March 21, 2019

This Week
March 21-27

Grace Place with Bingo - March 22
Fellowship, games and lunch.  Bring a friend and join us!    

Adult Education - Sacred Rhythms - March 24  
For Lent, adult education will use a video series, "Sacred Rhythms:  Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation," based on a book by Ruth Haley Barton.  The study will be led by a team of women whose lives have been impacted by "Sacred Rhythms" and are eager to share it.  Join us for the fourth week of this 5 week series on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room.

Youth Sunday - March 24
Join us for a special Sunday as our youth take over the planning and leading of both worship services. Come out and hear special music, creative prayers, and meaningful messages crafted by the students of Grace.

Student Ministry Mission Trip Fundraiser - March 24
This year's Student Ministry Summer Mission Trips are coming up, and the youth would like your support. The youth are hosting an envelope fundraiser on Sundays in March. All you have to do is take an envelope marked with a donation amount and follow the instructions inside. Youth will be in the Palmer Room with the wall of envelopes during Coffee Fellowship. As investors in the summer programs, you'll be invited to a youth-hosted dinner in the fall to hear the testimonies and stories of God's amazing love and grace from the trip attendees. For more information, contact Pastor Kristen via email or phone. 

Thank you to those who have donated so far! We're off to a wonderful start. If you've already taken an envelope don't forget to bring it back, and if you haven't the chance yet, there are still lots more for the taking!

Prayer and Pilates - March 27
We will continue working towards strengthening our bodies and spiritual lives, creating fellowship, and becoming stronger and more motivated to be the healthy person God intends us to be.  Join us at 5:30 pm in the Palmer Room.

 Please bring a mat and a small pillow and wear clothes that you can easily move in. It is helpful to be able to get down on the floor and get back up again.  Email June Hudson with any questions or for more information.  

Mid-Week Morning Worship - March 27
A brief contemplative worship experience will be offered on Wednesday mornings through April 10 from 7:00-7:30 am in the Chapel.

Bible Study with Cedar Park - March 27
We'll have the joy of gathering for Bible study and fellowship with the Cedar Park congregation on Wednesday evenings through April 17.  The topic will be "The Renewing Power of Prayer" and we'll be learning how the Psalms can be models for our own prayers.  This will take place at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church, 7740 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia (about 10 minutes from Grace) starting at 7:00 pm with a soup supper at 6:30 pm for those who can make it.

Upcoming Events

March 29:  Grace Place
You are what you eat! A healthy lifestyle begins with good nutrition. Lynn Sinclair, a nutritionist from Abington Hospital, will share her advice and expertise. Lunch is at 12:00 and the presentation will begin at 12:45.  Bring your questions, bring a friend and join us!   

March 29:  Wine and the Bible  
Whether it be a wedding toast or the communion cup, wine often accompanies life’s special and sacred moments. Come and join us as we experience the joy of food and wine together and learn about the meaningful metaphor of wine in the Bible: a symbol of life, death, and abundance. Nathan Stucky (practical theologian and Director of Princeton Seminary’s Farminary) will lead us to reflect on wine and the practice of communion through the eyes of a farmer, considering how community, care, and attention frame the way we view this produce and this practice. Lindsey Trozzo (biblical scholar and Associate Director of Digital Learning at Princeton Seminary) will lead us to reflect on how we might read the Bible as wine drinkers, paying attention to subtle layers that bring new insights into how the text might be meaningful for our lives.  Please invite others and sign up here.  

March 29-31:  Middle School Retreat 
The middle school youth will be going on a retreat to A Common Mission Experience (ACME) in southwest Philadelphia for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and service. Cost for the weekend is $100.  Email  or phone Pastor Kristen to register and for more information.

April 6:  Grace Community Service Day
Join the Mission Team for a morning of service and outreach from 10am - 12noon. There will be onsite and offsite events to help meet the needs of our community. You can sign up online here or on the sheet at the Welcome Center. 

April 6:  Wellspring Saturday Breakfast Ministry
Volunteers needed (14 yrs or over) to serve breakfast and distribute clothing, toiletries and snacks for up to 80 needy guests at Old First UCC in Philadelphia.  A small group from Grace serves on the first Saturday of the month.  Email Claire McHugh for more information or to sign up.

April 6:  Women of Grace FUNraiser!
We'll meet at 7:30 pm at the home of Chris Hoyler for a "Girls' Gab and Game Night",  an event which is open to all women of the Church.  This will be a fun way to connect with our Grace sisters, while raising money for the Women's Retreat Scholarship Fund.  We'll have tables for games, areas for chatting and a movie room set up for your enjoyment, along with a free will offering.  If you're interested, email chrishoyler@verizon.net or call 215-576-1404 for more details.


April 7:  Adult Education - Entering the Passion of Jesus
Join Pastor Stephanie for a three week bible study surrounding Holy Week.  We will meet on the 7th & 14th to dig into the biblical texts of the passion adventure and then again on the 28th to reflect on the resurrection texts.  Bring your bible!  The classes are Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Palmer Room.  

April 7:  Chancel Choir sings the Requiem by John Rutter
The Chancel Choir invites you to join us in worship on Sunday, April 7 at 10:30, to experience the unmistakably optimistic message of hope and comfort in Jesus Christ our Savior found in the music of the Requiem by John Rutter.   The music is set to words based on scriptural texts - Psalm 130 (Out of the Deep) and Psalm 23 (The Lord Is My Shepherd), excerpts from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the mass for the dead.   The choir will be accompanied by a small ensemble of harp, flute, oboe, cello, timpani, glockenspiel and organ.  Please join us and invite a friend to experience this powerful music.

May 5:  Coleman Luncheon
Mark your calendar for as we welcome Rich Coleman at 11:45 am to come home and speak to us regarding the newly published book about Ralph Coleman, his life and work.  Books will be available to be signed and purchased.  
 

May 20:  Spring Red Cross Blood Drive SAVE THE DATE!  
The last date to donate blood and still be eligible to participate in our drive is Sunday, March 24, so please keep these dates in mind.  Watch for more details in the future.

June 23-27: Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendar for VBS!  Our theme this year will be Who is My Neighbor?  The program will be in the evening again this year and have opportunities for all ages!

July 28-August 3: Adult Mission Trip
The adult mission trip for this summer is coming together. Join us for a week of hurricane relief work in Kinston, NC. We are looking for people who want to do the relief work labor and for people who would like to provide cooking support for the group during the week. The facility we are staying at has a fully stocked kitchen, we just need participants to plan and prepare the meals. Email or phone Pastor Kristen for more information.   Please sign up here and turn in a $100 deposit by May 1.

Michaela Payne