August 15, 2019

This Week
August 15-21

Grace Place - August 16
Grace Place meets every Friday from 10:30am - 2:00pm in the Palmer Room. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship, food and fun for older adults.  Lunch is served at noon.  Bring a friend and join us!  For more information visit our website.  

Summer Special Music - Aug 18
Join us at the 10:30 am worship service to enjoy special music by Melissa Dreisbach, flute, and Kevin Engleman, piano

Cornerstone Christian Academy Back to School Collection - through Aug 25
Help support our mission partner by donating school supplies for the students and their classrooms. Check the list of supplies needed. Items can be left in the designated bins on the balcony hallway through August 25. Learn more about Cornerstone here.  

Upcoming Events
August 23:  Grace Place
TransNet will present a program about all the services they provide including: disability service, medical assistance, shuttle service, and shared rides.  Grace Place meets every Friday from 10:30am - 2:00pm in the Palmer Room. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship, food and fun for older adults.  Bring a friend and join us!  Lunch will be at noon, followed by the program at 12:45 pm.  For more information visit our website.  

August 25:  Blessing of the Backpacks
As summer comes to a close, join us during the 10:30am worship service for a special blessing of the backpacks.  Have your child bring their backpack for a blessing before starting the new school year.  Children will continue their backpack preparation during a special Sunday School lesson.

September 4:  Dream Night
One of the priorities in “Grace Changes Lives,” the final phase of our church’s current strategic plan, is laying the groundwork for continuing to renovate the church building to make it as welcoming as possible for newcomers and as effective as possible in supporting our ministries.  The Capital Projects Committee, commissioned by the Session, has begun working on a plan, with items ranging from renovating Muyskens Hall to less visible needs like improved drainage.  The hope is to finalize this plan within the next few months and conduct a capital campaign in early 2020 to fund the projects.  Join us at 7:30 pm in the Palmer Room when members of the Capital Projects Committee will present the ideas that have been developed thus far, answer any questions you have, and solicit your input on priorities.  The committee members are enthusiastic about sharing information with you and having a lively discussion.   If you would like to attend, please email or call the church office at 215-887-6117 x10.

September 7:  Wellspring Saturday Breakfast Ministry
A small group from Grace serves breakfast and distributes clothing, toiletries and snacks for up to 80 needy guests at Old First UCC in Philadelphia.  We serve on the 1st Saturday of the month.  Look for the sign up sheet on the bulletin board at church, or email Claire McHugh for more information or to sign up (all volunteers must be 14 yrs or over).

September 8:  
Rally Day

Plans are coming together for this exciting annual event!  All are welcome to join us for food, fellowship and fun following the 10:30 am worship service.

Corney-Tourney - Rally Day 2019 Corn Hole Tournament
What is Corn Hole?  Corn Hole is a lawn game that is very similar to a bean bag toss.  Participants toss bean bags into a pre-made corn hole board and receive points based on where the bean bag lands. It is a game suitable for all ages. 
Sign up as a team of 4 and choose a team name, or indicate you would like to be placed on a team to compete in this fun and lively event.   Sign up on the bulletin board at church, during coffee hour on August 18th or 25th,  or email Paige Cooper, member of the GO (Growth & Outreach) team. 

September 14:  Preschooler Meet-up
Time to get excited about the new Sunday School year!  Preschool children and their parents are invited to attend a pep rally to kick off the fall session.  Fun and snacks provided.  Just bring your preschooler (nursery babies welcome too) and meet us on the playground at 10:00 am! Questions? Email Sara Bloncourt.

September 15:
Bibles to 3rd & 4th Graders
Bibles will be presented to our 3rd and 4th graders during the 10:30 worship service.

Adult Education - GRACE-O  
Join us at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room for a fun-filled adult ed kick-off event in the style of Quizzo.  Participants will compete in the topics of:  Grace History, Old Testament, New Testament, and Grace Now! There will be prizes!!!  

September 29: Dr. Greg Carey Presents "Reclaiming Revelation"
Join Dr. Greg Carey in his presentation "Reclaiming Revelation." Carey will preach at both services, present at Adult Ed and offer a lunch workshop following the 10:30 worship service.  To read Dr. Carey's bio, click here.

October 5:  Save the Date! Student Ministry Fundraiser Contributors' Dinner
The time has come for Grace Student Ministry to say "Thank you!" to the people who have made our summer programming and mission trips possible! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 5, 5:30-7 pm for a dinner that will be cooked and served by the youth, as well as the chance to hear more about our summer trips!

October 6:  Adult Education - The Belhar Confession
Join us at 9:30 am in the Palmer Room when Dr. Dirk Smit, Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, will lead a session on The Belhar Confession.  Smit has been one of South Africa's primary theologians and was a primary author of The Belhar Confession.  To read Dr. Smit's bio, click here.

October 20:  Dan Bellamy's Inflatable Stories
Mark your calendar!  Join us for this fun family event at 4 pm.  Dan Bellamy makes the Bible come to life with stories from our sacred text through the medium of balloons! This is a great event to bring kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors!  Email Sara Bloncourt for more information.  

November 10:  Rise Against Hunger
Mark your calendar! The GO Team will host our 2nd Rise Against Hunger meal packing event.  The GO team is putting together a planning subcommittee. If you would like to serve at this event, please contact Bob MacFarland. Spots are open for set up, clean up, advertising, food and more!! 

Tina Hinks