News & Notes

NEWS & NOTES – August 2, 2020


Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and government recommendations, Grace Baptist has canceled all in-person activities till further notice.  Online and virtual activities are encouraged. Decisions about upcoming activities in future months will be announced as the time grows closer.


WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SUNDAY ZOOM WORSHIP AT 10:45 AM until further notice.  The Midweek Bible Study will not meet in August.  Young Adult Sunday School will resume after Labor Day.


PASTOR DAVID BRANEKY has begun his ministry at GBC.  Please pray for Pastor Dave and the church as we make this transition.  Pastor Steve will be available in an advisory role to Pastor Dave for several weeks as he becomes familiar with the church, members, processes and programs.


PASTOR DAVE can be reached at the church phone number, extension 102, on his cell phone 215-609-2224, or on his home phone 215-666-6004.  Pastor Dave’s church e-mail address is


THE GRACE BOOK CLUB is up and running.  Oneida Ortiz is leading this club as we study Prayer: Does It Make a Difference by Philip Yancey.  Contact Oneida if you wish to join the group.



THE CHURCH OFFICE IS OPEN Tuesday-Friday, 9am-noon.  If possible, please call or e-mail Trish rather than visiting.


VBS 2020 IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED for the weekend of October 9-11.  Stay tuned for details from Casey Brookes.


ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING is one of the American Baptist expressions of relief for those who are in need now and those who will be in need in the future.  All around the world, social distancing means that many are not able to leave their houses. That means many are not able to work. And that means many are not able to feed their families. The cycle is the same whether you are in Indiana or India.  Gifts received through OGHS in 2019 are being used around the world to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), food relief, and economic support. If you are able to contribute to this year’s fund, please add a note or designate your check for the OGHS offering on the memo line, and mail to P.O. Box 122, Blue Bell, PA 19422.  Your gifts can also be made online—designate OGHS.


ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES USA, American Baptist Home Mission Societies has launched “COVID-19 Recovery: Renewing Hope and Service”, a One Great Hour of Sharing initiative to aid those affected by the Coronavirus in the United States and Puerto Rico.  ABHMS has awarded $56,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing emergency grants during the first round of the Renewing Hope and Service campaign.  Get an up-close and personal look at the toll that COVID-19 is having on American Baptists in the United and Puerto Rico with ABHMS’ podcast series, “Pictures of a Pandemic”.  If you have lost a family member to COVID-19, keep the person’s memory alive by listing his or her name on the “American Baptist COVID-19 Memorial Wall” on ABHMS’ website.


THE BOARD OF MISSIONS continues to support the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard with donations of food and other necessities. Your donations can be dropped off in the collection box at the church during regular weekday office hours or at the Community Cupboard, 150 N. Main St. in Ambler, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9-2.  Current needs are: ground coffee, boxed tea bags, mayonnaise, carrots-canned, canned fruit (pineapple, peaches, pears, etc.), pancake mix and syrup, saltines, jelly (plastic jars preferred), bar soap (no Irish Spring please), laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, aluminum foil, dryer sheets, new/like new re-usable shopping bags.  Thank you for your continued support of this deserving community organization.



All events are for 6-12th graders, have a 7pm start (unless otherwise noted) and will be local so we can travel independently.



  1. We are only going to do local events that allow us to meet outside and arrive independently.
  2. We will always have masks and hand sanitizer available.
  3. We will do our best to maintain 6 feet apart and wash hands frequently.
  4. If you feel sick, have a temperature or have come in contact with a Covid-19 person, please stay at home.



August Activities:

Tuesday, 8/4Outdoor Movie Night” at Brady’s house (997 Hemlock Drive, Blue Bell) – Bring chair or blanket to sit on.

Wed. 8/12 “Slip-n-Slide Kickball” at the church – wear bathing suit and bring friends.  Lots of fun and free food.

6:30pm, Wed. 8/19 “End of the Summer BBQ & Pool Party” – fun, fun, fun.  Goofy games and prizes.  Location: the Ortiz home (7002 Redcoat Drive, Flourtown)



*All Event Details/ Changes, etc. will be promoted for Students on Instagram – “Gracestudents437” and for Parents on FB group page – “GraceStudents437 Parent Connection”.  If you would like to get on our updates email list – please send your information to



Blessings, Brady

Brady Rennix (student & young adult pastor), 215-620-5646



THIS WEEK AT GRACE BAPTIST – All meetings and activities are virtual on GraceNet.  Meeting information is available in GraceNet Directory (sent separately) or by request from group leader.  Please DO NOT SHARE THE ZOOM LINKS on any forms of social media.




