November 30, 2017

Congregational Meeting
The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, Dec. 10, immediately following the 10:30 worship service.  (This meeting has been postponed one week due to the Advent Workshop on Dec. 3.)  The purpose of the meeting is to elect two Associate Pastor Nominating Committees.  Please click here for more details.

2018 Pledge Reminder
Dedication Sunday was Nov. 19, and to date we have received many pledge commitments for 2018 from congregation members and friends.  It's not too late, or too soon, to plan your financial commitment to Grace Church for next year.   Your pledge card can be put it in the offering plate, sent in to the church office “attention:  Tina Hinks” or by email to thinks@gracejenkintown.org.  Thank you to everyone who participates in the significant spiritual discipline of pledging.  The expression of our commitment to Grace with our time, talent and financial support allows us to experience the joy of generosity through God's work here at Grace. 

Grace Place
Come join your friends at Grace Place and get in the Christmas spirit. On Friday, Dec. 1, Grace Church’s own E.B. Kelly will share her cookie decorating skills.  Cookies, frosting and sprinkles galore will be provided. Join in the fun and take home some sweet treats to share or just enjoy yourself.

On Dec. 15 Grace Place will present a musical holiday program. Choir members, Nora Berlinger, Sue Kuhl, and Wendy Browder, will be joined by several friends, to both sing holiday selections and lead us in some of our favorite Christmas carols.  Bring a friend and enjoy the Christmas spirit with music! 

Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noonand programs begin at 12:45 pm.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Please consider volunteering on Saturday, Dec. 2. Help is needed to cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117

Advent Workshop
It's that time of year again! Please mark your calendars for the Children's Advent Workshop Dec. 3 following the 10:30 worship service. Crafts, music, and snacks to be enjoyed by those in the Christmas spirit. 

 Adult Education
The season of Advent is approaching, and with it, our study of the great African-American spirituals as presented by Dr. Luke Powery in his new volume, “Rise Up, Shepherd!” Dr. Powery states, “The Spirituals as expressions of the Spirit are perfect for bridging the worlds of the past, present and future through the season of Advent. It is critical to learn from these marginalized voices in a liturgical season where hope is found in a humble baby Jesus born in poverty.” Come join us for reflection, study and SINGING some of the great spirituals that are part of our musical inheritance. Copies of the book we will be using can be ordered directly from Amazon.  Paperback cost is $13; Kindle is $10.

Cradle for the Christ Child
Thank you to everyone who selected cards from the cradle for the Cradle for the Christ Child gift donation project. All gifts & gift cards should be returned to the Palmer Room at Grace by Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Please consider helping  to organize and sort the gifts on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 am in the Palmer Room – all volunteers are welcome for this festive morning!
 
Attention:  Amazon Shoppers!
Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon purchases to charitable organizations. Grace participates, so you can support our mission when you shop by clicking on our link

Year End Contributions
The end of the year is right around the corner!  Contribution statements will be sent out in early December as a reminder to those who are behind year-to-date on their 2017 pledge.  If you are behind on your pledged or planned giving to Grace for 2017, and would like to catch up, please send in your contributions before the end of December.

If you plan to donate stock to Grace Church and would like it to be included as a 2017 donation, please contact the Presbyterian Foundation by mid December, to allow time to process the transfer during 2017.  You will need to contact the Presbyterian Foundation at 800-858-6127, ext. 5919 to receive up-to-date instructions and transfer account information.  Please also complete the instruction form and return it to the Foundation.  The Foundation will directly acknowledge your gift when it is received.

Annual Church Ornament Exchange
Come one, come all and join us for the annual ornament exchange on Friday, Dec. 8at the home of Bob and Gail MacFarland. Starts at 7:00 pm. Every person will need an ornament and either an appetizer or dessert to share. This is always a fun evening so please join us.
RSVP: gailmacfarland@yahoo.com  or 215-886-3268.
 
Kid Drop
The Children's Ed Team would like to give you a night out! The holidays can be hectic and we want to give you a few hours to finish shopping, attend an event, or just to rest. Friday Dec. 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm drop off your kids for dinner, a movie, and games. Please fill out a reservation sheet and leave it in the bin in the church office by Dec. 10.  Any questions contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org or J Conners.

Men’s Fellowship Christmas Breakfast
Click here for more details on the annual Christmas breakfast for the men of Grace being held on Dec. 16 at 7:45 am in the Palmer Room. 

Special Music Sunday
The Chancel Choir invites you to a special morning of worshipful music-making at the 10:30 am service on Dec.17.  On this third Sunday of Advent, the choir will be singing the Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio).  The piece was written in 1858 for La Madeleine church, where Saint-Saëns was employed as organist.  Originally in Latin, the choir will offer this piece in its English translation.  The oratorio is written for choir, soloists, organ, strings, and harp.  The Chancel Choir will be joined by soprano Lucy Hole, baritone Peter Schertz, and guest instrumentalists for this beautiful musical anticipation of the coming of Christ.

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
It’s time to place your dedication for Christmas poinsettias in memory or honor of loved ones.  Dedications are due in the church office by Sunday, Dec. 17.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary through Dec. 31 and will then be available for delivery to our shut-ins.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two on Dec. 31, please indicate that at the bottom of the dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.  Please use the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.

2018 Flower Dedications
The 2018 Flower Chart in available on the bulletin board in the sanctuary hallway.  To dedicate the chancel flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion, please add your name to the chart for a special Sunday, or contact the church office to see if your date is open.  There is a $45 donation requested to dedicate the chancel flowers for your special Sunday.   The Deacons deliver the church flowers after the service each week.

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 9-11, 2018. Please join us for a weekend of fun, fellowship, specific faith-focused topics to explore, many adventure activities, and relaxation at the Refreshing Mountain resort in Lancaster, PA.  Click here for more details.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
Ask anyone who has volunteered to Shepherd for our Sunday School program, it’s a fun and easy job that keeps our rotation model running.  The job is simple, yet rewarding. If you can sit in the front pews, walk the kids to their class, and take attendance; then this is the job for you! Sign up for a weekly spot on the bulletin board or click here.  Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions.
 
VBS Press Release
Our meeting of ReImagine VBS went swimmingly Wednesday Nov. 8. We are still in t planning stages but so far, some things to get excited about: VBS will te place in the evenings Sunday June 17- Thursday 21 from 5:45-7:45 pm. Our new All Church program will include dinner and an adult bible school. If you are interested in being a part of this new task-force, or want to share your ideas please contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org.  

November 23, 2017

2018 Pledge Reminder
Dedication Sunday was Nov. 19, and to date we have received many pledge commitments for 2018 from congregation members and friends.  It's not too late, or too soon, to plan your financial commitment to Grace Church for next year.   Your pledge card can be put it in the offering plate, sent in to the church office “attention:  Tina Hinks” or by email to thinks@gracejenkintown.org.  Thank you to everyone who participates in the significant spiritual discipline of pledging.  The expression of our commitment to Grace with our time, talent and financial support allows us to experience the joy of generosity through God's work here at Grace. 

Grace Place
Reminder - Grace Place will not be held on Nov. 24.
We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 1.  Come and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45 pm.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!

Adult Education
There will be no Adult Education class on Nov. 26. Instead, we will offer an extended “Fancy Fellowship” coffee hour throughout the morning, in keeping with our St Andrew’s celebration in the 10:30 service of worship.
 
The season of Advent is approaching, and with it, our study of the great African-American spirituals as presented by Dr. Luke Powery in his new volume, “Rise Up, Shepherd!” Dr. Powery states,  “The Spirituals as expressions of the Spirit are perfect for bridging the worlds of the past, present and future through the season of Advent. It is critical to learn from these marginalized voices in a liturgical season where hope is found in a humble baby Jesus born in poverty.” Come join us for reflection, study and SINGING some of the great spirituals that are part of our musical inheritance. Copies of the book we will be using can be ordered directly from Amazon or by signing up in the Church Office no later than Nov.. 26. Paperback cost is $13; Kindle is $10.

St. Andrew’s Service
On Sunday, Nov. 26 in our 10:30 am worship service we will remember Andrew, the first disciple of Christ and the patron saint of Scotland.  The Gospel of John tells us Andrew was so moved after hearing Jesus preach that he returned with his brother Simon Peter to experience the power of Jesus’ message.  Both Andrew and Peter were called to follow Jesus as disciples.  When Andrew was martyred, he insisted on an X shaped cross, which now forms the pattern of the Scottish flag: a white X on a field of sky blue.  Sunday's service will include a bagpiper, special music and liturgies reflecting our call to be disciples of Christ.  Please invite friends and family to this service, and wear something plaid!

Deck the Halls!
Plan to stay after worship on Sunday, Nov. 26th, to help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Lunch will be provided. 

Special Music Sunday
The Chancel Choir invites you to a special morning of worshipful music-making at the 10:30am service on Dec. 17.  On this third Sunday of Advent, the choir will be singing the Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio).  The piece was written in 1858 for La Madeleine church, where Saint-Saëns was employed as organist.  Originally in Latin, the choir will offer this piece in its English translation.  The oratorio is written for choir, soloists, organ, strings, and harp.  The Chancel Choir will be joined by soprano Lucy Hole, baritone Peter Schertz, and guest instrumentalists for this beautiful musical anticipation of the coming of Christ.

Cash Prize!
Please consider lending one hour to our Sunday School Program at Grace as a Shepherd. Sign up here  to see all available spots. The kids at Grace are winning when the whole church participates in their spiritual journey. Taking time to Shepherd our youth is better than any cash prize!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Please consider volunteering on Saturday, Dec. 2. Help is needed to cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117

Advent Workshop
It's that time of year again! Please mark your calendars for the Children's Advent Workshop Dec. 3 following the 10:30 worship service. Crafts, music, and snacks to be enjoyed by those in the Christmas spirit. 
 
Cradle for the Christ Child
Thank you to everyone who selected cards this past week from the cradle for the Cradle for the Christ Child gift donation project. There is still time to support families in our local community celebrate a joyful Christmas - cards will be available for selection from the cradle following both the 8:30 and 10:30 services this Sun., Nov. 26. 

