Upcoming Events
12/13/2017 - The Gathering
12/14/2017 - Jesus Girls Bible Study
12/14/2017 - Women of Grace Sewing Circle
12/17/2017 - Worship
12/17/2017 - Childrens Ministry
12/17/2017 - Gingerbread Houses
12/17/2017 - Youth Group Christmas Party

› Pastor Brad will be traveling Dec. 14-21. Please contact Pastor Richard or one of the elders for your pastoral needs during that time.

› Annual Wall of Giving – Support the youth in our congregation. 1. Choose an envelope from the display in the hall. 2. Take out the youth’s name card and return the envelope with your donation to the offering plate. 3. Pray for that youth and be an encouragement to them as you feel lead. See display for more information. Also, as you give gifts this season, consider giving to the youth in honor of someone special to you. See gift cards by display.

› Support the Philippines Learning Center - Is there someone on your Christmas list that is hard to shop for? Consider making a donation this Christmas IN THEIR HONOR to the Grace Mennonite Fellowship Philippines Learning Center. Just follow these steps: 1. Write a check - for any amount - with "Philippines" in the memo line. 2. Place it in the offering in December. 3. Pick up a "Gift of Christian education" card on the back table and give it to someone special.

› Nominations slates for 2018 roles were put in mailboxes. Please review in preparation to vote on their approval on Sunday, Dec. 17.

› A Grace Code/Key Use Policy was put in mailboxes. Please review in preparation to vote on its approval on Sunday, Dec. 17. Contact Council Chair, Eli Stratton, with any questions.

› Christmas Program – TODAY, 5:30 pm, at Grace. Come enjoy music, skits, and candle lighting, followed by a time of fellowship and finger food. Bring goodies to share.

› The Gathering – This Wednesday, Dec. 13. All are invited to Grace for a time of fellowship & Bible Study every second & fourth Wednesday. The evening begins with a provided meal at 6 pm, followed at 6:30 by several Bible Study groups to choose from: Lighthouse – video series for all ages/genders; Grace Girls - Jr. & Sr. High girls; Men’s & Boys’ Bible Study – for all ages; A children’s lesson is provided for grades K-5.

› Boys & Girls Club Gingerbread Houses – Sun., Dec. 17, following the service. Lunch provided, bring a side to share. All children and their families are welcome, the youth will be helping with the houses.

› Youth Group Christmas Party – Sun., Dec. 17, following helping with gingerbread houses. Bring a $5 gift to exchange. Pick-up is at 2 pm.

› Christmas Services – There will be no joint evening Christmas Eve Service with area churches this year. Our morning service on Sunday, Dec. 24 will be a Christmas Eve service which will include the lighting of the Christ candle.

› Encouragement Café is coming to Fredericksburg, Sat., Jan. 27. It will be a day of laughter, encouraging speakers (including Grace’s own Dawn Mast), a prayer room & wonderful vendors. Ladies, bring your friends and family to this one day event. Tickets are just $20, already on sale at https://www.itickets..com/events/389196, get yours before they sell out!

› In the event of inclement weather, check whsv.com/closings or watch WHSV for the status of church events. Announcements will also be made via email and on Facebook if events or services are cancelled.

› The Hispanic Church, Iglesia Menonita Monte Moriah, meets from 3-5 pm every Sunday in the children's church classroom downstairs. Other activities and events will not be scheduled in the fellowship hall during this time.

› Receive youth group announcements on your phone! Text “@youthgm” to 81010, or use the Remind app. See Pastor Kinley with questions.

› Parish Nursing Program – As Grace’s Parish Nurse, Kim Dean will now be doing: health promotion & advocacy, disease prevention-based holistic care, integration of health & faith, health education, personal health counseling, & acting as referral agent. She can check blood pressures & glucoses, as well as educate about medications & answer health questions. Contact Kim with needs or questions, 746-2969.

› Support Grace Mennonite Fellowship Learning Center in the Philippines! If you are interested in being paired with a student for the 2016-2017 school year, the commitment is $20/month ($240/year). See pink flyer by mailboxes for more info or contact Mary Jo in the church office.

› Easy Tithe online giving is available on gracemennonite.net. See the bottom of any page on the website for “My Online Donation.” You do not need to register to use this giving tool, but you can set up an account if you wish. Either a credit/debit card or your bank account can be used to make your donation. Contact the church office or Keith Bly with questions.

› Interested in joining a small group? Or just want to know more about small groups? Pick up a brochure by the mailboxes or contact Kay Kibler, 820-2331 to find out more about this important ministry at Grace.

