March 15, 2018

From The Session
Click here for the March Session update.

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.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Isaiah 58 describes a new kind of fast, not to give up bread but to share it. Isaiah calls us to “loose the bonds of injustice,” to “let the oppressed go free,” to “share bread with the hungry” and to “invite the homeless poor into our homes.” We are called to offer help to those in need and restoration to those who have been broken down. One way we answer this call is through our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. For more information on how you can help visit the table outside of the office.

Grace Place
Come to Grace Place on March 16 and ring color-coded hand bells under the
instruction of Jenifer Eyre. Play along to familiar songs, as Jen holds up
color-coded cards indicating when to play your hand bell. It's super easy
and way fun. No music experience necessary.  Come early 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 program begins at 12:45.  This is a friendly community and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!
 
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 sandi.kuhl@gmail.com.

Adult Education – Lentflix! 
Our Lenten film journey has brought us face-to-face with stories of transformation, covering such topics as racism; incarceration; aging; sacrifice; redemption and a host of other themes. Join us this Friday night at 6 pm for pizza and the film "My Name is Khan," for a look at post-9/11 America through the eyes of a Muslim citizen with Asperger's Syndrome.  Click here for a schedule of remaining films in our 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 18, we’ll continue to fill in our faith stories by exploring our family genograms where we may occasionally uncover some things that we didn’t know about before, including the occasional spiritual wound. Poet Robert Bly believes that one’s spiritual wounds are the source of one’s genius and “… precisely the place from which we will give our major gift to the community.” Come prepared to engage the source of your genius by examining your personal genogram. Wearing sweats encouraged!  Click here to learn more.

Spring Forward with Adult Education: Family Matters!
Our next adult education series begins on April 8.  In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul offers these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) What might Paul have to say to those dealing with the anxieties of mental illness, addiction or gun violence? The Adult Education Team seeks to provide a safe environment for families and individuals to learn about these issues and their impact on all of us. Click here for a schedule.  Join us 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 4th to March 25th. Grab a bag and fill it with food! The cupboards need 100% fruit juice (please, no juice boxes), canned fruit in juice, peanut butter, jelly, tuna in water, pasta and pasta sauce. Abington Inter-Faith gives out food twice a month to 100 families. In February they gave out 1,200 lbs of food. Jenkintown Food Cupboard gives out food weekly and fed 398 families in February, giving out 20,000 lbs of food. Contact Marylouise Still at mlstill56@gmail.com or 215-680-3308 with any questions. Thank you!

Friends and Family CPR/AED Training
The CPR/AED class scheduled from 9-12 on Saturday, March 24 still has openings. If interested, contact Chris Hoyler at chrishoyler@verizon.net, or call 215-576-1404.

Say Cheese
Join us at our Palm Sunday Brunch & Festival on March 25 following worship for free family photos. Come dressed to impress and flash those pearly whites for a photo to help treasure the memories made that morning.  
 
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. Click here for more information.  We hope to see you there!

Holy Week at Grace
On Palm Sunday, March 25, services will be held as usual.  Following the 10:30 service, 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.

Wrap Up
We are wrapping up our Sunday School Program year, and to finish strong we are looking for teachers for our Figs (2/3 year old) and Apples (4/5 year old) classes.  The kids are sweet and love to have a familiar face to teach them about our Lord. The lessons are provided, all we need is YOU! Consider spending one hour with these precious little ones and sign up at bit.ly/gracesundayschool or contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org with questions. 

Wellspring Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Our next opportunity for volunteers to serve is on Saturday, April 7. 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.

Keneseth Israel Exchange
Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students have been invited to join their peers at KI on April 8 for music, a discussion on similarities and differences between our congregations, share a snack, read a story, and create a craft together.  Interested children and their parents can meet at KI at 10:00 am and expect to stay until 11:45 am.  If you have any questions please contact khudson@gracejenkintown.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 life of Jonah!  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 khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions.  Click here to register.

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 ckleim@aol.com.  The program is available for children 2 years of age-Pre-K.

Attention:  Amazon Shoppers!
Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of all eligible Amazon purchases to charitable organizations. Grace participates, so you can support our mission when you shop by clicking on our link
Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase through March 31!

Benjamin Van Buren