July 27, 2017

Church-wide Picnic and Softball game - Wednesday August 2nd at 5:30!
Please join us for a picnic and a chance for fellowship and fun!  Catch up with friends and bring a friend!  Join us for the picnic, a game or both.  No softball experience required, but we recommend bringing along your own bats, balls and gloves if you have them.
Hotdogs and grills, water and lemonade along with paper products will be provided.  Signup for salads or desserts at church or contact Christy Pietsch at ecpietsch@gmail.com or Mimi Satterthwaite at mimijeff@msn.com.

We will meet at Alverthorpe Park and have access to a Pavillion and a field.  Entrance is off of Fox Chase Road and parking is available.  Click here for a map of the location.

Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Campaign
This year the Presbytery of Philadelphia, of which Grace is a member church, is celebrating its 300th year of existence!  That’s right, founded in 1717, the Presbytery of Philadelphia is the oldest Presbyterian corporate entity in the United States and home to some of the oldest Presbyterian churches in our nation. Presbytery’s story is deeply rooted in both American and Presbyterian history, illustrating faithfulness and courage throughout the 300-year heritage.
 
We at Grace are invited to join in the celebration of 300 years and help raise $300,000 for our ministry partners in the Philadelphia region. This one-time offering will be equally distributed to eight local initiatives as they launch new efforts to elevate the education of children, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and promote restorative justice. Click here for link to Campaign brochure to learn more about these initiatives.
 
To encourage giving at Grace, the Session and Mission Team have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised from you.  Please make checks payable to the Presbytery of Philadelphia, memo line 300th, and send to Tina Hinks in the church office so we can match your gifts.  Pledge cards are available if you wish to make a multi-payment gift.
 
The 300th celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. You are ALL invited!
 
Questions?  Please contact Don Pizer at donpizer@comcast.net or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at rcyoung2@comcast.net or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org or 215-887-6117 ex 16.

SUMMER DOLDRUMS setting in? 
Why not take advantage of the opportunity to serve the children of our church and the larger community!

Come teach the 3 to 5 year-old class on either August 6 or 13; lesson provided. Or, spend an hour with our 6 to 9 year-olds as the helper in Belinda Hull’s class any Sunday in August!  Just email Pastor Judy at jdwyer@gracejenkintown.org to volunteer.
 
Not available on the weekends? Do we have the place for you! “Maker Fun Factory,” our Vacation Bible School program, runs from August 21-25 this year and is just waiting for YOU to sign up! Participant registration is CLOSED, but there are still openings for VOLUNTEERS! If you are a teenager and interested in serving as a crew leader assistant, go to vbspro.events/p/642700and register NOW! (We need Nursery assistants, Pre-K, 3rd and 4th grade crew leader assistants). If you are an adult and can serve as a station or crew leader, go to vbspro.events/p/642700 and register as a Nursery helper, or a Kindergarten crew leader. Come and join the fun!

Vacation Bible School -  Supplies Needed!
Click here to see if there may be items you would like to donate to help with VBS at Grace this summer.  Items can be dropped off at the church office during regular business hours.  Thanks for your support of VBS at Grace!

Back-to-School Drive
Cornerstone Christian Academy is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  To help the students start the year off on the right foot, Grace is participating in a Back-to-School Drive from 7/16-8/20. Click here to see what items are needed.  Donation bins will be placed at the Vista Rd. entrance.  To learn more about CCA.

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