News & Notes

NEWS AND NOTES – September 24, 202

Greeter(s)                          Steve Choyce

Welcome Center                 Patrice Erik

Worship Leader                  Betty Helpa

Sound/PowerPoint             TBD/Frankie Lyszkowski

Nursery                              Margaret Montgomery, Ellie Paluszka

Toddlers                             Kelly Gallagher, Dakota Rennix

Graceland                           MaryKate Boggs, Audrey Paluszka

REMINDER:  Next Sunday, October 1, is Faith In Action Sunday.  There will not be a 10:45am worship service or Sunday School.  Instead, a variety of projects will be taking place in the church building and out in the community.  If you haven’t yet signed up, please do that today in the narthex or contact Betty Helpa (215-688-3875, Sign up deadline is October 1.

DONATIONS REQUESTED – The Board of Missions is sponsoring two collection drives throughout the month of September as part of our FIA projects (see below).  Donations can be dropped off in the narthex during church office hours or whenever the church is open.  Contact Nancy Burns, the project leader for the collection drives, with any questions.

  • Philadelphia Racetrack Toiletries Collection. Items needed for backpacks: men’s body wash or bars of soap, shaving cream, deodorant, towels, washcloths, toothbrushes, sweatshirts, or hoodies (men’s sizes S thru XL, but greatest need is for med and large sizes).  New items please.
  • MCCC Gently Used Professional Apparel Collection. Montgomery County Community College has a professional apparel closet for students needing clothing for interviews or jobs. We will collect gently used clothing items to support college ministries.





PROPERTY SALE UPDATE: At our congregational meeting on Sunday, September 17, members voted to sell the 6.2 acre parcel, declining the offer from Mediplex to purchase our entire property.  The vote was 71% to sell only the 6.2 acre parcel and 29% to sell the entire property.  The next step in the process are for Mediplex to complete their due diligence and discussions with the township.  The due diligence period expires at the end of November.

DONATIONS ARE ALSO REQUESTED for school supplies for Shady Grove Elementary students.  Use the link here or choose items from the list:

(headphones–over the ears, NOT earbuds (10); pencil boxes (10); red, blue, yellow, green, orange pocket folders (10 each); boxes of pencils (20); boxes of markers (20).  Donation deadline: October 1.


YOU ARE INVITED to an All-Church Hayride/Bonfire on Saturday, October 21, starting at 6pm at Merrymead Farms.  The cost is $10/person.  Please use this sign up link to reserve your place in the wagon!


ZOOM LINK INFORMATION for the Grief Share Support Group meeting on Tuesdays at 7pm:

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WE’RE MISSING an extension cord used for the Rally Day breakfast set-up.  If you took this home accidentally, please return to the church office at your earliest convenience.

SOUND SYSTEM/POWERPOINT OPERATORS ARE NEEDED!  Every Sunday morning the sound system volunteers quietly manage the microphones and PowerPoint slides. Contact Peter Sharpe, Scott Rhea or Scott Brookes to learn more.

BREAKING NEWS:  Did you ever wonder what happened to Senator Goodings at the end of Ken Green’s first novel, Rough Seize Ahead?  Ken has just released his second novel, Northbound on the 8:10, that provides the answer to that burning question.  Both novels can be found on under their respective titles.  They are available as a paperback book or electronically for Kindle or a tablet.


COMMUNITY CUPBOARD DONATIONS:  Drop off at 150 N. Main St., Ambler (Tues, Thurs, and Fri 9am-2pm) or at church during office hours.  Donations requested as of September 6: jars of apple sauce, spaghetti, juice & juice boxes, mayonnaise, tea, coffee, ramen noodles, raisins, taco supplies (kits, sauces, etc.), broth (chicken, beef, and/or vegetable), Progresso soups, sweet potatoes/yams (canned), beef stew (canned), dish soap, baby wipes, flushable adult wipes, pull ups (size 4T-5T).  No bulk or extra-large size items, please.  Thank you!!


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

Worship is in person and on zoom.

Sunday, September 24

9:30am – Sunday School

10:45am – Worship

12pm – Choir Rehearsal

1:30pm – Myung Sung worship (Room B)

Tuesday, September 26

5:30-7pm – Youth FIA project, Hope Gardens, Ambler

7pm – Grief Share (in person & zoom)

7pm – Bell Choir rehearsal (Graceland)

7:30pm – Presence (zoom)

Wednesday, September 27

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

Friday, September 29

5:30-9pm – “Getting Saucy with Pastor David” (FIA Project)

Saturday, September 30

Faith In Action Projects morning and afternoon in addition to the community festival

9am-12:30pm – Faith In Action Projects

12-4pm – Whitpain Community Festival (FIA Project)

Sunday, October 1

Faith In Action Sunday – no regular Sunday School or worship service


2023 Faith In Action Projects


Signups for FIA continue through September 30.  You may also contact Betty Helpa at or 215 688 3875 to sign up or ask questions.

Hope Gardens Landscaping – Students and Young Adult Project

Project Leader: Pastor Brady Rennix

Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7pm

Location: Hope Gardens, Ambler

Number of Volunteers: 8+ youth volunteers

Description: Help clean up and spruce up Hope Gardens, transitional housing for Family Promise families which we support through our mission giving.

