Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Pray for people to respond to the hundreds of invitations to come to worship on Good Friday and Easter Sunday (postcards, emails, personal invites, etc).  And pray that we will see dozens upon dozens of people reposed to the invitation of our Risen Lord Jesus Himself to receive the grace of His free salvation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Painting Stanton

Please join folks on Saturday, April 26th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Community members are painting the exterior of the ground floor of Stanton School on 17th and Christian! Let's say good-bye to the drab brown and hello to vibrant blue! As many volunteers as possible will be great, so please spread the word. Most supplies, except for the paint, will be provided by the district, but please bring any rollers, brushes, drop cloths, paint trays, painters' tape, etc. that you can lend to the cause. Donations can be made through Stanton Community Partners' website ( and Home Depot giftcards to off-set the cost of the paint. Come if you can!

How This Week Looks...

Do not labor for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you(John 6.27)

With the Easter weekend approaching, I want to note/remind you of a few things:

(1) There are still postcard invitations for our Good Friday and Easter services at the property; let me know if you want some to pass out.
(2) There will be no Thursday Grace and Peace Playgroup this week.
(3) Please arrive at 6:45pm on Good Friday for the service and to welcome guests.
(4) There will be a pancake breakfast Easter Sunday at 8:30am (and therefore no Sunday School).
(5) There will be our regular Sunday morning service at 10:30am (service details will be posted later this week on the blog). 
(6) There will be a public reception of new members and one adult baptism this Sunday - what an Easter!

Please pray as we anticipate more guests than usual this Sunday.  Pray that those who are not saved and know it actually get saved; pray those who aren't saved but think are actually get saved; and, pray that those of us who truly know Jesus by faith are built up in His grace.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

No Playgroup This Week

For those of you who've been involved (or plan to be) there will be no Grace and Peace Playgroup this Thursday.  It will resume the following Thursday, 24 April.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Capelli Meal Schedule

Baby Capelli will be arriving soon (Mary's due date is April 28th).  We'd like to provide meals tentatively beginning on Wednesday, April 30 and continue on a Monday-Wednesday- Friday schedule for four weeks.  If you can help, please visit and enter the following information: Last name: Capelli; Password: 2723.  Their family has an allergy to poultry (chicken & turkey).  Call Mary at 973-919-1300 to confirm your meal delivery or with questions.

Let's continue to remember the Capellis in our prayers, especially for their move into a new house, a safe delivery, a healthy baby, a quick recovery for Mary, & for Gianna's transition to being a big sister.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Urgent Prayer Request

Please be in prayer for our new friends Lucas and Ashley Taylor who live across the street from the church property.  Lucas was in a very serious motorcycle accident last night, and he is going to need multiple surgeries this week.  I will update folks more at the congregational conversation tomorrow night, and it'll be a perfect providence of God for us to be able to pray about this together.

I know many of you will want to serve them, and the best thing to do right now is to pray.  Family has arrived, and a team of Grace and Peace folks has already been involved as well.

So for now, please pray that our Lord Jesus and His grace will be identifiably present and sufficient for everything that Lucas and Ashley need.

Congregational Conversation

This is a reminder of our Spring Congregational Conversation (meeting) Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the property.  Everyone is welcome, but members are strongly encouraged to attend as this one of our main times that we talk and pray through our church family business.

Please arrive so we can begin right at 7:00pm; we plan to finish promptly at 8:30pm.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This Saturday & Next Week

This Saturday:

(1) We'll join others in the neighborhood at 9:30am at the property for Philly Spring Clean-Up.  It's a tremendous way to beautify the neighborhood, connect with others, and invite folks to worship.

(2) Please come celebrate our first wedding at the property: Carmel Brown and Jonathan Davis at 4:00pm!

Next Week:

(1) On Tuesday (8 April) from 7:00pm-8:30pm we will have our Spring Congregational Conversation.  This is very important for members to attend (all are welcome) as we'll devote most of our time to the process of nominating, electing, ordaining, and installing our own elders.  Pastor Bruce Finn will be leading us.

(2) On Saturday (12 April) we'll have our Bi-Annual Clothing Closet from 9:00am-2:00pm.  For information and needs connect with Meg (

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bring Some Gloves

If you're coming to the Philly Spring Clean-Up on Saturday (9:30am) know that we will have some gloves, but you should feel free to bring your own, especially for your children.

Cities And Their Role In Christ's Mission

Here's a great read from the Lausanne Movement (pages 17-20) about cities and their role in the mission of Jesus in the world: