April 20, 2017

Next Step
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 twice in April (the same program at two different times):  Wednesday, April 26, 7-9pm; and Saturday, April 29, 9-11am.  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 shull@gracejenkintown.org no later than April 23. 

Children's Education
Our Children's Education Team will be handing out surveys regarding our Christian education program at Grace.  Please help us in our efforts to assure quality Christian education for our children by filling out and returning them as soon as possible.

Grace Place
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!
Adult Education
In celebration of our 300th anniversary this year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has chosen to emphasize education, restorative justice and the alleviation of the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing our cities and our nation. The Presbytery has issued a challenge to members, congregations, church members and friends to raise $300,000 in honor of our 300 years. The funds will be equally distributed among eight initiatives already transforming lives within the bounds of our presbytery. On April 23rd, join us as we welcome Rev. Zuline Wilkinson, Executive Director of Chester Eastside, Inc., who will speak about one of those eight mission initiatives. Zuline is a dynamic speaker and you will want to hear how Chester Eastside is reducing the school-to-prison pipeline through education, advocacy and social services. Their goal is “…to defy the odds and dream bigger than what the statistics say our kids are destined to become.”

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.

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, May 6th. 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.

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