November 30, 2017

Congregational Meeting
The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, Dec. 10, immediately following the 10:30 worship service.  (This meeting has been postponed one week due to the Advent Workshop on Dec. 3.)  The purpose of the meeting is to elect two Associate Pastor Nominating Committees.  Please click here for more details.

2018 Pledge Reminder
Dedication Sunday was Nov. 19, and to date we have received many pledge commitments for 2018 from congregation members and friends.  It's not too late, or too soon, to plan your financial commitment to Grace Church for next year.   Your pledge card can be put it in the offering plate, sent 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 experience the joy of generosity through God's work here at Grace. 

Grace Place
Come join your friends at Grace Place and get in the Christmas spirit. On Friday, Dec. 1, Grace Church’s own E.B. Kelly will share her cookie decorating skills.  Cookies, frosting and sprinkles galore will be provided. Join in the fun and take home some sweet treats to share or just enjoy yourself.

On Dec. 15 Grace Place will present a musical holiday program. Choir members, Nora Berlinger, Sue Kuhl, and Wendy Browder, will be joined by several friends, to both sing holiday selections and lead us in some of our favorite Christmas carols.  Bring a friend and enjoy the Christmas spirit with music! 

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 noonand programs begin at 12:45 pm.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Please consider volunteering on Saturday, Dec. 2. Help is needed to 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

Advent Workshop
It's that time of year again! Please mark your calendars for the Children's Advent Workshop Dec. 3 following the 10:30 worship service. Crafts, music, and snacks to be enjoyed by those in the Christmas spirit. 

 Adult Education
The season of Advent is approaching, and with it, our study of the great African-American spirituals as presented by Dr. Luke Powery in his new volume, “Rise Up, Shepherd!” Dr. Powery states, “The Spirituals as expressions of the Spirit are perfect for bridging the worlds of the past, present and future through the season of Advent. It is critical to learn from these marginalized voices in a liturgical season where hope is found in a humble baby Jesus born in poverty.” Come join us for reflection, study and SINGING some of the great spirituals that are part of our musical inheritance. Copies of the book we will be using can be ordered directly from Amazon.  Paperback cost is $13; Kindle is $10.

Cradle for the Christ Child
Thank you to everyone who selected cards from the cradle for the Cradle for the Christ Child gift donation project. All gifts & gift cards should be returned to the Palmer Room at Grace by Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Please consider helping  to organize and sort the gifts on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 am in the Palmer Room – all volunteers are welcome for this festive morning!
Attention:  Amazon Shoppers!
Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon purchases to charitable organizations. Grace participates, so you can support our mission when you shop by clicking on our link

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 2017 pledge.  If you are behind on your pledged or planned giving to Grace for 2017, and would like to catch up, please send in your contributions before the end of December.

If you plan to donate stock to Grace Church and would like it to be included as a 2017 donation, please contact the Presbyterian Foundation by mid December, to allow time to process the transfer during 2017.  You will need to contact the Presbyterian Foundation at 800-858-6127, ext. 5919 to receive up-to-date instructions and transfer account information.  Please also complete the instruction form and return it to the Foundation.  The Foundation will directly acknowledge your gift when it is received.

Annual Church Ornament Exchange
Come one, come all and join us for the annual ornament exchange on Friday, Dec. 8at the home of Bob and Gail MacFarland. 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 215-886-3268.
Kid Drop
The Children's Ed Team would like to give you a night out! The holidays can be hectic and we want to give you a few hours to finish shopping, attend an event, or just to rest. Friday Dec. 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm drop off your kids for dinner, a movie, and games. Please fill out a reservation sheet and leave it in the bin in the church office by Dec. 10.  Any questions contact or J Conners.

Men’s Fellowship Christmas Breakfast
Click here for more details on the annual Christmas breakfast for the men of Grace being held on Dec. 16 at 7:45 am in the Palmer Room. 

Special Music Sunday
The Chancel Choir invites you to a special morning of worshipful music-making at the 10:30 am service on Dec.17.  On this third Sunday of Advent, the choir will be singing the Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio).  The piece was written in 1858 for La Madeleine church, where Saint-Saëns was employed as organist.  Originally in Latin, the choir will offer this piece in its English translation.  The oratorio is written for choir, soloists, organ, strings, and harp.  The Chancel Choir will be joined by soprano Lucy Hole, baritone Peter Schertz, and guest instrumentalists for this beautiful musical anticipation of the coming of Christ.

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, Dec. 17.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary through Dec. 31 and will then be available for delivery to our shut-ins.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two on Dec. 31, 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.

2018 Flower Dedications
The 2018 Flower Chart in available on the bulletin board in the sanctuary hallway.  To dedicate the chancel flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion, please add your name to the chart for a special Sunday, or contact the church office to see if your date is open.  There is a $45 donation requested to dedicate the chancel flowers for your special Sunday.   The Deacons deliver the church flowers after the service each week.

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 9-11, 2018. Please join us for a weekend of fun, fellowship, specific faith-focused topics to explore, many adventure activities, and relaxation at the Refreshing Mountain resort in Lancaster, PA.  Click here for more details.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
Ask anyone who has volunteered to Shepherd for our Sunday School program, it’s a fun and easy job that keeps our rotation model running.  The job is simple, yet rewarding. If you can sit in the front pews, walk the kids to their class, and take attendance; then this is the job for you! Sign up for a weekly spot on the bulletin board or click here.  Contact with any questions.
VBS Press Release
Our meeting of ReImagine VBS went swimmingly Wednesday Nov. 8. We are still in t planning stages but so far, some things to get excited about: VBS will te place in the evenings Sunday June 17- Thursday 21 from 5:45-7:45 pm. Our new All Church program will include dinner and an adult bible school. If you are interested in being a part of this new task-force, or want to share your ideas please contact  

Benjamin Van Buren