News & Notes

NEWS & NOTES – December 5, 2021

Greeter(s)                          Walter & Jennifer Neaves

Welcome Center                 Elaine Hanrahan

Worship Leader                  Kathy Gallagher

Advent Candle Lighters       Ken & Barbara Green

Sound/Powerpoint             Santosh Philips/Frankie Lyszkowski

Toddlers                             Andrea Rodgers

Graceland                           Kate Stremme

Graceland 2.0                     Harry Jenkins, Bob Stremme


 ADVENT STUDY Our Churchwide Advent Study: “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph” has begun.  This study will focus on Joseph, his life, and his role in the birth and life of Jesus.  We will meet as a large group in the kitchen area of the Narthex with small group breakout discussions around tables today, December 12, and 19, and January 2 from 9:30-10:30am. Those who cannot attend in person, can participate fully via zoom.  Children and youth will have their own small groups, which will provide families an opportunity to have faith conversations at home.  Participants are asked to donate $10 for the cost of the study book.  The Deacons and Pastor hope this Advent study will be an opportunity to renew our faith and relationships after the disruption of COVID Pandemic.  Zoom link and meeting ID below:          ; Meeting ID: 846 4036 2938

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS are available at the Welcome Center.  There is one for adults in general and another for families.  If you’re not attending in person, call the office to request a booklet. Today is the first Sunday of Advent.

POINSETTIA ORDERS: Use the form in your bulletin or call the church office to place your order by December 12.

STEWARDSHIP REMINDERS: A Congregational Budget Meeting will be held next Sunday, December 12 to vote on the proposed 2022 budget.  Please plan to attend in person or on zoom.  If you have not yet returned your commitment card, please do so as soon as possible.  Cards can be mailed or returned directly to the church office.

ANGEL TREE REMINDER: We are sponsoring a family through Inter-Faith Housing Alliance for the Christmas season.  If you picked up an angel reminder tag to purchase a $25 Visa gift card, they are due today, 12/5!  If you have any questions, please contact Kate Phillips (Stremme) at Message from family: “Thank you so much for caring for my family during the holiday.”

PRESENCE SMALL GROUP will take a holiday break during the month of December and will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 7:30pm.

THE NEXT NORRISTOWN BREAKFAST is Sunday, December 12.  Five volunteers are needed from 7-9am in Norristown to make hot sandwiches and distribute bagged breakfasts.  Please let Irene Philips know if you can help.

CALLING ALL GRACE BAPTIST BOOK CLUB READERS!  Thank you for responding to the on-line questionnaire.  Based on your responses, we will hold our first meeting January 10, 2022 at 7pm via Zoom.  At that time, we will have a collaborative group decide on the structure of this book club. I am excited to begin the New Year with new fellowships, a good book and a nice warm cup of coffee or tea!!!  I will send the link close to our meeting time.  Have a wonderful Christmas! – Oneida Ortiz

 COLLEGE CARE PACKAGES will go out to college students in the coming week.  If you have students who would like to receive a care package, contact Brady Rennix (, 215-620-5646).

THE WINTER “SECRET PLACE” (December, January, February) is available at the Welcome Center.  Please drop your payment of $.50 in the attached container.  If you want a copy mailed to you, call the church office.

THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND DINNER is Sunday, December 19.  The program begins at 4pm and the catered dinner at 5pm.  Tickets are on sale in the narthex at $5/person for age 3 and up (2 and under free).  Please sign up to bring a dessert.  Reservation deadline is Sunday, December 12.  Any questions, please contact Kelly Gallagher.

FIREWOOD AVAILABLE!  Recently several trees were taken down on the church property.  You are welcome to get firewood while the supply lasts.


Trish Simpson – December 6-7,30

Brady Rennix – December 15-21

 MATTIE DIXON COMMUNITY CUPBOARD DONATIONS can be dropped off in the collection box at church during regular weekday office hours or carried directly to the Community Cupboard, 150 N. Main St. in Ambler, on Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-2pm, and Friday, 9am-noon.  Ring the doorbell by red door.  Updated Wish List (as of Nov. 18): baked beans, cookies, crackers, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pretzels, ground coffee/tea bags, gravy (any variety), boxed rice (plain or flavored), meal starters (hamburger helper, Knorr bags), Chunky/Progresso soups, pretzels, peanut butter & jelly, taco fixings, cooking oil, vinegars, juice boxes, bar soap & body wash. NO BULK-SIZED ITEMS PLEASE!   They do not need cereal, pasta, miscellaneous beans, diced tomatoes or diapers.


Sunday, December 5 – Second Sunday of Advent

9:30am – Sunday School (Advent Study)

10:45am – Worship/Communion

12pm – Choir Rehearsal

1:30pm – Myung Sung worship (Room B)

Monday, December 6 – Church Office closed

Tuesday, December 7 – Church Office closed

Wednesday, December 8

11am – Midweek Bible Study

4:45-6pm – Blue Bell “Book Club” (Room B)

7pm – Youth Group, Missions (zoom)

7:15pm – Bell Choir

Thursday, December 9

7pm – Prayer Meeting (zoom)

7pm – Trustees (zoom)

Sunday, December 12 – Third Sunday of Advent

9am – Choir Rehearsal

9:30am – Sunday School (Advent Study)

10:45am – Worship

12pm – Congregational Budget Meeting

1:30pm – Myung Sung worship (Room B)

6pm – Student Piano Recital (sanctuary)


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