking spring and flowers!  Please join us on Friday, May 12th, when Ruth Fuelleborn will help us plant spring flowers and herbs.  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program will begin at 12:45.  Come and bring a friend!

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You may register your child by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.
You may also pick up a registration form outside of the church office and return it to us with your Registration fee ($10 per child/$15 per family.) Registration is limited to 90 children. If you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven’t yet signed up, see Pastor Judy!
 
Spring Blood Drive
Grace Church will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive in Muysken's Hall on Monday, May 22, from 1:30-6:30 pm.  Donors must be in good health on the day of donation and not have donated since March 26.  Minimum age is 17 (16 years old with parent permission).  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.  To schedule an appointment, contact Chris Hoyler at 215-576-1404 or chrishoyler@verizon.net, or online at www.redcrossblood.org.  The need for blood is highest in the summer - won't you be a Red Cross Hero?

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

April 27, 2017

Spring Cantata
At the 10:30 service this Sunday, the Chancel Choir, together with strings and organ, will be presenting Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass,” more formally known as the Missa Brevis Sanctis Joannis de Deo.   For an introduction to this work (including an explanation of its name) that will deepen its meaning for you as you listen on Sunday, click here
 
Congregational Meeting
There will be a meeting of the congregation on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 am in the sanctuary.  The purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers and to vote on a change to the by-laws recommended by the Session.  For information on the proposed change in the by-laws, click here.  

Children's Education
Our Children's Education Team is currently handing out surveys regarding our Christian education program at Grace.  Please help us in our efforts to assure quality Christian education for our children by filling out and returning them as soon as possible.

Adult Education
In celebration of our 300th anniversary this year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has chosen to emphasize education, restorative justice and the alleviation of the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing our cities and our nation. The Presbytery has issued a challenge to members, congregations, church members and friends to raise $300,000, to be equally distributed among eight initiatives already transforming lives within the bounds of our presbytery. Having heard on April 23rd about the work being done at Chester Eastside, we look forward to these opportunities:
 
April 30th – Delores Brisbon, President of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Ministries of the Delaware Valley, will be with us to talk about “Rearing Successful Sons,” an innovative faith-based initiative designed and planned to provide young African-American males and their families in South Philadelphia’s Point Breeze community, with strategies to build resilience and support for healthy adolescent development. “Rearing Successful Sons” is held at John Gloucester House, a Presbyterian ministry program.
 
May 7th - Rev. Linda Jaymes, recently retired from Olivet-Covenant Presbyterian Church at 22nd & Mt Vernon in Philadelphia, will talk about the Mural Arts Program in conjunction with the Restorative Justice Guild.  Ben Volta, the artist who has been commissioned by the Presbytery of Philadelphia to produce a mural in honor of our 300th anniversary, hopes to be with us as well.  Olivet-Covenant provides the studio space for the Restorative Justice Guild artists to produce many of the murals that grace Philadelphia’s public spaces.
 
Join us for a look at innovative initiatives just down the road from GPC!

Special Music Sunday
On Sunday April 30th during the 10:30 worship service, professional musicians from Philadelphia and Princeton will join the Grace Church choir, conducted by Andrew Leslie Cooper, to present “Little Organ Mass” by Joseph Haydn.  Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as prelude and postlude music will also be featured.  Mark your calendar and please invite others who may enjoy this special worship service.

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1! You may register your child starting on that date by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.
You may also pick up a registration form outside of the church office and return it to us on or after May 1 with your Registration fee ($10 per child/$15 per family.) Registration is limited to 90 children. If you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven’t yet signed up, see Pastor Judy!
 
Car Wash
On Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 am—12 noon, our middle and high school students will be hosting a car wash.  Please bring your cars to Vista Road and you will be directed where to park. 
This fundraiser will support the Student Ministry Mission Trip fund, and will raise money for this summer’s mission trips.  This money will go directly to the mission trip organizations.  Donations will be accepted at the car wash.  We hope to see you there!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, May 6th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.
To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.
 
Red Cross Blood Drive
The next Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace will be held on Monday, May 22, from 1:30 - 6:30 pm in Muysken’s Hall.  In order to be eligible to give blood at our drive, donors must not have donated after March 27, 2017.  Please keep this in mind and mark your calendar for May 22 to support our blood drive!

