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April 2015For behold, the winteris past; the rain is overand gone. The flowersappear on the earth,the time of singinghas come, and thevoice of the turtledoveis heard in our land.– Song of Solomon 2:11-12In This Issue:Foot WashingMinistry UpdatesUpcoming Events

FootWashingOn Maundy Thursday evening, wegathered to celebrate the supper thatJesus shared with his disciples before hisdeath and resurrection. That evening, we washedfeet, a strange practice to many Christians.Traditionally, the Brethren in Christ washed feetevery time we took communion. Therefore, mosteveryone who has participated in foot-washing hasstories to tell.I remember when, as a young pastor, I washed thefeet of the 95 year-old minister to the church. Iremember when I invited my colleague at MessiahCollege, and new member of the GranthamChurch, to go to foot-washing at GeneralConference. I remember when my daughter andson-in-law washed feet at their wedding. And Iremember when I washed the feet of a boy in ourMiddle School Sunday School class at GranthamChurch. These are all wonderful memories.In spite of what we sometimes think, foot-washingis not unique to our tradition. In 1979 theEpiscopal Church restored the washing of feetas an option for the Maundy Thursday service,and last year Pope Francis washed the feet oftwo women at his celebration of Mass onMaundy Thursday.page 2 Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015Why do Christians practice foot-washing? Themajor reason for the Brethren in Christ is: Jesustold us to. John 13 has been important to us.There, Jesus was celebrating the Passover mealwith his disciples. When the meal was over, hewrapped a towel around his waist, poured waterinto a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet,drying them with the towel that was wrappedaround him. When he had finished washing theirfeet, he said:Now that I, your Lord andTeacher, have washed your feet,you also should wash oneanother’s feet. Now that youknow these things, you willbe blessed if you do them(John 13:14).

So, we wash feet because Jesus asked us to.Two other reasons are to demonstrate our humble service andfor cleansing. There is probably no practice that demonstrateshumble service more clearly than washing feet. In Jesus day,when persons entered a house and removed their sandals, aservant cleaned the dust or mud from their feet much like someof us remove our shoes when entering our houses to avoidtracking in dirt. Yet, we usually do this for ourselves, cleaningsomeone else’s feet would be strange or demeaning.Yet, such humble service touches us at deep level. A friendtold me once about two women in her church who had notgotten along well over years; indeed, there had been some realconflicts between them. One evening, by chance or the leadingof God’s spirit, they found themselves beside each other in thefoot-washing circle. By the time the act was finished, they wereboth in tears. The humble act of foot-washing can bring healingand reconciliation.In addition to humble service, another value of foot-washing,emphasized by the old Brethren in Christ but largely forgottentoday, is cleansing. Baptism symbolizes our initial cleansingfrom sin. The Brethren in Christ believed that the foot-washingsymbolizes on-going cleansing of sin. Jesus seemed to recognizethis in his words after he washed the disciples’ feet:Those who have had a bath need only towash their feet; their whole body is clean.And you are clean (John 13:10).Foot-washing has been an important part of our tradition, but italso has important implications for today. The humble act of footwashing is an important antidote to a culture that so emphasizesindividual, personal fulfillment. Moreover, in an age when manyfeel inadequate in the futile pursuit of fulfillment, foot-washingcleans us from guilt and shame and proclaims us holy beforeGod. Our Grantham Church Vision Statement is: Make discipleswho love God and others. Foot-washing symbolizes our cleansingfrom sin that separates us from God and our commitment tohumble service of others. Pastor John YeattsPASTORAL STAFFJohn YeattsSenior Pastor, Ext. 7075Kimberly NicholsPastor of Children & Youth MinistryExt. 6707Otto MonroyDirector of Worship ArtsExt. 7078MINISTERSAll members of theGrantham ChurchPRAYER CHAIN CONTACT766-0531, ext. 2970 (during office hours8:00 am – 3:00 pm Mon.–Fri.)Wayne Cassel, 697-1824(after office hours & weekends)OFFICE STAFFBecky CooverOffice Manager, Ext. 6706Melanie SchubertOffice Assistant, Ext. 6705Ray DourteFacility CoordinatorCONNECTIONSSherri LongLayout & DesignGRANTHAM CHURCH421 Grantham RoadMechanicsburg, PA 17055Phone: (717) 766-0531Email: ntham ChurchConnections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 3

