December 14, 2017

Grace Place
On Dec. 15 Grace Place will present a musical holiday program. Choir members Nora Berlinger, Sue Kuhl, and Wendy Browder will be joined by several friends to both sing holiday selections and lead us in some of our favorite Christmas carols.  Bring a friend and enjoy the Christmas spirit with music!   Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noonand programs begin at 12:45 pm.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications - Last Chance!
To place your dedication for Christmas poinsettias in memory or honor of loved ones.  Dedications are due in the church office by Sunday, Dec. 17.  Flowers will adorn the sanctuary through Dec. 31 and will then be available for delivery to our shut-ins.  If you are able to help deliver a plant or two on Dec. 31, please indicate that at the bottom of the dedication form.  Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.  Please use the online dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday.

Special Music - This Sunday
The Chancel Choir invites you to a special morning of worshipful music-making at the 10:30 am service this Sunday, Dec.17.  On this third Sunday of Advent, the choir will be singing the Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio).  The piece was written in 1858 for La Madeleine church, where Saint-Saëns was employed as organist.  Originally in Latin, the choir will offer this piece in its English translation.  The oratorio is written for choir, soloists, organ, strings, and harp.  The Chancel Choir will be joined by soprano Lucy Hole, baritone Peter Schertz, and guest instrumentalists for this beautiful musical anticipation of the coming of Christ.

Christmas Eve Worship at Grace
Celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ at Grace on Dec. 24.  Join us at one or all of the worship services.  Click here for a schedule of worship services.  Invite a friend or family member to attend! 

Don't Be A Grinch!
Shepherding and teaching a Station for our Sunday School is one way to show that your heart isn't three sizes too small!  Share the love you have with the children of Grace by signing up for a spot to teach or shepherd.  We need volunteers for unit 4. You can add your name on the bulletin board or by clicking here.  Contact with any questions.
2018 Pledge Reminder
Dedication Sunday was Nov. 19, and to date we have received many pledge commitments for 2018 from congregation members and friends.  It's not too late, or too soon, to plan your financial commitment to Grace Church for next year.   Your pledge card can be put it in the offering plate, sent in to the church office “attention:  Tina Hinks” or by email to  Thank you to everyone who participates in the significant spiritual discipline of pledging.  The expression of our commitment to Grace with our time, talent and financial support allows us to experience the joy of generosity through God's work here at Grace. 

November Financial Summary
The November financial summary is now available on the website.
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Year End Contributions
The end of the year is right around the corner!  Contribution statements will be sent out in early December as a reminder to those who are behind year-to-date on their 2017 pledge.  If you are behind on your pledged or planned giving to Grace for 2017, and would like to catch up, please send in your contributions before the end of December.

If you plan to donate stock to Grace Church and would like it to be included as a 2017 donation, please contact the Presbyterian Foundation by mid December, to allow time to process the transfer during 2017.  You will need to contact the Presbyterian Foundation at 800-858-6127, ext. 5919 to receive up-to-date instructions and transfer account information.  Please also complete the instruction form and return it to the Foundation.  The Foundation will directly acknowledge your gift when it is received.

Cradle for the Christ Child Thanks YOU!
Thank you to the members of Grace & the families of Grace’s nursery school for remembering the reason for the season – your generosity provided gifts for 125 children in our local community, including unaccompanied refugee foster children who are living in our area. We were also able to provide gift cards for our mission partner, Ambler Interfaith Network, to distribute to their families in need. In addition to our gift-givers, thank you to our sorters, organizers & delivery drivers! The Cradle for the Christ Child team is blessed to work with this collaborative congregation and we wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Make a New Years' resolution to volunteer with a small group from Grace serving breakfast and distributing clothing, toiletries and snacks for up to 80 needy guests.  Grace will continue serving on the first Saturday each month starting on Saturday, Jan. 6. 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

ReImagine  Vacation Bible School
If you are interested in the new VBS task-force, or want to share your ideas and opinions, please join us at the Borough Brewhouse on January 10 at 7:30 pm for our first official meeting. VBS will be changing quite a bit from previous years: the program will be held June 17-24 at 5:45-7:45 pm.  Dinner and an adult bible school program will be included. Now's the chance to make a splash in this exciting new adventure! Contact if you are interested.

Cornerstone Workday - Save The Date!
Cornerstone Christian Academy will be holding a day of service on Jan. 13, 2018. Please mark your calendars! More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Men’s Retreat
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 9-11, 2018. Please join us for a weekend of fun, fellowship, specific faith-focused topics to explore, many adventure activities, and relaxation at the Refreshing Mountain resort in Lancaster, PA.  Click here for more details.

Women's Retreat
All women of Grace are invited to attend a retreat from Feb. 2-4, 2018 at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Long Beach Island, NJ.   Please come and enjoy this weekend of spiritual growth, rejuvenation and fellowship!  Our retreat leader will be Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon, pastor of Cedar Park Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, a partner church with Grace.   Janel’s retreat theme will be “Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, Experience the abundant life promised by Christ.”   We have invited women from Cedar Park Church to join us.   The cost of the Retreat is $200 weekend/$125 for Saturday only.   A deposit of $50 is due by Dec. 31.  Infant care is available.  Flyers and registration forms are available on the bulletin board.  For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at or call 215-576-1404

Benjamin Van Buren