Monthly News / November 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday November 1st.

November 2020 – The New Flower Chart for 2021 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).  In the Narthex 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.

Sunday, November 1st – December 6, 2020 – You can order Poinsettia Plants to beautify our altar for Christmas. Please fill out an order form or call the church office with your order for red or white poinsettias 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, December 6th.  Plants can be picked up after the Christmas Eve service.

Monday, November 2, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Please let Keith know if you cannot attend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – POST ELECTION PRAYER SERICE – Remembering that we are all members of the Body of Christ, we will be coming together for a prayer service for healing and unity at 12:00 pm. This service will be open to the community. Masks are required.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – 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.  Keith Jones will notify you if he needs help.

Also on Wednesday, November 11th there will be Bible Study at 10:30am in the undercroft.  Please join us and bring a friend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – 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.  With so many colleges and schools closed due to Covid-19 many blood drives in the area have been cancelled so please sign up early.  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.  You can also 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.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 – 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.

Planning Ahead

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Please have all poinsettia orders in to the church office by December 6.  Thank you!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace from 1:00 to 6:00.  This will be our 3rd blood drive in as many months in order to help the Red Cross collect much needed blood.  If you are able, and have not given blood in the past 56 days please sign up  online at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor keyword: GLCBroomall or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – We will have a service of lessons and carols.  December 13 – Though a choir and singing will not be possible, with the help of violinist Michael Shingo Crawford, we will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with a service of Lessons and Carols.  Readings which tell the story of the Creation, prophetic promises, and Gabriel’s visit to Mary coupled with music of the Season will help accentuate the anticipation of Christmas.

Also on December 13 we will be decorating the church for Christmas immediately following the worship service.  Please plan on staying and helping with the decorating.  If possible we will also have a pizza lunch.  There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex so we know who will stay for pizza.

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – We will have our Christmas Eve Candlelight service with Holy Communion starting at 7:00pm December 24 – Soprano Megnot Toggia, violinist Michael Shingo Crawford, and cellist Steve Kramer will offer German, French, and English carols.  Organist John Ervin will offer French and German Baroque Christmas music.  Congregational singing may be absent, but hearing traditional carols as well as other Christmas music should bring the joy of the Season to everyone.

Monthly News / October 2020

October 1 through Sunday, November 22th – 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 22th.  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 Silver Springs 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.  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.

Sunday, October 4, 2020 – Violinist Michael Shingo Crawford will be with us to play during the worship service.  Please plan on joining us.

Also on October 4th – 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 4.

Monday, October 5, 2020All Council Members please plan to attend the October Zoom Council Meeting at 7:00pm. Marie will send out the Zoom invitation for this meeting.

Also on October 5, 2020 there will be an Internship Committee Meeting via Zoom at 6:00pm.  A Zoom invitation will be sent out by Vicar Kayla Sadowy.

Monday, October 12, 2020 – Our annual Conference Assembly will be taking place on the evening of Monday, October 12 from 6:30-8:30 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, Springfield, PA 19064. This will be a virtual meeting.

It is extremely important that, in addition to rostered leaders, two (or three, according to the number you send to Assembly) members from each congregation attend this meeting as you will be electing a new Conference Dean as well as conducting other important business. Bishop Davenport will be in attendance to oversee the election. Further information, including eligibility and process for electing a Dean, will be sent soon.

Thank you to Keith Jones and Ruth Moyse for agreeing to attend this meeting.  If you are interested in attending via Zoom please let Pastor Leslie or Vicar Kayla know.

Wednesday, October 13, 2020 Grace will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  Please sign up to donate blood and save lives.  You can go online at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor keyword: GLCBroomall or call 1-800-RED CROSS.  If you are not available for this blood drive we will be hosting a second blood drive on Tuesday, November 24 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  There will also be a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  Thank you for your support.

On October 14 there will be Bible Study led by Vicar Kayla & Pastor Leslie the undercroft downstairs.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  We start around 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 – There will be an Altar Guild Meeting immediately following the worship service in the undercroft downstairs.

September 6, 2020 Worship Service

14th SUNDAY after Pentecost

September 6, 2020

Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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Monthly News / September 2020

September 2020Dates for communion.  We will be having communion every other Sunday for September and October starting with 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, and 10/25.  After that we will reevaluate and we might go back to the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays as well as festival Sundays.  As we move forward we will let you know what works best to keep everyone safe during this very different time.

Portals of Prayer – We still have many copies of July – September Portals of Prayer and we now have Portals of Prayer for October through December available too.  When we are back at church for worship on Sunday, September 13 please pick up a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – Vicar Kayla Sadowy joins Grace Lutheran Church!

Sunday, September 6, 2020 – We will start September with a Zoom Worship Service.

Monday, September 7, 2020 – Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Marie Kneizys will send out the invitation for the meeting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – We will be feeding the hungry.  Keith Jones will be contacting the usual volunteers if help is required. Also, Altar Guild will meet at 10:00a.m to get the sanctuary ready for worship. 

Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will begin again around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9th. Pastor will be calling those who usually attend.

Sunday, September 13, 2020Rally Day! It is also our first Sunday back at Grace for worship!  Please join us for a service with Holy Communion.  After the service there will be a meet and greet with Vicar Kayla Sadowy in the chancel and we will be practicing social distancing.  Please wear a mask and enter through the church’s front doors by 10:00am.

This is also God’s Work or Hands Sunday.  We will be collecting small goodie bags for the children at Martin Luther Silver Springs School now called Gemma Services. This year we will pre-filled snack bags and/or sandwich bags at home with 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.  We will have a box for you to place them in the Narthex.

Planning Ahead

Sunday, October 11, 2020 – This will be Pastor Richard’s las Sunday with us at Grace.  Please join us for Holy Communion and to wish Pastor Richard God’s blessings in all she does.

Monday, October 12, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm – The Delaware Conference Annual Assembly is scheduled to take place at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Springfield. The Conference Executive Committee is currently reviewing plans for this event which include an outdoor version of this Assembly, or virtual if needed. Whichever venue is chosen, the date remains October 12.  We will keep you posted as we make our decision in these next few weeks. 

It is extremely important that, in addition to rostered leaders, two (or three, according to the number you send to Assembly) members from each congregation attend this meeting as you will be electing a new Conference Dean as well as conducting other important business. Bishop Davenport will be in attendance to oversee the election. Further information, including eligibility and process for electing a Dean, will be sent soon.

August 30, 2020 Worship Service

13th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 30, 2020

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering yet finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. When Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus tells the disciples they will find their lives in losing them. Such sacrificial love is described by Paul when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not repay evil with evil. In worship we gather as a community that we might offer ourselves for the sake of our suffering world.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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August 23, 2020 Worship Service

12th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 23, 2020

In Isaiah the people are advised to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith. God’s word of reconciliation and God’s mercy are keys to the church’s mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From this service we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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August 16, 2020 Worship Service

11th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 16, 2020

In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering in the presence of Jesus we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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August 9, 2020 Worship Service

10th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 9, 2020

Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the movement of the Holy Spirit, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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Worship Service August 2, 2020

9th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 2, 2020

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. As we have been fed by the word of the Lord, so are we sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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