News & Notes

NEWS & NOTES – April 18, 2021

TODAY’S PRAISE SONG: “Great Things” YouTube link:   https://youtu.be/y4CY3nf1Mvw

REOPENING FOR WORSHIP SERVICE ON MAY 9th! The reopening committee is working to test out our technology and making sure we are safe as we prepare for our reopening. The next three Sunday’s worship services will be livestreamed via zoom from our church building in preparation. 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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR PASTOR DAVID’S INSTALLATION SERVICE. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 13th for this special service, an occasion to recognize the calling of Pastor David to Grace.

PASTOR DAVID IS FORMING A FIRST-STEPS SMALL GROUP for those who are new to our faith community or who are interested in becoming a member of our church.  The group will meet four times via zoom in May to June.  If you are interested in learning more about following Jesus through the ministry of Grace Baptist Church, please email Pastor David at pastordavid@gbcbb.org or call him at 215-609-2224 to express your interest.  The small group will be held at a mutually agreed upon time for all who are interested.

THE AMERICA FOR CHRIST OFFERING will be received during the month of April. American Baptist Home Mission Societies has been helping broken families and communities as well as cultivating Christian leaders and equip passionate disciples since 1832. With your help, ABHMS can bring God’s healing touch to so many more. Please include your contribution with your regular offering and designate for AFC on the memo line.

THE ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING will be held both in person and virtually on Sunday, May 16, at 9:45am. The Annual Report will be available for review prior to May 16. New board members will be elected and other church business discussed. Plan now to participate.

YOUNG ADULTS SUNDAY SCHOOL – NEW TIME: Due to Joan Frizzell recent injury, she will no longer be able to teach the class. Brady Rennix will be teaching the class beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday and continue studying the Sermon on the Mount. Young Adults Zoom Sunday school Class – Recurring (Sunday 9am) Zoom Link. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82343077979 Meeting ID: 823 4307 7979

FROM THE BOARD OF MISSIONS:
• We will be announcing a service project for the community with Whitpain Parks and Recreation, so watch and listen for more details in the near future!
• Barbara Bolick, church member and ABC missionary was featured in the “On location” publication from International Ministries. She addressed the increased accessibility through use of virtual platforms to continue to build and strengthen the Talita Cumi mentoring project to foster self-worth among girls. (Check out the article on the mission bulletin board located next to the mailboxes.)
• The church received a letter of thanks from the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard for our continued support to help in our mission of “Neighbors helping Neighbors”. Please see what items you can purchase to support over 400 area families is need. See the needed items listed under Donations for Community Cupboard.

CONTACT INFORMATION NEEDED: The Deacons are in the process of reviewing our membership list and do not have contact information of the following members. Please review the list and contact Trish at staff@gbcbb.org with any information on the following members:
Wesley Robertson Hassan Shalla Jaqui Turner
Michael Freeman Lilia Ortuno Scott & Jessica Roy
Cheryl & Ron Miracle Kathy Taylor Steve Mohnke
Abe Moreno Erik Jensen Don Choyce
Meredith, Malcolm & Madeline Bates Helen Keilman

A COVID VACCINE CLINIC – Daily vaccinations are now being offered to adults by the North Wales Family Pharmacy.  Monday thru Friday: 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sunday—closed; however, occasional Sunday community clinics are being scheduled. Sunday, May 9 will be at the Pennbrook Middle School on North Wales Road from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Step 1: Register immediately (regardless of phase) at this link: northwalespharmacy.com.  Scroll down and click the button that reads: COVID Vaccination Request Form.
Step 2: Wait for a phone call.  The pharmacy will call you to set up a specific appointment time.  Do not come to the pharmacy for vaccination without an appointment.
If further information or help with registration is needed, call Douglas Hargis at 610-787-0821.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The North Wales Family Pharmacy is offering the COVID vaccine daily.  However, volunteers are needed.  First, volunteers to put shots in arms are needed.  Do you know someone who is licensed to administer the vaccine? They must be a licensed vaccinator or healthcare provider and will need to provide a copy of the license. Second, volunteers are needed to perform a wide variety of tasks, including but not limited to the following: Registration and Check-in; Patient Observation; Patient Assistance; Clerical/computer.  To volunteer, contact Douglas Hargis at 610-787-0821 for further information.