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Introducing in September before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

April 20, 2017

Next Step
If you have been attending Grace and would like to learn more about the church, or if you would like to find out what is involved in church membership, an upcoming event is for you.  Next Step is required for those who would like to become church members, but you may attend without any obligation to join.  This is an informal, no-pressure opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered.  Next Step will be held twice in April (the same program at two different times):  Wednesday, April 26, 7-9pm; and Saturday, April 29, 9-11am.  Child care will be available upon request.  If you would like to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Pastor Sandy Hull at shull@gracejenkintown.org no later than April 23. 

Children's Education
Our Children's Education Team will be handing out surveys regarding our Christian education program at Grace.  Please help us in our efforts to assure quality Christian education for our children by filling out and returning them as soon as possible.

Grace Place
Spring is in the air!  The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, animals emerging from their winter slumber, and babies are everywhere.  On Friday, April 21, please join us for a program on “The Nature of Spring” presented by the Briar Bush Nature Center.  We will discover the meaning of all of nature’s changes at this time of year.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45 pm.  Bring a friend and join us!
 
Adult Education
In celebration of our 300th anniversary this year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has chosen to emphasize education, restorative justice and the alleviation of the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing our cities and our nation. The Presbytery has issued a challenge to members, congregations, church members and friends to raise $300,000 in honor of our 300 years. The funds will be equally distributed among eight initiatives already transforming lives within the bounds of our presbytery. On April 23rd, join us as we welcome Rev. Zuline Wilkinson, Executive Director of Chester Eastside, Inc., who will speak about one of those eight mission initiatives. Zuline is a dynamic speaker and you will want to hear how Chester Eastside is reducing the school-to-prison pipeline through education, advocacy and social services. Their goal is “…to defy the odds and dream bigger than what the statistics say our kids are destined to become.”

Special Music Sunday
On Sunday April 30th during the 10:30 worship service, professional musicians from Philadelphia and Princeton will join the Grace Church choir, conducted by Andrew Leslie Cooper, to present “Little Organ Mass” by Joseph Haydn.  Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as prelude and postlude music will also be featured.  Mark your calendar and please invite others who may enjoy this special worship service.

Spring Social
Please make your reservation to attend the Spring Social for the benefit of Student Ministries.  This casual event will be held Friday, May 5, (Cinco de Mayo) 6:30-11:00 pm at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer, 730 Wyndale Road, Jenkintown.  The Schaefers will provide tacos, chips, salsa and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert.  Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the Youth Mission Trips this summer.  If you have not received an Evite (emailed invitation), please call the church office (215.887.6117) to RSVP no later than Monday April 24.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, May 6th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.

To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

 
Red Cross Blood Drive
The next Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace will be held on Monday, May 22, from 1:30 - 6:30 pm in Muysken’s Hall.  In order to be eligible to give blood at our drive, donors must not have donated after March 27, 2017.  Please keep this in mind and mark your calendar for May 22 to support our blood drive!

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

April 13, 2017

Holy Week Services:
Maundy Thursday, 7:30 pm in the sanctuary

The choir will sing, Rev. Judy Dwyer will preach, and we will celebrate the Lord's Supper.

Good Friday
Morning Prayer in the chapel from 7:00-7:30 am.

At noon, the Jenkintown Ministerium's community service will be held in the chapel.

At 7:30 pm in the sanctuary we will worship with music by flute and piano, a solemn journey through Good Friday in Mark's Gospel, and Dennis Butler singing "Were You There?"

Easter Sunday
Both the 8:30 and 10:30 services will be in the sanctuary with choir, organ, and brass.  If you don't have a scheduling preference for one or the other, please come at 8:30.  For the 10:30 service, it will be helpful if as many people as possible use the Rydal Road parking garage. 

One Great Hour of Sharing - Please Give Generously
Grace Church will continue to collect offerings to support One Great Hour of Sharing through Easter Sunday, April 16th.  By giving, you will help Grace support agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provide access to sustainable food systems, aid and shelter for those who are
impacted by disaster, and resources for communities working to loose the bonds of oppression and injustice.  For more information please visit: onegreathourofsharing.org.

Next Step
If you have been attending Grace and would like to learn more about the church, or if you would like to find out what is involved in church membership, an upcoming event is for you.  Next Step is required for those who would like to become church members, but you may attend without any obligation to join.  This is an informal, no-pressure opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered.  Next Step will be held twice in April (the same program at two different times):  Wednesday, April 26, 7-9pm; and Saturday, April 29, 9-11am.  Child care will be available upon request.  If you would like to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Pastor Sandy Hull at shull@gracejenkintown.org no later than April 23. 

