22 Nov 2017
Dear Grace,

As we prepare to join in celebration with those we love around the Thanksgiving table, I want to take time to let you know how thankful I am for the gift of this congregation, and the members who make up this community of faith at Grace.

In our first year together, you have taught me much about resilience, being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit, and offering ourselves in union with Christ's work in the world. We have had much to celebrate together in the past few weeks, including a successful and hope-filled Consecration Sunday, which has put us on track to do great ministry in 2018!

God bless you and those you love this holiday season. I look forward to journeying with you through Advent as December begins.

Peace,

Stacey
PARKING LOT CONSTRUCTION - 2ND PHASE IN EFFECT FOR THIS SUNDAY

NEW ENTRANCES FOR WORSHIP AND CHURCH EVENTS

By this Sunday, November 26th, the second phase of our parking lot construction will have started, affecting where we park and which entrances we may use.

Grace UMC parking will be behind GBGM's primary office building (former CoC/green building) in the newly renovated lot (former lower lot/playground).

You may continue to enter Grace from Ponce, for the Sanctuary and Grace Cafe - which is also the entrance for differently abled access. The main entrance will move from the glass doors facing the middle lot to one glass door under the bridge close to the newly renovated parking lot. NOTE: this entrance is not accessible for the differently abled.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office (office at graceonponce.org or 404.876.2678).
PECANS & CHRISTMAS CARDS!
Pecans and Grace Christmas Cards are available again this year in the Grace Cafe, before and after worship.

Again, pecans are $10/lb, for either halves or pieces. Cards are $5/packet (20 cards/packet). The proceeds will benefit a Christmas project in Russia for orphans and needy refugee children and families. See Marcia Webb, Edna Young, or Patsy Woods to get your pecans and cards, or for more information.

NOTE: You may also make a donation to the project, which will be most appreciated! Mark your checks "For Russia."
GREENING OF GRACE & CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS
Transforming the Grace sanctuary for Christmas is a big undertaking and we need all the help we can get. So, if you would like to lend a hand, please plan to attend on Saturday, December 2nd, 9am This day is always a wonderful one of fellowship and a great way to get to know one another better.

You can also help decorate the sanctuary by purchasing a poinsettia to the Glory of God, or in honor or memory of a loved one. We will publish a list of names. Each plant is $22 and can be purchased on Sundays or via the church office, by November 26th.

Any questions, please contact Robby Hollida via the church office (office at graceonponce.org or 404.876.2678).

HELP Ministry Holiday Outreach
Special Request from HELP Ministry!

Our next HELP outreach is Saturday, December 9th, 9am. Join us; you will be blessed!

Questions? Contact Laura Weldon via the church office (office at graceonponce.org).

What do we need? Donations of the following, dropped off in the Grace Cafe:
  • Fleece blankets (typically 40x60 inches) - purchased rolled up at drug/discount stores
  • Tote bags (reusable grocery or trade show giveaway type)
  • Knit gloveshats & scarves (adult sizes)
  • All in dark/subdued colors; we serve mostly men.
Thank you for your generosity!

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON EXTRAVAGANZA!

Monday, December 18th (Doors open at 11:30am; lunch begins at Noon in the Living Room/Fellowship Hall.) 

The Sunshine Club is sponsoring a wonderful Christmas luncheon and entertainment program that is open to everyone. The cost is only $10, but advanced reservations are required for this event.

Robby Hollida and Chef Jess will put out a spread that you won't want to miss. Also, we'll have special guests entertaining us with Christmas songs and caroling.  We look forward to seeing all our "old friends"  (no pun intended) , and making lots of new ones! 

Please contact David Hober by December 10th to make your reservations via the church office (office at graceonponce.org or 404.876.2678).

LIVING ROOM CLASS
Advent is the perfect starting place. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus, filled with beautiful songs in scripture and appearances of angels.

Advent study meets from November 19th - December 24th. Extending the Advent Season will provide the opportunity to explore in more depth our scripture, tradition, reason, and experience as we prepare for the birth of the Messiah.

Everyone is welcome, and you do not have to attend every week - come when you can! When you are present, your voice is vital to our conversations. We meet at 10am, in the Living Room, on the 1st floor.

For more information, contact Michelle Levan via the church office  (office at graceonponce.org or 404.876.2678) .

ADVENT-ure
We invite you to this short-term study focused on preparing our hearts for the season of Advent.

This class will meet on Sundays at 10am in the East Transept, December 3rd - 24th. Questions and to participate: contact Dan Waller via the church office (office at graceonponce.org or 404.876.2678).


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Calendar

Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 22-24
Church office closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Saturday, December 2
Greening of Grace, 9am

Saturday, December 9
HELP Ministry Holiday Outreach, 9am, Meet in the Middle Parking Lot

Sunday, December 10
Meal Makers Birthday Party for Jesus

Tuesday, December 12
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Sunday, December 17
Church Council Meeting, following worship

Monday, December 18
Sunshine Club Christmas Luncheon Extravaganza, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall/Living Room

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Worship, 11am & 5pm, Sanctuary


Congregational Care

PRAYER REQUESTS
Please remember in your prayers 
all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them:
  • Stephen Andrews
  • Johnnie Chappell
  • Edith Langford
  • Betty Nash
  • Rev. James Sanders
  • Charles Webb
  • Steve Weldon

Sharing Our Gifts

Give to Grace. Safe, secure, one-time or recurring, tax-deductible giving is available by visiting www.graceonponce.org/donate or by scanning the below QR code.

Your gifts make a difference in the lives of our church and community.

And remember that Grace's financial documents are open and available. Simply email our financial assistant, Nora Harris (nharris@graceonponce.org) with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your faithful support of the work that God is doing through Grace Church!





GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-876-2678

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