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church picnic 2022

Grace Church Annual Picnic Service


Join the Grace Family for our annual picnic. Enjoy the outdoors, getting to know the community, and a day full of praise and worship.


When: July 10th 2022

Where: Rocky Ridge Park

            13616 Mothers Station Rd.
            Rocky Ridge,

            MD 21778 (Pavilion D)
What to bring: Please bring a side dish or dessert


Worship is being held from 10:30am-11:30am; then we EAT!!!


Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be provided by congressional life in addition to side dishes provided by church members .


Anyone and everyone is invited to attend, this is the BIG ONE!!! Please feel free to bring drinks that you enjoy (non-alcoholic).


If you would like to sign up for attendance or to bring a side dish, the sign up list will be provided at the back of the church.


You may also email Kelly at admin@grucc.com with the sign-up, questions, or comments!



Ukrainian Refugees Important Announcement

With the continuing war in Ukraine, refugees are still being forced to leave their lives behind and resettle elsewhere. After three months, the refugees now fleeing Ukraine are people with less access to money and resources than those who left at the beginning of the war, and the people in central Europe, where most are settling, are growing less enthusiastic about helping them out. Support for Ukrainian refugees in Germany and Austria are needed as much as ever/. One way to donate is at Cards For Ukraine ( https://cards-for-ukraine.at/ ) which purchases €50 vouchers for groceries and other essential items for refugees in Austria. Another way is directly to our sister churches in Weferlingen, Germany who are assisting refugees in their local area of Saxony-Anhalt. Please give by clicking on the PayPal link at Grace UCC's website ( https://grucc.com/giving.html ) and choosing the Ukrainian Refugees option.

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Grace Church Retires Our Neighbors' Medical Debt

Medical debt is the #1 cause of bankruptcy in the US, becoming an impossible burden to tens of millions of Americans. Meanwhile, this debt is bought and sold for pennies on the dollar to collection agencies that then pursue people for the full amount. The United Church of Christ has an excellent new ministry, started in Chicago in 2019, and dedicated to helping people by purchasing medical debts and forgiving it. This lets average people get a fresh start and move past the stressful burden of bill collectors and devastated credit scores.

The Catoctin Association, our regional UCC branch of 38 local churches, has been raising funds to purchase and retire the medical debt of our neighbors in Western Maryland and Eastern West Virginia. Thanks to the generosity of Grace Church members, we've been able to contribute $2,000 from the Missions budget towards the overall goal of $7,000! This is truly a great use of charitable funds, because our $2,000 should lead to forgiving $200,000 in medical debt due to the purchasing power of the UCC and partner charity, RIP Medical Debt. For more information on how it works: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/campaign/west-virginia/ and https://catoctinucc.org/



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Grace United Church Clean Up Day!

Join us for a family-friendly volunteer day at Grace United Church!
Saturday July 9
th help us get Grace United Church of Christ in tip- top shape.


Lunch will be provided along with a popsicle snack for our younger GRUCC members! Contact Doris to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food to go around.


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Clean up Day Flyer



Children’s church updates

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We are seeking volunteers to teach Children’s church once a month. Duties include passing out snacks, reading a short passage that goes along with Pastor Robs Childrens’ moment, and leading a hands-on activity for children from 1st through 5th grade. Snacks, teaching materials, and training will be provided. Contact Kelly at admin@grucc.com or call the office Monday-Friday 9:00AM-3:00PM to select a day to teach.

We are watching our Children’s Church grow before our eyes, we would really love you to be a part of it.

Church Day Camp


On Thursday, July 14th 2022 we are going to do a Church Day Camp for Kids Grades K-5 at Cunningham Falls State Park. (preschool kids will need a parent or guardian to accompany them) We will gather at GRUCC at 9AM and take the children out for Bible study, activities, songs and games followed by lunch and a couple hours in the water. We will be back at church for pick up about 3:45PM. If you would like to help plan, or volunteer to chaperone for the day please contact Kelly or Rob at 301-662-3312. If transportation is an issue, please let us know! Parents are welcome to join the fun!

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LSC Welcome Lutheran Social   Services!

As anticipated, Lutheran Social Services Immigrant and Refugee Resettlement Services is moving into offices at Grace Church. The staff of 4 people will occupy the double office space on the second floor next the pastor’s study. Welcome Lutheran Social Services!



Collections for The Fredrick Food Bank


Don’t forget our food collection weekly at church. The basket is filling up again after many months of slow activity due to Covid. The food is blessed on the 3rd Sunday of each month and then brought to the Frederick Food Bank.


~Thank you for your continued generosity!





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 Retirment Resources


 Through RetireGuide!

 RetireGuide is a free web resource dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information about financial decisions that affect health care and retirement.

We recently published what we believe to be the most easy-to-understand guide on the ins and outs of medicare. This free resource highlights coverage, costs, eligibility and enrollment information, along with answers to some frequently asked questions.


Please take a look: retireguide.com/medicare/eligibility/

We believe this resource would be beneficial for not only seniors, but also their loved ones, to better understand the medicare system. 





Thank you Grace UCC Family for your continual   devotion and support to our community!



We are better together!





Wonderful Wednesdays
Virtual Small Groups Wednesdays


Contact Pastor Rob at pastorrob@grucc.com to start a small group.





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! 

Are you ready to get more involved in your church?  We have plenty of opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and interests:

  • Acolytes, Altar Guild, Children's Sermon volunteers, Lay Caring Ministry, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Scripture readers, Ushers, and Youth Ministry - please speak to Pastor Rob
  • Grace Choir - please speak to Jonas Dawson
  • Hand Bell Choir - please speak to James Taylor
  • Fellowship Hosts and Greeters - please speak to Rob Apgar
  • Congregational Life activities - please speak to Gwen Edwards
  • Sunday School teachers, Children's Church leaders, and Nursery volunteers - please speak to John Brehmer
  • Offering Counters - please speak to Lloyd Taylor
  • Outreach and Missions - please speak to Trevor Addie


Let's keep in touch!

Each week, the Grace Vine 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.



 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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