Family Game Night
Join us on Friday Oct. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Place – Upcoming Programs
On Friday, Oct. 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.
On Friday, Nov. 3, Julie Coopersmith will present a program on Mindfulness. Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and not be able to quiet your mind to fall back asleep? Or perhaps you might have been in a movie theater and not been able to focus on the movie. If you have had these common experiences, Mindfulness might be for you!
Come learn about Mindfulness, why it matters, and how it might support you in living your life more fully. In this presentation, we will talk about what Mindfulness is, how it might apply to you, and then do activities to support focus in the moment. Studies on Mindfulness show that it:
*Aids with building focus
*Supports stress reduction
*Facilitates curiosity and a non-judgmental spirit
Lunch is served at noon and programs begins at 12:45 pm. Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us-and bring a friend!
If you have been attending Grace and would like to learn more about the church, or if you would like to find out what is involved in church membership, an upcoming event is for you. Next Step is required for those who would like to become church members, but you may attend without any obligation to join. This is an informal, no-pressure opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered. Next Step will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, 9-11 am. Child care will be available upon request. If you would like to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Pastor Sandy Hull at email@example.com no later than Oct. 30.
Breathing Room Foundation - Yard Work
Yard work volunteers provide a huge service to a Breathing Room family. Surgery, recovery and cancer treatments often result in exhaustion and physical limitations.
Looking out the window at an overgrown yard increases a recipient’s stress. A yard work volunteer rakes, trims, plants and mows the yard back to a beautiful oasis for the family to relax and enjoy time together. We will be meeting on Nov. 4 at 9am at Grace and dividing into groups (rain date is Nov. 5 at 1:30pm). Sign up here.
Greetings from North Korea
Join us on Saturday Nov. 4 for an evening of insight and inspiration as we welcome Jinhye (Esther) Jo, a North Korean who, with the help of the underground church was able to defect from oppressive rule. Jinhye will speak to the way in which the church - and her faith - were fundamental in bringing her to America. She will also discuss the outreach of a non-profit she's set up with her sister, who coincidentally is named Grace, and their work in assisting other hopeful North Korean defectors in finding asylum in the United States and a relationship with Christ.
Jinhye's discussion will begin at 5 pm in the sanctuary with a potluck dinner to follow in Muyskens Hall at 6 pm. For the potluck: if your last name begins with:
A-G, please bring a hot dish to serve 6-8 people.
H-M, please bring a salad or vegetable to serve 6-8 people.
N-Z, please bring a dessert to serve 6-8 people.
Parents of students in both middle and high school are encouraged to attend this event with their children. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers. Jinhye’s powerful story serves as reminder for all of us to consider what it means to “proclaim the gospel for the salvation of humankind.”
Those unable to attend Jinhye's Saturday, Nov. 4 discussion are invited to hear her speak during our Adult Education class on Sunday, Nov. 5 beginning at 9:30 am.
This event is brought to you by the Adult Education and Evangelism Teams and hosted by the Deacons.
Jazz Worship November 5
On Sunday, Nov. 5, at the 10:30 service, we will be inspired by jazz worship led by Warren Cooper. Warren is a Presbyterian elder and music minister who leads choral workshops and worship development seminars around the country. A Philly native and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is considered a pioneer in jazz worship and sacred jazz. Warren has a weekly program on WRTI. We at Grace have come to know Warren through our partnership with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church. Don’t miss this opportunity—and be sure to invite a friend!
Vista Newsletter Returns!!
Our monthly newsletter of all things Grace has returned. Inside are 12 pages of news looking back on what we've done so far this year and what's to come. Check out the e-edition here. Prefer a physical copy? You can pick one up this Sunday as well.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Unit 2 of our Sunday School program begins on Oct. 29, and we are still in need of a few “Good Samaritans” to help shepherd, and to run our Drama station. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Sign up on online here or on the bulletin-board across from the office.
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 email@example.com to schedule a visit!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop it off to the church office. If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to email@example.com, or drop it off to the church office.
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, Nov. 4. 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.
Service Learning Opportunity
Are you a student in need of service hours? Grace Church is looking for two (or three) responsible students to polish the brass of our Church’s handbells. Supplies will be provided. This outstanding opportunity can be arranged through Handbell Director Kevin Engleman: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Church Office: 215.887.6117.
Church World Service - Blankets+
Thank you to all who have donated to support Blanket Sunday at Grace, which helps Church World Service 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. Donations can be made through the month of October by sending a check to the church office or dropping it in the offering plate on Sunday. Checks may be made out to Grace Presbyterian Church with “CWS” on the memo line.
Third quarter offering statements have been sent out. If you find you are behind year to date for your planned or pledged giving to Grace, please try to catch up as you are able.
If you do not currently receive giving statements by email and would like to, please contact the financial secretary at email@example.com, and provide the email address (for joint contributors, you can submit one or two email addresses) where you would like statements sent going forward.
Ways to Give
Many contributors find it convenient to process payments to Grace through online bill pay service with their bank. For your convenience, Grace also accepts online gifts by credit/debit cards and through Paypal directly on our website. To donate now through our website, or learn about other ways to give to Grace, visit our Generosity Page.
You can also support our mission through the Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon Purchases to charitable organizations. Find out more by clicking on our Amazon Smile Link.
September Session highlights are now available for download here or on the website.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The winter Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 4. Anyone who wishes to make a donation must not have given blood after Monday, Oct. 9. Please keep this in mind in order to support our Blood Drive. More details will be announced at a later date.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and more detailed information.