Grace Place
Please note:  Grace Place will not be held on Good Friday, April 14.
Spring is in the air!  The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, animals emerging from their winter slumber, and babies are everywhere.  On Friday, April 21, please join us for a program on “The Nature of Spring” presented by the Briar Bush Nature Center.  We will discover the meaning of all of nature’s changes at this time of year.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45 pm.  Bring a friend and join us!
 
Adult Education
In celebration of our 300th anniversary this year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has chosen to emphasize education, restorative justice and the alleviation of the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing our cities and our nation. The Presbytery has issued a challenge to members, congregations, church members and friends to raise $300,000 in honor of our 300 years. The funds will be equally distributed among eight initiatives already transforming lives within the bounds of our presbytery. On April 23rd, join us as we welcome Rev. Zuline Wilkinson, Executive Director of Chester Eastside, Inc., who will speak about one of those eight mission initiatives. Zuline is a dynamic speaker and you will want to hear how Chester Eastside is reducing the school-to-prison pipeline through education, advocacy and social services. Their goal is “…to defy the odds and dream bigger than what the statistics say our kids are destined to become.”

Special Music Sunday
On Sunday April 30th during the 10:30 worship service, professional musicians from Philadelphia and Princeton will join the Grace Church choir, conducted by Andrew Leslie Cooper, to present “Little Organ Mass” by Joseph Haydn.  Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as prelude and postlude music will also be featured.  Mark your calendar and please invite others who may enjoy this special worship service.

Spring Social
Please make your reservation to attend the Spring Social for the benefit of Student Ministries.  This casual event will be held Friday, May 5, (Cinco de Mayo) 6:30-11:00 pm at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer, 730 Wyndale Road, Jenkintown.  The Schaefers will provide tacos, chips, salsa and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert.  Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the Youth Mission Trips this summer.  If you have not received an Evite (emailed invitation), please call the church office (215.887.6117) to RSVP no later than Monday April 24.
 
Red Cross Blood Drive
The next Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace will be held on Monday, May 22, from 1:30 - 6:30 pm in Muysken’s Hall.  In order to be eligible to give blood at our drive, donors must not have donated after March 27, 2017.  Please keep this in mind and mark your calendar for May 22 to support our blood drive!

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

April 6, 2017

Parish Plan
The Deacons of Grace are actively engaged in a new outreach to our congregation called the Parish Plan. We are interested in updating information for our out-of-area and college students. If you are living out of the area, or are a college student (or their parent) but maintain an active membership at Grace, please take a moment to contact us with your current home address, temporary college address, email address and cell phone number. This helps us maintain an intentional ministry of communication between our members and their church. Please contact the church office with any updated contact information at office@gracejenkintown.org, or call 215-887-6117. Thank you in advance for your assistance!
 
Grace Place
On Friday, April 7th, our own  Dave Warner will speak on the changes in print journalism.  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program begins at 12:45. Please join us! 

Spring is in the air!  The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, animals emerging from their winter slumber, and babies are everywhere.  On Friday, April 21, please join us for a program on “The Nature of Spring” presented by the Briar Bush Nature Center.  We will discover the meaning of all of nature’s changes at this time of year.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45 pm.  Bring a friend and join us!

Please note:  Grace Place will not be held on Good Friday, April 14.
 
Easter Lily Dedication Deadline - Monday, April 10th
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies.  If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.  Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, April 10th, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin.  The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of this dedication form. Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.

Adult Education
April 9
: Pastor Judy will open this session with “Scattered Palms,” a visual liturgy for Palm Sunday. We will then watch to a film clip of Richard Rohr speaking on the conflict of the cross. These offerings will be interspersed with participatory readings of the Palm Sunday scripture texts, and we will create our own cloak to throw down in front of Jesus. Join us as we enter Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week.

Easter Festival and Pancake Brunch
Please join us on Sunday April 9th for the 25th Annual Easter Festival following the conclusion of the Palm Sunday 10:30  service.  There will be great crafts and fellowship.  This year we will also have a pancake brunch for all church members.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing - Please Give Generously
Grace Church will continue to collect offerings to support One Great Hour of Sharing through Easter Sunday, April 16th.  By giving, you will help Grace support agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provide access to sustainable food systems, aid and shelter for those who are
impacted by disaster, and resources for communities working to loose the bonds of oppression and injustice.  For more information please visit: onegreathourofsharing.org.
 
