Grace (Alsace) UCC, Reading: December 11, 2016

grace-alsaceGrace (Alsace) has been serving God and our community since 1732.   If you’ve ever been to the Kutztown Folk Festival, you’ve heard of our long history of reaching out to those in need – our pastor cared for the infamous Susanna Cox before her hanging in 1809.

      Our current membership is very small, but we continue to share the love of God through ministering to others.   The group that makes breakfast at Opportunity House was once pointed out by one resident to another as “the people who brought us Easter” – perhaps the greatest compliment a church could want.    The highlight of our year is preparing breakfast on Easter morning, worshipping with them while the meal is cooking.  And of course, there are Easter baskets for all the kids.  We make breakfast there once a month, on a  Sunday morning.

      Our CROP Walk team of two raises nearly $2000 every year, often as the highest contributing team.  Our Relay for Life team is equally dedicated.  Our candy makers bring in money that is used to benefit a number of service organizations in the area.  Our building is home to Path to Holiness (a Spanish language congregation), who  reaches out with literacy classes and Bible classes, as well as hosting a meal for Muhlenberg fire and ambulance crews on September 11.  We also host an exercise group for local senior citizens and a coin club.  Many of our members participate in their own service projects.

      We even helped to chase away some local drug dealers after the local police officers used one of our education rooms for a stake out!

      Worship at Grace (Alsace) is in a traditional style, and we offer Sunday School to our kids.  Like many small churches, we’ve learned how to face anything with humor and grace. We struggle and we strive, and although we worry about our future, we take each day as one more day to walk with God and one another.

 

 

To learn more, visit our website: gracealsace.org .

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