If you would like to participate but are unable to attend worship this Sunday to pick up a card, please contact Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or 202-361-6302, or Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com and we’d be happy to provide you with the information to shop for a child in need.

We are also collecting gift cards for our local mission partners. Gift cards in increments of $15 to local grocery stores, or home supply stores such as Target or WalMart, are truly appreciated by our partners. All gifts & gift cards should be returned to the Palmer Room at Grace by Sunday, Dec. 3rd. 

Another way to get involved: help us organize and sort the gifts on Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 9 am in the Palmer Room – all volunteers are welcome for this festive morning!
 
Attention:  Amazon Shoppers!
Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon purchases to charitable organizations. Grace participates, so you can support our mission when you shop by clicking on our link
 
2018 Flower Dedications
The 2018 Flower Chart in available on the bulletin board in the sanctuary hallway.  To dedicate the chancel flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion,, please add your name to the chart for a special Sunday, or contact the church office to see if your date is open.  There is a $45 donation requested to dedicate the chancel flowers for your special Sunday.   The Deacons deliver the church flowers after the service each week.

Winter Red Cross Blood Drive
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 from 2:00-7:00 pm in Muyskens Hall.  Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parent’s permission), in good health, and must not have donated since Oct. 9.  Your blood donation is critical, as blood cannot be manufactured but must come from a generous donor.  Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and 40% of the blood supply comes from the Red Cross.  With one hour of your time, you can save someone’s life.  What better holiday gift can you give?  To schedule an appointment, please go to www.redcrossblood.org or contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or 215-576-1404.

Annual Church Ornament Exchange
Come one, come all and join us for the annual ornament exchange on Friday, Dec. 8at the home of Bob and Gail MacFarland. Starts at 7:00 pm. Every person will need an ornament and either an appetizer or dessert to share. This is always a fun evening so please join us.
RSVP: gailmacfarland@yahoo.com  or 215-886-3268.

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
It’s time to place your dedication for Christmas poinsettias in memory or honor of loved ones.  Dedications are due in the church office by Sunday, Dec. 17.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary through Dec. 31 and will then be available for delivery to our shut-ins.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two on Dec. 31, please indicate that at the bottom of the dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.  Please use the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.

Parent's Night Out
The Children's Ed Team would like to give you a night out! The holidays can be hectic and we want to give you a few hours to finish shopping, attend an event kid free, or just to rest. On Friday, Dec. 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm we will entertain your kids with dinner, a movie, and games. Please fill out a reservation sheet and leave it in the bin in the church office by Dec. 10. Any questions contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org or J Conners.

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 9-11, 2018. Please join us for a weekend of fun, fellowship, specific faith-focused topics to explore, many adventure activities, and relaxation at the Refreshing Mountain resort in Lancaster, PA.  Click here for more details.

November 16, 2017

2018 Stewardship - The Joy of Generosity
Sunday, Nov. 19 is Stewardship Sunday, when we will dedicate our pledges to the Lord during the worship service.  Please join us in supporting the exciting things God is doing at Grace. The Session of Grace shares this opportunity to live out our calling through our financial support to the work of Grace Church in 2018.  Pledging our financial support is an important expression of our commitment to our church. Download the pledge card and stewardship letter

Grace Place
On Friday, Nov. 17 June Hudson is returning to Grace Place to share and demonstrate the gift of Pilates.  She will present the basics of Pilates (the exercise system), as well as some background information on the man for whom it is named.  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 will allow you to stretch and reach.  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.”

Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Reminder -  Grace Place will not be held on Nov. 24.

Adult Education
Nov. 19: “The Very Good Gospel: What is it?” What is the good news for our soul? Sara Vernon Sterman leads a discussion of Lisa Sharon Harper’s video, “What is the Gospel?” What does the gospel have to say to us in the face of current events? Come join us for a lively session!
 
There will be no Adult Education class on Nov. 26. Instead, we will offer an extended “Fancy Fellowship” coffee hour throughout the morning, in keeping with our St Andrew’s celebration in the 10:30 service of worship.
 
The season of Advent is approaching, and with it, our study of the great African-American spirituals as presented by Dr. Luke Powery in his new volume, “Rise Up, Shepherd!” Dr. Powery states,  “The Spirituals as expressions of the Spirit are perfect for bridging the worlds of the past, present and future through the season of Advent. It is critical to learn from these marginalized voices in a liturgical season where hope is found in a humble baby Jesus born in poverty.” Come join us for reflection, study and SINGING some of the great spirituals that are part of our musical inheritance. Copies of the book we will be using can be ordered directly from Amazon or by signing up in the Church Office no later than November. 26. Paperback cost is $13; Kindle is $10.

St. Andrew’s Service
On Sunday, Nov. 26 in our 10:30 am worship service we will remember Andrew, the first disciple of Christ and the patron saint of Scotland.  The Gospel of John tells us Andrew was so moved after hearing Jesus preach that he returned with his brother Simon Peter to experience the power of Jesus’ message.  Both Andrew and Peter were called to follow Jesus as disciples.  When Andrew was martyred, he insisted on an X shaped cross, which now forms the pattern of the Scottish flag: a white X on a field of sky blue.  Sunday's service will include a bagpiper, special music and liturgies reflecting our call to be disciples of Christ.  Please invite friends and family to this service, and wear something plaid!

Deck the Halls!
Plan to stay after worship on Sunday, Nov. 26th, to help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Lunch will be provided. 

Special Music Sunday
The Chancel Choir invites you to a special morning of worshipful music-making at the 10:30am service on Dec. 17.  On this third Sunday of Advent, the choir will be singing the Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio).  The piece was written in 1858 for La Madeleine church, where Saint-Saëns was employed as organist.  Originally in Latin, the choir will offer this piece in its English translation.  The oratorio is written for choir, soloists, organ, strings, and harp.  The Chancel Choir will be joined by soprano Lucy Hole, baritone Peter Schertz, and guest instrumentalists for this beautiful musical anticipation of the coming of Christ.

Cash Prize!
Please consider lending one hour to our Sunday School Program at Grace as a Shepherd. Sign up here  to see all available spots. The kids at Grace are winning when the whole church participates in their spiritual journey. Taking time to Shepherd our youth is better than any cash prize!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Please consider volunteering on Saturday, Dec. 2. Help is needed to cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117

Advent Workshop
It's that time of year again! Please mark your calendars for the Children's Advent Workshop Dec. 3 following the 10:30 worship service. Crafts, music, and snacks to be enjoyed by those in the Christmas spirit. 
 
Cradle for the Christ Child
For over 20 years, Grace Church has shared holiday blessings with families in need through the generosity of our congregation.  Help us continue the tradition of bringing joy to children and families in our community this Christmas through “Cradle for the Christ Child.”  On either Sunday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 26, take an envelope from the cradle. Then, purchase an item or two for the age/gender of child listed on the card and return those gifts to the Palmer Room by Sunday, Dec. 3. 

We are also collecting gift cards for our local mission partners.  Gift cards in increments of $15 to local grocery stores, or home supply stores such as Target or K-Mart, are truly appreciated by our partners.  These should also be turned in by Dec. 3.
 
We are so grateful for your donations of both gifts and time. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com or Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or (202) 361-6302.
 
Winter Red Cross Blood Drive
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 from 2:00-7:00 pm in Muyskens Hall.  Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parent’s permission), in good health, and must not have donated since Oct. 9.  Your blood donation is critical, as blood cannot be manufactured but must come from a generous donor.  Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and 40% of the blood supply comes from the Red Cross.  With one hour of your time, you can save someone’s life.  What better holiday gift can you give?  To schedule an appointment, please go to www.redcrossblood.org or contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or 215-576-1404.

Annual Church Ornament Exchange
Come one, come all and join us for the annual ornament exchange on Friday, Dec. 8at the home of Bob and Gail MacFarland. Starts at 7:00 pm. Every person will need an ornament and either an appetizer or dessert to share. This is always a fun evening so please join us.
RSVP: gailmacfarland@yahoo.com  or 215-886-3268.

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
It’s time to place your dedication for Christmas poinsettias in memory or honor of loved ones.  Dedications are due in the church office by Sunday, Dec. 17.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary through Dec. 31, and will then be available for delivery to our shut-ins.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two on Dec. 31, please indicate that at the bottom of the dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.  Please use the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.

Parent's Night Out
The Children's Ed Team would like to give you a night out! The holidays can be hectic and we want to give you a few hours to finish shopping, attend an event kid free, or just to rest. On Friday, Dec. 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm we will entertain your kids with dinner, a movie, and games. Please fill out a reservation sheet and leave it in the bin in the church office by Dec. 10. Any questions contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org or J Conners.

Women of Grace 32nd Annual Retreat
All women of Grace are invited to attend a retreat from Feb. 2-4, 2018 at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Long Beach Island, NJ.  Our retreat leader will be Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon, pastor of Cedar Park Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, a partner church with Grace.  Janel's retreat theme will be "Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, Experience the abundant life promised by Christ".  We have invited women from Cedar Park Church to join us.  The cost of the retreat is $200/weekend or $125/Saturday only.  Brochures and registration forms have been emailed to women of Grace, and a sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the Volunteer Office.  For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or call 215-576-1404.

November 9 2017

Sunday School Volunteer Hand-Off and Information Meeting 
If you are interested in hearing more about being a Shepherd or Station Leader please join one of our hand-off meetings on either Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 at 9:30 in the Whale Room.  Past volunteers are encouraged to attend to share their experiences, and new volunteers will be able to learn about the roles and have questions answered.  Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org with questions. 

60 Minutes 
The Sunday School program needs shepherds each week to escort students K-5th grades from the sanctuary to their rotation classroom. In only 60 minutes of your week, you can help our children experience Grace! Sign up here or see the board across from the office to add your name. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions. 

