April 6, 2017

Parish Plan
The Deacons of Grace are actively engaged in a new outreach to our congregation called the Parish Plan. We are interested in updating information for our out-of-area and college students. If you are living out of the area, or are a college student (or their parent) but maintain an active membership at Grace, please take a moment to contact us with your current home address, temporary college address, email address and cell phone number. This helps us maintain an intentional ministry of communication between our members and their church. Please contact the church office with any updated contact information at office@gracejenkintown.org, or call 215-887-6117. Thank you in advance for your assistance!
Grace Place
On Friday, April 7th, our own  Dave Warner will speak on the changes in print journalism.  Lunch is served at 12:00 and the program begins at 12:45. Please join us! 

Spring is in the air!  The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, animals emerging from their winter slumber, and babies are everywhere.  On Friday, April 21, please join us for a program on “The Nature of Spring” presented by the Briar Bush Nature Center.  We will discover the meaning of all of nature’s changes at this time of year.  Lunch is at 12:00 noon and the program will begin at 12:45 pm.  Bring a friend and join us!

Please note:  Grace Place will not be held on Good Friday, April 14.
Easter Lily Dedication Deadline - Monday, April 10th
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies.  If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.  Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, April 10th, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin.  The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of this dedication form. Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.

Adult Education
April 9
: Pastor Judy will open this session with “Scattered Palms,” a visual liturgy for Palm Sunday. We will then watch to a film clip of Richard Rohr speaking on the conflict of the cross. These offerings will be interspersed with participatory readings of the Palm Sunday scripture texts, and we will create our own cloak to throw down in front of Jesus. Join us as we enter Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week.

Easter Festival and Pancake Brunch
Please join us on Sunday April 9th for the 25th Annual Easter Festival following the conclusion of the Palm Sunday 10:30  service.  There will be great crafts and fellowship.  This year we will also have a pancake brunch for all church members.
One Great Hour of Sharing - Please Give Generously
Grace Church will continue to collect offerings to support One Great Hour of Sharing through Easter Sunday, April 16th.  By giving, you will help Grace support agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provide access to sustainable food systems, aid and shelter for those who are
impacted by disaster, and resources for communities working to loose the bonds of oppression and injustice.  For more information please visit: onegreathourofsharing.org.
Special Music Sunday
On Sunday April 30th during the 10:30 worship service, professional musicians from Philadelphia and Princeton will join the Grace Church choir, conducted by Andrew Leslie Cooper, to present “Little Organ Mass” by Joseph Haydn.  Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as prelude and postlude music will also be featured.  Mark your calendar and please invite others who may enjoy this special worship service.

Spring Social
Please make your reservation to attend the Spring Social for the benefit of Student Ministries.  This casual event will be held Friday, May 5, (Cinco de Mayo) 6:30-11:00 pm at the residence of DeAnna and Kip Schaefer, 730 Wyndale Road, Jenkintown.  The Schaefers will provide tacos, chips, salsa and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert.  Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the Youth Mission Trips this summer.  If you have not received an Evite (emailed invitation), please call the church office (215.887.6117) to RSVP no later than Monday April 24.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The next Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace will be held on Monday, May 22, from 1:30 - 6:30 pm in Muysken’s Hall.  In order to be eligible to give blood at our drive, donors must not have donated
after March 27, 2017.  Please keep this in mind and mark your calendar for May 22 to support our blood drive!

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.

Benjamin Van Buren