Next Sunday, Sept. 25, we will conduct a special offering for our Susquehanna Conference UMC Christian education programming. The offering will directly support our children’s camp and retreat ministry. The camp environment is the antidote to the stresses and challenges facing our youth today. It provides a safe place where children can simply be children. More information will be provided in a special flyer next week. Contributions can be made at Grace or through www.susumcamps.org.

This Thursday evening at “The Table of Grace” we’re serving cheesesteaks and garlic fries. Make sure to sign up by today at the table in the Narthex. Dinner is served in the All-Purpose Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. The menu for Sept. 29 is grilled cheese and tomato soup. Dinner is a free-will donation and, in order to adequately prepare, we request that you sign up by Sunday for that week’s dinner. Come and join us for a good home-cooked meal and fellowship!

If you are interested or simply curious about membership at Grace, please join us on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. for an informal coffee hour hosted by Rev. John. Orientation classes for all prospective members will begin on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room and will continue for the next five weeks as follows: Sunday Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. Membership vows are taken on Nov. 6 at the 10:45 a.m. service. This is a time of getting acquainted while becoming more engaged followers of Jesus. The study, A Disciple’s Path, combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Please contact Tammy Houck at 717-566-2897 or tammyhouck@gracehummelstown.org if you are interested in attending the coffee hour, and indicate if child care is needed.

Reservations are now being taken for our 2016 Women’s Retreat, “Embracing Imperfect.” The event, held at the Mt. Asbury Retreat Center at 1310 Centerville Road, Newville, will run from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday Oct. 2. Arrive anytime after 3 p.m. and departure is at noon on Sunday. Friday is a welcome night to meet and greet with snacks (bring a yummy treat to share.) Saturday is our “How to Hear from God” Bible study, crafts, exploring nature and our traditional evening campfire with s’mores (weather permitting.) Sunday we come together in the Chapel for communion, enjoy brunch and those interested can stop at Meadowbrooke Gourds in Carlisle on the way home. Can’t spend the entire weekend? Come for the day on Saturday: a special meal-only price is available. Mt. Asbury is only about an hour from Grace Church, an easy drive down Interstate 81. A sign-up sheet and informational flyers are available in the Narthex. Transportation is on your own; however, carpooling is available. Questions? Contact Yvonne Abela at yabela210@gmail.com. Don’t allow budget concerns to keep you from attending. Confidential financial assistance is available.

Calling all fourth, fifth and sixth graders! Please consider joining TY kids at Grace. Join us on Sunday, Oct 2, from noon – 2 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room (APR) for the TY kickoff. Lunch will be provided. A parent meeting will be held from 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Invite your friends to be part of the fun. We meet the first Sunday of the month (noon to 2 p.m.) in the APR. Please contact Brent or Idalee Simpson at 717-756-9866 or at tykids@gracehummelstown.org to join in on the fun!

Holiday dinners at The Table of Grace! We will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day meal again this year. Last year, our first, we hosted 69 people. The event is open to the community. We also send flyers to the local food banks and to Love Inc. Everyone is invited! The dinner will be served in the All-Purpose Room from noon to 2 p.m. We will also be hosting a pork and sauerkraut meal on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1. We start serving right after the 10:45a.m. service and, along with the main dish; we will provide mashed potatoes, hot dogs and desserts. GUMC’s Mike Still is making the sauerkraut: if you’ve never partaken in it, you are in for a treat. As always, the cost for our Table of Grace meals is a love offering.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m., Grace Christian Preschool will be having a “Celebrity Scoop” fundraiser event at the Hummelstown Rita’s, located at 139 South Hanover St. Bring your family and friends, and come enjoy a Gelati, a Misto, a Blendini or another tasty Italian ice treat. In addition to Preschool staff, you might even see a celebrity pastor scooper at the window! Rita’s will donate 15 percent of all orders between 5 to 8 p.m. to Grace Christian Preschool; no vouchers are necessary. Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you at Rita’s!