GRACE NOTES
December 29 - January 5, 2020
Grace continues offering in-person worship opportunities, including two worship services in the Sanctuary, while online worship services continue.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to discern a faithful, safe approach to in-person worship!

We are excited to share new opportunities for Holy Communion in the coming weeks.

For those who attend the in-person worship services, Communion will now be offered outside on the porch as everyone departs.

For those who are not yet attending worship in-person, Grace's pastors will be offering dedicated times to visit and provide the sacrament (outdoors only). Click on the following links to schedule some time for a pastor to visit you.

Click here for the weekly options, offered at 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the coming months.

Click here for the 'flex' time slots, and a pastor will be in contact with you to schedule a time that works for everyone.
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Click here to signup for in-person worship on JANUARY 3 at 8:30.

Click here to signup for in-person worship on JANUARY 3 at 11:00.

Click the video image for
the Lessons and Carols Worship Service Video
from December 27.


Click here for the worship guide.
We invite you to "like", comment on, and share these videos!
Each Sunday we continue to worship together online. These services are posted on the Grace Facebook page and on our website.
Sundays with Grace

Our Sunday morning worship and fellowship opportunities are going strong!

Facebook Premiere worship begins at 11am

Facebook Live Coffee Hour starts at noon

We look forward to being with you online this Sunday!
WORSHIP ASSISTANT VIDEOS CONTINUE

We have been blessed to see one another in worship through our online worship assistants! Thanks to make quick responders who volunteered to lead us on Christmas Eve and December 3rd!

We still need help for the first Sunday of 2021! If you are interested in providing a worship assistant video, please click here to sign up for Sunday, January 3, and Pr. Gregg will contact you with the details you'll need.

Thanks to all who have helped lead us in worship so far and all those who will be leading us in the weeks to come!
END OF YEAR GIVING - As the year comes to a close, we look back on the wonderful ministry we have done together in 2020, and we give thanks for the financial gifts that were given to make this ministry happen. Your continued faithful support of our ministry will enable us to finish this year’s work strong and position us well to begin next year’s ministry in January.
 
Please remember that for financial donations to be counted towards 2020 tax deductions, they must be received in 2020. Grace will make its final 2020 deposit on Thursday, Dec. 31, so please have your giving to the church office by 5pm on Wednesday, December 30 if you would like to make it count for this fiscal year. Thank you! 
Your Gifts at Work in the Community

Grace has long been committed to fighting hunger in our community. One of our biggest Outreach ministries in recent years has been the Hunger Outreach Program, which involves preparing and delivering meals in the community. During the pandemic, our ability to do this work has been limited, but the need has continued to grow.

The Outreach Committee decided to redirect the remaining Hunger Outreach Funds from 2020 to local hunger relief programs.
This month, we were able to donate $1,961.35 each to The Manna House Pantry and Hope of Rock Hill.

Pr. Rachel was able to deliver these checks personally and hear a bit about the work being done by these organizations. You can read about them below, and click on the images to visit their websites.

Thank you for your continued generosity, which helps Grace share the love and care of God with our neighbors!
Hope of Rock Hill is just a block from Grace, serving our closest neighbors. Hope has been able to stay open during the entire pandemic, which is a blessing, as the need for food has grown.

Gordon Bell, the Director of Operations, told Pr. Rachel that in the last month, Hope has served 1,800 people. He thanks Grace for our ongoing generosity and support.
Manna House moved into the Pathways facility just as the pandemic was beginning, but they quickly adapted and created a streamlined, curbside process for giving out fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items, along with non-perishable staples, every Saturday.

Gloria, who gave Pr. Rachel a tour of the facility, shared that on Thanksgiving weekend, they served 315 families, and 289 families the first week in December. Gloria thanked Grace for our support of Manna House and invited members to come by on a Saturday to see how this program is going.
Dear Grace Family, 

We are saddened to inform you that Ed Miller passed away on December 24, 2020.

In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, we entrust Ed to God. 

Our sympathy and prayers enfold his family, especially his wife Theresa, in this time of grief. 

If you would like to send Theresa and/or her family a card, you may mail it to:
Mrs. Theresa Miller
615 Rhoden Ct
Catawba, SC 29704-7783
Grace's Annual Christmas Concert
Click the video image to watch this year's performance.
Young Youth & Youth Christmas Party Zooms

On December 13th, 9 Young Youth & 9 Youth joined Pr. Rachel & Pr. Gregg for an online Christmas Party! Each person got a kit delivered ahead of time full of party surprises.

They all had a great time
drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn while playing trivia, racing to build snowmen,
pulling crackers and telling jokes,
playing bingo with jelly bean markers,
making ornaments,
sharing holiday traditions,
and opening a present!

