News & Annoucements 

 March Update
 
 

“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

Palm 31:24

 

     In response to the updated federal guidelines to continue “social distancing” through the end of April, Grace will also continue to suspend worship in our sanctuary through that time frame.  More than ever, we realize that we need community and to feel God’s grace in this world.  Grace will continue to post worship experiences and invitations to join small groups (via Zoom or fbLive) on our website. (www.gracelutheranroyersford.com)  If you would like to chat with me via zoom or phone, please call the church office at 610-948-3684 and we’ll schedule a time together. 

     Easter will STILL be Easter, and we will celebrate the resurrection of Christ!  If the tomb cannot hold Jesus, then we can confidently proclaim that our Lord has also triumphed over our current struggles.  Together, in faith, by God’s grace, we will help each other through this.  And when we are able to worship again together, we are going to have a great big ole’ celebration of God’s faithfulness and love!

     Until then, stay connected to each other and to our loving God.  Be safe and be well.  The people of Grace continue to be… Growing, Loving, Serving – by grace through faith.

In Christ’s peace,
Pastor Janelle Krais
Click here for a list of resource links:
 
Guiding Your Child and/or Teen
During Social Isolation Due To the COVID-19 Outbreak
 
 
 
A message from Pastor Krais –
 
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult… ‘Be still and know that I am God!’… The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.” 

         Psalm 46: 1-3, 10-11

In response to Governor Wolf’s “stay at home” order, the staff and leaders at Grace want to remind you that you are never alone.  We have a God who is ALWAYS good and ALWAYS present.   If you find yourself in need of food or medication and are in a high-risk category, please call the church office and leave a message.  We will contact you to see how we can help.

WE ARE BLESSED!  The number of people who have offered to help is truly amazing.  If you know of someone who might be in need, please let us know.  Please also continue to connect to those around you who might be at risk for feeling the effects of social isolation.  Practice physical distancing, but stay socially connected by calling, skyping, whatever you do!  Pick up your directory and make a new friend from Grace over the phone!

Worship materials including music, reflections, and liturgy will continue to be posted on our website.  Also, check out the live videos and reflections being posted by Kelsey on the Grace Lutheran Youth Facebook site.

Finally, thank you for your continued support of offerings to Grace.  Contributions may be mailed to the office or made online on our website.

Be safe.  Be caring and loving to others.  Be still – God is here.

In Christ’ Peace, Pastor Janelle Krais

Would you like to start meeting with your Bible study, Sunday school class, church committee or friends through online videoconferencing?  You can become a meeting host!  Contact Amanda Gonzalez by phone or Facebook Messenger to setup a practice meeting.  Amanda will work one on one with you, so you can learn to use Zoom to host small group meetings online.  These meetings allow face to face interaction with the members of your small group using their computers, tablets or smart phones.  This means you can connect with your family or neighbors or the choir; anyone you miss talking with!
 
 
 

To all Grace Lutheran Church members who ordered Easter Flowers:

     On behalf of Worship & Music Committee, I thank all of you for enduring this COVID 19 crisis as bravely as you have.  In the best interest of everyone involved, Pastor Krais and council has extended no physical public worship through April 30th, 2020 in compliance with Gov. Wolfe’s Stay at Home order.   Remain faithful and continue to participate in Grace activities as they are offered on-line in lieu of our normal Sunday Worship experiences.

    In preparation for Easter, if you have ordered flowers for Easter, our recommendation is to not order flowers at this time as there will be no public worship anyway and the orders would unnecessarily have people “out and about” when they probably shouldn’t be to pick up and care for plants.  What we have proposed to do is save your flower orders and they will be filled for the first week that Sunday Worship resumes adding to our return experience.  We hope that this is agreeable to you and you will still be able to collect your flowers after worship if you desire to take them home for planting or re-gifting.

    In the meantime, remain strong, faithful, and prayerful that God is with us in this crisis and we will all see each other soon!

Yours In Christ,                                  Darrell Lewis                                        Worship & Music Committee Chairman