Sunday, August 2 (Psalm 33:13-14)

10:45am – Worship Service; Communion (prepare the elements in your home)


Tuesday, August 4 (Psalm 32:8)

7pm – Youth Group–Outdoor Movie Night at Brady’s house

7pm – Women’s Bible Study

7:30pm – Presence small group


Thursday, August 6 (John 1:14)

6pm – Executive Committee

7pm – Prayer Meeting

7:30pm – Diaconate


Sunday, August 9 (Ephesians 6:12)

10:45am – Worship Service








2             Barbara Green                                   10           Nancy Burns                                       22           Davis Rhea

2              Steve Crane                                        12           Judie Bussom                                     25           Izzie Fitzgerald

4              Taylor Burke                                       13           Katherine Thetgyi                            28           Gene Stremme

6              Amy Hawthorne                               15           Ken Green                                          31           Marie Donnelly

9              Jeff Ledbetter                                   16           Bernie Donnelly


August Calendar – Please contact the church office to have your zoom meeting or other event placed on the calendar.


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
            1 Psalm 22:13-14


2 Hebrews 4:13

10:45am Worship/Communion

3 James 1:19



4 Psalm 32:8

7pm Women’s Bible Study

7:30pm Presence

5 Psalm 34:14

7pm Youth Group

6 John 1:14

6pm Executive Comm.

7pm Prayer Mtg.

7:30pm Diaconate



7 Psalm 139:14


8 Eph. 4:15



9 Eph 6:12

10:45am Worship



10 Romans 1:5-6


11 John 3:16

7pm Women’s Bible Study

7:30pm Presence

12 Matt. 6:10

7pm Youth Group Slip & Slide Kickball (church)

13 1 Cor. 13:6-7

7pm Prayer Mtg.

7:30pm Trustees


14 Psalm 147:3



Psalm 18:2; Exodus 3:14; Numbers 14:8


16 Eph. 5:11


10:45am Worship

17 1 Tim. 2:1-2



18 Prov. 29:2

7pm Women’s Bible Study

7:30pm Presence

19 Prov. 29:12

7pm Youth Group BBQ & Pool Party

20 Prov. 22:6


7pm Prayer Mtg.


21 2 Cor. 2:10-11


22 Micah 6:8


23 Amos 5:4; Isaiah 61:8

10:45am Worship

24 Psalm 46:1


25 2 Cor. 1:20

7pm Women’s Bible Study

7:30pm Presence

26 Colossians 1:18

7pm Youth Group

27 Proverbs 21:1

7pm Prayer Mtg.

28 Gal. 6:9


29 1 Cor. 13:12-13
30 Hebrews 11:1

10:45am Worship

31 James 2:17          


From the Philadelphia Baptist Association:

Ways to honor the memory and legacy of Congressman John Lewis in 2020:

  • Contact your elected officials and urge them to vote for the John Lewis Act (Voting Rights Renewal Act).
  • Register to Vote in 2020 (deadline October 19, 2020 – PA).
  • Vote by mail deadlines for the November 3 General Election:

5pm October 27 – Applications must be Received by your county election office.

8pm November 3 – VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office – postmarks are not enough.

  • Host intergenerational conversations among your relatives about the right to vote (include children).
  • Help Seniors to vote by mail, know the process, know the deadlines, and help them navigate the process.
  • Send out information on social media platforms encouraging the younger generations to vote.
  • Go to the polls with a friend and vote (being mindful of your safety).
  • Complete the 2020 Census.
  • Encourage peaceful non-violent protest in open spaces (Not Federal Government Property) and be mindful of COVID-19.
  • Encourage the News Media to cover non-violent protests and not escalate existing tensions.
  • Speak with the younger generations and tell them of the life and passion of John Lewis.
  • Talk to one another about the civil rights struggles of the past and the current civil rights struggle. Discuss the similarities and the differences.
  • Host a family virtual gathering the day of the election and pray for the nation.


“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.” John Lewis

CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE WITH YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS.  Names can only be placed on the Prayer Concerns list that is provided to the church with that person’s permission because of privacy concerns. All prayer concerns will be shared with our prayer team.  Please notify the office when individual names can be removed from the list.

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