December 8, 2016

Adult Ed
“Isaiah 9:2-7 is a well-known oracle… that uses four royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Join us for Adult Ed each Sunday during Advent (November 27 – December 18) to explore each of these titles; how people understood them then; how Jesus did or did not fulfill each; and how Christians understand Jesus to represent each title. Led by Pastor Judy at 9:30 in the Palmer Room.

Sunday School
All children of Sunday school age will begin the morning in worship every Sunday. Please bring your children with you to the sanctuary, where they can sit with their Sunday school groups (Apples, Fish, Bread or Grapes). Shepherds will be on hand to greet your children, sit with them, assist them with worship and lead them out of the sanctuary to their stations following the Children’s Message.  As usual, nursery care will be provided from 8:15 to 11:30 for infants to 2, and the 2/3 year old class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Lion room. 

Turkey Basket Challenge
As we enter the Advent Season let us remember those among us who are hunger and give generously. Thanks to SHARE, who gets donated food and lower prices, The Presbytery of Philadelphia will be able to provide baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas to each of 18 Care Closets in our Presbytery and our part in this is to help fund the project. These baskets (boxes) go to families experiencing food insecurity.

Each box costs $30 and contains a fresh turkey, stuffing mix, canned vegetables, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, oranges, apples, rolls and dessert. There is enough for a family of 5 with leftovers for 2 or 3 days.

How can you help?
Make a $30 check out to Grace Presbyterian Church and write Turkey Basket on the memo line. Donations will be accepted until December 18. Please give thankfully and generously. Know that when you give to these families, you are giving to the Lord. Invite Him to your table and be blessed.

Cradle for the Christ Child - Gift Delivery
Gift delivery for Cradle for the Christ Child will take place this week - if you would like to deliver a gift to a family in the Abington area, please visit the Palmer Room following worship on Sunday and take a sack of gifts. Each bag has a delivery contact name, address and phone number. Please call the delivery contact prior to dropping off the gift. We appreciate your help for this last portion of our very important Christmas project!

Annual Church Ornament Exchange
Come one, come all and join us for the annual ornament exchange on Friday December 16th at Don & Marcia Pizer's (606 Runnymede Ave, Jenkintown). 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 mpizer@comcast.net or 215-576-5562.

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.

Men's Holiday Breakfast
The men of Grace invite you to join us for a special holiday breakfast on Saturday morning December 10th at 8:30 am in the Palmer Room.  Last year a large number of the men enjoyed a wonderful meal and fellowship at our second annual holiday breakfast.  We encourage you to attend as this will be our only Breakfast for the month of December. The breakfast starts at 8:30 am and ends at 10:00 am. Feel free to invite a friend or anyone you think may enjoy the food and fellowship. 

Nursery Care Position Open
The Children's Ed team has a paid nursery care position available. Position would be required for nursery care (children aged 3 months to 3 years) for 2 to 3 Sundays a month from 8:15 - 11:45 am. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, and have (or be able to quickly obtain) necessary Pennsylvania childcare clearances. This position is open to any qualified individual; they do not need to be a member of Grace. Please contact us for more details if you or anyone you know would be interested. meexley@yahoo.com or 202-361-6302.

Grace Place
The Christmas season is here! Come join us at Grace Place on Friday, December 9th for a musical holiday program. Six  singers will present a variety of sacred and secular Christmas songs. You will also get a chance to sing along on some of your holiday favorites. You all know the Twelve Days of Christmas, but, have you heard what happened on The Twelve Days After Christmas? Come and find out! Bring your friends, and join us for this musical treat. The program begins at 12:45. If you’d like to join us for lunch at 12:00, please call the church office and let them know.  The more the merrier!

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, December 18.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary through January 1, and will then be available for delivery to our shut-ins.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two on January 1, 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.

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 2016 pledge.  If you are behind on your pledged or planned giving to Grace for 2016, and would like to catch up, please send in your contributions before the end of December. 12/8

If you plan to donate stock to Grace Church and would like it to be included as a 2016 donation, please contact the Presbyterian Foundation by mid December, to allow time to process the transfer during 2016.  You will need to contact Regina Kimbrough at the Presbyterian Foundation at 800-858-6127, ext. 5919 to receive up to date instructions and transfer account information.  Please also complete and return the instruction form (download here) to the Foundation.  The Foundation will directly acknowledge your gift when it is received.

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.

Office Opening
The Personnel Committee is currently searching for someone to fill the office support position on a permanent basis. If you know someone who is looking for part-time work (25 hours per week) and has the skills and temperament to enjoy being in this role at Grace, please encourage them to send a resume to the church office.  The full position description can be found at on our jobs page.