Pipe Organ Update. We are in the process of upgrading and enhancing our pipe organ. We recently purchased 490 pipes from The Church of the Epiphany in Royersford, PA. The church has been decommissioned and the organ was available. Keith Jones, Butch Wetzel, John Ervin, and Dave Ehret traveled to Royersford and under the direction of Peter van der Spek (the organ fixer) removed the organ pipes needed to enhance our instrument. This will add the oboe and stringed voices to our organ and hopefully keep it in tune longer.
It appears that the next steps are to clean these pipes (volunteers needed) and add them to our existing rank of pipes early next year. Your continued support for our music at Grace has made this possible – so again, many thanks to those who contributed to our organ fund.
November 2018 – As in the past, we are collecting unwrapped gifts for the children of Silver Springs Martin Luther School. There is a box in the Narthex to fill with gifts, rolls of wrapping paper and tape. If you are not able to shop but would like to help please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark it on the memo line for Silver Springs. Thank you for your support. All gifts should be in by Sunday, November 25th.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed. Daylight Savings ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday November 4th.
Sunday, November 4th – December 9, 2018 – We will be taking orders for Poinsettia Plants. We will have red or white plants at $10.00 each. All orders for Poinsettia Plants will be due no later than Sunday, December 9th. Plants can be picked up after the Christmas Eve service.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – We will be preparing food to feed the hungry in the morning around 9:30 and then taking it to the shelter and meeting at church around 6:15p.m.
If you have any old but usable coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc. that you want to donate to keep these people warm during the winter months please bring them in and they will be taken to the shelter the evening of Wednesday, November 14th.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 – There will be a Council Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Marple Newtown Community Thanksgiving Service will be at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 721 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall, PA at 7:30p.m. Father Banecker from St. Pius will be the main speaker. It is hoped that there will be two choirs, an adult and a children’s choir. Please let Pastor Richard know if you are interested in participating.
We are being asked to cook two turkeys, debone and deliver them to St. Anastasia Tuesday, November 20st between 3 & 4 pm or bring them ½ hour prior to the service that night to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Please let Pastor know if you are able to help by cooking a turkey for the hungry for Thanksgiving.
The congregations of Marple Newtown are invited to bring collections of new hats, gloves and scarves to the community Thanksgiving Eve service on November 20st. These will be distributed to persons in need in our community. Your donations may be brought to the church office before that date, or bring them with you to the service that evening.
Wednesday, November 21st – We will be having a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1:00 – 6:00pm. If you are able to donate please let us know what time is good for you. Please ask your family, friends and neighbors to come out and help support the Blood Drive! This is a time of year when donations of blood are needed! There is a signup sheet in the Narthex if you want to help by donating blood or call the church office at 610-356-1824 and leave a message with the time you are available and we will return you call.
Wed., Nov. 21 – Fri., Nov. 23, 2018 – Nursery School will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Nursery School will reopen on Monday, November 27th.