Monthly News / January 2022

January 2022 – Happy New Year!

Starting in January we will be collecting toiletries and new socks for the homeless.  There will be a box in the Narthex to put everything in.  As we have done in the past these socks and toiletries will be delivered to the Life Center mid-February.  Please have everything in by Sunday, February 7.  Thank you for your continued support.

Sunday, January 2, 2022 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately following the worship service. Please plan to stay and help.

Sunday, January 9, 2022 – Our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service in person and via Zoom.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Sunday, January 9 & Sunday, January 16, 2022 – Vicar will be taking some time off but will be available for emergency pastoral care.  On January 9, we will have seminarian Ian Clements lead our worship and preach. On January 16, The Rev. Tim Ness will be with us to lead our worship and preach.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – We will meet at Casey’s in Newtown Square for Pub Theology at 5:00pm.  The topic will be justice and the church’s role

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – We will have Bible Study at 11:00am in the newly renovated meeting room downstairs. Please let Vicar know if you would like to join via Zoom.

Monthly News / December 2021

Mark your calendars!

December 2021 –Your Offering Envelopes are available to pick up from the credenza in the Narthex.

Wednesday, December 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2021Midweek Advent Worship – Vicar Kayla will be having midweek advent worship with Temple Lutheran Church in person at Grace each Wednesday in Advent at 7pm.  If you would like to join via Zoom an invitation will be sent out weekly.

Monday, December 13, 2021 – There will be a Council Meeting in person and via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Please plan to attend or let Ruth Moyse know if you cannot make it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – We will have Bible Study at 1:00pm.  We will be studying Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Sunday, December 12, 2021 – We will be decorating the church for Christmas.  Please stay after the worship service and help to decorate our church. 

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Pub Theology at 5pm.  Location to be determined.

Friday, December 24, 2021 – We will have Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service at 7:30pm with special music starting at 7:15pm.  Please join us and bring family and friends.

Planning Ahead – January 2022

Sunday, January 2, 2022 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately following the worship service. Please plan to stay and help.

Sunday, January 9, 2022 – Our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service in person and via Zoom.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Christmas Schedule At Grace 2021

Sunday, December 5th – Second Sunday of Advent worship service.

Sunday, December 12th – Third Sunday of Advent worship service followed by the Church Decorating.

Sunday, December 19th – Fourth Sunday of Advent worship service.

Friday, December 24th – Holy Communion Candlelight Worship Service at 7:30pm with Prelude at 7:15pm with special music.

Sunday, December 26th – 10:00 worship service of Lessons and Carols

Monthly News / November 2021

November 2021 – The New Flower Chart for 2022 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 Gemma (formerly 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.  If you want to purchase gift cards, they would like them in $25 increments or less.  The best gift cards to purchase are Amazon, Walmart, Target, Marshall’s as well as grocery store gift cards – Giant, Acme, etc.  Because they also provide gifts for children who don’t live at the school, they use the grocery store gift cards so they can be sure the family will have food for Christmas dinner.  All gifts should be in by Sunday, November 22th.

Now –  November 28, 2021 – Enclosed is an order form so you can order Poinsettia Plants to beautify our altar for Christmas. Please fill out the order form with the color (red or white) 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 plate or return it to the church office. Plants are $10 each.  Orders for Poinsettia Plants will be due no later than Sunday, November 28th.  Plants can be picked up after the Christmas Eve service.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday November 7th.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – All Saints Sunday – Our worship service will be held at Temple Lutheran Church, 501 Brookline Blvd. Havertown, PA.  Vicar Kayla will be leading and preaching and we will have a combined service with Temple at 10:00 am. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – On November 10 we will be preparing a meal for the 30 residents of the Life Center.  For the first time since March 2020, we will gather at Grace for preparation of a hot casserole.  We will need people to help with food prep, bagging pastries, and delivery of food to the Life Center.  If you can help, please contact Keith Jones. Time to be determined, so please stay tuned! 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – On Wednesday, November 17th there will have Bible Study at 2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We will be studying Mary & Martha.  Please join us and bring a friend.