Adult Education Nov. 12
“Proclaiming the Gospel: The Case for Missionaries.” North Korean defector Jinhye Jo and her family would not have survived without the help of an underground church run by a Korean-American missionary, yet many of us have mixed feelings about the work done by these cross-cultural church workers.  Beginning with the Gentile mission of the Antioch church and Acts 15, we will examine  the missionary movement, including a look at the FAM community in Houston, a “church plant” actively and daily proclaiming the gospel.

North Korea Speaker Summary
Listen here to Jinhye Jo’s presentation from our adult education class on Nov. 5.  A transcript of her comments can be viewed here.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in getting a cd copy to listen to Jinhye Jo's presentation.

Grace Place 
On Friday, Nov. 17 June Hudson is returning to Grace Place to share and demonstrate the gift of Pilates.  She will present the basics of Pilates (the exercise system), as well as some background information on the man for whom it is named.  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 will allow you to stretch and reach.  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.”
Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

St. Andrew’s Service
On Sunday, Nov. 26 in our 10:30 am worship service we will remember Andrew, the first disciple of Christ and the patron saint of Scotland.  The Gospel of John tells us Andrew was so moved after hearing Jesus preach that he returned with his brother Simon Peter to experience the power of Jesus’ message.  Both Andrew and Peter were called to follow Jesus as disciples.  When Andrew was martyred, he insisted on an X shaped cross, which now forms the pattern of the Scottish flag: a white X on a field of sky blue.  Sunday's service will include a bagpiper, special music and liturgies reflecting our call to be disciples of Christ.  Please invite friends and family to this service, and wear something plaid!
 
Small Group Guest
Does your small group want a guest speaker to mix up your routine? Kelly Hudson, our Director of Children's Ministry, is looking to visit all of our small groups for 5-10 minutes to explain our new Sunday School curriculum and discuss the new direction of Children’s Education. She wants to open lines of communication, to help answer questions and hear from you about how to best impact our children at Grace. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org to schedule a visit!


Cradle for the Christ Child
For over 20 years, Grace Church has shared holiday blessings with families in need through the generosity of our congregation.  Help us continue the tradition of bringing joy to children and families in our community this Christmas through “Cradle for the Christ Child.”  On either Sunday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 26, take an envelope from the cradle. Then, purchase an item or two for the age/gender of child listed on the card and return those gifts to the Palmer Room by Sunday, Dec. 3. 

We are also collecting gift cards for our local mission partners.  Gift cards in increments of $15 to local grocery stores, or home supply stores such as Target or K-Mart, are truly appreciated by our partners.  These should also be turned in by Dec. 3.
 
We are so grateful for your donations of both gifts and time. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com or Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or (202) 361-6302.
 
Winter Red Cross Blood Drive
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 from 2:00-7:00 pm in Muyskens Hall.  Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parent’s permission), in good health, and must not have donated since Oct. 9.  Your blood donation is critical, as blood cannot be manufactured but must come from a generous donor.  Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and 40% of the blood supply comes from the Red Cross.  With one hour of your time, you can save someone’s life.  What better holiday gift can you give?  To schedule an appointment, please go to www.redcrossblood.org or contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or 215-576-1404.
 
Save the Dates! - 2018 Student Mission Trips
For more information on the 2018 student mission trip opportunities for middle and high school students click here.

Women of Grace 32nd Annual Retreat 
All women of Grace are invited to attend a retreat from Feb. 2-4, 2018 at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Long Beach Island, NJ.  Our retreat leader will be Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon, pastor of Cedar Park Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, a partner church with Grace.  Janel's retreat theme will be "Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, Experience the abundant life promised by Christ".  We have invited women from Cedar Park Church to join us.  The cost of the retreat is $200 weekend/$125 for Saturday only.  Brochures and registration forms have been emailed to women of Grace, and a sign up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the Volunteer Office.  For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or call 215-576-1404.

November 2, 2017

Jazz Worship November 5
On Sunday, Nov. 5, at the 10:30 service, we will be inspired by jazz worship led by Warren Cooper.  Warren is a Presbyterian elder and music minister who leads choral workshops and worship development seminars around the country.  A Philly native and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is considered a pioneer in jazz worship and sacred jazz.  Warren has a weekly program on WRTI.   We at Grace have come to know Warren through our partnership with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church.  Don’t miss this opportunity—and be sure to invite a friend!  

Greetings from North Korea
Join us on Saturday Nov. 4 for an evening of insight and inspiration as we welcome Jinhye (Esther) Jo, a North Korean who, with the help of the underground church was able to defect from oppressive rule. Jinhye will speak to the way in which the church - and her faith - were fundamental in bringing her to America. She will also discuss the outreach of a non-profit she's set up with her sister, who coincidentally is named Grace, and their work in assisting other hopeful North Korean defectors in finding asylum in the United States and a relationship with Christ.
 
Jinhye's discussion will begin at 5 pm in the sanctuary with a potluck dinner to follow in Muyskens Hall at 6 pm.  For the potluck:  if your last name begins with:
 
    A-G, please bring a hot dish to serve 6-8 people. 
    H-M, please bring a salad or vegetable to serve 6-8 people. 
    N-Z, please bring a dessert to serve 6-8 people.
 
Parents of students in both middle and high school are encouraged to attend this event with their children. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers. Jinhye’s powerful story serves as reminder for all of us to consider what it means to “proclaim the gospel for the salvation of humankind.” 
 
Those unable to attend Jinhye's Saturday discussion are invited to hear her speak during our Adult Education class on Sunday, Nov. 5 beginning at 9:30 am. 

This event is brought to you by the Adult Education and Evangelism Teams and hosted by the Deacons.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Please support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Cupboards by donating evaporated milk, box pie crust mix, box stuffing, and 12 oz cans of pumpkin. The collection box will be located outside church office until Nov 8. Your donation will greatly aid the food cupboards in creating Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need this season.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, Nov. 3, Julie Coopersmith will present a program on Mindfulness.  Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and been unable to quiet your mind, to fall back asleep? Or perhaps you might have been in a movie theater and not been able to focus on the movie.  If you have had these common experiences, Mindfulness might be for you!
 
Come learn about Mindfulness, why it matters, and how it might support you in living your life more fully.  In this presentation, we will talk about what Mindfulness is, how it might apply to you, and do activities to support focus in the moment.  Studies on Mindfulness show that it:
 *Aids with building focus
 *Supports stress reduction
 *Facilitates curiosity and a non-judgmental spirit
Lunch is served at noon and programs begins at 12:45 pm.  Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Yard work volunteers provide a huge service to a Breathing Room family. Surgery, recovery and cancer treatments often result in exhaustion and physical limitations.  
Looking out the window at an overgrown yard increases a recipient’s stress. A yard work volunteer rakes, trims, plants and mows the yard back to a beautiful oasis for the family to relax and enjoy time together. We will be meeting on Nov. 4 at 9amat Grace and dividing into groups (rain date is Nov. 5 at 1:30pm). Sign up here.
 
Reimagine Vacation Bible School
You are invited to join us at The Borough Brewhouse, 208 York Rd, Jenkintown, on Nov. 8 at 7:30 pm for appetizers and a VBS brainstorming session! We’ll share ideas for our 2018 Summer Vacation Bible School program as well as ways we can make VBS even better! The Children’s Education Team welcomes your input as we re-vision how VBS works at Grace and encourages you to consider how you might support our efforts. We hope to see you there!

St. Andrew’s Service 
On Sunday, Nov. 26 in our 10:30 am worship service we will remember Andrew, the first disciple of Christ and the patron saint of Scotland.  The Gospel of John tells us Andrew was so moved after hearing Jesus preach that he returned with his brother Simon Peter to experience the power of Jesus’ message.  Both Andrew and Peter were called to follow Jesus as disciples.  When Andrew was martyred, he insisted on an X shaped cross, which now forms the pattern of the Scottish flag: a white X on a field of sky blue.  Sunday's service will include a bagpiper, special music and liturgies reflecting our call to be disciples of Christ.  Please invite friends and family to this service, and wear something plaid!
 
60 Minutes 
The Sunday School program needs shepherds each week to escort students K-5th grades from the sanctuary to their rotation classroom. In only 60 minutes of your week, you can help our children experience Grace! Sign up here or see the board across from the office to add your name. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions. 

Small Group Guest
Does your small group want a guest speaker to mix up your routine? Kelly Hudson, our Director of Children's Ministry, is looking to visit all of our small groups for 5-10 minutes to explain our new Sunday School curriculum and discuss the new direction of Children’s Education. She wants to open lines of communication, to help answer questions and hear from you about how to best impact our children at Grace. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org to schedule a visit!
 
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, Nov. 4. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.
 
Cradle for the Christ Child
For over 20 years, Grace Church has shared holiday blessings with families in need through the generosity of our congregation.  Help us continue the tradition of bringing joy to children and families in our community this Christmas through “Cradle for the Christ Child.”  On either Sunday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 26, take an envelope from the cradle. Then, purchase an item or two for the age/gender of child listed on the card and return those gifts to the Palmer Room by Sunday, Dec. 3. 

We are also collecting gift cards for our local mission partners.  Gift cards in increments of $15 to local grocery stores, or home supply stores such as Target or K-Mart, are truly appreciated by our partners.  These should also be turned in by Dec. 3.
 
We are so grateful for your donations of both gifts and time. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com or Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or (202) 361-6302.
 
Save the Dates! - 2018 Student Mission Trips
For more information on the 2018 student mission trip opportunities for middle and high school students click here.

Women of Grace 32nd Annual Retreat 
All women of Grace are invited to attend a retreat from Feb. 2-4, 2018 at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Long Beach Island, NJ.  Our retreat leader will be Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon, pastor of Cedar Park Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, a partner church with Grace.  Janel's retreat theme will be "Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, Experience the abundant life promised by Christ".  We have invited women from Cedar Park Church to join us.  The cost of the retreat is $200 weekend/$125 for Saturday only.  Brochures and registration forms have been emailed to women of Grace, and a sign up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the Volunteer Office.  For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or call 215-576-1404.

