January 11, 2018

Adult Education - The "Neighbor Series"
Adult Ed starts the new year by examining the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Just who is our neighbor? On January 14, we will consider the question, “Who is our Neighbor in Jail?” Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr went to jail 29 times, largely on trumped-up charges? That he entered Morehouse College at the age of 15? That he was ordained to the ministry before he graduated from college? Come learn more about this civil rights leader as we listen to excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in his own voice. We will use images and scripture readings to reflect upon the meaning of MLK Jr’s message in our day.

Flower Dedications - Upcoming Dates Available
The flower chart on the bulletin board in the sanctuary hallway has upcoming dates 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.  

Coffee Hour Treat!
At coffee hour this Sunday, we will once again be serving king cake to mark Epiphany.  We will crown the three “kings” who find the baby trinkets hidden in each of the cakes. Tradition holds that a king cake “draws the kings” to the Epiphany. The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day), up until Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. Some communities have "king cake parties" every week through the Carnival season. In Portugal and France, whoever gets the king cake trinket is expected to buy the next cake for these get-togethers.  *****PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN CONSUMING YOUR CAKE!*****

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 m_smeal@hotmail.com.
Grace Place
Grace Place is happy to welcome back The Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute on Friday, January 19.  Our presenter is Dr. Jacklyn Yee  who will discuss common foot injuries, proper foot care and how physical therapy can help out your lower extremities.  We will also hear from Dr. Alicia Canzanese.   She treats the foot, ankle, and lower leg, and focuses on Sports Medicine and Diabetic Foot Health.   Her goal is to help prevent and treat foot/ankle pathology!   Please join us for this informative program.  Feel free to come at 10:30 am 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 the program will begin at 12:45 pm.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!

Bring Your Adult to Sunday School Day
On January 21 from 9:30-10:00 am the Sunday School program will be having a "look and see" demonstration to exhibit the 4 stations of our current unit. Bring a friend and come see what the kids of Grace are doing in our new program in an abbreviated look at the rotation model. We hope all members will visit this fun look into Sunday School!
Annual Meeting and Lunch
Join us after the 10:30 service on January 28 for the annual meeting and lunch immediately following. Get to know your fellow worshipers and all that goes on in the life of the church. Be sure to bring an appetite. Sign-ups will be outside the Palmer Room before and after both services. See you there!

Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Bushel! 
No! Have a talent or special interest in something you'd like to share with the rest of us? You can do just that at the Annual Meeting on January 28th! Following the business portion of the meeting, we’ll adjourn to Muyskens Hall for a chili lunch with live performances and exhibits by members of GPC. If you paint or sculpt or do ceramics, bring in samples of your work. Or maybe you collect something, or make crafts. Show us your talent! If you sing, dance, or play an instrument, we’d love to have you share your gifts with us. Contact Jeff Cline at 267-808-5479 or or j_w_cline@comcast.net to sign up. And, if you are a gifted encourager, do join us – we need all the support we can get!
Good Cooks Needed! 
Bring your favorite chili or cornbread to feed 6-8 to the Annual Congregational Meeting on January 28th! Following the business portion of the meeting, which takes place in the sanctuary, we’ll gather in Muyskens Hall for chili, cornbread and other good things to eat. Please contact Christy Pietsch at 267-221-1428 or ecpietsch@gmail.com if you are volunteering to bring chili and/or cornbread. If you have a crockpot, please bring your chili in it. While we share our meal, we’ll also share our gifts of interest and talent! See flier for more details!
Winter Clothing Collection
We are 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.

Calling in the Cavalry
he wonderful women of Grace will be on their retreat on Sunday February 4, so the Sunday School is in need of help for Art (1), Shepherds (4), and support (1) that day.  If you are able to take one of these spots please contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org
Women's Retreat
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.   Full payment is due by January 20.  Infant care is available.  The flier and registration forms are available on the bulletin board.  For more details, contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net or call 215-576-1404

Men’s Retreat
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.

Benjamin Van Buren