26 Dec  2018
MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF GRACE!
We hope that you are continuing to experience hope, love, joy, and peace this holiday season.

Did you know that the season of Christmas continues beyond Christmas Day? It continues for 12 days, and it's more than a jingle we sing on road trips.

These 12 Days of Christmas lead us into Epiphany, or The Day of the Kings. (You may read more herebit.ly/DayOfTheKings.)  During the 12 Days of Christmas follow us on social media (Facebook +/or Instagram, @graceonponce)  for daily inspirations, thoughts to ponder, and more.

2018 has been a wonderfully full year at Grace, and we thank you so much for your support. With you we are able to continue to be a community of reaching, feeding, and welcoming our neighbors. See ya in 2019! 
VOLUNTEER TO HELP DELIVER BREAD TO NEIGHBORS IN NEED
Once a week, members of the Grace community drop by the Ansley Mall Publix to pick up good bread that they can no longer sell and deliver it to places that help feed our neighbors in need.

We need a few more people to add to our list of volunteers. Your signing up to deliver bread just 1 day per month will be a big help! Interested? Contact Carol Oliver at 404.634.7330.
SEE ALL THE PEOPLE: OPENING THE DOORS OF WORSHIP
"Here's the church, here's the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people."  This classic children's rhyme tells us a lot about worship, but not in the way we may think.

Join Pastor Stacey, Sundays, January 6-27th, 10am, for a four-week (4-week) class that explores how the doors of worship are opening to and for the next generation. Register for FREE here: (bit.ly/WorshipSmallGroupJanuary2019).

(Meeting in the Living Room, 1st Floor)
KIDS @ GRACE SPRING PROGRAMMING KICKS OFF WITH A PARTY
Our spring programming kicks off with a party on Sunday, January 13th at 12:30pm.

Then join us for the next six (6) weeks as we explore the topic of friendship through the movie, UP! and biblical stories, focusing on John 13:34, "Love one another as I have loved you."

We'll be in the Fellowship Hall from 12:30-2pm with food, fun and fellowship.  (Ages Pre-K - 5th Grade)
BROADWAY BRUNCH: "FATHER-SON CAMPOUT"
Looking forward to camping out, father-son style for our January Broadway Brunch!

Join us on Sunday, January 20th, 11am, in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy Grace's new, wonderful, insightful, fun, and delicious way of doing Sunday mornings with this 30-minute, 1-act play by award-winning, local playwright, Hank Kimmel, directed by one of Atlanta's Best Bets, Mia Kristin Smith, and featuring Robert Bryan Davis and Fred Galyean - with music from CC Sunchild and catered by Pay It Forkward Food Truck/Chef Jess.
 
Admission is FREE and open to all, but please be sure to RSVP via EventBrite here  (bit.ly/BroadwayBrunchJanuary2019) or by emailing the church office (office at graceonponce.org). Your RSVP helps us plan best. You may also make a financial donation to help support the arts at Grace, which you may give during the offering or online - designating "Broadway Brunch." For online donations, visit here. (bit.ly/DonateToGrace ) .

Broadway Brunch (BB) features some of the best of Atlanta's theatrical talent and restaurants, chefs, and caterers. BB is also one of the ways we connect to community through some of Atlanta's best nonprofits doing work around the themes we explore. Stay tuned for this month's featured organization. We look forward to enjoying good stories with good messages, good food, and doing good work with you every 3rd Sunday at Grace.

Sponsored by: Pay It Forkward Food Truck, Scarlett Loves Rhettro Antiques, and West End Print Shop
SUPERBOWL CHILI COOK-OFF AND SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF
Let's kick off something new together! We invite you on Sunday, January 27th, following worship in the Fellowship Hall, to bring your best chili recipe to the cook-off as we kick off new small groups. Sign up your chili here: (bit.ly/ChiliCookOff2019).

Taste the entries to determine the winner of the cook-off while you learn about our small-group opportunities forming around Metro Atlanta. We hope you'll sign up for one that fits you best.
WORSHIP DESIGN TEAM
Whether you have ideas and inspiration for one (1) worship experience or for several, share your creativity with us - help us to design our weekly and special/seasonal worship experiences.

What a treat it is to share with community the music, words, and visuals that touch our own hearts and souls!
 
To learn more and to sign up, please contact pastor candi (cdugas@graceonponce.org or 404.876.2679).
SHARE YOUR VOICE WITH US IN WORSHIP!
We are looking for a few folks to share your voice by reading scripture, poems, and other inspirational writings.

To learn more and to sign up, please contact Bess Walthour via the church office
(office at graceonponce.org).

And to sign up for other areas or worship,  visit here

  • Greeters
  • Communion Servers
  • Audio/Visual Team
For more info, please contact the church office (office at graceonponce.org, 404.876.2678).

and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Calendar 

Monday, December 24, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Church office closed for the Christmas and New Year's Holidays. The office reopens on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Sunday, January 6
See All the People: Opening the Doors of Worship Small Group,  10am, Living Room

Epiphany Sunday

Tuesday, January 8
Needles & Prayers

Sunday, January 13
See All the People: Opening the Doors of Worship Small Group,  10am, Living Room

Kids @ Grace Winter Kick-off Party, 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall

Sunday, January 20
See All the People: Opening the Doors of Worship Small Group,  10am, Living Room

Broadway Brunch, 11am, Fellowship Hall

Kids @ Grace, 12:30pm, Grace Café

Tuesday, January 22
Needles & Prayers

Sunday, January 27
See All the People: Opening the Doors of Worship Small Group,  10am, Living Room

Superbowl Chili Cook-off and Small Group Kick-off, following worship, Fellowship Hall

Kids @ Grace, 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall


Congregational Care

PRAYER REQUESTS
Please remember in your prayers all who are experiencing health issues/recovering from them, and other life events:
  • Jean Carter
  • Johnnie Chappell
  • Charlie Hunter
  • Jane Ingle
  • Rev. Arthur McClenton
  • Betty Nash
  • Charles Webb
  • Steve Weldon

Sharing Our Gifts
Give to Grace. Safe, secure, one-time or recurring, tax-deductible giving is available by visiting
bit.ly/DonateToGrace or by scanning the below QR code.


Your gifts make a difference in the lives of our church and community.

And remember that Grace's financial documents are open and available. Simply email our financial assistant, Nora Harris (nharris@graceonponce.org), with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your faithful support of the work that God is doing through Grace Church!





Grace UMC Staff
Rev. Stacey Rushing, Lead Pastor

rev. dr. candi dugas, Interim Pastor of Worship and Arts

Minister Corrie Alexander, Minister of Growth and Discipleship

Ms. Nora Harris, Financial Assistant

During this interim period, pastor candi continues to serve as Grace's Office Manager. You may reach the office via our main number and email (404.876.2678; office at graceonponce.org).

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-876-2678

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