September 28, 2017

Disaster Relief
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Furthermore, due to the dire need for charitable relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented devastation, the Internal Revenue Service announced special guidance on the tax treatment of leave-based donation programs for employers and employees to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey (there is a strong likelihood that this program will also be extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma).  As a result of this IRS Notice, employers can establish leave-based donation programs that will allow their employees to elect to donate the employee’s vacation, sick or personal leave (paid time off) in return for a cash payment made by the employer, equivalent to the value of the donated time, to a charitable organization for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Click here to learn more.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The Children’s Education Team will begin unit 2 of our Sunday School program on 10/22, and we are still in need of a few “Good Samaritans” to help our kiddos explore who proves to be a good neighbor.  We will show them how to identify and help those in need, locally and globally.  Please prayerfully consider lending your time to the children of Grace.  Let’s teach our kids that they are never too young to help.  Let’s lead them by our example.  Contact Kelly Hudson at with any questions, or sign up on the bulletin-board across from the office.

Adult Education - Christianity 101
Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks.  Click herefor more information.

ColLABorate –New Group for Grades 6-8
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with middle school students in mind will meet at 9:30 am in the Youth Lounge with Pastor Judy and Jason Cooper.  If you are in grades 6-8 then this is for you! 

Children’s Choirs – Ages 4 yrs-5th Grade
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs?  No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year.  If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to, or drop it off to the church office.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, October 7. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, October 6, Briar Bush Nature Center will have a program.

On Friday, October 20, The Historical Society of Montgomery County will reveal some of the amazing structures of our region, their history and the people who created them. 

Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon and programs begin at 12:45. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia is celebrating 300 years with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!  Click here for more details.
In addition to the worship service celebration, Presbytery is seeking to raise $300,000 for ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice.  Click here to learn more about these initiatives.

The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation.  To date Grace, has collected $1,230.  Please help us maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Judy or Don Pizer.

Blanket Sunday – October 1
Blanket Sunday is October 1, and your donation to Church World Service will help people in crisis.  Your support helps provide families who have lost their homes with blankets for warmth and shelter, and with clean, safe water. This is a worldwide need and also a very real need in our country following the recent hurricanes.  Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.

Cornerstone Christian Academy - Morning of Service
Join us on October 14 for a morning of service at Cornerstone Christian Academy. All ages welcome as there will be cleaning classrooms and painting involved. We will meet at Grace at 8:15am to carpool/caravan to CCA. The work day will end at 11am. Please sign up here or on the Mission Team Bulletin Board in the hallway outside of the church office.


Family Game Night
Join us on Friday 10/20 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Muysken's Hall for Family Game Night. Come with a canned food item to support Loaves & Fishes and Interfaith Food Pantry and stay to play board games. Questions: contact Michele Smeal at

Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work 
Help clean up yards for families supported by The Breathing Room Foundation. We will be meeting on 11/4 at 9am at Grace and divide into groups (rain date 11/5 at 1:30pm). Please sign up here.

Announcement Submission Deadline
Announcements for the bulletin and weekly email may be submitted online from our website. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday at 9:00am.  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. 

Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School.  Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Cindy Kaminski at for prices and more detailed information.

Benjamin Van Buren