Here is what's happening at Grace!
Sunday May 28th, 2017
James 4: 1-6
Times: 9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Carmen Bajo is a suburb of Quito Ecuador, where chronic unemployment has led to extreme poverty, family breakdown, alcoholism and many other social and economic problems. Since 2009, by God’s grace and through the generosity of many people, Grace Community Church has helped care for over 250 children, built portions of a school and contributed finances towards building a facility that will include a medical center. Although progress sometimes seems slow, we are now able to pay local women who help care for the children (thus helping support their families and the local economy) and there are now 6 students enrolled in post secondary education (in a community where leaving school before grade 8 was the norm).
In order to meet some of these needs, we have planned our ninth annual charity golf tournament to be held at Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Our target is for eighty plus golfers to help us meet our financial goal. For $140 per player we will begin the afternoon with a bagged lunch at 12:30pm, followed by a shotgun scramble start. We will play through eighteen holes of golf and wrap up the day with a steak dinner. Please consider whether you can help us by golfing and possibly putting together a foursome.
Please contact Bryan Bitton at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or if you have any further questions.On behalf of the people of Ecuador, thank you so much for considering helping in this way.
VBS 2017 jULY 10 - 14
VBS Maker Fun Factory Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers for crew leaders, preschool, games, crafts, storytelling, snack, registration and more! There will be sign-up sheets in the community room or you can contact Deb at email@example.com if you can help with VBS this year.
VBS Decor & Crafts
We are looking for recycled cereal boxes and dairy tubs (sour cream and yogurt) for this year's VBS crafts. If you are able to donate these to our VBS program please drop off your items in the marked bins in the classroom across from the Family Washroom.
If you have a source for flat styrofoam or large boxes (appliance size) that could be donated to our VBS decor, please contact Kristi Cowan and Amy Reemeyer. Thank you for your support!
Baby Bottle Campaign
Please fill your bottle with cheques, bills and change and support the life-changing programs at Michael House Pregnancy Care Centre. Bottles will be collected on Father’s Day. Michael House is a charitable agency located in Guelph, Ontario dedicated to providing shelter and support to pregnant and parenting young women.
GCC's Care Ministry
Our Care Ministry at Grace is made up of volunteers who seek to meet the needs of members of our congregation. In times of illness, crisis, or births or deaths in a family,we are able to provide hot or frozen meals, encouragement, child care and household tasks as needed. If you have a need that can be met by the Care Ministry or would like to volunteer to be part of the Care Ministry, please contact Deb at the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or home at 519-763-6088.
Any GCC person is encouraged to email@example.com and share prayer requests which will be forwarded to our Prayer team.
Please only share details for prayer that involve yourself or if it involves others first their permission to share the request and advise us in your email that you have talked with them. Everything the Share/Prayer/Care team prays about will be kept confidential between them and God. The shelf life of each prayer request will be one week. The person sharing the need is welcome to re-request or update their request.
Depending on the need, we may attempt to have GCC people meet (Care) all or part of the need.
Please note that the Share/Prayer/Care team is accepting new members. If interested please contact
Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
Please remember to purchase SHAMPOO (not conditioner), TOILET PAPER, or DEODORANT and bring it Sunday June 4th. These items are always needed by PGNG. (Collection boxes will be located in our hallway just past the auditorium doors)
Parkwood Gardens FOOD DRIVE
This year Grace will be collecting food for the PGNG Food Drive on SATURDAY June 3rd from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. This is a great family event and your friends or neighbours are welcome to join us. There will be a sign up sheet in the coffee room where you can sign up as a group or as an individual.
MY FOREVER FAMILY PARTY
This Sunday May 28th (drop in from 3:00 - 5:00) we will be hosting a Forever Family party in the Community Room for the Franks and we hope as many as possible can participate! As not everyone at Grace may be familiar with our local child welfare system or how Ryan and Katie Franks have connected and worked along side this important organisation, we want to give people a bit of background.
