December 29, 2016

Sunday School Leaders Needed
Station Leaders are needed for the upcoming Children’s Church School Unit. The unit runs from January 8th through February 12th. Station Leaders are needed for the Science and Art rotations. Please consider this request prayerfully!

King Cake Party
On Sunday, January 1, we will hold one worship service with communion at 10:30 am. Following worship, king cake will be served at coffee hour and we will crown the three “kings” who find the baby trinkets hidden in each of the cakes. Tradition holds that a king cake “draws the kings” to the Epiphany, which is celebrated on Wednesday, January 6 this year. The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day) up until Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. Some communities have "king cake parties" every week through the Carnival season. In Portugal and France, whoever gets the king cake trinket is expected to buy the next cake for these get-togethers! 
 

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

The clothing cupboard at Wellspring is in need of new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for the winter months.  If you have extra of any of these items in your closet, please share the warmth with those in need who come to Wellspring's breakfast ministry & clothing cupboard.  Items can be dropped at the church donation collection bin located on the balcony hallway.  Thank you!

Cornerstone Work Day

 

Please join us on January 14th for Cornerstone Work day! Above you can see our largest turnout. Can you help us make our goal of 20 attendees? We welcome all members of your family, including the children. All ages are welcome, so bring the kids. We will be painting, cleaning and performing other non-technical maintenance work. There may also be work in both the library and addressing envelopes for mailings.  
 
Please either sign up on the bulletin board or contact John Still at 215-274-1315. 

Grace Place
This week (Friday, December 30) information about the Vial of L.I.F.E., Life Information for Emergencies, will be provided by Brian Kalf, an EMT with Second Alarmers. Brian will explain the use and benefits of the program and all attendees will be provided with Vials to take home. Be ready for medical emergencies - come learn about how to be prepared. The program begins at 12:45. Bring a friend!

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

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

2017 Flower Dedications - Open Dates
Your special Sunday may be available for you to dedicate the chancel flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. Please call the church office to see if your date is open on the 2017 Flower Chart. These upcoming dates are available: January 8, 15, - February 5,12, 19 or 26.

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon Purchases to charitable organizations. Grace participates, so you can #StartWithaSmile and support our mission by clicking on our Amazon Smile Link.

Photos from Christmas Eve Service

Bear Alert!

Several brown bears have been spotted in the Jenkintown area. At this time it is unknown if the bears are scavenging for food or possibly looking for shelter. If you see them, please do not attempt to capture them. You must alert the authorities immediately.  Below is the only picture we have of these potentially deadly creatures.