Monthly News / April 2018

Grace Will be Supporting the Alzheimer’s Assoc. – Delaware Valley Chapter During April

           Currently, five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease; Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.  During the month of April Grace will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley chapter.  Envelopes for this cause can be found in the Narthex.  Please make checks out to Grace Lutheran, with “Alzheimer’s Association” in the subject line.  If you are a caregiver, or are interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease, please check out the website at http://www.alz.org/delval/ or call 1 (800) 272-3900.

Sunday, April 1, 2018Easter Sunday please join us at 8:30am for and Easter Breakfast prepared by the men of Grace Lutheran Church.  After breakfast join us for an Easter Service of Holy Communion at 10:00am followed by and Easter egg hunt for the children.  Below are pictures from last year’s Easter Breakfast.

Monday, April 2, 2018 – Nursery School is closed on Easter Monday reopening on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – There will be a Special Congregational Meeting immediately following the worship service. Please plan to attend.

Our Constitution has not been revised in over 25 years and several changes are needed.  Pastor Richard, Keith Jones and Dave Ehret have been working on revising it. Church Council has reviewed and approved the changes. The Synod now also reviewed and approved the changes that have been made and now Grave Evangelical Lutheran Church’s congregation has to approve it.  Copies of the old and revised Constitution are on the table in the Narthex for your review prior to the meeting.  Please plan to stay for this brief meeting to approve the new constitution on Sunday, April 8th.  Thank you

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 11:30am.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend. We will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 – There will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service in the meeting room downstairs.  Please plan to attend.

Sunday, April 22, 2018Blanket Sunday.  Please stay for a light lunch and help us make blankets for Lutheran World Relief immediately following the worship service.  If you can tie a knot you can help. All men, women and children are invited to help.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  Below are pictures from last year’s Blanket Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly News / March 2018

March 2018 – The Altar Guild will be taking orders for Easter Lilies and/or Tulips. Plants are $10 each. Please fill out both sides of an order form and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by March 18th with your check made payable to Grace Lutheran Altar Guild. Plants can be picked up after the Easter morning worship service.  Thank you for helping to beautify our church this Easter!

Monday, March 6, 2018 – Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Pastor Richard will be on vacation and The Rev. David Anderson will be on here on Sunday, March 18th to lead our service of Holy Communion.  He will also be on call should anyone have a need for emergency pastoral care.  Pastor Anderson retired five years ago from St Paul’s in Lansdowne and has been with us several times before while Pastor Richard has been on vacation.

Sunday, March 11, 2018Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

Also on March 11th there will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 –we will be feeding the homeless. If you are able please come around 9:30 in the morning to help prepare the food and/or come at 6:15 p.m. to help deliver and feed the hungry.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – First Day of Spring!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Grace will be hosting the mid-week Lenten Soup, Salad & Bread dinner at 6:00pm.  Please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex and let us know if you can make a pot of soup, dessert, or help set up or clean up.

Schedule of Services for Lent 2018

Marple Newtown Clergy Association Interfaith Services will include soup, salad, bread and dessert at 6:00pm with the Lenten Service at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, March 7th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 721 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall.

Wednesday, March 14th at Marple Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Sproul Road, Broomall.

Wednesday, March 21st at Grace Lutheran Church, 2191 West Chester Pike, Broomall.

 

Holy Week Services

Sunday, March 25th – Palm Sunday, Worship Service at 10:00am

Thursday, March 29th – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 7:00pm

Friday, March 30th – Good Friday

     12:00 Noon at New Hope Christian Church, Sproul & Paxon Hollow Roads, Broomall.

     7:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 1st – Easter Sunday at Grace

8:30am Easter Breakfast

10:00am Service of Holy Communion

11:00am Easter Egg Hunt for children

Monthly News / February 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018The Altar Guild will have a meeting in the meeting room downstairs to discuss upcoming events.

Sunday, February 11, 2018Council meeting will take place immediately following the worship service in the meeting room downstairs

FEBRUARY 2018 – Jan Carrara will be handing out clear plastic bags to be filled with personal items for the homeless.  These bags will need to be filled and returned to church as by Sunday, February 11th so they can be delivered on Wednesday, February 14th.  Items needed:  shampoos, conditioners, brushes, combs, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouth wash, feminine items, etc.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 11:30.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend. We will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

Wednesday, February 14, 2107 – Ash Wednesday – Service of Holy Communion at Grace Lutheran Church at 7:00p.m.

Friday, February 16, & Monday, February 19, 2018 – The Nursery School will be closed for President’s Weekend. Nursery School will reopen on Tuesday, February 20th. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018Grace Lutheran Church will be hosting the SEPA Synod Council Meeting.  This meeting will take place approximately 3:00 to 8:00 pm.  We will be greeting Synod Council members and serving dinner during this time in the undercroft.  Set up and clean-up will also take place prior to the meeting beginning around 11:30 and after the meeting.

