News & Notes

NEWS & NOTES – June 20, 2021

THE GBCBB SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS TODAY.  The worship service will be at 10:00 A.M. until Rally Day, September 12.  There will be pre-school childcare, Graceland for K-3rd graders, and Graceland 2.0 for 4th and 5th graders during worship.  No Sunday School classes will meet until Rally Day.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  In honor of all the father figures of our church, please join us in a root beer float reception immediately following the service.

WORSHIP IN PERSON ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.  You may also live stream the worship service via zoom from the sanctuary.  Sign up is not required to attend in-person worship.  We will be recording names of attendees for contact tracing purposes.   Masks are optional for vaccinated people.  Non-vaccinated persons should continue to mask.  We still need volunteers to handle the cameras, Zoom, and sound system.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Irene Philips at irenephilips@yahoo.com or 215-692-3206.  Training will be provided.

ATTENTION PARENTS: Graceland and Graceland 2.0 are offered weekly.  When the children leave for Graceland during the service (as noted in the order of worship), the 4th and 5th graders will go into Classroom A instead of going to Graceland.   If your 4th-12th graders are interested in helping with the powerpoint during the worship service, please contact the church office so they can be added to the rotation.  4th and 5th graders will be able to leave in time for Graceland 2.0. 

WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING during the month of June. Offering envelopes are available at the Welcome Center for those worshiping in person.  You may also mail in your OGHS gifts with your regular offering.

VACATION BIBLE STUDY 2021: During the weekend of July 16-18, we will be making a splash with Group’s VBS curriculum, Anchored.  We will embark on an undersea adventure, diving deeper in our faith and discovering the unwavering love of God!  We will be learning about how God is faithful.  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).  With your help we will be able to make this a successful weekend.  We are looking for volunteers to help during the weekend, to shop, and to pray for us.  Below is the list for volunteer sign ups along with a list of items donation or loan.  If you have any questions, speak to Casey Brookes.

Volunteer Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CABA82EA0F8C07-vbsvolunteer
Donation/Borrow Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CABA82EA0F8C07-vbsdonationborrow

 FROM PASTOR DAVID: Dear GBCBB Family, I want to thank everyone who attended and participated in the installation service for me last Sunday.  To Barb, Brady, Trish, Ed, and Audrey thank you for sharing your musical gifts.  To Ed thank you for serving as worship leader.  To Irene, Jeanne, and Casey thank you for reading and praying in the service.  Also, a special thank you to Irene and Santosh Philips for hosting my family and others for lunch on Sunday afternoon before the service.  Thank you also to members of the search committee and other volunteers who prepared the food for the reception following the service.  The service was an important moment in our life as pastor and people.  I look forward to growing deeper in our relationship with each other as we seek to be a “Christ centered community sharing God’s love with the world.

THANK YOU: Pastor David and Members of Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell, thank you so much for the privilege of being with you yesterday. Thank you, also, for the generous honorarium that you shared. I pray that your relationship together will grow deeper each day.  Pastor Doug Stratton (Pastor Stratton was the guest speaker at Pastor David’s installation on June 13.)

NOW THAT MANY MEMBERS ARE WORSHIPING AGAIN IN PERSON, we will resume putting church mail in the church mailboxes.  Check there for birthday cards, newsletter, and correspondence between members.

FROM CASEY BROOKES: We will be updating the playground this summer because the current structures are unstable.  During this process we will be getting rid of the two playhouses currently in the playground.  If you or someone you know is interested, please let Casey know.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held for Delores Davis at Elm Terrace Gardens on June 30, 2 pm, in the Dorothy Morris Room.  Follow this link to her obituary: http://www.huffandlakjer.com/obituary/delores-davis.  Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Delores’ daughter, Marcia Jessen (1502 Linden Way, King of Prussia, PA 19406).

WE EXTEND CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY to Garry and JoAnn Flower on the recent death of Garry’s brother, Richard Flower.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Bob Hotchkiss, who died May 14, 2020, will be held at GBC next Sunday, June 27, at 1pm.

A RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be held at GBCBB on Tuesday, June 29, 8am-1pm.  Make an appointment online or call 1-800-733-2767.

NEW CONTACT INFORMATION: Marjorie Scharpf, mjscharpf@gmail.com, cell: 267-218-6330

WELCOME CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Do you enjoy greeting and talking with visitors and members?  A few more people are needed to serve at the Welcome Center.  No experience required; will provide training.  Please contact Kathy Gallagher, gallagher837@comcast.net or 215-407-7540.

THE SUMMER “SECRET PLACE” DEVOTIONAL BOOKS (June, July, August) are available at the Welcome Center.  Please place payment ($.50) in the attached box.  If you’re unable to come to the church, a copy can be mailed to you.

DONATIONS FOR THE MATTIE DIXON COMMUNITY CUPBOARD can be dropped off in the collection box at the 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 June 18, 2021): paper towels, rice (bags or boxes), boxed pancake mix, jelly/jam (not grape please), lemonade mix, boxed mashed potatoes, juice boxes.  NO BULK-SIZED ITEMS PLEASE!   Also needed are Wawa gift cards (any amount) and gas cards (any amount).

 

 

 

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