March 1, 2018
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing offerings will be collected through Easter Sunday, April 1. A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. For more information visit the table outside of the office.
On Friday, March 2, 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. This year it 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.
Summer Mission Trips – Register Now!
Reserve a spot for your high school or middle school child now to attend our summer mission trip. The High Schoolers will travel to Canfield, Ohio on June 23-29. Click here for more information. The Middle Schoolers will travel to Baltimore, Maryland on July 21-27. Click here for more information. Deposits of $150 are due now and final payments are due by May 1. Space is limited so reserve your spot now! For questions about either of these trips, please contact Sandi Kuhl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - How have we come to define ourselves as Christian? Presbyterian? Were/are there members of our families and communities that have helped us in that journey? On March 4, we’ll continue our series on the topic of What’s Your Story? “God loves stories – that’s why He created us!” - Elie Wiesel. Those of us whose spirituality is intimately bound up with belonging to the church often find it is not so easy to move from busyness to quiet, from speaking to listening; in fact, sometimes our church lives make this very difficult! So how can we live into our communal faith lives while also nurturing our spirits? Often, the answer lies in our stories. In this session, we’ll use a community genogram to begin framing our spiritual autobiographies. Bring your favorite candy to share! Click here to learn more.
Morning of Service
Join us on March 17, as we learn more about and work at one of Ambler Interfaith's three locations. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the board in the hallway across from the church office. We will be meeting at Grace at 8:30am to carpool and should return by noon. Questions please email Michele Smeal at email@example.com.
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), canned fruit in juice, peanut butter, jelly, tuna packed in water, pasta and sauce. Contact Marylouise Still at 215-680-3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!
Friends and Family CPR/AED Training
The CRP class scheduled for Saturday, March 3 has been cancelled, however the CPR/AED class scheduled from 9-12 on Saturday, March 24 still has openings. If interested, contact Chris Hoyler at email@example.com, or call 215-576-1404.
Easter Lily Dedications
On Easter Sunday morning, our Sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies. If you would like to dedicate a lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete this dedication form or find one in the church bulletin on Sunday. Dedications are due to the church office by Monday, March 26, to be included in our Easter Sunday bulletin. The lily plants are then delivered to our shut-ins after the 10:30 worship service on Easter Sunday, April 1. If you are able to help deliver a plant or two after the service, please indicate so at the bottom of the dedication form Thanks to all who support our Deacons with these donations and deliveries.
Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Festival
Mark your calendars for March 25, and prepare to come hungry to a morning filled with Easter crafts and activities, free family photos, and a delicious breakfast. Join us following the 10:30 worship in Muyskens Hall. We hope to see you there!
Holy Week at Grace
On Palm Sunday, March 25, services will be held as usual. Following the 10:30service, there will be a Pancake Festival in Muyskens Hall.
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.
On Easter Sunday, April 1, both 8:30 and 10:30 services will be in the Sanctuary and feature brass, organ, and choir.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult VBS 2018
Why should the kids have all the fun? This year, for the first time, we will be offering Adult Bible School in conjunction with our week of children’s VBS. Join us for a week of "water play", exploring the role of water in the work of God among God’s people! Click here for more details.
VBS Registration OPENING!
Spring is near and summer right behind it! VBS registration for volunteers, child and adult participants, and teachers will open on March 1 and close June 3. A donation of $10 per person/ $35 per family of 4+ is requested. We are inviting all members of the church and the community to enjoy bible school with us from June 17-21 in the evenings 5:45-7:45pm with dinner provided each night. Contact Kelly Hudson email@example.com with any questions. Click here to register.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Still (email@example.com) if you have any questions about this special event.
Grace Nursery School - Registration
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! For more information on enrollment, please contact the nursery school director, Cindy Kaminski at 215-694-0809 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is available for children 2 years of age-Pre-K.