October 18, 2018

Muffins for Mission! - October 21 & 28
Muffins will be available by donation in the Palmer Room from 9am-12pm.  Please think ahead about supporting this fundraiser to offset costs associated with Rise Against Hunger.  Cash or checks accepted.  Don't miss out on White Chocolate Chunk Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins and MORE!!  

Adult Ed Local Solutions to Global Poverty, Dr. Mtika  - October 21 & 28
Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room.  Click here for more information. 

Local Food Drive - through October 28
Grab a bag to fill with needed items including:  tuna packed in water, hearty soups, pasta sauce, chicken broth, jelly and can pasta. Help Grace support Abington Inter-Faith cupboard  (helping 200 families) and  Jenkintown Food Cupboard (helping 400 families).  Email or call Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 with any questions. Thank you!    

October 11, 2018

Grace Place - October 12 
Bob MacFarland, Grace's very own favorite Bingo caller, will join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo and prizes. Lunch is served at noon and the game will begin about 12:45. 

Local Food Drive - through October 28
Grab a bag to fill with needed items including:  tuna packed in water, hearty soups, pasta sauce, chicken broth, jelly and can pasta. Help Grace support Abington Inter-Faith cupboard  (helping 200 families) and  Jenkintown Food Cupboard (helping 400 families).  Email or call Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 with any questions. Thank you!    

Cornerstone Christian Academy Workday - October 13  
Join us for a Saturday morning of work and service. All ages welcome.Projects include:  outside clean up and gardening, interior & exterior painting, classroom clean up, window washing, and storage organization. Sign up by contacting the church office at 215-887-6117, or email John Still.  Click here for more details. Carpool from Grace at 8:15 am, or meet us there at 9:00 am.  

Children’s Christmas Musical - October 14
We will rehearse for the Christmas Musical this Sunday after the 10:30 service in the chapel.  If you were not able to attend last week and wish to participate in the musical,  join us at rehearsal.  Rehearsals will continue each Sunday  after the 10 :30 service through December 2.  There will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday , December 8.  The Christmas Musical will be presented during the 10:30 service on December 9. If you have any questions please email Belinda Hull or email Valerie Clayton.

October 4, 2018

International Peacemaker Presentation - October 4
Join us in the Palmer room on Thursday October 4, from 7:30-8:30 pm. Manolis Ntamparakis, director of social action for the NGO, NAOMI Ecumenical Workshop for Refugee in Thessaloniki, Greece will be speaking about his work providing emergency aid and integration measures for refugees in Northern Greece.  Click here for more details. Light refreshments provided.

Local Food Drive - October 6-28
Grab a bag to fill with needed items including:  tuna packed in water, hearty soups, pasta sauce, chicken broth, jelly and can pasta. Help Grace support Abington Inter-Faith cupboard  (helping 200 families) and  Jenkintown Food Cupboard (helping 400 families).  Email or call Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 with any questions. Thank you!    

Family Communion Workshop - October 7
Have questions about communion for children?  Join us from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm for a fun activity based event that explores scripture, children's preparation for communion and a parental Q&A.  RSVP by email to Stephanie.  Lunch included!

Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsal - October 7
Our first rehearsal for the Christmas Musical is this Sunday after the 10:30 service in the chapel.  If you were not able to “audition” last week and wish to participate in the musical,  join us at rehearsal.  Rehearsals are each Sunday  after the 10 :30 service through December 2.  There will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday , December 8.  The Christmas Musical will be during the 10:30 service on December 9. If you have any questions please email Belinda Hull or email Valerie Clayton.

October 13:  Cornerstone Christian Academy Workday 
Join us for a Saturday morning of work and service. All ages welcome.Projects include:  outside clean up and gardening, interior & exterior painting, classroom clean up, window washing, and storage organization. Sign up by contacting the church office at 215-887-6117, or email John Still.  Click here for more details. Carpool from Grace at 8:15 am, or meet us there at 9:00 am.

September 20, 2018

Grace Place -  September 21: The Clinical Trial Center will present a program on clinical research and reviewing available resources that could be helpful.  Lunch is served at noon.  Program begins at 12:45. 

Jazz worship - September 23:  Join us for a special service with Warren Cooper at the 10:30 service.

