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!


It's that time of year again...

Wondering if church events and activities are canceled due to the weather? There are several ways that you can find out:


CALL the church office (301-662-3312) and press 7 for the Inclement Weather Hotline. This voice mailbox will be updated as soon as a decision is made to cancel any services or activities.


CHECK your email. (Make sure we have your current email address!)


VISIT the home page of our website.


We will make every effort to get these methods of communication updated as early as possible. Please note that power outages do affect ALL of these methods of communication.



Parents of Special Kids

Saturday, February 24th

9:30 a.m.

Dunkin' Donuts on 7th Street in Frederick


Gain a deeper understanding of God's love for you and your child with ADHD, OCD, ASD, Bipolar disorder, Down Syndrome or other special challenge.

Sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church



Film Showing and Dialog

White Like Me

Race, Racism & White Privilege in America

a film by Tim Wise


Sunday, February 25th

3:00 p.m.


Unity in Frederick

5112 Pegasus Ct., Suite E, Frederick, MD 21704


Focused on the politics of race and racism, this film documents the issues of white privilege and their psychological effects on social norms. It aims to change the national discussion about race and racism so that current realities might more closely align with our cherished American principles.

The event begins with screenings of the film in local New Thought centers, followed by whole group dialogue. Then all participating centers are networked live via video screen in each location so that ministers can share insights derived from their local dialogues.

There is no charge to attend. Come be a part of this opportunity to express our unified commitment to racial justice.



Addiction in Our Community

Monday, February 26th

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church

8428 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick


Professionals from the Frederick County Health Department will offer an educational and informative presentation concerning the growing addiction crisis in our Frederick community.

Light refreshments will be available. The event is free, but registration is requested in order to prepare hand-outs - 301-360-9581.



The Rotary Clubs of Frederick present


an evening with Daryl Davis

Thursday, March 1st

6pm - 9pm

The ARC at Market Street, 555 S. Market St., Frederick

Daryl Davis is a musician, author, and subject of the recent documentary "Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America" (2016)

Pastor Rob would like interested folks from Grace and Veritas to go as a group. The event is free but registration is required. If you would like to attend, please EMAIL Pastor Rob as soon as possible to be added to the list - pastorrob@grucc.com.



Easter Lilies

Easter is right around the corner!  Don't forget to order your lilies to help us decorate the church for worship on Easter morning. Orders are due by Sunday, March 11th. Download the order form here.



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!



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.



Men's Fellowship Breakfast

Saturday, March 10th

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!



Come learn about

The Euphrates Institute

from founder Janessa Gans Wilder


Despite headlines of war, violence, and conflict, there is another story of a community of visionaries around the world building peace.


Sunday, March 10th

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Evangelical Reformed UCC (lower level)

10 West Church St., Frederick


For more information, visit www.euphrates.org or email joeymomcs@gmail.com



Please join the Literacy Council of Frederick County for our 3rd annual


for literacy

SCRABBLE Team Competition


Sunday, March 10th

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Ave., Frederick


Individual player: $60, Team of 4 players: $220

Questions? 301-600-2066 or info@frederickliteracy.org



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 a volunteer tutor information sessions on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Frederick
  • Friday, March 30, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Frederick
  • Saturday, April 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Thurmont Regional Library (76 E. Moser Road, Thurmont)
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Frederick

The Frederick information sessions are held at the Literacy Council Office at 110 E. Patrick Street in downtown Frederick near the C. Burr Artz Library. Volunteers are required to complete an information session prior to attending the tutor training workshop. Registration is required to attend both the information session and the workshop training sessions.


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 for the information session or workshop training class or just to learn more about the Literacy Council, please visit the website at www.frederickliteracy.org or call 301-600-2066.



Free Concerts

Calvary United Methodist Church

131 West 2nd Street, Frederick


Sunday, March 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Chad Bowles, pianist

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

Maire O'Brien, soprano

accompanied by Mark Riggleman, pianist


For more information, please visit www.calvaryumc.org



The Frederick Chorale presents

Amazing Grace:

Music of Saints and Sinners

featuring "Mortals and Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum"

with guest artists The High and Wides and The Frederick Children's Chorus


Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with this FREE concert!


Sunday, March 18th at 3:00 p.m.


Monday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m.


St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church

8428 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick


For more information, please visit www.frederickchorale.org




in Downtown Frederick

Friday, March 30th

12:00 noon


Join in prayer as we walk the Stations of the Cross in downtown Frederick. This experience powerfully connects the suffering of Christ with the suffering of those in our own community. We will be stopping at a variety of social service centers to pray for those who continue to struggle against poverty, violence, and injustice here in our own backyard.


We will gather and begin at the corner of Bentz and 2nd Streets (in front of the William Talley Rec. Center)

Adults and families are welcome!

Sponsored by the Social Justice Ministry of Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish



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. 

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.

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