PBA 314TH ANNUAL MEETING – A VIRTUAL MEETING: Save the Date and plan to attend the virtual meeting on May 1 from 9a.m. to 11a.m. The theme this year is “Bring Peace During the Storm – Our Ministry During the Global Pandemic”. Contact Trish at staff@gbcbb.com if interested in registration information.

THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE continues to plan for Grace Baptist’s birthday celebration in 2022. We’ve collected many names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of past members and friends of Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell and Baptist Temple who would like to know about our celebration events.  If you think of names that might have been missed, please email them with contact information to Trish at staff@gbcbb.org or call.

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 April 9, 2021): Ground coffee (1 lb. sizes), boxed mashed potatoes, ramen noodles, juice boxes, ketchup, canned white potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, canned salmon, and boxed tea bags. Thank you for your continued support of the cupboard.

Grace Baptist Student Ministry for April

 

? Every Wednesday night (7-8:30pm) we have “in person” Youth Group at the church in the Youth Trailer.
? Every Sunday morning (9:45-10:15am) we have “Zoom” Youth Sunday School.
For all “in person” events and activities please wear a mask and make sure to keep a safe distance from each other.  If you feel sick or have been around someone that is sick, please stay at home.

During April, we are looking at the life and faith of Peter.  How did he interact and learn from Jesus?  How did this impact his life?
Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75362428889?pwd=TXJKRWhSNE1MSHgyc2hmbHF1NUYxQT09.
Meeting ID: 753 6242 8889 (Passcode: Grace)
At Youth Group each week we will be playing great games, enjoying free food and discussing what Jesus taught about Comparison.  Invite some of your (6th-12th grade) friends!

Youth Group Schedule:
Wednesday, April 21 – Outdoor Games & Campfire S’mores night!
Wednesday, April 28 – Regular Youth Group

Parent Resources – Facebook Group Page – “GraceStudent437 Parents Connection”
Instagram Student Page – “@GraceStudents437”

BradyRennix.org – (215) 620-5646 – bradyrennix@gmail.com

THIS WEEK AT GRACE BAPTIST – All meetings and activities are virtual on GraceNet unless specifically noted in the calendar. Meeting information is available in GraceNet Directory (sent separately) or by request from group leader. Please DO NOT SHARE THE ZOOM LINKS on any forms of social media.
Sunday, April 18
9:00am – Young Adult (PLEASE NOTE: NEW TIME)
9:30am – Wired Word, Youth Sunday
10:45am – Worship Service (in person & live streamed)
Tuesday, April 20
7:30pm – Presence small group
Wednesday, April 21
11am – Midweek Bible Study
7pm – Youth Group, Bell Choir Rehearsal & Taping (narthex)
Thursday, April 22
7:30pm – Prayer Meeting
Sunday, April 25
9:30am – Wired Word, Young Adult, Youth Sunday
10:45am – Worship Service (in person & live streamed)

Calling All Women & Girls!
THRIVE CONFERENCE
June 18-19, 2021
ALL VIRTUAL!
Sponsored by the American Baptist Women’s Ministries 9f Pennsylvania & Delaware

Theme: Thriving Through Seeing
Conference Scripture: “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”
(Philippians 2:4 NRSV)
Conference Purpose: “Encouraging all women and girls to live out their uniqueness
in a thriving Christ-centered community.”

This year’s conference will be presented VIRTUALLY! This will be a great experience you can attend in your home alone or with a friend; or in a group if you are comfortable. It is important that we continue to meet and encourage one another by any means. We are thankful for the technology that makes a virtual gathering possible and we are especially thankful for the knowledgeable support persons who God has raised up in our region to be a blessing and enable us to press on.

Registration is required! Materials will be emailed to you in advance. The Zoom information will also be emailed to you, so please make sure you put your email address on the registration form. You will be able to join the conference via computer, iPad, or iPhone. There are advantages to having both audio and visual capabilities, but you can always dial in via old-fashioned telephone! It will be like chatting with a good friend.

Registration information and the form is available at www.abcopad.org/Ministries/ABWM/2021-Thrive-Conference-Registration-Form. The form can be completed online or downloaded. We are asking that a $20 donation (minimum) be made to help offset conference expenses. There is no fee for girls. Donations can be made via the website link or by mailing a check with your registration form.

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