What's Happening at Grace?


Some of our upcoming events - and other community events - are listed below.  You can get more information from our monthly newsletter and our weekly bulletins, and on our calendar (click on "Calendar" in the menu bar above).  Be sure to bookmark our website and come back often!


Join us this Sunday morning (August 20th) at 11:00am as our choir presents the music they will perform in Germany next week for the World Reformation Exposition!



safeTALK Half-Day Suicide Alertness Training

September 23, 2017

9:00 am-12:30 pm


At Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, 15 W. Church St., Frederick, MD

Sponsors: Glade United Church of Christ and The Frederick Center, Inc.


Glade United Church of Christ and The Frederick Center, Inc. will sponsor a suicide awareness workshop on September 23, 2017 from 9:00 am-12:30 pm at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ located at 15 W. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701 in downtown Frederick.

Registrants will be advised of the meeting room in the church facility closer to the date.


The training will be presented by LivingWorks, a national organization recognized by the Mental Health Association of Frederick County that is a leader in suicide intervention training. The program, safeTALK, focuses on alertness training and is geared toward participants aged 16 and older. Its premise is that most people with thoughts of suicide don't truly want to die, but are struggling with physical and/or emotional pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite those with whom they interact to provide help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting these individuals with life-saving intervention resources.


Training features:

• Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer

• Access to support from a local community resource person

• Powerful audiovisual learning aids

• Review of simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe

• Hands-on skills practice and development


Please contact the church office to register (301-662-3312 or admin@grucc.com).

$10 reservation fee

There is space for 30 participants and we will fill those spaces on a first come, first served basis. Registrants must be 16 or older. Snack and lunch will be served.



Grace's 2017 Christkindlmarkt - December 2nd

Please join us for our 5th Annual event!  We are now accepting vendor registrations for an early bird rate of $25 per space.  You can download the registration form here.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 2nd from 3pm until 8pm, to coincide with the "First Saturday" activities in downtown Frederick.  We hope you'll join us!



Volunteer Tutor Orientations and Training Scheduled for Literacy Council of Frederick County


Would you like to learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor for the Literacy Council of Frederick County? The council is offering a volunteer tutor information sessions on the following dates:


• Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Thurmont Regional Library in Thurmont (76 East Moser Road)

• Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the small conference room at the Urbana Regional Library in Urbana (9020 Amelung Street)

• Friday, September 22, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Literacy Council Office at 110 E. Patrick Street in downtown Frederick near the C. Burr Artz Library


Registration is required.


For those volunteers who complete an information session, the next slated training workshops will be held on the following dates:

• Saturday, September 30th and Saturday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Hagerstown

• Saturday, October 14th and Saturday, October 21st from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Frederick


Tutors are not required to have teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language to volunteer. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. There is no cost for the training or certification. Volunteers average about 1 to 2 hours per week working with their student and a like amount of time in preparation for each session. Attendance at an information session and both workshop days are required for certification.


To register for the information session or workshop training class or just to learn more about the Literacy Council, please visit the website at www.frederickliteracy.org or call 301-600-2066.



Volunteer Opportunities at Grace Church

Are you ready to get more involved in your church? We have plenty of opportunities for you! With only 5 part-time staff members, Grace Church relies heavily on volunteers to keep the church running smoothly.

We have many volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and interests (see the list below), but at this time we are especially looking for volunteers to serve in the Nursery, so that we always have 2 adults supervising the children.  We hope to get 6 people so that each person only has to miss church once every 6 weeks.  Please speak to Pastor Rob or Jean Barrick if you can help.  Thanks!


Acolytes, Altar Guild, Children's Sermon volunteers, Eucharistic Ministers, Scripture readers, Ushers, and Youth Ministry - please speak to Pastor Rob

Senior and Joyful Noise Choirs - please speak to Jonas Dawson

Fellowship Hosts and Greeters - please speak to Rob Apgar

Lay Caring Ministry - please speak to Mike Stockman

Children's Church leaders, Nursery volunteers, and Sunday School teachers - please speak to Jean Barrick

Stewardship Committee - please speak to Eric Black

Offering Counters - please speak to Lloyd Taylor

Outreach and Missions - please speak to Sarah Travis



New Members Class

For those interested in joining Grace Church, or just getting to know more about us, our next New Members Class will be held in September. Please speak to Pastor Rob if you would like to be a part of the class.



Help Wanted!

Grace UCC is looking for a part-time Director of Youth Ministry.  Please see the Position Description for details.



Let's keep in touch!

Each week, the Grace Church eNews is sent out to our members and friends to keep everyone up-to-date on upcoming events. If you haven't been receiving these Friday updates, please email the church office to be added to the list - admin@grucc.com.



Giving Options at Grace Church

Boxes of offering envelopes are available in the Narthex for anyone (regular guests, too!) who would like to use envelopes for regular giving.  Simply pick up a box and write your name on  the sign-up sheet next to the envelope number that you've chosen.


If you would rather give electronically, we have 2 options:


1.  You can sign up for our super-convenient UCC e-Giving program and have a regular, recurring donation drafted out of your checking or savings account, or charged to your credit card. (To get started, simply download this authorization form, or call the church office.)




2. You can now make donations on our website using PayPal!  Simply click the button at the bottom of the home page!


If you decide to participate in our electronic giving programs, you can pick up some "I give electronically" cards to place in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.



Greeters and Fellowship Hosts

Volunteer greeters are needed every Sunday morning to welcome our members and guests to worship.

Volunteer fellowship hosts provide snacks and drinks after worship on the first and third Sundays of each month. On the last Sunday of every month, the Congregational Life Commission will host a birthday party for everyone who celebrated a birthday during that month. (Please be sure that the church office has your birthday on file so that we can recognize you!)

If you would like to serve as a greeter or host the fellowship time one Sunday, please sign up on the sheet in the Good Shepherd Room or speak to Rob Apgar ("Cop Rob").



Free Blood Pressure Screenings

On the first Sunday of every month, our Faith Community Nurse, Mike Stockman, will provide free blood pressure screenings during fellowship.



A Pastoral Care note

Due to the current HIPAA (Privacy) laws, hospitals are not permitted to contact churches on behalf of patients. If you know of a church member who is hospitalized, please inform the church office. If you or a family member is hospitalized in an emergency situation, please call Pastor Rob at 240-217-2767.



Lay Caring Ministry at Grace

There are a few members of our church family who are unable to be with us for worship on Sunday mornings for one reason or another. Some are home-bound, some are in nursing care facilities, and others are in short-term rehabilitation facilities or receiving rehab care at home. Many of these folks would appreciate phone calls or visits from their fellow Grace Church members.

If you have some time in your schedule, and would like to get involved by sending cards, making phone calls, or visiting with anyone, please speak to Mike Stockman or Pastor Rob. There are no set requirements to this ministry; whatever you have time to do will be appreciated!


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