MINISTRYYouthThe youth are in their busy season withfundraising and events! We want to first thankall everyone who joined us and supported us inour youth Sunday! It was an honor and joy to ministerto the congregation. Thank you for supporting us andfor all your kind words!The youth did an AWESOME job preparing for theannual Easter Egg hunt. They stuffed over 3,000 eggs.They also braved the cold and came in very early tohide them! They did a wonderful job performing thepuppet show and “Bunny Song”. A HUGE kudos andjob well done to all the youth and parents involved!Important Upcoming Dates as we wind down for theministry year: Wednesday, April 29th –Final night ofWednesday Night Hangout Sunday, May 17th- Final Day ofLearning Communities Sunday, May 24th- Final Night ofSunday Night YouthOur next fundraising event is Friday, April 10th for theyouth auction/spaghetti dinner. Dinner will be servedat 5:00 p.m., with the auction to follow. All proceedsbenefit the youth’s summer mission trip to Jamaica.We hope you will join us for this wonderful night offellowship and fundraising!Ministry Highlight: PrayerI’d like to thank all the wonderful ladies thathave been making beautiful prayer shawls. Thisministry started about a year ago. Here is how itworks: Grantham Church provides yarn to make theshawls and a prayer card and a cross to put on theshawls. These talented ladies make them at homeand bring them to the office to be distributed toanyone that is in need of a warm shawl to comfortthem during hard times.page 4 Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015Shawl MinistryWe have had lots of great stories about the impactthese prayer shawls have had on people in ourcongregation. These prayer shawls are one of themany ways God provides comfort and love.If you would like to join in making a prayer shawl,please stop by or call the church office and theywill be glad to get you connected. Thank you foryour support of this wonderful, healing, andlife-giving ministry.-Gwen Burridge

UPDATESChildrenOur annual Grantham Egg Hunt washeld Saturday March 28th. It was a coldmorning with snow flurries, but it was stilla wonderful turnout! We had around 80 childrenregistered! Thank you to all who donated candy andbaked goods and to all who volunteered on the dayoff to make this a HUGE success!Penny Power 2015 (My Coins Count) is underway.Collection dates began on Sunday, March 29 and willcontinue until Sunday April 12th. The formal offeringin church will take place on Sunday April 12th. Allmoney raised will be taken over to the upcoming PARelief Sale on April 17-18. This year’s Penny Powercollection will benefit MCC’s peace projects in variousplaces around the world. MCC works with partnerorganizations, churches and individuals, encouragingand teaching them how to prevent violence and totransform conflict into peace.SAVE THE DATE!!! GRANTHAM VBS 2015:June 15—June 18 from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.This year’s theme is EVEREST. Embark with uson an icy expedition where kids will learn the keypoints that: God has the power to provide God has the power to comfort God has the power to heal God has the power to forgive & love us foreverVBS is for kids entering kindergarten throughkids entering 5th grade in the 2015-2016 schoolyear. Participant and volunteer registration andinformation will BE available on-line at: https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/grantham. You canalso link to this page via the church website: www.granthamchurch.orgJust a reminder of some dates as we are windingdown for the year. Wednesday, April 29th –final night ofWednesday activities (Kids Klubs & WednesdayNight Hangout) Sunday, May 17th- Final Dayof Learning CommunitiesConnections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 5

