News & Annoucements 

 
IMPORTANT WORSHIP NEWS & SCHEDULE!
 
 

Dear Members and Friends of Grace,

                For 18 months, we have learned new lessons in trusting God – through rapid changes and challenges never-before faced, through personal hardships and through worship being turned upside down.  The lesson learned has been this:  God’s love is steadfast; always present… always faithful.

               If you’ve been joining us already, either in-person or on-line, keep worshiping!  If you found yourself feeling disconnected during this pandemic (or maybe even before), it’s time to come back and reconnect to the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ.  All are welcome to come and be filled with God’s love in our worship!  We long to gather again together!

Here’s what Sunday mornings look like now,              

8:15 am:  Traditional worship in the sanctuary, centered on Word and Sacrament.  Inspiring music, faithful preaching, life-giving Communion.  (Communion will initially be celebrated using communion kits.) 

9:30 am: Grace Place!  (Sunday School for 1st– 6th grades), Confirmation classes will run from 9:15-10:15. Programming for younger children is still be determined.  Classes will be held outside, weather permitting, check youth page for details.

10:30 am: Contemporary worship in the sanctuary, centered on Word and Sacrament, in a less formal format.  Spirit-filled music by Spirit of Grace praise band.  Children’s sermon by Kelsey.  Communion will initially be celebrated using communion kits.  This service will be livestreamed to our Youtube channel at GraceLutheranRoyersford.  Subscribe to receive notifications and don’t forget to talk with us in the chat!

The 10:30 am worship livestream is always recorded and saved to our website at www.GraceLutheranRoyersford.com, where you can view it at your convenience.

                Grace will continue to follow local guidelines for masks and other recommendations.  Currently, we are asking for all worshipers to wear a mask for their protection and for the protection of children who are not eligible for vaccinations.  (We’re a family church – we love our kids!) Those vaccinated are welcome to wear masks too, of course!  Please continue to follow social distance guidelines, especially when you are in the buildings.

                We look forward to gathering in other exciting ways this fall too!  Watch for information on food truck Sundays, family-friendly and safe service projects following worship and a church picnic at Victory Park.  Join us.  Bring a friend (or 5).   Give yourself the gift of weekly worship to renew and grow and experience God’s grace.

In Christ, Rev. Janelle Krais      Mr. Jack Claypotch, Council President

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. 
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.
 
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