News & Notes

NEWS & NOTES – September 19, 2021

Greeter(s)                          Kathleen Viall

Welcome Center                 Joe Gallagher

Sound/Powerpoint             Scott Rhea/Frank Lyszkowski

Worship Leader                  Kathy Gallagher

Toddlers/Graceland            Andrea Rodgers/Kristin Paluszka

WORSHIP IN PERSON ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.  We are following CDC guidelines which recommend mask-wearing indoors for all people attending worship regardless of vaccination status.

THE FLOWERS THIS MORNING are placed by Garry and JoAnn Flower in memory of their son, Nick Flower.

THE FALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held today, September 19, following the worship service.  All members are urged to attend and participate in the business of the church.

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY – Pastor David is planning for a hybrid study with some attending in person at church and some online at home.  We will begin with a study of “Spirituality of the Psalms,” based on a book by OT Theologian Walter Brueggemann.  All are welcome to join the study at 11 am on Wednesdays.  Here is the new zoom link:

WE EXTEND CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to Stan, Ben, and Josh Hatch on the passing of Adina on Monday, September 13.   A memorial service was held at church yesterday, September 18 at 4 pm.  If people are led to donate to a charity in her memory, the family, with Adina’s approval, suggests two options in addition to one’s favorite:  Grace Baptist Church (general fund) and American Association for Cancer Research via my Philadelphia Marathon fundraising page:

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE to return new/good condition children’s clothing to be used as needed at Shady Grove Elementary School.  The link for the signup genius with requested items is

SAVE THE DATE!  Faith In Action Sunday is Sunday, September 26.  There will be no regular Sunday church activities.  Please see the sign-up link for the spots where volunteers are still welcomed in the coming week:  You may also sign up with Betty Helpa, project leaders, or the church office.

IT’S TIME FOR A NEW PICTORIAL DIRECTORY!  Has your child grown a foot?  Are you wearing your hair differently post-pandemic?  We need your updated digital photos so we can recognize each other now that we’re worshiping in person once again.  On October Sunday mornings, beginning October 10, a talented GBC photographer will be available before and after worship to take your individual or family photo using a special 150th Anniversary backdrop.  We also need address and contact information updates.  Please send changes to the church office (

COMMUNION CLUB IS BACK!  Communion Club was started as a social time to get to know others from church and the church community in a relaxed, informal setting.  Members are welcome to invite friends to join the gathering. You never know who might show up at Communion Club! That is part of the fun.  Our next gathering is on October 1, 7:30 pm, at the home of Scott and Jill Rhea.  Drop in and check us out!  Contact Jill for more details or to be added to the email list.

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.  Updated Wish List (as of September 8): toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, diapers (all sizes), dry cat & dog food, baked beans, juice boxes/pouches, canned white potatoes, mac n’ cheese, canned chicken, cooking spray, ketchup, boxed mashed potatoes, pancake mix & syrup, ground coffee/tea bags, boxed stuffing mix, granola bars/protein bars, toaster pastries, gravy (any variety), jelly (not grape), powdered ice tea mix. NO BULK-SIZED ITEMS PLEASE!   They do not need green beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, or cereal.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Fall Work Day on Saturday, October 23, 9am-noon.  Everyone is invited to help with jobs inside and outside.

COLLEGE STUDENTS, please let the church office know your new school address, phone number, and e-mail so we can keep in touch during the year.

BECOME A MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDER.  Learn to help others experiencing a mental health problem; learn risk factors, warning signs and the impact of mental health concerns; learn the Mental Health First Aid action plan; learn local resources for mental health and substance use treatment.  This FREE blended MHFA Class includes 2 hours of online, self-paced pre-work, and 5.5 hours on site session with experience, engaging trainers!  Two FREE sessions: Sept. 28, 8:30am-3:30pm, Church on the Mall (500 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting) and October 2, 8:30am-3:30pm, Christ Lutheran Church (2211 Mainland Road, Harleysville).  Lunch is included at both locations.  Learn more and register at


Sunday, September 19

9:30 am – Sunday School

10:45 am – Worship Service

12 pm – Congregational Business Meeting (no choir rehearsal)

Tuesday, September 21

7:30 pm – Presence (zoom))

Wednesday, September 22

11 am – Midweek Bible Study (in person & zoom)

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

7:15 pm – Bell Choir

Thursday, September 23

7 pm – Prayer Meeting

Saturday, September 25

12-4 pm – Whitpain Community Festival, MCCC

Sunday, September 26

Faith In Action Activities – no regular church schedule

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