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!


Advent and Christmas at Grace


Sunday, December 17th

11:00 a.m.

Advent Worship - Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a service of welcome for the Holy Family as we prepare for the final week of Advent.


Weihnachtsgottesdienst in deutscher Sprache

An Advent/Christmas worship service spoken and sung in German


Sunday, December 24th

11:00 a.m.

Advent Worship

We will celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent with a Festival of Lessons and Carols, featuring readings and festive music which will prepare us to welcome Christ that evening.

7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist


We hope you'll join us during this holy season!



Offering Envelopes for 2018 now available

Boxes of offering envelopes for 2018 are now available in the Narthex for anyone 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 number that you've chosen. But PLEASE do not begin using them until January!


If you would rather skip the checks and envelopes and give electronically, we offer 2 options:


(a) the UCC e-Giving program allows you to have a regular, recurring donation drafted out of your bank account, or charged to your credit card. (To get started, simply download an authorization form, or contact the church office.)


(b) make donations through 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.



Literacy Council of Frederick County Holiday Book Drive

It's that time of year again! The Literacy Council is proud to continue its partnerships with Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Curious Iguana to benefit the children in our community through Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB).


New books are desired for children ranging in age from Pre-K to 8th grade. It is recommended that books related to specific religious groups or holidays not be included in donations. Last year the drive collected more than 2,500 books to be distributed!


Blessings in a Backpack provides weekend backpacks of food to local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nourishment Monday through Friday. The food provided offers a greater opportunity for these children to return to school on Monday better prepared to participate and learn.


The Literacy Council's Holiday Book Drive provides these same children with the "gift of reading" to feed their young minds, just as BIAB feeds their growing bodies. Participants can purchase and donate books at Barnes & Noble at FSK Mall or at Curious Iguana on Market Street in downtown Frederick. New books may also be dropped off at the Literacy Council's office in downtown Frederick at 110 E. Patrick Street (next to the C. Burr Artz Library). Books will be collected through December 15th.


To learn more about the Literacy Council, please visit www.frederickliteracy.org. To learn about Blessings in a Backpack, visit www.biabfrederickmd.org. Thank you for your support!



Volunteer Opportunities at Grace Church

Are you ready to get more involved in your church? We have plenty of 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.  Please speak to Pastor Rob or Jean Barrick if you can help.  Thanks!


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

Senior and Joyful Noise Choirs - please speak to Jonas Dawson

Congregational Life events and activities - please speak to Matt Bonin or Rob Apgar


Fellowship Hosts and Greeters - please speak to Rob Apgar


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


Offering Counters - please speak to Lloyd Taylor

Outreach and Missions - please speak to Sarah Travis



Sunday School Classes for Children and Youth

Our Youth Class (for teens and tweens in grades 6-12) meets at 9:45 on Sunday mornings during the school year.  They meet on the 2nd floor on the "comfy couches" outside of the church office.   PLEASE NOTE: The Youth class will not meet on December 24th or 31st.

Younger children have their own "mini-Church" during the second part of our 11:00 worship service. We call it Children's Church, and we use a curriculum called Deep Blue Kids One-Room Sunday School, which incorporates Bible lessons, crafts, songs and other fun activities. Each Sunday, all elementary school kids (K-5) are invited to join us as we leave the Sanctuary after the children's sermon.



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.



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").




Join Nikki on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room for this FREE drop-in class!  Zumba is a fun way to exercise, and is appropriate for men and women of all fitness levels.  Please join us!


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 Pastor Rob. There are no set requirements to this ministry; whatever you have time to do will be appreciated!


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