April 26, 2018

Student Ministry Car Wash Fundraiser!
This Saturday, 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!

Stars and Sparrows
This Sunday at the 10:30 service, we will be blessed by the choir's spring cantata.  For a preview and guide, click here.  A time of “fancy fellowship” sponsored by our Deacons will follow.  Join us and bring a friend for a Sunday filled with music, wonder and festive fellowship! 

Congregational Meeting
There will be a brief congregational meeting on Sunday, May 6, at 11:30 am in the sanctuary for the purpose of electing officers.  

Special Recognition Sunday
What do Jeff Cline, Joe Kiefner, Mimi Craig and Bob MacFarland have in common? All have been members of Grace for fifty years or more! On Sunday, May 6, 2018, we will give special recognition to Jeff, Joe, Mimi, Bob and all of our 50-year members at the 10:30 worship service.  How firm a foundation has been laid for us by those who have loved Grace through all the seasons of her life. Come to worship on May 6 and be inspired by their collective 1500 years of faith, hope and service!

 Adult Education: Family Matters!
Join us this Sunday, April 29, for “Next Steps”
Where do we go from here? Knowing what we now know, what can we do? In this session, Michael Bernert of the Livengrin Foundation will guide us through the process of empowering a loved one to seek recovery, including intervention; what effective recovery looks like; health coverage for treatment; support networks and other resources.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 will have a collection box for completed surveys 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!
 
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. 

Grace Place
Join your Grace Place friends on Friday, April 27, in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Lunch is served at noon. 

Join us on May 4 when Michael Sperger will take us on a tour of Amsterdam's playgrounds. There are 11 playgrounds per square mile in Amsterdam, the highest density of any major city in the world. The culture prizes independence and the children are encouraged to handle themselves in the world at an early age. Come learn how their playgrounds further that goal. Lunch is served at noon with the program following at 12:45.  Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  This is a friendly community of senior citizens and we hope you will join us and bring a friend!
 
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network - Dinner Hosts Needed in May
Grace will once again support PIHN on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in May by providing and serving meals for 2-3 families at Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church (10 minutes away). Dinner hosts are asked to arrive by 6:15 pm, serve dinner at 6:45 pm, and stay until dinner is finished. This is a great opportunity for families with children to participate. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board across from the church office. Contact Claire McHugh at claire25@me.com or 215-407-0766 with any questions.


Wellspring’s Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Our next service opportunity is on Saturday, May 5. 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.

Breathing Room Foundation Yard Work Day 
The Breathing Room Foundation counts on volunteers to support families undergoing the process of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Yard work volunteers provide a huge service to these families! Please join the Mission Team at Grace on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 am  to be part of a yard work team, helping to rake, trim, plant, and mow yards. Sign up outside the church office or email Michele Smeal at m_smeal@hotmail.com by May 15 if you are able to participate.

Property Work Event! 
Join us on Sunday, May 20, at 12:00 pm for pizza and several hours of light work around the church including raking, painting, and cleaning out closets.

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.  

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 here and summer right behind it! VBS registration for volunteers, child and adult participants, and teachers is open and will 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 at 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.

Save the Date!
Join us on Wednesday July 18 at 5:30 for the church-wide picnic and softball game at Alverthorpe Park! Come for the picnic, fellowship and fun! Catch up with friends and bring a friend! Join us for the picnic, a game or both. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks!

Grace Nursery School
Dine & Donate Fundraiser
Support Grace Nursery School at Upper Crust Pizza on Wednesday, May 9 from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.  Click here for more details.

Spring Cleaning
Grace Nursery School is looking for gently used shelving and storage furniture, as well as educational toys. If you think you may have something please contact the nursery school director, Cindy Kaminski at 215-694-0809 or ckleim@aol.com.  

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