fish bowl sabbaticalPastor Rob' is on Sabbatical

We have a schedule of pastors who will be with us on Sundays, and for emergencies, but we are also looking to put together a team of lay 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.   Before the summer, we will have a time to get together 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, get in touch with Pastor Rob or Gary Johnson.  Thanks!

Grace UCC Sabbatical Preaching Schedule

Sunday, June 24~Rev. John Shillingburg

Sunday, July 1~Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg

Sunday, July 8~Rev. John Shillingburg

Sunday, July 15~Rev. Beth O’Malley

Sunday, July 22~Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg

Sunday, July 29~Rev. John Shillingburg

Sunday, August 5~Gary Johnson

Sunday, August 12~Gary Johnson

Sunday, August 19~Rev. Beth O’Malley

Sunday, August 26~Rev. Beth O’Malley


Host Families needed

German Church Delegation to visit Grace Church

The German Church delegation that will be visiting us this Fall (October 24th-November 1st).  If you have space in your home to host 1 or 2 (or 10!) adults, please speak to Pastor Rob for the details.  Thanks!

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 TaylorCongregational 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

 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 Gary Johnson at during June through August 2018 and Pastor Rob at 240-217-2767 beginning September 2018 when he returns from sabbatical.

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