Schedule of Lenten Services

Wednesday, February 14th Ash Wednesday at Grace  7:00pm Service

Marple Newtown Clergy Association Interfaith Services will include a dinner of soup, salad, bread and dessert at 6:00pm and the Lenten Service at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, February 21st at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 144 Lawrence Road, Broomall

Wednesday, February 28th at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2220 S. Sproul Road, Broomall

Wednesday, March 7th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 721 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall

Wednesday, March 14th at Marple Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Sproul Road, Broomall

Wednesday, March 21st at Grace Lutheran Church, 2191 West Chester Pike, Broomall

Holy Week Services

Sunday, March 25thPalm Sunday worship service at Grace 10:00am

Thursday, March 29th – Maundy Thursday at Grace 7:00pm

Friday, March 30th – Good Friday

12:00 Noon at New Hope Christian Church, Sproul & Paxon Hollow Roads, Broomall

7:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 1stEaster Sunday at Grace

8:30am Easter Breakfast

10:00am Service of Holy Communion

Immediately following the worship service Easter Egg Hunt for children

 

Monthly News / January 2018

January 2018 – Happy New Year!

 During the beginning of 2018 starting January 7th we will have Dr. Stan Orr as our organist while we are searching for someone to fill the position and be here all year.  Stan has been here many times in the past and we are pleased to have him playing for us again through the end of March.

 Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – The Nursery School will reopen after the Christmas Vacation.

 Sunday, January 8, 2018 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately after the worship service.  Please plan to stay and help. 

 Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 11:30.  We will be continuing with the book of Acts.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend. We will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

 Also on 1/10/17 we will be feeding the hungry. If you are able please come around 9:30 in the morning to help prepare the food and/or come at 6:15 p.m. to help deliver and feed the hungry.

 Sunday, January 14, 2018 – We will have a Congregational Voters Meeting immediately following the worship service. Please stay for this important meeting.

Monday, January 15, 2018 – Nursery School will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Nursery School will resume on Tuesday, January 16th.

Monthly News / December 2017

December 2017 – Advent begins December 3rd and your 2018 Offering Envelopes are available to pick up off the credenza in the Narthex.

Choir Rehearsal will take place at 9 & again at 11 a.m. on 12/3 & 12/17 and at 11a.m on 12/24. Please let John know if you are not able to attend.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – There will be a Council Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.  Please Plan to attend.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Orders for Poinsettia Plants for Christmas are due on Sunday, December 10th.  Please call the church office 610-356-1824 if you wish to order plants but have not yet filled out and returned your order form or place it in the offering plate by 12/10.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – On this Sunday Michael P. Ghelardi, CFP®, FIC with Thrivent Financial® will be here to do a brief temple talk.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – The Nursery School children will have their Christmas Program at 10:45a.m. upstairs in the church.

Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 11:30.  We will be studying the book of Acts.  Bring a friend, brown bag lunch and we will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

Friday, December 15, 2017 – This is the last day of Nursery School till reopening on Monday, January 2, 2018.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – At 10:00am the Altar Guild will be packing cookies to sell at the annual Cookie Sale.  Anyone interested in baking please have your cookies to the church by the morning of Saturday, Dec 16th.  Thank you to all who help to make the Cookie Sale a success each year.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 – We will be decorating the church for Christmas.  Please stay after the worship service and help to decorate our church.  We will also have a pizza lunch when the decorating is finished.

On December 17th the Altar Guild will have their annual Cookie Sale.  Please stop by the Narthex and buy a box or two for you to enjoy or give as a gift.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 – There will be two services.  At 10:00 a.m. we will have our regular service with no communion and at 7:30 p.m. we will have or Christmas Eve Candle Light Service with communion.  Please join us for during this joyous season.

Monday, January 2, 2018 – Nursery School will reopen at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Please plan to stay after church to un-decorate the church.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 – Our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Monthly News / November 2017

November 2017 – As in the past we are collecting unwrapped gifts for the children of Silver Springs Martin Luther School.  Enclosed is a Wish List for the children to make it easier for you to shop and there is a box in the Narthex to fill.  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.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday November 5th.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – There will be an Altar Guild Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.  Anyone interested in joining the Altar Guild please speak to Pat Irwin, President.

Sunday, November 5th – December 10, 2017 – We will be taking orders for Poinsettia Plants to beautify our altar for Christmas. Please fill out the order form with the color of the plants you want and how many of each.  Then fill out your dedication(s) and make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Altar Guild. You can place this in the offering place or return it to the church office. Plants are $9 each and you can order red or white.  Orders for Poinsettia Plants will be due no later than Sunday, December 10th.  Plants can be picked up after the Christmas Eve service.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – 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 8th. 

The second Wednesday of each month we have Bible Study that begins at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room downstairs and is be led by Pastor Leslie Richard.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.  We will be continuing with the book of Acts.  Bible Study is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about what we believe so please join us and feel free to bring a friend.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – There will be a Council Meeting and Retreat in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service from 11:30 – 2:30.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – Marple Newtown Community Thanksgiving Service will be at Congregation Beth El – Ner Tamid, 715 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall, PA at 7:30p.m.

