May 10, 2018

COMING UP THIS WEEK, MAY 10-16
Grace Place is a friendly community of senior citizens meeting each Friday in the Palmer Room.  Lunch is served at noon.  Come early and join your Grace Place friends in playing some favorite games, like Rummikub and Scrabble, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.  We hope you will join us and bring a friend!  

Adult Education: Family Matters Continues - Join us on Sunday, May 13 at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room for “Heeding God’s Call” - Handguns reach streets and neighborhoods through a highly developed illegal trade – gun trafficking. These are the guns used to threaten, wound, maim and kill. The linchpins of gun trafficking are criminal entrepreneurs, traffickers, the straw buyers who stand in for them to make their bulk purchases and gun dealers who look the other way and enjoy the profits. As people of faith, what can we do to address this crisis? Bob Fles of “Heeding God’s Call,” a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will be with us to discuss the many ways in which this organization partners with faith communities in working to stem gun violence.  Join us to learn more!   
 
UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES!
Join Grace Place on Friday, May 18 when Hilary Fuelleborn will present a program on Estate Planning and the documents everyone needs (Will, Property Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Living Will).  Having practiced law for 13 years in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Tax and Real Estate, Hilary will share her expertise regarding why these documents are important and what can happen if you don’t have them.  Lunch is served at noon followed by the program at 12:45 pm.

On Friday, May 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm, our Children’s Education Team will have a Parent’s Night Out.  Drop off your kids (potty trained, ages 3yrs-5th grade) for a fun night that includes dinner, crafts, and games.  Please fill out a reservation sheet and leave it in the bin in the church office by May 13.  Any questions, please contact Kelly at khudson@gracejenkintown.org.

Join us for Adult Education on Sunday, May 20 when our Family Matters Continues series concludes with, “Where Do We Go From Here?” - Part 2 of Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence will be shown, followed by guided discussion and debrief concerning gun violence prevention efforts and our call to participate in congregational initiatives going forward.  

Don’t miss the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, May 20 for Confirmation Sunday.  We will also recognize Our Choirs and enjoy a special fellowship time at 11:30 am in Muyskens Hall – it’s Sundae Sunday!

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.

Annual Spring Blood Drive
The Spring Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, May 21 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm in Muyskens Hall. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parent permission), in good health, and not have given blood since March 26.  Bring photo ID with you, and enjoy a snack after your donation is complete.  Appointments are preferred.  To schedule your appointment contact Chris Hoyler at 215-576-1404 or chrishoyler@verizon.net, or online at redcrossblood.org.  Give the gift of life - it's priceless!

Graduation Recognition - June 10
If you or your child are graduating (high school, college, technical school, graduate school, etc. ) this spring or has graduated since last summer, please email the church office by June 1 at office@gracejenkintown.org or call at 215-887-6117.  We want to recognize and celebrate with you!

Vacation Bible School for Children and Adults We are inviting all members of the church and the community to enjoy Bible School with us from June 17-21, in the evenings from 5:45-7:45pm, with dinner provided each night.  ** New This Year** -  We will have 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.
VBS registration for volunteers, child and adult participants, and teachers is open and will close June 3.  Click here to register.  A donation of $10 per person/ $35 per family of 4+ is requested.  Contact Kelly Hudson khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions. 

Picnic and Softball Game at Alverthorpe Park! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 18 at 5:30 pm, for our church-wide Picnic and Softball Game at Alverthorpe Park! Come for the food, 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!  

SERVE OTHERS -- WITH GRACE!
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.

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.

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

Grace Nursery School - 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.  

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