News & Annoucements 

 
 
 

Recent Worship Update

 

In an effort to keep this holy season as healthy as possible for our community, Grace’s council has chosen to maintain an all-virtual worship schedule into January.  The council will continue to address the re-opening of the sanctuary to in-person worship at each monthly council meeting.   Yes, we feel disappointed as we make this difficult choice, and we look forward to the time when we feel that it is safe to gather in-person.  Until then, we love God and our neighbor through measures of safety and checking in on each other.

In the hope and love of Christ, Pastor Janelle Krais

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:
 
 

Upcoming Zoom Event:  GUARD THE CHILD:

Sex Trafficking of Minors

Children in Montgomery County are among those vulnerable to human trafficking. GUARD THE CHILD is a free online event with Clare Henderson speaking about trafficked children based on her work as an anti-human trafficking advocate. Ms. Henderson is the Family Advocate Supervisor with Mission Kids, a child advocacy center with a multidisciplinary team that responds to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting to achieve justice for child victims and promote their physical and emotional well-being. Ms. Henderson also coordinates Mission Kids’ collection and assessment of human trafficking and modern slavery risks. The GUARD THE CHILD event taking place online on Sunday, January 17 at 6:30 pm is co-sponsored by Royersford Churches in Action (including Grace) in cooperation with Mission Kids and the Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (MCAT). You are warmly invited to the GUARD THE CHILD event by using the Zoom link below. Please also consider supporting this cause through your tax exempt donation to Mission Kids or MCAT.  To receive the Zoom link, please contact Grace Lutheran Church Office at 610-948-3684.

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
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.