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9 December 2018
Second Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Holy Eucharist 
9:15 am Family Eucharist
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir

Please join us after all services for fellowship, coffee and refreshment in the Guild Hall.

For detailed information about  the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach, please click the link below.

Living the Good News and Journey to Adulthood in action!
Living the Good News and J2A joined forces Sunday to wrap two giant sacks of socks, gloves and hats at gifts from Grace Church for the upcoming CHiPS Christmas Party. Many hands made light work!

Living the Good News and Journey to Adulthood will not meet next Sunday, December 16.
The children of Living the Good News made a crown for Christ the King with symbols and words they created representing the kingdom of God. It’s posted at the back of church. 
Stroller Group Ginger-Build Brunch:
this Sunday, December 9,
10 am
Join us next Sunday, December 9, for the annual Christmas Ginger-Build to benefit Habitat for Humanity .  Join us in the gym immediately following the 9:15 service to decorate mini gingerbread houses!  The suggested donation is $5 per house  and the folks from Habitat for Humanity will have a credit card reader on hand for anyone who needs it. We are still seeking food donations as well! 

Please be in touch with Lauren or Anne with any questions! 
2018 Advent Giving
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for the miracle and joy of Christmas. During Advent, we often seek to express our gratitude for the many blessings in our life and in our community at Grace Church. 

This year, Grace Church is partnering with organizations responding to the needs of local families by supporting Forestdale's Family Services with a New Toy Drive and a Coat Drive. 

Additionally, we are supporting the California wildfire disaster relief efforts of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Please do what you can to support our partner organizations this Christmas. See a flyer with more specifics here .

Donations envelopes for California wildfire disaster relief are on the Giving Tree table in the back of the church or by donating online .

Collection bins are in the Narthex for the Toy Drive and the Coat Drive (new
or gently used coats for adolescents and adults are needed). 

You can also purchase toys directly for the Forestdale Toy Drive online .

To donate a new coat, use this link .
Winter Music Notes
TUESDAY ORGAN RECITALS FOR ADVENT continue
next Tuesday, December 11,
12:30 to 1:00 pm.

Here is the schedule :

December 11  Craig Whitney
December 18  Judith Hancock
 
Please click here for a full schedule of 2018-2019 Organ Recitals.

Also:

The Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas is Sunday, December 16 at 5:00 pm .

Seasonal music by the Parish Choir, our fine soloists, and carol singing by the congregation.
Grace Church Christmas Pageant
next Sunday, December 16
IT'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT TIME! The Pageant will take place next Sunday, December 16  at the 11 am service . There is still room for participants; sign up  here . For those involved, we have two rehearsals remaining:  Saturday,, December 8 , and a mandatory rehearsal with music on December 15 ; each begins promptly  at 9:00 am and ends by 11:00 am. 

The 9:15 Family Service will not take place on December 16 .

Please contact Brianna McCarty with questions. 
Sanctuary Cinema screenings begin:
Friday, January 11, 2019, 7 pm
Please join us in the Guild Hall at 7 pm for a free showing of the first movie in our Sanctuary Cinema Screening series: Blackkklansman , directed by Spike Lee. Popcorn provided, guided discussion follows. 
Where Do We Go From Here:
Chaos or Community?
written by The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. :
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in reading of this book by The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we look to celebrate his life and legacy in January. On January 20, 2019, there will be a Rector’s Forum at 10 am and a chat at 12 Noon to reflect on this book. Whether you read the entire book, part of it or not at all, please join in the conversation.

This book is available at Barnes and Noble or Amazon
Participants in Prayer sought
What: A less formal service of Evening Prayer

When: Mondays through Fridays beginning, Monday, January 7

Time:  5:30 pm is suggested but open to input

Where:  Side chapel area

Other: Lay officiants welcome if you can commit to one evening a week
         Service should last about 25 minutes
(one reading and the psalms for the day)

The plan is to pause briefly for group reflection on the reading
and to leave time for personal prayer at the end.

There may be some a cappella singing, depending on
the officiant of the day

Please let me know if you are interested
in attending or leading this service, Erika+ 
Grace Schedule of Upcoming Baptismal Dates

As is a parish church tradition, no more than seven Candidates are Baptized as a group during an 11 am service of Holy Eucharist with Baptisms. 

Here are the upcoming dates:
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 am – 5 spots remaining
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019, 11:00 am – 5 spots remaining
Please contact Christian DeRuiter, Parish Administrator, for more information and to obtain an application.
Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy, Sybil, Jacob, Eric & Frances, Lesley, Sandra, Bill & Renee, Donald, and Donna.
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