October 26, 2017

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Please support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Cupboards by donating evaporated milk, box pie crust mix, box stuffing, and 12 oz cans of pumpkin. The collection box will be located outside church office until Nov 8. Your donation will greatly aid the food cupboards in creating Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need this season.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, Nov. 3, Julie Coopersmith will present a program on Mindfulness.  Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and been unable to quiet your mind, to fall back asleep? Or perhaps you might have been in a movie theater and not been able to focus on the movie.  If you have had these common experiences, Mindfulness might be for you!
 
Come learn about Mindfulness, why it matters, and how it might support you in living your life more fully.  In this presentation, we will talk about what Mindfulness is, how it might apply to you, and do activities to support focus in the moment.  Studies on Mindfulness show that it:
 *Aids with building focus
 *Supports stress reduction
 *Facilitates curiosity and a non-judgmental spirit
Lunch is served at noon and programs begins at 12:45 pm.  Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

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 on Saturday, Nov. 4, 9-11 am.  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 Oct. 30.  


Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Yard work volunteers provide a huge service to a Breathing Room family. Surgery, recovery and cancer treatments often result in exhaustion and physical limitations.  
Looking out the window at an overgrown yard increases a recipient’s stress. A yard work volunteer rakes, trims, plants and mows the yard back to a beautiful oasis for the family to relax and enjoy time together. We will be meeting on Nov. 4 at 9am at Grace and dividing into groups (rain date is Nov. 5 at 1:30pm). Sign up here.
 
Greetings from North Korea
Join us on Saturday Nov. 4 for an evening of insight and inspiration as we welcome Jinhye (Esther) Jo, a North Korean who, with the help of the underground church was able to defect from oppressive rule. Jinhye will speak to the way in which the church - and her faith - were fundamental in bringing her to America. She will also discuss the outreach of a non-profit she's set up with her sister, who coincidentally is named Grace, and their work in assisting other hopeful North Korean defectors in finding asylum in the United States and a relationship with Christ.
 
Jinhye's discussion will begin at 5 pm in the sanctuary with a potluck dinner to follow in Muyskens Hall at 6 pm.  For the potluck:  if your last name begins with:
 
    A-G, please bring a hot dish to serve 6-8 people. 
    H-M, please bring a salad or vegetable to serve 6-8 people. 
    N-Z, please bring a dessert to serve 6-8 people.
 
Parents of students in both middle and high school are encouraged to attend this event with their children. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers. Jinhye’s powerful story serves as reminder for all of us to consider what it means to “proclaim the gospel for the salvation of humankind.” 
 
Those unable to attend Jinhye's Saturday discussion are invited to hear her speak during our Adult Education class on Sunday, Nov. 5 beginning at 9:30 am. 

This event is brought to you by the Adult Education and Evangelism Teams and hosted by the Deacons.

Jazz Worship November 5
On Sunday, Nov. 5, at the 10:30 service, we will be inspired by jazz worship led by Warren Cooper.  Warren is a Presbyterian elder and music minister who leads choral workshops and worship development seminars around the country.  A Philly native and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is considered a pioneer in jazz worship and sacred jazz.  Warren has a weekly program on WRTI.   We at Grace have come to know Warren through our partnership with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church.  Don’t miss this opportunity—and be sure to invite a friend!    

60 Minutes 
The Sunday School program needs shepherds each week to escort students K-5th grades from the sanctuary to their rotation classroom. It is only 60 minutes of your week to give to the kids of Grace. Sign up here or see the board across from the office to add your name. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions. 

Small Group Guest
Does your small group want a guest speaker to mix up your routine? Kelly Hudson, our Director of Children's Ministry, is looking to visit all of our small groups for 5-10 minutes to explain our new Sunday School curriculum and discuss the new direction of Children’s Education. She wants to open lines of communication, to help answer questions and hear from you about how to best impact our children at Grace. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org to schedule a visit!
 
Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, Nov. 4. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Red Cross Blood Drive
The winter Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4.  Anyone who wishes to make a donation must not have given blood after Monday, Oct. 9.  Please keep this in mind in order to support our Blood Drive.  More details will be announced at a later date.

Save the Dates! - 2018 Student Mission Trips
For more information on the 2018 student mission trip opportunities for middle and high school students click here.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

October 19, 2017

Family Game Night 
Join us on Friday Oct. 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Muysken's Hall for Family Game Night. Come with a canned food item to support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Pantry and stay to play board games. Questions: contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, Oct. 20, The Historical Society of Montgomery County will reveal some of the amazing structures of our region, their history and the people who created them.
On Friday, Nov. 3, Julie Coopersmith will present a program on Mindfulness.  Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and not be able to quiet your mind to fall back asleep? Or perhaps you might have been in a movie theater and not been able to focus on the movie.  If you have had these common experiences, Mindfulness might be for you!
 
Come learn about Mindfulness, why it matters, and how it might support you in living your life more fully.  In this presentation, we will talk about what Mindfulness is, how it might apply to you, and then do activities to support focus in the moment.  Studies on Mindfulness show that it:
 *Aids with building focus
 *Supports stress reduction
 *Facilitates curiosity and a non-judgmental spirit
Lunch is served at noon and programs begins at 12:45 pm.  Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

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 on Saturday, Nov. 4, 9-11 am.  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 Oct. 30.  


Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Yard work volunteers provide a huge service to a Breathing Room family. Surgery, recovery and cancer treatments often result in exhaustion and physical limitations.  
Looking out the window at an overgrown yard increases a recipient’s stress. A yard work volunteer rakes, trims, plants and mows the yard back to a beautiful oasis for the family to relax and enjoy time together. We will be meeting on Nov. 4 at 9am at Grace and dividing into groups (rain date is Nov. 5 at 1:30pm). Sign up here.
 
Greetings from North Korea
Join us on Saturday Nov. 4 for an evening of insight and inspiration as we welcome Jinhye (Esther) Jo, a North Korean who, with the help of the underground church was able to defect from oppressive rule. Jinhye will speak to the way in which the church - and her faith - were fundamental in bringing her to America. She will also discuss the outreach of a non-profit she's set up with her sister, who coincidentally is named Grace, and their work in assisting other hopeful North Korean defectors in finding asylum in the United States and a relationship with Christ.
 
Jinhye's discussion will begin at 5 pm in the sanctuary with a potluck dinner to follow in Muyskens Hall at 6 pm.  For the potluck:  if your last name begins with:
 
    A-G, please bring a hot dish to serve 6-8 people. 
    H-M, please bring a salad or vegetable to serve 6-8 people. 
    N-Z, please bring a dessert to serve 6-8 people.
 
Parents of students in both middle and high school are encouraged to attend this event with their children. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers. Jinhye’s powerful story serves as reminder for all of us to consider what it means to “proclaim the gospel for the salvation of humankind.” 
 
Those unable to attend Jinhye's Saturday, Nov. 4 discussion are invited to hear her speak during our Adult Education class on Sunday, Nov. 5 beginning at 9:30 am. 

This event is brought to you by the Adult Education and Evangelism Teams and hosted by the Deacons.

Jazz Worship November 5
On Sunday, Nov. 5, at the 10:30 service, we will be inspired by jazz worship led by Warren Cooper.  Warren is a Presbyterian elder and music minister who leads choral workshops and worship development seminars around the country.  A Philly native and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is considered a pioneer in jazz worship and sacred jazz.  Warren has a weekly program on WRTI.   We at Grace have come to know Warren through our partnership with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church.  Don’t miss this opportunity—and be sure to invite a friend!    

Vista Newsletter Returns!!
Our monthly newsletter of all things Grace has returned. Inside are 12 pages of news looking back on what we've done so far this year and what's to come. Check out the e-edition here. Prefer a physical copy? You can pick one up this Sunday as well. 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Unit 2 of our Sunday School program begins on Oct. 29, and we are still in need of a few “Good Samaritans” to help shepherd, and to run our Drama station. Please prayerfully consider lending your time to the children of Grace.  Let’s teach our kids that they are never too young to help.  Let’s lead them by our example.  Contact Kelly Hudson at khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions.  Sign up on online here or on the bulletin-board across from the office.
 
Small Group Guest
Does your small group want a guest speaker to mix up your routine? Kelly Hudson, our Director of Children's Ministry, is looking to visit all of our small groups for 5-10 minutes to explain our new Sunday School curriculum and discuss the new direction of Children’s Education. She wants to open lines of communication to help answer questions and hear from you about how to best impact our children at Grace. Contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org to schedule a visit!
 
Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, Nov. 4. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Service Learning Opportunity
Are you a student in need of service hours?  Grace Church is looking for two (or three) responsible students to polish the brass of our Church’s handbells. Supplies will be provided.  This outstanding opportunity can be arranged through Handbell Director Kevin Engleman: ktengleman@aol.com or by calling the Church Office: 215.887.6117.
 
Church World Service - Blankets+
Thank you to all who have donated to support Blanket Sunday at Grace, which helps Church World Service help people in crisis.  Your support helps provide families who have lost their homes with blankets for warmth and shelter, and with clean, safe water. This is a worldwide need and also a very real need in our country following the recent hurricanes.  Donations can be made through the month of October by sending a check to the church office or dropping it in the offering plate on Sunday.  Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.
 

Contribution Statements
Third quarter offering statements have been sent out.   If you find you are behind year to date for your planned or pledged giving to Grace, please try to catch up as you are able.

If you do not currently receive giving statements by email and would like to, please contact the financial secretary at thinks@gracejenkintown.org, and provide the email address (for joint contributors, you can submit one or two email addresses) where you would like statements sent going forward. 

Ways to Give
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 by credit/debit cards and through Paypal directly on our website.  To donate now through our website, or learn about other ways to give to Grace, visit our Generosity Page

You can also support our mission through the Amazon Smile program.  Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon Purchases to charitable organizations.  Find out more by clicking on our Amazon Smile Link.

Session Highlights
September Session highlights are now available for download here or on the website

Red Cross Blood Drive
The winter Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4.  Anyone who wishes to make a donation must not have given blood after Monday, Oct. 9.  Please keep this in mind in order to support our Blood Drive.  More details will be announced at a later date.

