UPDATED ~ In-Person Worship Protocols
- If you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of illness, please view the service from home. We will continue to live-stream the service through Zoom and Facebook, and the service will also be posted on our website and YouTube channel.
- Entrance to the sanctuary may be through the parking lot entrance or the Charlotte St. entrance.
- Wearing a mask is not required for those who are fully vaccinated. However, if you would feel more comfortable wearing a mask, you may do so. If you are not fully vaccinated please continue wearing a mask for your protection and the protection of your fellow congregants.
- The greeter will record names of attendees in the event that contract tracing is necessary.
- Cushions and hymnals will be returned to the open pews. Every other pew will remain taped off. Please maintain social distancing.
- Windows and doors will be open and the ceiling fans on. Please dress accordingly.
- Singing by the congregation will resume.
- Should you be exposed to, show any symptoms of or be diagnosed with COVID-19 within two weeks of attending worship in the Sanctuary, please contact the church office.
For those not comfortable with attending in person worship, the service will continue to be made available at 9:15AM on our:
• Website – http://www.gracechurchpottstown.com
• Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/GLCPottstown
• YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgJA-RV1AwzJW5LhKr67uA
Volunteer Ministry Opportunities
Now that pandemic restrictions are begininng to relax, the time has come to gather ALL back in to Grace’s fold. While some members have been informally keeping in touch with other members, we would like to start an official list of members willing to volunteer to help others. It could be doing somthing as simple as offering prayer or running errands to helping with household chores or transporting them placed. CLICK HERE to download the form to offer your help. For more information, contact Kitty Pell at 610-326 -3923.
VBS 2021 “God’s Good Creation”
Beginning June 21, we will join our neighboring Lutheran churches in an online and “in-person” outdoor program spread out over five weeks. Each Monday we will virtually kick off the week’s theme with opening and story-time videos. On Wednesday evenings we will meet in-person from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at New Hanover Lutheran Church for activities related to the week’s theme and a mission project. VBS for adults will meet at New Hanover on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 AM. All CDC recommendations will be followed. Register online at: https://www.newhanoverlutheran.org/vacation-bible-school/. If you don’t have access to a computer to register please contact the church office about how to sign up.
CAN YOU HELP? Grace is overseeing the activities on Wednesday, July 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at New Hanover Lutheran Church. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact Megan Meeker at 610-970-6873. Monetary donations are also being accepted to help offset the cost of the snack and craft supplies for that evening. Please designate VBS 2021 on your giving envelope.
News From Our Neighboring Churches…
Emmanuel’s Closet’s new hours are Monday and Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm, Tuesday and Saturday from 4:00-6:00pm and Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to help cover shifts, ESPECIALLY at least one person to help with the Friday shift. No clothing knowledge or heavy lifting is required, just a passion for helping others. If you are interested, please contact Dee Berger in Grace’s church office.
St. James, Pottstown
Pastor Kay Braun has prepared a daily list of prayers for the upcoming week. You can find them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S3Npmh0baZ8Ml-wLQIaP8cTCeoGyRq_L/view?usp=sharing.
Pottstown 4th of July Celebration
The heart of downtown Pottstown will be buzzing with family-friendly activities on Sunday, July 4. Here is the day’s line up:
- 11:00 AM – Rotary Club Parade – following a route along High St. from Adams to York
- 1:00 to 5:00 PM – Pottstown GoFourth! Street Fest – activities will be set up between Charlotte and York Sts. A “pop up” beer garden as well as food offerings including snow cones, ice cream, Betty’s Lemonade, live music, carnival games, “Kids Fun Zone”, food from local High Street restaurants, artisans will be selling handcrafted wares.
- Rotary Duck Race at 3:00 PM – this year’s race will be conducted virtually; tickets will continue to be sold at Street Fest. Proceeds benefit area nonprofits.
- Fireworks at 9:00 PM – parking at Memorial Park is by ticket only at $25 per car.
Free Online Courses to PA Retirees
This fall semester (begins August 30, 2021) Kutztown University is offering free online courses to Pennsylvania Seniors/Retirees as part of the KU AdvantAge Program. These classes are 100% online and will appear on your transcript; however, they may not be used toward a degree program at Kutztown University or toward any Act 48 credits. Classes are graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis. Visit https://form.app.kutztown.edu/alumni/ for a brief description of the courses or to sign up for the courses.
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Proud”
This Pride Month, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton gives thanks for the blessings of our LGBTQIA+ siblings and prays that we will all have a sense of pride in being part of this fearfully and wonderfully made family. This message reminds us of the beauty of God’s creation and the rich diversity of people, which strengthens our church and our world. May we see the face of Christ in people all around us. To watch the Bishop Eaton’s message, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSvw2YuxbPk.
Living Lutheran: “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Path”
In many congregations lately, the word “stewardship” has become a way to say “we want your money.” But in Living Lutheran’s June/July lead feature, Robert C. Blezard explores the meaning of stewardship and how being a good steward is “the disciple’s path.” He writes, “The offering prayers we say every week in worship help us understand afresh that stewardship is more than whether we give our money to God’s mission in the world. It’s how we use every good blessing that God has entrusted to us on our journey of faith.” After all, Clarence Stoughton defined stewardship as “everything we do after we say, ‘I believe.’” To read the article, go to: https://www.livinglutheran.org/2021/06/stewardship-a-disciples-path/.
Volunteer at the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering
Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Volunteer applications are now being accepted for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. For a detailed list of responsibilities and requirements or to apply, visit https://elca.org/YouthGathering/Attend/Volunteer
ELCA Federal Credit Union
Members of ELCA congregations are eligible to join the ELCA Federal Credit Union and take advantage of membership benefits, including:
- No-fee checking accounts, with no monthly maintenance, minimum balance or overdraft fees.
- Auto loan rates for up to 50% less than the national average.
- And, for a limited time, no payments for up to 60 days and rates as low as 5.99% on personal loans for home improvement projects, repairs and other expenses.
The ELCA Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that shares its profits in the form of lower fees and better rates — helping you and the ministries you love do more with your money.
2021 Church Council
Brian Bryson – President
Catherine Barton – Secretary
Cheryl Detweiler – Treasurer
Catherine (Kiti) Williams
Call For A New Pastor – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the call process continues to slowly move forward. Candidates are in short supply and for that reason the process is taking longer than anticipated. Please keep our Call Committee in your prayers.
Hospital Visitations – Due to HIPPA (privacy) regulations, hospitals no longer contact the church when members have been admitted. Should you or someone you know be in need of a visit while in the hospital, please let the church office know. Visitation protocols have changed numerous times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so visits will be made based on the protocols in place at the time.
Building Use – if you are interested in renting the building for a gathering, or if your group is interested in meeting space, please contact the church office. Use at this time is being considered on a case-by-case basis.