Installation Service - September 23:  Installation service for Stephanie Templin Ashford and Kristen Levens at 4:00 pm.

Adult Education Series - continues on Sundays through October 14 – "Discussing Mere Christianity" – Exploring the History Meaning and Relevance of C. S. Lewis’s Greatest Book
Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room - a video series by a variety of Christian authors and scholars followed by brief discussion and fellowship.

Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Palmer Room - for those wanting to dig deeper, join us for study and fellowship  as we discuss selected sections of Mere Christianity, and work through the personal study guide.  Please email Rob Hudson or click here for more information.

Youth Groups will NOT meet this week, Sept. 23 and 25.  Kristen and Stephanie's installation service is our all-youth event for the week.    

September 13, 2018

Upcoming Events:

September 21:  Grace Place - The Clinical Trial Center will present a program on clinical research and reviewing available resources that could be helpful.  Lunch is served at noon.  Program begins at 12:45. 

September 23:  Jazz worship with Warren Cooper at the 10:30 service.

September 23:  Installation service for Stephanie Templin Ashford and Kristen Levens at 4:00 pm.

October 7:  Family Communion Workshop - Do you have questions about communion for children?  Join us for a fun activity based event that explores scripture, children's preparation for communion and a parental Q&A.  RSVP by email to Stephanie.

Fall Welcome Meetings
Get to know and learn more about our new Associate Pastors and Music Director by signing up for a home meeting.  The onboarding team encourages everyone to participate in a casual, fun and informational home meeting that suits their schedule.  Sign-ups will be available outside the Palmer Room after each Sunday service.

Announcements
Please submit announcements or fliers for the bulletin and the weekly email Happenings from the link on our website, or by email to the office.  Our weekly deadline submission is Tuesday at 9:00 am.  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. 

Name Tag Update
Our new staff members have appreciated the vast majority of people wearing their name tag each week!  It's nice to be able to put a name with a face.  There will be name tag holders at the York Road entrance and at the Chapel (handicapped) entrance.  Please email Chris Hoyler if you would prefer to have your name tag at either of those entrances.

Our Choir Loft has room for YOU.  
There is a place in the choir for anyone who wishes to learn, grow, serve and praise God through song. Come make a joyful noise to the Lord! 

Chancel Choir - Join this fun and music-loving group in discovering, rehearsing and presenting sacred choral music as a way of leading the congregation in worship. Contact Valerie by email(link) or phone at 215-887-6117 ext. 19, or just come to rehearsal Thursday evenings at 7:30.  You will be glad you took the leap!  

Children's Choirs - Come and Sing!
Cherub Choir (4yrs-2nd grade) and Chapel Choir (grades 3-5), under the excellent leadership of Ruth Fuelleborn and Kevin Engleman, will begin on Sunday, September 16.  Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:20 am starting the Sunday after Labor Day and finishing the Sunday before Memorial Day.  Complete the registration form online or print and return as soon as possible to the church office.

I Spark Faith!!
The Children's Ministry Team is continuing its campaign to provide opportunities to inspire children through teaching.  After lots of support and sign ups at rally day, only 29 spots are left! We are looking to have people offer their time for one month of the year (3 Sundays in a row).  Teachers and shepherding options are available for pairs or singles.  Help us spark faith in a child this year!  Not to mention you get a totally cool button!!  Sign up here or contact Kelly with questions.

Youth Group News!
Student ministry is streamlining our information process this year by using an online forum.  Please complete information for your youth here.  
Subscribe to get youth group news emails here.

Mission Opportunities:
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

Dinner Hosts needed at Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church (about 20 minutes from Grace) on Tuesday & Thursday evenings in September.  

Provide & serve a meal for 2 families - arrive at 6:15pm and stay until dinner is finished. 
Great opportunity for families with children to participate.
Sign up on the Vista Road bulletin board or contact Claire McHugh by email or phone at 215-407-0766 with questions.

Wellspring Saturday Breakfast Ministry - Volunteers needed (14 yrs or over) on October 6
Help serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks for up to 80 needy guests at Old First UCC in Philadelphia.  To add your name to the sign-up sheet contact the church office at 215-887-6117 or contact Claire McHugh by email.