News & Notes

NEWS & NOTES – September 27, 2020

 

HYBRID WORSHIP SERVICES—Moving forward, we will provide online and in-person options for our Sunday worship services.  Use this LINK  to sign up for in-person services through the end of October.  Outdoor services are planned for September 27, October 11 and October 25, assuming good weather.  If we decide to move these services indoors, we will notify you on the Friday before.  We will continue to improve each experience.  Please provide your feedback.

 

TODAY IT IS OUR PLEASURE to have the Rev. Romann Joseph with us to bring a mission moment as well as to read the scripture.  His ministry is rooted in our American Baptist mission work in Haiti over the last 5 decades or more.  He received his B.A. from the Christian University of Northern Haiti, at which he currently teaches theology as an Adjunct Professor.  He is a church planter in his hometown of Limbe, Haiti.  The Shining Light Christian Church began following the Vacation Bible Schools he led in the neighborhood.  He was also instrumental in providing water to the community through a well and sanitation.  Grace Baptist has supported the construction of the first school building and most recently, the construction of an additional classroom as well.  Rev. Joseph has been in the States for the past couple of months working on a Master’s Degree at Wheaton College near Chicago.  He is on his way back to Florida before flying back to Haiti in early October.  Today we will be praying Godspeed for him for his travels, his continuing education and for his ongoing ministry in Limbe, Haiti.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL—Classes for Wired Word, Youth, and Young Adult are still virtual at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.  Get the Youth and Young Adult class zoom links from Brady Rennix and Joan Frizzell.  The Wired Word link is sent out with the worship service information.

 

YOUNG ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL is led by Joan Frizzell.  This fall, the Young Adult Class is studying Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World. This is a Life Guide Bible Study from InterVarsity Press.  This class will meet both on Zoom and simultaneously in Classroom B when the church building is officially open.

 

ATTENTION PARENTS!  Sunday School classes for children are not meeting at this time.  However, during the 10:45am in-person worship service, Graceland Second Hour will be available for K-5th grade.  Also, Parents’ Night Out for toddlers through 5th grade will resume on Saturday, October 10, 4:00-8:00pm (dinner included).  PNO will be in person, outdoors as much as possible and indoors with social distancing and masks.  Please register for PNO with Casey Brookes (gracelandchildren@gmail.com).

 

JOIN PASTOR DAVID FOR MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY each Wednesday morning at 11:00 am virtually.  For September, we’re studying “Seeds of New Growth”.  On Wednesday, September 30, the topic is “Remembering God’s Faithfulness” (Acts 7:2-53).

 

AMERICA FOR CHRIST OFFERING 2020

Jesus teaches us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Our church follows the teaching of Jesus by reaching out to the community and providing for our neighbors’ needs, physical and spiritual alike.

Our church’s efforts are supported by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), which provides resources for cultivating leaders, equipping disciples, and healing and transforming communities. Through ABHMS, we serve neighbors in Puerto Rico and other places in the United States in long-term recovery after natural disasters. Indeed, ABHMS provides many ways to help our church love our many neighbors, near and far!

Our church supports this work through our generous gifts to the America for Christ (AFC) Offering.  Offering envelopes will be available for those worshiping in person.  You may also send in a check marked AFC with your regular mailed in offering or designate online.  AFC is typically received in March but had to be delayed.

AFC 2020 empowers our local and national efforts to “love our neighbor.” We ask you to join our mission board in giving generously to this year’s AFC Offering and help us to reach our goal, as we partner with ABHMS to love our neighbors and share the gospel!

 

IT’S TIME FOR A NEW PICTORIAL CHURCH DIRECTORY!  Please send me any address and contact information changes.  Please send updated family or individual photos digitally to Trish in the church office (staff@gbcbb.org).  We would like to include information and photos for regular attendees as well as church members.  All photos should be portrait not landscape to fit our software program.  Deadline for submitting photos and information is October 1.

 

VIRTUAL PLAY–Going to a play or a musical at a theater is an activity some of us have probably missed during this pandemic.  Pastor David recently became aware of a free virtual play titled “The Days of Re-Creation” on Wednesday September 30 at 7:00 p.m. with the Philadelphia Theater Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theater.  Tickets for the play (it’s a free event, but you still need to register) can be found here: https://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/ptc-event/the-days-of-re-creation/.  Here’s a synopsis of the play: We are living in a time of incredible upheaval. Our daily lives are unrecognizable from a year ago. As a country we are undergoing a deep reexamination of the institutions that surround us. Each day it feels like we are recreating ourselves and seeking to rebuild in new and better ways.  2020 will be seen as a pivotal year in the history of mankind. While it has been full of fear, exhaustion, conflict, and death, it also has the potential to be a year of revolution, rebirth, and re-creation.  The Days of Re-Creation: A Virtual Play is seven 10-minute plays on this theme of re-creation which relate in some way to one of the 7 days of creation from the Book of Genesis.

