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Advent Schedule (November 26-January 7)

9:00 a.m. - Adult/Youth Education

10:00 a.m. - Worship Service*

Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

9:30 a.m. - Holiday Fellowship

10:00 a.m. - Worship Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 5:00 p.m.

Winter Schedule (beginning January 14)

9:00 a.m. - First Worship Service*

10:00 a.m. - Adult/Youth Education

11:00 a.m. - Second Worship Service*

*First/Third Sunday Communion

Consulate Nursing Home Vespers Service - Sunday, December 10 - 3:30 p.m.

Grace Covenant does the Vespers Service the second Sunday of every month at Consulate Nursing Home. If you are able to come and help, or would like additional information, please contact Mark Begly at mlbegly@yahoo.com.

Youth Progressive Dinner - Sunday, December 10 - 4:45 p.m.

This year the youth will be celebrating Christmas with a Progressive Dinner on December 10. We will meet at the church at 4:45 p.m. and finish at 8:30 p.m. right back at the church. All students grades 6-12 are encouraged to come and bring friends! Please RSVP to Taylor Howsmon at taylor@gracecovpca.org.

Shelter Week Training - Sunday, December 17 - After the Service

Important training for all volunteers will be after church on December 17 in the Worship Area. To be prepared, volunteers should attend. If you are unable to participate on the 17th, contact Fran Geissler at frangeissler075@gmail.com. Thank you to all the Shelter Week volunteers – this doesn’t happen without you!

Shelter Week at Grace Covenant - Tuesday-Sunday, December 26-31

Calling all Early Risers and Night Owls – We are still looking for those special folks who get up early or go to bed late to help with the homeless shelter during Christmas Week. There are many opportunities to help and many ways to serve. Information is available in the Commons along with the time slots that need to be filled. For questions, contact one of the Deacons or Fran Geissler at frangeissler075@gmail.com (note this is a new email address for Fran). Please be praying about how you can participate in this important service. You can learn more about the work of COFM at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9WHrrSJ_ew.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree gifts should be at church today. If your present is going to be late, please contact Mary Slade (slade_brigade@hotmail.com) so she knows it will be arriving! If you would like to help deliver gifts on behalf of the parent in prison on December 16, at 8:45, we could use a few more volunteers. If you are interested, contact Mary.

Nursery Schedule

The new nursery schedule for volunteers will be created soon. Please contact Mary Slade (slade_brigade@hotmail.com) with any requests or changes. The schedule will cover early January through April. If you would like to become a new volunteer, please contact Starr Van Wingerden (starr@gracecovpca.org).

Year End Giving

Contribution checks must be delivered or mailed (and postmarked) by December 31 in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2017. Checks that are placed in the church offering on the first Sunday in 2018 will not qualify for a charitable contribution deduction in 2017, even if the check is postdated to 2017 or was actually written in 2017. However, checks that are written, mailed, and postmarked in 2017 will be deductible in 2017, even if they are not received until 2018. Options for regular and end of year giving include our Sunday morning offering, mailing a check to the church, using the bill-pay service at your financial institution, or making an online donation through our secure portal at (http://www.gracecovpca.org/#/about-us/giving). We may also accept your ‘other than cash’ gifts such as stocks, mutual funds, and bonds, which we process through the PCA Foundation (https://pcafoundation.com/churches/gift-processing/). If you have questions, please contact Kathy Buhl (220-0147/kathy@gracecovpca.org).

Calling All Yarn Crafters!

Hello church yarn crafters! We will once again be collecting handmade scarves and hats to distribute to the homeless during Grace's Shelter Week. Grace is hosting much earlier in the season than the past few years, allowing us an earlier opportunity to provide our guests warmth for the colder winter months. Unfortunately, that means that we have only 4 weeks until our guests arrive...so let's start knitting/crocheting! A basket will be placed in the church foyer to collect your completed scarves and hats. (Handmade items, only, please.) Please contact Deb Simmons (757-877-0044) if you have any questions, or need any yarn.

Greeters Needed

We desire that Grace Covenant Church be a welcoming place to everyone who comes through our doors. One of the first connections that people have is with our greeters…and we need more! This is a once a month commitment. If you think this is an area of ministry that God would have you participate in, please indicate that on the In Touch With Grace form or contact Kathy Buhl (kathy@gracecovpca.org / 757-220-0147).

“Cultivating Your Marriage” Conference

You are invited to a “Cultivating Your Marriage” Conference – a live marriage conference with Dr. Timothy Lane sponsored by a consortium of Hampton Roads churches on March 2-3. The cost is $25/person (meals and hotel not included). Find more info and sign up at bit.ly/cmr2018.

Call to Pray

God has given us the privilege of participating in His Kingdom work through our prayers and blesses the body as we pray together. At Grace Covenant, we have teams of folks who pray during the sermon portion of each service. We need your help! If you have a desire to pray and see God at work, and can commit to pray one Sunday a month, please note that on the In Touch With Grace form or contact Kathy Buhl (kathy@gracecovpca.org/757-220-0147). Paul asked the Corinthian church to pray…You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (1 Co. 1:11)...may we do the same today.

Grace Covenant Library

Thanks to the efforts of Tim Nargi, Grace Covenant’s Librarian, we are ready for business! All of our books have been catalogued and posted to our library program. Our checkout system is much like a public library, in order to help us keep track of books and decide on future resources. To check out materials, you will need to use a library card. If you would like to obtain a card, contact Tim at library@gracecovpca.org. You can also find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GraceCovPCALibrary) or Browse Books At Home (http://17070.rmwebopac.com). Also, if you took out books prior to this time, please return them to the library and deposit them in the Book Drop box for processing…thanks!

FISH Needs

FISH is always in need of food items throughout the year. You can help by bringing dried, boxed or canned items to the church and depositing them at the table in the Commons. There are lists of suggested items available, as well as exhibited. Thanks to Dean and Martha Mitchell who deliver our contributions to FISH.

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