› See the bulletin board for items available through the Grace Sharing Project! Please contact the church office if you are interested in adding anything to the list.

› The Clothing Closet, located downstairs, is open every Sunday after the service and by calling the church office. Everyone is welcome to use this resource so that there is space to put new arrivals!

› If you have an announcement that needs to be made on Sunday morning, even if the worship leader will give it, please have it to the church office by Thursday at 11:30. Avoid approaching the worship leader on Sunday morning as they are preparing their heart & mind to lead worship.

› When planning a fundraising event please contact Mary Jo in the church office to complete a Fundraising Event Request Form 4 weeks before the event.

› In the event of inclement weather, check whsv.com/closings or watch WHSV for the status of church events. Announcements will also be made via email and on Facebook if events or services are cancelled.

Virginia Mennonite Conference & Area Announcements

Waynesboro Mennonite Church will celebrate their 10th anniversary of Celebrate Recovery on December 5, at 6:30 p.m. This was started because of a need in the congregation, and has met many people's needs over these 10 years. We not only celebrate the healing that has happened, but the faithful volunteers who have given so generously to this ministry. Come and join us for an evening of food, music, testimonies and a sermon on healing and hope.

All ages are invited to DoveTale, a family-friendly show which brings a humorous and poignant look into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Mary, and the angel Gabriel as they confront the gritty realities of the birth of Christ, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. at EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. Pay-what-you-will entry with a suggested ticket amount of $15 per adult and $5 per student. Tickets available starting at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center greeting hall (just up the hill from Lehman Auditorium). Cash, checks (made payable to EMU) and credit cards welcome. A freewill offering during the show will benefit student scholarships through the University Fund.

All ages are invited to DoveTale, a family-friendly show that brings a humorous and poignant look into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Mary, and the Angel Gabriel as they confront the gritty realities of the birth of Christ, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. Pay-what-you-will ($15 - $5 suggested); tickets available at 6 p.m.. A showtime freewill offering will benefit student scholarships.

Eastern Mennonite University invites you to Christmas Lessons and Carols, December 11 at 7 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium. This classic service features Christian scriptures, university choirs, congregational singing and the premier of a choral piece from composer, Gwyneth Walker. A free-will offering for the EMU compassion fund will be received. Everyone is welcome.

Shenandoah Valley Men's Chorus 2018: Our first practice is on January 7th at EMHS; practice from 2:30-4:15 p.m. Practices are scheduled for subsequent Sunday afternoons in January and February with final concerts scheduled on February 25, 2018. You are invited to join our group and participate. (Come early for registration and to pay for your music: $20 or $10 for students). For more information, contact Roman Miller at romanjaymiller@gmail.com

A Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar will be taking place February 23-24, 2018 at Grace Mennonite Fellowship. We will begin around 1:00pm on Friday 2/23 and end by 4:00pm on Saturday 2/24. The two day training typically costs $400, but will be subsidized by Lilly grants offered through Everence, so that the cost is only $50 per congregation with 3-4 participants. This includes a training manual, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and snacks. Here’s what Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of MC USA has to say about the program: "I highly recommend attendance at the seminar called 'Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity,' sponsored by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and presented by Everence. On the one hand, I found the material to be a sobering picture of the changing reality of the church. On the other hand, I was invigorated by the generous possibilities it presents for congregations that are willing to adapt to these realities. I would like to see many of our congregations and conferences take advantage of this resource." To register or receive more information contact Teresa Boshart Yoder at teresa.boshartyoder@everence.com

EMU's Centennial History by Donald Kraybill, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education, is available through EMU at a special cost of $19.99. Makes a great Christmas gift for someone on your list! emu.edu/book

Studying for a healthcare profession? Is service part of your studies? Consider a 4-week or more term of study in an underserved mission location in a cross-cultural setting. This program is for medical students, dental students, Masters in Nursing students, physical therapy students, Masters in Social Work students and other students in healthcare-related fields at the masters or doctoral level. Educational grants available for Anabaptist students! The Student Elective Term (SET) program's application deadline for 2018-19 academic year is May 15, 2018. For more information and application form, see http://mennohealth.org/SET/ or contact MHF by phone or email: 888-406-3643 or info@mennohealth.org

Area Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a full-time Development Associate. This staff role represents VMMissions to individuals, businesses, and churches, promoting the cause of missions and soliciting support, primarily for the general Mission Fund. The position is supervised by the Director of Public Relations. Load may be up 100% time. Begins January 1, 2018. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, knowledge of VMMissions’ constituency, and the ability to cultivate donor relationships and invite support. Interested persons should contact Dianna Lehman at dianna.lehman@vmmissions.org or call (540) 434-9727. See the job description at http://vmmissions.org/development-associate-position/ for more details.