 
Special Music Sunday
On Sunday April 30th during the 10:30 worship service, professional musicians from Philadelphia and Princeton will join the Grace Church choir, conducted by Andrew Leslie Cooper, to present “Little Organ Mass” by Joseph Haydn.  Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as prelude and postlude music will also be featured.  Mark your calendar and please invite others who may enjoy this special worship service.

Spring Social
Please make your reservation to attend the Spring Social for the benefit of Student Ministries.  This casual event will be held Friday, May 5, (Cinco de Mayo) 6:30-11:00 pm at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer, 730 Wyndale Road, Jenkintown.  The Schaefers will provide tacos, chips, salsa and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert.  Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the Youth Mission Trips this summer.  If you have not received an Evite (emailed invitation), please call the church office (215.887.6117) to RSVP no later than Monday April 24.
 
Red Cross Blood Drive
The next Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace will be held on Monday, May 22, from 1:30 - 6:30 pm in Muysken’s Hall.  In order to be eligible to give blood at our drive, donors must not have donated
after March 27, 2017.  Please keep this in mind and mark your calendar for May 22 to support our blood drive!


Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.
 

March 30, 2017

PARISH PLAN
The Deacons of Grace are actively engaged in a new outreach to our congregation called the Parish Plan. We are interested in updating information for our out-of-area and college students. If you are living out of the area, or are a college student (or their parent) but maintain an active membership at Grace, please take a moment to contact us with your current home address, temporary college address, email address and cell phone number. This helps us maintain an intentional ministry of communication between our members and their church. Please contact the church office with any updated contact information at office@gracejenkintown.org, or call 215-887-6117. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Adult Ed
April 2
: “Seeing the Underside and Seeing God” – Join us for a viewing of Krista Tippett’s interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor and founder of The House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO. How do we see church? Who is the “other” in our midst? Can a pastor wear her heart on her sleeve – or a sleeve on her arm? Join Pastor Judy for an hour sure to provoke discussion around difference and tradition.

April 9: Pastor Judy will open this session with “Scattered Palms,” a visual liturgy for Palm Sunday. We will then listen to a film clip of Richard Rohr speaking on the conflict of the cross. These offerings will be interspersed with participatory readings of the Palm Sunday scripture texts, and we will create our own cloak to throw down in front of Jesus. Join us as we enter Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week.

Easter Festival and Pancake Brunch
Please join us on Sunday April 9th for the 25th Annual Easter Festival following the conclusion of the Palm Sunday 10:30  service.  There will be great crafts and fellowship.  This year we will also have a pancake brunch for all church members.
  
Special Music Sunday
On Sunday April 30th in the 10:30 worship service, professional musicians from Philadelphia and Princeton will join the Grace Church choir, conducted by Andrew Leslie Cooper, to present “Little Organ Mass” by Joseph Haydn.  Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as prelude and postlude music will also be featured.  Mark your calendar and please invite others who may enjoy this special worship service.

Spring Social
Please make your reservation to attend the Spring Social for the benefit of Student Ministries.  This casual event will be held Friday, May 5, (Cinco de Mayo) at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer, 730 Wyndale Road, Jenkintown.  The Schaefers will provide tacos, chips, salsa and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert.  Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the Youth Mission Trips this summer.  If you have not received an Evite (emailed invitation), please call the church office (215.887.6117) to RSVP no later than Monday April 24.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, May 6th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.

To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Easter Lily Dedications
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies.  If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.  Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, April 10th, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin.  The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of this dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.

Spring Social
Save the date Friday May 5th for an Adult Spring Social and fundraiser for the benefit of our Grace Church Student Mission Trips to be held at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer. Evite notices will be sent in the near future. Please plan to attend a great evening of fellowship to benefit our youth. Feel free to call the church office for more details during April and until the day of the event as RSVPs are required to help us plan.