Sunday, November 21, 2021 – There will be a Council Meeting at 11:00am.  Please let Ruth know if you cannot attend & let Vicar Kayla know if you need Zoom.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – We will once again be having a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:00 – 7:00pm.  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!  You can go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter: GLCBroomall to schedule an appointment.  The Red Cross volunteers can only do 4 donors at a time so please be flexible.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – Marple Newtown Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at Trinity Christian Reformed Church at 144 Lawrence Road, Broomall at 7:30pm.  Vicar Kayla will be preaching.  Covid information will be forthcoming.

Saturday, November 27, 2021 – 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.

Monthly News / October 2021

October 1 through Sunday, November 21st – We will begin collecting gift card, money and gifts for the children of Gemma (formerly Silver Springs Martin Luther School) for Christmas on October 1st. There will be a box in the Narthex for the toys/gifts/gift cards and the Wish List for the children including stocking stuffers will be available then too.  All gifts must be in by Sunday, November 28th.  If you purchase gifts 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 Gemma on the memo line.  If you want to purchase gift cards, they would like them in $25 increments or less.  The best gift cards to purchase are Amazon, Walmart, Target, Marshall’s as well as grocery store gift cards – Giant, Acme, etc.  The most needed items this year, those would be gift cards to support families (especially to grocery stores) and the most requested toys from the kids are Legos, basketballs, footballs, fidget toys (especially Rubik’s cubes), art supplies/kits, and card games. Please see the attached Wish List.

Sunday, October 3, 2021 – October 3th – Bring in a photo of your pet, a packet of seeds or a small plant to be blessed.  St. Francis of Assissi committed his life to Christ in many ways, most notably his care for creation.  Please join us for the Feast of St. Francis on October 3.

Monday, October 11, 2021 – Our annual Conference Assembly will be taking place on the evening of Monday, October 11 at 7pm via Zoom.  This will be a virtual meeting.

Thank you to Ruth Moyse and Dave Ehret for agreeing to attend this meeting.  If you are interested in attending via Zoom please let Vicar Kayla know.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – Guiding Coalition Committee will be meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021All Council Members please plan to attend the October Council Meeting immediately following the worship service. If you are not able to attend please let Ruth or Vicar Kayla know.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – there will be Bible Study led by Vicar Kayla in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. Please feel free to bring a friend. We start around 1:00 p.m.

Planning Ahead

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – Grace will be hosting and all-day Red Cross Blood Drive from 9am – 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please help spread the word. If you are able to put a flyer up at your local grocery store, pharmacy, gym, etc. please let us know and we will have flyers available. You can signup to donate blood at www.redcrossblood.org use the sponsor code: GLCBroomall or call 1-800-RedCross.

Monthly News / September 2021

September 2021 – the Christ in our Home October through December issue is available on the table in the Narthex for those who would like a copy. 

Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labor Day!

Wednesday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Vicar Kayla will be on vacation.  In her absence we will have seminarian Sarah N. Humphrey preaching on Sunday, September 5.  Sarah was with us in July when Vicar Kayla was away.  Then on Sunday, September 12 we will have seminarian Ethan Doan. 

Should you have a true pastoral emergency please contact Pastor Tim Johansen at Temple Lutheran Church, Havertown or call Grace Lutheran Church’s office.

On Sunday, September 5, Sarah N. Humphrey will be leading us in worship in Vicar Sadowy’s absence.  Sarah just completed her 2nd year at United Lutheran Seminary. She is in the Master of Divinity program and is a candidate for word and sacrament in the Metropolitan New York Synod. Sarah just recently finished her Clinical Pastoral Education unit at Lankenau Medical Center.  Social justice is also important to Sarah. As a Native American and Latina woman, Sarah has made social justice part of her core lived theology. She currently lives on the Philadelphia campus with her husband Ryan, 16-month-old son Gabriel, two cats, and a bearded dragon.

