August 31, 2017

Staff News
Andrew Cooper has left the position of Interim Choir Director to pursue a career as a singer in New York City.  That position will be filled, starting Sept. 7, with Megan Coiley.  Megan is a recent graduate of Westminster College and has served over the past two years on the music staff at Nassau Presbyterian Church, in Princeton, and at the United Methodist Church in Kingston, NJ.  God has blessed us with a talented and faith-filled person on short notice.  The interim post lasts through May, and Megan will be eligible for the permanent position slated to begin next summer.  Please pray for Megan as she begins her duties at Grace.

Welcome, Kerith Gabriel
In fulfillment of a key point in our church’s ReVision Plan, Kerith (pronounced Keh-REETH) Gabriel has begun a six-month, renewable appointment to oversee our church’s communications.  Kerith has a degree in communications from Drexel University.  He has worked both as a journalist and as a creator and strategist of digital content and social media.  Among his many duties, under Kerith’s direction we will have a monthly newsletter, available in print and online, starting in September.

Presbyterian Disaster Relief – Hurricane Harvey
The Presbyterian Mission Agency works in concert with the Red Cross and other agencies to deliver relief in times of disaster.  We can help by giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief through this link.

Hymn Sing – Sunday, September 3rd
Pastor Judy will lead the service of worship for Sunday, September 3rd, which will include many all-time favorite 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 (
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, and Children’s Sunday School classes will begin on Sunday, September 10th.
** Adult Education classes and Bible presentation to 3rd Graders will take place on Sunday, September 17th.
**High School Youth Group will begin on Sunday, September 17th at 7:00 pm.
** Middle School Youth Group will begin on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm.
Adult Education - Christianity 101
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.  Click herefor more information.

Tween Time
A new Sunday morning discussion group especially developed with ‘tweens in mind, begins on September 17th at 9:30 am with Pastor Judy.  If you are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this is for you!  Location and further details to follow.  Keep watching this space!

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 office@gracejenkintown.orgby 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 or Michele Smeal at
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, or drop it off to the church office.  If interested in Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) complete this registration form and return it to, or drop it off to the church office.

Session Highlights
August Session highlights are now available on the website

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 for prices and more detailed information.

Benjamin Van Buren