August 3, 2017

Celebration of Life Service
The service for Alice McElhinney, who died on July 24th, will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:00am at Grace Presbyterian Church.  There will be a luncheon in Muyskens Hall immediately following the service.  Please RSVP to Alison Petersen by August 15th at alpeters@allegisgroup.com if you will be attending the luncheon.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
There will be a brief congregational meeting following the 10:30 worship service on August 13 for the purpose of electing two Deacons and the 2017-18 Nominating Committee.  

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

Come 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  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 Kindergarten crew leader or for the Bible Discovery Station. 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
The mission team at Grace is supporting our mission partner, Cornerstone Christian Academy, with a back-to-school drive.  CCA is committed to providing affordable education to over 200 inner city children each year.  We've had a wonderful start in helping these students start the year off on the right foot, but let's see if we can collect enough items for the entire school.  Items needed include: loose leaf paper, divider tabs, 2 inch three ring binders, folders, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, pens, highlighters, rulers, erasers, white board markers, tissues, large bottle of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and flash drives. Donations bins will be placed at our church’s Vista Road entrance until 8/20.  To learn more about CCA go to www.cornerstonephiladelphia.com

Grace Place
Bob will be back - for Bingo!   Yeah! Bob MacFarland, Grace's very own favorite Bingo caller, will join us at Grace Place on Friday, August 18th.  Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo and prizes.  Lunch is served at 12:00 noon and the game will begin about 12:45 pm. 
Hope to see you there!
 
Rally Day
Our Rally Day block party is scheduled for September 10th, 2017 and will begin directly after worship at 11:30 AM on Vista Road. Stick around 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!
 
If you can give a little of your time to help out on Rally Day, please contact Christy Pietsch (ecpietsch@gmail.com).

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.

Session Highlights
July Session highlights are now available on the website.

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.