December 28, 2017
Christmas Joy Offering
Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. Envelopes can be found in the pews and placed in offering plate. For more information please click here.
Introducing the "Neighbor Series"
Adult Education continues in the new year with the "Neighbor Series," a look at the second of the great commandments: to "love your neighbor as yourself." This series, beginning January 7, will segue into the question of providing sanctuary and conclude with a presentation on current issues surrounding the immigration debate. Click here for the full rundown of presentations in the series running through February 11.
Flower Dedications - January Dates Available
The flower chart on the bulletin board in the sanctuary hallway has upcoming dates in January open to dedicate flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. Please add your name to the chart for a special Sunday, or contact the church office to see if your date is open.
Thanks for all the many cards of good wishes for the holiday season. And also thanks for the cards and wishes for my 97th birthday on December 18th. It’s so nice to be remembered and to have visitors. With much appreciation, Helen Fields
Join us on Friday, January 5 when author and historian Tom Wieckowski will return to Grace Place. His lecture will be on Camp William Penn, "A Spectacle for Men and Angels". It is sure to be a fascinating historical talk. 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 noon and programs begin at 12:45 pm. This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!
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, January 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.
Winter Clothing Collection
We will be collecting winter clothing for distribution at the Wellspring Saturday breakfast ministry through the month of January. If you would like to participate, please drop off new or gently used winter clothing. Especially needed items include gloves, hats, scarves, coats, jeans, socks, shoes, and underwear. Items can be dropped off in the collection box in the hallway balcony. Questions: please call the church office at 215-887-6117. Thank you to all who support this important ministry serving our neighbors in Philadelphia.
Imagine a place where every person in transition can obtain the confidence they need in order to achieve the next level of gainful employment. That is what Career Wardrobe provides. They accept your professional attire for women and men regardless of the season, plus seasonal women's casual wear! Donations must be on hangers and can be dropped off throughout the year at Grace in the balcony hallway. Questions: Please contact Debbie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com if you are interested.
Cornerstone Christian Academy - Morning of Service
Please help the Mission Team reach its goal of 20 volunteers to join us on January 13 for Cornerstone Christian Academy's Morning of Service. We will meet at the church at 8:15 to caravan down. We should arrive back by noon. All ages are welcome!! Questions: contact Michele Smeal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All women of Grace are invited to attend a retreat from February 2-4 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 December 31. Infant care is available. Flyers and registration forms are available on the bulletin board. For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at email@example.com or call 215-576-1404.
Men, mark your calendars! The Men’s Retreat is March 9-11. 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.