Grace Episcopal Church 
Weekly Update
December 3, 2019
Christmas Christian nativity scene_ three wise men or kings_ farm animals and star of Bethlehem

What an amazing start to the Advent Season, and it would not have been possible without you!

From decorating on Saturday to the Advent Breakfast on Sunday, it was a beautiful weekend filled with worship, fellowship and wonderful food. Thank you to everyone for making it so special!
For our 2019 Advent Luncheon Series, you are invited to write a reflection(s) on the wonder of the season. We will then use those reflections to guide our time together each week. Of course, you are not required to write a reflection in order to participate in the Advent Luncheon Series. You may simply come and enjoy communion, lunch, and conversation! If you would like to join the group, p lease RSVP to

Week #1: Wonder in Light
“I am the Light of the world.Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but 
will have the light of life.”  - John 8:12
How has the light of Christ been a light in your life?
Submit Week #1 reflections by Tuesday, December 3.
You may email them to

Week #2: Wonder in Life
“I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly” – John 10:10
How has the gift of Christ made your life more abundant?
Submit Week #2 reflections by Tuesday, December 10.

Please mark your calendars to join us as we officially welcome several new families to Grace.

We will come together on December 15th at the 11:00 am service for a New Member Recognition.

Emily has heard from several people about being a part of this celebration but it's not too late if you haven't contacted her yet. Email Emily at so she can provide some detail for you about becoming a part of this community.
Click here of you would like to see Emily's December 1st sermon 120119 Sermon
Other Announcements

First Friday Muffin Ministry - Join Emily on Friday, December 6th at 9:00 am to help make and deliver muffins to members who are home bound, under the weather or just need a little pick me up.

Lessons and Carols - This Sunday, December 8th at 7 pm is our special Lessons and Carols service. We need lots of folks to help with the multiple readings so please check out the Advent Server Schedule link to see where you might be able to fill in: 2019 Advent Server Schedule

Christmas Mother - Grace will be sponsoring 3 elderly adult individuals this year thru the Goochland Christmas Mother. A sign up sheet will be on the Parish Hall bulletin board this weekend. If you would prefer not to shop you but would like to offer a financial contribution, please make the check out to Grace Church with a note in the memo designating the Christmas Mother. Questions? Contact Kate Sarfaty at

Community Prayer Service/Caroling - The next Community Prayer Service will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 5 pm. Christmas Caroling and a light pick up dinner will follow. Youth are encouraged to attend! RSVP to Emily by Friday, December 13th if you and/or your child are interested in participating!

Christmas Eve Servers - We will continue to attach the 2019 Advent Server Schedule several times over the next few weeks so we can hopefully fill the needed positions! Click here to see the list 2019 Advent Server Schedule If you are new or have never served in any capacity during worship, let Emily know and she will train you. It's a wonderful way to participate.
Coffee Hour Sign Up
December 8
December 15 - Vestry
December 22
December 29

A sign up is on the Parish Hall bulletin board! Please consider helping with the Coffee Hour Ministry!
Looking Ahead
  • Wake Up with Grace - Every Wednesday at 8:30 am at Courthouse Market
  • Men's Group & Needlework Group - First and Third Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • First Friday Muffin Ministry - December 6th at 9:00 am
  • Lessons and Carols - December 8th at 7:00 pm
  • Grace Cares Meeting - December 10th at 11:00 am
  • Vestry Meeting - December 12th at 6:30 pm
  • Community Prayer Service - December 14th at 5:00 pm
  • Christmas Caroling - December 14th at 6:00 pm (after Community Prayer)
  • New Member Blessing and Recognition - December 15th at 11:00 am
  • Hanging of the Greens/Cookie and Ornament Making - December 21st at 10:00 am

If you have an announcement, please email it to Cindy Harper at  by  Wednesday morning each week. 
This Sunday at a Glance
Rite II Worship Service - 9:00 am
Rite II Worship Service - 11:00 am
(nursery care provided at 11:00 am)
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 pm

Lectionary Readings for Sunday December 8, 2019:
Matthew 3:1-12
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13