If you choose to attend this virtual play, please let Pastor David know so he can set up a zoom meeting following the play to discuss the play and our shared virtual experience together on Wednesday evening.  Pastor David’s invitation to attend this play is not an endorsement of the play, its content or its message.  Pastor David said, “I think it’s important as Christians to engage our surrounding culture, especially when “culture-makers” are interacting with themes related to our faith, in this particular case the creation narrative of Genesis 1 and the theme of recreation.  This play presents an opportunity to do just that, to allow the play to speak to our faith and for us to respond to it from our faith perspective.”

 

FROM THE BOARD OF MISSIONS: Continuing our Faith In Action, Whitpain Township asked for volunteers to assist in their Shade Tree Township Giveaway. We had 6 members of GBCBB assisting this Sunday at Prophecy Creek Park from 7:30-10:30am. The volunteers wear their FIA t-shirts to let the community know who we are. Other FIA opportunities will be available each month so watch for ways you can show your love to your neighbors.

 

SIGN UP FOR a time to meet with Pastor David and get acquainted with him.  Please use this link to make an appointment with him: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545aeab23a46-gettoknow.  Visits can be physically distanced in person or via zoom.  If you’re not able to use the link, call Trish in the church office for assistance in signing up.  Pastor David 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 David’s church e-mail address is pastordavid@gbcbb.org.

 

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION invites the Grace Baptist Church family to a “Smores Toast and Fire Pit Roast” on Friday, October 9, 2020, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  It will be at the church outside (weather dependent) and we will be providing individual bags of smores supplies and bottles of water.  Please bring: portable chairs or blankets to sit on

WHAT WE NEED: 2 or 3 portable fire pits. We would like to have up to four locations for folks to be able to socially distant visit and mingle.  Unless you are eating, we do kindly ask that masks be worn.

 

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.  Ring the doorbell and they will come out to help you.  Updated Wish List (as of September 15): juice boxes, gravy (any flavor: chicken, turkey, pork), boxed mashed potatoes, boxed rice (Rice-a-roni, etc.), crackers, popcorn, salty snacks, etc., cookies, sweet snacks, etc., size 6 baby diapers (ONLY) and baby wipes, bar soap (not Irish Spring), jarred applesauce.  Non-bulk sizes preferred for food donations. Not needed at this time: cereal, peanut butter and jelly, canned corn, canned mixed veggies, canned tuna, baby food or formula, adult diapers/undergarments.  Thank you for your continued support of this deserving community organization.

 

PAPER COPIES OF THE ANNUAL REPORT are available at the Welcome Center if you worship in person or you may call the church office to request a copy be mailed to you.

 

NEW ADDRESSES:

Bob and Gene Stremme – Fort Washington Estates, 735 Susquehanna Road, Apt. C-9, Fort Washington, PA 19034

Kimberly Parrent – 2144 Birch Drive, Apt. A, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Kate Stremme – 556 Continental Road, Hatboro, PA  19040

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Ken and Vivian Maahs on the birth of their granddaughter, Olivia, on September 22.  Parents are Ken, Jr. and Kristin Maahs.

 

FROM DON HELPA: There will be a Prayer March in Washington, D.C. led by Franklin Graham from 12 noon to 2pm this Saturday, September 26.  It will be live streamed. This is an opportunity to pray with thousands of other Christians as they march that we as a nation would seek God’s forgiveness and ask for his mercy, and ask that our land and people be restored.

Youth Group meets at church at 7pm every Wednesday

September 30 – regular meeting

October 7 – Fall Flannel/Smores Night

October 14 – regular meeting

October 21 – regular meeting

October 28 – Costume Party…fun, games & costume contest (prizes awarded)

 

Covid-19 Youth Group Fall Guidelines

We will wear masks when we cannot be 6 feet apart (masks and hand sanitizer provided).

We will meet outside weather permitting; if inside church, only 25 or less attendees.

We will only serve food that has been individualized.

We will keep attendance.  If someone is diagnosed, we will notify the appropriate people.

*If your son/ daughter is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please keep them at home.

 

 

THIS WEEK AT GRACE BAPTIST – All meetings and activities are virtual on GraceNet unless specifically noted in the calendar.  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, September 27

9:30am – Wired Word, Young Adult Youth Sunday School classes

10:45am – Worship Service – Mission Moment

Tuesday, September 29

7pm – Women’s Bible Study

7:30pm – Presence small group

Wednesday, September 30

11:00am – Midweek Bible Study

7pm – Youth Group (church)

Soloist tapings (rescheduled)

Thursday, October 1

7pm – Prayer Meeting

7:30pm – Diaconate

Sunday, October 4 – World Communion Sunday

9:30am – Wired Word, Young Adult, Youth Sunday School

10:45am – Worship

 

 

 

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