Memory Verse Challenge Week of Dec. 9: John 13:34-35 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
› The Philippines Learning Center care package cards are due TODAY. Please place in the basket on the table by the mailboxes.
› Christmas Program Practice – TODAY immediately following the service, pizza will be provided.
› Christmas Program – TODAY at 6 pm. Come see the children’s performance of “An Unplugged Christmas,” featuring preschoolers through high school youth! Bring an appetizer or dessert to share afterward, drinks provided.
› The Gathering – Wed., Dec. 12 all are invited for a time of fellowship & Bible Study. 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 activity is provided for grades K-5.
› Women's Fellowship will meet Thurs., Dec. 13, at 11:30 am at Thomas House. Women of all ages are invited to enjoy this time of fellowship!
› Help is needed to unload the Food Pantry truck – Fri., Dec. 14. Please arrive at 12:30 and park in the back of the church due to another event happening upstairs.
› Youth Group Christmas Party – Sun., Dec. 16 during Digging Deeper. Bring a dessert to share, and youth and family members, each bring a $5 gift to exchange.
› Christmas Caroling – Sun., Dec. 16, 1 pm (meet at Grace). Please sign up in the hall and depending on how many people we have we may split into multiple groups to bless more people! The caroling will take place following the Youth Group/Digging Deeper Christmas Party so families can join in the fun! Please see Pastor Brad with questions.
› Joint Christmas Eve Service - Join Grace, Lindale, Trissels, and Zion Mennonite churches at Lindale on Mon., Dec. 24 at 6:30 pm for a Christmas Eve service. Pastors Mike Metzler, Harold Miller, Brad Kolb, Deb Horst, and Owen Burkholder will be leading the service with song, scripture reading, and meditation. Music will be led by Lindale song leaders.
› Give the gift of a Christian Education in honor of someone this Christmas. On the table by the mailboxes, there is a Giving Tree with cards that say a "donation has been made in your honor to support the GMF Learning Center in the Philippines." Put your donation in the box beside the tree, and take one of the cards to give to someone.
› Wifi Network – Connect to “Gracewifi” and use the password “Jesussaves.”
› If you have an announcement that needs to be made on Sunday morning, even if the worship leader will give it, please call or email the church office by Friday at 8 am. Avoid approaching the worship leader on Sunday morning as they are preparing their heart & mind to lead worship.
› Church office hours are Tues. & Fri. 8:30-12:30. Please send all communications through email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a voicemail at 442-6235, throughout the week and your messages will be returned on one of those days. Mary Jo is not available by text or FB Messenger on her personal cell during the other days of the week, so leaving messages at church will be the best form of communication. Thank you!
› 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.
› Receive youth group announcements on your phone! Text “@youthgm” to 81010, or use the Remind app. See Pastor Kinley with questions.
› Support Grace Mennonite Fellowship Learning Center in the Philippines! If you are interested in being paired with a student, the commitment is $20/month ($240/year). See the bulletin board in the hall for more information or contact Lindsey Kolb.
› 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.
› Classical Conversations – This homeschool group uses the Grace facilities every Monday from 8 am–4 pm. Other events will not be scheduled during this time. Please avoid coming to the church building on Mondays, as they need to keep the facilities secure for their children.
› Lacey Spring Community Food Pantry – Mondays 5-6 pm, at the back basement entrance. Contact Margie Clement to volunteer for this important community ministry. See bulletin board for more information.
› 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.
› 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.
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