UPCOMING EVENTSWalk for HopeApril 19, 20151:30-2:00 p.m.A benefit for New Hope MinistriesRegister online at www.nhm-pa.org or call717-432-2087 for more information.Get some exercise and support New HopeMinistries by participating in Walk for Hope2015! It’s simple. Invite your friends, neighborsor Learning Community class to walk as a team.Register your team at www.nhm-pa.org orcall 717-432-2087 — Then get people tosponsor your walk.Grandmothers in PrayerThursday, April 23Our next meeting is Thursday, April 23 at 10:00a.m. in the church parlor ( Room A4). We haveenjoyed our discussions and prayer times duringthe winter meetings and are looking forward tohaving more grandmothers join us now in spring.If you are a grandmother in our church, YOUare welcome! This month we will be discussingStep-Grandchildren and Adopted Grandchildren,(Chapter 12 in our book.) The author givesinsightful ideas, so come and join the conversationand prayer time. If you have questions, pleasecontact Velma Yoder at 717-697-2699 orvelyoder@aol.com.Make Some, Give Some FreezerMeals – Saturday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.All women are invited to join us for a make andtake freezer meal event on Saturday, April 25 at4:00 p.m. Sign-up/choose the meals you want tomake. Plan to make a meal for you and one forthe Deacon’s freezer for families in need. Moreinformation and sign-up is located on the bulletinboard in C-wing hallway. Contact Chrissy Hoffnerat cdhoffner@comcast.net or 432-4754.page 6 Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015Grantham Church Men’s BreakfastFriday, May 1Grantham Church Men’s Breakfast will be heldFriday, May 1, the first Friday of the month.We reserved a private room at the Brothers’Restaurant on Route 15. Join us anytime from6:00 to 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a delicious breakfastand good conversations with others. Ourdevotional time begins at 7:00 a.m. Men of allages are encouraged to come Contact MarionYoder at MYoderETK@aol.com or Bill Probst atwwprobst@verizon.net with questions.Forgotten Voices 5K RaceSaturday, May 2The Forgotten 5k, 1-MileMosey, and FamilyFun Fest is an event tobenefit Forgotten VoicesInternational, a non-profitorganization that worksthrough local churches inZimbabwe and Zambia tocare for children who have been orphan by AIDS.The event will be held on Saturday May 2ndon the grounds of West Shore Evangelical FreeChurch. The 5k course will be run on asphalt roadsand a gravel path, and the Mosey course is fullyasphalt. Want to make this a family outing? Bringthe whole family for the Family Fun Fest! The FunFest will include a kid’s dash and the opportunityto see what God is doing in the lives of orphansthrough local churches in Zimbabwe and Zambia.Prizes for the 5k are handcrafted in Zambia andwill be awarded to the top three runners overalland divisional. Also, T-shirts will be given to all 5krunners who pre-register by April 15th. AdditionalT-shirts will be given out on race days whilesupplies last. Lastly, pre-register by April 15thand have your name put into a drawing to win4 season passes to Hershey Park. Learn more andpre-register at forgotten5k.org.

