April 12, 2018

Adult Education: Family Matters!  
Join us this Sunday, April 15, for “Understanding Addiction.” Is addiction a question of willpower or a brain disorder? What do we mean when we call addiction a disease?  Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Director of Pastoral Service for the Penn Foundation, returns to address these and other questions concerning substance addiction. Myths around alcohol and drug use; dopamine’s effect on the brain, and the possibility and means to recovery will all be covered.  Click here for a schedule.  Join us to learn more!

Adult Education Survey
The Adult Ed Team is committed to meeting the learning needs of adults in programs that encompass topics theological and relational as well as current affairs. In order to continue to offer meaningful programming, we are asking all members of Grace – whether or not they have attended any Adult Ed offerings this year - to fill out this survey and return it to Sara Vernon Sterman by email at sara_v_s@yahoo.com, or to her mail slot just outside the sanctuary entrance. Sara also plans to have a collection box in the Palmer Room for the next two Sunday mornings.
We are asking that all surveys be returned by the morning of April 29 at the latest.
The Adult Ed Team greatly appreciates your timely response!
Morning of Service - Cornerstone Christian Academy
Join a group from Grace  for a morning of service on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Cornerstone Christian Academy.  Service projects include:  painting, light cleaning, yard work, and more!  There are ways for the entire family (including children!) to serve. 
Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the church office or email Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com.

Jazz Worship Join us on Sunday, April 22 at the 10:30 service when we will be inspired through jazz worship led by Warren Cooper.  Warren is a Presbyterian elder and music minister who leads choral workshops and worship development seminars around the country.  A Philly native and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is considered a pioneer in jazz worship and sacred jazz.  Warren has a weekly program on WRTI.   We at Grace have come to know Warren through our partnership with Cedar Park Presbyterian Church.  Don’t miss this opportunity - and be sure to invite a friend!

Next Step
If you have been attending Grace and would like to learn more about the church, or if you would like to find out what is involved in church membership, there is an upcoming event is for you.  Next Step is an informal, no-pressure opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered.  It is required for those who would like to become church members, but you may attend without any obligation to join.  Next Step will be held twice in May (the same program at two different times):  Thursday, May 3, 7:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, May 5, 9:00-11:00 am.  Child care will be available upon request.  If you would like to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Pastor Sandy Hull at shull@gracejenkintown.org no later than April 27. 

Simplified Sunday School
As a result of reviewing the past 2 years of our rotation curriculum, the Children’s Education Team is making a few changes to streamline and simplify both the volunteer and student experiences. Each Sunday our children will continue to experience a variety of methods of interacting with scripture, with the lessons taking place in Muyskens Hall. All students K-5th will participate together. The lessons will be provided by the Children’s Ed Team and will be taught by a Station Leader volunteer with the assistance of 2 Shepherds. Volunteers will sign up to teach or sherpherd for a one-month commitment. The Children's Ed Team is excited to roll out this new program and we are looking forward to church support to make it a success. To sign up click here or contact khudson@gracejenkintown.org.

Grace Gathering: Cantata Teaching
Our school-aged Sunday School students will have a Grace Gathering in Muyskens Hall during worship on April 22. We will spend time learning about the cantata the choir will present at the 10:30 worship service on the following Sunday. Our music director, Megan Coiley; organist, Kevin Engleman, and members of the choir will teach our children about the cantata and the musical elements included. During this gathering, decorations will be made to be placed in the sanctuary for Cantata Sunday. 

Interfaith Program – “Faith and Mindfulness”
Join the Women of KI on Wednesday, April 25, at 11:00 am, to explore the origin of “Mindfulness” and how it has spread to US religions.  The panel will include a professor of Asian Studies, as well as Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish clergy.  There will be a Dairy Luncheon to follow.  The Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel is located at 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA  19027.  There is no cost for the program and lunch.  Please RSVP to Mickie Levin at Mickie6832@comcast.net or 215-698-0314.

Save the Date:  Student Ministry Car Wash Fundraiser!
Saturday April 28, 9:00am-12:00pm on Vista Road
The Middle and High School students are coming together to raise money for this summer’s mission trips!  This money will go directly to the mission trip endeavors allowing as many of our youth as possible to participate.  We hope to see you there!  Donations will be accepted at the car wash!

Cantata Sunday: Stars and Sparrows, April 29
As part of our tradition here at Grace, we have a special Sunday in the fall and in the spring dedicated to worshiping God through music.  On Sunday, April 29 at 10:30 am, the Grace Presbyterian Chancel Choir and organist Kevin Engleman, along with some of the children and youth of our church, will lead us in praise and thanksgiving to our Creator!  The service will feature the music of composer Jonathan Dove (Missa Brevis, Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars), and the sanctuary will be decorated by our very own children’s ministry.  A time of “fancy fellowship” sponsored by our Deacons will follow.  Join us for a Sunday filled with music and wonder! 

Music Director Search
The search is underway for a permanent Director of Music.   The Personnel Committee has appointed a search committee comprising Dennis Butler, Chris Sterman, Wendy Browder, Russ Starke. and Susan Dorshimer.  Leslie Gerhard will be the Personnel Committee liaison.  You can find the position description here.   Megan Coiley, our Interim Choir Director, is eligible to apply.  Please keep this process in your prayers.  

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

Flower Dedications - Dates Available
The flower chart on the bulletin board in the sanctuary hallway has the following upcoming dates available to dedicate flowers in honor or memory of a special person or occasion: May 20, May 27, and June 24.  Please add your name to the chart for a special Sunday, or contact the church office to add your name.  

Thank You!
Thanks to everyone for bringing in food donations throughout the month of March. Grace was able to donate the following: 49 cans of vegetables, 57 cans of fruit, 101 boxes of pasta, 67 jars of sauce, 37 jars of jelly, 52 jars of peanut butter, 34 bottles of juice, 177 cans of tuna and 40 fruit cups. That's roughly 1,200 pounds of food that was divided between Interfaith Food Pantry and Jenkintown Food Cupboard!!

Red Cross Blood Drive – Save the Date
The Annual Spring Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace is scheduled for Monday, May 21 from 2:00 – 7:00pm. The last date to have made a donation and still be eligible for this drive was March 26. Look for more details to follow in the coming weeks.

VBS Registration OPEN!
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.

VBS Supplies Needed!
Click here for a list of supplies needed for VBS.  Contact Kelly Hudson khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions. 

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 Pastor Sandy and Pastor Judy for a week of exploring water and the life of Jonah!  Click here for more details.

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.

Benjamin Van Buren