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!



Literacy Council of Frederick County

Volunteer Tutor Orientations and Training

Would you like to learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor for the Literacy Council of Frederick County? The council is offering one more volunteer tutor information session this Spring:

  • Friday, April 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Literacy Council Office (110 E. Patrick St.) in Frederick

Volunteers are required to complete an information session prior to attending the tutor training workshop.

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

  • Saturday, April 28th and Saturday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Frederick (more details supplied upon registration)
  • Saturday, Sept. 15th and 22nd from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Frederick
  • Saturday, Sept. 29th and Saturday, October 6th in Boonsboro

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 1.5 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 or just to learn more about the Literacy Council, please visit the website at www.frederickliteracy.org or call 301-600-2066.




The Grace Church Senior Choir presents

A Cabaret Concert Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

Saturday, May 5th

3:00 p.m.


This concert is FREE; a love offering will be collected to benefit the men, women and children of Puerto Rico who are still without food and electricity 6 months after the devastation of their home by Hurricane Maria. Please plan to join us!

Help us promote our event by sharing it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/235117547061710/


In conjunction with the concert, Carrie Minnick will be hosting a Thirty-One fundraiser throughout the month of April. Stop by her table in the fellowship hall on Sunday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 29th to see all of the great products Thirty-One has to offer!  You can also shop online.  Go to www.mythirtyone.com/carrieminnick.  Click on "My Parties" and choose April Showers.  Thanks for your support!



Summer is Coming!!

Well, not for a few months, but when it does, it will mean we are preparing for Pastor Rob's Sabbatical. We do have pastors who are going to be with us weekly and for emergencies, but we are looking to put together a lay visitation team of people who will be willing to visit people in the hospital and nursing homes as we have the need. Gary Johnson has agreed to coordinate this and be the contact person for this ministry while Pastor Rob is away. We will also have a time to get together before the summer to learn about how to visit people in health care settings, i.e. praying with people, hospital visitation guidelines, etc....

If this is something that would interest you, please let Pastor Rob or Gary Johnson know. Thanks!



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 pastorrob@grucc.com.



FREE Children's Festival


Saturday, April 28

10 AM - 3 PM

Baker Park* in Downtown Frederick


Entertainment, Activity Booths, Hands-On Activities for Young Children


Food for Sale (or Pack Your Own)



Child Care Choices

City of Frederick


*In the event of inclement weather, the festival will take place inside the Talley Recreation Center

Free Concert

Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m.

Maire O'Brien, soprano

accompanied by Mark Riggleman, pianist


Calvary United Methodist Church

131 West 2nd Street, Frederick

For more information, please visit www.calvaryumc.org



Have you been attending Grace Church for a while and would like to officially join our church family?  Pastor Rob will host our next New Members Class on May 6th and 13th, with a make-up session on May 20th.  After completing the class, new members will be welcomed into the congregation during worship on May 20th.

Please speak to Pastor Rob if you have any questions.



Altar Guild Training

Saturday, May 12th

10:00 a.m.

If you are interested in lrearning more about the duties of the Altar Guild, please join Pastor Rob for this training session.


CPR-FirstAid-AED Training

We have had interest from the congregation for a FIRST AID/CPR/AED class. After significant research, we found the most convenient one is at FCC. It is their HEARTSAVER CPR/FIRST AID class, and is given multiple times throughout the year. The class is 8 hours, and options exist for full day Saturday, full day weekday, and a two-day weeknight course. The course description is:


Course SAF156

This Heartsaver® CPR/First Aid/AED teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.


These classes are open to the public, but we are suggesting Friday, May 18th as a time for members of our congregation to attend, in the hopes that you will attend with others that you know. We will also monitor their website for the next weekend class, and notify in the newsletters and church bulletin when those are posted. Fees are $45 dollars and $50 dollars for out of state residents. Certification and a textbook is included. If you want to see the course materials a sample will be provided at church;  please see Mark Edwards or Gwen McGee.

Register at: https://frederick.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation;


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!  Take a look...


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

Hand Bell Choir - please speak to James Taylor


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



Men's Fellowship Breakfast

Saturday, June 9th

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 - 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 (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 call Pastor Rob at 240-217-2767.

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