On Sunday, September 12 Ethan Doan will be leading our worship.  Ethan is in his fourth and final year at United Lutheran Seminary. He is in the Master of Divinity program and is a candidate for ministry of Word and Sacrament in Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA. Ethan just recently finished his pastoral internship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside, Pa. Ethan has also worked for the past two years as chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ethan’s theology is deeply rooted in the Lutheran understanding of the Theology of the Cross. This theology reminds us that God is present with us throughout our lives. Ethan feels called by this theology to live and walk with others, experiencing God’s presence together in community. Ethan currently lives on the Philadelphia campus of United Lutheran Seminary with his spouse Eileen, who is also a seminarian. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – We will be feeding the hungry.  Keith Jones will contact the regular volunteers the Sunday before September 8 to let you know what we are doing and how.

Sunday, September 12, 2021God’s Work Our Hand Sunday.  We will once again be putting Goodie Bags together around 9:00am on September 12.  Please bring individually wrapped candies, snacks or small prizes (no strings or sharp objects please)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 – Council Meeting will take place in the upstairs meeting room and via zoom immediately following the worship service.  Please plan to attend, if unable to attend please let Ruth Moyse know.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – Please join us for Bible Study at 1:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

Monthly News / July & August 2021

June – July 2021 – The Life Center is in need of help. The homeless that are residing there need toiletries. They need shampoo, soap, deodorant and lotions. If you are able to help, please place these items in the large basket on the credenza in the Narthex during the summer months. All toiletries will be delivered to the Life Center on Wednesday, July 14. Thank you for your help!

We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from now through August 1st for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year. There is a list of items needed to fill backpacks includes in this newsletter.  Thrivent will provide the backpacks.  Or if you prefer monetary gifts are also accepted.  Please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark School Supplies on the memo line.  Thank you for your support.

Sunday, July 4, 2021 – Immediately following the worship service we will have a Community Picnic in the parking lot.  Please join us, relax and enjoy the refreshments.

Sunday, July 11, 2021 – There will be an in person & Zoom Congregational Meeting at 11:00am after the worship service.  Please let us know if you are unable to attend.

Monday, July 12 – Tuesday, July 20, 2021 – Vicar Kayla will be on vacation. In her absence we will have seminarian Sarah Humphrey preaching on Sunday, July 18. Should you have a true pastoral emergency please contact the church office at 610-356-1824. Jeannette Hunter or Ruth Moyse will in turn contact Dean Jenn Casey who will return your call.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 we will be feeding the hungry.  Keith Jones will be contacting the regular volunteers to let them know what we are doing and when.  Thank you.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 – We are hosting coffee hour for The Welcome Church, a roving street church that worships outside The Franklin Institute. We will gather after worship at Grace for lunch (to be provided thanks to grant funds), assemble the snack bags for coffee hour, and then carpool to Center City for their brief worship service at 3 pm. This will happen rain or shine. Please come out to support another congregation in mission development! 

Sunday, August 8, 2021 – There will be a Council meeting in the meeting room upstairs immediately following the worship service. A separate Zoom Invitation will be sent for those who are no able to attend in person.

Monthly News / June 2021

June – July 2021 – The Life Center is in need of help.  The homeless that are residing there need toiletries.  They need shampoo, soap, deodorant and lotions.  If you are able to help, please place these items in the large basket on the credenza in the Narthex during the summer months.  Thank you for your help!

Thursday, June 3, 2021 – We will be having a work party at Grace.  Please join us when you are available between 10am – 2pm.  A pizza lunch will be included.

Saturdays in June 2021 – We will be having a fitness class in our parking lot at 9am June 5, 12, 19, & 26 lead by Deanna Stissi at $15 per class or $40 if you pay in advance for all 4 classes.

Sunday, June 13, 2021 – There will be an in person & Zoom Council Meeting at 11:15am after the worship service.  Please let Ruth know if you are unable to attend.

Sunday, June 20, 2021 – Happy Father’s Day!

Looking Ahead to July & August

Sunday, July 1, – August 1, 2021 – We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from July 1st through August 2nd for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year. There is a list of items needed to fill backpacks includes in this newsletter.  Thrivent will provide the backpacks.  Or if you prefer monetary gifts are also accepted.  Please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark School Supplies on the memo line.  Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 we will be feeding the hungry.  We will be contacting the regular volunteers to let them know what we are doing and when.  Thank you.