Grace UCC Community News & Events


Grace UCC Afterschool Program 




We are beginning an afterschool program for kids up through elementary school. Join us each Wednesday at 4 PM for a time of music, videos, Bible lessons and crafts.  We are meeting via Zoom under the leadership of Kelly Pineda, our new Director of Children and Youth Ministry. To know more, please contact Kelly at Youthministry@grucc.com!

Please use the following link to join us! 

Topic: after school program
Time: Jan 26, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Children's Ministry Needs Volunteers! 


Children’s Church stopped during the height of the pandemic, but its time to restart it for kids grades 1-5. Videos, Music, Bible Lessons and snacks are a great way to spend time during the service. Kids leave after the children’s moment and return for the closing hymn. Its about 25-30 minutes each week. We need YOU to help take turns leading this important ministry. It will hopefully not be more than once every 4-5 weeks. All the resources are provided. Talk to Kelly or Pastor Rob to know more! (Personal Note: We are trying very hard to grow the children’s ministry, but it can’t happen without help. Please do consider being a part of this important ministry!)

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. The anticipated move in date is January 17th! Welcome Lutheran Social Services!



New Council Officials Elected!

Thanks to everyone who helped with a wonderful congregational meeting after worship on November 21st. We elected new officers and said thanks to departing ones. A word of thanks and love to Missy Moxley and Jerry Princler for their leadership as they step down from the President and VP roles. A big welcome to Trish Abell who is our new VP and Rachel Fisher who is the new chair of the Administrative Commission. Sam Swann, who formerly chaired the Admin Commission has been elected to serve as the new Council President! Welcome and Thanks to all you those who serve Grace Church so faithfully!



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!




Grace UCC Annual Coat & Sock Drive

We will begin collecting new warm socks and new, or gently used, winter coats!! The coats & socks will be collected in our Collection Boxes and provide them for the homeless community.   









Volunteer Opportunities with City Youth Matrix! 


City Youth Matrix (CYM) is a local nonprofit that removes barriers so children can experience the wealth of enrichment opportunities that Frederick provides.


We guide our families through the process of selecting and registering for activities by helping them navigate the process from start to finish. We also provide help with activity fees and transportation to programs so families are empowered to access a diverse variety of extracurricular activities for their children.


City Youth Matrix is gearing up to add 18 new member families this January! This means more children placed in community enrichment programs and CYM activities and more parents empowered to help their families. 

This means our need for new volunteers to make this happen - is one of our very highest priorities. Please help us by saying "yes" to volunteering and also by sharing these opportunities with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Our most pressing needs are: Drivers, Interpreters, Family Liaisons, and Assistants at CYM events. PLEASE NOTE: Each of these 'jobs' take as little time as an hour or two. Just giving that little bit of time makes such a positive difference!





sanmargiftSan Mar Children's Home Christmas gift-cards!!

Many thanks to those who gave money and gift cards for the San Mar Family Services Christmas Drive We raised $350.00 and that money will go to buy gift cards for kids in need. Awesome!

~Thank you for your 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.







New Members Classes

Upcoming Clases To Be Determined 

Members Received
During Sunday Worship Service 

If you want to learn more about the UCC or
make Grace UCC your official Church family,
please talk to pastor Rob!

Topic: new members class

Meeting ID: 851 6097 7304
Passcode: 860658





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


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 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.



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").




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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