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected during Lent, through Easter Sunday, April 16th. By giving, you are supporting ministries working in direct response to the ways God has called us to share in Isaiah 58. You are helping agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provide access to sustainable food systems, aid and shelter for those who are impacted by disaster, and resources for communities working to loose the bonds of oppression and injustice.  For more information please visit:onegreathourofsharing.org.  Please give generously.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

Grace Place
On Friday, March 24th, Ruth and Klaus Fuelleborn will share stories of their travels to Cuba. The cities they visited included Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Come see their photos of those cities and hear their impressions of the Cuban people. Join us for their presentation about one of our southern “neighbors!” Lunch is served at noon and the program begins at 12:45.

On Friday, April 7th, our own  Dave Warner will speak on the changes in print journalism.  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program begins at 12:45. Please join us!

Grace Place will not be held on Good Friday, April 14.  Please note on your calendars!

March 23, 2017

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, May 6th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.

To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

A special thanks goes out to all those who support this ministry with their time, donations, and prayers. The guests at this shelter ministry are blessed and thankful for the caring and support of others. Our volunteer team will deliver the kits prepared by our Sunday school children at the Grace Gathering on March 12th to the Winter Shelter program at Old First Church. What a great effort for a great need, thank you!!

Easter Lily Dedications
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies.  If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.  Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, April 10th, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin.  The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of this dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.

Spring Social
Save the date Friday May 5th for an Adult Spring Social and fundraiser for the benefit of our Grace Church Student Mission Trips to be held at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer. Evite notices will be sent in the near future. Please plan to attend a great evening of fellowship to benefit our youth. Feel free to call the church office for more details during April and until the day of the event as RSVPs are required to help us plan.

Worship in Lent
For the five Sundays of Lent, there will be a temporary change in the order of worship at the 10:30 service.  Our Presbyterian liturgical resources allow for the time of confession to come either near the beginning of the service (as is our custom) or right after the sermon. The Worship Team has authorized the confession and assurance to be after the sermon this Lent. Thus confessing will be part of our response to the word, as we have the opportunity for silent reflection and prayer following the proclamation.  Let’s lean into this temporary order of service to help us get off autopilot in worship and to enrich our understanding and practice of confession.  

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected during Lent, through Easter Sunday, April 16th. By giving, you are supporting ministries working in direct response to the ways God has called us to share in Isaiah 58. You are helping agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provide access to sustainable food systems, aid and shelter for those who are impacted by disaster, and resources for communities working to loose the bonds of oppression and injustice.  For more information please visit:onegreathourofsharing.org.  Please give generously.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

Lenten Study Series
We will be partnering with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church for a five-week Lenten study series entitled, “Get Your Serve On,” that will focus on what it means to heed the Bible’s call to live as servants. Pastor Sandy Hull and Cedar Park’s pastor, Janel Dixon, will be teaching. The same study will be held on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, until April 4th, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, until April 5th. Mark your calendars now for a great opportunity for growing. and for getting to know our new friends from Cedar Park.

Grace Place
On Friday, March 24th, Ruth and Klaus Fuelleborn will share stories of their travels to Cuba. The cities they visited included Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Come see their photos of those cities and hear their impressions of the Cuban people. Join us for their presentation about one of our southern “neighbors!” Lunch is served at noon and the program begins at 12:45.

March 16, 2017

Adult Education
On March 19, Join us for a two-part series continuing our Reconciliation theme with the work of Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson is attorney and civil right activist and author of the book, Just Mercy.  He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, where he has challenged bias against the poor and people of color, defending death row inmates and children tried as adults for life without parole.  He has successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court and is the winner of numerous national awards including the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award.

Easter Lily Dedications
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies.  If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.  Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, April 10th, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin.  The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of this dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.

Spring Social
Save the date Friday May 5th for an Adult Spring Social and fundraiser for the benefit of our Grace Church Youth Group to be held at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer. EVite notices are being emailed to adult church members with further information following. Please plan to attend a great evening of fellowship to benefit our youth. "Baby sitting" will be provided by the Youth Group at the church to allow parents to attend. Feel free to call the church office for more details during April and until the day of the event as RSVPs are required to help us plan.

Worship in Lent
For the five Sundays of Lent, there will be a temporary change in the order of worship at the 10:30 service.  Our Presbyterian liturgical resources allow for the time of confession to come either near the beginning of the service (as is our custom) or right after the sermon. The Worship Team has authorized the confession and assurance to be after the sermon this Lent. Thus confessing will be part of our response to the word, as we have the opportunity for silent reflection and prayer following the proclamation.  Let’s lean into this temporary order of service to help us get off autopilot in worship and to enrich our understanding and practice of confession.  

