March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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