& GROUPSWomen’s Book ClubMonday, May 4The women’s book club will meet on Monday,May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Grantham Church in theparlor (Room A4). If you have questions or wantto know what book is going to be discussed,please contact Shirley Groff, groff@messiah.eduor 717-697-8678. All women are welcome.Grantham Women’s ClubMonday, May 11Ladies, you are invited to join the GranthamWomen’s Club in hearing a Recorder Consortgroup led by Messiah College professorRon Miller. It will be held here at GranthamChurch on Monday, May 11, 2015, beginningat 7:00 p.m. Men are also welcome to attend.Pre-Congregational Council –Sunday, May 31Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary on Sunday,May 31 for a Pre-Congregational Council meetingwhere we will discuss any questions with theCongregational Council Packet.2015 Congregational CouncilMeeting – Tuesday, June 9The 2015 Congregational Council will meet onTuesday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the FellowshipHall. This is our annual business meeting where wewill be celebrating what God has accomplished inand through our congregation within the last year,as well as, look forward to where God would likeus to move within the next year. CongregationalCouncil packets will be distributed in May, butmark your calendars now and plan to attend.How Can I Help?Grantham BIC Church believes it is importantto give back to our community. Therefore,the Missions, Peace, and Service Commissionprovides a number of on-going ways that you canbe involved with supporting our local communitythrough material resources.1. New Hope Ministries is a Christian social serviceagency that shows the love and hope of Christby serving our neighbors in times of need andsupporting their efforts towards stability. Weprovide a variety of assistance and services in theDillsburg, Dover, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, andWest Shore areas of Pennsylvania. New Hope Ministries is currently in need of thefollowing items for their food bank: CannedVegetables, Canned Fruit , Canned Meat, BoxedPasta Meals, Spaghetti Sauce, Peanut Butter, Jelly,and Shampoo.2. Harrisburg BIC Church Food Pantry: HarrisburgBIC Church has a food pantry which it opensto the community twice a month. Food is alwaysappreciated and warm clothing is welcomedduring the winter months.3. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):We are also now collecting items for health,newborn care and school kits for MennoniteCentral Committee. These kits are distributed topeople in need in many parts of the world.As you think about it while you’re shopping forschool and health supplies for your family or fora new baby in the community, consider adding afew items to contribute to someone in need.A list of requested items can be found on topof the donation bin.Donations for all projects can be dropped off anytimein the marked bins under the coat rack by the library.Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 7

PHelp Support MCClan now to attend the annual PA Relief Saleon Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18at the Weis Expo Hall, Pennsylvania FarmShow Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Bid on exquisitehandmade quilts, purchase artisan crafts, buy plantsto put into soil when spring arrives, eat deliciousregional and international food, drink GranthamGrounds coffee (fair-trade from MechanicsburgTen Thousand Villages store), enjoy children’sactivities and have fun seeing old friends andmaking new ones.The first PA Relief Sale began in 1957 becauseof one person’s conviction that something shouldbe done for relief needs. From the very beginning,proceeds have benefitted Mennonite CentralCommittee (MCC). Last year the PA Relief Saledonated 478,000 to MCC. In total, since 1957,the sale has raised more than 12 million, all ofwhich has been used to help people throughout theworld with relief, development, and peace in thename of Christ.Prior to the relief sale weekend, visit the web siteat pareliefsale.org to learn more. A completeschedule of events is listed, as well as, the galleryof more than 350 handmade quilts, wall hangingsand comforters available at this year’s sale. Watch abehind-the-scenes video to learn more about how theworks of art are crafted each year by numerous artistand needle workers.The web site has information about the fundraisersaffiliated with the sale. The Philly Festival, PennyPower, Voices of Hope, and Heifer Sale areimportant contributors to the money that the PARelief Sale gives to MCC each year.page 8 Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015The 4th Annual Philadelphia Festival and Auctionwas held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at WestPhiladelphia Mennonite Fellowship. The festivalplanning committee is comprised of volunteermembers of Philadelphia-area Anabaptist churches.Our own Cynthia Cassel (daughter of Wayne andRuth Cassel) has been instrumental in the success ofthis festival. At that sale, they raised 24,500.Last year’s PA Relief Sale’s Penny Power—intergenerational effort of collecting coinsthroughout the year to funds for MCC—raised 153,857.21. Our congregation contributed 2,367.34. Collection containers are now locatedat the Welcome Centers and an offering will becollected on Sunday, April 12. The Penny Powername is changing to My Coins Count (MCC) torecognize that all coins (and paper money) arewelcome. For this year, the Stabler Foundationis giving a matching gift of 50,000 to the PennyPower project.Voices of Hope is a winter opera held in the FultonOpera House in downtown Lancaster, PA. Theconcert held in January of 2015 to a sell-out houseincluded six world-class opera singers, a groupof child actors, and the Lancaster Bible CollegeChamber Singers. At the end of the concert eachyear, the audience gives a choral gift to the operasingers. They “raise the roof” singing, “Praise Godfrom Whom All Blessings Flow.” This year, Voicesof Hope raised 46,741.The Pennsylvania Heifer Sale was held onMarch 18, 2015 at the New Holland LivestockStables. More than 42 cattle were donated, andsold. The sale netted 67,765. The stables providedveterinarian examinations, tests, vaccinations, etc.Hope to see you at the PA Relief Sale on April 17and 18. The event is totally staffed by volunteers soany help given is greatly appreciated. Please visitpareliefsale.org or email info@pareliefsale.org formore information.

