We Welcome Pastor Barbara Melosh as Our New Interim Pastor!
Pastor Barbara, as members of Grace, we welcome you as our new interim pastor. We hope that you will be blessed in your ministry here as you serve God's call in your life. Thank you for being willing to shepherd us, your new flock, and lead us to do God’s Will. We trust in God for a great future together here at Grace. We know there will be changes and we promise to be patient and allow God to lead this congregation forward in unity, love, good will and spiritual development. We support you and encourage you to lead us, with the Holy Spirit, to all be disciples, living out our faith in action. READ MORE
Summary of the Congregational Meeting held on 3/23/2014.
The New School Liaison team presented details on 2 projects: the parking lot agreement and sewer line tie in. The parking lot easement and the shared overflow use by both parties was thoroughly explained with the aid of diagrams. We are proceeding with a formal agreement with the Red Clay School District. The second item was the sewer tie in line project, where the easement location, costs, timing, advantages & disadvantages were presented. The discussion that followed addressed all questions, including the project would be done under a specific capital fund raiser as Phase I. Phase II was also carefully explained and will be decided upon in the future.
We introduced the motion: GLC agrees to contract with Red Clay School district for construction of a sewer tie in which will connect the school sewer line to the Grace property line for an estimated cost of $15,000 for which GLC will have a capital fund raiser.
The motion passed 58 -2. We already have a great start approaching our goal of $15,000 in just a few weeks. But we need your support to reach the goal line.
As the result of this overwhelming support, a new capital campaign has been initiated, with the goal of raising the $15,000 needed within the next 2 months. All contributions should be identified for “New School Project”.
There is a NEW SCHOOL PROJECT poster in the Narthex, with the development plot clearly identifying the parking easement & new sewer tie in locations. It also lists the project details and the Capital Campaign status. Please thank our school liaison team for such a tireless and thorough job: Art Perella, Mike Goyda, and Bob Howle.
Thank you and God Bless,
Diane Frederick, Council President
Sharing Our Gifts- Summer Music!!!
Grace is still in need of volunteers to provide music during worship this summer! There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside the music room for anyone who would like to be involved. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to share you gifts this summer, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Music, Alexis Ford.
Emily P. Bissell Hospital (EPBH) is located on Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, Delaware, just down the road from Grace. Grace takes part in Worship Services every fifth Sunday throughout the year. During the year, Grace assists the patients at Emily Bissell with collections of needed supplies.Right now, there is a need for new clothing for the clothes closet for patients: Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and t-shirts (all colors, with and without pockets) in mens sizes L to 5X and womens sizes M to 3X are needed. Donation bins are located in the Narthex.
A DOOR of HOPE Pregnancy Center is asking for diapers (all sizes) for babies and wipes. A donation bin is located in the Narthex.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center Hilltop operates year round providing programs for infant/toddlers through youth. These included preschool programs, before and after school care, tutoring and study sessions and social activities. Grace members provide Thanksgiving baskets (25 this year), Christmas gifts for children, tutoring and participation in the Superstars fundraising event. Grace volunteers serve on the board of the organization.
Sunday Breakfast Mission is in need of toiletries for their homeless shelters- please drop your sample size soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs in the bin marked with SBM in the coat closet just off the narthex.
Our Own Graceful Quilters, started in 2001 at Grace, has made more than 4,000 quilts to support Lutheran World Relief. Quilts are made with donated materials by volunteers donating their time and skills. They truly make a “lot with a little.” The Lord has blessed Grace with dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to accomplish the quilting tasks of love and sharing meeting at 9:00am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The finished quilts are transported to the Port of Baltimore, Maryland and from there shipped for distribution to the poor in Africa and South America.
Family Promise Nancy Goyda is recognized by Governor and Mrs. Jack Markell on October 25th, 2012 for Nancy's outstanding volunteer contributions in the Catagory of Human Needs especially her work in launching Family Promise (Photo by Jeff Batt).