Save the Dates! - 2018 Student Mission Trips
For more information on the 2018 student mission trip opportunities for middle and high school students click here.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

October 12, 2017

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Unit 2 of our Sunday School program begins on 10/22, and we are still in need of a few “Good Samaritans” to help shepherd, and to run our Movie and Drama stations. Please prayerfully consider lending your time to the children of Grace.  Let’s teach our kids that they are never too young to help.  Let’s lead them by our example.  Contact Kelly Hudson at khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions, or sign up here or on the bulletin-board across from the office.

Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, November 4. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Service Learning Opportunity
Are you a student in need of service hours?  Grace Church is looking for two (or three) responsible students to polish the brass of our Church’s handbells. Supplies will be provided.  This outstanding opportunity can be arranged through Handbell Director Kevin Engleman: ktengleman@aol.com or by calling the Church Office: 215.887.6117.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, October 20, The Historical Society of Montgomery County will reveal some of the amazing structures of our region, their history and the people who created them.   Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Church World Service - Blankets+
Thank you to all who have donated to support Blanket Sunday at Grace, which helps Church World Service help people in crisis.  Your support helps provide families who have lost their homes with blankets for warmth and shelter, and with clean, safe water. This is a worldwide need and also a very real need in our country following the recent hurricanes.  Donations can be made through the month of October by sending a check to the church office or dropping it in the offering plate on Sunday.  Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.

Cornerstone Christian Academy - Morning of Service
Help us reach our goal of 20 volunteers for Cornerstone Christian Academy's morning of service. Some of the tasks will include cleaning classrooms and painting. We will meet at Grace on 10/14 at 8:15am to carpool/caravan down and will return around 12pm. Please sign up here or on the Mission Team Bulletin Board in the hallway outside of the church office.

Family Game Night
Join us on Friday 10/20 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Muysken's Hall for Family Game Night. Come with a canned food item to support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Pantry and stay to play board games. Questions: contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com

Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Yard work volunteers provide a huge service to a Breathing Room family. Surgery,
recovery and cancer treatments often result in exhaustion and physical limitations.
Looking out the window at an overgrown yard increases a recipient’s stress. A yard
work volunteer rakes, trims, plants and mows the yard back to a beautiful oasis for the
family to relax and enjoy time together. We will be meeting on 11/4 at 9am at Grace and dividing into groups (rain date is 11/5 at 1:30PM). Sign up here.

Red Cross Blood Drive – The winter Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4.  Anyone who wishes to make a donation must not have given blood after Monday, October 9.  Please keep this in mind in order to support our Blood Drive.  More details will be announced at a later date.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

October 5, 2017

Disaster Relief
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Furthermore, due to the dire need for charitable relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented devastation, the Internal Revenue Service announced special guidance on the tax treatment of leave-based donation programs for employers and employees to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey (there is a strong likelihood that this program will also be extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma).  As a result of this IRS Notice, employers can establish leave-based donation programs that will allow their employees to elect to donate the employee’s vacation, sick or personal leave (paid time off) in return for a cash payment made by the employer, equivalent to the value of the donated time, to a charitable organization for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Click here to learn more.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Unit 2 of our Sunday School program begins on 10/22, and we are still in need of a few “Good Samaritans” to help run our Movie and Drama stations. Please prayerfully consider lending your time to the children of Grace.  Let’s teach our kids that they are never too young to help.  Let’s lead them by our example.  Contact Kelly Hudson at  khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions, or sign up on the bulletin-board across from the office.

Adult Education - Christianity 101
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click here for more information.

Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, October 7. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, October 6, Briar Bush Nature Center will have a program.

On Friday, October 20, The Historical Society of Montgomery County will reveal some of the amazing structures of our region, their history and the people who created them. 


Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Church World Service - Blankets+
Thank you to all who have donated to support Blanket Sunday at Grace, which helps Church World Service help people in crisis.  Your support helps provide families who have lost their homes with blankets for warmth and shelter, and with clean, safe water. This is a worldwide need and also a very real need in our country following the recent hurricanes.  Donations can be made through the month of October by sending a check to the church office or dropping it in the offering plate on Sunday.  Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.


Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia is celebrating 300 years with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!  Click here for more details.
 
In addition to the worship service celebration, Presbytery is seeking to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  To date Grace, has collected $1,330.  Please help us maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Judy or Don Pizer.


Cornerstone Christian Academy - Morning of Service
Help us reach our goal of 20 volunteers for Cornerstone Christian Academy's morning of service. Some of the tasks will include cleaning classrooms and painting. We will meet at Grace on 10/14 at 8:15am to carpool/caravan down and will return around 12pm. Please sign up here or on the Mission Team Bulletin Board in the hallway outside of the church office.

Family Game Night
Join us on Friday 10/20 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Muysken's Hall for Family Game Night. Come with a canned food item to support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Pantry and stay to play board games. Questions: contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com

Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Help clean up yards for families supported by The Breathing Room Foundation. We will be meeting on 11/4 at 9am at Grace and divide into groups (rain date 11/5 at 1:30pm). Please sign up here.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

September 28, 2017

Disaster Relief
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Furthermore, due to the dire need for charitable relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented devastation, the Internal Revenue Service announced special guidance on the tax treatment of leave-based donation programs for employers and employees to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey (there is a strong likelihood that this program will also be extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma).  As a result of this IRS Notice, employers can establish leave-based donation programs that will allow their employees to elect to donate the employee’s vacation, sick or personal leave (paid time off) in return for a cash payment made by the employer, equivalent to the value of the donated time, to a charitable organization for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Click here to learn more.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The Children’s Education Team will begin unit 2 of our Sunday School program on 10/22, and we are still in need of a few “Good Samaritans” to help our kiddos explore who proves to be a good neighbor.  We will show them how to identify and help those in need, locally and globally.  Please prayerfully consider lending your time to the children of Grace.  Let’s teach our kids that they are never too young to help.  Let’s lead them by our example.  Contact Kelly Hudson at  khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions, or sign up on the bulletin-board across from the office.

Adult Education - Christianity 101
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click herefor more information.

ColLABorate –New Group for Grades 6-8
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with middle school students in mind will meet at 9:30 am in the Youth Lounge with Pastor Judy and Jason Cooper.  If you are in grades 6-8 then this is for you! 

Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, October 7. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, October 6, Briar Bush Nature Center will have a program.

On Friday, October 20, The Historical Society of Montgomery County will reveal some of the amazing structures of our region, their history and the people who created them. 


Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia is celebrating 300 years with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!  Click here for more details.
 
In addition to the worship service celebration, Presbytery is seeking to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  To date Grace, has collected $1,230.  Please help us maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Judy or Don Pizer.

Blanket Sunday – October 1
Blanket Sunday is October 1, and your donation to Church World Service will help people in crisis.  Your support helps provide families who have lost their homes with blankets for warmth and shelter, and with clean, safe water. This is a worldwide need and also a very real need in our country following the recent hurricanes.  Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.


Cornerstone Christian Academy - Morning of Service
Join us on October 14 for a morning of service at Cornerstone Christian Academy. All ages welcome as there will be cleaning classrooms and painting involved. We will meet at Grace at 8:15am to carpool/caravan to CCA. The work day will end at 11am. Please sign up here or on the Mission Team Bulletin Board in the hallway outside of the church office.

 

Family Game Night
Join us on Friday 10/20 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Muysken's Hall for Family Game Night. Come with a canned food item to support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Pantry and stay to play board games. Questions: contact Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com

Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Help clean up yards for families supported by The Breathing Room Foundation. We will be meeting on 11/4 at 9am at Grace and divide into groups (rain date 11/5 at 1:30pm). Please sign up here.

Announcement Submission Deadline
Announcements for the bulletin and weekly email may be submitted online from our website. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday at 9:00am.  Announcements will be included at the discretion of the staff. All fundraising and/or sale activities must be approved by the Stewardship & Administration Team prior to publicizing. 


Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

September 21, 2017

Disaster Relief
Grace Church is collecting emergency clean-up buckets and supplies through this Sunday.  Buckets & items will be taken to the Church World Service drop-off location on Monday, September 25.  Click here to see a list of requested supplies.


The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.
 

Furthermore, due to the dire need for charitable relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented devastation, the Internal Revenue Service announced special guidance on the tax treatment of leave-based donation programs for employers and employees to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey (there is a strong likelihood that this program will also be extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma).  As a result of this IRS Notice, employers can establish leave-based donation programs that will allow their employees to elect to donate the employee’s vacation, sick or personal leave (paid time off) in return for a cash payment made by the employer, equivalent to the value of the donated time, to a charitable organization for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Click here to learn more.

URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!
The Sunday School train is ready to leave the station, but it can't run without YOU! The wheels are in motion for the rotation program to start, but we can't depart until ALL of our Shepherd spots are filled. Please prayerfully consider lending 1 hour a week to the children of our church. 
Please contact Kelly Hudson khudson@gracejenkintown.org if you are interested.

Adult Education - Christianity 101
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click herefor more information.

ColLABorate –New Group for 6th-8th Graders!
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with middle schoolers in mind, meets at 9:30 am in the Youth Lounge with Pastor Judy and Jason Cooper.  If you are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this is for you! 

Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, September 22, The Bucks County Orchid Society will be here to explain the beautiful world of orchids and how they have been nurtured throughout the years.  They will have orchids for sale following the program for anyone who is interested.

On Friday, October 6, Briar Bush Nature Center will have a program.

On Friday, October 20, The Historical Society of Montgomery County will reveal some of the amazing structures of our region, their history and the people who created them. 


Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia is celebrating 300 years with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!  Click here for more details.
 
In addition to the worship service celebration, Presbytery is seeking to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  To date Grace, has collected $1,130.  Please help us maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Judy or Don Pizer.
 