Katie and Ryan have been both foster and adoptive parents to their three children - Tricia, Hunter and Zoe - each of whom they have now adopted. Woohoo!
When children are in the foster system, the family they live with is given some financial support to help with the daily cost of caring for these extraordinary kids. When these children are adopted into their forever family the funding ends and the adoptive family takes on the needs of that child. Yet the needs those funds were once covering carry on. Very often children 'in care' have much more significant needs and require ongoing support (for various therapies etc.) that other children may not require. These come at a significant cost over time.
The Franks have embarked on this journey knowing those needs and the associated costs. They are convinced that providing long term belonging and security for their children is vital and worth any sacrifice, so they have made the decision to shift from fostering to adopting them. As their church family, we want to affirm the Franks’ commitment to providing a “forever home” for their children and to celebrate with them as the adoptions of all three of their children are now final — most recently Hunter’s. Let's celebrate!
Please remember that cheques can be made out to “Ryan and Katie Franks” and put in the offering at church for the next few weeks or there will be a box at the party on Sunday in which cash/cheques can be placed. There is also a way to do an email transfer via franksforeverfamily@gmail, and these will be anonymous and tallied by Rebecca and Tim Sutherns. We will close the deadline for gifts on Sunday June 18th.
Dianna G, Linda C and Rebecca S
Shower June 11th
It's a boy! Please join us for a shower in honour of Mommy-To-Be Michelle Reynolds, Sunday June 11th from 2-4 p.m. at Grace Community Church. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and please let Viki know if you would like to kindly bring a plate of food. Michelle Reynolds is registered at : Babies "R" Us, Sears and babylist.com/reynoldsbaby.
Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group need
PGNG is in need of 2 volunteers on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9 am to 11 AM at West End Rec Ctr. to baby sit a couple of children during an ESL class. The volunteer(s) would need to commit through till the end of June. Please let Kathy Goetz or Bryan Bitton know if you can help.
BOH WOMEN TO WOMEN POP UP BOUTIQUE
A great afternoon of shopping, jewellery making and best of all, amazing women celebrating and supporting women worldwide.
The Women to Women event is a fundraiser to raise awareness about the status of women internationally, as well as to raise funds to support women and girls affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa. Our goal is to advance the status of women worldwide, by doing this, creating a better future for our girls.
Sunday, May 28th 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Linamar Centre for Excellence
700 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph
Tickets are $20 which includes a beverage and amazing hors d'oeuvres!
Want to get your clothes for free? Register as a $20 monthly donor and receive a $100 gift card for the boutique, $30 monthly donor = $150 gift card, $40 monthly donor = $200 gift card and $50 monthly donor gets you $250!!
If any ladies from Grace would like to donate their gently used higher end clothing (such as jackets, dresses and tops), shoes or handbags - please let Marion B, Cathy F or Dianna G know and we can arrange pickup. Thanks so much!
Beginnings continues to serve women and families by providing a variety of services and support. Some of the services offered are free pregnancy testing, prenatal classes, and baby brunch classes. Clients may come in once a month for a package of diapers and formula, or they can access the clothing cupboard as often as they wish.
Every week women express how thankful they are to have this support available to them. From January to March this year there were 24 new clients, 248 care cupboard users and 40 students who attended the Baby Smarts Program.
Way in which you can support?
-Donate clothes, shoes, toys, books for sizes 0 months to 4 years. ( to make it easier I would be happy to pick up any donations. Contact me at email@example.com)
-Volunteers are needed the last Thursday morning of every month- either to provide brunch items (such as muffins, fruit, cheese plate, etc.) OR to babysit children while the moms are in their class.
-Please join the walk/run on May 13th . It is a great way for the whole family to be involved in supporting other families.(BQ lunch at the end). OR sponsor someone who IS walking !
You can check out the website at www.beginningsguelph.ca