October 13, 2019 Concert at Grace

On Sunday, October 13 we had our second Concert at Grace with musicians Michael Shingo Crawford violinist, Steve Kramer celloist and Camilla Yoder oboist and lead by John Ervin Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Pianist / Organist / Choirmaster. Pictured here are Steve Kramer, Camilla Yoder and Michael Shingo Crawford. The next Concert at Grace is planned for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. These concerts are free to the public and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend.

Monthly News / October 2019

October 1 through Sunday, November 24th – We will begin collecting money and gifts for the children of Silver Springs Martin Luther School for Christmas on October 1st. There will be a box in the Narthex for the toys/gifts and the Wish List for the children including stocking stuffers is included in this newsletter for you to get started.  All gifts must be in by Sunday, November 24th.  Nothing can be wrapped but if you wish to donate wrapping paper and tape they also will be greatly appreciated.  The children can also use their own personal toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. all appropriate for girls and for boys. If you would like to donate money please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark Silver Springs on the memo line.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will be held in the meeting room downstairs.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  We start around 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 – All Council Members please plan to attend the October Council Meeting. The meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room immediately following the worship service.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 – The second “Concert at Grace” program is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 at 4:00 pm.  Please plan on staying for refreshments immediately following the concert downstairs in the undercroft.  During this time you can meet the musicians.

Michael Shingo Crawford will return to play Mozart’s joyous A major Violin Sonata.

Camilla Yoder, who played oboe with the woodwind quintet in last April’s concert, will perform the French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ virtuosic oboe sonata.

Renowned cellist Steve Kramer who has studied in London, Detmold, and Copenhagen will perform Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus Theme.  This tune, of course, is the basis for the favorite hymn “Thine Is the Glory.”

Ending the program will be Mozart’s Piano Trio in G, K. 564.  The dance-like, happy tune of the trio’s last movement should have everyone exiting with a smile.

Save the date for what promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon!  The concert is free to the public.

Monday, October 21, 2019 – Our annual Conference Assembly will be taking place on the evening of Monday, October 21 from 6:30-8:30 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, Springfield, PA 19064. 

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 27, 2018 – There will be an Altar Guild Meeting immediately following the worship service in the meeting room downstairs. 

Monthly News / September 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019Rally Day! 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 Adult Forum 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.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 – Council members will meet in the downstairs meeting room immediately following the worship service on Sunday, September 8th.

Monday, September 9, 2019 – At 7:00 p.m. the Nursery School will have their Parents’ meeting in the undercroft.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – The first day of Nursery School will start at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – 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.

Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will begin again in the meeting room downstairs.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  We start around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11th.

Planning Ahead – Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Grace Lutheran Church’s Second Free Concert will take place at 4:00 pm. Please join us!

Monthly News / July & August 2019

Sunday, July 1, – August 4, 2019 – We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from July 1st through August 4th 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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – 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.

Monday, July 15th – Monday, July 22nd– Pastor Richard will be on vacation Monday, July 15th through Monday, July 22nd.  Pastor Becca Ehrlich is excited to be with us all at Grace Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 21! She lives in Philadelphia, PA and is working toward her doctoral degree in Christian Spirituality at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). Pastor Becca has served in Admissions at ULS, and has also served as Pastor of two congregations in Western NY (solo pastor of a mid-sized congregation, and then co-pastor of a larger congregation). She enjoys watching movies, writing on her Christian minimalism blog (www.christianminimalism.com), and spending time with her husband Will. The Rev. Becca Ehrlich will be here on Sunday, July 21st.  She will also be available should anyone need emergency pastoral care during Pastor Richard’s absence. 

Monthly News / June 2019

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2019 – 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 2, 2019 – There will be a Council Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – We will have our Annual Church Picnic June 9th. There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to let us know how many will be coming and if you are able to provide a salad, side dish or dessert.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – We will have Bible Study and studying the Gospel of John at 10:30am in the meeting room downstairs. Please join us and bring a friend.

Blanket Sunday at Grace

Members of Grace made 4 soft blankets for those in need Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Keith Jones and Dave Ehret
Sue Roberts and Pat Irwin
Donna Richard, Keith Jones, Dave Ehret, Sue Roberts, Pat Irwin all working on a blanket with Dieter Degen supervising in the background.
Christine Kertis, Jeannette Hunter and Butch Wetzel folding one finished blanket.

Monthly News / May 2019

Friday & Saturday, May 3rd & 4th 2019 – Synod Assembly will be attended by Keith Jones, Dave Ehret & Pastor Richard.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 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.

Also on May 8th there will be a Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 10:30.  We will be studying the Gospel of John.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend. We will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Pastor Richard will be on vacation.  The Rev. Arden Krych will be here on Sunday, May 19.  He will also be available should anyone need emergency pastoral care during Pastor Richard’s absence. 

Monday, May 27, 2019 – Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 29,2019 – Nursery School Closing program for the three year old class is at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the undercroft.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Nursery School Closing program for the four year old class is at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the undercroft.  Thursday, May 30th is the Last Day of Nursery School before summer break.

Thursday, May 30, 2019Ascension Day – Delaware Conference will gather together at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 Glen Avenue, Folcroft, PA 19032 on Thursday, May 30, at 6:00pm for soup and salad and then worship at 7:00pm. Pastor Katie Day will be our preacher and there will be a combined choir for this worship service. Rehearsal will be at 6:30pm that evening. The anthem will be distributed to congregations in the coming weeks. Congregations: Please bring 1 soup, 1 loaf of bread, and 1 dessert.

Free Concert At Grace

We had our 1st Chamber Music Concert at Grace on Sunday, April 14 and it was a great success. We had Colloquial Winds along with Michael Shingo Crawford and Phillip Wats on violin as well as our own John Ervin on the organ. After the concert everyone enjoyed the reception where they could meet the musicians.

Mark your calendars for our next Free Concert which will be on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Colloquial Winds
Michael Shingo Crawford & Phillip Watts

Monthly News / April 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019 – There will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service in the meeting room downstairs.  Please plan to attend.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 11:30.  We will be studying the Gospel of John.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend. We will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 – At 3:00pm we will be having a Free Concert of chamber music which John Ervin has put together.  We will have a woodwind quintet as well as violinists along with our pipe organ.  This is open to the public so please invite your friends and relatives.  Lite refreshments will be service in the undercroft so you can meet the musicians after the concert.

Monday, April 15 through Monday, April 22, 2019 – Nursery School is closed for Easter break during Holy Week and on Easter Monday reopening on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Palm Sunday, April 14th Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. at Grace.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion 7:00pm at Grace.

Friday, April 19, 2019 – Good Friday Service at 7:00 at Grace.

Sunday, April 21, 2019Easter 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.