Blanket Sunday – October 1

Blanket Sunday is October 1, and your donation to Church World Service will help people in crisis.  Your support helps provide families who have lost their homes with blankets for warmth and shelter, and with clean, safe water. This is a worldwide need and also a very real need in our country following the recent hurricanes.  Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.


Cornerstone Christian Academy - Morning of Service
Join us on October 14 for a morning of service at Cornerstone Christian Academy. All ages welcome as there will be cleaning classrooms and painting involved. We will meet at Grace at 8:15am to carpool/caravan to CCA. The work day will end at 11am. Please sign up here or on the Mission Team Bulletin Board in the hallway outside of the church office.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

September 14, 2017

Disaster Relief
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Furthermore, due to the dire need for charitable relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented devastation, the Internal Revenue Service announced special guidance on the tax treatment of leave-based donation programs for employers and employees to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey (there is a strong likelihood that this program will also be extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma).  As a result of this IRS Notice, employers can establish leave-based donation programs that will allow their employees to elect to donate the employee’s vacation, sick or personal leave (paid time off) in return for a cash payment made by the employer, equivalent to the value of the donated time, to a charitable organization for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Click here to learn more.

URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!
The Sunday School train is ready to leave the station, but it can't run without YOU! The wheels are in motion for the rotation program to start, but we can't depart until ALL of our Station Leader and Shepherd spots are filled. After Sunday September 17th's Grace Gathering in Muysken's Hall, children K - 5th grades will remain in service with their parents/guardians until ALL positions are set. Please prayerfully consider lending 1 hour a week to the children of our church. 
Please contact Kelly Hudson khudson@gracejenkintown.org if you are interested.

Adult Education - Christianity 101 – Starting This Sunday!
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click herefor more information.

ColLABorate – Starting This Sunday!
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with ‘tweens in mind, meets at 9:30 am in the Youth Lounge with Pastor Judy and Jason Cooper.  If you are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this is for you! 

Bibles for 3rd Graders – This Sunday!
Bibles will be presented to 3rd Grade students during the 10:30 am worship service on September 17th.  Please let us know if your 3rd grader will be in worship this Sunday.  RSVP to the church office at 215-887-6117 or office@gracejenkintown.org.

Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Grace Place – Upcoming Program
The Bucks County Orchid Society will be here on Friday, September 22, to explain the beautiful world of orchids and how they have been nurtured throughout the years.  They will have orchids for sale following the program for anyone who is interested.
Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and the program will begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia is celebrating 300 years with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!  Click here for more details.
 
In addition to the worship service celebration, Presbytery is seeking to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  To date Grace, has collected $1,100.  Please help us maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Judy or Don Pizer.

Cornerstone Christian Academy
Thank you to all who so generously donated school supplies this year!  Imagine how thrilled the students and teachers are, knowing that other communities are rooting for their success!   
Want to help CCA further?  Please attend their upcoming morning of service on October 14. Sign up here or on the Mission Team bulletin board.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

September 7, 2017

Presbyterian Disaster Relief – Hurricane Harvey
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
Once again, The Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute will present a program for Grace Place.  On September 8th, they will join us to talk about Falls/Balance and How PT Can Help

On Friday, September 22, The Bucks County Orchid Society will explain the beautiful world of orchids and how they have been nurtured throughout the years.  They will have orchids for sale following the program for anyone who is interested.
Lunch is served at noon and the program will begin at 12:45. 

Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some of their favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Rally Day – This Sunday!!
Join in our Rally Day Celebration after the 10:30 worship service THIS SUNDAY!   Come and bring a friend for food fun and fellowship!
In order to save room for the block party fun, please use the parking garage on Rydal Road.  There is an entrance directly to the parking lot from the garage.

If you can help out on Rally Day, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).
 
Cradle for the Christ Child - Gift Donations
The Cradle for the Christ Child team is looking for a few good gifts! Have some presents that didn’t suit your child? Given a duplicate child’s gift that you were unable to return? Picked up a bargain that just never found a home? If these are collecting dust around your house, the Cradle team would gratefully accept them as donations in anticipation of this year’s giving season. We will be accepting NEW toys (as well as children’s games, crafts and sporting equipment) at the Rally Day festivities THIS SUNDAY – look for our table to drop items off. We’ll ensure it gets to a child in need this holiday season. Please note we are only able to accept NEW items – we cannot accept used items. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com
 
Adult Education - Christianity 101
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click herefor more information.

Tween Time
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with ‘tweens in mind, begins on September 17th at 9:30 am with Pastor Judy.  If you are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this is for you!  Location and further details to follow.  Keep watching this space!

Attention:  Parents of 3rd Graders!
Reminder...Bibles will be presented to all 3rd Grade students during the 10:30 amworship service on September 17th.  Please let us know if you will be in worship on that day.  RSVP to the church office at 215-887-6117 or office@gracejenkintown.orgby September 11th.


Children’s Choirs – Starting Soon!
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs this year?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia is celebrating 300 years with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!  Click here for more details.
 
In addition to the worship service celebration, Presbytery is seeking to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  To date Grace, has collected $550.  Please help us maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Judy or Don Pizer.
 
Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

August 31, 2017

Staff News
Andrew Cooper has left the position of Interim Choir Director to pursue a career as a singer in New York City.  That position will be filled, starting Sept. 7, with Megan Coiley.  Megan is a recent graduate of Westminster College and has served over the past two years on the music staff at Nassau Presbyterian Church, in Princeton, and at the United Methodist Church in Kingston, NJ.  God has blessed us with a talented and faith-filled person on short notice.  The interim post lasts through May, and Megan will be eligible for the permanent position slated to begin next summer.  Please pray for Megan as she begins her duties at Grace.

Welcome, Kerith Gabriel
In fulfillment of a key point in our church’s ReVision Plan, Kerith (pronounced Keh-REETH) Gabriel has begun a six-month, renewable appointment to oversee our church’s communications.  Kerith has a degree in communications from Drexel University.  He has worked both as a journalist and as a creator and strategist of digital content and social media.  Among his many duties, under Kerith’s direction we will have a monthly newsletter, available in print and online, starting in September.

Presbyterian Disaster Relief – Hurricane Harvey
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Hymn Sing – Sunday, September 3rd
Pastor Judy will lead the service of worship for Sunday, September 3rd, which will include many all-time favorite hymns and worship songs.  Please join us to find out which favorite came in on top!

Proposed Sound System – Live Demonstration
The proposed sound system for the Sanctuary will undergo a “live Demonstration” on Tuesday September 5th at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  The new system will be compared to the current one. The proposed equipment will be temporarily set up and you will be able to experience the difference in the sound between the existing and the proposed. You will be able to hear both systems from your favorite seat and from anywhere else in the Sanctuary.  We seek your comments, questions and opinions.  Hope to see you involved in another significant step in the life of Grace.  Please contact Klaus Fuelleborn with any questions.
 
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, September 9th. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.
 
High School Youth Group – Rally Day Volunteers Needed
Help us welcome our church family, neighbors, and visitors on Rally Day, September 10th.  We need your help to set up tables, chairs, and games.  Contact Steve Alexander through the church office or be there at 8:00 am on the 10th.  Thank you!  Your service makes our mission possible.

Rally Day Save the Date
Sunday, September 10th will be our Rally Day Celebration.  Make plans now to be here for delicious food and fun activities for children, including our yearly moon bounce! Save the date and bring a friend for fun, food and fellowship!
Volunteers are needed on Rally Day, if you are able to help, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).
The morning will include:
     *8:30 worship in the Chapel
   *10:30 worship in the Sanctuary
               Regular church school classes will begin (2 year olds through 5th grade)
   *11:30 Rally Day Block Party outside along Vista Road and in the parking lot

**Children’s, Adult, and Bell Choirs, and Children’s Sunday School classes will begin on Sunday, September 10th.
** Adult Education classes and Bible presentation to 3rd Graders will take place on Sunday, September 17th.
**High School Youth Group will begin on Sunday, September 17th at 7:00 pm.
** Middle School Youth Group will begin on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm.
 
Adult Education - Christianity 101
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click herefor more information.

Tween Time
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with ‘tweens in mind, begins on September 17th at 9:30 am with Pastor Judy.  If you are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this is for you!  Location and further details to follow.  Keep watching this space!

Attention:  Parents of 3rd Graders!
Reminder...Bibles will be presented to all 3rd Grade students during the 10:30 amworship service on September 17th.  Please let us know if you will be in worship on that day.  RSVP to the church office at 215-887-6117 or office@gracejenkintown.orgby September 11th.

Cradle for the Christ Child - Gift Donations
The Cradle for the Christ Child team is looking for a few good gifts! Have some presents that didn’t suit your child? Given a duplicate child’s gift that you were unable to return? Picked up a bargain that just never found a home? If these are collecting dust around your house, the Cradle team would gratefully accept them as donations in anticipation of this year’s giving season. We will be accepting NEW toys (as well as children’s games, crafts and sporting equipment) at the Rally Day festivities on September 10th – look for our table and drop it off to us on Sunday, Sept. 10. We’ll ensure it gets to a child in need this holiday season. Please note we are only able to accept NEW items – we cannot accept used items. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com
 
Children’s Choirs – Starting Soon!
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs this year?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Session Highlights
August Session highlights are now available on the website

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

August 24, 2017

Celebration of Life Services
The service for Alice McElhinney, who died on July 24th, will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:00am at Grace Presbyterian Church.  
 
The service for Addie Bracy, who died on August 9th, will be held on Sunday, August 27th, at 2:00pm at Grace Presbyterian Church.  
 
THANKS to EVERYONE   for a fantastic week at “Maker Fun Factory,” our 2017 VBS program!  We all had a wonderful week together learning about God’s Love.
 
HYMN SING – Sunday, September 3rd
Pastor Judy will lead the service of worship for Sunday, September 3rd, which will include many all-time favorites hymns and worship songs.  Please join us to find out which favorite came in on top!