Upcoming Sermon SeriesLiving The Dream:The Joseph StoriesThe patriarch Joseph was one of the most admired persons in the Bible and for goodreason. The story of Joseph begins with his childhood dream that he will be a powerfulruler, and the rest is the fulfillment of that dream. Joseph’s story is a rich resource forliving a godly life and will help us to fulfill our dreams in a manner that is pleasing to God.April 12Genesis 41:37-57No One As Wise As YouApril 19Peace SundayDan ButtryApril 26Service SundayMay 3Genesis 42We Are Honest MenMay 10Genesis 44What’s in the Bag“Thank you so much for bringing me the churchflowers while I was in the hospital. I am reallyenjoying the plant and hope I will continue toenjoy it for a long time to come.” – Ruth Brubaker“Dear Wednesday Night Prayer Group –We want to extend our gratitude for making it apriority to hear Jesse Rivers share on Wednesday,February 18. You were not obligated to changewhat you already had scheduled for that day, butthe fact that you did gave us a sense of importance and value. Thank you for prayers and financialsupport as well.” – Karen Wilson, Secretary of Abogar Ministries“To my Grantham Church family: Thank you for your many prayers, cards, and words of encouragementwhich have demonstrated God’s love so clearly. The beautiful red and white carnation floral arrangementdelivered to my room in Wagner drew comments for more than three weeks and I enjoyed seeing itfrom my bed. Though I was unable to hang them for others to see, I also delighted in the individuallycrafted cards drawn by the “guys” in Kellye Leitholf’s class. Thank you for the important part you havehad in what will be a long healing process. It will be at least the first part of May before I can startweaning from the heavy Mayo neck brace if all goes well. I thank God for you and for the privilege ofbeing in His family.” - Sandra JamisonConnections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 9

What Up with theFoot Washing?Like me, some of you might not come froma foot washing tradition. Or you never gotinto foot washing although others aroundyou do. I am writing because I’m one of you andyet I’m willingly dabbling because I think God hassomething for us in this practice.In my first year here at Grantham Church, I wascurious about the tradition and so stopped in onfoot washing to see what it was all about. This gaveme a taste but did not convince me to overcome myhesitancy to share my feet. I had to ask myself, whywas this so hard for me? What was I wrestling with?Yes, it’s true my feet are not the most beautiful partof me and certainly no one ever washes them forme. But I do deeply believe that we are to serve onanother and even lay down our lives for each otheras brothers and sisters in Christ. Surely, I shouldbe able to overcome this shyness to demonstratemy commitment to a deeply held faith value. Jesusused this as a demonstration of service so why was Ireluctant? My strong belief to try new expressions ofworship also nagged on me.On my second Maundy Thursday at Grantham I hadtwo of my kids with me and I asked them “Shouldwe go see the foot washing?” They were into it, sowe went and looked into the room standing by thedoor. The singing, hugging, and act of washingimmediately caught their attention. In about 3seconds they realized that this was something activefor us to participate in not just watch. Both of themstarted pulling me into the room by my two handssaying “We want to do that.” Still unsure I moved abit further in and sat down. All the while as I watchedI was thinking about Jesus washing his disciples feetand realizing that I was a lot like Peter saying “Areyou going to wash my feet?”page 10 Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015It was at that point the one of the brothersinterrupted my thoughts and said “Otto, may I washyour feet?” With both my kids watching and my ownheart being prodded I responded in the only way Icould. “Sure.” It was a simple enough act but deeplymeaningful. Partly because I felt I was demonstratingobedience even though I had reservations and partlybecause a brother was serving me.I’m still learning about foot washing and I’m notsure if I want to participate every time but I can’tdeny the power of at least trying it. For those of youwho are hesitant like me to participate I’d encourageyou to wrestle with your hesitance and take the stepto try it. Hear what the scripture has to say inJohn 13:12-17 (NRSV)After he (Jesus) had washed theirfeet, had put on his robe, andhad returned to the table, hesaid to them, “Do you knowwhat I have done to you?You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that iswhat I am. So if I, your Lord andTeacher, have washed your feet,you also ought to wash one

