December 4, 2018 Grace News

Upcoming Sunday School

Sunday, December 9th
Politics and Preaching with Pastor V in the Parlor at 9am

Pastor Verkouw will be hosting a conversation about the relationship between his call to preach the gospel and interpret the scriptures amid the issues and troubles of the world in which we live, and the political “signs of the times” that fill so much of our public and private conversations.  Pastor will help us understand the challenges he faces, and hopes you will be there to help him understand your own feelings, and how you connect faith, scriptures, and politics.

Sunday, December 16th
Let’s Talk- Gun Control in the Fellowship Hall at 9am

Please join the Sr. High Sunday School on Sunday, December 16 in the Fellowship Hall for the next installment of Controversial Topics. Inspired by their time at the Youth Gathering over the summer, our high school students will be leading a discussion on Gun Control.  January 6, 2019 is the date of our final discussion, LGBTQ* equality. We hope you will join us! 

Sunday, December 23rd
Christmas? Bah Humbug! 
Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 am in the Nave

Many thanks to the children of Grace for sharing the Good News with us on Christmas Eve, they worked very hard to make this year’s play a very special part of our celebration!

Sunday, December 23rd

Decorating of the Nave following the later service.  Lunch will be served.  All are welcome.

Young Musicians wanted for Christmas Eve!

We again invite young musicians to play in the prelude music for the 7:00 pm Christmas Eve service.  Ask your “young musician” NOW about doing this so there is time to prepare a piece. We prefer pieces based on familiar carol tunes.  This is a great way for children to “give back” and give glory to God.  Please call David or Vicki in the office: 397-2748.

Recruiting Sunday School Teachers and Small Group LeadersF

February 10 – March 17
We will be studying America’s Original Sin; Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. There is a study guide available in the church office for anyone that is willing to teach. 
March 24 – June 2  We also need small group leaders to lead our Congregation Wide Book Discussion on Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour; The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel. A discussion guide is also available in the church office for those willing to lead a group. We will also need someone to lead a group during the Sunday School Hour. Further information on the exact dates will be determined by the date of the Congregational Meeting in May. Small group meeting times and locations are determined by the small group leader. If you are planning on meeting at Grace please let me know so I can check the church calendar for space availability. 
Please let Angie Smith ( know as soon as possible if you are interested in teaching and or leading a small group. 

Poinsettia Orders Due 12/16 ($10)

A Message From Our Financial Secretary 

Do you need to catch up on your pledge?  Want to make an end of year donation? The Financial Secretary is asking that all end of year donations be in the office by Friday December 28 in order to be credited for 2018.  Donation received after Sunday December 30 will be credited in 2019. 

Stewardship Packets

Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed… 
Proverbs 11:25
Please look for your Stewardship packet – mailed on Monday December 3rd.  You may place your completed pledge form in the offering plate or mail it to the church office by December 28, 2018. 
Our campaign for pledges each Fall provides a meaningful opportunity for us to deliberately identify how we will give of our time, talent and treasure over the next year, responding with the gifts that God has given to us.  If you haven’t participated in the Fall Campaign in the past, please consider doing so this year. Think of the children of Grace Place, our neighbors being fed, the sick and home-bound being visited, the young ones at Fish Bowl, VBS, Sunday, School and Bell Choir. Think of the father kneeling in prayer for his children, the mother receiving communion after a stressful week of work, the widow receiving a bouquet from the altar in her hospital room, all refreshed by their connection to this ministry!

Stewardship Snippet

Dec. 9, 2018 (2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C)
Philippians 1:9-11 – And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
Love is the theme for the Second Sunday in Advent. When we cultivate love in our lives as steward/disciples, it does overflow and guide our lives on the paths of strength and joy.

Prayer List