The emerging Global Anabaptist Health Network (GAHN), affiliated with Mennonite World Conference, is recruiting a part-time social media/global communication specialist to connect Anabaptist health organizations and individual professionals around the world. Interested persons can contact Ron Yoder at 540-421-4205 and ronyoder@comcast.net.

The board of The Mennonite, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director functions as chief executive officer for The Mennonite, Inc. The Executive Director brings broad vision to The Mennonite as a content delivery system for MC USA constituents and beyond, helping the organization to develop programs and services appropriate for the digital age. The Executive Director is responsible for publishing and administration, management of staff, and maintaining denominational relationships. The Mennonite is a multimedia and print publication and organization connected to Mennonite Church USA. To read the full description and to apply, visit: https://themennonite.org/mennonite-inc-seeks-next-executive-director/.

MennoMedia is hiring for multiple staff and contract positions: financial officer, digital marketing manager, and editor for Leader magazine. Find out more about each at www.mennomedia.org/JobOpenings.html.

Gift and Thrift, Inc. is looking for volunteers interested in supporting the mission of Mennonite Central Committee. Volunteers are a vital part of our mission. Many volunteer opportunities are available including donation receiving, electronic and furniture cleaning and repair, pricing and tagging of household items, sorting, hanging and tagging clothing, sorting and scanning books for retail and online sales, customer services and more! Individuals or groups with any level of time commitment (3-4 hours daily, once a week, monthly, etc.) are welcome. To volunteer, or for more information contact Gift and Thrift at 540 433-8844 or email volunteer.here.first@gmail.com. We would love to have you be a part of our volunteer community! Our goal is finding the right fit for you.

Volunteer Opportunity in Washington DC at the International Guest House: The practice of hospitality to those who come to us as strangers and leave as friends is at the basis of our faith as Mennonites and Anabaptists. We are in particular need of twelve-month host volunteers beginning April 2018. (Those serving a full year receive a monthly stipend and health insurance while all other volunteers receive full room and board.) Rotating duties include cleaning, maintenance, baking, gardening, and interacting with guests at breakfast & the evening tea. The three-pronged focus for volunteers is on hospitality to guests, being in community with one another, and your own personal time exploring our historic city. We are located in a friendly, established neighborhood with easy access to public transportation. Former volunteers at the International Guest House in Washington have found it to be a life-changing experience. This 50 year-old Christian ministry is under the auspices of the Allegheny Conference. For information or application, please contact Sara at sarafretzgoering@gmail.com or igh.dc.us@gmail.com

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Outreach Educator for EMU at the Harrisonburg, Va., campus. The Outreach Educator will provide programming at schools, community centers, preschool and special events by presenting to groups, setting up hands-on exhibits areas, teaching science lessons primarily during the school day, along with some non-teaching responsibilities. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Two years of administrative assistant experience required. Submit application, resume and three references to: hr@emu.edu. For more information visit our website at http://emu.edu/hr/openings/ . EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full-time Custodian for Facilities Management. Responsible for routine and special coverage in any of your team’s buildings as assigned by the team lead custodian. A twelve month position, mainly Monday through Friday, with occasional extra or weekend time required to cover special events. Qualifications: High school diploma required. Custodial experience helpful. Ability to perform cleaning procedures in a dependable and conscientious manner. A team player, able to work with others or alone as the situation demands. Good communication and relational skills needed in relating to other staff and building users. May be exposed to chemical, mechanical or electrical hazards. May be exposed to dust, fumes and odoriferous working conditions. May be required to lift, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Will need to be on feet most of work time, and be able to use both hands unhindered. Submit application, resume and three references to: hr@emu.edu. For more information visit our website at http://emu.edu/hr/openings/ . EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Attention Musicians! During the last decade over 10 different songwriters and musicians from the Early Church community have composed over 50 original songs of worship. From that collection we have chosen around 20 of our favorites that are regularly sung in our community, and are presently recording them to make an album that we can share with others within the church and our community. But, to really make this project helpful to other musicians, we want to produce sheet music that would be made available with the album. This is where you can help! If you are proficient in music notation, would you be interested in partnering with us in our project by writing out the notation of a few of our songs? If so, please contact us at earlychurchva@gmail.com, and we will be glad to share the vision and invite you to partner with us.