January 25, 2018

Grace Place
On Friday, February 2, Grace member Ruth Fuelleborn will once again lead us in "planting" narcissus (paper whites) bulbs in containers to take home and grow. Instructions will be available for anyone not familiar with the process. It's not too early to start to think about spring! 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!

Adult Education - The "Neighbor Series" 
On January 28: “Who is Our Neighbor in Philadelphia?” We will host Lois Hayman-El, Training Specialist at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and member/historian of the First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and First African’s Clerk of Session, Marcia Singleton, for a lively presentation about the nation’s first African American Presbyterian Church. First African was established in 1807 by the Reverend John Gloucester, a former slave from Tennessee.
 
Annual Congregational Meeting and Lunch
The annual congregational meeting of Grace Presbyterian Church will be held this Sunday, January 28.

Immediately following the 10:30 service, the business component of the Annual Meeting will take place in the sanctuary.  Extended childcare will be available in the nursery for children 5 years old and under during the meeting. Children 4 years old through 5th grade are invited to watch a movie in the youth lounge.

At the conclusion of the business meeting, come join us for a time of fellowship in Muyskens Hall!  A chili and cornbread lunch will be shared by all, along with special “Gifts of Grace” brought to us by our talented members.  Get to know your fellow worshipers and all that goes on in the life of the church. Be sure to bring an appetite. To share your talent, email or call Jeff Cline as listed below.  See you there!

The 2017 Annual Report is now available on our website.  Click here to view the 2017 Annual Report, and click here for the 2017 Annual Report - Financials.  A limited number of printed copies will be available at the annual meeting.  To request a copy by email or a printed copy to be picked up at the church office, please contact Tina Hinks at thinks@gracejenkintown.org or at 215-887-6117.

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!
 
Valentine's Day Cards - New Designs Available Now!
For the sixth year, Grace will be providing the opportunity to support the Art Studio at Beacon, and the weekly creative writing workshops held at the Hackett Elementary School in Kensington, by offering Valentine's Day cards for $5.00 each. Your gift enables Beacon to offer quality programming to underserved children, build relationships among new neighbors, and continue to create a safe space for people to explore faith in worship. Look for them at Church on Sunday from January 21 through February 8, or contact Donna Jones (donnajonesart1@gmail.com or 215 379 5457).


Communications Coordinator
Kerith Gabriel has taken a position as Editor-in-Chief of Philadelphia Weekly's print and digital holdings which has made it necessary for him to conclude his relationship with Grace.  As we search for his replacement, there will be no February newsletter and the Vista will resume in March.  

Think Spring! – Flowers in Bloom
The following dates are available to dedicate the Sunday morning flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion:  February 11, 25 and March 11.  Please add your name to any open slot on the flower chart on the hallway bulletin board, or contact the church office to see if your date is open.  The church office will send a reminder and request the specifics for dedication listing in the bulletin.

Deep Freeze
Feeling the cold this winter? Warm up by walking the kids of Grace to their stations on Sunday as a Shepherd! No experience required. Position in high demand. Sign up bit.ly/gracesundayschool or on the bulletin board across from the office. Questions contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org

Winter Clothing Collection
Winter clothing is being collected 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 Shepherds (2), and support (1) that day.  If you are able to take one of these spots please contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org
 
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