September 13, 2018

Upcoming Events:

September 21:  Grace Place - The Clinical Trial Center will present a program on clinical research and reviewing available resources that could be helpful.  Lunch is served at noon.  Program begins at 12:45. 

September 23:  Jazz worship with Warren Cooper at the 10:30 service.

September 23:  Installation service for Stephanie Templin Ashford and Kristen Levens at 4:00 pm.

October 7:  Family Communion Workshop - Do you have questions about communion for children?  Join us for a fun activity based event that explores scripture, children's preparation for communion and a parental Q&A.  RSVP by email to Stephanie.

Fall Welcome Meetings
Get to know and learn more about our new Associate Pastors and Music Director by signing up for a home meeting.  The onboarding team encourages everyone to participate in a casual, fun and informational home meeting that suits their schedule.  Sign-ups will be available outside the Palmer Room after each Sunday service.

Please submit announcements or fliers for the bulletin and the weekly email Happenings from the link on our website, or by email to the office.  Our weekly deadline submission is Tuesday at 9:00 am.  Announcements will be included at the discretion of the staff. All fundraising and/or sale activities must be approved by the Stewardship & Administration Team prior to publicizing. 

Name Tag Update
Our new staff members have appreciated the vast majority of people wearing their name tag each week!  It's nice to be able to put a name with a face.  There will be name tag holders at the York Road entrance and at the Chapel (handicapped) entrance.  Please email Chris Hoyler if you would prefer to have your name tag at either of those entrances.

Our Choir Loft has room for YOU.  
There is a place in the choir for anyone who wishes to learn, grow, serve and praise God through song. Come make a joyful noise to the Lord! 

Chancel Choir - Join this fun and music-loving group in discovering, rehearsing and presenting sacred choral music as a way of leading the congregation in worship. Contact Valerie by email(link) or phone at 215-887-6117 ext. 19, or just come to rehearsal Thursday evenings at 7:30.  You will be glad you took the leap!  

Children's Choirs - Come and Sing!
Cherub Choir (4yrs-2nd grade) and Chapel Choir (grades 3-5), under the excellent leadership of Ruth Fuelleborn and Kevin Engleman, will begin on Sunday, September 16.  Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:20 am starting the Sunday after Labor Day and finishing the Sunday before Memorial Day.  Complete the registration form online or print and return as soon as possible to the church office.

I Spark Faith!!
The Children's Ministry Team is continuing its campaign to provide opportunities to inspire children through teaching.  After lots of support and sign ups at rally day, only 29 spots are left! We are looking to have people offer their time for one month of the year (3 Sundays in a row).  Teachers and shepherding options are available for pairs or singles.  Help us spark faith in a child this year!  Not to mention you get a totally cool button!!  Sign up here or contact Kelly with questions.

Youth Group News!
Student ministry is streamlining our information process this year by using an online forum.  Please complete information for your youth here.  
Subscribe to get youth group news emails here.

Mission Opportunities:
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

Dinner Hosts needed at Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church (about 20 minutes from Grace) on Tuesday & Thursday evenings in September.  

Provide & serve a meal for 2 families - arrive at 6:15pm and stay until dinner is finished. 
Great opportunity for families with children to participate.
Sign up on the Vista Road bulletin board or contact Claire McHugh by email or phone at 215-407-0766 with questions.

Wellspring Saturday Breakfast Ministry - Volunteers needed (14 yrs or over) on October 6
Help serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks for up to 80 needy guests at Old First UCC in Philadelphia.  To add your name to the sign-up sheet contact the church office at 215-887-6117 or contact Claire McHugh by email.


Michaela Payne