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.

Rally Day at Grace – God’s Work, Our Hands 9/10/2017

Members of Grace Lutheran Church Broomall gathered during the Sunday School hour and filled goodies bags with candies and small prizes for the children of Martin Luther Silver Springs School.   These will be taken to the school during this week so the staff at Martin Luther Silver Springs School can give to the children as treats.

Pictured below from left to right are Pastor Leslie Richard, Jeannette Hunter, Sue Roberts, Sue Reminger, Bruce Reminger, Trish Young and Rus Stahl.

Monthly News / September 2017

Grace Lutheran Will be Supporting the Alzheimer’s Association

Delaware Valley Chapter During September

           The recent death of Glenn Campbell reminds us that the war against Alzheimer’s Disease is not over.  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 September 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.

Wednesday, September 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2107 – Confirmation Classes will be each Wednesday in September at 6:30pm.

Sunday, September 10, 2017Rally Day! We will be starting Sunday School at 9:00a.m. and our Worship Service is at 10:00a.m.

This is also God’s Work or Hands Sunday.  We will be collecting items to fill small goodie bags for the children at Martin Luther Silver Springs School.  This will take place during Sunday School on Rally Day, September 10th and we will gather in the undercroft.  We will need sandwich and/or snack size baggies, small fun size candy, small snack packages of pretzels, fruit snacks, animal crackers, crackers, small note books, small crayon packs, card games, stickers, etc. Try to avoid items/toys with strings longer than a few inches and small parts or sharp items.

Monday, September 11, 2017 – At 7:00 p.m. the Nursery School will have their Parents’ meeting in the undercroft.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – The first day of Nursery School will start at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – We will be feeding the hungry.  If you are available please help with preparation in the church kitchen around 9:30 a.m. and/or help with serving around 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – John Kampmeyer, Jr. will be hosting a pot luck dinner at his home at 6:30 for our choir members.  This will also be your first rehearsal.

Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will begin again in the meeting room downstairs and we will be continuing to study the book of Acts and the ministry journeys.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend.  We start around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13th.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Council members will meet in the downstairs meeting room immediately following the worship service on Sunday, September 17th.

Sunday, September 17, 24, 2017 – Choir rehearsal will be at 9:30 on 9/17 and immediately following the worship service on 9/24.  If you would like to join the choir please join let John Kampmeyer know and plan to attend rehearsals.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Annual Bazaar – We will be having tables for rent at $25 each for our Annual Bazaar this fall on Saturday, September 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you have a few attic, basement, garage or closet treasures you would like to donate we will have 2 or 3 tables that will profit Grace. If you have more than a few you can rent a table for $25 so you can sell your treasures and make some extra cash for yourself or share a table with a friend. We encourage you to ask friends and other family members to see if they are interested in renting a table.  We will also be renting tables to the public so if you are interested in renting a table please contact the church office at 610-356-1824 so we can reserve a table for you.

This year we will not be serving lunch items but we will be selling mums and homemade baked goods and homemade soups. We need your help with making soup to be jarred and baked goods.  We also need help to set-up, breakdown and clean. Also needed are people to sell mums, soup and baked goods.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex on the table.

This year we will also have the Broomall Fire Company here to help us learn about fire preventing and the Marple Township Ambulance Corps will be here to demonstrate CPR and give life saving tips.  They will have several handouts too.

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

July 23, 2017 – Service on the Lawn

On Sunday, July 23rd Grace Lutheran Church as part of our 75th year celebration had our worship service in front of the church on the lawn on West Chester Pike.  We are proudly celebrating 75 years of Hearing God’s Word, Living God’s Word; Sharing God’s Word.

John Kampmeyer setting up prior to service time.

Pastor Leslie Richard and John Kampmeyer during the service.

Pastor Richard and members of the congregation during the service.

Monthly News / July, August, & more 2017

Sunday, July 2, – August 6, 2017 – We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from July 2nd through August 6th for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year. See attached list of items needed to fill backpacks.  Thrivent will provide the backpacks.