We are being asked to cook two turkeys, debone and deliver them to St. Anastasia Tuesday, November 21st between 3 & 4 pm or bring them ½ hour prior to the service that night to Congregation Beth El.  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 21st.  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.

Wed., Nov. 22 – Fri., Nov. 24, 2017 – Nursery School will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday reopening on Monday, November 27th.

Wed. Nov. 22 – Wed. Nov. 29, 2017 – Pastor Richard will be on vacation.  Should you need immediate emergency pastoral care please contact the church office.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 – This is the last Sunday to bring you your unwrapped gifts for the children at Silver Springs Martin Luther School.  There is a list enclosed and in the Narthex of wanted items to purchase.  Everything must be in by the 26th of November.  If you wish to make a monetary donation please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church, mark on the memo line Silver Springs, then place it in the offering place or mail to the church.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – The Altar Guild will me meeting at 10:00 a.m. to prepare the church for Advent.  Anyone interested in helping please come and join us.

October 15, 2017 – 75th Anniversary Celebration At Grace Lutheran Church

On Sunday, October 15th we had a special service with wonderful music followed by a luncheon to celebrate our 75th Anniversary of Hearing God’s Word, Living God’s Word; Sharing God’s Word.

In attendance we had two former pastors – Pastor Richard Rentner and Pastor David Stickley as well as many current and former members of Grace.  Present were the daughter of charter members with her family- Carol Dinkelacker, our eldest member – Dot Carter, and Yvonne Curtis was our Keynote speaker.

   Carol Dinkelacker with her husband Karl and son Kurt.

Dot Carter with her son Bill.

Yvonne Curtis, Pastor Karl Richard and Pastor Leslie Richard.

Pastor Leslie Richard presented a check for $500 to Yvonne, Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Operations for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and Pastor Karl Richard, Secretary of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod to go to the Synod’s Forward Together In Faith campaign.

Monthly News / October 2017

Sundays in October 2017 – Choir rehearsal will be at 9:30a.m. on 10/1, 10/15 & 10/29.  Rehearsal will be immediately following the worship service on 10/8 & 10/22.  Please let John know if you are unable to attend.

Wednesdays in October 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, & 10/25 Conformation class will be each Wednesday in October at 6:30.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 – There will be an Altar Guild meeting in the meeting room downstairs.  If you would like to join the Altar Guild please join us on October 1st or let Pat Irwin know.

Sunday, October 1 through Sunday, November 26th – We will begin collecting money and gifts for the children of Martin Luther Silver Springs School for Christmas Sunday, October 9th. There will be a box in the Narthex for the toys/gifts and we will have a wish list for the children including stocking stuffers.  We will collect these items from October 1st and all gifts must be in by November 26th.  Nothing can be wrapped but if you wish to donate wrapping paper and tape they also will be greatly appreciated.

Monday, October 2, 2017Please plan to attend the October Council Meeting. Council members will meet in the downstairs meeting room at 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will be held in the meeting room downstairs and we will be continuing to study the book of Acts.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend.  We start around 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – We will have a special service followed by our 75th Anniversary catered luncheon.  Please let the church office know if you will be attending.

Sunday, October 16, 2017 – Our annual Conference Assembly will be taking place on the evening of Monday, October 16 from 6:30-8:30 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, Springfield, PA 19064.  Bishop Claire Burkat will be the keynote speaker at our Conference Assembly; this will be her final time to present to us as our Synod Bishop before her upcoming retirement in May.  Here is the proposed schedule for the evening:

6:30 – 7:00  Fellowship

7:00 – 7:20  Devotion and “State of the Conference” – Delco Doings

7:20 – 7:50  Bishop’s Address

7:50 – 8:00  Secretary of Synod to describe process of Election of a Synod Bishop

8:00 – 8:20  Nomination and Election of Conference Dean

8:20 – 8:25  Installation of Dean

8:25 – 8:30  Blessing and Adjournment

Each congregation is asked to bring a dessert or a finger food to share.  Our host is providing beverages and paper goods.  Thank you, St. Matthew, for your hospitality.

 

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Brian Young will be confirmed on Reformation Sunday during the worship service.

Also, on October 29th the Delaware Conference Reformation Celebration will take place 3:00p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke road, Springfield, PA 19064. This festival celebration features The Silver Springs – Martin Luther School Choir, Sister Sally Kerr as Preacher and joint choir from our Delaware Conference Lutheran congregations! A reception will follow the service.  The offering will go to support the work of Silver Springs – Martin Luther School.

2017 Annual Bazaar

Saturday, September 30 was our Annual Bazaar.  We had 20 tables with a variety of things being sold – flea market items, handmade items, homemade soup, homemade baked goods, mums, hot dogs, etc.  We also had the Marple Township Ambulance Corps and the Broomall Fire Company present at our Bazaar.