Grace News

Protocols for Worship in the Sanctuary
~ If you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of illness, please think of others worshipers and view the services from home.

~ You are asked to wear a mask for the duration of the service.
~ The greeter will record names of attendees in the event that contract tracing is necessary.
~ Sit only in designated areas. Seating in groups will be only for immediate household members.
~ Hymnals and pew cushions have been removed to adhere to CDC guidelines. You may bring your own pew cushion and take it home weekly.
~ Congregation is asked to refrain from singing.
~ Dismissal after the service will be by pew in order to maintain social distancing.
~ Use only the sanctuary doors on Charlotte Street for entrance and exiting.
~ 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.

In addition,  hand sanitizer will be available in the Narthex, the sanctuary will be cleaned/sanitized with approved disinfectant/bleach solutions between services and a copy of the weekly bulletin will still be emailed to members for the convenience of those continuing to worship from home.

Harvest Home Ingathering – Instead of our normal canned goods and non-perishable food ingathering for the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities for Harvest Home, we will be taking monetary donations during the month of October for the Cluster, as they are not taking food donations during the pandemic. Please mark your envelope for “Harvest Home” so your contributions can be directed to help provide food for needy families.

We will observe All Saints Day on Sunday, November 1. This is the time when we remember and give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, for the examples of faithful living that they have given us as they navigated the stormy waters of life, and also for the fullness of eternal life in which they now partake and which we have yet to fully enjoy. Names of those who have passed since All Saint’s last year will be read during the service.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during our worship service on Sunday, November 1. For those who are attending in-person worship we will have pre-packaged communion kits of grape juice and a wafer. For those who are joining us online, please feel free to have juice or wine as well as a cracker or bread available to celebrate virtually.

Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesdays November 3 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the Lounge. Please wear a mask. We will be social distancing.

Work Day – Mark your calendars for our Fall Clean-Up workday on Saturday, November 7 at 9:00AM. Please bring your gardening tools, rakes, gloves, and leaf blowers as we clean up the outside of our property. Many hands make light work!

Early Learning Center Hoagie Sale – Choose from Ham, Italian or Turkey – All hoagies are 10” and cost $5.50 each. Orders can be placed by stopping by the school office. Payment must accompany all orders. Deadline for orders is Friday, November 13 at 12:00 noon. Hoagies can be picked up at the church on Friday, November 20 from 11:30AM to 2:00PM. Proceeds benefit new playground equipment for our students.

Sunday Morning Book Club will meet on November 15 at 10:15AM in the Lounge. This session we will not be discussing a book but watching a DVD called The Star of Bethlehem – Unlock the Mystery of the World’s Most Famous Star. Scholars debate whether the Star of Bethlehem is a legend or a miracle that marked the advent of Christ. “Is it possible that the star was a real, astronomical event?” The DVD is 65 minutes long. EVERYONE is welcome. You don’t have to be a part of the Book Club. Please wear a mask. We will be social distancing.

Social Ministry Christmas Collection – Martin Luther Silver Springs School is now under the organization Gemma Services. Their purpose is still to offer residential care and schooling to children and youth in difficult situations, and families who need support. This year they offered several options for gifts, because of the current health circumstances. The committee chose Gift Cards for our form of donation this year, for use at Christmas and needs during the year. The following stores are recommended – Target, Walmart, Amazon, Shoprite, Acme, Giant, Burlington Coat Factory, Five Below, Footlocker, and Best Buy. If you wish to contribute, please put the Gift Cards, with the amount marked on card, in an envelope marked Soc. Min./MLS, and place them in the collection basket at Church. They can also be mailed to or dropped off at the Church Office by November 22. Monetary gifts are welcomed as well. The Church Office will send the cards to the School as a gift from Grace Lutheran Church. Thanks to the congregation for your support!

Poinsettia Orders – Once again we will be taking orders for poinsettia plants to adorn the Sanctuary for our Christmas Eve services. Plants are $10.00 each. Orders can be placed by stopping by the church office. Payment must accompany all orders. Deadline to place an order is Sunday, December 13.

Word In Season Devotionals – Regular and large print copies of Word In Season for the fourth quarter (October, November, December) of 2020 are available. If you would like a copy please contact the church office, by either email or by phone (610)323-9320 and we will see that you receive a copy.

Call For A New Pastor – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the call process continues to slowly move forward. We are pleased to announce that our congregations’ paperwork has been shared with a potential candidate and an interview is scheduled. Please keep our Call Committee in your prayers.

Hospital Visitations – Pottstown Hospital is again allowing visitors. Their policy is one visitor per patient. Should you or someone you know be in need of a visit while a patient, please let Pastor Christian know so that he can make the necessary arrangements to do so.

Building Use – at this time the building, including the Parish Hall are closed to outside groups until further notice. This will continue to be re-evaluated over the coming months.

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