15 Nov 2017
Congregation,

What a memorable Consecration Sunday! We took time to share a meal and celebrate the generosity of our congregation together.

Based on your efforts, we have increased our 2018 pledges by 8% over 2017's pledges. Projected giving for 2018 compared to the last 12 months is up 3%. Another exciting fact is that we experienced a 20% increase in additional pledges over last year.

Let us all be thankful for all of our blessings and continue to pray for Grace UMC.

Thank you to all who helped make this time together possible, with a special shout out to Chef Jess, Robby Hollida, Barbara Anderson, Willard Hurst, Bess Walthour, Judy Phillips, and of course, Pastor Stacey for her leadership and guidance!

Sincerely,

Dawn Rollin
Finance Chair, Grace UMC
PECANS!
Pecans will be available again this year, beginning Sunday, November 19th, in the Grace Cafe, before and after worship.

Again, they are $10/lb, for either halves or pieces. The proceeds will benefit a Christmas project in Russia for orphans and needy refugee children and families. See Marcia Webb or one of our team to get your pecans 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).

THE DIVINE DANCE
If you have ever been to Sunday School, as a child or adult, 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.

This year, in our study, we will begin Advent a little early, this Sunday, November 19th. (Advent officially begins on Dec. 2nd.) Our head start will allow us to go deeper into our study and spend more time on areas we choose. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, reason, and experience) will guide our time together 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) .


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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

Tuesday, December 12
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

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


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
  • 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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