Monthly News / December 2018

Christmas Gifts for Martin Luther Silver Springs School
Our collection for the Martin Luther Silver Spring school resulted in over $700 in toys and cash this year.  Many thanks to all who contributed to this effort.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – The altar Guild will meet at 10:30a.m. to prepare the church for Advent.

Sunday, December 2018 – Advent begins December 2nd.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – There will be a Council Meeting in the meeting room downstairs immediately following the worship service.  Please Plan to attend.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Orders for Poinsettia Plants for Christmas are due on Sunday, December 9th.  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 9th.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – The Nursery School children will have their Christmas Program at 10:45a.m. upstairs in the church.

Friday, December 14, 2018 – This is the last day of Nursery School till reopening on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  

Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 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 16th.  Thank you to all who help to make the Cookie Sale a success each year.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 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 16th 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.

Monday, December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Holy Communion starting at 7:00p.m. with special music.

CHRISTMAS  EVE  7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve 2018 promises to be memorable as the service at Grace begins with highly-skilled violinists Michael Shingo Crawford and Isaac Dae Young offering arrangements of German, Austrian, and Spanish carols.  In addition to the congregational singing of traditional carols, the Choir will sing, and soprano Megnot Toggia will sing at communion.  Please join us and lend your voice in making this Christmas Eve exceptional. 

PLANNING AHEAD

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Nursery School will reopen at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 6, 2019 – We will be Un-decorating the church immediately following the worship service. Please plan to stay and help. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Monthly News / November 2018

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.

Monthly News / October 2018

October 1 through Sunday, November 25th – We will begin collecting money and gifts for the children of Silver Springs Martin Luther 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 starting October 1st and all gifts must be in by November 25th.  Nothing can be wrapped but if you wish to donate wrapping paper and tape they also will be greatly appreciated.  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 10, 2018 Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will be held in the meeting room downstairs and we will be continuing to study the gospel of John.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend.  We start around 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Please join us from 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. for our Annual Bazaar.  If you are able to make homemade soup or homemade baked goods please put your name on the signup sheet on the table in the Narthex and let us know what you are able to help with.  We will also be selling mum plants as we did last year. If you wish sell your attic treasures and want to rent space (brining your own table and chair) it will be $25.  If you wish to rent a table and chair from Grace it will be $35.  If you just have thing you no longer want but they are still in good shape please bring them to church and place them on the stage as we will have a table for flea market items to sell.

Sunday, October 14, 2018Please plan to attend the October Council Meeting. Council members will meet in the downstairs meeting room immediately following the worship service on Sunday, October 14th.

Monday, October 15, 2018 – Our annual Conference Assembly will be taking place on the evening of Monday, October 15 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.

Friday, October 19, – Friday, October 26, 2018 –  Pastor Richard will be on vacation.  At present we are still looking for a supply pastor for Sunday, October 21st.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – There will be an Altar Guild Meeting immediately following the worship service in the meeting room downstairs.

Looking Ahead – Red Cross Blood Drive

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 your call.

Monthly News / September 2018

Grace Lutheran will be Supporting Autism during the month of September

 Grace will be accepting donations for Autism during September & October.  Linda & Butch Wetzel have provided printed material for those who would like to learn more about Autism.  Also there is a poster of Mark, Josh and their mother, Denise.  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and on the memo line please put Autism. Offering envelopes are also provided for you if you prefer on the cabinet in the Narthex with the Autism material.

Sunday, September 9, 2018Rally Day! We will be starting Adult Forum 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 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 9, 2018 – Council members will meet in the downstairs meeting room immediately following the worship service on Sunday, September 9th.

Monday, September 10, 2018 – At 7:00 p.m. the Nursery School will have their Parents’ meeting in the undercroft.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – The first day of Nursery School will start at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 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 and we will be continuing to study the gospel of John.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend.  We start around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12th.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – The Service of Installation for Bishop Patricia Davenport, the newly-elected Bishop of our Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, will be held at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00.

Planning Ahead  Grace Lutheran Church Annual Bazaar

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Annual Bazaar – We will be having tables for rent at our Annual Bazaar this fall on Saturday, October 13th 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. Please place your clean items on the stage. If you have more than a few you can rent a table for $35 or bring your own table and just rent space at $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, 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.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN

Grace Lutheran Church in Broomall and 14 churches in Delaware County joined together to fill 175 backpacks with school supplies. They will be donated to needy children in Upper Darby and Chester with some given to Marple Newtown. Many thanks to Thrivent for their support with financial assistance for this project.

Monthly News / July & August

Help Wanted: Nursery School Teacher – Grace Lutheran in Broomall has an opening for a teacher with nursery school experience.  An early childhood degree is a plus.  Our school runs September through May with the usual breaks for holidays.  The hours are 8:45 AM to 12 noon Monday through Friday.  This is a salaried position.  Please send resume to:  Grace Lutheran Church, 2191 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA  19008.

Sunday, July 1, – August 5, 2018 – We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from July 1st through August 5th 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 8th – We will be dedicating our new organ console during Music Sunday on July 8 with special music. John Ervin has arranged for us to have a soloist come to sing for us. Christian Waugh, baritone, enjoys an active career on the opera, concert, and recital stages. John has coordinated with Mr. Waugh to give us a very special Music Sunday for the dedication of our new organ console.  Please come and join us.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – 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 29th – Pastor Richard will be on vacation Friday, July 27th through Saturday, August 4th. The Rev. David Anderson will be here on Sunday, July 29th. He will also be available should anyone need emergency pastoral care during Pastor Richard’s absence.

