The Commitment Committee invites everyone to attend the annual Ice Cream Social and Hot Dog Cookout, scheduled for Sunday, July 21, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The committee will furnish an ample supply of hot dogs, together with chips and drinks and a variety of toppings for ice cream. Those attending are asked to bring ice cream, homemade strongly preferred. You may bring other dessert items to accompany the ice cream if you wish. When we have finished eating, those who are so inclined will have the opportunity to work off some calories by engaging in some outdoor games on the church lawn.
Our Get Up and Go Bunch will hear the Bell Choir concert at Bartlett UMC.
The Get Up and Go bunch tours Dinstuhl's, 5280 Pleasant View Road on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30. All members, family, and children 6 or older are invited as we need at least 15. The cost is $5.00 a person and includes an informational video about the history of chocolate and of Dinstuhl's, tour of the kitchen, observe candy making, enjoy samples and receive a gift bag.
On Sunday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. the annual Presbytery of the Mid-South Pentecost celebration will be held at Rhodes College, Bryan Life Campus Center, (enter the campus from University Street). You may bring canned goods, or even better, write a check to Mid-South Food Bank; each dollar provides 3 meals.
On Sunday, June 2, we will have a barbecue lunch. Please bring side dishes. We have three occasions for the lunch: One is the birthday of Presbyterian Women. The offering for this observance this year goes to four ministries: Disaster Response Team, Charlotte NC; Child Development Center, Effingham IL; Community Nursing Venter, Phelps KY; Wings of Refuge Restoration Home, Iowa Falls IA.
We also recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of all graduates in the Grace Presbyterian Church family from high school or higher levels of education.
And we welcome Jon Settlemires as our organist. Jon’s appointment to that position was approved by the session on May 20.
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th , at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Children up through 5th grade are invited to hunt for eggs. Families are invited to stay for a light lunch after the egg hunt. We are inviting our daycare children. This year, we will be hiding empty plastic eggs and the children will be able to trade their eggs in for a goodie bag of candy and prizes.
On Good Friday, April 19, the beloved service of Tenebrae is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. This simple but powerful service of Scripture, music, and the extinguishing of candles, is a church liturgy of long standing, which helps put us in mind of the depth of God’s love for us in Christ.
On Maundy Thursday, betrayal is on the mind of Judas Iscariot, and Peter dissolves into tears when he denies Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, April 18, we gather at 6:30 p.m. for a meal of sacrificial soup. At about 7:30 p.m. following our simple meal, we worship as though in the Upper Room, with choral anthems, congregational hymns, Scripture, sermon, the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, as well as some of the historic liturgy for Holy Week and concluding with the “stripping of the church,” in which we remove the paraments and other objects normally used in worship, so that Good Friday finds the sacred space bare.
The Palm Sunday “parade,” the Triumphal Entry, finds Jesus entering Jerusalem to the shouts of people who may or may not have known all they were saying in hailing him as Son of David. On Palm Sunday, April 14, we sing “All Glory, Laud and Honor” to the Jesus who comes to save us from sin (though not in the way we might have imagined.) The service on this day concludes with the responsive reading of the Passion Narrative.