Proposed Sound System – Live Demonstration
The proposed sound system for the Sanctuary will undergo a “live Demonstration” on Tuesday September 5th at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  The new system will be compared to the current one. The proposed equipment will be temporarily set up and you will be able to experience the difference in the sound between the existing and the proposed. You will be able to hear both systems from your favorite seat and from anywhere else in the Sanctuary.  We seek your comments, questions and opinions.  Hope to see you involved in another significant step in the life of Grace.  Please contact Klaus Fuelleborn with any questions.
 
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, September 9th. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.
 
High School Youth Group – Rally Day Volunteers Needed
Help us welcome our church family, neighbors, and visitors on Rally Day, September 10th.  We need your help to set up tables, chairs, and games.  Contact Steve Alexander through the church office or be there at 8:00 am on the 10th.  Thank you!  Your service makes our mission possible.

Rally Day Save the Date
Sunday, September 10th will be our Rally Day Celebration.  Make plans now to be here for delicious food and fun activities for children, including our yearly moon bounce! Save the date and bring a friend for fun, food and fellowship!
Volunteers are needed on Rally Day, if you are able to help, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).
The morning will include:
     *8:30 worship in the Chapel
   *10:30 worship in the Sanctuary
               Regular church school classes will begin (2 year olds through 5th grade)
   *11:30 Rally Day Block Party outside along Vista Road and in the parking lot

**Children’s, Adult, and Bell Choirs, Sunday School classes, and Youth Groups will begin on Sunday, September 10th.
** Adult Education classes, and Bible presentation to 3rd Graders will take place on Sunday, September 17th.**
 
Adult Education - Christianity 101
What are the core beliefs of Christianity?  What should Christians know about the Bible, the Trinity, the resurrection, the second coming, etc.?  What beliefs are essential to Christianity and where is it OK for Christians to hold differing opinions?  Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  If you’re a spiritual seeker considering Christianity, or a Christian who would like to review the basics or be better able to share your faith, this is for you.  

Attention:  Parents of 3rd Graders!
Reminder...Bibles will be presented to all 3rd Grade students during the 10:30 amworship service on September 17th.  Please let us know if you will be in worship on that day.  RSVP to the church office at 215-887-6117 or office@gracejenkintown.orgby September 11th.

Cradle for the Christ Child - Gift Donations
The Cradle for the Christ Child team is looking for a few good gifts! Have some presents that didn’t suit your child? Given a duplicate child’s gift that you were unable to return? Picked up a bargain that just never found a home? If these are collecting dust around your house, the Cradle team would gratefully accept them as donations in anticipation of this year’s giving season. We will be accepting NEW toys (as well as children’s games, crafts and sporting equipment) at the Rally Day festivities on September 10th – look for our table and drop it off to us on Sunday, Sept. 10. We’ll ensure it gets to a child in need this holiday season. Please note we are only able to accept NEW items – we cannot accept used items. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Zamborsky at mzamborsky@gmail.com or Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com
 
Children’s Choirs – Starting Soon!
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs this year?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia, founded in 1717, is celebrating its 300th year of existence!  It is the oldest Presbyterian corporate entity in the United States and home to some of the oldest Presbyterian churches in our nation. Presbytery’s story is deeply rooted in both American and Presbyterian history, illustrating faithfulness and courage throughout its heritage.  This celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited! 
 
Please join in the celebration of 300 years by helping Presbytery’s efforts to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  Please help Grace maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office. 
Questions?  Please contact Don Pizer at donpizer@comcast.net or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at rcyoung2@comcast.net or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org or 215-887-6117 ext 16.
 
Grace Nursery School - Welcome our New Director, Cindy Kaminski!
Cindy lives in Glenside with her husband, Kevin, daughter, Ashley and her son, Ryan. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University. She later earned her PA Teaching Certification in 2010.  She has been teaching for eleven years with experience teaching children two years of age through Pre-K. Cindy is currently the teacher in the Three Year old class, and will aide Mrs. Edwardson in the Four year old class. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her dog Molly.  She enjoys cooking and listening to music.
Cindy can be reached at ckleim@aol.com.

Flower Dedication Dates Available
The following dates are still available to dedicate flowers for a special Sunday in memory or in honor of a special person or occasion: 9/17, 10/1, 10/8, and 12/31. Please add your name to the flower chart in the church hallway or contact the church office at 215-887-6117.
 
Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

August 17, 2017

Celebration of Life Services
The service for Alice McElhinney, who died on July 24th, will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:00am at Grace Presbyterian Church.  
 
The service for Addie Bracy, who died on August 9th, will be held on Sunday, August 27th, at 2:00pm at Grace Presbyterian Church.  
 
Back-to-School Drive - final days!
The mission team at Grace is supporting our mission partner, Cornerstone Christian Academy, with a back-to-school drive.  CCA is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  We've had a wonderful start in helping these students begin the year on the right foot, but let's see if we can collect enough items for the entire school.  Items needed include: loose leaf paper, divider tabs, 2 inch three ring binders, folders, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, pens, highlighters, rulers, erasers, white board markers, tissues, large bottle of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and flash drives. Donations bins will be placed at our church’s Vista Road entrance until 8/20.  To learn more about CCA go to www.cornerstonephiladelphia.com

Grace Place
Bob will be back - for Bingo!   Yeah! Bob MacFarland, Grace's very own favorite Bingo caller, will join us at Grace Place on Friday, August 18th.  Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo and prizes.  Lunch is served at 12:00 noon and the game will begin about 12:45 pm. 
Hope to see you there!

HYMN SING! Have a favorite hymn we haven’t sung in worship for a while? Now’s your chance! Pastor Judy is writing a service of worship for Sunday, September 3rd to include your all-time favorites. Consider yourself forwarned, however: only the top ten will make it into the hour! Vote now and vote often for the hymn or worship song of your choice! Send your top three favorites to Beth in the church office at office@gracejenkintown.org or write them next to your name when you sign the Friendship Pad upon entering worship. Both the 8:30and the 10:30 services are open for suggestions!
 
THANKS to EVERYONE who has contributed supplies, time, energy and financial donations to support “Maker Fun Factory,” our 2017 VBS program! With your help, we are looking forward to a wonderful week together!
 
Rally Day - Save the Date!
Sunday, September 10th will be our Rally Day Celebration.  Make plans now to be here for delicious food and fun activities for children, including our yearly moon bounce! Save the date and bring a friend for fun, food and fellowship!
Volunteers are needed on Rally Day, if you are able to help, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).
The morning will include:
     *8:30 worship in the Chapel
   *10:30 worship in the Sanctuary
               Regular church school classes will begin (2 year olds through 5th grade)
   *11:30 Rally Day Block Party outside along Vista Road and in the parking lot

**Children’s, Adult, and Bell Choirs, Sunday School classes, and Youth Groups will begin on Sunday, September 10th.
** Adult Education classes, and Bible presentation to 3rd Graders will take place on Sunday, September 17th.**
 
Adult Education - Christianity 101
What are the core beliefs of Christianity?  What should Christians know about the Bible, the Trinity, the resurrection, the second coming, etc.?  What beliefs are essential to Christianity and where is it OK for Christians to hold differing opinions?  Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  If you’re a spiritual seeker considering Christianity, or a Christian who would like to review the basics or be better able to share your faith, this is for you.  
 
Children’s Choirs – Starting Soon!
Are your children interested in participating in our children’s choirs this year?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to office@gracejenkintown.org, or drop it off to the church office.

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia, founded in 1717, is celebrating its 300th year of existence!  It is the oldest Presbyterian corporate entity in the United States and home to some of the oldest Presbyterian churches in our nation. Presbytery’s story is deeply rooted in both American and Presbyterian history, illustrating faithfulness and courage throughout its heritage.  This celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited! 
 
Please join in the celebration of 300 years by helping Presbytery’s efforts to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  Please help Grace maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office. 
Questions?  Please contact Don Pizer at donpizer@comcast.net or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at rcyoung2@comcast.net or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org or 215-887-6117 ext 16.
 
Grace Nursery School - Welcome our New Director, Cindy Kaminski!
Cindy lives in Glenside with her husband, Kevin, daughter, Ashley and her son, Ryan. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University. She later earned her PA Teaching Certification in 2010.  She has been teaching for eleven years with experience teaching children two years of age through Pre-K. Cindy is currently the teacher in the Three Year old class, and will aide Mrs. Edwardson in the Four year old class. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her dog Molly.  She enjoys cooking and listening to music.
Cindy can be reached at ckleim@aol.com.

Flower Dedication Dates Available
The following dates are still available to dedicate flowers for a special Sunday in memory or in honor of a special person or occasion: 9/17, 10/1, 10/8, and 12/31. Please add your name to the flower chart in the church hallway or contact the church office at 215-887-6117.
 
Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at ckleim@aol.com for prices and more detailed information.

August 10, 2017

Celebration of Life Service
The service for Alice McElhinney, who died on July 24th, will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:00am at Grace Presbyterian Church.  There will be a luncheon in Muyskens Hall immediately following the service.  Please RSVP to Alison Petersen by August 15th at alpeters@allegisgroup.com if you will be attending the luncheon.

Congregational Meeting - August 13th
There will be a brief congregational meeting following the 10:30 worship service on August 13 for the purpose of electing two Deacons and the 2017-18 Nominating Committee.   The nominees for Deacon are Hank Schneider (3-year term) and Ben Danilak (1-year Student Deacon), and the nominees for the 2017-18 Nominating Committee are Ruth Fuelleborn, Kurt Heiselmoyer, Linda Ricketts, Lisa Rutkowski, John Still, and Lisa Willie. 

Vacation Bible School – Decorating Party
Want to lend a hand (or two)?  The Children’s Ed Team is hosting a decorating party on Tuesday, August 15th at 5:00 pm in Muyskens Hall to build sets and decorate the building for our Maker Fun Factory!  Dinner and refreshments will be served so come hungry and ready to work!

SUMMER DOLDRUMS setting in? Why not take advantage of the opportunity to serve the children of our church and the larger community!
Come spend an hour with our 6 to 9 year-olds as the helper in Belinda Hull’s class any Sunday in August!  Just email Pastor Judy at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org to volunteer.
 