Spring Forward
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12. Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour this Saturday evening so you don't miss to worship this Sunday!

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected during Lent, through Easter Sunday, April 16th. By giving, you are supporting ministries working in direct response to the ways God has called us to share in Isaiah 58. You are helping to provide access to sustainable food systems, aid and shelter for those who are impacted by disaster, and resources for communities working to loose the bonds of oppression and injustice. 

For more information please visit: onegreathourofsharing.org

Please give generously.

Worship is Giving!
“Giving” will be one of four stations at our Sunday school’s “Grace Gathering” next  Sunday, March 12 in Muyskens Hall. You can help our children celebrate the practice of worshipful giving by donating items for people who are homeless in Philadelphia. Our children will assemble these items in kits at the “Giving” station. Needed are:
Baby wipes, lip balm, lotion, sunscreen
Travel coffee mugs (new), socks, band aids
Gift cards for CVS, Rite Aid and Wawa
Collection boxes will be placed outside of the main office tomorrow. All donations will be distributed to the Winter Shelter Project at Old First Reformed Church in Philadelphia through Wellspring, one of our partners in mission.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

Lenten Study Series
We will be partnering with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church for a five-week Lenten study series entitled, “Get Your Serve On,” that will focus on what it means to heed the Bible’s call to live as servants. Pastor Sandy Hull and Cedar Park’s pastor, Janel Dixon, will be teaching. The same study will be held on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, until April 4th, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, until April 5th. Mark your calendars now for a great opportunity for growing. and for getting to know our new friends from Cedar Park.

Grace Place
On Friday, March 24th, Ruth and Klaus Fuelleborn will share stories of their travels to Cuba. The cities they visited included Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Come see their photos of those cities and hear their impressions of the Cuban people. Join us for their presentation about one of our southern “neighbors!” Lunch is served at noon and the program begins at 12:45.

February 23, 2017

Pop-Up Potluck
On Saturday, February 25, which is also the last Saturday before Lent, was an evening just crying out for a potluck supper. So Judy and Dave Alexander’s small group will be handling the logistics, Pastor Sandy Hull will be leading some fun activities, and it will all begin at 6 pm on Saturday, February 25 in Muyskens Hall. Please bring a covered dish for 6-8 people. Desserts and drinks will be provided. Don’t miss an enjoyable night for all ages!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, March 4th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests. This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.

To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.


Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

Ash Wednesday
Our brothers and sisters at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church have invited us to join them on Ash Wednesday (March 1) in a service that will also include the congregation of Oxford Presbyterian Church. Worship will begin at 7 pm and will be at Oxford, which is located at 8501 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, right next to the Presbytery ofce and about 15 minutes from Grace. We will have our traditional soup supper in the Palmer Room from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and then carpool over to the service. You are also welcome to join us for just the service.

Lenten Study Series
We will be partnering with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church for a fve-week Lenten study series entitled, “Get Your Serve On,” that will focus on what it means to heed the Bible’s call to live as servants. Pastor Sandy Hull and Cedar Park’s pastor, Janel Dixon, will be teaching. The same study will be held on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm starting March 7, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm starting March 8. Mark your calendars now for a great opportunity for growing. and for getting to know our new friends from Cedar Park.

Men's Breakfast
The men of Grace invite you to join us this Saturday, February 25, at 7:30am in Muysken's Hall for breakfast and fellowship. The lesson will be Acts 17: 16-34. Feel free to invite a friend or anyone you think may enjoy being there.

Grace Place
On Friday, February 24, June Hudson is returning to Grace Place to share and demonstrate the gift of Pilates. If you missed her frst visit, you won’t want to miss her presentation. She will present the basics of Pilates, the exercise system, as well as some background information on the man whom it is named after. Pilates can be done right here at Grace Place without even getting out of our chairs! By the time you leave, you will have found your “powerhouse!” Wear clothing that is comfortable and that you can stretch and reach in. Overly loose or tight clothing can get in the way and impede movement. Be prepared to feel energized and awakened after learning the gentle progression of movements. As Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 3-5, 2017. Please consider joining us for a weekend of fellowship, spiritual renewal, study, fun, and relaxation at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. This year our group will focus John Ortberg’s work The Life You Always Wanted. The life that Christ desires of us is indeed the life that we truly want. Through videos and small group discussions, we’ll explore why we should and how we can transform our lives into the manner that Jesus desires.  More details to come.

