March 22, 2018

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
On Friday, March 23, 2018, author and historian Tom Wieckowski will return to Grace Place. He will be lecturing on Camp William Penn, “A Spectacle for Men and Angels”. Please join us for this fascinating historical talk. 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! 
 
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 25, we’ll conclude our faith stories series with On the Road Again… “Two people journeyed from Jerusalem to Emmaus on that first Easter afternoon. A stranger joined them on this walk, and they began to share their story… The stranger shared his story…” Now that you’ve learned something about your own faith story, that of your family and the community in which you were raised, how do you go about sharing that information? When is it TMI? Too little?  Learn the fine art of sharing your faith story.

Spring Forward with Adult Education: Family Matters!  
Adult Ed takes a break on Easter, April 1, with our next adult education series beginning 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 through 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!

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!
 
Eco-Palms
Grace Church has been purchasing Eco-Palms since 2010. These palms are responsibly harvested in Mexico and Guatemala. The typical harvester is paid 2 cents a frond for the palms they harvest plus an additional 5 cents a frond directly funds projects that improve the lives of all community members. For more information, visit www.pcusa.org/palms.

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.

Upcoming Service Opportunities on April 7:  Wellspring Saturday Breakfast Ministry and Ambler Interfaith

Wellspring:
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.

Ambler Interfaith: (New Date)
Please join us to work with our mission partner, Ambler Interfaith. Jobs include planting, landscaping, and office work. All ages welcome!! Meet at church at 8:30 am to carpool over. We should be done by noon. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the office. Questions please contact Michele Smeal m_smeal@hotmail.com.

Keneseth Israel Exchange
Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students have been invited to join their peers at KI on April 8 for music and a discussion on similarities and differences between our congregations.  We will 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.

Equipment Needed!
The Grace Property committee is looking for a working self-propelled push mower, power blower, edger and trimmer.  Please contact Klaus at 215-327- 9326

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. 

Bring those BOXES! 
VBS will be using cardboard to construct many of our set elements this year, so if you are getting a new appliance or are just an avid Amazon shopper, please save those boxes, break them down, and bring them to church! The collection area will be the catwalk above Muyskens Hall. Questions?  Contact Kelly Hudson at 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.

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.

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!