News & Announcements

Important Message for all groups, troops & ministries starting up again on campus We are still in ever evolving days when it comes to requests & recommendations relating to how best to react to Covid-19 and its variants.  Currently, the CDC and local guidelines, along with the ELCA Synod are strongly recommending that all indoor meeting participants, whether vaccinated or not, wear a mask while inside.  We are also suggesting that you do your best to social distance, as much as possible, in your respective indoor spaces.  Let’s do everything we can to care for one another; mask up and social distance while indoors.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office. 

Due to anticipated snow on Sunday evening, the January 16th “Human Trafficking 101” will be rescheduled.  The new date will be shared when it becomes available

 
 
Learn about anti-human trafficking efforts in Montgomery County and how you can be better informed.  Join the Royersford Churches in Action (RCIA) on Sunday, January 16th at 6:30pm on zoom. The Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (MCAT) will present and answer questions about the issue of sex and labor trafficking in our area.  To join us, please use the zoom link below.  (For additional information, check out www.mcatpa.org.)

 

The following information comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, regarding Human Trafficking.
 
Human Trafficking happens in cities, suburbs & rural areas.  TRAIN PA has courses open to the public to learn about combating human trafficking.  SOAR trainings equip people with skills to identify, treat & respond appropriately to human trafficking:
 

Mission Kids and the Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (MCAT) websites are below; please also consider supporting this cause through your tax exempt donation to Mission Kids or MCAT. 

https://missionkidscac.org/ways-to-give              http://www.mcatpa.org/donate.html

 
The National Human Trafficking Hotline continues to operate amid the COVID19 crisis.
Call:  1-888-373-7888
Text: HELP to 233733 (BEFREE)
Email:  help@humantraffickinghotline.org
From the Desk of
Senator Carolyn Comitta:
An Update on Covid-19 Testing
Dated 1/13/22
 
 

This week, the Chester County Health Department finalized two locations for COVID-19 testing providers to establish free test sites, available by appointment.

Free PCR testing is now available at:

Both of these locations will be independently operated by the testing company Curative, which will manage test sites, logistics and schedules, as well as appointments. 

To book an appoint visit Curative.com

Please Note:

  • Appointments open on a rolling basis. If you visit the Curative website and do not see any locations in Chester County, the sites are FULL. As appointments are added, the Chester County locations will reappear.
  • Appointments will continue to open over the next few days. Check back often if they are currently available.
  • Further testing locations are being rolled-out across Chester County and will be announced in the coming days.
  • Questions about Curative sites must be directed to their website or the customer support phone number          888-702-9042
 

Other Testing Sites:

In addition, COVID-19 testing sites can be found throughout Chester County at pharmacies, urgent care centers, and private test companies. Most major pharmacies such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart are providing free tests. Urgent care facilities and private testing companies, etc. may have specific requirements or charge a fee. Access a map of testing sites.

At Home Testing:

CDC tutorial on interpreting at-home test results

The Chester County Health Department also asks those who tested positive with an at-home test to use this short form to report results. Your response is confidential and will help the Health Department understand how the virus is spreading in our community.

For answers to other questions like when you should consider getting tested and what to do if you cannot find a test, are exposed to COVID, test positive or test negative, visit the “Testing Information” section of the Chester County Health Department website.

Dear Brothers & Sisters In Christ;
 
   If you find your heart is hurting for those suffering from racism, or maybe you just aren’t sure that racism is even “real”, please make the commitment to learn more.  A great resource to start with is “Waking up White” by Debbie Irving.  This author shares her gradual awareness of racism by sharing the stories of her own life.
 

   If you love digging deep into historical facts and want to better understand why racism is so embedded in our current culture, read “When Affirmative Action was White” by Ira Katznelson.

   In my learning journey, I will next be reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning book “Between the World and Me.”  Let’s talk.   Let’s learn together.  Please email me to join a group zoom book discussion on “Between the World and Me.”

   Also, watch the powerful and thought-provoking true story “Just Mercy” about systemic racism and the battle for justice.  You can currently watch this move for FREE on all digital networks.

   Another excellent book is White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.   Other informative, challenging, and well-done resources include Selma  (movie),  Dear White People (movie and Netflix series), andThirteenth   (Netflix documentary).

   Ready for the next step?  Let me know that you are interested in guiding and leading Grace to see our next steps and to help us begin to make changes for the sake of God’s beautiful, diverse creation.   Contact me at jkrais.gracelutrn@verizon.net.
 

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me…. Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”  – Matthew 25:40-45.

 Peace, Pastor Janelle Krais

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mental Health Resources:   For you or someone you love…

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)  HelpLine can be reached Mon.-Fri., 10am–6pm, ET.  1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org

Montgomery County Mobile Crisis  Immediate support for crisis

situations available 24/7 at 1-855-634-HOPE (4673).

Mont. County Children’s Crisis Support Program  Immediate

support for crisis situations available 24/7 at 1-888-HELP-414.

Mont. County’s teen talk line  If you’re a teen feeling overwhelmed & need another teen to talk to, please call at (866) 825-5856 or text (215) 703-8411. It is available, free of charge, Mon.-Fri., 3 to 7pm.

PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Program (DDAP). To find

addiction treatment or a treatment provider, call the 24/7 toll-free

1-800-662-HELP hotline.

Laurel House  (domestic violence)  24/7 hotline: 800-642-3150,

Women’s Center of Montgomery County’s  (domestic violence)

hotline: 800-773-2424.

Alcoholics Anonymous   www.aa.org for help with a drinking problem

Help us celebrate!!  Would you like to help celebrate milestones, mark important events or let someone know they are loved?  We need drivers & someone to help organize “drive-by parades” from Grace.  If you love a party and want to bring joy to others, email the church office at gracelutrn@verizon.net.