February 16, 2017

Adult Education
On Sunday, February 12, the Adult Education is entitled Refugees: Is There Common Ground  for Christians?. Our nation is deeply divided over the issue of refugees, and there are Christians on both sides of the question. At 9:30 a.m. in the Palmer Room, Pastor Sandy Hull will give a presentation seeking to identify biblical principles that inform this issue on which Christians of all political persuasions can agree.  No attempt will be made to propose one “Christian” policy on refugees.  Rather, we will look at Scripture together in hopes of finding a basis for conversations that are, in both content and tone, distinctively Christian.

Pop-Up Potluck
On Saturday, February 25, which is also the last Saturday before Lent, was an evening just crying out for a potluck supper. So Judy and Dave Alexander’s small group will be handling the logistics, Pastor Sandy Hull will be leading some fun activities, and it will all begin at 6 pm on Saturday, February 25 in Muyskens Hall. Please bring a covered dish for 6-8 people. Desserts and drinks will be provided. Don’t miss an enjoyable night for all ages!

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

Ash Wednesday
Our brothers and sisters at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church have invited us to join them on Ash Wednesday (March 1) in a service that will also include the congregation of Oxford Presbyterian Church. Worship will begin at 7 pm and will be at Oxford, which is located at 8501 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, right next to the Presbytery ofce and about 15 minutes from Grace. We will have our traditional soup supper in the Palmer Room from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and then carpool over to the service. You are also welcome to join us for just the service.

Lenten Study Series
We will be partnering with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church for a fve-week Lenten study series entitled, “Get Your Serve On,” that will focus on what it means to heed the Bible’s call to live as servants. Pastor Sandy Hull and Cedar Park’s pastor, Janel Dixon, will be teaching. The same study will be held on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm starting March 7, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm starting March 8. Mark your calendars now for a great opportunity for growing. and for getting to know our new friends from Cedar Park.

Grace Place
On Friday, February 17, Abington High School senior, Jared Stevenson, will present a program on Fire Safety. Jared has been a firefighter in Abington for three years, and is an EMT. He is also the recipient of a Gold Medal in the Congressional Award Program - the US Congress’ highest award for young people! Come join us and learn important information about fire safety! Lunch is at  12:00 and the program begins about 12:45.

On Friday, February 24, June Hudson is returning to Grace Place to share and demonstrate the gift of Pilates. If you missed her frst visit, you won’t want to miss her presentation. She will present the basics of Pilates, the exercise system, as well as some background information on the man whom it is named after. Pilates can be done right here at Grace Place without even getting out of our chairs! By the time you leave, you will have found your “powerhouse!” Wear clothing that is comfortable and that you can stretch and reach in. Overly loose or tight clothing can get in the way and impede movement. Be prepared to feel energized and awakened after learning the gentle progression of movements. As Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 3-5, 2017. Please consider joining us for a weekend of fellowship, spiritual renewal, study, fun, and relaxation at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. This year our group will focus John Ortberg’s work The Life You Always Wanted. The life that Christ desires of us is indeed the life that we truly want. Through videos and small group discussions, we’ll explore why we should and how we can transform our lives into the manner that Jesus desires.  More details to come.

February 9, 2017

Adult Education
On Sunday, February 12, the Adult Education is entitled Refugees: Is There Common Ground  for Christians?. Our nation is deeply divided over the issue of refugees, and there are Christians on both sides of the question. At 9:30 a.m. in the Palmer Room, Pastor Sandy Hull will give a presentation seeking to identify biblical principles that inform this issue on which Christians of all political persuasions can agree.  No attempt will be made to propose one “Christian” policy on refugees.  Rather, we will look at Scripture together in hopes of finding a basis for conversations that are, in both content and tone, distinctively Christian.

Valentine's Cards Available
For the fifth year Women of Grace will be providing the opportunity to support the education and art programs at Beacon, a newly chartered church in Kensington, by offering Valentine's Day cards for $5 each. These are original designs. We would love to raise a record breaking $1,000, this year! Look for them at Church on Sunday February 5th and 12th, or contact either Sandy DiGiulio (digiulio@comcast.net at 267 252 2019) or Donna Jones (donnajonesart1@gmail.com or 215 379 5457).

