April 18, 2019

This Week
April 18-24

Holy Week and Easter at Grace - April 14-21
Join us to celebrate Holy Week and Easter at Grace.  Click here for a schedule of events.

One Great Hour of Sharing Collection - thru April 21
One Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical movement that enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors in need locally and around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. One Great Hour of Sharing offerings will be collected through Easter Sunday, April 21. Please make checks payable to Grace and put OGHS in the memo line.  Click here for more information or here for a webinar.  Email Sandy DiGiulio for details.

Prayer & Pilates - April 24
Join this active and growing group as it returns each Wednesday through June 12 at 5:30 pm in the Palmer Room.  We work 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.  A free will donation to a designated mission at Grace will be accepted.  

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.   


Upcoming Events

 April 25:  Skeptics Club
Do you have questions about God and faith?  Do you have friends with questions and doubts?  Those questions will be honored and discussed at The Skeptics Club, a new Grace initiative, at 8 pm in the upstairs room at the Borough Brewhouse, in Jenkintown.  There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  Pastor Sandy Hull will be there, not to give pat answers, but to guide the discussion and provide information when helpful.  Invite a friend and come along for what promises to be a free and stimulating conversation. 

April 26:  Grace Place
The library is full of history, adventure, self-help, education, and more! Come spend time with Nancy Hammeke Marshall, the Executive Director of Abington Township Public Library when she stops by Grace Place Friday, April 26. Lunch is at 12:00 and the presentation will begin at 12:45.  Bring a friend and join us!

April 27 & May 1:  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 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 (the same program at two different times):  Saturday, April 27, 9-11 am, and Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 pm  Child care will be available upon request.  If you would like to attend, or if you have any questions, please email Pastor Sandy Hull no later than April 24. 

April 28:  Congregational Meeting
There will be a brief congregational meeting immediately following the 10:30 service for the purpose of electing church officers. 

April 28:  Got questions or ideas?
Members of the Session will be available to answer your questions and hear your ideas at two different times on Sunday:

  • 9:30 – 10:15 am in the Palmer Room

  • Right after the congregational meeting, in the Chapel

May 4:  Student Ministry Car Wash Fundraiser - Save the Date
Come get the winter dirt and spring grime washed off your car and help the youth of Grace raise funds for the summer mission trips and other events! Happening from 9 am -12 noon on Vista Road. 

May 4:  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.

May 5:  Grace Artist
Ralph Pallen Coleman, a popular painter of biblical subjects in the 1950s-60s, was a longtime member of Grace.  His grandson, Rich Coleman, will give a presentation on his grandfather's work after coffee hour in the Palmer Room.  A light luncheon will be served.  Click here to sign up.

May 5:  Celebration of 50 Year Members
Join us as we celebrate our 50 year members during the 10:30 worship service.

May 14:  Fellowship BBQ Meal & Games
Enjoy a fun filled BBQ Meal with back yard games as our Fellowship Dinner Finale!  Click here to sign up.

May 19:  The Intergenerational Choir Sings Again!
Sing with the IGC during the 10:30 worship service.  Rehearsals are after church at 11:30 on Sunday, April 28, May 5 and 12.  Singers of all ages are welcome. 

May 19:  Program Year End Events

  • Children will celebrate the program year end with Sundae Sundayduring Sunday School during the 10:30 worship service.

  • Recognition & Confirmation Sunday - we will celebrate our choirs, teachers, and confirmation students during the 10:30 worship service.

  • Youth Groups will enjoy a special year end event!

May 20:  Spring Red Cross Blood Drive

June 23-27: Vacation Bible School
Join us for a fun filled week of food, fellowship, and learning! Our Theme is: Who is my Neighbor? Learning to love like Jesus. Each night from 5:45-7:45 pm, we will enjoy a hot meal together, followed by an adult study and kids stations. The cost is $10 per child which includes a t-shirt and dinner and $5 per single adult which includes dinner and a study. $30 max per family.  Sign up here.

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