In Jesus, God has shown Grace Lutheran Church not just the hard parts of Covid time. We have also discovered blessings, and we see God’s hand in them. For instance, we never had an online video presence at Grace before the pandemic. Yet we knew we could not just be absent when our buildings were closed. For several months, we worshipped together just online, even through Holy Week, and God richly blessed us!
In July 2020, we returned to worship in person, but our video presence continues for those who aren’t ready to be back, or can’t be. God is deepening our witness and our work.
Our outreach ministries, the heart of who we are as a people of Grace, have also grown and multiplied during this season: Stepping Stones, Grace’s Nursery School and Daycare, has been changed by Covid restrictions, but the presence of young children in our building cheers us! Through the work of Finance leaders in the congregation, the Stepping Stones Committee and a dedicated Director, Stepping Stones received CARES Act PPP funding. With it, staff worked on curriculum, safety protocols and planning for Keystone Stars Star 2 certification. We re-opened in early June with just 5 children, but are now near the number of children we had enrolled in March, with more calls for tours coming weekly. We are rebuilding staff and student body for the support of families in our community. On September 17th, thanks to those months of work by Director and staff, the center received its Star 2 certification.
Welcome Bread, a new ministry to feed members of the Welcome Church in Philadelphia when their usual feeding programs were closed, began with one person asking if members of Grace might be willing to prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches weekly. What started so simply at Grace now has 16 other churches and institutions involved, plus a number of other unaffiliated people of good will. Production of sandwiches averages 2,000/week. Members of the Welcome Church in Philadelphia receive sandwiches, as do Hatfield’s 2 food cupboards, and outreach locations in several nearby counties where hunger is especially great. Our sandwiches are very popular, and a network of caring is developing. Instructions for making the sandwiches are found below on this website. Grace’s sandwich drop-off day is Tuesday, 8 am to 8 pm, to coolers at the church, at the Stepping Stones location.
Welcome Bread: PB & J Sandwiches, Instructions
- You make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft white bread and put them in ZIPLOC bags, 1 sandwich per bag. Use cheap white bread with gobs of PB and J. A loaf will get you nine sandwiches. Please consider buying two loaves.
- The cooler will be at the entrance to Grace all day each TUESDAY. Leave your donation in the labeled coolers between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm
- Please email, call or text Jelly Czar Lou to let him know how many sandwiches you made.