another’s feet. For I have setyou an example, that youalso should do as I havedone to you. Very truly, I tellAMWOSD ATORKGyou, servants are not greater thantheir master, nor are messengersgreater than the one who sentthem. If you know these things,you are blessed if you do them.ONG UJesus demonstrated this for us and says we areblessed if we do it. Far be it from me to turn awayfrom the blessing of God. As a side note my kids willbe very blessed. They washed each other’s feet athome at least every day for the next week afterI participated.I don’t want to fence off any corners of my lifefrom the work of the Holy Spirit. Wrestle with it.Pray about it. And maybe give it a try. Otto MonroyGod At Work Among UsEach month we will share a testimony, a story, or a snippetof how God is working within the body of Christ atGrantham Church. We encourage you to read them andjoin us in praising God for the work He continues to do inand amongst us. Below is April’s story.God is at work in the lives of many of our college students! We are especially excited to see our seniorsexploring callings during this time of year. Brittany Wheeland was recently hired by Teach for Americato serve in the inner city of Oklahoma City. Luke Forshey is considering going to Indonesea to teachmiddle school music at a Christian school. Jill Sission is planning to move to Chicago where she will beginher career as a nurse. It’s great to see these young adults and many others seeking God and moving forward.It is a privilege for our church to have been part of their story and watch God at work in our communitythrough them.Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 11

Women At The WellRetreat – Being Still,Knowing GodMay 1-3, 2015Kenbrook Bible CampKEYNOTE SPEAKERS:Rev. Lynda Gephart is the Pastor of CongregationalLife at Harrisburg BIC and has been on staff since2005. Lynda also served as a pastor at GranthamBIC Church and at Carlisle BIC Church. She andher husband Craig have two sons.Rev. Tracie Hunter of Western Hills BIC(Cincinnati,Ohio) is the first African-Americanwoman to serve as the senior pastor of a BICchurch in North America. A licensed attorney, shealso worked as a journalist/broadcaster at a Gospelradio station.Rev. Esther Spurrier has spent more than 20 yearsin missionary service in Zambia with her husbandJohn. She is a licensed minister with the Brethrenin Christ Church. She currently spends most of heryear in Dillsburg, PA, caring for elderly parents.WORKSHOPS: STILLNESS AND KNOWINGGOD THROUGH .Examen and Centering PrayerThis workshop will provide an introduction to twomeditative prayer practices widely used by Christiancontemplatives. Consciousness Examen is a form ofreflective prayer that deepens one’s awareness of theHoly Spirit throughout one’s day. Centering Prayerfacilitates the movement from more active modes ofprayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into areceptive prayer of resting in God. Participants willhave the opportunity to practice both prayer formsduring the workshop. Led by Rachel Peterson (Harrisburg,BIC), a graduate and board member of Kairos: School ofSpiritual Formation, based in Lancaster, PA.Lectio DivinaParticipants will explore the origins of Lectio Divina- a deeply reflective and contemplative reading ofscripture that has informed followers of Christ forcenturies. The workshop will offer opportunities topractice Lectio Divina in a quiet setting, a period ofgroup reflection, and resources for incorporatingLectio Divina into both private and corporateworship settings. Led by Kelly Chripczuk a licensed Pastor,Spiritual Director and Writer. (Boiling Springs, PA).Prayer of the ImaginationThis workshop will explore the practice of prayer ofthe imagination, a form of prayer that puts the onewho prays at the center of the stories in the Gospels,engaging characters and using the imagination toachieve deeper connection with Jesus. Led by DesireeWeaver-Spidel Harrisburg BIC, (Harrisburg, PA.)page 12 Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015

A Prayer WalkA simple time of seeking God though thesurrounding environment, prayer and movement.Led by Renee Durbin, Morning Hour Chapel BIC (EastBerlin, PA)Sabbath RestsA. Sabbath Principles & Rest (morning) Studythe biblical principles of the Sabbath rest fromcreation to the law to the New Testament anddiscover why God made the Sabbath for people asa blessing to be still and a way to know Him.B. Sabbaths in Your Day & Week (afternoon) Joina roundtable discussion on applying Sabbathprinciples. We will learn from each other howto make room for mini-Sabbaths in our dailyand weekly schedules. We will discuss the idea oflonger sustained sabbaticals. ed by Rev. Pat Oldham, West Shore BICL(Mechanicsburg, PA)Integrating Spirituality and Psychology in PrayerAn understanding of the psychological issues relatedto the growth and development of the self can opennew paths along our spiritual journeys. Along thesepaths, contemplative prayer becomes a place of deephealing for old injuries to the self that may haveinhibited us from fully experiencing God’s grace andlove in the present. Discovering these unconscioushindrances in the safety of contemplative prayer canfree us from old patterns of thinking, feeling, andacting and lead paradoxically to a new surrender ofthe self to God in joy. Led by Gwen White, Psy.D. Circleof Hope Church BIC, (Philadelphia, PA)Library NewsTwo new books in the church library share thetestimonies of women in ministry about earliertimes of depression that led to stays in psychiatrichospitals. ROAD TRIP is by Jessie Seneca, founderof More of Him Ministries and the speaker at thisyear’s women’s retreat at Camp Hebron, whichwas attended by several women from GranthamChurch. God eventually brought her victoriouslythrough struggles caused by Cushing’s syndrome.Another new book, LOVED BACK TO LIFE:HOW I FOUND THE COURAGE TO LIVE FREE,was authored by Sheila Walsh, a well-knownWomen of Faith speaker. Her prayer during a timeof need was, “Lord, please hold me. I’m falling intoa dark well.”Look for these books on the cart of new resourcesnear the entrance to the library. - Edie AsburyFinancial Update as of March 31, 2015 Giving through the first 30 weeks of the fiscalyear is behind of the planned budget for thefiscal year, details can be found below.Current Budgeted Income(September 1, 2014 thru August 31, 2015)Registration Fee: 75.00Registration Deadline: April 15To register or for more information, pleasevisit www.bic-church.org/women/news.asp. 712,848*Contributions and other Receiptsas of March 31, 2015 389,905 322,943Difference* Note that the current budgeted income in this report does notinclude the Youth Auction of Gift Card programs.Remaining weeks of Giving: 22 Average Receipts requiredper week to make budget 14,680 Current Average 12,997Based on historical giving trends over the last4 years, 39% of the total giving for the fiscal year willbe received after week producing an expected totalgiving for the current year below the budgeted level.Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 13

An Invitation toPENNSYLVANIA 2015July 21-26, 2015 Farm Show Complex, Harrisburgby Harriet BickslerIwas blessed to

GRANTHAM CHURCH 421 Grantham Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Phone: (717) 766-0531 Email: office@granthamchurch.org www.granthamchurch.org Grantham Church Connections A Grantham Church Publication April 2015 page 3 So, we wash feet because Jesus asked us to. Two other reasons are to demonstrate our humble service and for cleansing.

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