News & Updates

Stories of Grace – after worship on Sundays, through September 17
We continue our “story work,” sharing stories with one another that help express our witness to the transformative love of Christ. Practice with “conversation partners,” in a circle of trust, can help us clarify our communication on the causes we care about, to help us be more effective advocates for our neighbors and witnesses to God’s grace.

Holy Eucharist “Feast of Friends” 10 a.m. Sunday, September 24
Gather around the table, friends! A few times each year, we assemble at tables for a Sunday feast – the Holy Eucharist in the context of a brunch. We hear the Word of God and respond, listen and sing together, and give thanks for Beloved Community.

Diocesan ConventionSeptember 29-30
The 146th convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem will be held at the Carbondale Grand Hotel and Convention Center. Check the diocesan website to stay apprised of details regarding participation.

Familia Dei Neighborhood Block Party Saturday afternoon, September 30
Save the date to join our neighbors at Familia Dei United Methodist Church for a block party, at Turner & Penn.

Film: Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock – 7 p.m. Thursday, October 5
The Social Justice Film Series kicks off with a screening of the award-winning film, “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock,” at Grace. “Awake” shows how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe peacefully resists the government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land. A “Talkback Session” will follow, with Sam Bernhardt, of Food and Water Watch, and Joyce Marin, of RENEW Lehigh Valley. Joyce participated in the Standing Rock resistance. Please click on the Facebook event to “like” it and share on your timeline. The Social Justice Film Series, co-sponsored by POWER Northeast, presents a different, award-winning film each First Thursday this fall. All are welcome and free will donations are accepted as admission.

Grace Fall Fair – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, October 14
Grace’s Fall Fair will feature community artisans and craftspersons, food, a silent auction, and more! Booth space is available.

Film: I Am Not Your Negro – 7 p.m. Thursday, November 2
Part of a Social Justice Film Series, the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” is based on the work of James Baldwin, Remember This House, a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. “Talkback Session” follows, with Dan Poresky and Camilla Greene of POWER Northeast, and Hasshan Batts of Allentown Promise Neighborhood. Freewill donation.

Film: Last Men Standing – 6:15 p.m. Thursday, November 30
In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1), Grace hosts a showing of the 2016 documentary “Last Men Standing,” which chronicles long-time survivors with HIV/AIDS, from the struggles in the beginning of the epidemic to how they are handling it now. A panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display and a reception will follow the film. Donation proceeds will go to the local organization FACT: Fighting AIDS Continuously Together.

Film: Fix It – Healthcare at the Tipping Point – 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7
Part of a Social Justice Film Series, the powerful documentary “Fix It” reaches across the political and ideological divide, making the case for businesses and consumers to support major healthcare reform. “Talkback Session” follows, with film director Vince Mondillo, health care consumers, and local leaders. Freewill donation.

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