Racetrack Ministry – Prepare Backpacks and Prayer Walk

Project Leader: Sue Jenkins

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9am-12:30pm (leave from church)

Location: Philadelphia Racetrack Chapel and Chaplain’s Office

Number of Volunteers: 6

Description: Meet at church and rideshare to Philadelphia Racetrack Chaplain’s Office and Chapel.  Prepare 100 backpacks that will be given out to dorm residents at Christmas.  The group will also do a prayer walk and greet the workers.


Whitpain Community Festival Booth     Project Leader: Kate Phillips

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 30, Festival is 12-4pm.

Location: MCCC campus

Number of Volunteers: 12 – Sign up for a time slot.

Description: Represent GBCBB at our booth at the Whitpain Community Festival.  Volunteers will give activity kits for the kids along with reusable bags for each family containing information on ministries of the church.

Christmas Cards for Our Troops          Project Leader: Patrice Erik

Date/Time: Sunday, October 1, 10am-12pm         Location: GBCBB

Number of Volunteers: 8+

Description: Volunteers will gather in the church narthex to write Christmas cards to soldiers stationed away from home.  Cards will be provided.


Fall Clean Up and Landscaping for We Care Ambler Families

Leader: Betty Helpa

Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, 9am-12pm (2 to 3hrs., as you are able)

Number of Volunteers: 6

Description: Work together to do some fall clean up and plant mums for two families who are a part of “We Care Ambler.”  We Care is a grass roots group that began by working with families facing food insecurity.

Montgomery County Community College Campus Missions Support     Project Leader: Pastor Brady Rennix

Date/Time: Sunday, Oct 1, 10-11am         Location: MCCC campus

Number of Volunteers:10

Description: Join Pastor Brady in prayer walking at Montgomery County Community College.  The team will meet at the Bell Tower on campus and learn about prayer walking and afterwards actually prayer walk around the campus.  The team will spend time praying for students, faculty, and staff.  Praying for a God-sized mission.

1st and 2nd Responders Meal Prep and Delivery             

Project Leader: Casey and Scott Brookes

Date/Time: Sunday, October 1t, 10am-12pm         Location: GBCBB

Number of Volunteers:10

Description: Family friendly.  Recognizing our local heroes and supporting them by preparing lunch and delivering the meals to our 1stand 2nd responders. Includes Whitpain police, ambulance, and fire companies.


Whitpain Parks and Recreation Clean Up                                

Project Leader: Harry Jenkins

Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 1, 9-11am

Location: Montgomery County Community College

Number of Volunteers:10+

Description: Family Friendly.  The team will help the Whitpain Township Parks and Recreation Department clean up MCCC’s campus from the festival and concert events.  Meet Harry at the MCCC campus.


Getting Saucy with Pastor David           Project Leader: Pastor David

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 29, 5:30-9pm    Location: GBCBB Kitchen

Number of Volunteers: 10-15+

Description: Family Friendly.  Make homemade applesauce and pizza sauce for our shut-ins and guests of Grace Baptist.  We’ll meet at 5:30pm to share a pizza dinner.

Restoration of Historic Home                Leader: Irene Philips

Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 1, 8am-12pm (2-4 hrs. as you are able)

Description: The Philips family recently purchased a Sears and Roebuck’s Catalog home at 941 Dekalb Pike (from the Church of the Messiah) and would like some assistance with restoration.  Activities will probably include cleaning and painting or restoring wood trim to be stained.

Lunch and snacks will be served.


Volunteers for October 8:

Greeter(s) – Kathleen Viall

Welcome Center – Lloyd Paullin

Worship Leader – TBD

Communion Leader – Oneida Ortiz

Sound/PowerPoint – TBD/Henry Lyszkowski

Nursery – Kristin Paluszka, Madison Dobrovolec

Toddlers – Casey Brookes, Frankie Lyszkowski

Graceland – Linda Allmond, Dakota Rennix



  Please contact the church office to offer prayer concerns and let us know when names can be removed.  Without updates, names will be removed after 4 weeks.

Ivor Bridge (Monét Dobrovolec’s father) Obed Arango (CCATE)
Jim Foyle (Artman) Dwight & Barbara Bolick
Bill Pree (Tamra Phillips’ father) Jean-Luc Krieg
Betty Wardell (Nancy Burns’ mother)  
AT HOME Our college students
The Donnelly Family Community members affected by
Carmen Gregorio (Joe Gallagher) tornado & flooding from Ida
Matt Hanna Inter-Faith families
Elaine Hanrahan  Families affected by COVID
Grace Lee Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard
Dave Mandel (Gwen’s husband)  
Cathy Michener (Betty Swanson) FOR OUR CHURCH
Lloyd Paullin’s sister, Barbara GBC congregation
Bill Prigger (Joan Frizzell’s cousin)  
Fred Quinn (Joe & Nancy’s son) IN THE MILITARY
Brian (Allison Rittenhouse-Rodgers) Daniel Rennix (Brady’s nephew,
Mike & Bryan Rosica (Sue Jenkins) U.S. Embassy, Cape Town, South Africa)
Rose Salios  
Tim Schwartz THE WORLD
Mary Beth Strehse (King family friend) Our Country
The Swanson Family Ukrainian war & refugees
  Victims of natural disasters
  Persecuted Christians around the world