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.