It was wonderful to have fun and celebrate the season together!

Click HERE to see pictures of the games, ornaments, and fun.

Info about spring plans for Young Youth and Youth will be out in early January.
Stewardship Commitments & Celebration

91 households
have made their commitment for 2021, with a total of
$456,494
already committed for ministry!

THANK YOU!
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There is still time to be part of the celebration!

If you have not yet had the chance, please join us in committing to
ministry in 2021 by mailing your Commitment Card to Grace,
or using the electronic form here to send it in.

Some have asked if they should turn in a card if they are giving automatically, or if their giving will remain the same - YES, please!

Every commitment matters.
Every offering is a vital part of fulfilling our ministry at Grace.

The generosity of our congregation is truly a blessing!
We are so grateful for your ongoing giving to Grace in 2020! Thank you for continuing to faithfully offer your gifts back to God and God's work here at Grace. Our ministries are continuing to adapt and find ways forward, thanks to your support.

At the end of 2020, financial gifts exceeding our 2020 expenses will be a surplus. At our Congregation Meeting in November, we voted to designate that surplus in the percentages you see above. We are excited about the additional ministry we will be able to carry out this year because of your generosity! Thank you!
What's Happening with Hospitality?
Painting Progress: We are down to the FINAL ROOM to be painted!
We are so grateful to everyone who has participated in this project.

We are taking a pause for the last 2 weeks of 2020, but we'll be back at it in January, putting the final touches on these projects!
Updates on our 'Equipping Ourselves for Hospitality' Goal for 2020

Click here to see updates and photos of some of our projects!

Your continued generosity this year has paved the way for us to complete these projects, knowing we have the financial and faith-filled support we need to make our Hospitality goal a reality! Thank you!
Click on the video image for a
message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

This week Bishop Eaton shares a Christmas message with us.
The Stewardship Committee appreciates and recognizes people and groups within Grace that continue to Equip Grace for Today, Tomorrow, and the Next 100 Years! Click on the image to read December's Caught You Caring.
Taking Faith Home carries the previous Sunday's themes throughout the week. These devotions include daily Scripture readings, prayers, hymn suggestions, milestones, conversation starters, service opportunities, and at-home rituals.

Click here for the week of December 27
Click here for New Year's Day January 1
Click here for the week of January 3
Offering Our Gifts to God - Monetary Offering

Part of our worship is offering our gifts to God. While we are apart, it is still faithful to offer our gifts. You can give in several ways:
  • Give online by clicking here (and you have the option to offset the cost of giving online)
  • Set up giving though your bank
  • Mail your offering to the church office.

Thank you for continued faithful giving!
2021 Offering Envelopes

To save money we do not plan on mailing envelopes to those of you who, during this pandemic, have been using online giving and/or having your banks send checks directly to Grace rather than using your envelopes. When “normal” Sunday services return, some of you probably will want to restart using weekly envelopes. If so, just let us know and we will issue you a 2021 set. In the meantime, many thanks for your faithful giving through these difficult times.
Men's Bible Study

Join us for a Men's Book Study on Sunday mornings at 9:30am via Zoom - note the new starting time!

We are studying "Unafraid " by Adam Hamilton. Each week we are led by a different member of our group of 'Men-in-Training' and the conversation has been meaningful. Those interested in participating should contact Pr. Gregg to get added to the Realm group where the meeting link is posted. There's always room for one more!
Gifts & Talents Pictures

Our worship has been enhanced by your photos of projects, experiences, and joys - thank you for sharing! We would love to see more of what you're doing - please send photos to our Video Editor, Craig Allen by clicking here.
Our Daily Bread Devotionals
If you would like us to mail you a copy of the December, January, February devotional, please email the church office.
Congregation Connections
Click the image for
our current
Grace Prayer List
Click the image for
our current
Memorials & Honor Gifts
Click the image
for our
December Birthdays
Click the image
for our
January Birthdays
Can We Help?
This pandemic has affected each of us, but may have affected us in different ways. If you are in need of help (of any kind), please reach out to the pastors.
We can find connections to resources and/or support together.
We want to walk with you.
Please call or email us.
November Giving and Expenses

November Received $68,261
November Expenses $51,459
Budgeted to Spend $50,852

YTD Received $616,038
YTD Expenses $500,305
YTD Budgeted to Spend $559,372
Stay connected! Click on the links below!
In-person activities at
Grace Lutheran Church are suspended until further notice.
At this time, please do not come
to the church building.
We are praying for the health and well-being of our community and world.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
426 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730
803.324.5295 www.gracerockhill.com

(740) 312-5774 (Pastor Gregg’s cell)
(864) 230-3816 (Pastor Rachel’s cell)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm