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!


Top Shelf Theology is back!

Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for discussions surrounding current social issues:

  • October 19th - Faith, Justice, and the Poor
  • October 26th - Caring for our Earth
  • November 2nd - Caring for the Prisoner: Restoration or Retribution?

For this session, we will be meeting at a non-bar location in order to be more inclusive.  Please join us in the cafe area at Wegman's in Frederick - 7830 Worman's Mill Road.




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!



Volunteer Training for the Year-Round Emergency Shelter

The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs is seeking volunteers, 18 years and older, who are willing to serve at the Year-Round Shelter. The shelter is open 7 days a week and there are 2 shifts: 6-8 pm and 8-10 pm.

Volunteer duties include greeting and checking in guests, assigning beds, handing out needed supplies, and assisting staff. A Religious Coalition staff person is on duty all hours that the shelter is open.


Training sessions will be held on:

• Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

• Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am


All training sessions will be held at the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter (27 DeGrange St., Frederick). To register for training, please call the Shelter at 301-631-2670 ext. 113.




"Disaster Relief Fund"

Our nation and particularly our southern neighbors have been enduring catastrophic weather conditions that have led to loss of homes, property, lives and hope. Join others within the UCC to make a difference. As you offer your prayers, please also consider a financial gift or to help.

Click here to give online (there is a "Donate" link at the bottom of the page). Thank you!


INCARNATION UCC (EMMITSBURG) will be purchasing and filling Hurricane Relief/Clean-Up Buckets as a response to the two recent hurricanes that made landfall in the US. If other congregations would like to collect items please drop them off at the church,124 W. Main Street, Emmitsburg, MD. 21727, and we will be glad to include them. Please visit the Church World Service website for a list of needed items.

Please contact Rev. Chris Spruill, 301-524-9447 or cspruill1964@gmail.com, with any questions.



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.  Susan Custer leads the class, and 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.




Sunday, October 22, 2017


St. Paul's United Church of Christ -- Sanctuary

17 Bond Street (corner of Bond and Green), Westminster, Maryland 21157

A Free-Will Offering will be taken to benefit Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality

and Carroll County NAACP



Safeguarding Houses of Worship

Thursday, October 26

10:00 - Noon

Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ

11 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701


Reports of mass shootings and other threats to public safety monopolize the headlines. Houses of worship have been targeted along with malls, military recruitment centers, schools, theaters and other gathering places. Technology resources can be applied to identify vulnerabilities, strengthen security and create plans to respond to emergencies of any size.


The Justice Technology Information Center (part of the U.S. Department of Justice) developed an app that takes a step by step approach to assessing vulnerability and building a response plan for Houses of Worship. The app walks the user through all of the elements resulting in a plan that can be emailed off of the device. The data is stored on the host device and is not part of any off-site repository. Essentially, a house of worship can move through each of the elements in the app and end up with a completed plan.


The Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Frederick Police Department are collaborating to support implementation and encourage use of the app. The departments are looking to reach out to the faith based community to help increase the level of preparedness for events such as the shooting that recently occurred at a church in Tennessee.


Members of houses of worship are invited to come to an information session on preparedness for an active shooter event and other catastrophic events on Thursday, October 26 from 10:00-Noon at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ. Lt. Mark Landahl, Ph.D.,Homeland Security Commander, Western Maryland Information Center, Frederick County Sheriff's Office will be leading the conversation providing direction as to how to access and use the app.


Please contact Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel for further information at bkdaniel@erucc.org or 30-662-2762. If you are planning to attend please email or phone and let us know. Thank you.




Sunday, November 5th - Stewardship Sunday - Please speak to Eric Black if you would like to serve on the Stewardship Committee

Sunday, November 12th - Annual Congregational Meeting after worship

Sunday, November 19th - Grace's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Advent Group Study - Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning November 30th

Saturday, December 2nd - CHRISTKINDLMARKT 2017!



Vendor flyer 2017

Download the registration form here.






Catoctin Association Fall Meeting
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Christ Reformed Church, Middletown


Central Atlantic Conference Annual Meeting
Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th
Embassy Suites - Inner Harbor, Baltimore


Please contact the church office to register for either of these events.  Thanks!




Sunday, November 5, 2017


St. Paul's United Church of Christ -- Sanctuary

17 Bond Street (corner of Bond and Green), Westminster, Maryland 21157

**To Benefit Lancaster Theological Seminary**


Dinner is $18 each or a table of 8 for $120.  Menu includes:

Gathered Green Salad w/Cranberry Vinagrette

Maryland Style Crabcake, Baked Ham

Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Fresh Vegetable Medley

Rolls & Butter; Coffee, Tea & Iced tea

Spiced Pear Crisp with Topping

(Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available if ordered at time of reservation.)

Reservations required: 410-596-3590 or office@stpauls-ucc.org



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, Lay Caring Ministry, 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


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



SAVE THE DATES - Advent Group Study

Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning November 30th for pizza and discussion on Adam Hamilton's book, "Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph."

Please RSVP to the church office (301-662-3312 or admin@grucc.com) if you plan to attend, so that we can order enough books. Thanks!



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").



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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