Here is what's happening at Grace!
Sunday September 24th, 2017
Hebrews Chapter 4
Time: 9:15 a.m & 11:00 a.m
CONNECT EVENT SUNDAY
After each service we will be having Connect Events in the Community Room. These 20 minute gatherings will provide opportunities for anyone who is new to Grace or anyone who feels unconnected to meet key ministry leaders and learn from them how you might better integrate into the culture and mission of Grace.
With the beginning of September comes our Small Group launch! Check out the Small Groups tab to stay up to date with current groups, locations and contact information. www.gracecommunity.ca/smallgroups
A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM 2017 - Mark your calendars
ANIB will run from 6-9 pm on Fri. Nov. 24th, Sat., Nov. 25th & Sun. Nov. 26th this year. Please plan to help share the story of the birth of Christ with our Community! Begin praying for who you might invite to ANIB and how you can help volunteer.
Thank-you to the Team leaders who have volunteered to help Co-ordinate ANIB this year!! We will begin the sign up for individual roles for ANIB on Sunday, October 1st. Feel free to contact Sheryl Teasell (email@example.com) for more information.
ON-LINE sign up for ANIB is now available!
In order to make it easy to sign up for ANIB, we have created an on-line sign-up! Click on the link below and follow the simple instructions. One of the ANIB team leaders will email you back to confirm your spot! Thanks so much for your willingness to serve and share the story of Jesus’ birth with our Community!
ANIB BAKERS NEEDED
We will be needing between 2500 to 2700 cookies baked for ANIB. If you could bake cookies over the next several months for our visitors to ANIB, please contact Deb Cavan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group
1. Grace Community Church has partnered with PGNG for almost 10 years and during that time we have worked together in many different ways. At 6:30 PM Tuesday Oct. 3rd, Sally Belogus, the PGNG coordinator has graciously agreed to come to our Community Room and share some of her ideas about how we can continue to be involved. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Goetz
2. One of the most important skills we can help a child develop is literacy. It also helps build self-esteem. Start2Finish is a Canadian not for profit organization that has been sponsoring “Running and Reading Clubs" across Canada since 2004. There is a need for new volunteers to help with this vital program. The newest club is starting this September on Wednesdays from 3 – 5:30 at Gateway School and needs about 6 more volunteers to get things going. Coaches volunteer to work with grade 3-6 students for 32 weeks and the program is prepared for you. At the end of the year there is big meet in Toronto and all the clubs participate. If you would like more information or to get involved please contact the PGNG office at 519 824-6340.
3. Please remember to purchase SHAMPOO (not conditioner), TOILET PAPER, DEODORANT or FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS and bring it next Sunday. These items are always needed by PGNG. (Collection boxes will be located in the hallway just past the auditorium doors) Thank You.
Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership
For 10 years Grace has partnered with Creekside Church in Waterloo in supporting a missional church in Carmen Bajo, Ecuador. Helping in an extremely poor mountainside community by building a school and a church building while also building homes and feeding children is difficult work. However, there are rewards. Grace Church supporters are invited to come and celebrate with Pastor Fabian and his wife Grace as they share some of what is happening in Carmen Bajo. Event begins with a potluck dinner at 6 PM Saturday October 14th at Creekside.
The Library will now only be open between the two services, closing at 11:00am
"The Grace Community Coffee House is coming up on Saturday October 28 at 7:00 PM. There will be an open-mic sign up sheet at the event, but it would be good to have a set of confirmed performers for the first half of the program. Please contact Joseph Brunsting at email@example.com to confirm your performance of a song, poem, story, or any other artistic talent!
We are also looking for volunteers to help with setup, take-down, and especially refreshments. If you would be willing to help, please contact Jesse Wilks at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be coffee, tea, goodies, and lots of opportunity to enjoy yourself, so come on out! This is a family-friendly event, and we encourage you to invite your friends as well!"
Lost & Found
We have accumulated a large amount of lost & found items. These items will be displayed in room 5 THIS Sunday to be reclaimed by their owners. Any left over items will be donated to PGNG Clothes Closet.
Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre
Dear Grace Community Church:
This is an exciting time for us at Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre! This year's baby bottles came back filled up with all sorts of coins! As we count all of the change (and cheques and bills too), we've been reminded of how every little thing that we do comes together and adds up to big results.
We are so grateful to your community for taking part in our annual Baby Bottle Drive. With your generous support, we were able to raise over $32,000! Thank you so much for helping make this year's Baby Bottle Drive such a success! Your support empowers us to serve the women and babies in our community.
Lesotho orphanages update
Dear Grace Community Church:
Thanks so much for your continued donations and support! Without your financial support the following programs would not be available to those seeking support.
Bracelet of Hope (BoH) is completing life skills and financial training for the foster parents and the income generating activity managers in Lesotho. This will help them to begin to have responsibility and a handle on the finances that are generated from the piggery and chicken layers at the home. This money will go into the bank and support all six foster homes
BoH has completed gardens at each home and is working on growing these to be a source of sustainable food security. They have hired a food security manager and a nutritionist to support the homes with food safety and nutritional support. They now have a new bore hole at Lerobane foster home which is providing fresh, clean water for the piggery and the foster home. This will also support the crops and gardens.
BoH has a new baby at Lerobane; he is 1.5 yrs old. He has no father and his mother is in jail. He came to the home with a bad rash and was malnourished, but he is now very happy with the foster parents and is running around happy and eating very well!