Beginning today, our FOCUS group is offering a 6-week Lenten series entitled “John: The Gospel of Light and Life” by author Adam Hamilton. The Gospel of John, the most spiritual of the four gospels, is filled with rich images and profound truths. However, John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they may have life in his name. Participants will follow the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus through this gospel and gain a deeper understanding of the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. The series concludes on Sunday, April 9. Join us Sundays in Room 202 at 9:30 a.m. Come join our Men of Faith group on Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. in room 202 for Tony Evan’s “Kingdom Man” series. We will watch a short video and then have some discussion. See Sec Briselli for details or any questions.

It’s not too late to join our 2017 Lenten study program “Creed.” In this study, Adam Hamilton considers the important questions of life, reality and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters. Two class times are available: Thursdays, now through April 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 202 or Sundays, now through April 2 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A suggested offering of $13 to cover material costs is requested. Note: Child care is available during our Thursday evening session.
Grace Christian Preschool invites the Grace Church family to a “Family Swimming Night” at the Friendship Community Center at 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg (located behind Best Buy). The event is scheduled on Sunday, March 12 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. We will have private use of the pool complex. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 for any adult or child who enters the facility that evening; a waiver must be signed. Half the cost of each ticket sold will go to Grace Christian Preschool to raise funds for the Grace Christian Preschool summer camp week program. Please contact heidihoover@gracehummelstown.org for additional information.
Last Week For The Pictorial Directory! Sign up online now at www.gracehummelstown.org or at the information center this Sunday morning. The photos will be taken at Grace Church in the All-Purpose Room this week from Wednesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 11. Sessions are available from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone who participates receives a complimentary 8 X 10 portrait, a free directory and an on-the-go directory app. If you are unable to have your photo taken on the available dates, you may submit a photo to LifeTouch for a fee of $10 to be included in the directory. Contact Tammy Houck at tammyhouck@gracehummelstown.org or 717-566-2897 for details. Your furry family members can also be a part of your portrait: Just let Tammy know ahead of time. We truly want everyone to participate and make this project a success. Our church family directory will not be complete without all of you. Thank you!

 

  • Help Wanted! To make our directory a success, we need volunteers. If you are interested in helping during our photography sessions as a host/hostess, please contact Tammy at 717-566-2897 or email at tammyhouck@gracehummelstown.org. This is a great way to meet new Grace families and to reconnect with friends.
  •  Share Your Photos! If you have any recent photos of Grace events, please share them with us. We will be selecting “action” shots of Grace in motion. Any photos with children/youth must be in compliance with Safe Sanctuary and requires photo release permission on file. Please submit your photos to Tammy Houck.
  •  Smile! Be sure to have your portrait taken so you are included in this Grace family album. This directory will tell the story of Grace with pictures, so your help is appreciated.

Our Grace Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. To prepare, we need your donations of nut-free candy and plastic Easter eggs. We will also gratefully accept monetary donations to purchase items for the hunt. Our TY Kids are collecting your donations and assembling the eggs during our April 2 TY Kids meeting. Please drop off your donations in the Narthex by Sunday, March 19, so we can be sure we have everything we need. If you have questions, please contact Brent or Idalee Simpson at 717-756-9866 or email tykids@gracehummelstown.org. Thank you! Next Sunday, March 12, is Scout Sunday. To make this day a success, we need your help. If you are a current scout, retired scout, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Cub, or Brownie please consider participating at one of our Sunday services as a greeter, usher or scripture reader. If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet at the information desk or you can contact Bob and Angie Warble at Bob.angie.warble@gmail.com.

LOOKING AHEAD
In today’s hectic and time-constrained world, we give and give to our jobs and our loved ones and others, but what about us? Now’s the time to take
time for yourself by registering for “Fearfully & Wonderfully Made.” The program will be held on Sunday, March 26, at 12:15 p.m. in the Fellowship
Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St., Hummelstown. Participants will enjoy a free lunch, lesson and move through self-guided,
self-paced stations that teach easy, doable methods of self-care and thecimportance of self-love so you may better love those in your life. The
program is by free-will-donation to benefit Trinity’s Family Therapy Assistance Program, which helps cover counseling costs for those unable
to pay. Registration is required by Sunday, March 19. Call 717-571-7694 for more information or to sign up. The event is sponsored by Thrivent
Financial. Trinity UMC is handicap-accessible.

On Saturday, March 25, our Grace facility will again be home to the Kiwanis Spring Festival. In addition to their traditional craft fair, featuring about 50 local crafters, they have expanded the event to include food trucks and kids activities. The Kiwanians will also host a fabulous bake sale with home-prepared goodies. Come out and join our Kiwanis friends for a great spring day event. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the event will run until 5 p.m. Please consider bringing cash or your check book as many of these local crafters are not yet set up to accept credit cards.

“Night of Praise,” a free-admission concert to benefit the First United Methodist Church’s 2017 Summer Mission of Love to Ukraine, will be held at the church on Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The night of praise and worship music will celebrate the lives touched by God through the ministry of Raising Hope Inc. in Ukrane. Music will be performed by the First UMC Praise Band plus special guest Woody Wolfe Jr. of Heart-to-Hand Ministries. First UMC is located at 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey.

Head on over to the Perking Point Coffeehouse for “The Brant Hansen Show,” a special presentation by speaker, author, radio host and TED Talk Guest Brant Hansen. Hansen works full time for CURE International, a network of hospitals serving the poor around the world. The event will be held on Thursday March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the coffeehouse located at 257 Hershey Road, Hershey. Watch for a special insert in next week’s bulletin!
Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 12. Don’t forget to reset your clocks!