February 23, 2017

Pop-Up Potluck
On Saturday, February 25, which is also the last Saturday before Lent, was an evening just crying out for a potluck supper. So Judy and Dave Alexander’s small group will be handling the logistics, Pastor Sandy Hull will be leading some fun activities, and it will all begin at 6 pm on Saturday, February 25 in Muyskens Hall. Please bring a covered dish for 6-8 people. Desserts and drinks will be provided. Don’t miss an enjoyable night for all ages!

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, March 4th. On the first Saturday of each month, a small group from Grace prepares-serves breakfast, and distributes clothing and toiletries 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 14 yrs or older.), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Meet at Grace and leave by 7:45 am to return by noon. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.

Nursery School Registration
Grace Nursery School is now enrolling for all classes for Fall 2017. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for more detailed information or for an application.

Ash Wednesday
Our brothers and sisters at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church have invited us to join them on Ash Wednesday (March 1) in a service that will also include the congregation of Oxford Presbyterian Church. Worship will begin at 7 pm and will be at Oxford, which is located at 8501 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, right next to the Presbytery ofce and about 15 minutes from Grace. We will have our traditional soup supper in the Palmer Room from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and then carpool over to the service. You are also welcome to join us for just the service.

Lenten Study Series
We will be partnering with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church for a fve-week Lenten study series entitled, “Get Your Serve On,” that will focus on what it means to heed the Bible’s call to live as servants. Pastor Sandy Hull and Cedar Park’s pastor, Janel Dixon, will be teaching. The same study will be held on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm starting March 7, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm starting March 8. Mark your calendars now for a great opportunity for growing. and for getting to know our new friends from Cedar Park.

Men's Breakfast
The men of Grace invite you to join us this Saturday, February 25, at 7:30am in Muysken's Hall for breakfast and fellowship. The lesson will be Acts 17: 16-34. Feel free to invite a friend or anyone you think may enjoy being there.

Grace Place
On Friday, February 24, June Hudson is returning to Grace Place to share and demonstrate the gift of Pilates. If you missed her frst visit, you won’t want to miss her presentation. She will present the basics of Pilates, the exercise system, as well as some background information on the man whom it is named after. 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 that you can stretch and reach in. 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.”

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 3-5, 2017. Please consider joining us for a weekend of fellowship, spiritual renewal, study, fun, and relaxation at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. This year our group will focus John Ortberg’s work The Life You Always Wanted. The life that Christ desires of us is indeed the life that we truly want. Through videos and small group discussions, we’ll explore why we should and how we can transform our lives into the manner that Jesus desires.  More details to come.

Benjamin Van Buren