November 15, 2019
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November Voter’s Meeting SUNDAY at 12:00!
The Council and Elders have two action items for consideration and voting by the Assembly. Election of Administrative Council Officers - Council Nominees: Bob Glaser - Vice President, Toni Johnson - 
Secretary. Elder Nominees: AJ Brumfield, Ron Carter, Dean Richmond. Adoption of a Resolution to Re-Finance Current Capital Debt: This 
action item, recommended by the Administrative Council will enable the re-finance of our only remaining capital debt loan; on the two story classroom building. The recommendation is to remain with the 
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF); the terms are: Re-finance existing loan balance of $1,247,240. Fixed rate for 10 years at 4.125% Over an amortization term of 30 years. Monthly payments at $6,045 (current payment level is $7,581 per month. Thus we will experience a benefit to our current cash flow challenges.
Also SUNDAY our BOOK FAIR is on campus in room 506 right off the patio! Come in and do some Christmas shopping! All purchases help the Grace Christian School Library!
Have Your Photo Taken SUNDAY! Only one week left..... 
Be a part of our online photo directory! Photos are being taken in the 
Welcome Center Sunday, November 17 and 24. We also need you to complete a form for the information you would like in the directory. You may also e-mail a family photo or selfie to vlippman@gracelcms.net AND complete the online form at:  https://tinyurl.com/Grace-Directory-2019 This info will be merged to create our first online church directory. This service is free to our Grace members and all information is secure via instantchurchdirectoryonline. We will keep you updated as our directory builds.
Grace Latino Ministries Turkey Drive 
Our Latino ministry has 50 families in need of a Thanksgiving dinner this year. We are asking for your help with donations of the following: Turkeys and hams, gift cards or cash. Checks may be written to Grace Latino Ministry and please specify “Turkey drive” in the memo line. Donations can be dropped off in the church office Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Or you may place your monetary donation in the offering plate. Our Thanksgiving turkeys will be delivered to families November 24th. For any questions please call Alicia or Ana at 760-745-0831 Ext. 7109
TAMALE TIME!
Our Grace Latino Ministry is making tamales for YOU and your FAMILY! Orders are now being taken! Order forms can be found at the Connection Table or order on line at https://tinyurl.com/GraceTamales2019
Choose from: Green Chicken, Red Pork, Jalapeno & Cheese, Sweet 
Pineapple, and NEW Sweet Strawberry (Coming soon)
$22 for one dozen or $15 for a half dozen 
Choose your order pickup date on the order form. For any questions contact Ana or Alicia in the church office at:760-745-0831 ext 7109 or 
glm@gracelcms.net Thank you for supporting Grace Latino Ministry!
Landing now in a neighborhood near you......
Our 7th grade class is getting creative with their fundraisers for Washington DC next year. They will "Flock a Friend" for you and you will receive much enjoyment! See the flyers below for complete information and download an order form HERE. (You might want to get anti-flocking insurance)
Did We Mention PIE?!   
Here’s what’s up...
Project Godway is having a Parking Lot FUNdrasier AND BAKE Sale! SATURDAY, 
November 23rd in the Grace church parking lot!  All are welcome to join us for the sale AND Order Your Thanksgiving Pie and pick up day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, in Church office! Also, samples and other baked goods available for purchase to shoppers at our parking lot sale!
Pies samples will also be available and can be ordered Sunday, November 24, After the 8am and 9:30am services or text Amy, 619-957-5505, to order your pie. Apple $20, Pumpkin $20, Pecan $25 
PARKING LOT SALE Call/text Amy if you need to arrange for pickup for donated items- 619-957-5505. Thanks to the generous donations from everyone, the Garage sale has been one of our biggest fundraisers the past three years! We pray that the Lord will bless our endeavors once again. Thank you for helping Project Godway!
WE ALSO NEED--- Help! Moving Truck and Men Needed on 11/22! 
We will need a moving truck and men to help pickup and lift furniture on 11/22. Please let us know if this is something you can help with. Amy- amykbot@gmail.com, 619-957-5505
SEE YOU ON THE 23rd IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT FOR OUR SALE!
Do you have a business you'd like to promote to our school families?
Place an AD in our school yearbook! Download a form HERE
Operation Christmas Child Season is Here!
This is the last week for O.C.C! You may also donate to the cost of shipping the Shoeboxes which is $9. Grace will again this year be a public OCC Shoebox Collection Center from November 18th -25th. We still NEED VOLUNTEERS! We will be receiving shoeboxes from other churches and the general public and packing them into shipping boxes to go to the Southern California Warehouse. It’s easy and fun and we need to build teams of 4-6 people for the following schedule:
Tue, Nov. 19: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 20: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 21: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 22: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 23: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mon, Nov. 25: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Please sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/OCC-Sign-Up-2019 
Or contact Pastor Scott at psgary59@gmail.com for any questions.
Adopt A Family for Christmas
A tradition at Grace is the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Tree. This is a special tree in the welcome center decorated with “ornaments” reflecting the needs of a family that may be going through tough times and could use a little Christ Child cheer. Do you know a family that fits this scenario? Pick up an application in the welcome center and look for the “ornaments” to be placed on the tree in upcoming weeks. All applications must be received by November 26th and are confidential. Questions can be directed to Alicia in the church office. ahaase@gracelcms.net 
760-745-8031
December Children’s Church Presents - Christmas Traditions
Join us in December at 9:30 in the gym for:
December 1st - Christmas card creations
December 8th - Decorating ornaments & Christmas cookies
December 15th - Creating Family Christmas wreaths
December 22nd - Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration
For more information see one of our Children’s Church teachers in the gym or contact Patti at pmcdonald@gracelcms.net
Gingerbread Houses!
Yes! We WILL be building Gingerbread Houses at Grace on December 6th at 6:00 PM. Thank you to Amanda and Erika and their team for leading this event! There will also be a pizza dinner to start the evening off. Signup information will be available soon, so save the date and bring your friends and family! This is always a fun event!
Women’s Ministry Book Club
We will be getting together for our book discussion on Thursday, Nov. 21. This month our book club will be reading “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger. It is the story of four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. It has received high reviews & promises to be a great read. We will meet at the home of Judi Anderson to discuss the book. The gate code is #1532. Hope you can join us!
Grace in the Annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade!
Let’s get Grace out there in the community ~ Join us in the parade! We need people to walk the parade route with us, volunteers to help build our float and people to help with the costumes. The Jaycees theme this year is “A Quest for Christmas.” Our float will feature the Wise Men on their “quest.” Won’t you join us? Contact Ben Elliott at belliott@gracelcms.net
Prayers of the People
Our "Prayers for the People" prayer list can now be found in our prayer alcove in the welcome center as well as clicking HERE.

Small Group or Bible Study information can be found HERE.
Don't forget to click on the links below for more info on Grace and the Pacific Southwest District
Click HERE for K-8 News
Click HERE for Preschool News
Church Attendance
11/10/2019

8:00 - 88
9:30 - 140
10:45 - 65
(includes Bible Study Worship)
         
TOTAL: 293
Church Attendance
This week in 2018

Total 263
Church Giving for October (4th month of fiscal year)

Actual for October 2019  $39,791
Budgeted October 2019     $56,881

Year to Date
Actual Giving   (July 2019 to June 2020)    $169,852
Budget Amount (July 2019 to June 2020)     $218,350
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