Grace UCC Community News & Events

Save the Date Grace Family

We’re going to New York!
Spend a day on your own exploring the city!new york
Wednesday, June 29th 2022. We will take a bus ride together and be left in Manhattan to explore at our leisure. At the end of the evening, a bus will take us back to Frederick. More information to come. Please contact Tony if you have any questions regarding this trip. tonyhemler0@gmail.com

Please note, the original date of April 27th has been changed due to unforeseen circumstances. We’re hoping a summer date will better accommodate those that are interested.





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!









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!




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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.



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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