Not available on the weekends? Do we have the place for you! “Maker Fun Factory,” our Vacation Bible School program, runs from August 21-25 this year and is just waiting for YOU to sign up! Participant registration is CLOSED, but there are still openings for VOLUNTEERS! If you are a teenager and interested in serving as a crew leader assistant, go to vbspro.events/p/642700and register NOW! (We need  Pre-K, 3rd and 4th grade crew leader assistants). If you are an adult and can serve as a station or crew leader, go to vbspro.events/p/642700 and register as a Kindergarten crew leader or for the Bible Discovery Station. Come and join the fun!

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!

Back-to-School Drive
The mission team at Grace is supporting our mission partner, Cornerstone Christian Academy, with a back-to-school drive.  CCA is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  We've had a wonderful start in helping these students start the year off on the right foot, but let's see if we can collect enough items for the entire school.  Items needed include: loose leaf paper, divider tabs, 2 inch three ring binders, folders, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, pens, highlighters, rulers, erasers, white board markers, tissues, large bottle of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and flash drives. Donations bins will be placed at our church’s Vista Road entrance until 8/20.  To learn more about CCA go to www.cornerstonephiladelphia.com

Grace Place
Bob will be back - for Bingo!   Yeah! Bob MacFarland, Grace's very own favorite Bingo caller, will join us at Grace Place on Friday, August 18th.  Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo and prizes.  Lunch is served at 12:00 noon and the game will begin about 12:45 pm. 
Hope to see you there!
 
Rally Day - Save the Date!
Our Rally Day block party is scheduled for September 10th, 2017 and will begin directly after worship at 11:30 AM on Vista Road. Stick around for delicious food and fun activities for children, including our yearly moon bounce! Save the date and bring a friend for fun, food and fellowship!
 
If you can give a little of your time to help out on Rally Day, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia, founded in 1717, is celebrating its 300th year of existence!  It is the oldest Presbyterian corporate entity in the United States and home to some of the oldest Presbyterian churches in our nation. Presbytery’s story is deeply rooted in both American and Presbyterian history, illustrating faithfulness and courage throughout its heritage.  This celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited! 
 
Please join in the celebration of 300 years by helping Presbytery’s efforts to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.
The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  Please help Grace maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office. 
Questions?  Please contact Don Pizer at donpizer@comcast.net or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at rcyoung2@comcast.net or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org or 215-887-6117 ext 16.

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - 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.

August 3, 2017

Celebration of Life Service
The service for Alice McElhinney, who died on July 24th, will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:00am at Grace Presbyterian Church.  There will be a luncheon in Muyskens Hall immediately following the service.  Please RSVP to Alison Petersen by August 15th at alpeters@allegisgroup.com if you will be attending the luncheon.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
There will be a brief congregational meeting following the 10:30 worship service on August 13 for the purpose of electing two Deacons and the 2017-18 Nominating Committee.  

SUMMER DOLDRUMS setting in? 
Why not take advantage of the opportunity to serve the children of our church and the larger community!

Come spend an hour with our 6 to 9 year-olds as the helper in Belinda Hull’s class any Sunday in August!  Just email Pastor Judy at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org to volunteer.
 
Not available on the weekends? Do we have the place for you! “Maker Fun Factory,” our Vacation Bible School program, runs from August 21-25 this year and is just waiting for YOU to sign up! Participant registration is CLOSED, but there are still openings for VOLUNTEERS! If you are a teenager and interested in serving as a crew leader assistant, go to vbspro.events/p/642700and register NOW! (We need  Pre-K, 3rd and 4th grade crew leader assistants). If you are an adult and can serve as a station or crew leader, go to vbspro.events/p/642700 and register as a Kindergarten crew leader or for the Bible Discovery Station. Come and join the fun!

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!

Back-to-School Drive
The mission team at Grace is supporting our mission partner, Cornerstone Christian Academy, with a back-to-school drive.  CCA is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  We've had a wonderful start in helping these students start the year off on the right foot, but let's see if we can collect enough items for the entire school.  Items needed include: loose leaf paper, divider tabs, 2 inch three ring binders, folders, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, pens, highlighters, rulers, erasers, white board markers, tissues, large bottle of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and flash drives. Donations bins will be placed at our church’s Vista Road entrance until 8/20.  To learn more about CCA go to www.cornerstonephiladelphia.com

Grace Place
Bob will be back - for Bingo!   Yeah! Bob MacFarland, Grace's very own favorite Bingo caller, will join us at Grace Place on Friday, August 18th.  Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo and prizes.  Lunch is served at 12:00 noon and the game will begin about 12:45 pm. 
Hope to see you there!
 
Rally Day
Our Rally Day block party is scheduled for September 10th, 2017 and will begin directly after worship at 11:30 AM on Vista Road. Stick around for delicious food  and fun activities for children, including our yearly moon bounce! Save the date and bring a friend for fun, food and fellowship!
 
If you can give a little of your time to help out on Rally Day, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Campaign
This year the Presbytery of Philadelphia, of which Grace is a member church, is celebrating its 300th year of existence!  That’s right, founded in 1717, the Presbytery of Philadelphia is the oldest Presbyterian corporate entity in the United States and home to some of the oldest Presbyterian churches in our nation. Presbytery’s story is deeply rooted in both American and Presbyterian history, illustrating faithfulness and courage throughout the 300-year heritage.
 
We at Grace are invited to join in the celebration of 300 years and help raise $300,000 for our ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice. Click here for link to Campaign brochure to learn more about these initiatives.
 
To encourage giving at Grace, the Session and Mission Team have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised from you.  Please make checks payable to the Presbytery of Philadelphia, memo line 300th, and send to Tina Hinks in the church office so we can match your gifts.  Pledge cards are available if you wish to make a multi-payment gift.
 
The 300th celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. You are ALL invited!
 
Questions?  Please contact Don Pizer at donpizer@comcast.net or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at rcyoung2@comcast.net or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org or 215-887-6117 ex 16.

Session Highlights
July Session highlights are now available on the website.

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.

July 27, 2017

Church-wide Picnic and Softball game - Wednesday August 2nd at 5:30!
Please join us for a picnic and a chance for fellowship and fun!  Catch up with friends and bring a friend!  Join us for the picnic, a game or both.  No softball experience required, but we recommend bringing along your own bats, balls and gloves if you have them.
Hotdogs and grills, water and lemonade along with paper products will be provided.  Signup for salads or desserts at church or contact Christy Pietsch at ecpietsch@gmail.com or Mimi Satterthwaite at mimijeff@msn.com.

We will meet at Alverthorpe Park and have access to a Pavillion and a field.  Entrance is off of Fox Chase Road and parking is available.  Click here for a map of the location.

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Campaign
This year the Presbytery of Philadelphia, of which Grace is a member church, is celebrating its 300th year of existence!  That’s right, founded in 1717, the Presbytery of Philadelphia is the oldest Presbyterian corporate entity in the United States and home to some of the oldest Presbyterian churches in our nation. Presbytery’s story is deeply rooted in both American and Presbyterian history, illustrating faithfulness and courage throughout the 300-year heritage.
 
We at Grace are invited to join in the celebration of 300 years and help raise $300,000 for our ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice. Click here for link to Campaign brochure to learn more about these initiatives.
 
To encourage giving at Grace, the Session and Mission Team have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised from you.  Please make checks payable to the Presbytery of Philadelphia, memo line 300th, and send to Tina Hinks in the church office so we can match your gifts.  Pledge cards are available if you wish to make a multi-payment gift.
 
The 300th celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. You are ALL invited!
 
Questions?  Please contact Don Pizer at donpizer@comcast.net or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at rcyoung2@comcast.net or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org or 215-887-6117 ex 16.

SUMMER DOLDRUMS setting in? 
Why not take advantage of the opportunity to serve the children of our church and the larger community!

Come teach the 3 to 5 year-old class on either August 6 or 13; lesson provided. Or, spend an hour with our 6 to 9 year-olds as the helper in Belinda Hull’s class any Sunday in August!  Just email Pastor Judy at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org to volunteer.
 
Not available on the weekends? Do we have the place for you! “Maker Fun Factory,” our Vacation Bible School program, runs from August 21-25 this year and is just waiting for YOU to sign up! Participant registration is CLOSED, but there are still openings for VOLUNTEERS! If you are a teenager and interested in serving as a crew leader assistant, go to vbspro.events/p/642700and register NOW! (We need Nursery assistants, Pre-K, 3rd and 4th grade crew leader assistants). If you are an adult and can serve as a station or crew leader, go to vbspro.events/p/642700 and register as a Nursery helper, or a Kindergarten crew leader. Come and join the fun!

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!

Back-to-School Drive
Cornerstone Christian Academy is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  To help the students start the year off on the right foot, Grace is participating in a Back-to-School Drive from 7/16-8/20. Click here to see what items are needed.  Donation bins will be placed at the Vista Rd. entrance.  To learn more about CCA.

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.

July 20, 2017

Back-to-School Drive
Cornerstone Christian Academy is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  To help the students start the year off on the right foot, Grace is participating in a Back-to-School Drive from 7/16-8/20. Click here to see what items are needed.  Donation bins will be placed at the Vista Rd. entrance.  To learn more about CCA

Summer Sunday School - Volunteers needed
Volunteers are still needed to teach our 3-5 year olds in our Summer Sunday School program on August 6 and 13, and to assist Belinda Hull with the 6-9 year old class from July 23-August 27.  If you can give just one hour of your time on one of these Sundays to our children here at Grace, please email Pastor Judy at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org.  Thank you!

Grace Place
Bob will be back - for Bingo!  Yeah!  Bob MacFarland, Grace's very own favoite Bingo caller, will join us at Grace Place on Friday, July 21 and again on Friday, August 18th.  Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo and prizes.  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the game will begin about 12:45.  Hope to see you there!

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 Maker 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.

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.