December 5, 2019
Hey, Grace’rs,

This weekend, as we continue our Advent Adventure, we’re going to look at the story behind the Christmas Song: Mary Did You Know? Families with last names starting with A-F have the food table this weekend. 

Also, check out our AfterSaturday@5 special event: Decorating Cookies.
Coming Up:
Worship Weekends: 
  • December 7/8: Christmas Goes Caroling: The Story Behind Mary Did You Know?
  • December 14/15: Christmas Goes Caroling: The Story Behind O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
  • December 21/22: Christmas Goes Caroling: The Story Behind Away in a Manger
  • December 23: Christmas Eve Eve Service@6:30 pm
  • December 24: Christmas Eve Services@3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30

Coming in January: Navigating Life in a Digital World

Please bring some cookies to share with you this weekend for the big, boffo Christmas Party between the shows. Stay after the 2:30 performance or come early to the 5 pm show. Free hot chocolate, cookies, and pictures with Santa! (By the way, only a few tickets left for the 5 pm show. 2:30 is sold out.)
For more information on everything happening at Grace, please visit our information table in the lobby, or visit our website:
Stats and Stuff
Worship Attendance: 706
Offerings:  General $19,201.89 + $4,871.25 online/text + $4,305 ACH = $28,378.14. Mission $450 + $175 online/text = $625. Samaritan $15 ACH. Refresh the Campus $50 ACH. Hunger $25 online/text. Youth $45 online/text. FMSC $609. Noisy Offering $63.69

This is a reminder that all contributions for 2019 need to be received by our office, posted online or postmarked by December 31, 2019.
The office will be closed from December 25 until January 2, so if you're making your contribution in person, you'll want to put your contribution into the offering basket on the weekend of December 28/29

If you set up a Bill Pay service with your bank, and you direct them to issue the payment to us by December 31, that will qualify as a year-end gift, even if we receive it from the bank after the first of the year. The beauty of Bill Pay is that we do not get charged a credit card fee for that like we do with online or text gifts.

For your convenience, you could do online giving by going to our website at and go to the More Tab to scroll down to Online Giving.
Or, you could use TEXT giving: (623) 295-2484. We get charged a 3% credit/debit card fee for online and text gifts.

Tax-free IRA withdrawals for charity
Anyone over 70-1/2 may take tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA if the money is distributed directly to an eligible charity. While retirees can't also take a deduction for that contribution, the money won't count as income. So it won't hurt when it comes to other taxes, such as those imposed on Social Security benefits when income exceeds a certain level.
Those contributions would be directed to:
Community of Grace Lutheran Church (Fed ID #20-2336497)
10561 W Pinnacle Peak Rd. Peoria AZ 85383
Imagine what it must have been like to be Mary. Find out more about this incredible woman of faith this weekend.
Pastor Tim
Pastor Tim
Pastor Kathleen
Pastor Kathleen
10561 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. (107th Ave. & Pinnacle Peak) | Peoria, AZ 85383
Office Phone: 623-572-0050 | Emergency Phone: 480-457-0253

Service Times: Sat 5 PM | Sun 8:45 & 10:15 AM