February 8, 2018

Grace Place
On Friday, February 9, 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.  

On Friday, February 16, Rich Ludwig (a regular member of Grace Place) will share his interest and expertise in Dutch Oven cooking. Come learn about some history, the uses of the Dutch Oven and check out some recipes. Please join us for this informative and fun 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!

Valentine's Day Cards – Last Chance!
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 this Sunday, or contact Donna Jones (donnajonesart1@gmail.com or 215 379 5457).

Adult Education – 
The "Neighbor Series" - On February 11 - “Who is Our Neighbor in Jenkintown?” The church office often handles requests from people needing assistance to take the bus to the US Center for Immigration Services in Philadelphia. To learn more about what is needed by those in need of such services, join us for a presentation by Bill Stock, one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers and a founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. A local resident who has practiced immigration law exclusively for over twenty years, Bill will present a nuanced picture of the issues involved in immigration.   

Black History Month Worship
There will be a presbytery-wide worship service in honor of Black History Month on Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 pm at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 8501 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia.  The guest preacher will be Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts, President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, in Atlanta.  All are welcome!

Ash Wednesday Agape Dinner
Join us for the Agape Dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Come anytime between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m for a meal of soup, bread, fruit and cheese. The Communion Worship Service will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. If possible, please RSVP to r.scherff@verizon.net and let us know how many are coming, if you need child care, and if you are able to volunteer (Cook, Set-up, Serve, Clean-up). Grace Church will be joined by members of the Oxford and Cedar Park congregations.

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 starting on February 16.

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 18, our next adult education series begins with a look at family systems.  We’ll consider our own spiritual/religious inheritances and how we come to an understanding of our Christian identity.  Led by Pastor Judy with guest speaker Dr. Carl Yusavitz to open the series.  Click here to learn more. 

Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
A big THANK YOU to all who have supported the ministry of Wellspring by donating winter clothing in January.  Many will benefit from the generosity of our members and friends.

And many thanks to the many volunteers who have helped donate their time at Wellspring.  Our next opportunity for volunteers is on Saturday, March 3. Interested in helping cook, serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks for up to 80 needy guests?  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.

Music Ministry Task Force
In the Fall, a Music Task Force was commissioned to get a sense of a desired direction for our music program.  This is the first step in seeking a new Music Director at Grace.  Click here to read a summary report.

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

Lost and Found
Wondering where that long- lost umbrella or glove may be hiding?  Perhaps it was left behind at Grace.  At the end of February items in the lost and found bin at church will be donated or discarded.  The bin is in the coat closet between the Chapel and Palmer Room.  Please take a look if you think something in there may belong to you!  

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