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.

Monthly News / May 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – We will be having our last full day blood drive for the summer  in the Fellowship Hall from 8:00am till 6:00pm.  Please sign up to donate and/or spread the word to your friends and family.

Sunday, May 9th is Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 10, 2021 – There will be an Internship Committee Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Please let Ruth Moyse or Vicar Kayla Sadowy know if you are unable to attend.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – there will be a Guiding Coalition Committee Meeting via Zoom at 5:00pm.  Please let Vicar Kayla Sadowy or Pastor Tim Johansen know it you are unable to attend.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – we will be feeding the hungry and Keith Jones will be contacting volunteer to help.

Bible Study will be Wednesday, May 12th at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  If you are not able to attend in person but would like to join via Zoom please let Vicar Kayla know.

Thursday, May 13, 2021Ascension Day!  Ascension Day is May 13, 2021. This is the festival in which we celebrate Jesus’ ascension to heaven. Be on the lookout for a virtual Ascension Day service, produced by the Delaware Conference of SEPA Synod. Information on where to find it will be made available as we approach the date. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – There will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service in person and via Zoom.  Please let Ruth know if you are not able to attend the meeting.  A Zoon invitation will be sent out via email prior to the meeting.

Sunday, May 23, 2021Pentecost

Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Holy Trinity

Monday, May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day

Monthly News / April 2021

April & May 2021 – During April and May we will be collecting for Autism.  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 provided for you if you prefer on the table in the Narthex.

Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion will be at 7:00pm in conjunction with Temple Lutheran and Vicar Kayla will be preaching.  This service will be in person and on Zoom.  Temple also has a service online on Temple’s YouTube channel.

Friday, April 2, 2021 – Good Friday service will be at 7:00pm and Pastor Tim Johansen will be preaching.  This service will be in person.  Temple will have a Tenebrae service on their YouTube channel.  Zoom will not be possible due to the darkening of lights this service.

Sunday, April 4, 2021Easter Sunday service is at 10:00am.  We will have coffee and donuts at 9am.  Weather permitting this service will be outside in our parking lot.  Thank you to those who have ordered Easter plants for this service.  You may pick your plant(s) up after the service.

Wednesdays in April 2021 – Each Wednesday evening (4/7, 4/14, 4/21 & 4/28) at 7:00pm please join us for a Pray vespers for 20 to 30 minutes on Zoom in conjunction with Temple Lutheran Church. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – we will be hosting another all-day blood drive from 9:00am – 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please sign up at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to sign up.  Please mark your calendar and save the date.

Sunday, April 11, 2021 – There will be a Council Meeting immediately following worship.  Please let Ruth know if you cannot attend.

Monday, April 12, 2021 – There will be an Internship Committee Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – There will be a Guiding Coalition Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Please join us for Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom at 1:00pm..  We will be looking at all versions of the Resurrection.  If you wish to join via Zoom please let Vicar Kayla know.

Planning Ahead

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 we will be having another Red Cross Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall from 8:00am to 6pm.  Please sign up at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to sign up.  Please mark your calendar and save the date.

Monthly News / March 2021

March 2021 – The Altar Guild will be taking orders for Easter Lilies and/or Tulips. Plants are $10 each. Please fill out both sides of an order form and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by March 22nd with your check made payable to Grace Lutheran Altar Guild. Plants can be picked up after the Easter morning worship service.  Thank you for helping to beautify our church this Easter!

Wednesdays in March – We will be having Mid-week Lenten Bible Studies on 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24 at 1:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  If you wish to join via Zoom please let the church office know and you will receive a Zoom invitation.

Also, on Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm we will have Evening Pray with Temple Lutheran for 20 – 30 minutes.   Zoom invitations will go out each week.

Monday, March 8, 2021 – The Internship Committee will meet via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – The Guiding Coalition Committee will meet via Zoon at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – we will be feeding the hungry. Keith Jones will be contacting volunteers to help.

Sunday, March 14 2021Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, March 13.

Also on March 14th there will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service at 11 via Zoom.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – First Day of Spring

Sunday, March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday is March 28 this year.  This starts Holy Week.

Holy Week Schedule of Services

Maundy Thursday on April 1, at 7:00pm

Good Friday on April 2, at 7:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 4, at 10:00 am.

Ash Wednesday Worship Bulletin

FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday 7:00pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PREDLUDE

Stand

Gathering

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

A reading from Psalm.

Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your | steadfast love;
in your great compassion blot out | my offenses.
2Wash me through and through | from my wickedness,
and cleanse me | from my sin.
3For I know | my offenses,
and my sin is ev- | er before me.
4Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil | in your sight;
so you are justified when you speak and right | in your judgment.
5Indeed, I was born | steeped in wickedness,
a sinner from my | mother’s womb.
6Indeed, you delight in truth | deep within me,
and would have me know wisdom | deep within.
7Remove my sins with hyssop, and I | shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be pur- | er than snow.
8Let me hear | joy and gladness;
that the body you have broken | may rejoice.
9Hide your face | from my sins,
and blot out | all my wickedness.
10Create in me a clean | heart, O God,
and renew a right spir- | it within me.
11Cast me not away | from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spir- | it from me.
12Restore to me the joy of | your salvation
and sustain me with your boun- | tiful Spirit.
13Let me teach your ways | to offenders,
and sinners shall be re- | stored to you.
14Rescue me from bloodshed, O God of | my salvation,
and my tongue shall sing | of your righteousness.
15O Lord, o- | pen my lips,
and my mouth shall pro- | claim your praise.
16For you take no delight in sacrifice, or | I would give it.
You are not pleased | with burnt offering.
17The sacrifice of God is a | troubled spirit;
a troubled and broken heart, O God, you will | not despise.

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Monthly News / February 2021

FEBRUARY 2021 – We will be collecting personal items for the homeless women & men at the Life Center again this year.  We will be filing a box with personal items so just bring your bag from the store and place them in the box in the Narthex by Sunday, February 16th.  Items needed:  Soap, shampoos, conditioners, brushes, combs, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouth wash, feminine items, etc.   If you are able to include new socks they can always use men’s and women’s new socks too.  If you need someone to pick up your items and bring them to church please call the church office at 610-356-1824 and we will make arrangements.

Lent in a Bag!

In collaboration with Temple Lutheran Church, each household will be receiving Lent in a Bag!, an at home kit filled with items to cultivate a richer prayer life along the Lenten journey and useful aides for at-home worship and sacred time. Thank you to all who have been helping from both congregations! If you would like to arrange pick-up at the church, please do so with Vicar Kayla before February 16th, to ensure you will have your bag for Ash Wednesday. Otherwise, delivery arrangements will be made.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – We will be having an all-day Red Cross Blood Drive from 8am to 6pm.  If you sign up to donate you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email.  Please help spread the word.

Monday, February 8, 2021 – The Internship Committee will meet via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – The Guiding Coalition Committee will meet via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Sunday, February 14, 2021Council meeting will take place at 11:00 via Zoom.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – We will have Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm.  A Zoom invitation will be sent out.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – We will be starting a Weekly Lenten Bible Study at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall downstairs.  The mid-week Lenten Bible Study will be 5 weeks running through March 24th.  If you wish to join via Zoom please let the church office know and we will sent you a Zoom invitation.

Monthly News / January 2021

January 2021 – 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 on the week of February 7. Please have everything in by Sunday, February 7. If you are not in church on Sunday you can drop off your items Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 – noon during office hours. Thank you.

Sunday, January 3, 2021 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately after the worship service.  Please plan to stay and help. 

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – We will have our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting immediately following the worship service in person and via Zoom. Please stay after church or on Zoom for this important meeting.

Monday, January 11, 2021 – The Internship Committee will be meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – We will be feeding the hungry. Keith Jones will be contacting volunteers to help prepare food and take it to the shelter.

Also on Wednesday evenings we will have Evening Prayers at 7pm. starting on January 13 via Zoom.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Please join us at 10:30a.m. for Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall downstairs or let Vicar Kayla know if you want to join through Zoom. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King is often considered one of the most prominent theologians of the 20th century. On April 3, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of his most iconic and eerily prophetic speeches, I have been to the mountaintop… This would turn out to be his last speech, as he was assassinated the next day. During this Bible Study, we will look at the many Biblical references Rev. King utilizes in this speech and what we might understand from these applications of scripture. To look over the materials in advance such as the Bible passages and text or video of the speech, please contact Vicar Kayla

Planning Ahead

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – we will have an all-day Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 am – 6 pm.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 – This is the last day to bring in your new socks and toiletries for the homeless.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – We will have Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm.

Monthly News / December 2020

As of Sunday December 13 we are once again having worship services via Zoom instead of in person. If you would like to join us please call the church office at 610-356-1824 or email Vicar Kayla Sadowy at gracebroomall@gmail.com and leave a message so you can contact you and send you the Zoom invitation.

Advent Bible Study – Vicar Kayla will be having Advent Bible Study each Wednesday in Advent at 1pm.  The dates are December 2, 9, 16, 23.  Each will be via Zoom.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Orders for Poinsettia Plants for Christmas are due on Sunday, December 6th.  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 6th.

Monday, December 7, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Please Plan to attend.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – We will be decorating the church for Christmas.  Please stay after the worship service and help to decorate our church. 

Monday, December 14, 2020 – The Internship Committee will meet at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – The Guiding Coalition Committee will meet at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Tuesday, December 24, 2020 – We will have one Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services via Zoom at 7:00p.m. with special music and prelude starting at 6:45. A Zoom invitation will go out to members prior to the service. If you wish to join us and you are not a member please call the church office at 610-356-1824 or contact Vicar Kayla Sadowy at gracebroomall@gmail.com.

Planning Ahead – January 2021

Sunday, January 3, 2021 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately following the worship service. Please plan to stay and help

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – 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.