Grace Place
On Friday, February 10, 2017, Donna Jones will be leading an arts and crafts program at Grace Place.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45.  Bring a friend and join us for some fun valentine crafts!


Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 3-5, 2017. Please consider joining us for a weekend of fellowship, spiritual renewal, study, fun, and relaxation at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. This year our group will focus John Ortberg’s work The Life You Always Wanted. The life that Christ desires of us is indeed the life that we truly want. Through videos and small group discussions, we’ll explore why we should and how we can transform our lives into the manner that Jesus desires.  More details to come.

February 2, 2017

Adult Education
This coming Sunday is a special day for adult ed. With members away on the retreat we’ll be watching a short video based on a Pulitzer prize winning novel. Prepare to be surprised. We’ll first enjoy the story and then have time for discussion around our tables emphasizing both Christian themes and our own life experiences.

 
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, February 4th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.

To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Cherub Choir
Please note that there will be no cherub choir this Sunday February 5th. The cherubs will resume their activities by singing "Jesus Loves Me" on February 12th. 

Valentine's Cards Available
For the fifth year Women of Grace will be providing the opportunity to support the education and art programs at Beacon, a newly chartered church in Kensington, by offering Valentine's Day cards for $5 each. These are original designs. We would love to raise a record breaking $1,000, this year! Look for them at Church on Sunday February 5th and 12th, or contact either Sandy DiGiulio (digiulio@comcast.net at 267 252 2019) or Donna Jones (donnajonesart1@gmail.com or 215 379 5457).
 

January Session Highlights
The session highlights from January are now available on the website.
 

Church School STATION LEADERS needed

The Children's Church School program needs 4 Station Leaders for Unit #5 which runs from 2/19 through 3/9. Station Leaders are needed for the Art, Movie, Science and Cooking rotations. Please consider this request prayerfully! Any questions, please contact Susan Dorshimer.
 

Grace Place
It’s Bingo time! Come and join your friends at Grace Place for an afternoon of fun and prizes this Friday, February 3rd. Lunch is served at 12:00 and Bingo will begin about12:45. Bring yourself and a friend for a rollicking good time of Bingo games, led by our own Bob MacFarland! Join us for lunch, too!

On Friday, February 10, 2017, Donna Jones will be leading an arts and crafts program at Grace Place.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45.  Bring a friend and join us for some fun valentine crafts!


Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 3-5, 2017. Please consider joining us for a weekend of fellowship, spiritual renewal, study, fun, and relaxation at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. This year our group will focus John Ortberg’s work The Life You Always Wanted. The life that Christ desires of us is indeed the life that we truly want. Through videos and small group discussions, we’ll explore why we should and how we can transform our lives into the manner that Jesus desires.  More details to come.

January 26, 2017

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, February 4th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries for up to 80 needy guests . This shelter ministry at Old First UCC in Philadelphia supports hunger relief efforts by providing a place for guests to enjoy a hot breakfast and fellowship. Guests are also offered the opportunity to select clothing, snacks and toiletries from the clothing cupboard each Saturday.

To join the group (volunteers must be 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.


Annual Meeting and Lunch
Join us after the 10:30 service on January 29 for the annual meeting and lunch immediately following. Get to know your fellow worshipers and all that goes on in the life of the church. Be sure to bring an appetite. Sign-ups will be outside the Palmer Room before and after both services. See you there!

Cornerstone Christian Academy Workday
This past Saturday, 22 members of Grace attended the work day at Cornerstone; Congratulations and thank you to all.  The Grace team was involved in cleaning and painting and the school was truly appreciative. We hope to have this number grow each time we go down.  Next work day is tentatively April 1st. Please mark it down on your calendar.

Women's Retreat

Women of Grace 31st Annual Retreat will be held at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Long Beach Island, NJ over the weekend of Feb. 3-5, 2017.  The cost for the weekend is $200.00, and scholarship funds are available. Our retreat leader is Rev. Sarah Colwill, pastor of the Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting, and her theme for the weekend is “Spiritual Practices”.  All women of Grace are encouraged to join us and bring a friend or family member.  Child care can be arranged.  For further details, you may download the flyer and registration form.  Contact chrishoyler@verizon.net or call 215-576-1404 if you have further questions.  

Grace Place
On Friday, February 10, 2017, Donna Jones will be leading an arts and crafts program at Grace Place.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45.  Bring a friend and join us for some fun valentine crafts!