News & Notes

Praise song for March 17:

“Above All” by Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Baloche    YouTube link:


Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, March 17 – Second Sunday of Lent

9:15am                 Coffee Time

9:30am                 Sunday School

10:45am               Service of Worship

12:00pm               Choir Rehearsal

1:30pm                 Myung-Sung worship (sanctuary)


TUESDAY, March 19

7:30pm                 Presence (Ortiz home)



11:00am               Bible Study

5:00pm                 Trevose (choir room)


SUNDAY, March 24 – Third Sunday of Lent

9:15am                 Coffee Time

9:30am                 Sunday School

10:45am               Service of Worship

12:00-3:00pm     Youth Group Lunch & Project


Volunteers for March 24:

Greeter(s)                           Linda Allmond

Welcome Center              Kathy Gallagher

Worship Leader                Betty Helpa

Sound                                   Santosh Philips (Nate Fitzgerald)

Nursery                                Marie Donnelly

Toddler Room                   Margaret & Brandon Montgomery

Graceland Worship          Kathy Gallagher, MaryKate Boggs

Coffee Time Snacks         Bob Stremme




On the Bulletin Cover:  A rendition of “Christ in Gethsemane” by Heinrich Hofmann (1890) with “Man of Sorrows” head of Christ superimposed. Man of Sorrows is a genre of Christian Art that began in the 12th century and continues in present day. It seeks to capture Messiah Jesus as the Suffering Servant described in the prophecy of Isaiah 53:3a “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (KJV).



NEWS & NOTES – March 17, 2019


Greeter(s)                           Lloyd Paullin

Welcome Center              Joe Gallagher

Worship Leader                Kristin Paluszka

Sound                                   Jeff Ledbetter (Lila Homa)

Nursery                                Kristin Paluszka

Toddler Room                   Diane Schwartz

Graceland Worship          Casey Brookes, Josh Hatch

Coffee Time Snacks         Margaret & Brandon Montgomery



According to the calendar, spring begins on Wednesday (March 20) at 5:58 pm.  Spring means it’s time to get into the garden.  Once you put the seeds into the ground, you’re making a commitment to see them through to the harvest.  Jesus asks us for total commitment, to lay down our lives.  He earned the right to ask us to do this when he laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16).

When Jesus was facing the difficult situation of his approaching suffering and crucifixion, he went to the garden, the Garden of Gethsemane.  He went there to spend time with his Heavenly Father.  During Lent we are challenged to take a break from the busyness of our lives and take some time with Jesus in the Garden.

We can learn about sorrow in the garden.  A dried-up crop of corn, or tomatoes ruined by bugs can discourage us.  More than that, we can receive a lot of grief from many of the things that life throws at us.  Jesus was described as a Man of Sorrows.  When he went to the garden, he was sorrowful and troubled.  He told his closest friends, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mt. 26:37-38).  Like Jesus, we should look to our relationship with God for support during our difficult moments.





Last Sunday the children helped Pastor Steve plant an amaryllis bulb.  Each week we’ll check to see how our bulb is growing. Will it bloom for Easter? It’s a reminder to check on our faith.  We plant the bulb of our faith when we make a commitment to Jesus.  Sometimes we call this inviting Jesus into our hearts and lives.  Our Christian life will never grow, flourish and bloom unless it starts with a firm commitment to follow Jesus.  Do you need to commit or re-commit your life to Christ?     The bulb needs soil, water & sunlight to grow.  Prayer, Bible Study, & Fellowship will help our faith grow.  It won’t be an overwhelming disaster if this flower bulb doesn’t grow and bloom; what does matter is that our faith grows and blooms.


THE MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY meets on Wednesdays at 11:00 A.M.  During Lent we are traveling the “Via Dolorosa,” the way of suffering that Jesus took to the Cross.  This week (March 20) we will see a man named Simon carry the cross for Jesus in Luke 23:26, Mark 15:21 and Matthew 10:38-39.  The purpose of our Bible Study is to dig deeper into the Scriptures, strengthen each other’s faith, and build our bonds of Christian fellowship.  You are welcome to bring a bag lunch and fellowship together following the study.  All are welcome!  Sorry, but no childcare is available.


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BAPTISM OR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?  Pastor Steve is offering classes to youth who feel called to be baptized and membership classes for adults.  Please contact Pastor Steve if you are interested.  Classes will be planned to suit the schedules of those who are interested.


GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER?  The Worship & Celebration Committee has planned a fellowship event on Sunday, April 7Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner will be a fun way to connect with other church members over a meal in a casual home setting.  We have taken care of all the planning—a date is on the church calendar, hosts have been arranged, and menus are being selected.  March 31 is the last day to register.  Just fill out the attendance tear-off slip in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate. Here’s how it will work: on Sunday, April 7, you will be provided with an address.  Show up at 5:00 P.M. and enjoy a lovely evening with other mystery dinner guests!  Our hosts will not know who is coming for dinner but will be prepared for any food allergies etc. that you provide in your registration.  Children are welcome.  If you have questions, contact Betty Helpa (215-688-3875,


ORDER FORMS for flowers to be placed in the sanctuary for Easter are in church mailboxes and also available at the Welcome Center.  Order deadline is March 25.  Please put your completed forms with payment in the wooden box on Trish’s desk in the office.


MARCH IS HOSPITALITY NETWORK month at Grace Baptist.  Our classroom areas are used as “bedrooms” for our families, so many classes and activities will be re-located during the week and on Sundays.  All our volunteer spots are filled by members and friends.  Monetary donations are still welcome to cover the month’s unbudgeted expenses for our families.


CHURCH ATTENDANCE STUDY–The Deacons are conducting a study of church attendance and we need your help.  Everyone in attendance is asked to please fill out the tear-off COMMUNICATION SLIP that is part of this bulletin and place it in the offering plate every time that you attend a worship service here at Grace Baptist.  Parents, please include the names of your children in attendance on the slip.  Thank you.


LENTEN DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS have been provided by the Deacons and are available at the Welcome Center.  These devotions for each day of Lent, which begins March 6, will lead us through some of the most familiar teachings of Jesus from His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 and relate them to the events surrounding his life, death and resurrection.  Author and well-known preacher Dean Nadasdy powerfully reveals that the cross itself becomes the ultimate sermon on the mount for our journey through this sacred season.  Please pick up your free copy this morning.


TREASURER WANTED–Are you looking to improve your skills?  Do you enjoy working with numbers?  By volunteering up to 6 hours a month you can track the finances of the church, manage the budget, payroll, taxes and investments, generate reports and present them to the executive committee and congregation.  These are all resume-building activities while also serving the church.  Contact Marjorie Scharpf or Irene Philips for more info.


SHEPHERDING FOCUS–John 21:16 (ESV) states, He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  The Board of Deacons is committed to “shepherding” the members and friends of Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell (GBCBB).  This week you will receive a letter from the deacon who has been assigned as your shepherd.



  • Pastor Steve—March 21-26 (available for pastoral care emergencies)
  • Barbara Green—March 19-26
  • Trish Simpson—March 19-24


THANK YOU—Pat and Harold Mathues want to thank everyone for their prayers, visits, and cards during Walter Kelly’s recent hospital stay.  “The many contacts made with Dad and me were a comfort to all of us.  Thank you!”


BREAKFAST SERVICE IN NORRISTOWN – The next date to serve our neighbors is Sunday, March 24.  You would arrive at St. Augustine church at 7:00 A.M., cook and serve breakfast, and clean up by 9:30 A.M. giving you plenty of time to make it back for our worship service at 10:45 A.M.  Remaining dates this year are June 23, September 22, and December 22.  Ten helpers are needed.  Contact Irene Philips if you can help.


DONATIONS FOR EASTER EGG HUNT–Small individually wrapped candy, small toys, stickers, etc. are needed to put in the plastic eggs.  Look for the collection box in the narthex each Sunday.


ALL-CHURCH BASEBALL OUTING – Sign up at the Welcome Center for the Lehigh Iron Pigs minor league baseball game on Saturday, June 15 at 6:35 P.M.  Tickets are $10/person which will include a $2 credit for food or merchandise.


SIGN UP on the sheet in the kitchen window if you can provide snacks for Sunday School coffee time.  Please give your full name to avoid confusion!  Speak to Brandon or Margaret Montgomery for more information.


NEW ADDRESS: Nancy MacMullan, Brightview, #367, 300 E. Germantown Pike, E. Norriton, PA 19401, 610-279-3629



  • Saturday, April 20 – GBCBB Community Easter Egg Hunt
  • Saturday, May 4 – Flea Market (We will begin accepting donations in April.)


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