November 24, 2016

Sunday School
Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, this Sunday, November 27, ALL CHILDREN of Sunday school age WILL BEGIN THE MORNING IN WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY. 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. We believe this will lend some consistency to everyone’s Sunday morning schedule for the rest of the year. We also want to lift up the many ways in which our children enrich the worship of the whole church.

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. Come help us set the table for Grace!

In Christ,
Pastor Judy
The Children’s Education Committee

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” -1 John 3:1

Special Bible Study
As part of our commitment to reconciliation, Grace will be having a joint Bible study and prayer time with our sisters and brothers from Cedar Park Presbyterian Church on the Wednesday December 7th from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  All are welcome!

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 or 215-576-5562.

Cradle for the Christ Child - Final Week
Thank you to everyone who selected cards this past week from the cradle for the Cradle for the Christ Child gift donation project. 

This Sunday, November 27th will be the second opportunity to support families in our local community celebrate a joyful Christmas by purchasing a gift or two for the child listed on the card you select. The cards will be available for selection following both the 8:30 am and 10:30 am services. 

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

In addition to assisting Abington School District, Cheltenham School District and Bethany Christian Services Foster Care, 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. 

All gifts & gift cards should be returned to the Palmer Room at Grace by Sunday, December 4th. 
Two other ways to get involved in Cradle for the Christ Child: help us organize and sort the gifts on Wednesday, December 7th at 9 am in the Palmer Room – all volunteers welcome for this festive morning! We also need help delivering gifts locally. The gifts will be ready for pick up on Sunday, December 11th in the Palmer Room. 

We are so grateful for your donations of both gifts and your time. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Zamborsky at or (202) 361-6302, Michele Smeal at

Winter Red Cross Blood Drive
Mark your calendars now for Grace Church’s Winter Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, December 5, from 2-7 PM in Muysken’s Hall.  Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 16 years old and not have donated blood since October 10.  More details will follow shortly.

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.

2017 Pledge Reminder
Dedication Sunday was November 20, and to date we have received many pledge commitments for 2017 from congregation members and friends.  It's not too late, or too soon, to plan your financial commitment to Grace Church for next year.  Pledge cards can still be put it in the offering plate, sent it in to the church office “attention:  Tina Hinks” or by email to  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 make a difference in the world through God's work here at Grace. 

Grace Place
The Christmas season is almost here! Come join us at Grace Place on Friday, December 9th for a musical holiday program. Several Grace women, Nora Berlinger, JoAnn Herman, Sue Kuhl and Wendy Browder, will be joined by two other singers as they 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!

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 to the Foundation.  The Foundation will directly acknowledge your gift when it is received.

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. or 202-361-6302.

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