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.

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.