August 24, 2017
Celebration of Life Services
The service for Alice McElhinney, who died on July 24th, will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:00am at Grace Presbyterian Church.
The service for Addie Bracy, who died on August 9th, will be held on Sunday, August 27th, at 2:00pm at Grace Presbyterian Church.
THANKS to EVERYONE for a fantastic week at “Maker Fun Factory,” our 2017 VBS program! We all had a wonderful week together learning about God’s Love.
HYMN SING – Sunday, September 3rd
Pastor Judy will lead the service of worship for Sunday, September 3rd, which will include many all-time favorites hymns and worship songs. Please join us to find out which favorite came in on top!
Proposed Sound System – Live Demonstration
The proposed sound system for the Sanctuary will undergo a “live Demonstration” on Tuesday September 5th at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The new system will be compared to the current one. The proposed equipment will be temporarily set up and you will be able to experience the difference in the sound between the existing and the proposed. You will be able to hear both systems from your favorite seat and from anywhere else in the Sanctuary. We seek your comments, questions and opinions. Hope to see you involved in another significant step in the life of Grace. Please contact Klaus Fuelleborn with any questions.
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed on Saturday, September 9th. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks 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 14yrs or older), add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. For more information, please call the church office at 215-887-6117.
High School Youth Group – Rally Day Volunteers Needed
Help us welcome our church family, neighbors, and visitors on Rally Day, September 10th. We need your help to set up tables, chairs, and games. Contact Steve Alexander through the church office or be there at 8:00 am on the 10th. Thank you! Your service makes our mission possible.
Rally Day Save the Date
Sunday, September 10th will be our Rally Day Celebration. Make plans now to be here for delicious food and fun activities for children, including our yearly moon bounce! Save the date and bring a friend for fun, food and fellowship!
Volunteers are needed on Rally Day, if you are able to help, please contact Christy Pietsch (email@example.com).
The morning will include:
*8:30 worship in the Chapel
*10:30 worship in the Sanctuary
Regular church school classes will begin (2 year olds through 5th grade)
*11:30 Rally Day Block Party outside along Vista Road and in the parking lot
**Children’s, Adult, and Bell Choirs, Sunday School classes, and Youth Groups will begin on Sunday, September 10th.
** Adult Education classes, and Bible presentation to 3rd Graders will take place on Sunday, September 17th.**
Adult Education - Christianity 101
What are the core beliefs of Christianity? What should Christians know about the Bible, the Trinity, the resurrection, the second coming, etc.? What beliefs are essential to Christianity and where is it OK for Christians to hold differing opinions? Pastor Sandy Hull will be presenting Christianity 101 on Sundays at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room, starting September 17 and continuing for seven weeks. If you’re a spiritual seeker considering Christianity, or a Christian who would like to review the basics or be better able to share your faith, this is for you.
Attention: Parents of 3rd Graders!
Reminder...Bibles will be presented to all 3rd Grade students during the 10:30 amworship service on September 17th. Please let us know if you will be in worship on that day. RSVP to the church office at 215-887-6117 or firstname.lastname@example.org September 11th.
Cradle for the Christ Child - Gift Donations
The Cradle for the Christ Child team is looking for a few good gifts! Have some presents that didn’t suit your child? Given a duplicate child’s gift that you were unable to return? Picked up a bargain that just never found a home? If these are collecting dust around your house, the Cradle team would gratefully accept them as donations in anticipation of this year’s giving season. We will be accepting NEW toys (as well as children’s games, crafts and sporting equipment) at the Rally Day festivities on September 10th – look for our table and drop it off to us on Sunday, Sept. 10. We’ll ensure it gets to a child in need this holiday season. Please note we are only able to accept NEW items – we cannot accept used items. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Zamborsky at email@example.com or Michele Smeal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Choirs – Starting Soon!
Interested in participating in our children’s choirs this year? No experience or special musical talent necessary, and children are welcome to give choir a try without being committed to sing the entire year. If interested in Cherub Choir (Age 4 through Grade 2) complete this registration form and return it to email@example.com, or drop it off to the church office. If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop it off to the church office.
Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary Celebration
The Presbytery of Philadelphia, founded in 1717, is celebrating its 300th year of existence! It 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 its heritage. This celebration will culminate with a Presbytery-wide worship service on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Please join the celebration - ALL are invited!
Please join in the celebration of 300 years by helping Presbytery’s efforts to raise $300,000 for 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 to learn more about these initiatives.
The Session and Mission Team of Grace have committed up to $5,000 in 1:1 matching funds for contributions raised by our congregation. Please help Grace maximize our support of these important initiatives. Checks can be made payable to Grace Presbyterian Church (please note 300th on the memo line) and sent to Tina Hinks in the church office.
Questions? Please contact Don Pizer at email@example.com or 267-872-5995; Carol Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-885-6845 or Pastor Judy Dwyer at email@example.com or 215-887-6117 ext 16.
Grace Nursery School - Welcome our New Director, Cindy Kaminski!
Cindy lives in Glenside with her husband, Kevin, daughter, Ashley and her son, Ryan. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University. She later earned her PA Teaching Certification in 2010. She has been teaching for eleven years with experience teaching children two years of age through Pre-K. Cindy is currently the teacher in the Three Year old class, and will aide Mrs. Edwardson in the Four year old class. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her dog Molly. She enjoys cooking and listening to music.
Cindy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flower Dedication Dates Available
The following dates are still available to dedicate flowers for a special Sunday in memory or in honor of a special person or occasion: 9/17, 10/1, 10/8, and 12/31. Please add your name to the flower chart in the church hallway or contact the church office at 215-887-6117.
Nursery School Registration
There is still space to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year at Grace Nursery School. Our school has programs which range from two year old playgroup up to Pre-Kindergarten. New This Year! - before school drop off beginning at 8:30 and Lunch Bunch after school care will be extended to 2:30. Please contact Cindy Kaminski at email@example.com for prices and more detailed information.