Sunday, July 9th – Pastor Richard will be on vacation and The Rev. Bruce Davis will be back to preach for us again.

Pastor Richard will be on vacation July 5th through July 12th and in her absence The Rev. (Father) Hentzi Elek will be on call should you have a pastoral emergency.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – We will be feeding the hungry.  If you are available please help with preparation in the church kitchen around 9:30 a.m. and/or help with serving around 6:15 p.m.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – We will have an outside worship service on the front lawn. (Weather permitting.)

Sunday, August 27th – Pastor Richard will be on vacation and The Rev. Bruce Davis will once again preach for us.

Pastor Richard will be on vacation August 23rd through August 30th and in her absence The Rev. (Father) Hentzi Elek will be on call should you have a pastoral emergency.

Sunday, September 10, 2017God Work Our Hand Sunday. Please join us at 9:00a.m. for Rally Day as we start our Sunday School for the fall season. We will be collecting items to fill small goodie bags for the children at Martin Luther Silver Springs School.  This will take place during Sunday School on Rally Day, September 11th.  We will need sandwich and/or snack size baggies, small snack packages of pretzels, fruit snacks, animal crackers, crackers, small note books, small crayon packs, card games, stickers, etc. Try to avoid items/toys with strings longer than a few inches and small parts or sharp items

Monday, September 11, 2017 – The Nursery School will have their Parent Teacher meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Nursery School will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – We will be feeding the hungry.  If you are available please help with preparation in the church kitchen around 9:30 a.m. and/or help with serving around 6:15 p.m.

September 17, 2017 – Council Meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room.  Please plan to attend.

Sunday, September 30, 2017 – We will have our Annual Bazaar a little early this year and we will have flea market tables, jars of homemade soups, homemade bake goods, and we are looking into selling mums this year too.  If you would like a table to sell your attic treasures they will be $25 each and first come first serve basis.  Please contact the church office if you would like to rent a table.  There will be signup sheets as we get closer for those who will make soups or homemade baked goods.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – we will have a special worship service and a catered luncheon to celebrate our 75th Anniversary. More details will follow.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Brian Young will be Confirmed during our morning worship at 10:00.  Please plan to attend to celebrate with Brian.

At 3:00 on October 29th we are invited to gather at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield for a Reformation 500 Celebration with special guest from Silver Springs Martin Luther School.

Monthly News / June 2017

Sunday, June 4th – Day of Pentecost

Pastor Richard will be away from Sunday, June 4th till Saturday, June 10th. In her absence Pastor Bruce Davis will be with us to preach on the 4th. Please welcome Pastor Davis and introduce yourself.  Pastor Richard will be home and available for any emergency pastoral care.

Sundays in June 4, 2017 – Choir rehearsal will take place only the first Sunday of June immediately following the worship service.  Please let John know if you are able to attend or not prior to June 4th. Choir rehearsal will start up again in September.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 – Holy Trinity Sunday

We will have our Annual Church Picnic June 11th.  There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to let us know how many will be coming and what side dish or dessert you are able to provide.

June 11th is also MUSIC SUNDAY please be sure to be here to enjoy to talents of the musicians and the voices that will be part of our worship service.

Sunday, June 11 will be the last day of Sunday School for the summer.  September 10, 2017 is Our Hands God’s Work Day when Sunday School will resume.

Sunday, June 18, 2017 is Father’s Day!

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2017 – SUMMER REFRESHMENTS!  There is a signup sheet in the Narthex to sign up to provide Summer Refreshments.  The paper products will be provided. You will need ice tea, lemonade and light snacks.  Please sign up for a Sunday or two during the summer months. Thank you!

Sunday June 25, 2017 – Our monthly Council Meeting will be in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.  This date has been changed from the second Sunday of the month to the last due to Pastor’s absence, our church picnic and Father’s Day.  This will be the last Council meeting before the summer break unless an emergency meeting needs to be called.