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NEWS AND NOTES – May 22, 2022

WE EXTEND THE RIGHT HAND OF CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP today to the following new members:

  • Joe and Nancy Quinn, both retired, are new Blue Bell residents, formerly living in Winter Haven, FL. Joe enjoys sudoku puzzles and math; Nancy likes reading mysteries and both enjoy traveling.  Their new member sponsors are Don and Betty Helpa.
  • Patrick Rodgers, along with his wife, Andrea, and their three daughters, has been active at Grace for a number of years. Patrick plays guitar in our praise band.  His new member sponsors are Santosh and Irene Philips.

TODAY IS MUSIC SUNDAY.  We thank our faithful and talented singers and instrumentalists of all ages who make such a wonderful contribution to our worship each week.  We especially thank Music Director Barbara Green for her 61 years of music ministry at Grace.  We appreciate you all.  Please see the insert for a complete list of our Grace musicians.

CHRIST AND CULTURAL HUMILITY: Have you heard of this program?  For the past 18 months, a small group from Grace has been learning about Christ and Cultural Humility.  Last Sunday, through a Bible study of Philemon we were introduced to the tenets of cultural humility.  This Sunday, we invite you to explore the many Biblical exhortations to practice humility, which invite us to learn how to listen.  As one author has said, “real listening may be the most humanizing act of humility.”  We hope you’ll join the Adult Sunday School Group at 9:30am.  Please use the link in the weekly email if you are unable to attend in person.

ON CHILDREN’S DAY, JUNE 5, the Board of Christian Education invites everyone to a Potluck Cookout immediately following the worship service.  The BOCE will provide the main meal and asks the congregation to provide sides and dessert.  Use the sign-up link below or indicate what you’ll bring on the bulletin tear-off slip.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4aacac2ba4fe3-childrens

 WE WILL RECOGNIZE HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADUATES on Children’s Day, June 5.  If you or a family member is graduating this spring, please send information to Brady Rennix or the church office (name, school, college degree future plans, etc.) by May 29.

A RETIREMENT CELEBRATION AND LUNCHEON will be held to honor Barbara Green on Sunday, June 12.  The evite invitation and paper invitations have gone out to members and friends.  Hope you’ll be able to join in the fun.  Payment should be sent to the church.  (Please use P.O. Box 122 instead of the street address).

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES SEARCH UPDATE – The Director of Music Ministries job posting can be found on the bulletin board in the church office and has been posted to various job sites.  Interviews will be conducted in late May/June.  You are encouraged to share the job posting with your network.

WE EXTEND CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to the following:

  • Steve Choyce and family on the death of his father, Lester Choyce, on Monday, May 16.
  • The family and friends of Betty Leech who died on Wednesday, May 18. A graveside service will be held at George Washington Memorial Park at 11am, Tuesday, May 24.  Her obituary is posted at the Kirk & Nice Funeral Home website.

GENTLY USED BOOK DRIVE: May 27 is the last day to bring in your books for Bob and Gene Stremme’s retirement community library.  You may bring in books any time during church office hours this coming week.  Please no magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, textbooks, encyclopedias or children’s books.

THE CONGREGATION BETH OR SISTERHOOD invites the Wissahickon Faith Community to its annual Community Ecumenical Luncheon at Beth Or (239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen) on Tuesday, June 7, at 12:00 noon.   Rabbi Gregory Marx will speak on the topic, “Facing the Future Without Fear”.  Please contact Trish in the church office by Sunday, May 29 if you would like to attend.

COMMUNITY CUPBOARD DONATIONS:  Drop off at 150 N. Main St., Ambler (Tues & Thurs 9am-2pm, Fri 9am-noon) or at church during office hours.  Requested items (as of May 16): honey, canned fruit (not cups), chili (canned), potatoes (canned), oatmeal, mayonnaise, miscellaneous condiments, snacks (pretzels, mixes), meal base kits, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, cleaning supplies, paper plates, napkins, dry dog food.  No extra-large or bulk-sized food items. When you arrive, please ring the doorbell by the red door.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE BAPTIST – All activities are in person unless noted.

Sunday, May 22 – Music Sunday

9:15am – Bells practice

9:30am – Sunday School

10:45am – Worship/Welcoming New Members

12pm – Choir rehearsal

1:30pm – Myung Sung worship (Room B)

Monday, May 23

7pm – Christian Education (zoom)

Tuesday, May 24

7:30pm – Presence (zoom)

Wednesday, May 25

11am – Midweek Bible Study (zoom)

4:30pm – Blue Bell Book Club (Room B)

7pm – Youth Group

Thursday, May 26

7pm – Prayer Meeting (zoom)

Sunday, May 29

9:30am – Sunday School

10:45am – Worship

12pm – Choir Rehearsal

1:30pm – Myung Sung worship (Room B)

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day – Church Office Closed

Tuesday, May 31 – Summer Office Hours begin

9am-noon – Tuesday-Friday; closed on Monday

 

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