Sunday, August 26th – Pastor Richard will be on vacation Monday, August 20th through Monday, August 27th. The Rev. Arden Krych will be here on Sunday, August 26th. He will also be available should anyone need emergency pastoral care during Pastor Richard’s absence.

Planning Ahead

Sunday, September 9, 2018 – God Work Our Hand Sunday. Please join us at 9:00a.m. for Rally Day as we start our Adult Forum 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 Adult Forum on Rally Day, September 9th. 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

Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Council Meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room immediately following the worship service. Please plan to attend.

Monday, September 10, 2018 – The Nursery School will have their Parent Teacher meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Nursery School will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 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 by meeting at the church around 6:15 p.m.

Also, on Wednesday, September 12 Bible Study will resume at 11:30 in the meeting room downstairs. We will be studying the Gospel of John. Please feel free to bring a friend.

Grace Lutheran Church’s Annual Bazaar

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Thank you to Trisha Young for agreeing to head our Annual Church Bazaar again this year. It will start at 9:00a.m and go to 2:00p.m.! As we did last year we will be selling tables for individuals to sell their attic treasures, or hand crafted items. Everything will be outside this year across the front of the church and then down Mather Avenue side of the church rain or shine.

If you have attic treasures you would like to donate we will have a table of items to be sold and all proceeds will go to the church. Please have all your clean and in good condition items in by September 30th. They can be left on the stage in the undercroft of the church.

Grace congregation will be selling homemade soups in quart containers and homemade baked goods as in the past as well as mum plants.

There will be a signup sheet to let us know if you will make soup and/or baked goods. You will also be able to sign up to help before, during and after the bazaar.

Prices for renting space is as follows:

• If you bring your own table & chair the cost to rent space will be $25.

• If you rent a table & chair from the church your cost will be $35.

Please call the church office at 610-356-1824 and leave a message to reserve your spot.

Monthly News / June 2018

Help Wanted: Nursery School Teacher – Grace Lutheran in Broomall has an opening for a teacher with nursery school experience.  An early childhood degree is a plus.  Our school runs September through May with the usual breaks for holidays.  The hours are 8:45 AM to 12 noon Monday through Friday.  This is a salaried position.  Please send resume to:  Grace Lutheran Church, 2191 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA  19008.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 – We will have our Annual Church Picnic June 10th.  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.

Sunday, June 10 will be the last day of Adult Forum for the summer.  September 9, 2018 is Our Hands God’s Work Day when Adult Forum will resume.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Grace will be hosting the Quarterly Meeting of the Pastoral Association.  The meeting will start at 9:30 with coffee, tea and baked goods, 10:00 Worship, 11:00 Speaker, & 12:00 Lunch.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 is Father’s Day!

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2018 – 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!

Looking Ahead to July

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 we will be feeding the hungry.  Please join us at 9:30am to prepare the food and at 6:15pm to deliver and serve the food.  If you are available please come and join us.  Thank you.

Synod Assembly Update 5/5/2018

Pastor Patricia Davenport Elected Bishop

 Pastor Patricia A. Davenport was elected the next Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, May 5, at Franconia Mennonite Church.

 Pastor Davenport is the first African-descent woman to be elected a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

 Bishop-elect Davenport, 63, currently serves as the Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop, and is a member of the Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Yeadon. She also has served as a Pastor/Mission Developer for the Spirit and Truth Worship Center and as Acting Bishop for three months. She earned a degree from the Community College of Philadelphia and a M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, in addition to three other educational certificates.

 Pastor Davenport has been active with various Synod and community groups, including her current positions as co-chair of the Guiding Coalition, Churchwide, and as a member of the Congregational Vitality Team. She attributes her success in her various endeavors to her open mind and spirit to learn as well as lead and gift to speak truth to power in situations of injustice.

 She believes the Synod’s cross-generation of gifted lay leaders and rostered ministers highlights its ethnic and cultural diversity and is one of its greatest strengths. This gift will allow the Synod to reach beyond its borders, sharing God’s story, and combatting the challenges of lack of physical, human and financial resources—decline in attendance, dwindling resources and lack of outreach.

 Her favorite Jesus story is that of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. He went out of his way to reveal the truth of who she is, and this story reminds her of her own life experience.

Monthly News / May 2018

Friday & Saturday, May 4th & 5th 2018 – Synod Assembly will be attended by Sue Reminger, Dave Ehret & Pastor Richard.

Wednesday, May 9, 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.

Also on May 9th there will be a Bible Study lead by Pastor Richard will begin at 11:30.  We will be studying the book of Acts.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and a friend. We will meet in the downstairs meeting room.

Thursday, May 10, 2018Ascension Day – The congregations of our Delaware Conference will be hosting its annual Ascension Day soup supper and festival worship Service at Temple Lutheran Church, 501 Brookline Blvd., Havertown, PA 19083. The meal will begin at 6:00pm and the worship service will be held at 7:00pm. Each congregation attending is asked to bring a soup and a dessert to share.

Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, May 16th & Thursday, May 17th 2018 – Last Days of Nursery School before summer break.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – 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 17, 2018 – Nursery School Closing program for the four year old class is at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the undercroft.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – There will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service in the meeting room downstairs.

Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day

Sunday, June, 10, 2018 – We will have our Annual Church Picnic!  There will be a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex during May to let us know approximately how many will be coming and if you can bring a side, salad or dessert.

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.