February 22, 2018

Something New in the Pews
With heartfelt gratitude, the Children’s Education team acknowledges the gift from the Debbie MacFarland Corrigan Fund that enabled us to supply the worship resource entitled, “A Children’s Guide to Worship.” This beautiful book (also known as the “mouse” book,) which was introduced during our Teaching Service last Sunday, will remain in our pews for parents and children to use together during worship. We encourage you to share your gratitude with Bob and Gail MacFarland for their continued dedication to the children of this church.

Grace Place
On Friday, February 23, 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. This is a friendly community, and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!
World Day of Prayer
World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical Christian service held each first Friday of March at rotating host churches in the area, will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Abington at 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 2. The service will be followed by a light luncheon in Fellowship Hall. The church is located behind the Craft-Givnish Funeral Home at the intersection of Old York Rd. and Old Welsh Rd. and faces Lycoming Ave. Come and worship together with Christian friends from neighboring churches and learn about Suriname, the home of the women who wrote the service. Parking is directly behind the funeral home or beside the church (entered from Old York Rd. or Old Welsh Rd.) or park on Lycoming or Parkview Avenues.

Adult Education – Lentflix! 
Your Adult Education Team brings something new to the Lenten table this year with a Friday night film series showcasing themes of challenge, transformation and redemption. Join us at 5:45 pm for pizza followed by “flicks.” Please note: while films chosen are rated G - PG-13, most are best suited for adult audiences.  Parental discretion is advised.  Click here for a schedule of the film series.

Telling our Faith Stories - What does it mean to be spiritual? Religious?  Is spirituality simply whatever religion is not? How have we come to define ourselves as Christian? Were/are there members of our families and communities that have helped us in that journey?  On February 25, we’ll continue our series on the topic of “Spiritual not Religious?”  According to the “Faith Matters” surveys, the most detailed ever taken of Americans’ religious and civic lives, a large number of Americans define themselves this way. So what does it mean for those of us in the Christian tradition? Are the two mutually exclusive, or is there room for both? Where and how does faith fit in? We’ll look at three different patterns of spirituality; take the “Spirituality 101” self-survey, and discuss what it means to reject religion in favor of spirituality. Click here to learn more. 

Bible Study with Cedar Park
The Grace and Cedar Park congregations will come together again this Lent for Bible study. Pastors Sandy Hull and Janel Dixon will lead us on a journey through Paul’s second letter to Timothy. This will take place on Wednesday evenings, February 21-March 28, at 7:00 pm at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church, 7740 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia (about 10 minutes from Grace).

Help Support Local Food Cupboards!
The Mission Team is sponsoring a food drive from March 4-25. Grab a bag and fill it with food! The cupboards are in need of 100% fruit juices (please, no small juice boxes), can fruit in juice, peanut butter, jelly, tuna packed in water, pasta and sauce. Contact Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 or mlstill56@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Friends and Family CPR/AED Training will be held on Saturday morning, March 3 and repeated Saturday, March 24.  Each session runs from 9:00 am–12:00 pm in the Elephant Room.   The training is provided by Abington Hospital’s Community Health services and the cost is $25.00 per person.  Although this program is not certified by the American Heart Association, it covers the same material and skills teaching, making it ideal CPR training for non-health professionals.  Maximum participants are 12 per class.  If interested, please contact Chris Hoyler at 215-576-1404 or chrishoyler@verizon.net.

Holy Week at Grace
Each weekday morning from March 26-30, a quiet, contemplative service will be offered in the Chapel from 7:00 – 7:30 am.

On Maundy Thursday, March 29, we will commemorate the night of the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest as we worship at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. The Chancel Choir will be singing and we will gather at the Lord’s Table.

On Good Friday, March 30, there will be two opportunities for worship as we solemnly give thanks for Jesus’ redeeming death. The Jenkintown Ministerium will host a service at noon in the auditorium at Rydal Park, and we will gather in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm.

Lenting a Hand
What if for Lent this year, instead of giving something up, you take on something NEW? The children’s Ed Team is in great need of Shepherds and Station Leaders to finish out the rest of the program year. Commit to 1 week or 4 weeks, remembering that your participation directly benefits the children of Grace. Sign up on the bulletin board or online at bit.ly/gracesundayschoolquestions contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org.

Men’s Retreat
Men, don’t forget!  The Men’s Retreat is March 9th, 10th, and 11th.  This year the retreat is at a new location – the Refreshing Mountain resort in Lancaster, PA.  Tucked in the picturesque woods of Pennsylvania, Refreshing Mountain is a Christian-based retreat and “adventure” center.  Similar to past retreats, the weekend will include fun, fellowship, and specific faith-focused topics to explore.  In addition, participants will have the option to participate in many of the adventure activities that Refreshing Mountain offers, including nature hikes, campfires, and high rope ziplines!  Click here for more details.  Cost for the weekend is $200.  First-timer cost is only $100.  Saturday-only is available for $50.  Full and partial scholarships are available.  Please use the Sign Up sheet on the Bulletin Board to register. Contact Erik Dreisbach (edreisbach@gmail.com) or Jim Still (jstill3boys@gmail.com) if you have any questions about this special event.

Grace Nursery School - Registration 
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on Monday February 12 for current nursery school students and will be open for new families beginning on Tuesday February 20.  For more information on enrollment, please contact the nursery school director, Cindy Kaminski at 215-694-0809 or ckleim@aol.com.  The program is available for children 2 years of age-Pre-K.

Benjamin Van Buren