Announcements
 
 ›    A reminder that there is a fellowship meal next Sunday, Sept. 1, following the service. In order to help the Hospitality Committee get food set out in a timely manner, please take a little extra time at home to have your dish ready to serve. Please bring warm dishes in crock-pots and have desserts or other dishes cut and portioned. Serving utensils will be provided. Because we have such a large number of people, there is not time to heat up or cook food, or wash individual dishes. If your last name begins with H-N, your help with clean-up would be appreciated, many hands are always needed to help that go quickly.
 ›   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.
 
› Please consider supporting Pastor Alfonso through VMM for his next two year term. VMM is raising his support to half-time status to dedicate more time to the ministry as well as give the opportunity to work part time as a chaplain in the poultry processing plants. Here is an opportunity to join with Pastor Alfonso and be part of the ministry that is happening right here in the basement. Please contact Mark Miller for more information.
 
› Lacey Spring Community Food Pantry could use your help:
1. If you are putting in a garden consider an extra row or plant to contribute the produce to the food pantry.
2. Volunteer to help with distribution on a 4th Monday of any month.
3. We can always use canned food (nonexpired), paper products and/or monetary gifts to help purchase goods for the pantry.
4. Our clothing closet needs volunteers to help organize that room. Now accepting gently worn summer clothes. Save your winter donations for that season!
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.

› 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 Tues. & 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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