November 9 2017

Sunday School Volunteer Hand-Off and Information Meeting 
If you are interested in hearing more about being a Shepherd or Station Leader please join one of our hand-off meetings on either Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 at 9:30 in the Whale Room.  Past volunteers are encouraged to attend to share their experiences, and new volunteers will be able to learn about the roles and have questions answered.  Contact with questions. 

60 Minutes 
The Sunday School program needs shepherds each week to escort students K-5th grades from the sanctuary to their rotation classroom. In only 60 minutes of your week, you can help our children experience Grace! Sign up here or see the board across from the office to add your name. Contact with any questions. 

Adult Education Nov. 12
“Proclaiming the Gospel: The Case for Missionaries.” North Korean defector Jinhye Jo and her family would not have survived without the help of an underground church run by a Korean-American missionary, yet many of us have mixed feelings about the work done by these cross-cultural church workers.  Beginning with the Gentile mission of the Antioch church and Acts 15, we will examine  the missionary movement, including a look at the FAM community in Houston, a “church plant” actively and daily proclaiming the gospel.

North Korea Speaker Summary
Listen here to Jinhye Jo’s presentation from our adult education class on Nov. 5.  A transcript of her comments can be viewed here.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in getting a cd copy to listen to Jinhye Jo's presentation.

Grace Place 
On Friday, Nov. 17 June Hudson is returning to Grace Place to share and demonstrate the gift of Pilates.  She will present the basics of Pilates (the exercise system), as well as some background information on the man for whom it is named.  Pilates can be done right here at Grace Place without even getting out of our chairs!  By the time you leave, you will have found your “powerhouse!”  Wear clothing that is comfortable and will allow you to stretch and reach.  Overly loose or tight clothing can get in the way and impede movement.  Be prepared to feel energized and awakened after learning the gentle progression of movements.  As Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”
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!

St. Andrew’s Service
On Sunday, Nov. 26 in our 10:30 am worship service we will remember Andrew, the first disciple of Christ and the patron saint of Scotland.  The Gospel of John tells us Andrew was so moved after hearing Jesus preach that he returned with his brother Simon Peter to experience the power of Jesus’ message.  Both Andrew and Peter were called to follow Jesus as disciples.  When Andrew was martyred, he insisted on an X shaped cross, which now forms the pattern of the Scottish flag: a white X on a field of sky blue.  Sunday's service will include a bagpiper, special music and liturgies reflecting our call to be disciples of Christ.  Please invite friends and family to this service, and wear something plaid!
Small Group Guest
Does your small group want a guest speaker to mix up your routine? Kelly Hudson, our Director of Children's Ministry, is looking to visit all of our small groups for 5-10 minutes to explain our new Sunday School curriculum and discuss the new direction of Children’s Education. She wants to open lines of communication, to help answer questions and hear from you about how to best impact our children at Grace. Contact to schedule a visit!

Cradle for the Christ Child
For over 20 years, Grace Church has shared holiday blessings with families in need through the generosity of our congregation.  Help us continue the tradition of bringing joy to children and families in our community this Christmas through “Cradle for the Christ Child.”  On either Sunday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 26, take an envelope from the cradle. Then, purchase an item or two for the age/gender of child listed on the card and return those gifts to the Palmer Room by Sunday, Dec. 3. 

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.  These should also be turned in by Dec. 3.
We are so grateful for your donations of both gifts and time. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Smeal at or Meghan Zamborsky at or (202) 361-6302.
Winter Red Cross Blood Drive
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 from 2:00-7:00 pm in Muyskens Hall.  Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parent’s permission), in good health, and must not have donated since Oct. 9.  Your blood donation is critical, as blood cannot be manufactured but must come from a generous donor.  Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and 40% of the blood supply comes from the Red Cross.  With one hour of your time, you can save someone’s life.  What better holiday gift can you give?  To schedule an appointment, please go to or contact Chris Hoyler at or 215-576-1404.
Save the Dates! - 2018 Student Mission Trips
For more information on the 2018 student mission trip opportunities for middle and high school students click here.

Women of Grace 32nd Annual Retreat 
All women of Grace are invited to attend a retreat from Feb. 2-4, 2018 at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Long Beach Island, NJ.  Our retreat leader will be Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon, pastor of Cedar Park Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, a partner church with Grace.  Janel's retreat theme will be "Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, Experience the abundant life promised by Christ".  We have invited women from Cedar Park Church to join us.  The cost of the retreat is $200 weekend/$125 for Saturday only.  Brochures and registration forms have been emailed to women of Grace, and a sign up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the Volunteer Office.  For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at or call 215-576-1404.

Benjamin Van Buren