Monthly News / December 2019

December 2019 – Advent begins December 1st and your 2020 Offering Envelopes are available to pick up from the credenza in the Narthex.

Saturday, December 1, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Richard Stewart will be our guest pastor. He is a retired pastor who served as Professor of Communications at United Lutheran Seminary for approximately 25 years.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – There will be a Council Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.  Please Plan to attend.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Orders for Poinsettia Plants for Christmas are due on Sunday, December 8th.  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 December 8th.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – The Nursery School children will have their Christmas Program at 10:45a.m. upstairs in the church.

Friday, December 13, 2019 – This is the last day of Nursery School till reopening on Thursday, January 2, 2020. 

Saturday, December 14, 2019 – At 10:30am 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 14th.  Thank you to all who help to make the Cookie Sale a success each year.

Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 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 15th 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.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Holy Communion starting at 7:00p.m. with special music.

CHRISTMAS  EVE  7:00 p.m.

Last Christmas Eve, my first at Grace, was very meaningful to me.  The sounds of voices of the choir, the congregation, and soloists were jubilant.  The warmth of the setting was palpable, and the good wishes of people were impressive.

I hope the music will help to create another memorable service this year.  The prelude will include a Bach organ piece hailing “this brightest of days.”  Soloists Megnot Toggia and Forrest Glass will sing of happenings at the manger as well as a beautiful, newer setting of “Silent Night.”  Violinist Michael Shingo Crawford will play arrangements of traditional carols, including my favorite “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

Please plan on being at Grace at 6:50 pm Christmas Eve to both listen and lend your voice to singing carols which are such an important part of our celebration.

Planning Ahead – January 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day!

Thursday, January 2, 2020 – Nursery School will reopen at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately following the worship service. Please plan to stay and help.  After the un-decorating there will be a Council meeting in the meeting room downstairs.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 – Our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Monthly News / November 2019

November 2019 – The New Flower Chart for 2020 is now up and waiting for you to pick your dates to dedicate Altar Flowers.  The cost is still $25 per week.  Dedication forms are also there for you to take, mark the dates you have selected, fill out your dedication and return to the church office so that the information gets into the bulletin.

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.  All gifts should be in by Sunday, November 24th.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday November 3rd.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 – There will be a Council Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 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.

Also on Wednesday, November 13th there will be Bible Study at 10:30am in the meeting room downstairs.  Please join us and bring a friend.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – We will once again 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.  The Red Cross volunteers can only do 4 donors at a time so please be flexible.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – Marple Newtown Community Thanksgiving Service will be at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 220 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA at 7:30p.m. Rabbi Meryl Crean will be preaching. 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 26th between 3 & 4 pm or bring them ½ hour prior to the service that night at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church.  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 26th.  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. 27 – Fri., Nov. 29, 2019 – Nursery School will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Nursery School will reopen on Monday, December 2nd.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 – 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.

UPCOMING MUSIC AT GRACE

Michael Shingo Crawford will celebrate All Saints Sunday, November 3 by playing a Corelli violin sonata.  Both profound and exhilarating, it should cause us all to reflect on the significance of the day.

Music on Christmas Eve will feature soprano Megnot Toggia, baritone Forrest Glass, violinist Michael Shingo Crawford, and Grace’s Choir.  With the prelude beginning at 6:50 pm, plan on arriving early to enjoy both traditional favorites as well as lesser-known music celebrating Christ’s birth.

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.