youth 12 28 2018 zoo

WHAT:     Grace Youth Group

           Glow Bowling

WHEN:     Friday, January 18 - 8PM

Meet @ Grace first @8PM then travel to bowling alley.

RSVP: Pastor Rob at





Service of the Word


Fourth Sunday of Advent


Festival of Lessons and Carols


Sunday, December 23, 2018


11:00 a.m.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Hymn                “Come Almighty, We Are Waiting”  

First Lesson     Isaiah 40: 1-8

Hymn                “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” 

Second Lesson Jeremiah 23: 5-6

Hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Children’s Choir

Third Lesson Zechariah 9: 9-10

Choral Anthem "We Await You" performed by Grace Choir

words and music by Ruth Elaine Schram

Fourth Lesson Micah 5: 2-4

Hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Children’s Choir

Fifth Lesson Isaiah 35: 1-6 Sarah Drenning

Hymn “People Look East” Insert

Sixth Lesson Luke 1: 26-35, 38 Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor

Hymn “My Soul Gives Glory to My God”

Seventh Lesson Matthew 1: 18-24 Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor

Hymn “Gentle Joseph, Joseph Dear”




Christmas Eve

Service of the Word and Eucharist

Monday, December 24, 2018

7:30 PM

 silent night



 cantat 2018






Advent  Christmas Calendar


Volunteer Opportunities at Grace Church

Are you ready to be more involved at Grace?

We have plenty of opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and interests! 


Mission, Outreach, and Volunteer Opportunities:

 FCCA logoFrederick Community Action Agency’s

 Soup Kitchen: Volunteers from Grace Church serve at the Soup Kitchen on the 3rd Sunday of even months. It's a rewarding mission experience and we always have fun. Our next service date is October 21st.  Won't you join us?

Frederick FoodBank: On the third Sunday of every month, we dedicate the “Grace Groceries” that have been collected in our little red wagon (in the narthex), and then deliver them to the Frederick Foodbank. Thank you for your continued generosity!


RCEHN logoThe Religious Coalition's Emergency Family Shelter is hosted by Grace Church four times a year.  Our next host week is Saturday, November 10th - Saturday, November 17th. New volunteers to the program are always welcome!  Volunteers must be over the age of 18, and a background check is required.  Please contact the church office or speak to Sarah Travis for an application.


1inx 1in red logoThe Good Samaritan Fund of Grace Church is designated for emergency relief to members and friends of Grace Church. Only the pastor and person in need know who receives assistance.   Donations to the fund are welcome at any time, in any amount. If you can help, please place a check in the offering plate made out to Grace Church with "Good Samaritan Fund" on the memo line. Thank you!



Grace Church is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry



to encourage and recruit Middle and High School youth to be involved & participate in ministries of the church as they develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. To support the youth in their journeys to love God, grow in faith and share the love of Jesus with others.  For more information and a complete job description, please contact Pastor Rob Apgar-Taylor at


Men's Fellowship Breakfast

Second Saturday of each Month

9:00 a.m.

at the Bob Evans on Route 40

(at the end of the Golden Mile, near the Weis)

All men are invited to join us!



Offering Envelopes and Electronic Giving


Boxes of offering envelopes are 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.


If you would rather 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.



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.

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 -



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 (posted on the fridge) 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 contact Pastor Rob at 240-217-2767.

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