Announcements
› Upcoming Youth Events
-Dinner at CiCi’s and Sidewalk Prophets Concert on October 6 at Turner Ashby High School.
- Mennonite Jr High Retreat. October 11-12, 2019. Highland Retreat. $45 per youth. Let LaShonda know if interested by September 12. 
Please contact LaShonda Russell or Sherry Ryman if you have questions about these events.  
 
› A reminder that there is a fellowship meal this Sunday, Oct. 6, following the service. Please bring warm dishes in crock-pots and have desserts or other dishes cut and portioned. Because we have such a large number of people, there is not time to heat up or cook food. If your last name begins with O-S, your help with clean-up would be appreciated.
 
› We will be celebrating communion this Sunday, Oct. 6. Please begin preparing your hearts and minds to come to the Lord’s table.
 
› Mark Your Calendars – Pastor David’s installation service will be held on Oct. 13 during the church service.
 
› Looking for more greeters! Youth can help too. Great way to get to know people. Contact Sue Whetzel.
 
› The Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale is Oct 4 & 5 at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds. GMF provides pies for sale at this event. There are pie pans for the bakers and a sign-up sheet to help sell pies, on the table in the hallway. Please no pumpkin or cream pies, since there is no refrigeration available. See Sharon Nesselrodt for more info. -No more cookies needed – Thanks to everyone who signed up to bake cookies for the Relief Sale. That need has been filled and I appreciate it. Questions? Call Brenda Showalter, 810-6310.
 
 ›   The Gathering will begin October 9. All are invited for a time of fellowship & Bible Study on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The evening begins with a provided meal at 6 pm, followed at 6:30 by several Bible Study groups to choose from: Lighthouse – Adult Bible study; Jr. and Sr. High Youth – details being worked out; Men’s & Boys’ Bible Study – for all ages; Busy Hands Warm Hearts – craft/hobby fellowship time, ages 12 and up.; A children’s activity is provided for grades K-5.  
 
 ›   Mennonite Women of Virginia Annual Women’s Retreat is October 25-27 at the Short Pump Marriott, Richmond, Va. Deb Horst will present how we can be better “Rooted in Christ,” focusing on Colossians 2:6-7. Final registration is Sept. 20. Brochures with registration forms are by the mailboxes. Melinda Armentrout is helping to organize hotel logistics for Grace. Please contact Melinda if you are interested in sharing a hotel room with other women from Grace.
 
› The Senior Luncheon will be held Oct. 16 at noon at Grace. Pastor David Gingerich will be the speaker.
 
› Women’s Fellowship will not meet in October due to the Senior Luncheon. 
 
› Highland Retreat Annual Banquet - Thurs., Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Grace. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a program by the Highland staff. A free-will offering will be taken. We would love to show our support of Highland by filling many seats with Grace people! Contact Mary Jo Veurink to let her know you'd like to join a Grace table: mjveurink@gmail.com or text 246-6898.
 
› The Grace Mennonite Fellowship Faith Community Nursing team is hosting a free program on Cancer Prevention on Thurs., Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at Grace. Guest speakers will be Yvonne Jarrels, MSN, RN, OCN, Clinical Educator SRMH Hahn Cancer Center & Robin Atwood, MS, RDN, CSO, Clinical dietician, Sentara RMH. Come join us for an informational evening. Light refreshments served. 
 
› Lacey Spring Community Food Pantry could use your help:
1. Volunteer to help with distribution on a 4th Monday of any month.
2. We can always use canned food (nonexpired), paper products and/or monetary gifts to help purchase goods for the pantry.
3. Our clothing closet needs volunteers to help organize that room. Now accepting gently worn winter clothes.
If you can help the LSCFP in one of these ways or have other ideas in how to help us serve our community contact Margie Clement.

› 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.

› If you need hearing assistance during the service all you need is a smart phone! (See the sound person if you need to borrow one of the extras that we keep on hand.) Download the "Audio Everywhere" app and connect to Gracewifi (password “Jesussaves), then link to either hearing aids that have Bluetooth, or regular headphones with Bluetooth or that plug into your phone. See the sound booth person for assistance.

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

› 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.
 
› Lacey Spring Community Food Pantry-Beginning Sept 1, the Pantry will be an option for online giving. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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

› Support Grace Mennonite Fellowship Learning Center in the Philippines! If you are interested in being paired with a student, the commitment is $1/week or $5/week. See the bulletin board in the hall for more information or contact Lindsey Kolb.

› When giving prayer requests during sharing time, please speak into a microphone and state your name so all can hear and know who is speaking.

› Large print bulletins are available, see a greeter if you are in need of one.

› Lacey Spring Community Food Pantry – Mondays 5:30-6:15 pm, at the back basement entrance. Contact Margie Clement to volunteer for this important community ministry. See bulletin board for more information.

› 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.

› Church office hours are Mon. & Fri. mornings. Please send all communications through email, gracemennonite@comcast.net, or leave a voicemail at 442-6235, throughout the week and your messages will be returned on one of those days. Thank you!


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