April 27, 2017

Spring Cantata
At the 10:30 service this Sunday, the Chancel Choir, together with strings and organ, will be presenting Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass,” more formally known as the Missa Brevis Sanctis Joannis de Deo.   For an introduction to this work (including an explanation of its name) that will deepen its meaning for you as you listen on Sunday, click here
Congregational Meeting
There will be a meeting of the congregation on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 am in the sanctuary.  The purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers and to vote on a change to the by-laws recommended by the Session.  For information on the proposed change in the by-laws, click here.  

Children's Education
Our Children's Education Team is currently 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.

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, to be equally distributed among eight initiatives already transforming lives within the bounds of our presbytery. Having heard on April 23rd about the work being done at Chester Eastside, we look forward to these opportunities:
April 30th – Delores Brisbon, President of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Ministries of the Delaware Valley, will be with us to talk about “Rearing Successful Sons,” an innovative faith-based initiative designed and planned to provide young African-American males and their families in South Philadelphia’s Point Breeze community, with strategies to build resilience and support for healthy adolescent development. “Rearing Successful Sons” is held at John Gloucester House, a Presbyterian ministry program.
May 7th - Rev. Linda Jaymes, recently retired from Olivet-Covenant Presbyterian Church at 22nd & Mt Vernon in Philadelphia, will talk about the Mural Arts Program in conjunction with the Restorative Justice Guild.  Ben Volta, the artist who has been commissioned by the Presbytery of Philadelphia to produce a mural in honor of our 300th anniversary, hopes to be with us as well.  Olivet-Covenant provides the studio space for the Restorative Justice Guild artists to produce many of the murals that grace Philadelphia’s public spaces.
Join us for a look at innovative initiatives just down the road from GPC!

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.

Vacation Bible School
Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God!  That world comes to life this summer at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vacation Bible School, August 21-25, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon. REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1! You may register your child starting on that date by visiting the “calendar” page on the church website at www.gracejenkintown.org and clicking on the “vacation bible school” link.
You may also pick up a registration form outside of the church office and return it to us on or after May 1 with your Registration fee ($10 per child/$15 per family.) Registration is limited to 90 children. If you are interested in being a crew leader or assistant and haven’t yet signed up, see Pastor Judy!
Car Wash
On Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 am—12 noon, our middle and high school students will be hosting a car wash.  Please bring your cars to Vista Road and you will be directed where to park. 
This fundraiser will support the Student Ministry Mission Trip fund, and will raise money for this summer’s mission trips.  This money will go directly to the mission trip organizations.  Donations will be accepted at the car wash.  We hope to see you there!

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. Introducing in September before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30.  Please contact Jill Quinto at jillquinto@verizon.net for prices and more detailed information.

Benjamin Van Buren