December 19, 2019
Hey, Grace’rs,

It’s the final weekend of Advent and we’ll get you ready for Christmas as we wrap up our Advent Series, Christmas Goes Caroling, by looking at the Christmas Carol,  Away in a Manger. Families with last names starting with L-R have the food table this weekend.

And don’t miss our final After Saturday@5 Christmas Event: The Annual Candy Cane Hunt!
Coming Up:
Worship Weekends: 

  • 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
  • December 28/29: Annual Grace Cookies, Carols, and Communion Christmas Party Worship Service

Coming in January: Navigating Life in a Digital World

15 Top Grace Moments
(Counting down to our 15 Anniversary in March, 2020)

Grace Moment #4:
December 24, 2010—First Christmas Eve on the New Campus
Over 2000 attended the services
Please bring Christmas Cookies to Share when you come to one of the Christmas services.
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: 609
Offerings: General $39,411 + $5,430.50 online/text = $44,841.50; Men’s $200; FMSC $1,751 + 680 online/text = $2,431; Missions $50 online/text; Youth $20 online/text; Noisy Offering $32.48

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

If you are a Thrivent member, you have an opportunity each year to direct your  Thrivent Choice Dollars  to  Community of Grace Lutheran Church , Peoria AZ. By directing Choice Dollars(R) through Thrivent Choice, eligible members log in ( ) and recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes some of its charitable outreach grant dollars among thousands of participating nonprofit organizations and congregations. Thrivent Choice Dollars are intended to complement, not replace, your continued personal donations. For more information, contact
Humble beginnings that changed the world. And it all started in a manger. See you 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